Nosy Rosy April / May 2016 Newsletter
A warm Hello to our beloved 23 500 subscribers and thousands of new and frequent web visitors. We hope to inform & inspire our readers to know more about South Africa and some of our places, things to do, experience and see. Whether you are searching for meaning, fun or facts, you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy among all the events, good reads and links we eagerly research and write about for you.
Before I try and tantalize you with all the fabulous goings on in the Overberg and South Africa – Please participate in our petition against the proposed road through Fernkloof Hermanus. Read about it here and please sign & share this link to help us protect our beautiful
#Overberg! #RespectOurPlanet https://goo.gl/8ebLGe
#WIN with NosyRosy April – August: 2 x Double tickets per month to the value of R300 per pair.
Each double ticket includes: Entrance to the festival arena and wine hall for two people – click here for details.
Events To Attend & Special Offers
- Elgin’s Apple Festival 7 May
- Special winter offers at The Marine (Please click on the image below)
- Remember to get your tickets to the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All – on from 20 – 22 May.
- Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 6 – 8 August 2016
South Africans in the Lime Light
- The man of the hour is still JAN Hendrik van der Westhuyzen – read our little ode to SuperHero JAN and his delectable latest news.
Jan-Hendrik and Struik honoured Nosy Rosy with five #MichelinStar Recipes form his latest book “A Breath Of French Air”! As from next month, you will find One JAN #MichelinStar Recipe per month here.
- We associate CNN with bombings & stock market crashes and other bad news, so it is very refreshing to see that a South African company Swisatec got their attention for the R14 billion ($900 million) Blue Rock Eco village development in Somerset West. Also find other interesting bits of news on South Africa which made it onto this CNN page.
- Social Media
Read this article for more understanding of the power of an authentic marketing campaign and how to create one.
- Internet, Interweb, bits & bobs. Now Bot Searches are competing with Google – and it matters for your business.
Successful business owners are always on top of who their target markets are. If you aim to grow into the next 10 years, you should know how young adults find what they are looking for and consider looking at why Bots are important. Bots are widely used with proximity searches – such as “Shoe store near me” (GPS Location obviously switched on on your mobile, tablet or computer.)
As background it is good to know that you can search e.g. “restaurants near me” on Google Maps anywhere in the world. Open Google maps and in stead of just typing a place name, search for example “Restaurants Claremont Cape Town“. Establishments who own a Google plus page and have claimed the business (a bit of a schlep but worth it!) will appear on these highly popular searches (and are listed at the top of the page on the normal Google Searches). The above mentioned mobile bots can do the same and you might like to be seen on the results of a search relating to your business. Facebook is leading with their bots for millions of Messenger platform users.”
Congratulations Creation Wines! The results of the prestigious National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, were recently announced at a glittering event held at Spier Estate and the Creation Wines team is delighted to have five wines in the Top 100. To make this achievement even more remarkable, two of Creation’s wines, the 2014 Syrah, Grenache and the 2014 Reserve Merlot, were selected as Grand Cru National Champions in their respective classes. Read more about the Top 100 SA Wines
A Special mention to all our UK subscribers, especially London & surrounds:
10 May, 17h30: Wine & Canapé Pairing, Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon Street, Holborn, London
Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa invites you to taste their award-winning wines, paired with scrumptious canapés at the renowned Vivat Bacchus Restaurant, Farringdon, London. For more information, please contact Daniela at email@example.com.
Creation Wines are delighted to announce the latest releases of two of their most popular white wines. The aromatic 2016 Creation Sauvignon Blanc delights with scents of guava and ripe pineapple enhanced by minerally whiffs. It shows attractive tropical fruit, hints of cassis as well as fresh green pepper on the palate. The crisp natural acidity is characteristic of this elegant, cool climate wine.
Although little known in South Africa, Viognier is a cultivar which is becoming increasingly popular and production has escalated over recent years. Creation was the first in the Hemel-en-Aarde to plant this grape variety. Elegant and delicately aromatic the 2016 Creation Viognier beckons with notes of apricot, white peach and coconut on the nose. On the creamy palate pure peach and apricot flavours mingle with exciting minerality, beautifully balanced by tongue-tingling acidity. Read more about the 2016 Creation Voignier.
Order Creation Wines Here
Things To Read
Nosy Rosy had the honour and pleasure of being invited to Ormonde Private Cellars in Darling – Please click here to read our wine tasting story.
