Thursday, January 7, 2010
Apparently the two little Iphiti Buck who visit our grounds on a daily basis, have a little 'addition to their family'! Visitors have seen them in the grounds with their minute new offspring.
We see the two of them regularly when we're down there, as they frequent the 'forest water-hole' we created on the edge of the central patch of natural coastal-forest, as do the Dassies and the pair of Frankolins which are now also part of the growing Surf Spray 'wild life' family!.......and I can't wait to see the little one!
Sonja (Beach House)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My klein seuntijie is mal oor die plek en kerm heeltyd ‘ kom ons gaan see toe’! Hy geniet dit so om in die ‘skip-bed’ (dubble-bunk) te slaap en vroeg-vroeg is hy buite op die stoep om sy vis-stok en sak te pak!
Cottage Barry, waar ons altyd bly, is vir hom die wonderlikste plek in die wereld want ons eet altyd buite op die stoep terwyl hy met sy verkykers na die see sit en kyk om te sien of hy die dolfynne kan dophou en die skepe kan sien verby seil.
Ja, ons was ook al by Pannevis in Port Edward, maar ons verkies eintlik Pearl Fisheries in Ramsgate se ‘Hoofstraat’ - hulle vis is nou regtig uit die boonste rakke! Lekker vars, vars, vars!
Ons was voor-verlede jaar daar gedurende die ‘Sardine Run’, en dit was nou regtig ‘n opwindende ervaring! Dis iets wat ‘n mens nooit vergeet nie.
Viva SurfSpray! Viva Cottage Barry!
Alta van Rensburg.
My husband and I are down at SurfSpray right now, and I must tell you it's fabulous! This is our first visit here and we're having a wonderful time.
We enjoy our early morning coffee in bed, with the French doors open, gazing at the sea through the palm trees - it reminds me of Mauritius.
We're in Cottage David and would love to know who the owners are.....a top South African designer and a famous singer....? We appreciate their original artworks and their 'arty' decor.
Comment : Take a guess on who they are! (Web master)
Monday, October 12, 2009
· Vintage Steam Train (The Banana Express)
· Banana Farm Tour ( & Coffee Shop)
· Coffee Farm Tour & Tasting
· Crocodile Farm & Snake Park
· Butterfly Sanctuary
· Eland Game Farm - game drives
· Observatory Space Museum
· Port Edward Light House
· Oribi Gorge
· Wild Coast Casino
· Sunset cruises up the mighty Umtamvuna River
· Xhosa Craft Village
· Whale- and Dolphin-Watching
· Lovely Restaurants (from casual to fine dining)
· Coffee Shops and Tea Gardens all over the place!
· Stacks of Art Galleries
· Craft Shops
· Shoe Factory (handmade leather shoes)
· The smallest Desert in the World
· Modern Shopping Centres
· Windsong Kites
· Fishing - Deepsea and Rock
· Scuba Diving (2 world renowned sights nearby)
· Learn to Surf! Lessons for Beginners and Advanced.
· Kayaking and Whitewater Rafting
· Blackwater Tubing and Wild Sliding
· Bungy Jumping
· The highest Swing in the World!
· Archery and Climbing
· Mountain biking
· Hiking through grasslands and forests
· Microlight Flights
· Bowling Greens
· Great Golf Courses
· Go fly a Kite - on the beach!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Yes, SurfSpray is great and it was such a nice surprise to come across their Blog this morning! We all loved spending time there, and YES, WE'LL BE BACK THERE IN DECEMBER!!! Can't wait!
Our two daughters, Ruby and Talullah (now 7 and 5) are equally excited. Actually, whenever Ruby has to do an 'oral' at school, it's always about South Africa, often about the happy times we spent at The Beach House, which we sort-of regarded as our 'second home'! To ' illustrate' her orals and make them 'even more interesting' (to quote her), she shows the teacher and her class pictures of us all having fun on the beach, of the two of them playing in those gorgeous coastal-forest grounds or horseriding on the beach at nearby Selsdon Park Estate, etc. And once she even showed a close-up picture of a platter of crayfish we had braaied!....a foodie of note, my young Ruby!
The same applies to little sister 'Lullah, and their favourite meal used to be at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant at Ramsgate, where they would each wolf down a plate of fresh fish plus a few calamari rings & prawns off our plates! And we sometimes went to Pannevis in Port Edward for 'Slingers' (I think they're also known as Red Roman?) and prawns.......and the ' tradition' has continued here in Oz, so we often find ourselves enjoying the same at restaurants here on Sundays.....the old 'Sunday Roast' is a thing of the past, I'm afraid!
The girls and their young cousins used to insist on visiting the Snake Park/Crocodile Farm, so I suppose we'll be dragged off there again in December....... But after being regulars here at the late Steve Erwin's Park, they'll probably find it most disappointing this time around. Erwin's place is really something!
There is just so much here for kids and families to do-&-see together - Brisbane is definitely geared toward 'family life' and kids. It's great. But we still miss home.....
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Sardine Run occurs between May and July when millions of sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers (millions) create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. It is compared to the great wildebeest migration. The shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 meters deep and are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface. When you see sardines, you also see the dolphins and the sharks! And of course – lots of people!
Well, we were too early. No sardines, but many people looking for them!
But we still had a great time! Saw whales in the distance. Chilled out on the beach and swam (winter or not - the weather was great!) and had great meals!
Did not venuture into the waters for scuba diving this time, but Roland (Africa Coastal Diver) told us they saw hundreds of Raggies and some Zambis. Next time!