You name it, they stock it at Crafty Arts on 6th Avenue, Walmer.

You name it, they stock it at Crafty Arts on 6th Avenue, Walmer.

We are pleased that Crafty Arts has moved into our neighbourhood, creating yet another fine reason for booking with us at Dempsey’s Guest House when next you’re in town. We popped in to look at how they’ve settled into their new spot and we were not disappointed. As always we were greeted with friendly service and a willingness to assist. The new shop is beautifully laid out with shiny wooden floors and great light complementing the overall feel. For drawing, painting, puzzling, model building, mosaicing, scrapbooking and many more, Crafty Arts stocks your requirement. New in their range of top products is the “Giotto” range. The special glitter inks of the Turbo Glitter Pen, in 8 different colours, are dedicated to creative talents who want to give their artwork a lasting sparkle. Giotto Turbo Glitter Pen has a special choke-proof cap and non-retractable tip.

From their website, in their own words:

“Crafty Arts began in March 1996 in a tiny shop in Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth. Over the years, Crafty Arts has moved from shop to shop within the centre, taking every opportunity to expand and thereby increase our range. Today Crafty Arts is the largest Fine Arts, Craft, Stationery and Hobby Shop in the Eastern Cape. The stock we carry is designed for the widest customer base with all the major Fine Art brands being represented. We supply materials for all your arts and craft needs, from Decoupage to Mosaicing to Painting. The hugely popular pastime of scrapbooking is also well represented. This hobby changes rapidly and we have new products arriving in store constantly. For the hobby enthusiast we have a substantial variety of plastic models, a range of wooden boats, train sets and accessories and also the scenic materials to complete them. The growth in product range and depth has always been customer motivated; if enough people ask for a product, then we will stock it!”
Where to find Crafty Arts:-
(they’re a short walk from us at Dempsey’s)
41 Sixth Ave
Walmer
Port Elizabeth

Tel:            041 581 1577
E-mail:      aubrey@craftyarts.co.za
Web:          https://www.craftyarts.co.za

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/craftyartssa

Hours of business:-
Mon to Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Sundays and public holidays: 9am to 2pm

As an added service for their customers in the outlying areas of PE, JBay, Despatch & Uitenhage as well as to PE customers, Crafty Arts is now using Fastway Couriers to deliver your fine arts, craft, stationery & hobby materials to your front door NEXT DAY. For just R30 for an A4 size satchel, you can phone or e-mail through your order, receive an invoice, make an EFT payment and your goods will be delivered to your door the very next day.
Tel: 041 581 1577
E-mail: cheryl@craftyarts.co.za

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The Hussar Grill has moved into our neighbourhood.

The Hussar Grill has moved into our neighbourhood.

In their own words:- “Where every meal is a master class”
And from their website:- “The Hussar Grill is proud to be celebrating 50 years of award-winning excellence and we are ready for another exciting milestone. The Hussar Grill welcomes you into the world of one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms – perfectly aged succulent steaks, delectable house specialities and an amazing award-winning wine selection… or you can bring your own favourite wine, at no charge!”
Cheers and good business to you, the new restaurant family, taking over from where Joel left off. May the passion for food, the love of people and the caring of the gracious old property continue.

Address: 50 6th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth ( that’s only 500m from us at Dempsey’s)

Tel:-041 581 1734

Trading Hours:-

Monday – Friday  12:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 22:00

Booking Policy:-

Monday – Friday 12:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 22:00

Web: www.hussargrill.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hussar-Grill-Walmer-Port-Elizabeth/

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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/

Knysna Turaco on Dempsey’s deck!

Knysna Turaco on Dempsey’s deck!

We often spot these beautiful Knysna Turacos flitting from branch to branch, tree to tree in the distance, seldom near and seldom stopping long enough for us to really see them clearly, let alone to capture them on camera. They tend to be shy and skittish. Recently we heard a strange sounding thud on our deck; to our amazement it was a Knysna Turaco that had made a crash landing on our deck and was gingerly negotiating its steps on the coffee table. We observed in disbelief. It stayed a long while and then moved to the top of the couch, a few seconds later it moved into a tree very close by where it stayed for an unusually long time. We managed to take a few photographs of this unusual visitor to our deck. When the bird is in flight, the flash of crimson under those wings will take your breath away. Oh to be in the right place at the right time to capture that sight on camera.

safely in a tree at a distance from us

Safely in a tree at a distance from us

Gentle negotiation of knysna turaco

Gentle negotiation of Knysna Turaco

pretty painted face of turaco

Pretty painted face of Turaco

A Knysna Turaco on Dempsey’s Deck!

