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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Ziplining chameleon at Dempsey’s!

Ziplining chameleon at Dempsey’s!

No words needed for this escapade along the power line in our garden!

from a distance

From a distance

couldn't believe our eyes!

Couldn’t believe our eyes!

brave or mental?

Brave or mental?

Miles from any tree or branch!

Miles from any tree or branch!

6th Avenue Shopping Centre, Walmer: fresh new look is a feast for the eyes.

6th Avenue Shopping Centre, Walmer: fresh new look is a feast for the eyes.

6th Avenue Shopping Centre is just 1km from Dempsey’s Guest House in Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Its tired and tatty look was recently transformed into a modern, vibrant-looking centre with the upgraded “Café au Lait Coffee Shop” taking the spotlight at centre stage. A wonderful space now with good light and clean lines.

6th Avenue Shopping Centre is another reason to stay at Dempsey’s Guest House when next you’re in town.

Café au Lait Coffee Shop
6th Avenue Shopping Centre
corner Heugh Rd and 6th Avenue, Walmer.

Tel: 041 581 2210

https://twitter.com/CafeAuLaitPE

http://6thavenue.co.za/index.php/2013-10-15-08-29-48/retail

cafe au lait coffee shop at 6th avenue shopping centre

Café au Lait Coffee Shop at 6th Avenue Shopping Centre

fabulous space at 6th avenue shopping centre

Fabulous space at 6th Avenue Shopping Centre

clean lines at 6th avenue shopping centre are pleasing to the eye

Clean lines at 6th Avenue Shopping Centre are pleasing to the eye

Dempsey’s is proud to be associated with Greencycle.

Dempsey’s is proud to be associated with Greencycle.

We are proud to be associated with Greencycle Recycling and Collection Services and recently received a pleasant surprise from them, a certificate thanking us for our contribution to making Port Elizabeth a more environmentally friendly city. Thank YOU Greencycle, you have managed to maintain your outstanding service over the years, you’re a force to be reckoned with and we will continue to support your recycling work.

Contact:   Laura or Louise

Mobile:     072 237 5895

Phone:       041 581 2174

E-mail:      info@greencycle.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greencycle-Recycling-Collection-Service

For information on Greencycle, what they do and why, please view: http://www.greencycle.co.za

 

Awhile back we posted that we’ve been ‘going green’ for a few years already, here’s the reminder:- http://dempseys.co.za/been-going-green-for-years-at-dempseys-guest-house-port-Elizabeth/

 

Superb drongo entertainment!

Superb drongo entertainment!

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Recently we were treated to superb entertainment right on our private deck area at Dempsey’s Guest House. The crazed entertainment was provided by a whacky Fork-tailed drongo who was born to perform. Bursting with confidence and attitude, this drongo had us pleasantly amused for a long time; the more we chatted and cheered, the more flamboyant the performance became! Ah the wonder of nature.

 

 

 

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Baby olive woodpecker:)…maybe not!

Baby olive woodpecker:)…maybe not!

Yesssss, we were able to get close to the nest and capture the baby woodpecker:)

http://dempseys.co.za/olive-woodpecker-nesting-in-our-tree/

Oops, we have erred and think that these photos are of the mum and not of the babe as we’d initially thought! Ah well, back to the wait.

 

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