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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.

Sep 08, 2018

Travelling Tips

Travelling Tips

Whether you are leaving Sedgefield to visit family, friends or going on holiday...

Whether you're travelling by plane, train, bus, boat, car or caravan, or even backpacking...

Here are some valuable tips to help you make the most of your travelling experience.

Furthermore if you think something has been left out, you can add your own tip to the page.

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Jul 04, 2018

Tony Cox - Guitar Maestro

Tony Cox video

Tony Cox has dedicated his life to his passion, his musical instrument of choice, the guitar.

Exploring every genre he could, to extricate the best sounds he could, he has achieved acclaim as a unique artist with his instrument, winning fans from as far afield as the USA, Canada, UK and many countries in Africa.

It has earned him the coveted title of "Guitar Maestro" and won him international recognition as a performer, songwriter and recording artist.

He now lives in Sedgefield and we are pleased to welcome here.

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Jul 04, 2018

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon Trail Guide

While running his own "Garden Route Trail' business Mark Dixon has had the opportunity to conduct surveys for various interest groups and companies.

With a MSc qualification, many diverse interests in natural history, and a broad range of experience under his belt, Mark has the where-with-all to undertake scientific studies and achieve quantifiable outcomes.

Mark has carved out a niche for himself on the Garden Route while living a quality life on his terms imbuing it with a sense of freedom and purpose.

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Jun 27, 2018

Happy Sedgefield Memories

Derek Suckling recalls happy Sedgefield memories

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Jun 17, 2018

Holidays in Sedgefield 1954 -1980's

In 1954 my grandparents, Gabriel & Lettie de Wet from Williston in the Northern Cape, bought a plot in Swallow Drive. They built a small cottage which

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Apr 29, 2018

Garden Route Walking Festival

Buffalo Bay dune walk

Over the Easter weekend the Garden Route Walking Festival gives visitors and locals alike, the opportunity to walk many wonderful trails along the length of the Garden Route with a knowledgeable guide.

From easy to strenuous, from beaches, to mountains, to forests and sometimes all of that in one walk, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Even if you are a walker, there's a good chance you'll find a walk you haven't done before. So, take the opportunity to put your hiking boots on and step out to explore the best of the Garden Route on foot...

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Apr 15, 2018

Tootsie Tourist Train

Amanda Refurbished 2016

The Tootsie Tourist Train that was introduced to the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe line in December 1983 could return to work once the railway line has been repaired.

Another of the old locomotives was jointly purchased by private investers, Ian Welch and Dylan Knott and refurbished at Voorbaai, Mossel Bay. This was completed in September 2016 and it has passed its steam and "roadworthy" test.

All that's needed now is for Classic Rail to get the go-ahead for its business plan from the Transnet governance structures so that it can be presented to the Minister of Public Enterprises for final approval.

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Jan 17, 2018

Zannes Small Art Studiio

Blog photo for Zanne

It is wonderful to have my friend, Zanne living in the same street as us in Sedgefield.

Although we've kept in touch over the years, we never could have imagined that we would both be living in the same small village after leaving Zimbabwe and going our separate ways in 1981 - 37 years ago!

My resilient, happy, creative, artistic, musical, green fingered friend has always been an inspiration to be around so I know that bringing her Small Art Studio to Sedgefield will provide a great deal of pleasure for many people who can share her love for these things.

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Dec 08, 2017

Sedgefield Bird List

Sedgefield Bird List

Birding is a fun and interesting hobby to have. Working or relaxing in the garden or walking along the lagoon, locals and visitors are quickly made aware of the abundant bird life Sedgefield has.

So to raise awareness for newbies and visitors, I have created a bird list with a fair number of photos so those interested can get an idea of what birds we have in our midst, getting on with their little lives as we get on with ours.

I hope it will add appreciation for many of these engaging and wonderful feathered flyers in the natural world around us.

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Nov 07, 2017

Hopewell Hut S/C Accommodation

Hopewell Hut inside

Peaceful and private Hopewell Hut on the Island provides uncomplicated accommodation where two people can breathe deeply and slow down to enjoy simple living.

Leave the tech age behind and take a break from TV's, computers and microwaves to be rejuvenated and delighted by the glorious freshness of unpolluted nature.

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Oct 31, 2017

Eden Kite Festival

Eden Kite Festival

Kite Festivals are extremely popular world wide and there are many reasons for holding them.

The goal of the Eden Kite Festival initiated by local NPO, Masithandane, is to raise funds for transport bursaries and related school necessities for secondary school children as Sedgefield has no high school.

In 2013, provincial school buses stopping running from Sedgefield and back. Tragically, too many children are dropping out of education after primary school because parents can not afford transport costs...

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Sep 24, 2017

Studio 42

Studio 42

At Studio 42 Melanie Baumeister has provided a permanent venue for intimate live theatre and a reason for the Community Theatre Amateur Dramatic Society to flourish.

