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

Pop in at “A Peace of Art” on Main Road, Walmer.

Pop in at “A Peace of Art” on Main Road, Walmer.

“A Peace of Art” operating from No. 85 Main Road, Walmer, has been busily on the go since 2005. They are stockists of a myriad crafty goodies for mosaicing, scrapbooking, beading, wiring, decoupage and pewter work etc. They use these crafts and arts as tools to assist people in realizing their endless potential, simultaneously incorporating the teaching of life skills. We popped in to have a cup of coffee and a cake at their wee coffee shop in the garden and we were delightfully surprised. A peaceful ambience filters throughout the well-maintained store with a buzz of creativity oozing from the craft workshop areas. We took a peep inside the Quilt Shop which is also on the premises and we were impressed by the variety of colours and designs available.

In their own words:

“We challenge people to look beyond the logic of the left brain to a deeper understanding of authentic creativity, thus no space is left for rigid steps to be followed. We specialize in personal and professional leadership working individually with every person. This makes the classes fun and relaxing where one can escape the day-to-day worries and find peace and tranquility. From kiddies programs to understanding of the deeper self through making a to-take-home craft/art work, these programmes are presented every day of the week as well as on Saturday mornings. We love people, so come and experience a “peace” of our (he)arts. Bring your troubles, let us mix them with paint and make good use of it, sending you home with a new outlook on the routine and stress of everyday life.”

To make your booking for a creative workshop or a birthday party, contact:-

A Peace of Art
Arts and Crafts Supply Shop
85 Main Road   ( hardly 1km from us at Dempsey’s Guest House)
Walmer
Port Elizabeth

Cell:       082 770 9994 & 072 304 0797

E-mail:     info@apeaceofart.co.za
web:         http://www.apeaceofart.co.za

Hours of business:
Mon to Fri 9am-5pm  and  Sat 9am-1pm

https://www.facebook.com/apeaceofartcreativeworkshops/?fref=ts

 

 

welcoming entrance to "s peace of art"

Welcoming entrance to “A Peace of Art”

coffee shop at "A peace of art"

Coffee shop at “A Peace of Art”

well stocked quilt shop, love the colour!

Well stocked Quilt Shop, love the colour!

quilt shop at "a peace of art"

Quilt Shop at “A Peace of Art”

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Smell, taste, enjoy

Smell, taste, enjoy

Examples of amazing crafts that can be made at "a peace of art"

Examples of amazing crafts that can be made at “A Peace of Art”

beading session in full flow

Beading session in full flow

creative space

Creative space

tranquil garden

Tranquil garden

Remembering Madiba’s shirt.

Remembering Madiba’s shirt.

It is common for people to hold onto items of clothing of loved ones who have passed. In Port Elizabeth, art students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have taken this a step further by creating and erecting their own version of that special piece of clothing that will be a permanent reminder of our beloved Nelson Mandela. Their sculpture is called “The Madiba Shirt” and is comfortably perched in the Beyers Naudé Garden of Contemplation at the university. The sculpture is intended to be a constant and inspirational reminder of the values of NMMU and Madiba. The Madiba Shirt is the first phase of a public art project at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The metal frame of the Madiba Shirt has an intricate wirework that suspends individually made ceramic tiles. Letters on the the tiles spell words: ubuntu, unity, diversity, integrity, excellence. Shirt dimensions:- 3m height, 2.2m width and 1.4m depth.

A large shirt for a large man.

The sculpture was conceived by artists Mary Duker and Bianca Whitehead of the Art department of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with the support from NMMU Arts and Culture.  Jonathan van der Walt managed the design, production and installation of the aluminium wire element of the project. The frame was constructed by Roland Luders and his team at R & R Aesthetics, Bianca Whitehead and the ceramic students made and installed the ceramics, The Wire Team consisted of Amos Ragophala, Michelle D’Urbano, Isso Jafta, Sarel Venter and Jonathan van der Walt.  The sculpture was unveiled in October 2015.      Info taken from:-https://www.facebook.com/jonathanvdwaltartist/

The Madiba Shirt Story:-

The Madiba Shirt was a creation for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. In 1994, the designer Desre Buirski gave a gift of a hand-printed batik shirt to Nelson Mandela’s body guard, with a note saying “Thank you for everything you have done and the sacrifices you have made for our beloved country”. Mr. Mandela wore the shirt the next day to the dress rehearsal for the opening of Parliament and was photographed on the front page of a local newspaper. Desre Buirski subsequently designed many printed, embroidered and over 150 hand-painted silk shirts for South Africa’s beloved Madiba, which he wore on the world stage, becoming a global style as well as political icon. The style of ‘The Madiba Shirt’ evolved as Mr. Mandela requested various shirts throughout his time as President.

Taken from:http://www.presidential.co.za/brands/presidential-shirt/madiba-shirt-story.html

a close up of the ceramic tiles

A close up of the ceramic tiles

The base of the madiba shirt sculpture

The base of The Madiba Shirt sculpture

Madiba Shirt at nmmu

Madiba Shirt at NMMU

back view of madiba shirt sculpture

Back view of Madiba Shirt sculpture

the madiba shirt sculpture aptly expresses the stature of mandela

The Madiba Shirt sculpture aptly expresses the stature of Mandela

 

 

 

 

Jonathan van der Walt and team

Jonathan van der Walt and team

Mohair Headquarters now in our neighbourhood.

