Autumn at Alphen Trail

I was so chuffed when Caroline said she was coming to my part of town to walk at Alphen with us. I’ve been raving about this lovely waking area so she wanted to see for herself. She brought one of her dogs, Maxi, and her daughter Blom, Blom’s friend Mischa, and a small picnic for the girls. This walk normally takes me about 45 minutes but with this little group who wanted to play, paddle in the stream, explore, take photos and stop for a quick picnic, we were at it for over 2 hours! I liked that because I was able to explore a few little corners I don’t usually bother with. Vida was in her element  – the more time she spends there, the happier she is, and the girls even played her favourite game of chasing her while she ran in ever-increasing circles.

I know it’s a lot of photos but I couldn’t decide on which to omit to keep the numbers down (and I have no idea why the photos are all so small).

Enjoy the walk with us!


Caroline took lots of photos!


The first waterfall – quite a bit of water for this time of year, will soon fill up even more.


Girls strolling along


There are some weird trees on this trail, as I’ve mentioned before


Blom peeking through the bushes


Another shot of Caroline taking photos – look at the autumn leaves! I love the noise they make when you walk on them.


Our dogs exploring the water.


It’s really pretty there!


Girls posing


Girls crossing the stream on a log


This little girl in her bright pink tutu was too cute!


Caroline showing a little boy the photos she took of him


Caroline made me do this


Vida surveying her turf – yes, she does almost own this trail!

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

7 responses to “Autumn at Alphen Trail

  1. Pingback: Walkies in the time of Corona | A pic a day from the Cape

  2. Hi! Is the trail off Constantia Road, opposite the Virgin Active?

  3. Philippe

    Your last picture says Vida watching her terf, beg to differ on that one….

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