See the Fynbos in Plett

Plett-Proteas

“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plett-Proteas

A huge floral attraction of South Africa’s Southern Cape coast is our endemic Fynbos. Fynbos, from the Dutch fynbosch, directly translated as “fine bush” is actually a shrubland found only along a small coastal belt of the Southern Cape coast from the Cape to Port Elizabeth.

This puts Plettenberg Bay in the heart of Fynbos country. Known for its exceptional biodioversity – some 8500 species, nearly 6000 of which are endemic – the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms.

Hikers, birdwatchers and walkers along the many trails around Plettenberg Bay will be amazed to find the majestic King Protea growing wild next to the trail. The King Protea might be the largest in the family, but it is by no means the only Protea on this coastline, blooming at different times of the year and adorning the Fynbos region with a beautiful and unusual flower.

Another very popular export of the Fynbos region is Rooibos, also known as “bush tea”.  Brewed as a tea in South Africa for centuries, Rooibos is now available internationally, but efforts to grow Rooibos outside of our Cape coastal region have reportedly failed.

Photo: Plett Tourism

Photo: Plett Tourism

We’re most excited to tell you about a product, grown in Plett and closely related to Rooibos, that is gaining popularity – Honeybush Tea.  Plettenberg Bay has a Honeybush Tea industry that is just 15 years old (much the same as the Plett Winelands) and it is widely accepted that the area from Tsitsikamma to Riversdale is the ideal place to cultivate honeybush – again putting Plettenberg Bay right in the middle of this area. Honeybush is quite similar to Rooibos, although it is sweeter and the plant gets its name from the honey-scented flowers.

Would you like to try Honeybush and visit a Honeybush Tea farm in Plett? In 2000, local community owned, government sponsored Honeybush farm was opened at the Griqua settlement in Kranshoek. The farm is named Ericaville and 84 families from this community benefit from sale of the crops 95% of which are exported to Europe and Asia.

Ericaville farm tours include a brief history and plant classification including medicinal properties and harvesting. Visitors can harvest by hand, chop the tea by hand and drying and flavouring the tea.

As you can see – Fynbos including Proteas, Rooibos and Honeybush is an essential part of the Plett experience.

Patrick Mavros come to Plett

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Patrick Mavros comes to Plett

It is with great excitement that we welcome Patrick Mavros to Plett. It was Robin Pelham-Reid the owner of Cornerway House that had the great idea to have an exhibition to raise  funds for Plett Aid Foundation/ Hospice Plett – an initiative that is very close to our hearts here at Cornerway House. Annabelle Lady Conynham, vice chairman with her enormous energy has put the show on the road. We will be hosting a private viewing at Cornerway House on Thursday 26th March. The public viewing will be on Friday 27th March from 10.00am to 5:30pm at The Plettenberg Bay Hotel.

Patrick Mavros is a great story teller and has many tales to tell. One of them is how his business came about. It began when he fell in love and carved a pair of earrings in the form of roses for his new bride. As Patrick says he went from baker, soldier to earring-maker in 3 minutes when he fell in love. The new earrings created an interest and grew into Patrick Mavros Silver Sculptors and Jewellery. Patrick Mavros is now famous for his wonderful silver sculptures, with over 200 pieces in his collection.

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Matabeleland is where Patrick was born and brought up, here he fell in love with all the wildlife. He enjoyed sketching and absorbing all the natural beauty around him. He now lives with his wife Catja in Harare. They have four sons, who are all involved in the business. Ben and Patrick, junior, are at the workshop in Zimbabwe under the close watch of big brother Alexander, who lives in London and is head of retail and marketing. Forbes lives in Mauritius and directs all the jewellery collections. He has brought a new dimension to the business with his fantastic work in precious and semi precious stones. All working very closely together. Our African animals are a great inspiration to the Mavros boys. Finally the piece is mounted and cast in in sterling silver using the lost wax method. The mark is registered at the Assay office in the Goldsmith Hall in London. The finished piece is then packed in a silk pouch and black box, which is expertly gift wrapped, ribbons and all. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have quite a collection and little Prince George has his own collection of miniature animals.

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We are so pleased and would like to thank Patrick Mavros, who has generously donated four pieces of Mavros jewellery as ticket prizes. The four winning tickets will be  drawn by Robin Pelham-Reid on Friday at 5. 30pm at The Plettenberg . We will be hosting Patrick and his wonderful representative Jessica, who has done a splendid job in orchestrating this great fund raiser.

Event Details:

Private Viewing:  (Invitation only) Thursday 26 March at Cornerway House

Exhibition & Fundraiser: Friday 27 March 10am to 5.30pmat The Plettenberg Hotel

Tickets and Enquiries: Lady Conynham  044 5335178 aconyngham@telkomsa.net

Robin Pelham-Reid  044 5333190 cornerwayhouse@mweb.co.za

Jessica Holland  jessica@patrickmavros.com 308-401-2_hippopotamus-salt-and-pepper-500x500-1

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Plett in July

Mad festival

Plettenberg Bay is bursting with wonderful things to do at this time of the year.

We are in the middle of the July holidays and Plett is having a MAD Festival.

