With me wanting to find new places to explore with my grandchildren on their respective birthdays, and not wanting to travel too far on New Years Eve, we scoured the internet looking for easy day hikes and found Saamrus! A beautiful setting with friendly owners, Annetjie & Chris. There are chalets for over-nighting, or staying for more than just a day and are all pet friendly.
We did a relaxing +-4km walk in about 3.5 hours, along the river and over the hillside, stopping continuously to take photos, the farm dogs walking with us all the way (apparently this is very unusual as they don’t take to strangers too easily according to Annetjie & Chris) and sharing our water (from cupped hands) when we stopped to quench our thirst.
A fabulous way to end the year!
An old tractor that probably hasn’t heard its own engine for some time, with a little bit of “speed” added for good measure
A well worn boot, the need for a plant pot, an ingenious way of recycling and there you have it….perfect for the front veranda of a farmstead
Hidden low down in the grass, the morning dew on the mushroom had yet to be evaporated by the heat of the sun
So tiny, growing quietly in the little bit of sun they get, they would be trampled underfoot if the walker isn’t careful about how they tread
A long time ago, this was one huge tree……now no more than a resting place for a tired bird or two!
One can only wonder at the age of this tree…..and the reasoning behind chopping it down.
All chopped and ready to keep winter visitors to Saamrus warm and cosy in their chalets. I’m sure the main homestead dogs will also be taking advantage of their own home fires.
Trees in the area are used for winter firewood
Long out of use, the wooden post & rusting wire making a stark contrast against the green of the fields
Like a lonely sentinel, this tree was a fair walk off the beaten track, but made for a good break from the sun
Whether a form of moss, or green bark, this tree trunk made for a very different image
These babies bite (and burn) if you get too close
Growing free and wild in the mountain side, this bud was one of many in a fairly large tree
A very busy little bee, flitting from flower to flower, pollen meal to pollen meal…….doesn’t make focusing on the tiny creature too easy, but patience prevailed!
South African wild flowers are so very pretty and colourful, the bright colours of the buds standing out against the greenery of the veld
Be careful not to let the white thorns get their hooks into you while admiring the flowers!
The buds on this wild flower are minute, only slightly bigger than a match-head