Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Kylie returned to Cape Town yesterday and it is all quiet here without her. Ian went to Henk (friend of Ian's) who is the owner of our previous property in Wilderness, while Kylie was getting ready to leave and later Ian came and fetched me.
Above you see the foot of the Big Tree.
The photo's that are with this entry was taken at the Big Tree that is situated close to Hoekwil. Ian was amazed with the mere size of the tree as the tree is plus minus eight hundred years old. It is an Outeniqua Yellow wood tree which is more scarce then the normal Yellow wood tree. I can remember my parents took us as kids to see the tree for the first time when I was about nine, ten years old.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
On Thursday morning Ian and I decided that we wanted to go for a hike and off we went to do the King Fisher Hike. The hike starts next to the Touwsriver at Ebb and Flow just before you would cross the bridge that both car and train crossed. Ian did not know what to expect as he had not been there before and he was pleasantly surprised to see how many indigenous trees were present in the forest. I have been on a hike there last during 2008 with Hanno and Caryn. While walking we realized that we have to look out for little frogs as they were crossing the path
The birds were very difficult to spot as they were hiding in the trees. Ian was lucky to see a Knysna Loerie. The forest were alive with birds and at one spot the frogs were croaking so load that my ears were singing:)
The pathway was very good maintained and also built in many places to protect the forest floor. Once we arrived at the waterfall, we were amazed how strong the water was coming down and I had to get my feet in the water. We were lucky to be the only people there when we arrived, but it did not stay like that for long. Once we were on our way back, many people passed us on the way and many children's immediate reaction were to want to know how far they must still go before they reached the waterfall:)
The hike is a total of more then 7Km and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We got to the conclusion that we would get very fit if we did this walk everyday:)
We crossed the river using the pont. Only a maximum of 3 people are aloud at one time.
Seeing the waterfall was a beautiful sight and worth the hike:)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Once we got the Lambada during 2003, George became a popular airport to fly into while we were at Wilderness. We then would fly around the Garden Route up to Cape St Francis. This year the fog has been here every day and there would have been no flying so far.
I can also remember the cross runway being closed because of some bigwig parking his big aircraft on it and the fact that the airport did not have the backbone to keep it open for the smaller aircraft to land in strong crosswinds. During summer there regularly were strong crosswinds and I saw some hairy landings by smaller aircraft as well as an incident with a wing being lifted on landing.
I can remember us being warned when we took off that there was no cross runway and being told to find an alternative airfield to land if the wind direction should change. This all so that mister bigwig could play golf!
The bridge over Kaaimansriver.
The house on the right have been damaged so badly by a landslide that it is to dangerous to live in.
The infamous fog at Wilderness.