Last Friday was our 10th wedding anniversary. To celebrate we ditched the Smalls and went for a walk, a proper unSmallfriendly, up a hill kind of walk. Actually up three hills - the three you can see here to the right of the ridge, two topped by Norfolk Pines and in between the highest point on the island: Diana's Peak
The walk starts up the charmingly named Cabbage Tree Road, actually a rather lovely, if steep, path towards the first of the peaks.
The first peak is called Cuckold's Point.
Between the peaks the path runs along the top of a very narrow ridge.
Next came Diana's Peak - the highest point on st Helena.
It really felt like we were on top of the world. If you look carefully at the next eight pics you will see that each one overlaps the edge of the last and you can get a sense if the geography of the whole island. (Directions are very approximate)
North towards Flagstaff and the Barn. We live on the ridge half way to the Barn.
North East towards Prosperous Bay Plain where they are building the airport.
East to the third peak: Mount Actaeon.
South over Fairyland.
West back to Cuckold's Point.
North West towards Jamestown.
You can really see the line dividing the top of the ridge, which is actively managed and where lots of endemic species have been replanted, and lower down which is dominated by flax.
This is a Black Cabbage Tree, endemic to St Helena and seriously cool.
These are amazing Tree Ferns, also endemic.
Even the moss is cool.
There are also some familiar faces that have escaped from gardens.
The only place I've ever been where you can walk through a forest of Tree Ferns.
This picture shows you the amazing variety of landscapes on St Helena all at once: endemic cloud forest in the foreground, pasture in the middle, desert beyond that and volcanic cliffs down to the sea.
This is my favourite ever Tree Fern.
And my favourite Cabbage Tree.