They “kam and they go”, it is true. Some don’t go that far, they can still visit – like the Besters, who are leaving St Francis after almost three years.
Some come and go, others come, get involved, make a substantial difference, build a monument and then go. Like Rob and Sam Bester, who made a huge contribution to the St Francis Kromme Trust, where Rob was acting chairman for the last few months, especially in renovating the Heritage Eco Centre amongst other projects.
Sam soon were called the “Shark lady” as she was called in whenever a shark, penguin or other marine specie washed up somewhere on our coastline. Many kids enjoyed a rocky shore study with her, or art lessons at the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre – the biggest monument they are leaving behind.
Rob, Sam, Luke and Julia - our best wishes for your new venture. At least it’s “back home” for you guys! Enjoy KZN, and we see you in December!
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!
As parents do, I often wish I could give my kids more. Since the petrol price became ridiculous (which started around their birth years) we and most families I know can’t just travel the way we would love to – my dad made sure we knew our country, well, my kids know St Francis very well!
Stulting Primary in Humansdorp had their annual concert this week, and there were some pretty proud parents in the audience last night! The storyline was a tour through our country, and yes, there are still so much my kids must see, but in the meantime, what an amazing education our kids get at this school - love and respect, discipline and religion, with a huge ”proudly South African” element in it. Imagine what fond memories they will have of these concerts. It is no joke to get 560 kids on one stage – ask Stulting, they can do it! Thank you Laerskool Stulting, for the privilege to have you on our doorstep.
Photo: “Mr Coetzer” by Tanya Loots
As I have spend quite some time this week on getting a Kouga Route brochure ready on behalf of the KLTO (Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, the umbrella for St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Gamtoos) in time for Indaba, the words “Endless Summer” were sort of stuck in my mind when I started to do this editorial on Thursday morning.
Despite remembering the first Enid Pretorius Trail Walk in 65km/h wind and ice rain, I didn’t object having the words used on the front page of the flyer, but by Friday an old friend of mine’s words ”listen to your inner voice” came back to me, as I could see us making headlines: ”False Advertising.” Last night I thought the KLTO should maybe invest in a guillotine to cut those words off – nonetheless and jokes aside, we know our big secret is in fact our Endless Summer, and by Monday we will be in short sleeves again.
So winter is here – surf’s up and the whales on their way!
Photo: Hettie Meyer
Our teen came down to the kitchen for breakfast yesterday as grumpy as a teen can be at 06:20 on a weekday. The reply when asked what was wrong: “Eish. The moon.”
Teen kicked me out of my upstairs office some months ago, and sleeps on the balcony (by choice). Some nights the rain doesn’t even wake him up, as teens don’t wake up easily. But the full moon… eish! Poor 9-year old Jess Brown set her alarm for 02:00 not to miss a meteor shower - Jo found her the next morning still curled up on the floor next to the window!
Not sure if we will get them streetwise before they turn 18, but they sure have a childhood of note!
Photo: Big Moon, Hettie Meyer.
Some excitement this morning! Paddlers and surfers, as well as people from the side, spotted a shark, estimated at 4m (although in typical fisherman style the size was getting bigger every time the story was retold) swimming towards the people in the water at Hulett’s this morning. Read more
I wish you a blessed Christmas, may this be a wonderful time to spend with your loved ones – even if you are busy, I hope it is possible to make time to share the peace. To our holiday makers, it is good to see you are enjoying our part of the world as much as we do. Read more
I often think it’s hard to be a woman. But not as hard as it is great. We get to choose what we have for supper (although we have to make it too). We know exactly what goes on in the lives of our children (or so we hope). The dogs think I am the best, sometimes I actually feel sorry for Eric when he calls Rebecca and she ignores him (ok, I know it’s because I feed them). Read more