An enchanting meander along Retha’s Trail, Schoenmakerskop.

An enchanting meander along Retha’s Trail, Schoenmakerskop.

Two years ago I photographed Retha’s Trail and intended sharing but kept on forgetting. The title of the post then was “Retha’s Trail, the best kept secret in Port Elizabeth.” I can no longer use this title,  the secret is out, many people have since been visiting the trail and talking about the trail.

Schoenmakerskop resident Retha, created and developed the path with a chain saw and a few helpers, a path was cut behind some of the houses and she’s filled it with eclectic findings to create a lovely distraction for walkers. I’ve had great intentions of arranging a meeting with Retha but have still not arranged it. A few months back Luc Hosten, a Schoenmakerskop local and  photographer supreme, reminded us of Retha’s Trail when sharing his beautiful photographs of the trail. With his permission we are sharing his photograph of Retha. For more on Luc’s fine work and all of his information, please visit:

http://www.luchosten.co.za/ 

Take a meander through Luc’s gallery of superb photography:-

https://www.facebook.com/Luc-Hosten-Photography-and-Feature-Writing-1568687746714230/

A little later Jonker Fourie beat me to it with publishing his post on Retha’s Trail! Jonker is also known as Firefly the Travel Guy, he has a photographic blog guide to “beautiful SA, its travel destinations, animals, bugs, birds, plants, flowers, history and culture plus some other stuff.  A reference guide to (not quite, but nearly) everything South African”

Here’s an excerpt from his blogpost on Retha’s Trail:-

“One of Port Elizabeth’s little gems that very few people seem to know of is Retha’s Trail in Schoenmakerskop.  Retha’s Trail stretches behind the houses (from #24 to #40) in Schoenies on Marine Drive between  and can be accessed between numbers 22 and 24.  The trail is always open and was created by local resident Retha Taylor along with a couple of workers.  The trail starts by the labyrinth on the eastern side and is more about what you’ll find along the way than the trail itself as it’s not really a hiking trail in the sense of the word due to its length.  Or in this case “shortness”.  Along the way there are literally hundreds of items that act as conversation pieces, some representing something significant in people’s lives and others just because.  Or as we say in Afrikaans, “Sommer maar net.”  Next time you’re in the area do drop by as I promise you you will love it.”

https://portelizabethdailyphoto.blogspot.co.za/2017/08/rethas-trail-in-schoenies.html

 

At long last old slow coach here has managed to hit the ‘publish’ button on this post, I do hope that you enjoy browsing my small collection of sights along the quaint Retha’s Trail at Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth.

retha taylor, photo by Luc Hosten

Retha Taylor, photo by Luc Hosten

retha's trail, schoenmakerskop, port elizabeth

Retha’s Trail, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth

retha's trail made with love

Retha’s Trail made with love

only mugs, no coffee availble!

Only mugs, no coffee available!

a section of retha's trail

A section of Retha’s Trail

collections, bright, bold, beautiful

Collections, bright, bold, beautiful

Find your way from retha's trail to dempsey's guest house

Find your way from Retha’s Trail to Dempsey’s Guest House

love spot

Love spot

 

A refreshing new bee experience awaits you in Port Elizabeth.

A refreshing new bee experience awaits you in Port Elizabeth.

Anje Rautenbach is a local travel addict “Going Somewhere Slowly” and enjoys the world in slow motion. She’s in love with good coffee, obsessed with beautiful words and getting lost; she explores places off the beaten path. Here she shares her experience of a bee tour at the newly opened  Apiarist Farm Shoppe.

Dempsey’s Guest House wishes the Rautenbachs great success in their exciting new venture!

Bee here, Bee there, Bee Tour in Port Elizabeth

Dempsey’s Guest House is a bee-friendly one. We shared this awhile back:-

http://dempseys.co.za/bee-friendly-at-dempseys-guest-house/

 

 

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

sardinia bay, port elizabeth, eastern cape, sa

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, SA

nature at her best

Nature at her best

the sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

The sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

a delight to watch horses take command of the beach

A delight to watch horses take command of the beach

a day for a daydream: 19 nov. 2017

A day for a daydream: 19 Nov. 2017

sardinia bay, nelson mandela bay metro, eastern cape

Sardinia Bay, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Eastern Cape

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

A dreary old municipal building on Walmer Boulevard was recently given new life. A fresh coat of paint and some creative input draws attention to a somewhat interestingly-shaped building…penguin included! It’s a pity we can’t provide a ‘before’ photograph which would demonstrate the transformation.

