There was a total lunar eclipse in in January this year but being in Cape Town we would only see the start before it slipped below the horizon. I was not convinced it would be worth my while but in the end it turned out to be quite a good call to get up at 4:30 and head up to Signal Hill.
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
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