Vroom-Vroom! Invaded by Motorcycles…

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Vroom-Vroom!  Invaded by Motorcycles…

Wow, what an experience.  Late yesterday afternoon, everything is peaceful and quite, a typical Knysna afternoon, it happened… the invasion.

All of a sudden our parking lot was filled with roaring motorcycles.  A group of Australian travellers arrived, on Motorcycles, travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town.

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They started their tour by doing a big 5 game drive, on motorcycles, and worked their way down to the cape through winding mountain passes.  Now this is way we should experience South Africa.  At least once in our lifetime!

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A little bit of Vitamin Sea

 

Brenton on Sea.  With Summer on its way, all you need is a little bit of “Vitamin Sea”

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Lying on the other side of Knysna’s Western Head, nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean in a quiet, lazy bay, locals describe Brenton on Sea’s beauty as the coast that Knysna doesn’t have, and in reality, Knysna lies on a lagoon, the rough seas making itself heard only at the Heads.

Brenton on Sea lies virtually encircled by the Goukamma Nature Reserve, its slopes rich with fynbos, only 500 kilometres from Cape Town and 60 kilometres from the airport at George.

Brenton on Sea get its name from the fragile free-flying butterfly, the Brenton blue, occurring only on the south-facing slopes of coastal fynbos at Brenton on Sea from October to December.  Human disturbance in nearby Natures Valley led to the final disappearance of this beautiful specimen during the 1980s, only to re-emerge in 1991 in Brenton on Sea where the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve has been proclaimed.

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Brenton on Sea is a lovely beach with beautiful views. This is the ideal spot for a lovely day out with your loved-ones. The kids can play on the rocks while you enjoy reading a good book.

Book your Summer Holiday now.

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“Jakkals trou met Wolf se vrou.”

Jackal is often depicted as a cunning and mischievous character in local folklore, while Wolf is honest and sometimes easily fooled. Once again, sneaky Jackal tries to fool Wolf.

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Wolf was going to get married. The date of the wedding was set and animals were coming from all over the land to celebrate the union. But Jackal was jealous of Wolf’s new bride and, after having tied wolf to a tree to stop him from getting married, he went to the bride and convinced her to marry him instead of Wolf by lying about Wolf’s intentions toward her.

From high above, the Sun and the Rain, seeing Jackal up to his usual tricks, decided to intervene on Wolf’s behalf.

As the guest gathered for the wedding in the veld the Rain released a few drops that pitter pattered onto the guests and chased everyone inside for shelter. Once the guests went inside, Sun came out again, glowing at her brightest and making it uncomfortably hot in the shelter, forcing the guests back into the open veld.

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Once again the Rain let forth its pitter patter of droplets chasing the guests inside. Again the Sun shone its brightest, chasing the guests outside.

Back and forth the Rain and the Sun pitter pattered and shon brightly, stalling the ceremony until Wolf had freed himself of his bonds and made his way to the wedding to explain to his bride the awful trick that Jackal had played upon the happy couple.

From then on it has been said that, whenever the sun shines while it is raining it is said “Jakkals trou met Wolf se vrou.”

We might call it: “Jakkals trou met Wolf se vrou.”, but you might know this better as a Sun Shower.

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So who invented the weekend?

We all love weekends, but have you ever stopped to wonder who invented weekends?

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Who came up with the idea of working five days and then taking two days off? Why didn’t they make the work week two days and the weekend five days?

As much as we love weekends, would you believe that they’ve only been around for less than 100 years? It’s true! For most of history, the workweek has been six or seven days long.

For much of history, taking one day of rest each week has been very common. This stems from various religious traditions. For example, Muslims traditionally took a day of rest on Friday, while Jews observed a day of rest on Saturday and Christians did so on Sunday.

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It wasn’t until the Industrial revolution of the late 1800s that the concept of a two-day “weekend” began to take shape.

