May Day 8: Crossing Over

“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.

 Since the first couple of days, the walking has been relatively easy, as we are into general farm land.

A couple of new aliens cropped up: mulberry in a big way, stinging nettles and an as yet unidentified thorny tree.

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.

 Thanks also goes to Andy Anderson, chairperson of the Dargle Conservancy for walking a section with us and for the welcome tea.

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!


About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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3 Responses to May Day 8: Crossing Over

  1. Greetings to the Mayday For Rivers Team from the A Rocha South Africa National Team. We continue to follow your progress with interest. You are doing such a good job of inviting us to walk with you along your journey.

    I hope to join you for the Day Nine walk from the Midmar Dam wall, through to Howick, as a way of expressing A Rocha South Africa’s support for this significant project. John Roff, who among so many other things facilitates A Rocha’s Words for Creation website (see ) will have been in touch with you too, to walk with you on Thursday, for Day Ten.

    Looking forward to meeting you all.

    Allen Goddard
    Director for Theology & Citizenship
    A Rocha South Africa

  2. Pia Redding says:

    To everyone involved with this amazing walk – well done. It is wonderful that there are people that are passionate and still care for our precious environment. Happy walking – Pia Redding

  3. andrewbooth says:

    Well done Team. You guys are amazing. Hope the paddling went well. Looking forward to doing my bit through the wild section below Albert Falls. Keep it up!
    Cheers Andrew Booth

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