A warm July 2016 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 Cape Town Overberg Events Places Things to do, experience and see in South Africa. 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. Please scroll down to see Caring Community & Doing Random Acts of Kindness.
Read Our Nosy Rosy June / July 2016 Newsletter below or
Before I try and tantalize you with all the fabulous goings on in the Overberg and South Africa – We Need Your Vote!
Please participate in our petition against the proposed road through Fernkloof Hermanus.
Read about it hereand please sign & share this link to help us protect our beautiful
#Overberg! #RespectOurPlanet https://goo.gl/8ebLGe
#WIN Hermanus Wine & Food Festival Tickets: 2 x 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
- Special winter offers at The Marine (Please click on the image below)
- Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 6 – ugust 2016 ~ Win Ticket here or ~ Buy ticket here
- McGregor Poetry Festival 2016 will take place from the 26 to 28th of August 2016.
- Tapas Live Music in Hermanus
- Elgin Valley Events
- Hermanus Flower Festival
- Unplugged62 7-9 October 2016 Venue: Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards, Barrydale, Route 62.
Flowers for Events ~ Overberg Flowers is a new business which operates out of Hermanus Western Cape. They supply and deliver freshly cut flowers to your doorstep for weddings, private and corporate events at affordable prices. www.overbergflowers.co.za
South Africans in the Lime Light
- JAN Hendrik van der Westhuizen (Read our little ode to SuperHero JAN.) and Struik honoured our Nosy Rosy subscribers with some delectable #MichelinStar Recipes form his latest book “JAN A Breath Of French Air”! View the extract of Roast Lamb with Pumpkin Flowers Recipe.
Easy Michelin Star Recipe to make at home & you can win the perfectly paired Creation wine with this meal.
Creation Wines are served at Restaurant JAN in Nice, France. Guess correctly and you can win the perfectly paired Creation Wine for this dish.
- The New York Times writes about our Braai culture: “Braai means grill in Afrikaans, the Dutch-Zulu-Xhosa-English mash-up language that has evolved here since 1652, when the first Europeans arrived in South Africa from the Netherlands. Locals say it is the only word recognized by all of the nation’s 11 official languages. Rump steak, shown here, from the part that American butchers call round, is a popular cut for braai.” Credit: Joao Silva/The New York Times
- What happens in 60 Seconds on the Internet.
It is interesting to see that Youtube receives more searches than Google!
- A great tip for multitasking heroes is to copy and paste long pieces of text into www.fromtexttospeech.com and press play. Now you can listen to your document while doing your nails, drawing a picture or organising your desk. You can also download the audio file for listening while you drive. I Love it! Also have a look at www.naturalreaders.com for more voice and language choices. Unfortunately not for Afrikaans but choose French Bruno and he turns your words into sεxy-sounding gibberish : )
Random Interestingness ~From Tacky to Tekkie
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The Nursery in Botrivier inspires gardeners & gardening lovers with a wide variety of indigenous plants, seasonal vegetable plants, herbs, trees, flower-plants, garden accessories and interesting gardening ideas. Situated very close to the N2 it is the perfect last holiday stop on your way home or a great outing on any day! The Nursery Botrivier supports and showcases local businesses and artists which makes the visit even more worth your while. They specialise in indigenous plants and trees but you will find wonderful seasonal and perennial plants, trays of herbs and vegetables at excellent prices. Visit the Nursery Botriver.
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 well-being. Look at the tranquil and beautiful spaces created by CHB Landscaping.
Creation Wines News:
In this popular series we feature selected sommeliers from top restaurants around the world. Each chooses his or her favourite Creation wine, tells us why and recommends a matching dish. This week we welcome Gina Neilson from the modern, elegant 9th Avenue Bistro in Durban. Gina says: One of my favourite places on earth is the Hemel-en-Aarde; it is surely one of Mother Nature’s proudest achievements. I’ve had a love for this wine producing region for ages, but especially after we’ve visited last year. Creation stands at the very top of the valley. If you haven’t been yet, I urge you to go. I find Carolyn and Jean-Claude’s passion for producing wine remarkable and it shows in every bottle. Read more on what sommeliers from top restaurants around the world have to say. Or watch the Gina Neilson video Here.
Creation is very excited to announce the release of the 2015 Creation Syrah, Grenache which will now take the place of the 2014 vintage on our pairing menu. Jean-Claude Martin, Creation’s viticulturist and winemaker, had the foresight to plant one of Vititec’s first virus-free mother blocks post-apartheid at Creation. (During the apartheid years virus-free vines were unobtainable.) Healthy vines produce grapes of great quality and 2015 was climatically an exceptional year for us. Among the many accolades for the sought-after Syrah, Grenache blend is the fact that the 2014 vintage was selected as Grand Cru National Champion in its class at the recent National Wine Challenge. The wine beckons with alluring aromas of ripe black olive complemented by whiffs of pepper. It is a well-endowed Rhône-style blend with intense flavours of ripe plum, black pepper, tapenade and umami. More about the Creation 2015 Creation Syrah, Grenache. Order Creation Wines Here
Random notes on Wine
At Nosy Rosy we LOVE MCC but the Du Toitskloof Brut Sparkling Wine is THE best tasting & Value for Money Bubbles in the World! It tastes like fresh morning fruits and we Love it!
Things To Read
Elgin Oh Elgin! Some call it little Switzerland, some call it Eden but most people who swoosh past on the N2, have no idea of the treasures hidden behind the tall trees of the Elgin Valley.
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.
Situated in the heart of the Hemel & Aarde Valley just a gentle drive from either the George N2 at Caledon (17min – 19.7km) or the Hermanus R43 (14min – 15.7km). You will be surrounded by beauty and catered for with relaxed charm. #JustDoIt!
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 admirer. 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 and your significant others!
Most people don’t realize how simple change can be. How easy it is, with the right knowledge, to support the body to heal itself and correct imbalance through years of wrong-doing. Have a free consultation or choose a workshop at Wellness Now.
4 Mistakes you could be making when Lifting Weights.
“The most common mistake you will witness is folks throwing away their form through ego-lifting” says James Farmer, personal trainer and physiotherapist. “If you’re lifting with huge weights to try and look good then often you’re not going to perform the exercise correctly, which opens you up to injury. Too often I see people stacking too much…
Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~Francis of Assisi
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)
Events for Everyone
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
For those on Facebook. Please visit the The Hermanus Food for Charity facebook page where you can communicate directly with other people who care. There are so many people who suffer in silence because they are too proud to ask for help. The Hermanus Food for Charity facebook page will allow people to advertise unwanted food and act as a platform for the needy to accept help through messaging each other directly so that there is no shame involved. Please like the page and share content. We hope that the page will be a success and that the locals in the community will appreciate the benefits of social media in enabling the community to donate and accept food donations directly.
Helping SA’s hope for Warmth
Many children have to go through this winter with blankets that are torn and have holes in. They have to share 1 blanket with their siblings, some have no blanket at all and have to rely on a plastic bag or a carton box to cover themselves. Please help us to help them http://nosyrosy.co.za/helping-south-africa/
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
Favourite Olive Oils
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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!
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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
Visit Elgin Valley
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
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