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Struisbaai Easter Weekend

Struisbaai at Easter time becomes a hub of activity.  Our normally quiet little fishing village is suddenly alive with tourists and events.  On a normal weekend it’s busy enough for the peace-loving locals but at Easter the town explodes and there’s traffic on the normally car-empty roads.   The beach, which goes on for miles, is often empty of people on a normal day, but at on this weekend it’s the first place the visitors head to.

On Easter Saturday this is exactly what happened as it dawned bright and sunshiny after two days of cloud and rain.

The Earl, our grandson, Jay and friend, Ray were off to sea by 6:00 am.  They should have gone yesterday so we could have fish for Good Friday but the rain prevented that so we had to have our Good Friday on Saturday.

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Jay loves sharks!  He cuddled this dogfish and gave it a kiss before releasing it back into the sea.

The rest of the household rose from their slumbers a lot later and we headed to The Shed for the Food Market.   There were lots of goodies to eat but all we bought were some fresh veggies from the farmer’s stall.  We decided it best to go for a proper brekkie at Shipwreck Coffee Shop instead.

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My gorgeous girls at The Shed’s Food Market

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Me buying fresh produce for the weekend

Traffic on the main road was bumper to bumper.  The NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) were encouraging folk to part with R 10,00 to boost their coffers.  In return you got a marshmallow egg and a chance to photograph them and their vehicles.

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I gave them R10,00 – after all my men were out at sea!

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Rescue Boat

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On Standby

Josh and I walked to the area where the Land Rover Rally was happening.  We spent some time admiring the landies both ancient and new.  There were time trials too which were fun to watch.

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Land Rover Rally

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Registration Office

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A very old land rover

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Land Rover Passion starting young

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This one is 71 years old – I was told.

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Track Trial

After taking some interesting photographs we went for a long walk on the beach – well, I walked and took photographs and Josh ran on for about 3km.  I thought I’d missed his return but soon after I turned around he caught up with me.

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Somebody scrawled the date in the sand

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And declared her love for Daddy and family

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Abandoned Sandcastles

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Busy Beach

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Fishermen’s Paradise

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Watch out for the jellyfish!

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Most Beautiful Beach in the Country

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Josh running in bottom right corner

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Josh returning

We continued our walk along the boardwalk and as we approached the harbour, Lisa and Laurie waved to show they were there with the former’s friends, Margaret and Frans.   Their kids were having fun on the beach.  Spencer invited Josh to go out with him on the paddle skis.  He dashed home to change into his costume while the adults went to Pelicans for a drink.

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My girls and Margaret sharing a bottle of Pink

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Josh on paddle ski

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Josh and Spencer

While we were there we heard the whirring of a helicopter and observed it doing a practice rescue.  That was fun too.

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It was after three when we finally got back home and I started preparing for the fish supper.   I baked a lemon meringue for the first time in my life – and this was a Banting version that I got from a recipe book written by a local of the Overberg,  Madelè Burger.   Her book is called “Hier’s Die Toortsie Weer”  You can see her blog Here   Her posts are mainly in Afrikaans but there are some in English too.   I am pleased to report that it turned out pretty well.  Not a crumb was left after our dinner. I also used her recipes to make a creamy eggplant dish and a butternut salad.

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Busy in the kitchen

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And it’s done!

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Creamy Eggplant Dish

The fishermen returned at 5 pm, sunburned, tired but happy after catching enough fish to feed eight of us for dinner.   There is nothing to beat eating fish fresh from the sea.

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The Earl cleaning fish

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Josh helping the Earl wrap potatoes for the Weber

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Fish cooked and ready to serve

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Rewards of a day at sea and on the beach –  Weber cooked fish for eight!

 

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The 2018 Two Oceans Marlin Tournament

The annual Two Oceans Marlin Tournament took place in Struisbaai between 12 and 18 February 2018.  As always the success of  a tournament such as this is weather dependent.   The boats might or might not land a marlin so to make the competition more interesting prizes for the heaviest bi-catch would be awarded.

Twenty Five boats from all over the country took part.   Each team was presented with a goody bag at the opening function on Sunday 11 February.

