Head to “Schotia Safaris” to rekindle your sense of awe.

Head to “Schotia Safaris” to rekindle your sense of awe.

These glorious March and April days remind us of glorious October days of changing light, gentle warmth, cool breezes. They remind us especially of one fine October day last year when we escaped on a Schotia “Tooth and Claw Safari” for a mesmerizing six hour African bush experience. Following on from a long winter of traumatizing ill health and slow business, this wildlife bush sojourn was ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for us. We mingled with excited tourists, took deep breaths as we held on tight and allowed our senses to be transported away from the humdrum we’d fast left behind.

What did we see?
The Big Five as well as almost all of the animals listed on Schotia’s pamplet, wow.
We saw light in all her glory and an abundance of southern stars.
What did we smell?
The Eastern Cape bush, spring ‘vynbos’, fresh dung wafting on the breeze, the distant Indian Ocean.
What did we touch?
Each other and our cameras.
What did we hear?
The noisy silence of the African bush, the sharp twitter of birds, the grunts of animals, the singing of insects, the swooshing of hippos in water, the strain of the Land Rover, the scurry of a warthog, the stampede of a rhino, the crackling of fires at the supper lapa.
What did we taste?
The African dust, delicious coffee brews and preserves on fire-cooked breads, a hearty meal cooked on open fires.
What did we feel?
We felt elated to be so close to so many animals in their beautiful, natural surroundings. We felt comforted by the warm sun on our faces and cool breeze through our hair. We felt privileged to witness the sheer wonder of tourists from every corner of the globe, we felt proud of our magnificent Eastern Cape and of all who are striving to showcase her.

Thank you to Jenny Bean and her knowledgeable staff at “Schotia Safaris” for an unforgettable day packed with memories, a day that most certainly recharged our batteries.

In their own words:

“The Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari is a four hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover with a short refreshments and toilet break at the halfway point. After an amazing experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible, enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. We try to show our guests as much as possible on a drive and concentrate on the popular sightings rather than ‘the birds and the bees’. A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of more nocturnal animals completes your experience as we return to our reception area.”
Arrival time 14:45.
Register at our office and sign indemnity.
Meet your ranger and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee before departing on game drive.
Guided game drive from 15:00 – 17:00 (viewing Antelope, Zebra, Rhino, Giraffe etc…)
17:00 Refreshment and toilet stop.
Continue on guided game drive until 19:00 while viewing nocturnal animals, Hippo and LIONS!!
19:00 return to Lapa for a scrumptious meal cooked over open fires.
Night drive as you retire to your accommodation for a restful night’s sleep.”

Contact Schotia Safaris for your “Tooth and Claw Safari”
Tel: +27 (0) 42 235 1436
Fax: +27 (0) 42 235 1368
Cell:+27 (0) 83 654 8511
E-mail:schotia@intekom.co.za

Browse through these:-
www.schotiasafaris.co.za/album/game-sightings-at-schotia
www.schotiasafaris.co.za/album/bird-life-at-schotia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Optimist heads to PE to inject us with hope and positivity.

The Little Optimist heads to PE to inject us with hope and positivity.

Greg Bertish will be at the PE Deep Sea Angling Club on Wednesday evening 6th March to share his incredible story of overcoming obstacles at all odds. The evening is about his inspirational documentary “Optimist”. He will no doubt be informing us of his book “The Little Optimist” and of his tremendous on-going fundraising efforts for a new ICU unit at The Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital. Be moved, be inspired, be optimistic, anything is achievable, there is always hope. See Greg’s banner advert for further information and support.

In his own words, from his website: www.thelittleoptimist.org

“The Little Optimist book is about to make a difference and put a smile on the face of many kids in South Africa.  The concept is totally unique, its organically good, and will help to inspire many sick and needy children. The Optimist is a tiny children’s sailing dingy. It’s so small and square it should not even be a sailboat. But it has a HUGE heart and aspires to be a big yacht and prove to its peers, that the little Optimist, the Dreamer, can and will be a real yacht and can sail and go where no others ever believe it could go. See The Ocean Voyage, The Children’s Book and the Great Optimist Race & sailing program: http://www.thelittleoptimist.org I hope that this little boat will inspire and motivate kids to believe, to dream and to conquer their fears, their demons, their diseases and their challenges. Believe, be an Optimist and do what no one thought possible!”

