Another 386 sleeps until Xmas 2017…..

Another 386 sleeps until Xmas 2017…..

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We are all excited with Xmas around the corner.  Xmas is just 19 sleeps away….and Xmas 2017, only 386 sleeps away!

South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, this means Christmas for us is all about fun in the sun.  The beaches, braaing and just generally having fun outdoors. The schools are closed for about 6 weeks, our big summer holiday and kids are enjoying a much deserved break…so does the parents.

English – Merry Christmas

Afrikaans – Geseënde Kersfees

Zulu       – UKhisimusi omuhle

Sesotho – Le be le keresemese e monate

Book your Xmas Holiday now and enjoy the sun and fun along the Garden Route           

Juhst ONE (hic) glasshh of (hic) wyne…

Just one glass is enough…  Last night, The Knysna Log-Inn Hotel, were happy to host another successful wine tasting to one of our big groups.  As you can see, Danny, our barman, only pours everyone one glass of wine!

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Danny has been in the trade since before I was born and he is the Expert.  He says that describing a wine compares to writing a poem; not as easy as it would seem. Every wine tasting experience is unique because every one of us is an inimitable individual, with our own stock of aromas and flavours in memory and senses of taste and smell different to anyone else’s.

Those with a privileged nose are able to identify aromas of substances actually present in the wine. Apart from that, tasters have to explain the impressions the wine created in their mind. For all this reasons, no description of a wine tasting is ever wrong.

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Come shtay (hic) with ush and (hic) enjoy juhst ONE (hic) glasshh of wyne.    

Spot the Stingray…

Spot the Stingray…

Trying to get some exercise in Knysna is hard work.  While taking a jog on our beautiful bricked promenade alongside the lagoon earlier this week, a certain shop “forced” me to end my rigid routine with a “draairoomys”, an ice-cream.  My “takkies” came to a screeching halt.  Now my exercise has turned to a walk – have you ever tried to jog with an ice-cream in one hand?

Well, good thing I did.  While walking along the marina at the Knysna Waterfront, much to my surprise, I spotted these amazing creatures in our lagoon…Stingrays.  Luckily I had my phone with me to take a few photos. I have to carry it in case I have to call “911”, for someone else of course.

Apparently they like to rest on the bottom of shallow water.  A stingray is difficult to see, even in clear water. At times, they are almost invisible. They act lazy and spend most of their time in a relaxed state, partially buried in the soft sand expending little energy…just moving with the flow of the surf in shallow water.

They camouflage themselves with their coloration that reflects the brownish shade of the ocean floor.  Like a chameleon, they can change their colour slightly as they burrow into the shallow sand.

Come stay with us, we will tell you where we find the Stingrays AND the “draairoomys”

The Moon made me do it….

The Moon made me do it….

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So, my alarm is set for 05h30 this morning.  In anticipation I force myself out of bed.  I make coffee, because this morning, I will experience the most spectacular Supermoon since 1948 that will light up the sky, appearing 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

..BUT then, it started to rain and no moon was visible…eish.  At least I took the opportunity last night to view the moon and to describe this in my small vocabulary, was fantastic, enormous, amazing.  I will try again tonight to take my binoculars and just maybe I am lucky.


This Supermoon is described as “undeniably beautiful” by American space agency Nasa – and is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years.

Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.

Have you looked at the moon?           

Vroom-Vroom! Invaded by Motorcycles…


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!

A little bit of Vitamin Sea


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


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.