We left Hermanus on Wednesday morning, intending to take the direct route via Wuppertal to the Biebouw Valley, but the weather was foul, with a very strong north-wester blowing, so we ended up driving straight to Clanwilliam instead. The overcast conditions would have meant that any flowers would have remained closed.
It was a wise decision as the weather never let up at all. We checked into our cottage at Boskloof Swemgat, some 15 km SE of Clanwilliam, and it promised to be a comfortable night, but what little light there was went out with a power cut at eight o’clock, so we had a bath and went to bed!
Thursday morning was clear and fine! We set off over the beautiful Pakhuis pass en route to the Biedouw Valley. Everything looked good, but there were still very few massed flowers around. All that changed as we went down the…
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