The U3A (University of the third age) came for a visit today so Ellie took them for a walk to the Arboretum and back as their walking stamina was not quite up to scratch for more strenuous activities. They were very interested in what we all do in the reserve and learned amongst other things that the scientific name of heather is Erica.

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In the meantime Neil and I installed the tap at the braai, lots of fun to connect a T-piece in the feeder pipe with the water pressure still on. Quite handy to have Neil around, unfortunately he starts work again next week. We finished too early to go to tea but too late to start anything so we cut some more blue gum logs. Slowly but surely the place is getting tidied up.

Rob, Keith and Cathy had carried on in the stretch along the N2. There are more aliens than expected, we have quite an impressive list by now.

The U3A people were treated to coffee and Ellie’s famous eats in the office and I joined them while the others planted more trees, Rob’s forest to replace the pine trees is now declared full but the picnic site can have some more when the clean-up is finished.

The late lunch made for a short afternoon but we still managed to cut some big trunks in manageable pieces, the area between the huts and the toilet is nearly finished, once Sisanie has mown it should look quite good.

Lastly we needed a picture of a water lily, went all the way to the lily pond, none open then tried the nymph pond, same story and eventually found one in the middle of the  Cormorant pond. Only way was to swim to get it even though it was quite refreshing!

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