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Dec 2012 – What’s up in The Scenic South

With a flurry of events 2012 is coming to an end, a tumultuous ‘big dipper’ kind of year with all the ups and downs that make our lives and make us human.

My yogi-friends and I had a year-end ‘tea’ at the enchanting Tibetan Tea House in Simon’s Town where we partook in a wonderful Tibetan birthday tradition – the staff and owners making an enormous clamour with all manner of noisemakers to ‘chase out all the bad stuff of the year to make space for the good and the new’. I like to believe that this blasting South Easter is doing the same thing and that 2013 will be a good year for us all!

Wishing you a happy festive season, safe travelling and a blessed new yearWarm regards

Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

This month’s articles …

Plans to re-establish a western leopard toad breeding site in the Kommetjie area have borne fruit …or rather, toadlets…

Our world-class local paddlers may well have the edge on international competitors in the Fish Hoek Surfski Festival, being accustomed as they are to our raging Cape Doctor!

Ex Bay Primary and Fish Hoek High School pupil, Bjorn von der Heyden, has just had a paper published in Science, the world’s top science journal.

In the absence of good governance ordinary South Africans are Leading SA – again. On the 10th of December, four intrepid bikers will be departing Cape Town for Kampala, Uganda, on a long-haul ride in support of Quality Education in South Africa.

And at Pollsmoor Prison volunteers with Hope Prison Ministry give new hope to inmates

The Simon’s Town Civic Association newsletter highlights the exciting activities taking place in the area over the festive season as well as issues of importance to residents.

93 year old Fish Hoek poet Lewis Watling has a positive outlook despite the tumult and conflict around us

“Tucked away in the far-flung seaside town of Scarborough lives and works a man widely regarded as one of the top five luthiers (guitar-makers) in the world”… Marc Maingard.

The False Bay seabed is revealing its secrets thanks to high-tech underwater surveys.

The Silvermine wetlands in 2012 – otters, toads, sewage spills and the Little Crake!

Local crafters have produced delightful gifts for Christmas…
And more ideas have been added to

I enjoyed one of the monthly historical walks at Kirstenbosch. Historical and themed walks are offered for free during their centenary year 2013

We all lose because the push to sell oversized, gas guzzling SUVs, overpowered sports and elite cars will inevitably eclipse the somewhat more esoteric and nuanced attraction of hybrid cars, of electric cars and of small, economical cars which safely and adequately get us from A to B” … Glenn Ashton

A colourful tale of travel in GREEN by BLACK – Gary Black tackles Kulula

The Bumper Big Issue features work by SA’s top writers and photographers – an ideal gift and a collector’s item.
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Following elephant cluster/migration routes, Ian McCallum and Ian Michler undertook a 5000km journey across southern Africa from the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to Cape Vidal in KZN. Hear what Ian McCallum has to relate about their Track of Giants journey

What with the mountains and the sea and the great variety of activities on offer, children (and grown-up kids!) have no reason to be “bored” these holidays…

Carols on the Common – and a picnic on Christmas Eve

Celebrate the New Year South African style with Hugh Masekela in the most beautiful garden in the world!

For the full Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts programme see

Face the Music at Kalk Bay Theatre truly is a most enjoyable show …

View another thought provoking and inspiring film at Simon’s Town Museum

For productions and concerts, hikes and markets, talks and more see

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