Mohair Headquarters now in our neighbourhood.

It’s winter and as we turn towards mohair for warmth we would like to introduce a new neighbour to 6th Avenue: the Mohair Headquarters housing Mohair South Africa, The Mohair Trust and The Mohair Empowerment Trust. They are just up the road from us at Dempsey’s Guest House in Walmer.
This beautifully designed Karoo-inspired building adds quality to the popular 6th Avenue strip of interesting and varied businesses. The building was designed by Jason Erlank Architects and built by BSP Construction. The inspiration behind the building design was to recreate a farm shed and bring the rural story of mohair to life, in a modern way. Vintage farm equipment has been incorporated into the building. The building is shaped like two barns that have been linked by a walkway. This new Mohair HQ is a one-stop shop for mohair, it houses a library space for students, a mohair research library, a crafting space as well as a mini conference centre for functions and fashion shows. The retail store stocks the best of local and international mohair designs. The new Mohair HQ is also close to the airport allowing easy access for tourists and visitors.

The mohair comes from the Angora goat farms of the Karoo which are spread across the Eastern, Northern and Southern Cape. South Africa is the biggest role player in the world in terms of mohair quality, production and processing and accounts for 53% of global mohair production. Combined with Lesotho, SA produces 70% of the world’s mohair. Port Elizabeth is the mohair capital of the world.

 

mohair south africa

Mohair South Africa

mohair sa now in walmer

Mohair SA now in Walmer

ruth mcnaughton for studio mohair

Ruth McNaughton for “Studio Mohair”

 

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127 Fordyce Road

Corner of Fordyce Road and 6th Avenues,

Walmer, Port Elizabeth

Tel:        041 487 1386

E-mail: info@mohair.co.za   marketing@mohair.co.za

Mohair South Africa: http://www.mohair.co.za

 

The Mohair Trust: http://www.namc.co.za/pages/industries/agricultural-industry-trusts/mohair-trust

The Mohair Empowerment Trust: http://www.mohairempower.co.za/

The Bottlenose dolphin reigns in Algoa Bay.

The Bottlenose dolphin reigns in Algoa Bay.

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Last week we attended Raggy Charters’ launch of Algoa Bay being the Bottlenose dolphin capital of the world. The venue was The Algoa Bay Yacht Club, always providing great views of the yacht basin and harbour, superb ambience and good food from The Chartroom Restaurant. Raggy Charters runs whale and dolphin-watching tours. Owner Lloyd Edwards, who is also Chairperson of the Baywatch Marine Conservation confirmed that our special Algoa Bay hosts the largest schools of Bottlenose dolphins in the world. For almost 20 years Lloyd has been monitoring the location of these dolphins along with the size of their pods. Since the Raggy tours started in 1997, dolphins have been sighted on 90% of their tours, they have been spotted on the past 28 cruises in a row. Marine biologists at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have recently completed their study confirming that approximately 30 000 bottlenose dolphins use Algoa Bay. We look forward to the launch of a Dolphin Festival hopefully to coincide with Marine Month in October.

Dr. Lorien Pichegru, Algoa Bay Hope Spot chairperson and leading marine life researcher in SA said Algoa Bay is home to more than half of the world’s African penguin population. She said that sustainable econmic growth in Nelson Mandela Bay, could be promoted by blending blue economy and tourism through initiatives such as this one.

On the subject of the African penguin, SAMREC is Port Elizabeth’s marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve; their main aim is to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured seabirds, particularly the critically endangered African Penguin.

 

Take a look at our post on the new ‘3 in 1’ tour on offer by Raggy Charters:- http://dempseys.co.za/three-in-one-new-tour-from-raggy-charters-port-elizabeth/

Also our share of Lloyd Edwards in the SA Country Life mag:- http://dempseys.co.za/port-elizabeth-features-again-in-sa-country-life-mag/

And this magnificent book on SA coasts; Lloyd and Lorien are contributors:- http://dempseys.co.za/magnificent-book-of-our-south-african-coasts/

 

The Chartroom Restaurant is open to all ABYC members, the general public and also for corporate bookings and evening functions. Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Phone 041 585 2893 or 072 462 2676.  Large groups, small conferences and all other celebrations are also catered for.

The Chartroom has an interesting and varied menu, ranging from kiddies meals to pub lunches to steaks and seafood, fresh from the ocean.

The Chartroom also caters to a host of birthday parties and weddings.

Members get to use the facility at no charge. Non Members are encouraged to support the ABYC Community Sailing Program.

 

Sources: PE Herald and Port Elizabeth Express newspapers, Algoa Bay Hope Spot, SAMREC, Baywatch Marine Conservation.

raggy charters poster displayed in our office at dempsey's gh

Raggy Charters poster displayed in our office at Dempsey’s GH

algoa bay: bottlenose dolphin capital of the world

Algoa Bay: Bottlenose dolphin capital of the world