Sylvia's Sedgefield Blog

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This blog will advise you when I add new pages to my website or update existing ones, post news to my Facebook page, share news from other related sites or to notify my visitors of some event taking place in our village or along the Garden Route.

If you wish to contribute to any of my pages or make any comments please do it through my "contact Me" page.

Jul 28, 2016

The Living Cornerstone

TLC logo

The Living Cornerstone consists of a number of houses where people suffering from Alzheimers can find a safe haven.

Local philanthropist, Gilda Scammell discovered there was a great need for such homes while involved in her former organisation Sedge Mobile Meals.

She discovered and was advised of many confused and lonely Alzheimer sufferers when delivering meals to needy folks in the community. Having to go to work and not being able to pay for a carer, family members had to leave the insecure and mentally unstable person to fend for themselves although they were not able to do so.

In many instances, people living with an Alzheimer sufferer do not understand what that person is going through and the 24/7 care they need as their situation deteriorates.....

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Jun 11, 2016

Choo Tjoe Update

Choo Tjoe Update

Work has begun on repairs to the railway tracks of the defunct iconic Outeniqua Choo Tjoe route that used to run between George and Knynsa. Assisted with private funding, the project is being driven by Classic Rail. To create some revenue, it is anticipated that the initial re-opening will commence with an exciting ‘Dinner’ Train.

Beginning at Knysna Station, a slow meandering journey over the Knysna Lagoon with a few short stops in strategic places will enable passengers to enjoy breath-taking evening views of the estuary and town while partaking of a sumptuous 5 course meal. A Class 32 Diesel locomotive will pull 4 dining cars to accommodate 168 guests. The turn around point will be Keytersnek Siding, a mere stone’s throw from Belvidere.

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Mar 19, 2016

Sedgefield Slow Festival

2016 Slow Festival

The count down is on Sedgefield's much anticipated annual Slow Festival. With family fun for everyone, this year promises to be the best yet.

Get your program to check out the events. Along with the old favourites, there are several exciting new ones.... like our own version of "The Amazing Race", the Lakeside Lodge Chocolate Egg Extravaganza and the Pilipili Standup Paddle Race.

So make sure you don't miss out and join in this year's fabulous Easter fun time to feel the vibe of this friendly laid-back community that love doing it the old-fashioned way!

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Mar 09, 2016

Rehabilitating Raptors

Andy with Spotted Eagle Owl Festival

Andy Nortje’s youthful interest in raptors has developed over the years to the extent that he now provides a place of refuge for injured birds in the hope that they can be rehabilitated.

Many birds of prey have been given another chance at life because of his rehabilitation facility.

An off-shoot from this is an Owl Awareness Project he conducts on Saturday mornings from the Scarab Market outside Sedgefield.

With the help of a human – imprinted Spotted Eagle Owl that cannot be released into the wild, Andy educates interested people about owls - how they benefit the environment and correcting the harmful myths and inaccurate perceptions of them.

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Feb 25, 2016

Knysna Celtic Festival

Knysna Celtic Festival

Over this weekend, starting this evening, the 2nd annual Celtic Festival in our part of the world, is kicking off in Knysna with the pre-event Ceilidh at Blend Restaurant in George Rex Drive.

Tomorrow, Saturday is the vibrant lively street parade with all the bands competing in the street march competition. It's great entertainment for free.

Competitions that include, Highland games, Scottish Country dancing, Piped bands, solos and drumming, continue through-out the day at Loerie Park.

The day ends with the Sundowners Celtic and Blue Grass Concert for which tickets must be purchased preferrably beforehand due to their high demand....

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Dec 02, 2015

Rhythms Riding

Rhythms Riding

Rhythms Riding in Sedgefield is a school with purpose.

It came into being when Chenda Parkin determined to rescue unwanted horses by giving them a home with a plan and vision to rehabilitate re-educate and rehome them.

In her own words, she is dedicated to building understanding between people and horses.

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Nov 06, 2015

Recreational Fishing

Recreational FishingThere is plenty of opportunities for beach and rock anglers, dingy and deep-sea fishermen to participate in recreational fishing along the Garden Route.

Permits should be obtained from SANParks, Cape Nature or the local Post Office.

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Nov 02, 2015

Leisure Island Festival

Leisure Isle Festival

The proceeds from the 2015 Leisure Island Festival that takes place over the weekend of 7-8 November will give support to six well known and deserving local charities,

Knysna Animal Welfare Society,

e-pap children's feeding scheme,

Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice,

Vermont Old Age Home,

Hands and Hearts Centre,

Steenbok Nature Reserve.

This fabulous festival is made possible by Sotherby's International, the founding Sponsor and many local companies and organisations that offer their services for free.....

There will be lots to do, see and enjoy for folks of all ages...FUN for EVERYONE -so don't miss out...!

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Aug 30, 2015

Melomania Dramatics


It's Melomania time in Sedgefield and there's only 3 nights left to get your melodrama fix for the year-all for a good cause of course! Seven local charities will benefit from the money raised this year.

There are still some tickets left for the nights this week 1,3 & 5 Sep.

They can be purchased from Lemon and Lime Video and Toy Shop in our local Pick 'n Pay Centre. Call in or tel: 044-343 2465 or email:

Don't miss out on an evening of fun and laughter.

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Mar 07, 2015

A Worm Farm

A worm farm

Earthworms are made up of 90 to 150 muscular doughnut shaped segments lying side by side. They breathe through their skin, have 5 hearts and a circulatory system. There is also a brain, nervous system and several hundred kidney type organs.

