Sunday on the Palmiet River

Following our return to Hermanus from a very successful 5 week birding trip, Gillian and Andrew asked us to join them for a picnic and walk along the Palmiet river in the Kogelberg on Sunday. It was a beautiful, if cool day and we really enjoyed seeing the river running strongly after the rains of the previous two days.

Our picnic was wonderful – if excessive.  We seemed to have too many good things to eat and some chilled wine washed it all down well!  We returned to our cars, well satisfied after ten vigorous kilometres.  The beauty of the mountains and valley is something that one cannot easily forget and we will return often to this lovely area.

A Walk in Fernkloof

This morning was very cold but beautifully clear.  We walked in Fernkloof ahead of our bi-annual planning meeting which was held on the lawns near the hall.  It was invigorating especially when a cold breeze came up as we climbed Lemoenkop.

Prior to that we had had a wonderful sighting of Victorin’s Warbler.  Being able to find this bird and show it to Ed and Sally, for whom it was a lifer, gave me as much pleasure as seeing it for the first time myself would have done!  It really made the day for some of us.

2 Hours in Fernkloof

A quick 2 hour hike up Adder’s Ladder and down the front of Kanonkop gave 7 keen walkers a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the never diminishing beauty of our natural surroundings.  Winter approaches, but one is left wondering if it will ever rain again, and the mountain is very dry.

There was little sign of any birdlife with only Cape Robin, Cape White Eye, Cape Sugarbird, Neddicky, African Olive Pigeon and a distant Victorin’s Warbler noted.

The Palmiet River

Yesterday was a fantastic day to walk the Palmiet River path at the Kogelberg Reserve. 11 friends joined us and we hiked 11 kms in the most beautiful weather before returning to the car park and opening up the champagne to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary!  Thank you to all who attended and for the great card you gave us.  It was a fitting way to celebrate 50 fantastic years!

Fernkloof walk

Today our weekly walk took us up Adder’s Ladder and onto the jeep track before coming back down to the Visitors’ Centre via Kanonkop.  It was cool and we covered 6 km.  The high point of the walk for me was not getting up to 340 mamsl, but finding a Hottentot Buttonquail when we got there!  This was a very fine addition to my Challenge list.

 

A Walk on the Cliff Path

There were 16 Hurriers on the Cliff Path this morning for our walk from Kraal Rock to the New Harbour and back.  We covered a distance of 13 kilometres and stopped at the Running Rabbit for coffee on the way back.  It was a pleasant outing with cool overcast conditions – ideal for walking!

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The happy part of the group
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The tired part of the group!

A Walk in Fernkloof

Beautiful weather prevailed for our walk in Fernkloof this morning.  We were led by Piet, who took eight of us on a 2 hour hike.  When it was over. he invited us to join him and Martha for a cup of coffee at Savannah to celebrate Martha’s birthday.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect walk!