The Olive Branch
Many of our readers will already know that the entrance to the Swartberg Pass on our side of the mountains was extensively damaged by floodwaters on Sunday 9 April. Torrential rain fell in the Pass and because the 2016 fire had destroyed so much vegetation on the plateau, there was nothing to hold back the water, which thundered into the narrow gorge, destroying a section of the road from Malvadraai to Eerstewater and beyond, leaving debris and huge boulders and revealing foundation rocks, cut and laid by convicts in 1881. Sadly this means that visitors cannot cross the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert and it will be some time before we know how long it will take to repair the road. But never fear, the tarred road through Meiringspoort, a magnificent drive, is open and offers access to Prince Albert from the Oudtshoorn side of the range. (You can still reach the road into Gamkaskloof from the Oudtshoorn/Calitzdorp side of the Swartberg Pass.)
Prince Albert’s intrepid cyclists, Judith and Michael Treloar, continue their Tour d’Afrique challenge. They pedalled through Malawi and reached the Victoria Falls at the beginning of April. Michael is keeping up with his own challenge of sampling every different beer and brew he can lay his hands on, however when his bike developed a severe wobble in the back wheel it was not due to his consumption of beer but to a cracked rim. Repairs held them up for two days, but they are back on track to cycle into Cape Town on 13 May. Follow them online here.
For those who are into running, entries have opened for the Fernskloof Trail Run on 17 June 2017. This takes participants across a wide variety of different terrains and provides some spectacular views of the foothills of the Swartberg. Click here for details.
From 1 May Simply Saffron’s yoga classes move to their Winter times of 8.00am on Wednesdays and Fridays and 5.00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. They are also offering a 5 week Massage course starting on 8 May and a 2 day Reiki first degree course on 20 & 21 May. Then comes the treat of a Forrest Yoga Intensive with Sandra Heider from 2 June. For further details contact Hermon 082 873 9985 or 023 5411040.
Renu Karoo Nursery are looking ahead and are selling mixed Karoo spring flower seeds. Now is the time to plant those seeds because the gentle rain at the end of April foretells a magnificent Spring. If you would like to share our Spring delight in your own garden click here to visit their website.
The Garden Club will meet on Wednesday 3 May at 3pm at the Kraal Yoga Studio. Malcolm and Derryn Searle will show members and guests their extensive new garden and Malcolm will talk about the concept and design for their impressive display of waterwise plants. Please bring your own folding chair and a mug for your tea, there is no charge for members. R20 for visitors includes a ticket for the lucky draw. Everyone is most welcome. More information from Sue 023 5411 558
The May line-up at the Showroom Theatre includes renowned pianist Sulayman Human (6 May – see below) and GHOEMA 2017 Best Country Album Winner and favourite female artiste Jennifer Zamudio (27 May). Visit the Showroom booking site for details and tickets. Sulayman Human was born just over the Swartberg in Dysselsdorp, he started piano lessons at the age of 12 and then studied at Stellenbosch University and recently won the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Bursary Trust Music Award in the Classical category, R20000 towards further studies. Listen to him here. His return to Prince Albert with Rachmaninoff Russian Roulette promises a musical treat.
Planning ahead, our next Moonlight Market takes place on Friday 6 June, join us for good food and good cheer. Helene de Haas offers her Calligrapic Design – Asemic Semantics course on 16 & 17 June – more info here.
Our annual Olive & Food Market / Olyf & Kos Mark provided a weekend of fun at the end of April. Congratulations to the Landbouskou team who organised the event and who are already planning our Agricultural Show on 20 & 21 October – a date for your diary.