We have much to celebrate: Spring has sprung, the whales are in the bay and folk in the Scenic South continue to make their mark in various fields. I am proud to announce that 78 year old Mary Honeybun of Noordhoek has been selected as one of the Eco Angel finalists in Enviropaedia’s national Eco-Logic Awards. If anyone would like to help sponsor Mary’s air ticket to Johannesburg, please contact me !She has supplied 400 wheelchairs and walking frames to handicapped people and children with cerebral palsy through the creation of her Breadtags for Wheelchairs project. Perhaps in some small way we as a community can repay her generosity.

And then, visitors to our shores usually leave with wonderful memories of the Peninsula.Four awed Russian visitors, after a scuba diving outing to the wreck of the Clan Stewart off Glencairn, went home with a thrilling tale to tell of their encounter with a Great White!

With the long weekend and school holidays coming up, you might wish to check out all events that are on our events calendar. Right on our doorstep we have an exciting programme of activities at the Simon’s Town Spring Festival. There is also a list of other events happening this weekend lower down in this newsletter.

Wishing you an enjoyable Heritage weekend.

Warm regards
Viv
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Helen Keller 
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 Latest Articles

Alan Fleming is the only South African to be in the final 23 for an international award. He is an entrepreneur from Cape Town who would like to see his “fish farm in a container” rolled out throughout the Cape Flats
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/capetonian-alan-flemings-fish-farm-one-of-top-23-entries-in-international-siemens-empowering-people-foundation-award/

On the topic of sharks … Wilfred Chivell’s conservation work in Gansbaai has a ripple effect on the life in the oceans surrounding the Scenic South peninsula.
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/wilfred-chivell-of-dyer-island-conservation-trust-for-whale-watching-and-shark-cave-diving-in-gansbaai/

Jim Hallinan – a heritage specialist with the City of Cape Town – entranced his audience with his beautiful slides and fascinating talk on False Bay at the Fish Hoek Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association meeting at the end of August.
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/jim-hallinan-we-could-do-much-more-to-preserve-the-heritage-sites-on-the-cape-peninsula/

Celebrate a Spring day in the glorious Kirstenbosh gardens surrounded by Nature’s floral and faunal magnificence….broody owls and goslings and much more!
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/kirstenbosch-in-spring-brooding-owls-egyptian-goslings-brilliant-blooms-and-snow-capped-mountains/

Up with the best in the world, Kirstenbosch will soon boast a Tree Canopy Walk which is being constructed in the Arboretum (engineers especially will find this interesting!). See the work in progress on
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/kirstenbosch-centenary-tree-canopy-walkway-is-snaking-ahead/
and
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/images-of-the-kirstenbosch-centenary-tree-canopy-walkway-now-under-construction/

Speaking of gardens, cuttings have been taken from what is regarded as South Africa’s oldest tree in the Company Gardens to ensure the continuation of its gene pool!
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/cuttings-taken-from-south-africas-oldest-tree-a-saffron-pear-tree-in-the-companys-garden/

Have you met a pea crab yet?
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/08/horse-mussel-with-pea-crab-tenant-found-on-fish-hoek-beach/

If you have heard or seen a Knysna Warbler, the Cape Bird Club would like to know about it!
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/call-from-cape-bird-club-for-info-of-sightings-or-calls-of-the-knysna-warbler/

Nikki Mocke is organizing  the Cape Town Summer Surfski Series in which our top-class local paddlers are sure to excel…
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/fish-hoek-surf-lifesaving-club-organises-this-years-cape-town-summer-surf-ski-series/

Why not join Two Ocean’s Toastmasters for evenings of fun and confidence building?
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/08/two-oceans-toastmasters-a-little-laughter-goes-a-long-way/

This show at Kalk Bay Theatre had too short a run! Although it is over, I would like to highlight the work of our talented young performers in case you get the chance to see their performance in future…
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/below-my-feet-a-fabulous-show-at-kalk-bay-theatre-performed-by-talented-young-local-artists/

As anyone in the tourism business will know, it’s competitive out there. Rather than being disheartened, take on the challenge.
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/market-your-tourism-business-online-advice-from-getsmarter/

Our Artists
The exquisite work of ceramicist Leora Lewis of Clovelly is on exhibition at Kalk Bay Modern
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/leora-lewis-ceramicist-from-clovelly-in-the-scenic-south-peninsula/

Amongst the outstanding botanical artwork at the Kirstenbosch Biennale are works by local artists.
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/scenic-south-artists-from-st-james-simons-town-fish-hoek-and-sun-valley-showcased-at-kirstenbosch-biennale/

For images of the works of the Gold Medal winners at the Biennale see
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/08/gold-medal-winners-at-the-kirstenbosch-biennale-2013/

This month’s new or re-listed businesses in the directory

A gentle reminder: There are just two weeks left to take up the offer of advertising on the Scenic South directory for just R400, which gives you a one-off entry to be displayed for 14 months including text, logo and a photograph. From the 1 October the price will revert to R400 for 12 months. Let us make our local directory a truly comprehensive one.
The following businesses are newly listed or have re-listed on the Scenic South directory. If you have had positive interactions with them please do endorse them via the website. (If there are no endorsements it just means that no one has sent one in!)

Ozone Pool Solutions in Noordhoek

Audiologists Francis Slabber and Associates, Fish Hoek, Tokai ….

Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Scarborough way

Digital Media Agency in Simon’s Town

Suzanne Cadman, SCIO Biofeedback Therapy, in Simon’s Town

Milkwood Pre-Primary School in Valyland

Greenacres Pre-Primary School in Dassenberg

Valley Tutor Centre in Valyland

Hands on for Positive action

Co-incidentally this month we have two calls for assistance for horses 

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/cart-horse-protection-association-chpa-in-cape-town-needs-your-assistance/
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/n-urgent-appeal-from-cape-of-good-hope-spca-for-support-for-badly-injured-rescued-horse/

Civic News

Our ratepayers’ associations deserve much credit for all the work that they do. They need our support and participation. The FHVRRA is urgently requiring a secretary. Can you help?
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/08/quarterly-newsletter-of-the-fish-hoek-valley-ratepayers-residents-association-aug-2013/

And, as usual, an interesting newsletter from Simon’s Town
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/just-news-from-simons-town-sept-2013/

Heritage Weekend Events

Heritage Weekend events:
http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/heritage-trail-with-guides-at-kirstenbosch-over-heritage-weekend/

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/freedoms-child-album-by-melanie-scholtz-with-poet-james-matthews-to-be-launched-at-artscape-heritage-festival/

http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/jungle-theatre-company-presents-vallende-maan-at-artscape-heritage-festival-25-28-september/

http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/geese-hosts-international-ocean-clean-up-day-event-at-glencairn-vlei-glencairn-beach/

Other  Events
Just a teaser- see them all under the Events categories …Whatever your interests … hiking, reading, going to the theatre, attending lectures on interesting topics…you will find something to enjoy on our events calendarshttp://scenicsouth.co.za//eventcategory/events-events/

Dance and Theatre
http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/my-dogs-got-no-nose-4-to-6-oct-2013-8-pm-masque-theatre-fundraiser/
http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/illusionist-stuart-lightbody-performing-at-kalk-bay-theatre-25-sept-6-oct/
http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/a-handful-of-friends-showing-at-the-masque-theatre-20-28-sept/

Fun for the family:

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/09/bos-earthwave-beach-festival-in-muizenberg-guinness-world-record-attempt-ocean-beach-events-19-20-oct-2013/

Music
http://scenicsouth.co.za//event/neighbourhood-watch-gala-concert-at-fish-hoek-high-school-theatre-5-october-2013/
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