Theatre School is enjoyed by local children who choose to be exposed to many aspects of acting and the creativity and discipline it entails. And, adults of all ages who have the inclination to get involved in local productions can explore the challenges and excitement of entertaining live audiences. Acting is a realm of infinite possibilities!

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Sep 16, 2017

Good Reading

Book Calligraphy

It's been a while, so I decided to add some new books I've enjoyed to my Good Reading page and remove others that have there for too long. If you haven't visited the page before, I guess you've missed them!

I recently discovered the author, Catherine Ryan Hyde and she is definitely my favourite new (for me)fiction writer. I've read 5 of her books now, all good and all very different. For the rest, its back to my preferences which are non-fiction. Oh yes, except for "The Dahli Lama's Cat" by an ex-Rhodeisan, David Michie now living in Australia. Enchanting book and the first of a trilogy - I know I'll be reading them all! Hope you enjoy my choices!

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Aug 27, 2017

The Sedgefield Hart Story

Agnes Hart

Agnes Hart came to Sedgefield from Cape Town to take up a teaching post at the school in the village.

She was a spinster in her 30's and a strong-minded and determined woman. She bought 6 plots altogether over a period of time while she worked in different notable positions in the village. She built a cottage for herself on one.

She bequeathed this prime real estate to family members upon her death in June 1968.

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Jul 01, 2017

Garden Route Wildfires-Sedgefield Community Volunteer Contribution

Sedgefield Knysna Wildfires

It is impossible to do justice on one page to the catastophic wildlfires that have devastated the Garden Route. In Greater Knysna alone, between June 7 and 14, they displaced thousands of people in 12 Knysna suburbs destroying 600 formal homes, 264 informal homes, damaging 327 houses and severely affecting 90 businesses, many of which may not recover.

They ravaged rural communities and their environs converting fynbos to desert landscape, plantations to wastelands and nature reserves to dust and ashes.

The response to these calamitous events set in motion the writing of this page that focuses on Sedgefield's Community Volunteer Contribution. The disaster itself is very ably covered in all its gruesome spectacle by countless Youtube videos and facebook pages. My page however, is about how the Sedgefield community rallied to support those in the front lines of the disaster.

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Mar 06, 2017

Sydney Press

Sydney Press Sedgefield House

An academic and a sportsman, Sydney Press decided to forego his bursary to the University of Cape Town and went into the job market at the age of 16.

Within a few short years he proved he had what it takes to be a successful businessman. He became a captain of the Retail Sales Industry when at the helm of Edgars he opened more than 430 stores countrywide during his 47 year tenure with the company.

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Feb 19, 2017

Historic Swartvlei Peninsula Court Case

Swartvlei Peninsula Court Case

In the 1980's a vast number of concerned citizens were outraged by the news that the Outeniqua Divisional Council had plans to develop a township called Swartvleistrand on the Swartvlei Peninsula across the estuary from Sedgefield.

Aided and abetted by State President, PW Botha, the plans had been in the pipeline for over 30 years until being made public in 1983.

In spite of vociferous objections from conservation bodies, the Sedgefield Ratepayers, the Swartvlei Campers and some private individuals, the development looked like a done deal....EXCEPT a few courageous extraordinary people determined to take on the State.....

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Jan 13, 2017

Sedgefield Bowling Club

Sedge Bowling Club

Sedgefield Bowling Club is situated on the Island - a place boasting well-kept greens and gardens, a chorus of birdsong and an abundance of slow town tortoises.

Bowls is a game for all seasons and a sport for life.

It provides companionship, competition, physical activity and mental concentration - all qualities reflecting a healthy state of mind and body.

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Jan 09, 2017

Slow Town Mobile Meals

Chairman and Chef Slow Town Meals

Sedge Mobile Meals, a charity that was an invaluable resource for other local charities such as Masithandane and The Living Cornerstone, was on the point of closing in August 2014 when local resident, Jim Mitchell stepped in and rescued it.

The demand for its meals had grown to such an extent that it had outstripped the ability of the charity to supply them and it was functioning with a growing negative bank balance that couldn’t continue.

Some major fundraising and resourceful management tactics were necessary to put the organisation back on its feet again….Understanding the charity’s importance, Jim undertook to do that and by rallying support from local businesses and residents re-invented it and Slow Town Mobile Meals was born….

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Jan 07, 2017

Sedgefield Lions

Sedgefield Lions logo

Although Sedgefield Lions celebrated its 30th birthday in June 2016, they are part of an organisation that is going to be 100 years old in 2017. It all began in Chicago in 1917 when Melvin Jones, a 38 year old business leader encouraged his local business forum to reach beyond their business issues and use their talents to better their communities.

It was an idea whose time had come. The businessmen agreed and went to work with a will. So much so that today Lions Club International has over 1.35 million members and more than 46000 clubs in over 200 countries. They are essentially groups of people that work among and serve the communities where they live – at grass roots level which is why, as an organisation, the Lions have been so successful.

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