January 2020 South Africa ~ Savour Every Moment

Hello Beautiful People!

This month we celebrate more of the excellence of the innovative and resourceful endeavours of South Africans who set a positive tone for our beloved rainbow nation. With or without electricity, we rock on!

Jump to Events Galore December to May 2020 and more.

You can read the full newsletter by scrolling down here.

There is enough to keep you on a happy, healthy high for quite some time.

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The printable PDF is available on request.  
Thank you so much to all who print this out as infotainment for their friends, visitors & guests!
I receive Very interesting feedback from all over the world!

“I don’t spend time wondering what might be next; I just focus on trying to savor every day.”  Trisha Yearwood

What’s up Brew?
Hermanus Brewery is up bru! …

Really right up there where stars are born.

Read about how a dream became a reality…

Hermanus & Overstrand ~ UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy & its positive impact on growth, urban development  and sustainability.

“Placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” …Read more

24-25 January 2020
The 7th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is a two-day event, created to celebrate our world class Pinot Noir. …Read More

Creation Wines

Creation Wines’ ability to constantly surprise and delight all with a fresh take on things never ceases to amaze!

On January 24, those within range can experience the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration 2020: Under Pinot Skies 
24 Jan 2020–25 Jan 2020

Delightful Farm Stay ~ Tesselaarsdal

If you would like to spend some time away from the city, rat race, noise, pollution and traffic, right in the middle of nowhere, I suggest you book yourself a cosy cottage at Klein Watervalplaas just outside Tesselaarsdal! It is only an hour and a half away from Cape Town and you can enjoy serene country life while watching Alpacas grazing right in front of you.

Panorama Restaurant at 5 Star Bellavista – Worth the drive out there, for the view and the food!

Book your table
Chef Dino in the organic Panorama garden, giving the herbs some love, while getting more inspired. Chef Dino of Bellavista’s Panorama Restaurant – giving the herbs some love : ) 
Sumaridge ~ A Celebration of Life with Bottomless Bubbly

The Sumaridge Wayfarer 2016 MCC was launched on the 20th of December. 
Contact Sumaridge

Meet Hein Stirred (Van Tonder) Award Winning Food photographer and Recipe Spotter
Congratulations Hein!

About Hein

“At 44 I was ticking along nicely with my own bookkeeping business but yearned for a creative outlet. I tried many different things. I got given a camera before a trip to New York, and photography emerged as the perfect partner to my life-long affair with food… read more


Victorian beauty in Kleinmond with the ocean right on your doorstep, restored and newly renovated by owners. Villa le Roc is a beautiful holiday house for friends and family who enjoy style. This picturesque guest house is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and 20 minutes from Hermanus.

The original Victorian Cape-Dutch style offers guests a beautiful peaceful stay with all the modern luxuries and amenities you desire, plus the most breathtaking ocean views.

There are two  units available. Each unit sleeps 4 people. R2300.00 per night. Minumim stay of 2 nights

Contact: Marinda on 082 923 0537 or marindagey@gmail.com 

N2-&-R43-OVERBERG Where to stop Roadtrip Guide​​Please click to visit the road-tripping page and/or look at the latest visitors video of a road trip to Avani Lodge Private Nature Reserve outside Bot River. Visitor #VideoCompetition #Win a free weekend breakaway & extras. Ask for details to participate.

I keep adding to the map I created of some of my favourite places to STOP at on your way anywhere in the Overberg. Special focus on the N2 from Grabouw to Swellendam (and beyond) and the R43 from Botriver via Hermanus to Gansbaai and beyond. Please share and suggest your favourite places to STOP.

I keep adding to the map I created of some of my favourite places to STOP at on your way anywhere in the Overberg. Special focus on the N2 from Grabouw to Swellendam (and beyond) and the R43 from Botriver via Hermanus to Gansbaai and beyond. Please share and suggest your favourite places to STOP.

The Wanderer with Maps has been around for more than 10 years. This completely hand-drawn newsletter is a joy to find every time! John Crighton is the artist behind this lovely publication and his general joie de vivre shines straight out of each page. Nosy Rosy turns this into an online magazine to share the love! More about John and his The Wanderer with Maps.

Go Solar!

Save money every day while doing the environment a favour too by installing Solar. Solar123 has a special running for the whole of September.