(Search on Google maps for a ‘before’ photo:  Shell-Traingle Service Station, 177 Walmer Blvd, South End. Building is just to the right of service station )

We love colour!

 

 

bright and cheerful

Bright and cheerful

an old electrical power station on walmer boulevard.

An old electrical power station on Walmer Boulevard.

funky bus stop in the former south end

Funky bus stop in the former South End

penguin guarding the colours

Penguin guarding the colours

bus stop with a porthole

Bus stop with a porthole

National Quilt Festival in PE. 3-8 July 2017

National Quilt Festival in PE. 3-8 July 2017

We visited the Dias Quilters’ Guild Spring Show a few years ago and were impressed by the massive display of quilts and the intricate craft work:-  http://dempseys.co.za/bowled-over-by-colour-creation-and-technique-at-the-dias-quilters-guild-spring-show/

This year the 19th SA National Quilt Festival takes place in Port Elizabeth from the 3rd-8th July 2017. The festival is open to day visitors and the aim of the dedicated Festival Committee is to host a festival for quilters by quilters.  An entrance fee is payable at the Registration Office where all day visitors will be issued with coloured wristbands which will allow them access to the exhibitions, shops in the Shopping Mall/Alley as well as the Ivy Leaf Cafeteria.   The venue is at: The Collegiate High School for Girls, Kestell Street, Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth.
Entrance fee per day:

  • Adults R50
  • Scholars R20
  • Children U/12 Free

For further information, please browse the website:- http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/

3-8 July 2017. national quilt fest, pe. sa country life advert

3-8 July 2017. National Quilt Fest, PE. SA Country Life advert

 

 

 

 

Port Elizabeth listed in top 6 spectacular scuba dive sites.

Port Elizabeth listed in top 6 spectacular scuba dive sites.

Port Elizabeth is one of the top six spectacular scuba dive sites in South Africa and Mozambique.

According to whom we ask?
According to Fiona McIntosh.
Who is she you might ask?
Fiona McIntosh is an Olympian, a hiker and an author, she contributes to the SA Country Life magazine, she is one of South Africa’s great adventurers and lovers of the great outdoors, having skied to the north and south pole, climbed the highest peaks, dived to the depths and kayaked raging rivers.

In the June 2017 issue of SA Contry Life magazine, in her article titled “What Lies Beneath’ she lists her top six spectacular scuba dives sites in South Africa and Mozambique.

How does this interest us?
Fiona lists Port Elizabeth in her top six spectacular scuba dive sites, shining the spotlight directly onto our “Algoa Bay Hope Spot”

In her article Fiona shares the following points on scuba diving in Port Elizabeth:-

  • Port Elizabeth’s underwater world is remarkable.
  • There is incredibly diverse diving in the sheltered Algoa Bay and on more exposed reefs outside.
  • It’s a macro photographer’s dream.
  • The reefs are covered with neon pink sponges, red sea fans and vivid blue sea squirts.
  • Top sites are Bell Buoy Reef and Riy Banks.
  • Visit Port Elizabeth now in late June, early July to catch the Sardine Run or late October, November for diving the chokka egg beds; a unique chilly experience that every exploratory diver should try.

What’s Fiona’s motto in life?
“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

Thank you to Fiona McIntosh and SA Country Life Magazine for continuing to highlight the magnificent splendour of the natural wonders in and around Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, Algoa Bay.

Natural wonders:-

ALGOA BAY HOPE SPOT:- Algoa Bay is one of the largest bays in South Africa. At the conjuncture of two oceanic systems; the Cape Agulhas and the upwelling current of the Benguela, Algoa Bay presents climate and oceanic conditions favourable for species from two different ecosystems. The islands located within this bay are the eastern most islands of South Africa, representing the last territory accessible by the large numbers of endemic species of the Benguela Upwelling system, one of the richest systems on earth.

What is a Hope Spot? a special conservation area that is critical to the health of the ocean.

http://www.raggycharters.co.za/news/bottlenose_dolphin_capital_world

https://www.samrec.org.za/      Now called SANCOB

http://dempseys.co.za/sa-country-life-featuring-raggy-charters-and-pe-bottlenose-dolphin-capital-of-the-world/

 

wat lies beneath agoa by, prt eizabeth

What lies beneath Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth

sa country life june 2017

SA Country Life June 2017

 

A look inside Mohair SA HQ on 6th Ave.

A look inside Mohair SA HQ on 6th Ave.

