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.
It's also time for me to update my list of Sedgefield Coffee Shops. There has always been a good number of them and generally everyone has their own favourite.
Ownership has changed significantly in the nearly 12 years we have lived in Sedgefield and in a few instances, the shop itself has moved to a different premises. However I think I'm current with all of these and if I'm not you can let me know...
Things are looking up in Sedgefield that is besides the popular Sedgeview paragliding site being open again in time for the December holidays, we have a number of really good restaurants to enjoy and that I am thrilled to create a page for on my website...
Whether its steak, pizza, fish, Mexican or vegetarian we now have a number of great choices without having to leave town. In fact one has to book ahead to be sure of getting a table if you really want to get in at your favourite restaurant.
Glorious sunshine arrived in-sync with the December holidays and dished up perfect beach weather for our visitors to enjoy the sand and the sea.
The recently opened river mouth has also provided safe bathing with some fortuitous sand banks in the right places and wonderful opportunities to surge in and out with the tide along the estuary near the mouth which is exhilarating, good exercise and great fun!
Walking, picnicking, surfing, fishing, swimming -its all here - with our wonderful beaches being the space for families and friends to enjoy these rejuvenating activities.
Zanne's December 2018 Art Exhibition
Zanne is a very talented Watercolour Artist now living in Sedgefield.
She has held a number of workshops at her "Small Art Studio" hosting other South African artists this year.
However, Remax have asked her to allow them to host a solo exhibition of her own work this week.
It will be worth attending as she will have a wide range of quality work available to look at and to purchase.
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.
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.
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.
Derek Suckling recalls happy Sedgefield memories
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
Peaceful and private Hopewell Hut is a separate dwelling at the Tortoiseshell Cottage address on the Island.
It 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.
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...
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.