Walking on the Onrus/Vermont Coastal Path

Our morning walk attracted 13 Hurriers and, once again, we had great, cool walking weather.  The Onrus coastal path is always an evocative experience as one stroll along looking at all the beautiful memorial plaques set into the concrete.  They really do tell a story of the many people (and their pets) who have so enjoyed this recreation over the years.

Beach walk at Sandown Bay

Our walk this morning along the beach from Kleinmond, east towards the mouth of the Bot River Lagoon was attended by 9 Hurriers.  We had perfect walking weather with overcast cool conditions and no wind at all.  Of great interest was the proliferation of small jellyfish that have washed up on the beach.  There were literally millions of them and at times walking became quite difficult.  I have managed to identify them as predominantly Cape compass jelly (Chrysaora agulhensis).  They are brought ashore by strong winds and tides.  Although small they can give a sting that is apparently equal to a bee sting, so we were wise not to attempt swimming.

We walked exactly 13 kms in exactly 3 hours!

A Walk to Sopiesklip

A break in the miserable late December weather allowed us to take a walk to Sopiesklip and back.  Needless to say, with many holiday makers around the beach was very active, but the numbers had thinned out considerably by the time we reached our destination, 6 km from the end of Grotto Beach.  It was a really pleasant walk and gave us a good appetite for the lunch at The Hermanus Brewery on our return.

Hiking at De Bos

De Bos

The cool weather this morning was perfect for the beautiful hike up the kloof to the ruins on the farm. The hiking paths are very well sign posted and the route established by Frank Woodvine a few years ago, is very well maintained. It was exciting to walk through vine growth that had a different leaf shape and to learn that the Bosman family grow some of their rootstock on the farm which is grafted with many varieties of vines including vines that come from Sicily that can handle the the dryer and hotter weather that we are experiencing in South Africa.

The coffee after the hike in their tasting room was delicious and there was a great light lunch menu for those of us who need to escape our “village” that is filling up with happy holiday makers.

We also enjoyed the company of 2 younger walkers who had great smiles on their faces on the way down.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and much joy with your family and friends.

Jenny

From De Kelders to Grotto Beach

Eight Hurriers set out from De Kelders this morning at the start of our walk to Grotto Beach.  The weather and the tides were perfect and we enjoyed a really wonderful excursion on this lovely stretch of beach.  Gulls and Oystercatchers abounded and watched our progress with interest, along with occasional Plovers, Wagtails and Whimbrels.

Sadly our enjoyment was somewhat marred by the presence of fisherman driving on the beach – where they had no right to be.  We questioned their being there and they said they had permits, but a subsequent enquiry at Cape Nature revealed that there is no such permit available.  We also saw people harvesting vast numbers of white mussels – way in excess of the allowed catch – further adding to our frustration. It really is sad to this abuse of our natural resources.

We walked a total of 18.5 km in just under 5 hours.  Tonight we will sleep well and enjoy dreams of unending beaches!

Perdeberg Revisited

We last walked on Perdeberg in February last year.  It was beautiful, so we decided to go again, this time in Spring.  It was still good but very different.  There were many flowers as can be seen from the pictures below.  The Gladiolus debilis was in flower and there were wonderful Adenandras along the path.

Eighteen walkers set out, but we split up as some did not want to go the whole way.  We even managed to lose Piet and Martha along the way, but luckily they were found and all was well.  The weather was good and the breeze in our faces on the return was welcome.

I was pleased to see a number of birds, including Black Harrier, Jackal Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Yellow Bishop, Cape Grassbird, Grey-backed Cisticola, Rock Kestrel and Blue Crane, but I could not find the Hottentot Buttonquail, which was my aim.