Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

It was great to see that our local tourism guru, Jonker Fourie, features as a contributor in the March issue of Getaway Magazine.

The article is : ” 3 SA train trips you’ll love”. The first and second train trips are written by Teagan Cunniffe and Caroline Webb respectively. Jonker’s contribution is on the third train trip: The Apple Express, Port Elizabeth – a beloved old train back on its tracks after gathering dust since 2010. For now the Apple takes us on a very short journey, longer journeys are being planned, we all look forward to it.

Jonker is passionate about and fully ‘plugged into’ all things tourism, local and national; he is often called “Firefly the Travel Guy” after his blog with the same name. The Firefly Photo Files have become his photographic guide to the beautiful country in which we live. He manages to publish a daily photograph from his Port Elizabeth Daily Photo Blog   

First train trip:      The Inchanga Choo-Choo, Durban by Teagan Cunniffe

Second train trip: The Forgotten Route: Cape Town to Matjiesfontein by Caroline Webb

Third train trip:    The Apple Express by Jonker Fourie

https://fireflyafrica.blogspot.co.za/

https://portelizabethdailyphoto.blogspot.co.za/

https://appleexpresstrain.co.za

http://www.getaway.co.za/

 

jonker fourie

Jonker Fourie

 

jonker's apple express article page 89

Jonker’s Apple Express article Page 89

 

apple express, port elizabeth

Apple Express, Port Elizabeth

 

3 sa train trips you'll love, getaway magazine march 2018

3 SA train trips you’ll love, Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

getaway magazine march 2018

Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

reader's letter in the country life magazine

Reader’s letter in the Country Life Magazine

Upcoming local events #ShareTheBay

Starting with TOMORROW…

In their own words:
“We started off with 10 Artisans and at our next event there will be 49 artisans from our beautiful Bay area who will be representing their products. We have a wide variety of crafts, delicious food, fresh produce, plants and beverages that will be on sale as well. We are proud to share that we use photography and artwork on our various advertisements and artwork from vendors who will be at the market so make sure that we ‘keep it local’ ”

https://www.facebook.com/locallyyoursmarket/

https://www.nmbt.co.za/events/locally_yours_market.html

 

Then 24th and 25th March…

 

I Do Bridal Expo

From Linda’s website:

With a media planning, marketing and event management background, Linda Harwood established Harwood Promotions in January 1997. Harwood Promotions offers a professional public relations and marketing consulting service, specialising in event management, exhibitions, and conferences. Harwood Promotions sets out to clearly understand the client’s marketing goals, and with this insight a viable marketing/pr/event plan is devised and driven with passion to achieve outstanding results. Linda offers a distinctly personal service to achieve the client’s marketing goals.
With over 20 years of experience, her commitment and drive ensures excellent and professional service.

http://www.harwoodevents.co.za/contact-us/

 

 

and then the SPLASH FESTIVAL: 30th March – 2 April

 

https://www.facebook.com/nmbmsplashfestival/

Splash Festival 2018 will feature international, national and regional sporting events, over 150 stalls, a massive variety of food stalls, fairground, kids entertainment and performances by:Cassper Nyovest, Dan Patlansky, Nokwazi and over 40 Nelson Mandela Bay’s finest performers.

The highly popular 5 – a – side rugby competition returns to Splash Festival 2018. Register your team early to avoid disappointment!

The SAJSBA national event will take places at Splash Festival 2018.

This year, the festival will take place at Hobie Beach, as well as Wells Estate.

Call 041 364 0028 for more info.

Wilson on 6th Ave for your VDay roses.

Wilson on 6th Ave for your VDay roses.

Armed with his Valentine roses and bearing his signature smile, Wilson will be selling his roses from the corner of 6th Avenue and Heugh Road, Walmer from 8am tomorrow morning. Please support him if you can, his bunches of mixed red and coloured roses will be selling for R50-00, four in a bunch. He hopes to have some single roses too for R20-00 each.

four in a bunch for r50-00: 14th feb 2018

Four in a bunch for R50-00: 14th Feb 2018

 

wilson displaying a valentine's day sample bunch

Wilson displaying a Valentine’s Day sample bunch

 

valentine's day roses 6th ave walmer

Valentine’s Day roses 6th Ave Walmer

 

please support wilson on the 14th feb

Please support Wilson on the 14th Feb

An earlier post of ours on Wilson:-

Smiles and roses on 6th Avenue Walmer.

Sizzling food events are hot and happening at “The Food Studio.”

Sizzling food events are hot and happening at “The Food Studio.”

The gem collection in Walmer is growing. Lecia de Villiers and Andrew Broughton, the owners of  “The Food Studio” have brought an exciting new twist to the world of food experiences, a welcome new dimension to dining in Port Elizabeth. They share a passion for fine food and cooking and aim to bring people together simply by having them socialize in the kitchen while preparing, cooking and enjoying fine food.