Read our Restaurant reviews: Lunchtime experience at The Botrivier Hotel Experience.
More than 16 years ago John Platter came into the South African Wine World with a bang. He is still as relevant, charming and opinionated today as he was then – and we love it!
Please click on the link to read about his latest book. The return of John Platter – My kind of wine.
Places To Go
The Cape Town’s Official Tourism website suggests 50 reasons why Cape Town can be good for your health.
Among the interesting things to do you will find the Cape Camino: The route embraces the city of Cape Town in the north, Cape Point in the south and crosses over at Constantia Nek. It is divided into 7 legs of about 20 km each, for ease of digestion and understanding.
Trust the inimitable Wildekrans Team to come up with a fresh and brilliant new “Indigenous Dining“concept! Everyday the weather and seasons determine what we will find. Our chefs roam the pastures and forage for ingredients daily to showcase their findings by offering an “Indigenous Dining“ Experience.
Some call it little Switzerland, some call it Eden but most people, swooshing past on the N2, have no idea of the treasures hidden behind the tall trees of Elgin. I was recently blessed with an invitation to explore and experience this paradisaical place and am a new and great admiror. I love falling in Love with places – especially when it offers so much more than beauty! Like a really handsome man who is also handy. Read more of the wine, women and song of Elgin…albeit #Wine, #Cider, #Food & #Tranquility.
A weekend in Paarl is such a great idea! It’s close enough to Cape Town to be able to leave after work on a Friday afternoon, yet you feel as if you have left the big city life far behind. Five Star & Soulful Paarl accommodation at Diamant Estate, – Excellent Paarl Spice Route Wine, cheese, food, herbs, family fun, all round good times!
McGregor is a beautiful little village in the mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. It is roughly 150 km east of Cape Town. Expect to find tranquil accommodations, fine restaurants, award winning wines, olives & innovative olive produce, a life affirming Donkey Sanctuary, investment quality art, Grappa that will change your blood type and soOoo much more…
Health & Fitness – Best Investment in yourself!
Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~Francis of Assisi
A word from Mat at Proactive Fitness Hermanus
We squeeze the facts from your veg box and extract the fads;
With the invention of smoothie machines it has changed the way millions take their breakfast, the single-serving smoothie maker has become a permanent kitchen fixture. Let’s help you sort the pulp from the fiction with our guide …
Things to do & See
Something interesting to do, and not weather dependent, is to go on a tour at Heart of Abalone and learn all about Abalone. You can meet this mysterious mollusc and learn about the cultivation of this endangered species at our Heart Shed in Hermanus! Walk through a working abalone farm. See the abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment. Enjoy a tasting of this delicacy in various forms. www.heartofabalone.co.za
Make your own fizzy cooldrink – Kombucha South Africa – Delicious & Nutritious – no cavities, dentists & #BadMom badges (like in the case of Coke & Fanta etc)
Landscape architecture and horticulture have played monumental roles in the history and habits of peoples’ lives throughout all ages. It still is where science, art and necessity meet. From cultivating food to creating spaces where special moments can be celebrated or a book can be read in tranquility, it is essential for our physical and psychological wellbeing. Look at the tranquil and beautiful spaces created by CHB Landscaping.
- Visit The Botrivier Nursery for a wonderful selection of indigenous plants & great advice.
Events for Everyone
World Economic Forum on Africa2015 – Cape Town, South Africa 3-5 June 2015. Then and Now: Re-imagining Africa’s Future
See what is on at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
See what is on at Hermanus U3A (University Of The 3rd Age)
Platbos – Africa’s Southernmost forest.
Food Markets & Food Lovers
Von Geusau Chocolates is delighted to announce that their range of artisanal chocolates now includes a sublime, sugar free, chocolate slab. Available in both milk and dark chocolate, our sugar free range uses the finest quality Belgian chocolate, distinguished by its high cocoa percentage, and absence of artificial flavours and vegetable fats.
A natural sweetener, Maltitol, a reduced calorie, reduced carbohydrate sweetener that has 80% the sweetness of sugar, is used to ensure all the sweetness remains without the calories.