I tried to get as many photographs of the boats as I could but some came in too late and some stayed out overnight. Apologies to those who have been left out!

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The competitors only got to sea three out of the six days due to poor weather and sea conditions.  However, nothing dampened their spirits and there was a great deal of camaraderie and catching up with old friends.

And as boys will be boys there was some mischief afoot and the deviants had to ‘pay’ for their misdemeanours.  Each evening the ‘wrongdoer’ would be named and shamed and called the ‘idiot of the day.’  He would then be subjected to the snuff sniffing punishment followed by downing of a shooter.  A fine was also levied upon him!

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Preparing for the snuff sniff – a hammer will strike the contraption and snuff will go up the nose – Close your eyes as it can really sting!

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You were warned!

Over the six days there were several ‘idiots’ who gave everybody else a good laugh and were great sports about the resultant ragging.

Thanks to Marinda and her team, the most amazing meals were provided to all involved in the tournament.   The incredible bar assistants also kept their sense of humour and managed the demanding masses with smiles and kindness. Thanks too, to Elsa for all the record keeping.

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Marinda and team

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Bar attendants

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Elsa our very efficient Club Secretary receiving a bouquet from Club Captain – Hubert

Each evening there was something different happening.   On the auction night, money was raised for a past member’s deceased estate, The NSRI and Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club.  Thanks to all who made such generous bids on the rods, reels, wines and Garmin watches.

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Making a bid

Everyone was supposed to dress up for the Hawaii Evening and some did. However, Kosie was the outright winner in his amazing outfit.

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He also joined in the spirit of the evening when the dancing girls appeared.

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All good things come to an end and after a great week of fun and fishing the prizes were handed out on Saturday evening.   The Marlin trophy was unfortunately not won but thanks to the incredible sponsors everyone got prizes for their participation, their by catch or team spirit.   Well done to all the fishermen for going out there and trying to hook a big one!

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Prizes were presented as follows:

Andre Swart – Kind of Magic – 10 Year participation in The Two Oceans Marlin Tournament

Met Eish – Last Year’s 10 Year Trophy

Tony Dalton – Camaraderie Trophy

Certificates were presented  to:

Trevor Brinch vir sy volgehoue ondersteuning en werk om see veiligheid te handhaaf. (for his continuous support and work in maintaining safety at sea.)

Davy Schemuder for  “dedication and hard work towards safety at sea”

Prizes were awared to:

Bi Catch First Prize – Piet Steyn Marias  from Multi – vir ‘n Geelvin Tuna van 14.93kg.   (An Arniston Voucher plus some oil)

Bi Catch Second Prize – ET – Kuduro – Geelvin Tuna – 11.16kg (Black Oystercatcher Voucher and Oil)

Bi Catch Third Prize – Kobin Koch – True North – Geelstert van 7.45kg (Malgas Hotel Voucher and Oil)

Sunseeker II – Five strikes and 1 Hookup (Big Catch Voucher  + Cooler Box)

John Graeme – Hook Up – (Big Catch Voucher  and cooler Box)

Hard Luck Prize to Gareth – Team Tyler for out of Comp Fish (Voucher)

Hard Luck Prize to Koos Pretorious – Team Osprey for 1 recorded strike and 1 out of comp striped Marlin. (Big Catch Voucher)

Best Spirit prize of the book Rugby Vasvrae  – awarded to Team Capetonian, Team Kuduro and Jac van Niekerk, Dudley Rosslee, Bruce – D’Stress and Team Catitude.

Without the following sponsors The Two Oceans Marlin Tournament would not be possible. A Huge Thank you to them all.