A Knysna Turaco on Dempsey’s Deck!

We often spot these beautiful Knysna Turacos flitting from branch to branch, tree to tree in the distance, seldom near and seldom stopping long enough for us to really see them clearly, let alone to capture them on camera. They tend to be shy and skittish. Recently we heard a strange sounding thud on our deck; to our amazement it was a Knysna Turaco that had made a crash landing on our deck and was gingerly negotiating its steps on the coffee table. We observed in disbelief. It stayed a long while and then moved to the top of the couch, a few seconds later it moved into a tree very close by where it stayed for an unusually long time. We managed to take a few photographs of this unusual visitor to our deck. When the bird is in flight, the flash of crimson under those wings will take your breath away. Oh to be in the right place at the right time to capture that sight on camera.

knysna turaco on coffee table

Knysna Turaco on coffee table

Pretty painted eye of the Knysna Turaco

Pretty painted eye of the Knysna Turaco

turaco settles at a safer distance

Turaco settles at a safer distance

Lloyd Road lodgers allow photo shoot near Dempsey’s, PE.

Lloyd Road lodgers allow photo shoot near Dempsey’s, PE.

These Lloyd Road Lodgers nonchalantly allowed a photo shoot one hot summer’s day this year, all I had to do was approach slowly and calmly and the scene was mine for the taking. Close up they are distinctly beautiful. They used to be called the ‘Dikkop’ bird, an Afrikaans word meaning ‘thick head’. Their name has been changed to “Thick Knee” bird.

Here’s a post from “Neseier”, a great young blogger living in the Karoo. ‘Neseier’ is Afrikaans for ‘nest egg’. Here she shares her experience of the Thick Knee:- https://greatgardenbirds.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/three-thick-knees/

From Wikipedia:- “The spotted thick-knee, which can reach up to 45.5 cm (17.9 in) in height, has long legs and brown-and-white speckled plumage which provides camouflage making it difficult to spot the bird in the grasslands and savannas where it roams. Its head is large and round with a prominent yellow eye and a short, stout beak. When in flight or standing in a characteristic position with its wings raised, it shows a striking contrasting pattern. Its legs are long and yellow and the tibiotarsal joint is expanded giving it the name “thick-knee”.

The spotted thick-knee is nocturnal and squats on the ground during the daytime making it difficult to spot. It hunts exclusively on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals and lizards. It also nests on the ground, lining a scrape with grasses, feathers, pebbles and twigs. The female typically lays two eggs, and males and females rear the offspring together, with both bringing food back to the nest. The birds will defend the nest and adopt a defensive pose with wings spread and tail cocked and will even peck an intruder. Sometimes they will fake injuries to lead predators away from the nest.

The spotted thick-knee is native to the grasslands and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Its range extends from Senegal, Mali and Mauritania in the west to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa in the east and south.”

quite tame yet cautious thick knee birds

Quite tame yet cautious Thick Knee birds

 

 

inquisitive yet guarded

Inquisitive yet guarded

 

exposed watch of the thick knee bird

Exposed watch of the Thick Knee bird

 

The buzz at 154 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

The buzz at 154 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Some more rearranging of the furniture in Walmer has brought with it a ‘buzz’. We’ve been watching the changing space at No. 154 Main Road, Walmer, barely 2kms from us Dempsey’s Guest House. If we remember correctly, it all started years ago with the opening of The Scrapbook Nook and then Execu Cut. Alongside them was Casa Rosa Florist and then up popped Pro Natural and quite soon thereafter Micoffee. ProNatural and Casa Rosa have moved over to the new wing and Mike and his Micoffee are now stationed up front near the road, a coffee ‘drive through’ we believe. Go Mike! The 2 Fat Butchers have left our immediate neighbourhood and are now trading next to the new Banneton Bakery and Cafe. And behind but not last, Cupboard Love has moved from their Richmond Hill premises. We popped in the other day to take some photos. We will wait awhile until ‘the dust has settled’ before we take some more photos and bring you some more news and information on the businesses in operation there.

