“I always type slowly so readers can keep up”, says Mike Farley.
Today we walked 13km from the Coulson property to Midmar Dam, arriving at about 5pm. Total to date is about 90 km. The first highlight today was crossing the river on a homemade pont to the King’s property.
Mini-SASS water samples were completed at two sites, one at the confluence with Lions River.
Pandora collected a few samples of alien plants to show her school kids at Midmar tomorrow. She carried a sizeable bunch on her shoulders, which created a lot of interest with a large herd (+-50 ) of Nguni cows. They obviously thought “grub was up” and followed her closely, attempting to sample the wares, for about 2km. We had to close a gate on them otherwise they would have followed us to Main St, Howick.
Some species seen today include common reedbuck, birds – fish eagle, African black duck, blacksmith plover and crowned cranes were heard on north bank, near Lions River.
Cheers, from Techno Mike.
PS: Scrummy vegetarian dinner provided by Pam Haynes and Julia Colvin – we had a great evening with the whole team plus Jim & Liz Taylor, two young Swedish students: Lovisa Jansson, Linda Johansson, Rob Symmons, Nora Choveaux, Jonathon Wigley, Ross Haynes and the cooks.
We are also grateful for:
A big thank you to Gavin and Kathryn Coulson for welcoming a somewhat bedraggled walking team into their beautiful home and for their hospitality and the delicious meal that Kath prepared.
The team is also very grateful for the work that our cameraman, Siphiwe Mazibuko and his assistant Nonthokozo Mncwabe are doing.
We have enjoyed having them along these past two days! Nothokozo we think you are a star!
We would also like to thank Wendy and Hugh for always seeing us off and welcoming us in with such good cheer!