Yesterday I once again counted my blessings for living in 6312. That’s a daily thing, for 17 years now. I was stuck at the Homestead Equestrian Estate with a flat car battery. Beth Howell started to unpack the boot of her newish car (still not sure if she tried to find her car’s battery as I already had jumper leads – it’s like a handbag, you take it wherever you go) and discovered many things she’s been looking for for quite some time now.
We both decided it’s best not to involve her car, as none of us knew actually what to do with one good battery, one dead battery and heavy duty jumper leads. Next thing Garth Shamley was phoned to come help, but before he arrived, Tania Allan was already there (and she knew exactly what to do). And then Tracy Kennedy arrived on horseback – also to the rescue!
Man, I love this place! Thanks my good friends – love you more!
Do you know about the SA Rare Bird News Report? It is a heads-up about unusual bird sightings and it is electrifying. People drop everything and jump on planes or leap into vehicles and race across amazing distances to the identified spot to see out-of-the-ordinary birds before they take wing and vanish. Recently two wandering Albatrosses and a Barau’s Petrel spotted in our area made it to the report. Read more
A “chokka museum” will soon be a reality once the Andejach, a retired chokka boat, has been restored to its former glory. The old Andejach ended up in the St Francis Boatyard after it was replaced some years ago by the “new” Andejach, built to modern specification by boat builders on the West Coast. Read more
Our recipe this week, ”Skinny” Chicken Stroganoff with Sweet potato mash is inspired by Liezl Clause, as she has quite a good eating plan (not a diet, more of a life style change). The nice thing about this eating plan is that there are still some of the “nicer” indulgences that you are allowed, in moderation of course, so I have gone through all of these things and come up with this lovely “skinny chicken stroganoff” recipe. Read more
The St Francis Bay Rotary Club participated in the second annual Global Swimarathon, an awareness and fundraising campaign for End Polio Now. It was held on Tuesday 19 February at the Old Hotel Pool, and went ahead as planned despite threatening thundershowers. A great turnout of 55 swimmers, 9 more than last year, and lots of spectators and supporters lead to a total amount of R1570 raised for End Polio Now. Read more
Climate change is evident and Africa is the continent that will be hardest hit – the people of Africa are the most vulnerable as they are closely tied to and dependant on the natural environment and resources. Read more
The Homestead Equestrian Estate, affiliated to the Eastern Cape Horse Society, hosted their first graded dressage show on Saturday 8 September. The invited judge was Sandy Glover from Port Elizabeth, who only had compliments for owner Tracy Kennedy and her team. Read more
The best time for the Spring floral display is early October, however there are many indicators to show that Spring is on the way. Here is some useful information, kindly supplied by the St Francis Kromme Trust, to help you identify what you see in our nature areas at the moment. Read more
Welcome to the Coffee Café! Visitors will be as surprised as us locals were when we walked into the Village Square Centre to get our newspapers and fresh bread from Superspar last Sunday and walked straight into this little shoppy with its warm, welcoming, and charming appeal. Read more
Since Frances Becker moved to St Francis and opened the doors of Nomvula’s Knitters, she has touched and changes the lives of many residents of Sea Vista. Frances, entrepreneur and philanthropist received an Award for Service to Community from Rotary earlier this month in recognition of her work. Read more
67 Minutes for Mandela turned into 3 hours when a group of girls visited the SPCA Assissi in Humansdorp, however, by adding another minute or two you can make sure that this branch will raise enough funds to keep the animals well looked after until they find their forever homes. Read more
Well done to Kirsty Masterson (13), who won the fourth annual Jeffreys Bay Endurance Ride on Saturday May 5. Kirsty, a Young Rider and learner from Nico Malan, finished the 81,6km distance in 4 hours 7 minutes, beating the first Heavy Weight Rider, Wesley Hayes. Read more
A very successful Founder’s Day Bridge Tournament was organised by the St Francis Bay Bridge Club in honour of Dinks Liebenberg who founded the club 30 years ago. The Day was in aid of NSRI, as Dinks has done for the last 18 years and R5 700 was raised. Read more
Great fun will be the order of the day on Monday, 30 April if you decide to take part in the second Amazing 6312 Race – either by foot, or on a bicycle. This team race will start at 09:00 from Squid Square, where you will receive your tasks for the morning. Read more
While working as volunteer veterinary surgeon at Penguins Eastern Cape, Dr Nerine Botha was encouraged by fellow volunteers to “please” open a practice in St Francis Bay. Now, a year later, Nerine can look back on a successful and busy year. In the very busy holiday time many visting animal lovers and pet owners were relieved to have a resident vet, another first for 6312. Read more