12 June 2012

Feeling Peckish

A lovely sunny day after all the rain. Pecks is a good path to walk up as it has a tinkling stream all the way up for hot scots to slake their thirst and batty bouviers to dip in. Paul joined us this morning, as did Alice (still my best human in all the whole wide world) and Maddie.
A pretty pink Metalasia daisies but the Food Lady is not sure if it is Metalasia densa or muricata.
This is also Metalasia something or other, growing right next to the pink version.
In the middle of the path were some scrophy little manuleas. (The genus name Manulea means flowers that resemble a hand.)
Up and up Pecks path we plodded - the Alph leading the way.
There were quite a lot of these rather strange purple brown Gladiolus maculatus flowers all the way up the path. They smell good to the humans but not to us.
I preferred the mousy smells in this clump of restios, or the promise of a lizard or tortoise under these (which are the male flowers of Hypodiscus aristatus - one of the few restios that coppice.) Dougal gets so carried away in this kind of fynbos that he has to run to catch up with us.
Maddy is not all that interested in rodents or lizards (she prefers dachshunds) and took a plunge into the stream instead.
Lachnaea grandiflora.
Othonna digitata.

and a phairy in a phluffy Phylica.
A quick photo of Erica corifoliathen it was time for tea. A gourmet affair today with chocolates from Alice, Earl Grey tea, dates from Paul and
a really delicious new species of rusks from Paul. We got the usual Beano dog biscuits but the Food Lady slipped us some pieces of rusk which was yummy yummy yummy.
During tea we tried to join a group of people and dogs who walked past, but the Food Lady caught us and wouldn't let us follow the gang; spoilsport. We then passed them on St James' Peak and nearly left Paul behind but he was just admiring the view and soon caught up again.
Me checking for baboons on the way down. Lakeside spread out below.
Another erica - this one is Erica glabella subsp. glabella,
and another fairy in a King Protea.
A prickly Bristly Snakethistle (Cullumia setosa), and ... what is that in one of the Food Lady's favourite plants, the silvery Silver Sweet Pea (Podalyria sericea)?
The teeniest tiniest little worm - non-photoshopped - hanging from this teeny tiny Stonecrop (Crassula saxifraga).
Stopping for a baboon check on the way down; a flock of pigeons in the distance.
Dougal really really didn't want to come home so he had to be carried to the car! What a clot.

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