The Plett Music Arts & Drama Festival is all about showcasing our heritage and culture.  Everybody can get involved and everybody benefits with profits been ploughed back into the community.

The Whitehouse & Kids of Kurland brought us the 3rd Plett Fringe Festival which ran from the 26th June to the 1st July. We got to see poetry, drama, magicians, musical comedy and theatre at its best. These superb well-polished Fringe acts continue on their way to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The first South African Food Film Festival was also being presented here in Plett as part of the part of the MAD Festival. Plett Tourism and iKasi Media have worked hard to bring us The Plett Food Film Festival. We believe it will become a national event.  Over a period of 3 days our senses were delighted with a feast of exclusive screenings of local and international movies and documentaries about everything to do with food and passionate foodies preparing their food.

We were privileged to be entertained by well-known chef Karen Dudley with her creative “love sandwich” that made her famous. She has also published two recipe books and is a fire ball of passion and fun.

Plettenberg Bay the perfect place to chill out in the July holidays and have all your senses spoilt.

love sandwich Karen Dudley the kitchen Karen Dudley

 

Land Art Plettenberg Bay

Land art KeurboomsIn 2011, Plettenberg bay hosted South Africa’s first international Land Art event presented by Site Specific. The artist–led project was conceived by Strijdom van der Merwe and Anni Snyman in an attempt to create more opportunities for Land Art in South Africa.

Cornerway House’s Dee, was a “Gorilla” Land Artist for this site-specific week in 2011 in Plettenberg Bay. Her concept was an installation in the Square outside a popular Coffee Shop, Liquor Store, not a very sophisticated Supermarket and an Arty Video Store. This evoked the need to display THE DICHOTOMY of BITOU.
Dee used the tree in a giant planter situated in the middle of the Square and draped it with opposing items. The one side represented the beauty and natural resources including items of learning. The other side contrasted enormously with 3 mobiles hanging off the branches made of syringes, a condom circle and a large pomander of beer cans, wine and brandy bottles. This representing the destructive elements of our society! Needless to say we had no neutral comments passed on this installation!.Dee Land Art

Dee Land Art 2011

 It is with great excitement and anticipation that we will be hosting the 2nd International Land Art Biennale event in Plettenberg Bay. Between 10 & 17 August2013 our landscapes and open spaces will be artistically transformed into a visual ecstasy. This land art event celebrates the beauty of our natural environment and our rich cultural history. It allows the community spirit, that is in all of us to be enhanced and transported to another level….
This promises to be an awesome event, as we will have such influential artists from South Africa and overseas, sharing with our very own local artists. This year we see the inclusion of the Site Specific side artists, which allows artists to take part at their own exspense.

One of these fringe artists is Adriaan Augustyn who, together with Pletts phenominal Malcom Solomens, will create a work that has been inspired from their observation of the way man has become, through ignorance, arrogance and greed, unconscious and conscious agents in the destruction of nature. “The chain of ‘trash’ is suspended within the forest
tunnels and along the paths symbolizing the vortex nature of water going
down the drain. The aim is to raise awareness in those that witness this
work at how each action has a reaction. The days of dumping waste far
away, are gone and each individual is now challenged to evaluate his part in
the creation of the vortex drain of our natural resources. At this point
lies the opportunity for change and creating a new and inspirational vortex
with the potential to uplift rather than destroy.”  They will be sourcing their materials from the Win Win Swop Shop, a recycling initiative started last year.site specific

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site specificFor more information on the International Land Art Biennale 2013, events and artists visit   www.sitespecific.org.za

If you would like to visit Plettenberg Bay for this exciting event, please contact us on cornerwayhouse@mweb.co.za or visit our www.cornerwayhouse.co.za

Community Recycling in Plettenberg Bay

 

Recycling in Plettenberg Bay

Saving our land fill in Plettenberg bay

Last year in October 2012, the WIN WIN SWOP SHOP was launched, in the Industrial Area. A pilot project for the Qolweni, Bossiesgif and Pine Tree areas. Similar successful projects are in existance in other towns. Hopefully soon it will be able to expand into other improvished areas in the Greater Plettenberg Bay.

A convenient facility is provided every Thursday afternoon, for the collection of recycleable materials. The local community, including young and old, collect paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and glass. This is then brought to be weighed and exchanged for points. These points are then redeemed in the Swop Shop for much needed goods, like food, toiletries, school requisites and clothing etc. The kids love to find a good pair of togs or a soccer ball. I have seen my well worn red patent leather moccassins and an all time favourite dress go to the same lady. I couldn’t help but think what good taste she has. All goods are donated, so we rely hugely on our kind community.

shopping at the swop shop                                Swop Shop

This project places value on recyclable goods which in turn cleans up the environment. Prevents dumping on the already over extended land fill. Creates environmental awareness. Teaches responsibility and ownership. Finaly, empowers the individual, which has more positive benefits….

Over the last 6 months we have collected about 26 tons of recyclable materials.

The success of a project like this is all about giving. Giving of ones own recycling, time ,finances, energy, creativity and commitment.

Shopping at swop shop

shoe shopping at win win swop shop

 

Swop Shop in Plettenberg Bay

Satisfied customer!