I (Penny) was reminded today of my old “anthem” by John Denver: “Country Roads, take me home, to the place where I belong…..” as I wound my way along forestry tracks and besides bubbling mountain streams in the search for the perfect miniSASS spot for the Water Workshop planned for Saturday 25 January in Curry’s Post.
Sarah Allan of the Curry’s Post Conservancy had earmarked a couple of potential sites, and we spent a wonderful couple of hours finding the right spot.
The first stream was too much of a wetland below an earth dam wall,
the second ran through a tiny valley dotted with Asclepiads
and pink Watsonias
and was oh so pretty, all set about with tree ferns, but too small and a bit difficult to access.
We drove on, through the timber plantations – the green corridor formed by their beautifully kept buffer zone clearly evident.
A couple of other stream sites had beautiful cascades
and pretty neighbours – but weren’t what I was looking for.
We found just the right spot eventually, and turned for home, satisfied at our choice (and no, there is no picture – you will have to come and join us on Saturday, or read the blog afterwards).
We took a short cut to Sarah’s house, winding our way on a track that in places only Sarah could see…
and in others – well, let’s just say I had to use my imagination in the long grass!
We stopped to enjoy the evening beside a dam whilst frogs chirped, two Yellow-billed Ducks glided by silently, a Long Crested Eagle flew into the trees on the opposite side of the dam, and a Gymnogene landed above our heads, with her youngster shrieking pathetically for attention nearby.
When the drizzle began we headed for home along the aforementioned grassy track, up the hills, through gates and timber
until we seemed to reach the top of the world.
As I got out of the vehicle to photograph this gorgeous Brunsvegia natalensis a warning whistle went up from three Mountain Reedbuck standing silhouetted on a nearby hill.
As I drive back to Howick, I reflected on what a perfect couple of hours we had spent, and how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place. My reverie was shattered as I entered Howick and was brought back to earth.
If you would like to join us on Saturday, please contact Sarah on 076 578 2941
See you along the river…