Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wild life in the suburbs

We are lucky to live in a place with much natural beauty and wildlife.  Sandwiched between mountains and the sea, Hermanus is surrounded by a large conservation area and here we humans attempt to co-habitate with the wildlife from birds to baboons.  It's not always successful as is the case when it comes to baboons, who are the subject of many debates here.  They are amazingly good at breaking and entering!   But, by and large, we enjoy sites such as this when a pair of egyptian geese toddled down our road to show their youngsters the lay of the land.  This pair are often to be found down our road, either waddling down the road looking for titbits, or sitting on the roof of a house surveying their kingdom.  Now, their off spring are being shown the ropes.

The closest beach to our house is Onrus Beach.  About a 20 minute walk from the house, or a 5 minute drive.  We try to make a plan to get down there regularly at sunset.

My parents garden, which is really just an extension of the indigenous vegetation (called Fynbos) up the mountain.  It delights us once a year with a fine display by the fygies in pink, magenta, yellow, orange and white.  Here is Tarryn standing in the garden next to the pinks.

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