A Family Weekend

David and Tanja came to Hermanus on Friday, with Danny in place of Jordan who is in England with some school mates – and having a great time, by all accounts.  They stayed until Tuesday and Skyped him regularly, so we could keep up to date with his activities.

On Saturday they were joined here by Andrew and Gillian and family, so we had a good reunion, but sadly without Mike and Nicky, as they were otherwise committed in Knysna.  The weather wasn’t much good until Sunday, but we made the most of it and managed to get down to the sea and up the mountain.  Unfortunately the fishing was without success, but I think the kids still enjoyed themselves.  The adults certainly did!  Andrew and co. returned to Cape Town on Sunday afternoon.

Walk on the Contour Path

We were to have walked at Flower Valley this morning, but the weather looked threatening and there were only five of us, so we decided to walk along the contour Path instead.  Luckily the weather held and we were treated to some wonderful Spring fynbos as we headed from the Visitors’ Centre to Northcliff.  No doubt this area will provide many interesting specimens for the forthcoming Flower Festival.

Walking at Luddite

Carin led us on a short, but strenuous walk at Luddite Farm this morning.  There were only seven participants, which meant that many of our group missed the excellent weather and the opportunity to walk in a new area and enjoy the scenery, and the wonderful wine tasting that followed!

We were pretty tired on our return, thinking that we had done more than the 6 km that Carin promised.  As it happened, when I measured our route, I discovered that it was only 5 km, but we did climb from 110 m to 500 m, and that was no doubt what tired us somewhat.  There were very good flowers along the way and Mags was inspired to think about new botanical paintings.  One surprising aspect of the walk was the plethora of ticks that we found on our clothing.  There were scores of them and, hopefully, we managed to remove them before they bit us.

Fernkloof after the rain

There were only eight hikers present this morning when we walked in Fernkloof.  Some recovering crocks meant that we kept it short, but it was a pleasure to walk on the mountain and see the effects of the recent rains.  All the streams were flowing well and the constant sound of running water accompanied us along the way.  Spring flowers are in evidence and the Botanical Society members are looking forward to a good showing for the Flower Festival which takes place at the end of the month.