Each earthworm has both male and female organs and abilities so when they mate both parties lay a cocoon of eggs. These hatch in about 3 weeks.

They have a digestive system that includes glands for neutralising food and a crop and a gizzard with stones for grinding it.

Earthworms are killed by inorganic fertilizers and are adversely affected by pesticides and over-tillage. Intensive agricultural practices have led to the depletion of good soil structure i.e.minerals and healthy micro organisms.

Everything that passes through the gut of an earthworm is coated with beneficial microbes and bacteria. Compost that earthworms make has up to 10 times more nutrients in it than ordinary soil...

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Feb 27, 2015

Seabreeze S/C Apartment

Seabreeze S/C Apartment

The upstairs Seabreeze self-catering Apartment is ideally situated for holidaymakers in a secure gated complex overlooking the Swartvlei lagoon.

Its’ central position allows visitors to enjoy an early morning stroll or run along the lagoon or to take a pleasant walk to any of Sedgefield’s amenities.

The apartment is modern and has an easy layout for comfortable living. It can sleep a family of 6 and yet a couple on their own would also enjoy the space. A minimum 5 night stay is required to book this unit.

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Feb 26, 2015

Fresh Start

Fresh Start Swop Shop

The Fresh Start Project in Smutsville not only helps to clean up the environment it also provides the means for young children to empower themselves by exchanging the recyclable items they collect for useful products in their local Swop Shop.

Basic items such as school stationery, toiletries, reading books and toys such as balls and bicycles are sadly considered luxury items in most of these children's households.

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Feb 15, 2015

Knysna Hope Spot

SA Coasts Photo journal

The Knysna Hope Spot is one of five designated marine – based conservation areas in South Africa that has come about through oceanographer, Dr Sylvia Earle’s vision and drive to increase the protection of our planet’s blue heart, her oceans.

The beautifully illustrated photographic book supported with well-written cameos by known conservationists, researchers, journalists and adventurers with intimate knowledge of the sea is a “must have” publication.

Illustrated by numbers of keen South African photographers, extracted from thousands of submissions, it was launched to coincide with the formation of South Africa's first five Hope Spots.

For those who want to understand and participate in local efforts to establish greater awareness in how to treat one of our most important natural resources – water – our oceans. It is an insightful gem.

As Dr Earle says, “No blue, no green!” The health of humanity is connected to the health of our oceans.

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Dec 17, 2014

Fynbos Creatures

Buskbuck group

Bushbuck are secretive bush creatures as their name indicates that have adapted to the fynbos environment and to living in close proximity to man.

They like riverine thickets and to be near water. They live in small groups of 2 or 3 or frequently are solitary.

There are still a fair number of them in the wild and Garden Route area, but they are vulnerable to poaching snares.

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Dec 03, 2014

You are invited to the TLC Fashion Show

TLC Fashion Show

Nov 15, 2014

Helga's Glass Roots Studio in Sedgefield

Glass Roots Studio

Even though Helga Stassen's business, Glass Roots at the Mosaic Market in Sedgefield, is only in its' infancy, she has already been acclaimed the Runner Up Entrepreneur of 2014 by the George Business Chamber.

It will come as no surprise if you visit her studio and see the beautiful glass artwork she and her small team are producing...

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Nov 07, 2014


Paragliding time

Yesterday the paragliders were out in force, jumping off from the superb Cloud 9 launching site. It is paragliding time again!

If you want to try it there are many qualified people in the area offering tandem rides.

If you want to learn to do it yourself there are teachers in the area who can give you lessons.

Experience how to feel free like a bird and see the world from another perspective.....

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Oct 14, 2014



The annual Hospice event at Montecello Restaurant in the aid of Hospice takes place this Saturday.

Hospice provides free care to everyone with life threatening diseases such as HIV- AIDS, TB, Cancer, etc.

However, by far the biggest load is chronic care where patients are helped to cope with the painful restrictions their illnesses place upon them.

The families too are assisted to cope with the physical, mental and emotional challenges that arise in such instances.

All funds raised are ploughed back into the nursing/caring facilities and staff providing this important function for terminally ill patients that fall under Hospice umbrella.

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Sep 17, 2014

Calligraphers of the Garden Route


Calligraphers of the Garden Route meet on the 1st Saturday of every month at the small boat harbour clubhouse on Leisure Isle, Knysna from 3-5pm.

Anyone above the age of 18 is welcome to come along and join in an afternoon of creativity and fun as you learn the art of beautiful writing.

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Sep 14, 2014

Utopia Clivias


From 12-15 September, Utopia Nursery in Sedgefield was opened to the public. It is run by Carrie Kruger who is a clivia specialist.

This enchanted garden is a special treat to visit on these occasions when the many different cultivars are in full bloom.

A wide variety of spectacular plants are on sale at prices to suit every pocket and it is worth having these beautiful flowers in your garden as they do really well here in areas of predominant shade.

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Find Your Niche

Visit Liz and Basil at Shop 10, Sedgefield Centre
(opposite Spar)
Open 10am-7pm (winter)
10am – 8pm (summer)
New releases, Imports, Cinema Nouveau, Playstation 2, Old Films etc. There are Happy Hour promotions from time to time.
Discounts for Senior Citizens.
Nightly hire of DVD players.
Arrange Contracts or pay cash.
Some retail therapy is available.



next to the N2 Highway
Try their delicious coffee and eats in the Carfee Shop.
Browse the Memorabilia Store
Walk through the yard of beautiful vintage cars.

Whether you're here or not,
Keep up-to-date with all the local news by reading Sedgefield’s favourite bi-weekly newspaper,
THE EDGE on-line