Bee friendly at Dempsey’s Guest House.

Bee friendly at Dempsey’s Guest House.


On a few occasions over the years bees have moved into our irrigation system at Dempsey’s Guest House, not without drama. The recent safe removal of them ended with the beekeeper offering to place a bee hive in our garden. We hope this will become their new home and working place and that the irrigation system might have a chance to work again once the drought has broken.

Previous posts of ours which are environment-related:-

Environmentally conscious at Dempsey’s.

Been ‘going green’ for years at Dempsey’s Guest House, Port Elizabeth.

Dempsey’s is proud to be associated with Greencycle.

 

Adventurer Zakie completes her solo SA coastline walk.

Adventurer Zakie completes her solo SA coastline walk.

We are rather late with this news but it’s still worth sharing. Adventurer Zakie Odendaal, who started her solo SA coastline journey on the 20th September 2016, ended it with aplomb at Ponte do Ouro, Mozambique on the 10th June 2017.  Her parents drove more then 1800km to congratulate her and to walk the last 6km with her. They shared a lovely brunch in Ponte do Ouro and that night their celebrations continued around a traditional South African braai. Congratulations Zakie on your incredible journey!

Zakie’s adventures continue, she has already completed day 2 of her 7 day journey across Swaziland with Keegan Longuiera They’re on a budget of R10-00 per day! We look forward to seeing their photographs and hearing their stories.

 

 

Guest review from: Rinus van Niekerk

Just a quick word of thanks for the pleasant time we spent at Dempsey’s. It is exactly what two golfers need! Whenever I look for accommodation in PE again, I will start with Dempsey’s! Thank you Jack and Kathy.


Rinus van Niekerk
booked out of Dempseys on 27/07/2017.

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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

 

 

 

 

Guest review from: Nwabisa.

Wow!! Great service, room is clean, spacious enough, everything is fine. Thank you very much for transport service to the airport. Keep up the good work. God bless you guys.


Nwabisa
booked out of Dempseys on 27/06/2017.

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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

 

Special gifts from special hearts.

Special gifts from special hearts.

Two little girls from England tiptoed along our deck and into our hearts during their week long stay with us recently. As they were leaving, the girls presented us with these precious “thank you” cards and a surprise box of chocolates! We were deeply touched. (How did they know that a chocoholic lives here?) Thank you Isla and Amelie for your special gifts, please visit again soon.

pretty cards from isla and amelie

Pretty cards from Isla and Amelie

special words from special hearts

Special words from special hearts

luxurious chocolates for the chocaholic

Luxurious chocolates for the chocaholic

delicious belgian chocolates

Delicious Belgian chocolates

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal rests her weary feet at Dempsey’s Guest House.

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal rests her weary feet at Dempsey’s Guest House.

This brave warrior woman, adventurer Zakie Odendaal, arrived on our driveway recently to put her feet up at Dempsey’s Guest House and to recharge her battery for the next leg of her solo walk along the SA Coastline. YES, she is walking the entire South African coastline on her own, along the beaches and as close to the coastline as possible. She started her journey at Alexander Bay in September 2016 and her goal is to reach Kosi Bay, northern most part of KwaZulu-Natal, by June 2017. She is already ahead of schedule! Travelling with a tent, some good walking sticks and a few supplies, her backpack is lead-like. She trudges 7kms per hour, averaging 50kms per day.

Zakie is a freelance photographer who has had this dream for many years to walk the SA coastline, a tough personal challenge, unaided and without sponsorships. Along this walk she has given deep thought to future walks and adventures, she is considering future sponsorships so that she can raise funds to assist projects to empower and improve the lives of poverty-stricken children.

We asked her what the highlights have been along this walk so far. “The kindness of people” she replied with a beaming smile “along with magnificent nature surrounding me at every step and turn.”

And your lowlights Zakie? Without hesitation she answered: “That would definitely be negative people!”

We wished her well and dropped her off at Bluewater Bay Beach. She was quick to start walking and we watched as she powered on into the pumping east wind. Within minutes she was a mere dot on the horizon, heading for Sunday’s River and later the dunefields of Alexandria, the largest dunefields in the southern hemisphere. Our wish for you Zakie as you close in on your challenge is firm sand for solid footing, mild beautiful weather and the continued kindness of people.

Follow Zakie and her adventures on Facebook and Twitter:-

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/Zakie-Odendaal-Adventurer-1650708985257756/

Twitter handle:- @OdendaalZakie

We have a dream…to be passengers in a helicopter flying over the SA Coastline. A couple of months would do it. Just saying, in case a mad helicopter pilot and a crazy photographer with generous sponsors… are listening:)

zakie ready for east coast trek

Zakie ready for east coast trek

 

quick comfort check and she's off

Quick comfort check and she’s off

 

bluewater bay start

Bluewater Bay start

 

typical dramatic landscape of sa coastline

Typical dramatic landscape of SA coastline

 

adventurer zakie odendaal solo walk sa coastline

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal, solo walk SA Coastline

 

ready, set, go

Ready, set, go

 

zakie soaking in the beauty of the sa coastline

Zakie soaking in the beauty of the SA coastline

 

zakie's night space-tight

Zakie’s night space-tight

A big thank you to our Booking.com guests.

A big thank you to our Booking.com guests.

Thank you to all of our guests who took the time to give us top scores for their stay at Dempsey’s Guest House. We aim to maintain our standards.