Author Archives: Nikki Brighton

About Nikki Brighton

I live in a Magic Cottage near the mist-belt forest with my African dog, Dizzy. We enjoy long walks in the fields to gather wild greens, sitting on the verandah with a pot of tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.

Celebrate the uMngeni

Tomorrow some of the River Walk Team will join Andrew Fowler and the Natal Fly Fishers Club to celebrate the work they have done clearing the riparian zone of invasive plants.  Why not come along to Explore the banks of the … Continue reading

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Karkloof River

We are delighted that the Karkloof Conservancy  will be walking the Karkloof River over the next few days. It has always been our intention to inspire others to explore the rivers they live beside and to take ownership of the … Continue reading

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Window Shopping, Weeds and the Worst Destruction Ever

Penny starts the days tale: After the horrors we encountered on the Rietspruit recently, I really did not think we could come across riparian zone destruction as bad for a while.  However, Symmonds Stream certainly rose to the challenge!  In … Continue reading

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Secret of Symmonds Stream

Once upon a time Symmonds Stream rose in the grassland and trundled along merrily for a couple of kilometres, before tumbling over forest clad cliffs into the uMngeni River gorge. Nowadays, this little river emerges at the base of thirsty … Continue reading

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Clear as Mud

Rietspruit Mini SASS / River Health results One needs to keep in mind the difference between water quality and river health. Water quality is defined as “to describe the physical, chemical, biological and aesthetic properties of water that determines its … Continue reading

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The Gift

Rietspruit Day Four – 28 December 2016 Pandora writes: Penny’s Whats App message came as a special Gift the day after Christmas.  “We are going back to explore the last section of the Rietspruit on Thursday. Are you in?”   A … Continue reading

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Rub-a-dub-dub 5 Walkers in a Tub

Rietspruit Day Three – 16 December 2016 Preven was still eating breakfast as we left home at our usual time of 05h45 and headed out to the next section. The day dawned overcast and cool, and stayed that way! What … Continue reading

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