Post Big Hail Storm walk

After spending the whole weekend indoors listening to the storm,  waiting for the roof to cave in and feeling more sorry for the bored dog than myself, I couldn’t wait to go out today. When Vida saw me putting on my walking clothes she ran around like a mad thing in anticipation of action. I couldn’t wait to see what the Alphen Trail looked like after the storm. It’s full of old trees just waiting for a nudge before they fall over. The stream also promised to be interesting.


Here’s me in my glam walking clothes. Wellies, K-way fleecy/rainsuit two-in-one jacket, and sexy beanie that you can’t see – it’s best that way, trust me. I so don’t care what I look like on these walks, the dog loves me as I am and I stay warm and dry and that’s what counts.


The waterfalls didn’t fail to please – an absolute torrent of water for this little stream. Vida was not tempted to swim, for once.
I captured it from this angle by climbing a tree. Yeah, right.

waterfall 3

waterfall 4


Winter is here!


Autumn leaves turning into lovely compost

dead branches

These old branches will not all last the winter

fallen tree

As I expected, there was at least one branch fallen across the path

getting muddy

Sniff sniff in the mud


I don’t know how a dog can lose its halter – it’s a bit like finding one shoe, how???


This is my favourite view on this walk … the stream meandering.


The poor nasturtiums got hammered by the hail. The ones in my garden (all propagated by seeds taken on this and surrounding walks) look exactly the same.

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.

One response to “Post Big Hail Storm walk

  1. Philippe

    thank goodness Bijou was not with on this walk. Otherwise we both would have had to bath the dogs as that water would have been too tempting for them not to go and splash in. Please please find a new place to go and walk that has no river….. 🙂

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