South Africa & Overberg News – Nosy Rosy Newsletter January / February 2016

South Africans Abroad – A Luxury Tree House In Central London!
South African born Hubert Zandberg has been established in London for more than 14 years and hit the news again this week with Virgin holiday’s luxury “Urban Jungle” tree-house in London. Watch a video of the Virgin hut Zandberg interior. #SouthAfricanSwag

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Everything is Rosy and Serene for 2016!

Wondering which colour will dominate 2016? According to colour authority Pantone, it will be a blend of two tones for the first time ever – pale pink Rose Quartz and equally subtle Serenity blue…

Internet News

Social Media
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Sharing Images
If Dropbox irritates you as much as it does me, have a look at BunchCut! The brainchild of South African Jan Pickard – Co-founder and CTO. Bunchcut is a great image sharing forum and was launched in New York last year.  Click here to read a short review and watch a video of how BunchCut works.


It is high summer in South Africa. Our days are long and the late afternoons find many a South African with a good glass of wine in hand. Find some inspiration in SA wine – Creation Wine’s latest fresh approach to pairing. #WineLovers

Nosy Rosy had the honour and pleasure of being invited to Ormonde Private Cellars in DarlingPlease click here to read our wine tasting story.
Read our recent Restaurant reviews: Lunchtime experience at Wildekrans Open Dining  and 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.


Cape Town

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.

Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~Francis of Assisi

Health & Fitness

A word from Mat at Proactive Fitness Hermanus

“Firstly i would like to wish everyone a happy New Year filled with health and happiness. Thank you for your friendship and participation in 2015 and I look forward to another great year in 2016!I am sure we have all had a great festive season spent with family and friends over indulging on delicious food and drink! However reality is its 2016 and I bet one or two New Year’s resolutions is to get fitter and healthier. With that said, it is time for a quick gut check. It’s easy, just wrap a tape measure around your waist, halfway between your ribs and hips. Look at the number. Is it less than half your height in inches?

Keeping your height-to-waist ratio to at least 2:1 can increase your life expectancy by lowering your risk for inflammation issues, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke” more…

Also read – Give your Muscles the pump they deserve!


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.

Events for Everyone

See what is on the menu for Valentines @ Wildekrans.

See what is on at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

See what is on at Hermanus U3A (University Of The 3rd Age)

Afrika Burn Tankwa Karoo 27 April – 3 May

Nature Lovers
Kirstenbosch Events 

Platbos – Africa’s Southernmost forest.

Theatre Lovers

Cape Town Opera

On at the Fugard Theatre

District Six – Kanala – From 2 February 2016

Additional performances added – now booking to 19 March.

David Kramer, who together with his partner the late Taliep Petersen created the hugely successful musicals – District Six, Fairyland and Kat and the Kings, will celebrate the vibrant musical culture that was to be found in the streets, halls, hotels, clubs and bioscopes of 1960’s District Six. This musical tribute, presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, marks the 50th anniversary of the destruction of District Six.

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 |

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

Higly Recommended for foodies:

Look at the Smoke House & Activities on The AShack.

Read the lovely writings on Crush Online 

Caring Community &
Doing Random Acts of Kindness

Enlighten Education Trust

RIGHT TO READ CAMPAIGN – Book donations needed please.

50 donated books have been giving to each of two Grade R classes, but there are 43 more waiting in line. The end of February is the cut-off date and we still need a minimum of 600 more books. Please help us fill an aching gap in the lives of many hundreds of our own young children of the ‪#‎Overstrand‬.

Donations can be made to the Enlighten Education Trust bank account at Standard Bank Hermanus (Branch Code 050-312); Account Number: 082251878; reference Right to Read and your name. Or you can drop off cash or books at Enlighten, for the attention of Elmine or Elaine. Tel 028 313 0974.

Anima Special Needs Children Therapy Centre

Camphill School
Please read the latest newsletter & Donations welcome. Look at the new website, lovingly designed by Webwits & sponsored by Nosy Rosy.

Please support the new Butterfly CentreSpecial needs schools and therapy centre in Stanford.

Please help our NSRI Heroes to help us.
Support the NSRI

Animal Lovers

Hermanus Animal Welfare Society Animal Adoptions
Caledon Animal Welfare.

Cloth Lovers
The Clothing Bank‘s mission is to empower unemployed mothers through enterprise development. 14 Arum Road Hermanus Industria Contact Magda 028 312 1774


7 Days, 1,500 Miles in Namibia

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.

Cruising on the Touw River
Meet Gotravelbug who lives passionatey and is a road tripper of the roads less travelled. Twitter Handle: @gotravelbug

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

Good Reads

When Love is Not Love – By Jean-Jacques de Chazal
Free Download.

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
La Pentola
Panorama Restaurant
Spiceroute – Paarl
Tapas Live Music over weekends.
The Marine Hotel
Wildekrans Open Dining

Wine Tastings & Food pairing
Creation Wines
Favourite Wineries
See our list of Award winning wines.

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
The Marine
Milkwood Lodge
Francolin Hof
Aloe House
Poespasrivier : )
Accommodation McGregor

Places To Shop
See the extraordinary abalone-shell vases and mirrors by Lawton Roberts Design
Gift ideas and more
Shade Shop
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. “ more about aerial yoga
Pappin Pretorius Optometrist
Get Fit! ProActive Fitness
Natural Supplements
Child and family counselling
Child psychologist
Lianna Morrison

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

Register as an Organ donor:
Only 2% of South Africans are registered as organ donors
 & when you register you can save 7 lives. Register now.  Watch the touching “GET ME TO 21” story

Property For Sale.
Country place for sale – Stanford area


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