Their kitchen was launched in September 2017 with their first trial experience on 15 July 2017. Since the launch The Food Studio has been abuzz with creative dining events, themed evenings, food demonstrations by chefs and cooks, private dining and food pairing experiences. Their ‘in house’ chefs are Vuyani Nkwali and Mike Mallet with the recent addition of Chef Erika Grebe.

The Food Studio can accommodate 12 to 40 people, smaller groups around the kitchen table and larger groups can spread into the dining area and outside deck area. It is not a restaurant operating on a daily basis, it is rather a ‘food event’ company offering a variety of food-related functions custom made to your requirements, per bookings only. They advertise regular food events; past events have been these sizzlers:
Ultimate Meat Feast
Seafood Extravaganza
Degustation
All things cheezy!
Culinary Kids at The Food Studio
Couples Sharing Night
An evening with Vuyani Nkwali
Taste Sensation
All Things Chocolate

We attended the ‘All Things Chocolate’ event and enjoyed every second of the evening and devoured every last crumb of the decadent meals served. It was a sheer delight to have the chefs in the kitchen and cooking for us, making it a memorable evening of fun and fine dining with special friends.

UPCOMING EVENTS at The Food Studio:-

Jan 24 …too late if you were wanting to attend!
Explore Spice Cooking Class
18:00

Jan 27
A Celebration of Summer with Chef Erika
18:00 · by The Food Studio

13 Feb
18:00 for 18:30
LOVE KILLS!! (The ultimate anti-valentines dinner!)
Includes Prosecco tasting!

Your hosts, Andrew and Lecia will offer warm and attentive hospitality while you enjoy all that The Food Studio has on offer. Their intimate and contemporary kitchen will seduce your senses, awaken your desire to experience flavour to the point where both you and your guests surrender to a gourmet food experience.

Lecia is from Pro Natural: https://www.facebook.com/pronaturalhealth/

Andrew is from The 2 Fat Butchers:-https://www.2fatbutchers.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/pg/2FatButchers/about/?ref=page_internal

Their kitchen is by Bosch :http://www.bosch-home.com/us/kitchen-design

https://www.facebook.com/BoschHomeZA/?fref=mentions

Where to find The Food Studio?
145 Main Rd, Bloomingdale’s Lifestyle Centre
Walmer, Port Elizabeth

only 1.7kms from us at Dempsey’s Guest House

Email: leciadv@icloud.com

Tel: 041 581 4279

For bookings, call: 073 605 6510
https://www.thefoodstudiope.co.za/#position
https://www.facebook.com/PEfoodstudio/

all is tasteful at the food studio

All is tasteful at The Food Studio

state of the art bosch kitchen at the food studio

State of the art Bosch kitchen at the Food Studio

delicious delivery

Delicious delivery

taste explosion at the food studio

Taste explosion at The Food Studio

all things chocolate

All things chocolate

weekend post article on the food studio

Weekend Post article on The Food Studio

a culinary seduction awaits you

A culinary seduction awaits you

contact the food studio, you won't be disappointed

Contact The Food Studio, you won’t be disappointed

 

 

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/

 

 

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

sardinia bay, port elizabeth, eastern cape, sa

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, SA

nature at her best

Nature at her best

the sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

The sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

a delight to watch horses take command of the beach

A delight to watch horses take command of the beach

a day for a daydream: 19 nov. 2017

A day for a daydream: 19 Nov. 2017

sardinia bay, nelson mandela bay metro, eastern cape

Sardinia Bay, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Eastern Cape

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:-

 

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

A dreary old municipal building on Walmer Boulevard was recently given new life. A fresh coat of paint and some creative input draws attention to a somewhat interestingly-shaped building…penguin included! It’s a pity we can’t provide a ‘before’ photograph which would demonstrate the transformation.

(Search on Google maps for a ‘before’ photo:  Shell-Traingle Service Station, 177 Walmer Blvd, South End. Building is just to the right of service station )

We love colour!

 

 

bright and cheerful

Bright and cheerful

an old electrical power station on walmer boulevard.

An old electrical power station on Walmer Boulevard.

funky bus stop in the former south end

Funky bus stop in the former South End

penguin guarding the colours

Penguin guarding the colours

bus stop with a porthole

Bus stop with a porthole

Another Google guest review, this time from: Khumo Motsumi.

Thank you Khumo, great to know!

Google Review:-

“This place is awesome. Good for couples, friends, outings and family. They have a variety of accommodations. The hosts (Jack and Kathy) are on point, very kind, welcoming and will make your visit first class.” Khumo Motsumi