Walks with Kerneels – 26 July 2018
Kerneels and I were both somewhat tired today! But my intention of taking a shorter route fell by the wayside when I decided to go down the steep river bank to where there is a jetty that one could sit on and let your feet hang in the water. But alas, the jetty was partly under water and we couldn’t get on it. We then followed the path along the river bank towards the village and on our way we had to cross a wooden bridge which was a new experience for Kerneels. At first he was very reluctant. He didn’t trust the thing at all! Only when I called him did he come to me, very carefully! Then back home through a beautiful milkwood forest. Up the hill across the playground where two hadidahs were looking for something to eat and only one little boy, Tinus, the youngest son of our neighbours, Gys and Nonnie de Bondt, was on the swings. He so enjoyed being pushed on the swing that when his caretaker, Mitch (I think that’s what he said his name was) said it was time to go, young Tinus did not want to get off. He still wanted to swing! As Kerneels and I almost reached our house, I looked back and there were Tinus and Mitch also coming down the road on their way home.
Beautiful bluegum trees along the way
A very tired Kerneels!
He’s such a handsome fella, our Kerneels!
The view from hillside across the river to the Kleinrivier mountains
The little path down the hill towards the river
The jetty now partly under water
One of the houses with the most beautiful vistas of river, farmland and mountains… not to mention the teeming birdlife.
Kerneels did not trust that wooden walkway at all!
Reeds down at the river
Sunlight streaming through the reeds
And back again across this thing
Hmmm, I don’t like this thing, Mom!
The path through the milkwood forest
The head stone of one Samuel Spandiel which inscription reads: He has now found a new heaven and earth.
The old “coloured” cemetery (yes, in those days apartheid even followed one to the grave!)
Mitch pushing young Tinus de Bondt on the swing.
Tinus with the ever watchful Mitch at hand
young Tinus de Bondt
No way did he want to go home yet
A beautiful paperbark thorn tree (Vachellia sieberiana) along our street.
Mitch and Tinus on their way home, too, hand-in-hand
Tinus and Mitch.
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