Previous Popular Articles

Honey vs Fake Honey

How to buy Real HoneyHoney Interrupted”! We did some serious research to be able to inform health-minded people on how to know which Honey to buy! Natural should be natural – but it became complicated. We try to simplify it before you lose interest and buy junk. 80% of Honey in our shops are imported from China, all goodness killed by irradiation and/or fake syrups posing as honey. Please read more and find some fun and easy tests to make sure that you paid for what you were lead to believe you were buying. Award-winning and real Honey in South Africa versus Fake Honey. How to buy Honey 101

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing, as a calming and healing practice, became known in Japan in the 1980s. The obvious feel-good factors all apply but now we understand more about the physiological benefits, apart from the eye-pleasing scenery, gentle hiking exercise and extra oxygen. Phytoncide is a substance emitted by plants & trees and generally means the aroma of the forest. “Phyton” means “plant” in Latin, and “cide” means to exterminate. Phytoncides are produced to help plants & trees protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, but researchers now offer proof of their enormous health benefits to human life. Read more about forest bathing and your health and happiness.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights,  but in looking with new eyes."

Marcel Proust

Environment, community and social responsibility.

Do Random Acts of Kindness

~Please visit our Caring Community & Doing Random Acts of Kindness page where you can pick your favourite charity or choose a random one to donate a couple of rands to. Giving is good for the soul.

Hermanus Nightshelter

“What is happening with the Night Shelter?” This is the question which has been on the lips of numerous people in Hermanus after a few months of apparent inactivity at the site. But behind the scenes there has been a lot going on. Read more 


Check back as we add more events as requests flow in.


1 December 2019 – 5 January 2020, Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights

4 – 9 December, Cape Tango Festival 2019 – Cape Town

5 – 7 December, Playtopia MGA 2019 – Cape Town

6 – 7 December, Spier Light Art – Stellenbosch

6 December 2019 – 12 January 2020, The Rocky Horror Show – Cape Town

7 December, 2019 Festival of Lights – Franschhoek

7 December, Classical Music Concert: The Songmakers’ Guild Christmas Concert – Franschhoek

7 December, Craig Lucas LIVE at The Caledon

7 – 8 December, Valley of Light | The Tale of the Dragonfly Music Festival – Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

8 December, Get Lucky Summer CT (ft. Goodluck, Craig Lucas & Jimmy Nevis) – Cape Town

8 December, Somerset Fresh 2019

10 – 12 December, The Lion King Live in Concert – Sun Arena | Gauteng

12 December, Muslim Hands Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament – The Rondebosch Golf Club

12 – 15 December, Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

14 December, Bubbly & Gin Summer Festival 2019 – Cape Town

14 December, Ruhan du Toit | The Sound of Silence at Die Boer Theatre – Durbanville

15 December, Durban Spinfest

19 December, Anna Wolf | What’s in the Woods Tour – Noordhoek

19 – 21 December, African Angels Opera – Cape Town

20 December, Hermanus German Festival

26 December, Food for the Needy drop off 9 – 11 am at the United Church Hermanus.

26 December, Hermanus Sterreligkonsert met Coffee Snobs

27 – 28 December, Cause & Effect Open Air Festival ft. Ranji – Vissershok

28 December, Dans van die Vlamme – Suider-Paarl

31 December, Platinum Jukebox | New Year’s Eve Party – Tygervalley

31 December – 2 January 2020, The Little Forest Festival – Cape Town


1 January, New Year’s Day Brunch 2020 – Bot River

3 January, Sunset Concert ft. Louise Carver & Ross Learmonth – Stanford

6 – 10 January, Kids Holiday Art School – Johannesburg

9 – 12 January, Cape Town Jazzathon

10 – 11 January, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival 2020 – Cape Town

10 & 24 January, Creative Awareness and Healing Through Movement Classes – Johannesburg

11 – 12 January, Into the Wild | Raised by Wolves – Riverside Forest

14, 16 & 21 January, Atom Entrepreneur Workshops – Stellenbosch

18 January, The ABBA Show | Cape Town 2020

24 – 25 January Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration 2020: Under Pinot Skies 

25 January, Andrew Young | Summer Sunset Concert – Bot River

25 January, Classical Music Concert: A Night in Vienna with Cornelia Herrmann (piano) – Franschhoek

25 – 26 January, Festival of Rebels 2020 | Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival – Cape Town

