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

 

 

 

 

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

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/
Gift of Corson vanilla tea from Mauritian guests.

Gift of Corson vanilla tea from Mauritian guests.

Yet another welcome gift from international guests staying at Dempsey’s Guest House, this time a pouch of Corson vanilla tea from Mauritius. Thank you to the Lincoln family, your gesture is truly appreciated.

 Some other gifts we’ve received from our international guests:-

http://dempseys.co.za/gift-of-mate-gourd-from-uruguayan-guests-at-dempseys/                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://dempseys.co.za/our-sweet-surprise-from-dutch-guests/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           http://dempseys.co.za/gift-of-coffee-from-vietnamese-guest-at-dempseys/

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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/

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