Unusual sighting of the Sacred Ibis at the beach, Port Elizabeth.

Unusual sighting of the Sacred Ibis at the beach, Port Elizabeth.

photo of sacred ibis by: steve garvie, dunfermline, fife, scotland

Photo of Sacred Ibis by: Steve Garvie, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

These are very poor photos ( below) taken with a cell phone camera and from a distance but we needed to capture this strange sighting. It was quite bizarre to spot about twelve Sacred Ibis birds clambering along the rocks at Millers Beach last week. All were fishing alongside the regular seagulls for delicacies amongst the rocks. We were under the impression that the sacred ibis wouldn’t be found near the coast but after looking up the information we have learned that indeed they can be found at the coast. “The African sacred ibis thrives in large colonies near waterways throughout Africa. It inhabits wetlands such as marshes, swamps, riverbanks, flood plains and mud flats both coastal and inland. It is also known to visit pastures, ploughed land and rubbish dumps.” That doesn’t exactly say AT the beach, wading through little waves lapping up against the rocks at low tide!

sacred ibis, port elizabeth beachfront

Sacred Ibis, Port Elizabeth beachfront

sacred ibis with seagulls, millers beach, pe

Sacred Ibis with seagulls, Millers Beach, PE

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

 

 

K’s Karoo photo selected for UK website:- www.karoodesign.com

K’s Karoo photo selected for UK website:- www.karoodesign.com

KarooDesign

Karoo Design, one of the best design and branding agencies in the UK, selected one of Kathy’s photos to include in their revamped website. It’s the photograph taken from a national road through the Karoo, blue mountains and beautiful space surrounding. A few more photographs are waiting in the wings for the next shuffle of photographs on their website.

Karoo Design, in their own words: “We’re an independent design and branding agency with offices in London and Southampton. In today’s fast changing world, smart-thinking innovative design adds value and competitive advantage. We deliver specialist graphic design, branding and advertising services to help our clients stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals. But don’t just take our word for it – see what our clients say.”

© 2015 Karoo Design Ltd
Registered in England & Wales No. 5040562
Registered address: 2 Venture Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7NP, United Kingdom
Karoo photography: © H Van Blommestein © Ryno Ferreira © Kath Rath

Kathy’s first international recognition was in 2013 when many of her photos were included in the first South African Travel App called: ” South Africa Travel the Rainbow Nation,” created and published by Charlene Smith, internationally recognized journalist and writer. Here’s the link to that story:- http://dempseys.co.za/charlene-smiths-app-south-africa-travelthe-rainbow-nation/

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Locally, in 2015, Kathy’s photo was included in this great book:- “Absolutely Awesome South Africa”. Here’s the link to that story:- http://dempseys.co.za/proud-contributor-to-absolutely-awesome-south-africa-publication/

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Proudly South African contributor.

It’s always good to see PE featured in the SA Country Life mag.

It’s always good to see PE featured in the SA Country Life mag.

It’s always good to see Port Elizabeth featuring in the SA Country Life Magazine. This time in the March issue, the Back to Earth Night Market is being advertised on the Country Markets page. The Back to Earth Night Market is held on the first Wednesday evening of each month at The Old Grey Club, Port Elizabeth. The Back to Earth Country Market is held at the Old Cash Store on the last Sunday of each month.

Find market details on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Back-to-Earth-Night-Market

https://www.facebook.com/Back-to-Earth-Country-Market

 

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Proud contributor to “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” publication.

Proud contributor to “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” publication.

We received a special, surprise delivery this week of a beautiful book, “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.” A lovely note inside from author Derryn Campbell thanking us for our contribution to her latest edition. And what is our contribution? A little photograph of an up and coming entrepreneur in Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape. We’d spotted him selling breads and tuck shop goodies straight from his supermarket shopping trolley (with registration plate!) and captured his innovative spirit! Sometime later we shared the photograph on a Facebook page called “Africa, this is why I live here.” Derryn spotted our photo there and asked for our permission to use it in her new book. We said, “Of course you may use it as long as there is mention of Dempsey’s Guest House!” And so she did. Thank you Derryn Campbell, we are thrilled to be featured in your fabulous book “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.”
This book is an entertaining compilation on South Africa, packed full of fun, facts and trivia. With completely new content and design on every page, it is full of South African humour, history and interesting facts. The vibrant and colourful pages of “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” capture the heart and the soul of this magnificent country.

The story of “Awesome South Africa” taken from her website: http://www.awesomesouthafrica.co.za/  started when this fun and colourful coffee table book was launched in 2010. Derryn Campbell offers us this wonderfully eclectic and informative insight into all that is South African. The book has delighted South Africans around the world and has sold over 55 000 copies. Derryn has subsequently published an updated Second Edition of “Awesome South Africa” as well as the guidebook “Living in South Africa” which she co-authored with Regina Gräff. Derryn has launched the latest book in the series titled “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.”