  • Robertson’s Toyota
  • Raymarine Navionics
  • Garmin SA
  • Tiletoria
  • FPM
  • SQM
  • Aarbeidsvreugd/Unifruit
  • Simrad
  • Penn Fishing
  • Arniston Hotel
  • Realty 1 Agulhas
  • Addis
  • Big Catch
  • Big T Lures
  • Black Oyster Catcher
  • Breco Seafoods
  • Caltex Struisbaai
  • Coke
  • Cornelis Ham
  • Distell
  • Henk Aggenbach
  • Andrew van Zyl
  • Lourens Odendaal
  • Malagas Hotel
  • Maxel Reels
  • Seaport Supplies
  • Ski Boat Magazine
  • South Sea Suzuki
  • Suidpunt Marine
  • Van Loveren Family Wines
  • Zulu Overland
  • Viljoensdrift
  • Airwise
  • B&D Tegniese Dienste
  • Bon Courage Wine Estate
  • Build It Franschoek
  • Certainty Charters
  • Dirk Odendaal
  • Glenwood Wines
  • Rising Wave Accommodation
  • Johan en Elizna Theunissen
  • OK Grocer Struisbaai
  • Paul van Niekerk
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Share Your World 30 October 2017

Here is my contribution to this week’s Share Your World from Cee

Where do you eat breakfast?

Funny you should ask, because this is my favourite meal of the day and it is usually quite an elaborate affair.  I seldom eat breakfast in bed.  I like to be up and dressed and seated at the table.  Usually my darling husband cooks it for me, at least twice weekly we go to our favourite coffee shop where they don’t even ask what we want as the just know, and on rare occasions I am the chef.   Properly brewed coffee is essential and no matter where I am the quality of the breakfast is greatly influenced by the quality of the coffee! If the weather is good I like it al fresco, if it’s in a cold place a roaring fire helps otherwise a lovely ambience indoors will do.

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Typical Shipwreck Coffee Shop Breakfast – Fried eggs, bacon, cheese grillers tomato and coffee

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Scrambled Eggs Al Fresco at my garden picnic table

 

 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?

My ideal evening is in the bush with friends who enjoy it as much as I do.  There is nothing to beat, sitting outside your caravan, watching the flaming sun sink beneath the horizon,  listening the sounds of the wild, glass of wine in hand exchanging stories about the day’s adventures.  Priceless!

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My fantasy companion would be Sir David Attenborough because I would love to chat to him about his lifetime of doing wildlife documentaries.  What a fascinating life he has had.  How lucky we are to be able to spend any number of evenings watching said documentaries!

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be? 

I would choose to be a Baobab Tree.  She is the queen of trees. You cannot miss her standing proud on the African Savannah demanding to be admired.   Not only would I be a wonderful sight to behold I would also be permanently among the wildlife that I love so much and I would be a great asset to their lives. Because the baobab has many useful properties, it is widely known as the Tree of Life.  How wonderful to be a Life-giving Tree.

Baobab products are useful to mankind as among other stuff soap, rubber, glue, traditional medicine and cream of tartar are made from their products.  But best of all it creates it’s own ecosystem and provides food and shelter for animals, birds and insects.

It is a deciduous tree so during the dry winters it has no leaves and its bare branches look like roots  hence it’s nickname – the upside down tree.

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In Winter it is The Upside Down Tree

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In Summer It dons it’s leafy finery

 

 

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The Earl and I left Struisbaai at 6 am this morning and considering the state of his health one year ago I appreciate how fit and well his is now.   He coped well with the driving and we made sure to stop frequently.  We are overnighting in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape and will do another day’s drive to Kokstad tomorrow.  This is the start of a three month trip away and I will be blogging about our adventures as often as I can during this time.

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Share Your World 2 October 2017

Some great questions again from Cee’s Share Your World

Here are my answers

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter you would go?

For many years I suffered from aviophobia so even getting onto a Boeing was a challenge.  So in 1999 when the opportunity to take a ride over The Great Barrier Reef arose I was most reluctant.  But my FOMO (fear of missing out) won out in the end and I boarded that scary craft and have never regretted it.

When I saw the copter coming in to land on a floating platform in the middle of the Pacific I nearly backed out.  So glad I didn’t because it’s the perfect way to fly – far less frightening than an airbus.

 

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The Scary Helicopter

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The view was certainly worth it

 

What are some of your favorite types of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so I’d have to say egg and bacon!  Also I am a South African and The Braai (barbeque) is part of our culture – there is nothing nicer than chops and boerewors grilled over the coals!

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Fried eggs on a bed of home grown spinach and served with bacon and grilled cherry tomatoes.  I live with a wonderful chef!

