As it is still winter, our rainy season, the sun was still rather low in the sky, it was about 10 am.
Although we all started together and kind of stayed that way on the flat area, as the climb began the group strung out. At this stage my camera was set to landscape and wide open. This is a hill I climb quite often and since I climb innumerable stairs every day at work I landed up getting quite far ahead of some of the less active people in the group. It's so nice to have company going up the hill. A few of the younger boys kept up with me as did my friend Wynand.
The boys discussed things like herbal tea's and different theories of how the Bushmen discovered the various qualities of these naturally growing plants.It was very interesting. Wynand and Jakobus spent most of their time talking about diets. Jakobus has his own cheese making business while Wynand is a surgeon, Me, I'm skinny enough and have no interest in dieting at all. I talked to the boys.
This is a view of Melkbos from the top of the hill.
Yes, it is only a small little town but one that suits me just fine. I'm a very blessed man to live in such an amazing place. Surrounded by animals and wild things, there is not much I can complain about. Not everyone can say they live in a nature reserve where wild things are welcome. Most people in developed countries today have to travel vast distances to find such undefiled beauty. Yes, God has truly blessed me.
I think that because of the rather leisurely assent they had time to take in their surroundings and see for themselves the value of conserving this amazing piece of nature. These kids don't get very many opportunities to spend a day with their fathers in the wild. It was so cool to see them together. There was no rush or pressure to achieve, just a relaxing day with friends and family. Of course I was there to capture it on camera.
For me to go up the hill without them is just not possible, they love going for walks with me. All I have to ask is, "Do you want to go for a walk?" and they get so excited, rushing all over the place and jumping up and down. It's good to have them with me.
Jakobus drought coffee and sandwiches with, now there's a domesticated man. One of my favourite sandwiches is Peanut butter and fish paste with a dash of Paprika, most people look at me as if I'm nuts but when I suggested this combination they all agreed, I was so surprised.
These walks, when accompanied by someone who knows about what thrives here, become very interesting for these youngsters and will be remembered for many years to come. They all follower different career paths eventually but will remember these special moments with friends. As for me, I love to talk about the farm and everything to do with it, it gives me the chance to reflect on just how fortunate I am to be living here.