Von Geusau Chocolates has been hand-crafting chocolates in the Overberg village of Greyton, under chocolatier Richard von Geusau since 2000. The sugar free chocolate slabs join an indulgent and luxurious range of chocolates, pralines and truffles. Please contact Von Geusau Chocolates for further info: 028 254 9100 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hermanus Country Market Every Saturday morning at the Hermanus cricket club. 9am to 13pm.
Greyton Saturday Market Every Saturday
Stanford Sunset Market Last Friday of each month
Sedgefield Scarab Market Every Saturday come rain or shine. Garden Route, Western Cape
Highly Recommended for foodies:
Look at the Smoke House & Activities on The AShack.
Caring Community &
Doing Random Acts of Kindness
Elements: Knitting and crochet hobby classes. Knitting classes are on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 to + – 12.00 or later. We can consider Fridays too. Crochet classes are on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 17.30 – 19.30 as the class decides. R75.00 per class. You must bring your own needles and wool. Preferably double knit and 4mm needles both for the knitting and crochet or maybe a little bit thicker, not thinner. Elements is in Broad Street between Amulet and Lock and Key Hermanus. Contact Annette: email@example.com Facebook
Please support the new Butterfly Centre – Special needs schools and therapy centre in Stanford.
Please help our NSRI Heroes to help us.
Support the NSRI
The Clothing Bank‘s mission is to empower unemployed mothers through enterprise development. 14 Arum Road Hermanus Industria Contact Magda 028 312 1774
A seven-day journey by four women through a surreal desert landscape yields awe-inspiring sights, and hard-won lessons (know how to change a flat).
Story via The New York Times
Introducing some of my favourite #Travel bloggers.
Travel highlights of 2015
Meet Anje – a Travel Blogger Going Somewhere Slowly. Travel Addict, Coffee Junkie, Word Enthusiast, Bicycle Nut, Globetrotter, Solo Traveller and South African. Twitter Handle: @AnjeRautenbach
Meet Di Brown – The Roaming Giraffe. Loves to write and rave about South Africa, Africa and travel. A huge advocate of the #ShotLeft campaign and a cartographer by trade and co-owner of Jabedi Mapping. Check out the fantastic travel & map App! The Voice Map app is exactly what the name implies. Each walk you select and download becomes a fully comprehensive, talking tour guide on your smart phone or tablet. Twitter Handle:@DiBrown5
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin
Nosy Rosy Favourites
Places To Eat
Botriver Hotel Die Blaasbalk Restaurant
Gecko & Harbour Rock
Spiceroute – Paarl
Tapas Live Music over weekends.
The Marine Hotel
Wildekrans Open Dining
Favourite Olive Oils
Article and list
Places To Stay
Bloemhof Karoo – N1 Close to Three Sisters
Broadwater – Northern Cape
Delarey Guest Farm – Yzerfontein West Coast
Poespasrivier : )
Places To Shop
See the extraordinary abalone-shell vases and mirrors by Lawton Roberts Design
Gift ideas and more
Exclusive Works – The Ultimate Stainless Steel Pans, trailers etc!
Foto First – photographic desires.
PCXPress ALL computer needs
GO SOLAR – 123
Sonic WiFi -Retail | Repairs & Installations
Earthworks – Garden Design & Service with care!
Exclusive Works – Steelworks & Building Expertise
Grow your business: The labour office
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Sonic WiFi -Retail | Repairs & Installations
WebWits Design, Marketing & Maintenance
Woodworks – Dream it,
they create it!
NosyRosy Advertise your business or event.
Unnata® Aerial Yoga HERMANUS
“The inverted poses revitalize the whole system. They take the weight off the legs, relieving strain. “..read more about aerial yoga
Pappin Pretorius Optometrist
Get Fit! ProActive Fitness
Child and family counselling
Things To Do
“Cooking for Pleasure” Classes at the Overstrand Training Institute.
Paleo your body into shape!
Go to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market
Learn to dance with confidence!
Hermanus U3A Program
Join Whale Coast conservation
Visit SpiceRoute Paarl
Property For Sale.
Country place for sale – Stanford area
We design websites with an approach of functional beauty. We go the extra mile to get the traffic you want on your website. www.webwits.co.za
Testimonials & Feedback
To: South Africa & Overberg
I receive the Nosy Rosy Newsletter with joy every month. Over the months the newsletter has changed, become more colorful, with more information. Now a days I can’t wait to see what the next edition will bring.
A true delight. Well done to the whole team.
– from a great admirer.
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