26 July 2011

Hello again

Well, as you can see we have a rather short Napier Natter this time around - we have had very few contributions from the readers. I would like to remind you that Napier Natter will only be produced if and when locals have something to share and to say.

Perhaps the very cold spell we are currently experiencing is driving many into hibernation, but this too will come to an end soon. When next you take that short scenic drive to Bredasdorp - take time to stop and indulge your senses in the splendor of the beautiful canola that is breaking into bloom - set against the greenest of wheat fields. It never fails to take my breath away.

My, but we live in a beautiful land!

A reminder of the upcoming Botanical Society events:
Wednesday 10th August - Come and listen to a talk by Ismail Ebrahim who heads up CREW ( Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild flowers), he wants to tell you why your country, or at least the wild bits, needs you. You can find out how to go exploring undeveloped areas of the Overberg and make amazing botanical discoveries. Ismail knows his plants and has exciting stories to tell of long lost plants rediscovered. You can help.
7.30pm at the Bredasdorp library. All are welcome, there will be snacks and wine. Free entry, just a small donation towards costs.

DON'T FORGET ... Wednesday 24th August, our trip to Agulhas National Park. Limited numbers . Open to members and a guest. It will be a whole day trip led by those who know the park well. Lunch will be approx R70. Call us to book a place. Lyn Hawkins 028 423 3672 Louise Hislop 028 423 3512 Sarah Foyle 028 423 3358

Huis Klippedrift Bazaar
The Old Age Home is having it's annual bazaar on the 27th August at 9h00, on the Home's premises. Please come along and support this very worthy cause.

From here to there...
Dee Robinson from the Red Windmill needs transport for one full, but very lightweight black bag containing Alpaca fleece to Port Elizabeth as soon as possible. It could be collected once there. Is anyone going to PE in the near future? Please contact Dee.

Looking for a small business opportunity,then this may be right up your alley! I'm sure most of you are familiar with the old Pam Golding site - the house next to the old video shop (to the right of it). Well, there is some interest in turning it into a multi-small business venue with the emphasis on media - a "Media house" of sorts. Currently Sharon Baert - "The Village Post" as well as David Jones from "Boot Up" are considering coming aboard. They are looking for other "micro industries" - preferably in the media/stationery/tourist field to come on board and join them. Each business gets a room in the house resulting in very low rentals for all. The concept is still in a developmental stage so anyone with input or who is interested in being part of this exciting opportunity, please contact David Jones on:
Tel: 028 425 1344
Fax: 086 500 7030
Cell: 08 444 000 42

Tourism Update
Cape Agulhas Tourism had it's annual general meeting on the 25th July in Arniston, and despite the doom and gloom of lower foreign and local tourist numbers, everybody seemed pretty upbeat about what can be done - despite the usual lack of adequate funding - to promote the Agulhas /Overberg area as a great tourist destination. Although a new CEO has not yet been appointed (after Angela Millar's resignation) the new Executive Committee was nominated and we are very pleased that we will have Renee Daneel looking after Napier's interests for another 12 months - at least!! Thank you Renee!

One very pertinent issue that was raised was the fact that only 160 businesses across the entire Agulhas region are members of Agulhas Tourism - this despite the fact that almost all businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, guest houses and restaurants, benefit hugely from the tourists that visit our region. It's Agulhas Tourism that markets this region as a destination - and we should support them!

Quotable Quotes.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

It is wise to forgive your enemies, but wiser to remember their names. - Anon

Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I feel very peculiar. I feel like I've just got to bite a cat! I feel like if I don't bite a cat before sundown, I'll go crazy! But then I just take a deep breath and forget about it. That's what is known as real maturity. - Snoopy

This Week in History
The abdication of King Farouk. He was thirty-two when he lost his throne on July 26th, 1952. He had been King of Egypt for sixteen years.

First flight across the English Channel by Louis Blériot on July 25th, 1909

England won the World Cup for the first time in 1966.

Until next time ...



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