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The braai ritual in progress

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Most of my life I was an Early to Bed, Early to Rise kind of girl.   I never had any trouble getting up at six o’clock or earlier be it weekend or not.    Now that I’m retired and not following a proper routine I find I go to bed later and therefore rise later too. However, when in the bush – it’s back to early to rise! Nothing nicer than sunrise in the game reserve.

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One wouldn’t want to oversleep and miss this 

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

This week I have appreciated the place where I live.   Our harbour is so pretty and the spring weather is getting me outdoors more often.

On my walk on Sunday I went along the main road then along the board walk to the beach and back to the harbour. When I looked out to sea I thought I spotted a seal in the shallows but when I got closer it had disappeared. I chatted to my friend Earnest who is always hanging out at the harbour  and he said yes indeed my eyes were not playing tricks on me.  There had been one swimming around for a while. We haven’t seen a seal in the harbour for some time.   As I continued toward the next boardwalk I heard a splash and there was Sealy coming up onto the rocks in front of the restaurant car park.  I yelled for Earnest and he was thrilled to get this excellent view of this lovely sea creature too.  It wasn’t long before a small crowd gathered and were snapping away with cameras and cell phones.  I only had my phone but rang Hubby to bring my Canon which he did.  Two young  guys were trying to take a selfie so I offered and they were thrilled to have themselves with a seal in the background. It was such fun.

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He wasn’t shy at all

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He think he enjoyed the attention

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This is a good scratching rock

 

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Post a Day Weekly Photo Challenge Satisfaction

The theme for the  Weekly Photo Challenge is Satisfaction.

What a lovely prompt this week.   There are so many photos I could choose as I really find many things in my life satisfying. I’ve chosen a few that I think reflect the meaning of the word.

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My grandson – satisfied with his catch at Sani Valley Lodge, KZN

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Surrounded by my last class of Grade Ones at the last day of school in my last year of teaching. Most satisfied that it was a good career.

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My Hubby – Content with his four grandchildren

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Satisfied with the retired lifestyle – caravanning at Ebb and Flow – Garden Route National Park Western Cape

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If we were having coffee

This challenge is hosted by Nerd in the Brain

I have a specific person in mind as I write my post.

If we were having coffee together it would probably be before breakfast at our favourite restaurant, Bistro Sixteen82, overlooking the vineyards. The weather would be sunny and we’d choose to sit close to the open sliding doors.   I would say, Isn’t it a perfectly gorgeous morning and you would agree.  Or that was how it used to be before you went away.

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Bistro Sixteen82

If we could have coffee now because you came to visit, I would take you to Shipwreck Coffee Shop here in Struisbaai.  It’s not as fancy as The Bistro but I’d tell you that here you can get the best cappuccino outside of Italy.  I would have loved you to join my friend Meg and me there yesterday – but maybe one day soon …….

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Best breakfasts, Americanos and Cappuccinos ever

We’d sit beneath the umbrellas and smile at the sunny weather.   We’d sip our coffees while we waited for our breakfast or perhaps a slice of chocolate cake.

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You’d say – “So are you happy here in Struisbaai?”  but of course you’d know the answer to be yes.  And I would say and how is Perth?  And you would tell me all the news of Margo and her kids and Robert and his and how you try to get to see them as much as you can between juggling your teaching and keeping your pretty new home and garden ship shape.  And I would say how I’d love to come and visit.  You’d tell me that would be great but we would not be able to go out for coffee because it’s so expensive in Australia so you would make if for me yourself and I would assure you that would be just great.

If we were having coffee together we would reminisce about the wonderful weekend we had here in Struisbaai five years ago – just us five girls.  We’d remind each other of what we did and where we went and how much fun we had fighting over who would get that scarf from Potpourri.

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And you would say that every time you look at the paintings you bought you think of us.

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And I would say how much we miss you and that I admired you for uprooting yourself to be close to your kids and grandkids.  And you would say you miss us too and reassure me that even though it’s been hard you have enough part time teaching jobs and you’re doing fine. And I would say has it all been worth it and you would reply – “It has!”

And then Rachel would come and give us an omelette that rivals any that The Bistro could produce and we’d laugh and chat and enjoy our food and order another black coffee and cappuccino.