Make time to visit the Mohair SA Headquarters on 6th Avenue, just up the road from us in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, you will not be disappointed. Shortly after Mohair SA moved into their newly constructed building last year, we shared photos and some information of the exterior and promised to return with a report on what’s inside at Mohair SA.

Last year’s link: http://dempseys.co.za/mohair-headquarters-now-in-our-neighbourhood/

Below are photos of the interior at Mohair SA. We were welcomed by friendly staff who took pride in educating us about their fine mohair products. Visitors to Mohair SA with a Nelson Mandela Bay pass, receive a free mohair gift, an Angora goat.

The unique qualities of mohair are described in their own words, taken from their website www.mohair.co.za

UNIQUE QUALITIES:-
•Lustre: the fibre’s natural lustre gives garments a silky sheen. It’s the ideal garment to wear day or night.
•Lightweight: the fabric is luxuriously lightweight and renowned for its versatility: cool in summer and warm in winter.
•Dye-responsive: mohair responds magnificently to dyes, retaining even the most brilliant colours over time.
•Climate control: mohair breathes, absorbing and realizing atmospheric moisture and controlling its own “climate” to ensure optimal comfort.
•Durability: because of its pliability, mohair is rated as one of the world’s most durable fibres.
•Crease resistant: products made from mohair have an innate elasticity, which ensures they hold their space.
•Non-flammable: mohair is virtually non-flammable, keeping you safe and chic all year round.

Where to find Mohair SA?

127 Fordyce Road,
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

E-mail:info@mohair.co.za    or      marketing@mohair.co.za
Tel: +27 41 487 1386

the mohair story

The Mohair Story

spoiled for choice at mohair sa

Spoiled for choice at Mohair SA

quality mohair products

Quality mohair products

weaving loom at mohair sa hq

Weaving loom at Mohair SA HQ

mohair: the noble, natural, eco-friendly fibre

Mohair: the noble, natural, eco-friendly fibre

stairwell at mohair sa hq

Stairwell at Mohair SA HQ

well stocked research library

Well stocked research library

beautiful displays throughout at mohair sa

Beautiful displays throughout at Mohair SA

more of the research library at mohair sa

More of the Research library at Mohair SA

nmb pass holders receive a free mohair gift, an angora goat

NMB pass holders receive a free mohair gift, an Angora goat

 

Annette Oelofse Mohair Products, just up the road from us.

Annette Oelofse’s Natural Mohair Products, another superb reason for staying with us at Dempsey’s Guest House in Walmer. We are a mere kilometer away from the 6th Avenue Shopping Centre where one can find the Port Elizabeth branch of Annette Oelofse’s Mohair Products.

Thank you to Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais of KarooSpace for reminding us of this shining gem in our neighbourhood. We’ve had great intentions of sharing this information on Annette Oelofse’s Mohair store but keep on forgetting to do so!

Please see their post and lovely photos: http://karoospace.co.za/advert/annette-oelofse-natural-fibre/

Branches of Annette’s stores can be found throughout the Karoo in Graaff-Reinet, Oudtshoorn, Willowmore and Steytlerville.

Annette Oelofse Mohair Products

Sixth Avenue Shopping Centre

Cnr Heugh Rd/Sixth Ave,
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 581 0747
 
May we take the opportunity to remind you of our post on Mohair SA Headquarters, also up the road from us in 6th Avenue, Walmer:-
http://dempseys.co.za/mohair-headquarters-now-in-our-neighbourhood/
SA Country Life featuring Raggy Charters and PE Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World.

SA Country Life featuring Raggy Charters and PE Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World.

Turn to page 36 of the December 2016 issue of SA Country Life magazine to find Keri Harvey’s article on Port Elizabeth, the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World. She takes an exciting trip with skipper Lloyd Edwards, of Raggy Charters to St. Croix Island in Algoa Bay, to do some whale and dolphin-watching. Thank you to SA Country Life for highlighting our bay and all the natural treasures within it.

Previous posts of ours on Raggy Charters and bottlenose dolphins:-

http://dempseys.co.za/the-bottlenose-dolphin-reigns-in-algoa-bay/        http://dempseys.co.za/three-in-one-new-tour-from-raggy-charters-port-Elizabeth/

Port Elizabeth features again in S.A. Country Life mag.

port elizabeth, the bottlenose dolphin capital of the world

Port Elizabeth, the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World

lloyd edwards of raggy charters, pe

Lloyd Edwards of Raggy Charters, PE

south african country life magazine december 2016

South African Country Life Magazine December 2016