Lemonwood Forest, 23 February 2014

Report by Annie Waterhouse, photos courtesy of Annie Waterhouse & John Fourie (Hike Leader)
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On Sunday 23rd February the planned hike to Grey Mare’s Tail Falls in the Karkloof had to be changed due to the 3 Cranes Trail Run taking place on the same day. With some relief Carolee, Libby, Gill, Annie and Sundae joined John Fourie for a gentle Sunday morning walk in the Lemonwood forest. Not to be totally swamped by the ladies we were lucky enough to have Carolee’s son Tremain join us for the hike.

A gentle climb up through the indigenous forest where many of the trees were labelled helped us to distinguish the Cape Chestnut, Tree Fuchsia and the African Fig. Fresh droppings on the path indicated that there was game about but we did not see any. There was an abundance of beautiful spiders and spider’s webs glistening in the dappled sunlight. The leader had to clear the path and even then, Gill managed to have several encounters with the sticky webs.

On the way up we encountered several ártworks’ placed randomly in the forest and on the grassland. The first, a statue of a Zulu woman gazing sternly over the valley and then on the grassland, a ‘sputnik pod’. Fascinating!

A rest and a snack under an ‘ou Hout’ tree and back down through the shade to the cars. Home by lunch time after a lovely morning’s hike. Thank you to John for rearranging at such short notice.



Pic 1: Group Photo
Pic 2: Statue of a Zulu woman gazing sternly over the valley being gazed at sternly by Gill
Pic 3: Statue of a Zulu woman gazing sternly over the valley being gazed at sternly by Gill
Pic 4: Fresh 'droppings' but no game seen
Pic 5: Spiderweb & Carolee's Lab'Sundae'
Pic 6: ‘Sputnik pod’
Pic 7: ‘Sputnik pod’
Pic 8: Rest and a snack under an ‘ou Hout’ tree
Pic 9: Rest and a snack under an ‘ou Hout’ tree
Pic 10: Heading back
Pic 11: Back down through the shade


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