Getting time off to worship on Sundays was fairly easy, since observing Sunday as a day of rest was a longstanding Christian tradition. Due to a large number of Jewish immigrants in the late 1800s, factory owners also had many workers who wanted Saturday — the traditional Jewish day of rest — off instead. Over time, factory owners realized that it would be most efficient to let workers off on both Saturday and Sunday.

A prominent factory owner — Henry Ford — also played a big role. Even though the federal government didn’t begin to limit companies to a 40-hour workweek until 1938, Ford began to give his factory workers a two-day weekend in the early 1900s.  Why did he do this? He wanted to sell the cars his workers were making. He realized that his own workers were some of his best customers. If he wanted to sell more cars, he decided that his workers needed time off to be able to drive and enjoy them.

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So the next time the weekend rolls around and you want to thank someone, thank the labor movement, including labor unions, that existed in the late 1800s. And thank Henry Ford, who recognized that the economy gets a boost if workers have a couple of days off each week to purchase goods and enjoy using them!

 

Thank you Henry and the Unions!

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Lekker Loop!

Terblans Hiking Trail

The Terblans Hiking Trail is a circular day walk that is perfect for the whole family, this beautiful walk will take you through the indigenous Knysna Forest and brings you back to the Grootdraai picnic site, ideal for a before or after picnic.

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From the Grootdraai picnic site the trail heads into the forest, this path is shared with the Outeniqua overnight trail, keep right at the fork, shortly after the start, and follow the bush pig signs.

The path takes you through the forest and you will need to cross a few small forest streams.

Directions:  Head out of Knysna towards George, along the lagoon take the Old Cape Road turnoff to Gouna / Simola, follow this road past Simola. As the road becomes gravel take the Gouna turnoff to the left. Follow this road past the Gouna Forest Station to the Grootdraai Picnic site along Kom-se-pad. This picnic site can also be reached by taking the Kom-se-Pad turnof from the R339 near Diepwalle.

Coordinates: S34 03.917 E23 06.193

And remember:  Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures and kill nothing but time!

Lekker Loop!

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Why do we grow old?

Sparrebosch Hiking Trail

This is another good example of what makes hiking in the Garden Route so spectacular.  The Sparrebosch Fisherman’s Walk is a combination of lush forests and a rugged coastline….and….wait for it… a Waterfall.  Jippee, shall I get my cozzie on again!

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This wonderfully scenic route is ideal for an afternoon stroll, but you will have to buy a newspaper for Grandpa, as this 5km walk has steep hills and descents.

The path starts out along the fence separating the Sparrebosch and Pezula estates before it heads down to the coastline. The first half of the trail is in the deep shade of the coastal forest and it is worth taking the short diversion to see the waterfall.

The final section of the trail heads steeply out of the river valley and up over the ridge. From here you will have spectacular views of the two luxury estates with their houses commanding views of the rugged coastline and the rough ocean.  The trail then becomes extremely steep as it drops down to the beach

Directions:  from George Rex Drive follow the signage to Pezula and Sparrebosch. Park in the parking lot at the Sparrebosch Estate swimming pool and tennis court

Coordinates: S34 03.917 E23 06.193

We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking!

Lekker Loop!

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Now it is time to: Log Off, Shut Down and take a Hike!

Perdekop Hiking Trail

Perdekop Nature Walk (Horse’s head in English), is an easy  9.5km walk through the indigenous Harkerville forest with a gentle forest stream falling into a pool (another swimming opportunity)…. But unfortunately swimming is not allowed here, as this is the drinking water for the area…oh no!!

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This trail starts at the Harkerville Forest station and an easy path circles back to this again.  This pathway is shared with Mountain bikers at certain spots, but is clearly marked, so you will not be run over by them.

Directions:  From Knysna, take the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay. At the Sasol petrol station, about 17km out, turn right and follow the gravel road to the Harkerville Forest Station (right at the fork about 1km down the road).

Coordinates: S34 02.848 E23 13.851

Now it is time to: Log Off, Shut Down and take a Hike!

Lekker Loop!

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