154 main road walmer

154 Main Road, Walmer

micoffee 'drive through' almost completed

Micoffee ‘drive through’ almost completed

neat execu cut

Neat Execu Cut

the scrapbook nook, where it all started

The Scrapbook Nook, where it all started

micoffee's aroma

Micoffee’s aroma

154 main road, walmer

154 Main Road, Walmer

Gift of maté gourd from Uruguayan guests at Dempsey’s.

Gift of maté gourd from Uruguayan guests at Dempsey’s.

Special guests from Uruguay landed up with us due to a double booking at another guest house. A tense start soon warmed into lasting smiles as we exchanged knowledge on each other’s countries and on the excitement of travel. We learnt about their local beverage called ‘maté.’ It is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, a tea leaf mix that is steeped in a traditional calabash gourd, hot water is added to it during the day, a metal or silver straw called a ‘bombilla’, is used for sipping on the tea during the course of the day. Yerba maté leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery mixture called yerba. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a sieve. The submerged end is flared, with small holes or slots that allow the brewed liquid in but block the chunky matter that makes up much of the mixture. A modern bombilla design uses a straight tube with holes, or a spring sleeve to act as a sieve.

We were gifted with an ornament of a maté  gourd, a most pleasant surprise, thank you to Gustavo and Federica!  All we had to give them was some of Jack’s delicious home-made biltong. We hope that they enjoyed it. Jack suggested he visit them in Uruguay to teach them how to make the biltong; Uruguay is certainly not short on cows, the present count is five cows to one person with most people being in the farming industry or veterinary profession!

Once they had left we found the large bag of tea in their room; the tea leaves looked a bit like finely chopped and dried marijuana!

 

Maté information sourced from Wikipedia:

Country of origin: Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivian Chaco, Brazil. Introduced:16th century AD

Mate also known as yerba mate or cimarrón is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina (where it is defined by law as the “national infusion”) Uruguay, Paraguay, the Bolivian Chaco and Southern Brazil and in southern Chile. It is also consumed by the Druze in Syria, the largest importer in the world, and in Lebanon.

water flask, calabash with bombilla and bag of mate tea

Water flask, calabash with bombilla and bag of Mate tea

our ornament gift on the right

Our ornament gift on the right

one large bag of mate tea!

One large bag of Mate tea!

this is what the tea looks like

This is what the tea looks like

special gift from uruguay

Special gift from Uruguay

 

 

Gift of coffee from Vietnamese guest at Dempsey’s.

Gift of coffee from Vietnamese guest at Dempsey’s.

A kind Vietnamese guest staying at Dempsey’s Guest House, surprised us a with a gift pack of coffee with a coffee filter included, all the way from Vietnam. He demonstrated how to use the coffee filter and insisted that we add condensed milk for the real Vietnamese effect. You cannot scare us with condensed milk! It was a sweet, strong experience. Thank you Trung!

 

neatly packaged coffee with filter from vietnam

Neatly packaged coffee with filter from Vietnam

long strong process, condensed milk was added, yumm

Long strong process, condensed milk was added, yumm

Update on our frangipani seed pod seedlings.

Update on our frangipani seed pod seedlings.

In early 2015, we shared our exciting discovery of the frangipani pod in our garden. http://dempseys.co.za/fascinating-frangipani-pod-in-dempseys-garden/ We’ve been slack in reporting on the growth progress but we have these recent photos to show you that the four ‘seed survivors’ are thriving. We managed to save approximately 18 seeds, we planted them and once they were ‘shooting’, we gave a few away as gifts. This was around May last year. Later a snail gang wiped out a further few seedlings and we were left with only four plants, these we have nurtured. We look forward to the day when the plants flower as there is a strong chance that the colour of the flowers will differ from the yellow of the original tree flower:)

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