Silverhurst, on the wild side

Another of my regular walks with Vida is Silverhurst, also part of the Constantia Green Belt and next to the upmarket Silverhurst gated community. But we walk on the wild side, next to the stream, where the trees and plants grow wild, where the roots trip you up if you’re not looking and where a dog can do what doggies do – run and sniff and swim and meet other dogs. I’ve got loads of pics taken there but these were all today.

making friends

Vida making a new friend.

chase me

This is Vida asking me to chase her.

vida swimming

Vida’s pond – today it warranted swimming around twice.

glasses plus250

If anyone is missing a pair of +2.50s, they’re here. From the dirt on them I suspect they’ve been buried under leaves for a long time.

stripped bark

This is fresh so must have broken off recently.

piles of dead stuff

There are great big piles of branches all over the place, ready for collection. I wish the council paid as much attention to the branches and leaves and garbage that collect in my street, only 3 kms away, but never get collected.

uprooted stump

This uprooting must have been spectacular.

vidas field

I call this Vida’s Field. The minute we arrive at this section she runs and frolics like crazy because she can still see me from far away.

georges tree

George’s Tree. George passed away in 2010 so we can assume this tree is 5 years old. It’s looking nice now that the surrounds have been cleared but for a while it looked half-dead.


Believe it or not, these are tree roots.

big tree

This is one eucalyptus tree and it’s massive!

bridge new

New bridge.

very old retaining stones

Very old retaining stones on the opposite bank of the stream.

silverhurst pond

Our lovely walk runs along the Silverhurst Stream and next to the fancy-schmancy Silverhurst gated community. They have this lovely pond with ducks and geese but today there was no sign of birds and of course the dogs that live here are probably not allowed to swim in the pond. It’s much better on the outside, in the wild.

silverhurst house behind bars

One of the bigger homes but the sun was shining so not well photographed. They have electric fencing, cameras, 24 hour security and metal fencing. Nice and safe but we prefer it on the wild side. I know the dogs on the inside look at Vida with envy.

March lilies

Lone little March lily. I think I might plant some in my garden, they’re pretty but a bit odd for not having any foliage at all.


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.

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