In April 2016 Greg Bertish sailed an 8 foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms. He crossed False Bay, rounded Cape Point and headed for Langebaan Lagoon on the wild West Coast. His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital fighting life-threatening heart infections. He raised R300 000 towards a new Intensive Care Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Greg hopes this journey of a REAL Little Optimist and his children’s book about a little believer with a HUGE heart, will help teach kids that being small, sick, poor or different is OK. And prove that they too can survive and thrive. His story will inspire kids and the world to believe in themselves, get better, be better and follow their passions and dreams. Greg Bertish is a big wave surfer and a South African Champion Lifesaver and Stand Up Paddle Boarder. He is an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Trust and the National Sea Rescue Institute and founder of the Shark Spotter Program. He has helped raise over R2 million for these charities to date. He has achieved all of this as a multiple heart surgery survivor and patient. He continues to promote conservation, water safety, healthy living and  optimism.

https://www.facebook.com/thelittleoptimist/

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Dempsey’s Guest House is surrounded by delicious coffee pit stops, we are spoilt for coffee choice in Walmer.

Urban Espress owner, Donovan McLagan, National Cup Taster Champion has won the national title for fourth time in seven years. Dozens of people from regions across the country participated in the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa Barista Championships, held in Cape Town earlier this year. McLagan will be heading to Dubai in September to battle it out against the best coffee specialists from 42 different countries. McLagan, a former engineer, gave up his job more than 10 years ago to start up his growing passion. “On a trip to New Zealand in 2004, I realised how big the coffee culture is over there and decided to make my own coffee, grinding my own beans, and it kind of just spiralled into a business from there,” he said.

25 6th Avenue , Walmer   http://www.urbanespress.co.za 

Article from The Herald: Athena O’Reilly

the herald, article athena O'reilly, photograph werner hills

The Herald, article Athena O’Reilly, photograph Werner Hills

Then on Main Road Walmer, Mike Chizeya of Micoffee fame has just been awarded “Coffee Personality of the Year” hosted by Coffee Magazine at uShaka Marine World Aquarium. Passionate about his coffee, staff and business, Mike is deserving of this fabulous award, delivering impeccable service along with friendliness at all times.       152 Main Road, Walmer. http://www.micoffee.co.za/

the herald, article naziziphiwo buso, photograph fredlin adriaan

The Herald, article Naziziphiwo Buso, photograph Fredlin Adriaan

Right behind Micoffee is Banneton Bakery, Café and Bistro, another great stop-off for a richly decadent coffee.       154 Main Road, Walmer    https://bannetonbakery.co.za/

Further on up and over Main Road is the home of Brioche Food and Coffee…indulgement starts at 7am!   181 Main Road, Walmer    https://www.facebook.com/Brioche-Food-and-Coffee-553255924708025/

A bit closer to home on Heugh Road, is Como Caffé, an Italian restaurant, coffee shop and deli.  Como Caffé brings New York City’s “Little Italy” to Port Elizabeth.     86 Heugh Road, Walmer   https://comocaffe.business.site/

come caffe, photograph k.rath, dempsey's guest house

Come Caffe, photograph K.Rath, Dempsey’s Guest House

A few more firm favourites for ‘coffees of note’ in Walmer, are:

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery   40 6th Avenue, Walmer    https://www.cobblestonebakery.co.za/

Bocadillos on First: 22 1st Avenue, Walmer and Bocadillos on Sixth: 42 6th Avenue, Walmer    http://www.bocadillos.co.za/

 

The bocadillo or bocata, in Spain, is a sandwich made with Spanish bread, usually a baguette or similar type of bread, cut lengthwise.

When next you beetle off to Bokkadillllowzs… remember this: How to pronounce “Bocadillo” in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daYX1yWeeKs

 

 

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

Conveniently located 1km from us at Dempsey’s, Computer Bits and Pieces is quietly maintaining their good levels of service. Thank you especially to Dave for your patience with us, you have been  instrumental in effecting the ‘changes 2018’ in our home and business.

Contact Details
Telephone No :  086 107 7785
Fax No :  086 618 1583
Email :  info@computerbap@mweb.co.za
http://www.computerbitsandpieces.co.za/Home.html

Address:
Cnr 6th Avenue and Villiers Road
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
6000

Open:- Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

“We are the one-stop source for all your computer needs based on friendly and honest service. “

 

Here’s our previous praise:-

Their top service took my breath away!

 

Offering 15% discount on self-cater accommodation.

Offering 15% discount on self-cater accommodation.

Dempsey’s Guest House is offering a 15% discount on self-catering accommodation for dates 21st July to 21st August 2018.

To qualify for this offer we require you to:

1.  make an e-mail enquiry ‘from our website’  http://dempseys.co.za/bookings/  stating the time and date that this advert was published to Facebook and Twitter.
2. follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

This discount offer is for ‘a minimum of a two-night stay’
This discount offer is subject to availability.

We await your e-mail.
Jack, Kathy and Russell

Facebook | Twitter

 

 

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