I visited the Riviersonderend house in the first week of November 2018 because the water tanks had been vandalised by the local children looking for cold water to play in. James Hill did a nifty repair for me and all I had to do was nod and look impressed. Which I did and was. He found a tiny person to climb into the tank and hold the other end of the tap.
And he also trimmed back the hedge that had been encroaching on the road, let alone the sidewalk.
He also cleaned a bit of the back garden for a vegetable garden.
The tanks have been providing a necessary support to the garden as you can see in the following pictures. Especially the Tecomas brought back from extinction.
And my coral trees are doing just fine.
Rose carpet doing well.And the grapes.
My struggling tree likes the special attention too
A welcome flowering from the jasmine, despite being neglected
Scorpio sets behind a stand of Casuarinas in McGregor.
Whirling silently in space.
Some 30 km outside of Calitzdorp in the Western Cape is the Gammkaberg Nature Reserve, run by Cape Nature. There are a number of trails in the park, the longest (two days) is the Tierkloof Trail that runs up the Tierkloof canyon stops at Oudkraal, an over night camp and then returns to the base camp the next day. Both days distance is about 14 km. The scenery is magnificent and the going moderately hard. The first day ends with a climb of about 450 m over 3 km. The second day is easier with a sharp down hill and then fairly flat all the way home. I recently hiked this trail and it is, as claimed one of the more beautiful hikes in the Western Cape.
The base camp.
The trail is built on and around the river that carved the klook (canyon). The river does not run often so this is not a problem. It could get tense though….
Elements of the Cape Fold Mountains can be seen.
Thorn trees growing in the riverbed.
Trail markings are very good, this is an informal one that took my fancy
At Overhang, about halfway there and back.
Overnight camp – Oudkraal.
Sunset is a special time
And the stars are spectacular
Enjoy the sunset
Before the long road home
More pictures here:
We did extensive upgrades on the house in Riviersonderend. One thing we really needed to do was the floors which were rotting
Follow the process if you dare.
First you tear up the floor.
Then you have a large hole, which you line with sand, lime and plastic
Then you put bearers and joists in.
And you end up with something that looks like this
Then you lay the floor boards. This done for us by genius floor person Munier Davids
After sanding and three coats of varnish you get something like this
I got to Riviersonderend to discover that Spring had indeed arrived.
Budlieha in full bloom.
Old Rose in full bloom
Jasmine in full bloom
White stink wood
Grapes in leafy splendor
In early September and before the rains, we visited the Kruger National Park. The grass was low and the animals plentiful. Here are a few of our pictures.
The original cliched lowveld sunset picture.
Spotted Hyena and pup
The floors in our house in Riviersonderend were rotting so we needed to replace them. Follow us on a floor replacement journey with Tertius and Reggie.
Starting the lift.
The dry rot is easily seen here:
Building the pillars and cutting the joist holes
Bitumin and plastering.
Then sand and more bitumin
Plastic and lime, then the bearers
Nearly finished the bearers
And it was snowing outside.
We went on a cruise with 2000 other birders looking for pelagic birds.
We got some really great shots and had a really good time. We left Cape Town in the late afternoon
Lions head and Table Mountain
The sunset was marvelous
Then next day, the birds
And then back again.
There is a video here