Awesome South Africa was one of six South African books shortlisted for the 2011 Nielsen Booksellers’ choice Award. The Booksellers’ Choice Award is chosen and presented by the South African book trade in recognition of outstanding contribution to the industry. It is awarded to the book that booksellers across South Africa have most enjoyed reading, selling or promoting over the past year.

Leaving behind a successful corporate career in management, Derryn followed a vision to encourage South Africans to positively influence the future of their country and has brightened the hearts and outlook of thousands of people around the world. In 2007, Derryn, together with Di Smith, co-founded Awesome SA, a non-profit movement that not only interacts with South Africans to create awareness about their country, but also facilitates initiatives to deliver positive outcomes.

a whole new meaning to morgan bay shopping!

A whole new meaning to Morgan Bay shopping!

Beautifully packaged surprise parcel

Beautifully packaged surprise parcel

that special note from author derryn campbell

That special note from author Derryn Campbell

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Cheerful entrepreneur at morgan bay, we are sorry we didn't ask his name

Cheerful entrepreneur Morgan Bay, we are sorry we didn’t ask his name

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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

Going for Guinness – that’s #PE’s Josh Enslin.

Going for Guinness – that’s #PE’s Josh Enslin.

Josh Enslin of Port Elizabeth, is busy with his surfing enduro right now at Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth with about 4 hours to go before he breaks the Guinness World Record for the longest surf session. To break the record he needs to surf for more than 29 hours and 27 minutes. Parallel to the record claim is a charity drive: Josh will be collecting and donating old surfing equipment, blankets and tinned foods to street children and underprivileged surfers around our metro. The Cyoh Surf Club will be in charge of the distribution.

We checked in this morning to support Josh and took a few pics. The basics for success: a family of supporters, a food van and an ambulance!

Go Josh, may your endurance see you through to breaking the world record.

 

For the nitty gritty criteria needed for this record, take a peek at the blog of Millers Local:-

http://www.millerslocal.co.za/millerslocals-blog/josh-enslins-world-record-attempt-for-longest-surf-session

Josh Enslin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josh.enslin.33?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/josh.enslin.33

Family of supporters

Family of supporters

josh heading out again after one of his short breaks

Josh heading out again after one of his short breaks

an important food van: "street cred chef"

An important food van: “Street Cred Chef”

 "street cred chef" at josh's service

“Street Cred Chef” at Josh’s service

ambulance on post, thankfully was not needed

Ambulance on post, thankfully was not needed

almost centre of image is the clock, keeping time of josh's endurance feat

Almost centre of image is the clock, keeping time of Josh’s endurance feat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Three-in-one new tour from Raggy Charters, Port Elizabeth.

Three-in-one new tour from Raggy Charters, Port Elizabeth.

0090080007006010Here’s a nice new tour combo on offer from “Raggy Charters”:

Head off on an exhilarating boat cruise to St. Croix Island in Algoa Bay to see the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world. After that it’s off to SAMREC, Port Elizabeth’s marine bird and rehabilitation centre in Summerstrand. Finish the day off with a visit to The Bayworld Museum, Snake Park and Oceanarium in Humewood.

For more information on The Penguin Patrol and to book, visit: http://www.raggycharters.co.za/page/penguin_patrol

About Raggy Charters, in their own words, from their website: http://www.raggycharters.co.za

“As far as we are aware we are the oldest marine eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay. Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer. Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde’s whales, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.”

Lloyd’s wife Dr Lorien Pichegru has been studying the breeding success of African Penguins in Algoa Bay for the past six years, to determine whether competition with purse-seine fisheries has caused the decline in African penguin numbers. Lorien gained her PhD at the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2008 and is currently a research associate at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (click here for a list of her publications). Part of the study involves closing a 20km radius around St Croix Island to fishing by purse seiners who target one of the penguins prey items, the sardine. It has been found that even this small Marine Protected Area around the colony helps dramatically. Click here for more information about the research being conducted on the African penguin.

Dr Pichegru says: “My research focuses on seabirds foraging ecology and life history traits in relation to prey availability and local competition with industrial fisheries, using animal-borne miniaturized recorders, such as GPS recorders combined with pressure sensors, cameras, etc. taped on adults breeding small chicks to determine the at-sea behaviour of several species of seabirds breeding in South Africa, endemic to the region and threatened with extinction.”

See Dempsey’s Blog on Raggy Charters’ feature in the SA Country Life magazine: http://dempseys.co.za/port-elizabeth-features-again-in-sa-country-life-mag