31 January – 2 February, Origin Festival 2020 – Helderstroom


1 – 2 February, Toybox: 8Bit Arcade – Stellenbosch

2 February, Paarl Cycle Tour 2020

8 February, Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project: Cape Town

8 – 9 February, Hey Baby Boutique Fair – Durbanville

14 February, a-ha LIVE in Cape Town

14 – 16 February, The Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020

29 February – 1 March, Italian Festival at Idiom Wines – Somerset West

MARCH 2020

1 March, Arno Carstens LIVE at Backsberg – Paarl

6 – 15 March, Woordfees – Stellenbosch

7 March, Full Moon Picnic – Suider-Paarl

7 March, Huawei KDay 2020 – Durbanville Hills

17 – 19 March, Art Therapy & Mindfulness Workshop – Cape Town

APRIL 2020

4 April, Classical Music Concert | Easter Concert – Franschhoek

6 – 8 April, World Travel Market Africa 2020 – Cape Town

7 – 8 April, African Tourism Investment Summit (ATIS) 2020 – Cape Town

8 – 19 April, Swan Lake | St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre – Cape Town

15 April, Frank Turner LIVE in Cape Town

22 April – 1 May, Swan Lake | St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre – Johannesburg

MAY 2020

1 – 3 May, Comic-Con Cape Town

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
~ Joseph Campbell


Lemms Corner Market – Every Sunday in Summer

Weekly Farmers Markets

Events at Lourensford – Somerset West

Gansbaai Country Market

Vegan Goods Market – Every Saturday – Cape Town

The Village Food Market – Cape Town

Porterville Farmers Market

Calitzdorp Events 


Baardskeerders Bos (B Bos) Farmers Market ~ Last Saturday of every month.

Hermanus Country Market Every Saturday morning at the Hermanus Cricket Club. 9am to 1pm.

Greyton Saturday Market Every Saturday

Stanford Sunset Market Last Friday of each month

Napier  The Village Market Every Friday & Saturday times: Fri: 1 – 5 pm / Sat: 9 am – 2 pm, Address: 44 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier Info: 083 700 2152 / ivan@designscape.co.za

Sedgefield Scarab Market  Every Saturday come rain or shine. Garden Route, Western Cape

Nosy Rosy Favourites

Places To Eat

Brewery Hermanus
Botriver Hotel
Die Blaasbalk Restaurant
Caffe Blu Checkers Centre Hermanus
Creation Wines
Ecology Lifestyle Farm Botrivier
Gabrielskloof Botrivier
La Pentola Hermanus
Panorama Restaurant Stanford Area
Spiceroute Paarl
Shuntin Shed Botrivier
The Marine Hotel Hermanus

Wine, Beer & Food pairing

Brewery Hermanus
Creation Wines

Sumaridge Estate Wine 
Spiceroute Paarl
See our list of Award-winning wines.

Favourite Olive Oils

Read our article on how to buy the best and find our list of favourites

Places To Stay
Accommodation – McGregor
Avani Private Nature Reserve – Botrivier

Bloemhof Karoo – N1 Close to Three Sisters
Broadwater – Northern Cape
Die Voormanshuis – Creation Wines
The Marine – Hermanus
Poespasrivier  Genadendal

Places To Shop

Annabelle Hermanus Decor
Beach House
Gift ideas and more
Exclusive Works – The Ultimate Stainless Steel Pans, trailers etc!
Foto First – photographic desires.
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Go Solar – 123
Rossouw Modern Hermanus Art
Sonic WiFi –Retail | Repairs & Installations


Earthworks – Garden Design & Service with care!
Exclusive Works – Steelworks & Building Expertise
The labour office
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Solar123 Solar installations
Sonic WiFi -Retail | Repairs & Installations
WebWits Design, Marketing & Maintenance
Woodworks – Dream it,
they create it!
NosyRosy Advertise your business or event.

Health & Beauty

Hermanus Pilates Studio
Pappin Pretorius Optometrist
Get Fit! ProActive Fitness
Child and family counselling
Dr Marelize Swart Child psychologist

Things To Do

“Cooking for Pleasure” 
Classes at the Overstrand Training Institute.
Paleo your body into shape!
Go to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market
Hermanus U3A Program
Visit Elgin Valley
Join Whale Coast conservation
Visit SpiceRoute Paarl
Register as a Blood donor: Register now.

Property For Sale.
Country place for sale – Stanford area

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She brings Joy 

And as always;
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  ~ Maya Angelou