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/

 

 

Discover South Africa – with Google Street View & Drive South Africa

Discover South Africa – with Google Street View & Drive South Africa

Early this month Google said: “The new trails, launched today, extend the existing Street View imagery of South Africa’s wilderness areas to include all 19 national parks, 17 previously ‘un-trekked’ nature reserves and many sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in all nine provinces of South Africa”.

Together South Africans put South Africa on Google Street View.

No words from us, see it all here:-

 

Google guest review from: Valerie Florentinus.

A big thank you to Valerie Florentinus for this review, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and hosting you.

Our latest Google review:-

“Amazing place. Big rooms with a good basic cooking facility. Owners are very nice. The garden is beautiful. Loved that they are a ‘green’ accomodation (recycle etc.)”     Valerie Florentinus 

Smiles and roses on 6th Avenue Walmer.

Smiles and roses on 6th Avenue Walmer.

Always ready with a broad smile and a friendly wave, Wilson Mthalane’s spot for selling his beautiful roses is on the corner of 6th Avenue and Heugh Road in Walmer. He can be seen usually on Fridays and often during the week when he walks the intersection cheerfully interacting with motorists while selling his roses. He hails from Ladismith and enjoys his job which puts bread on the table for his family of six. Wilson is a ray of sunshine to many a moody motorist.

For any orders or job offers, contact Wilson on: 072 6653 629

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.

 

 

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

 

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/