Help save the endangered AFRICAN PENGUIN

Pikkewyne stap verby.On Monday 22 April a group of commited penguin conservationists and representatives from the African Animal Keepers Association started the third annual Penguin Promises walk in Gansbaai. They will walk for a week and reach Boulders Beach on the afternoon on Saturday 27 April. The Simon’s Town Business and Civic Associations have commited to support this campaign. We have arranged for children from local Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek pre-primary and primary schools to get involved and draw pictures of this famous Simon’s Town bird. Their art will be displayed on the walls of shops and public spaces along St George’s Street in Simon’s Town on 27 April. Judges will decide the winners from various age categories and fantastic vouchers from local restaurants will be awarded to the winners. The Two Ocean’s Aquarium Education Outreach Vehicle is also coming to Jubilee Square to entertain and amaze all those interested. There will also be a variety of music. Come and show your support. We appeal to all businesses to display penguins in their shop windows and dress their shop fronts with black and white. If you or your business are keen to get involved please email Bronwen d’Oliveira or call 0832645404. We are looking for volunteers to help with arrangements, sponsored prizes and contributions towards printing and other costs. For more information on the Penguin Promises waddle please visit www.penguinpromises.com and www.facebook.com/penguinpromises and follow them on Twitter @penguinpromises.

NAVY FESTIVAL   5-7 April 2013

This festival is free and the gates are open from 10 am to 6pm and there is a fun-filled programme of activities, displays and vessels to visit. Residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to explore our Naval harbour and learn more about what the Navy does. There will be a parade through Simon’s Town on Saturday morning, 6 April from 09h00 – 10h30 when the Main Road will be closed to traffic. (The Main Road will also be closed to traffic on Wednesday evening, 3 April 18h00 – 19h00 for the practice.) Note that there will be gun firing at Noon during the Navy Festival.

Enquiries: Sub Lieutenant Benjamin 021 787 4620.

 

JUST NUISANCE Birthday Celebrations

smst_jn_005 In 1939 the British Royal Navy did the unthinkable… Strange but true, they enlisted a dog. Enlisted him with rank, pay, rations and duties!  And it was not just any old dog either. It was a gigantic Great Dane who won the hearts and minds of sailors on two continents and went on to become a legend. To this day, the legend lives on and locals and visitors still pay tribute to Able Seaman Just Nuisance. The life size statue of this truly extraordinary character, who was more human than hound, has pride of place in Jubilee Square, from where he wistfully looks out toward the sailors he served so long and so well. Just Nuisance’s birthday is celebrated annually on 1 April with a parade of dogs through Simon’s Town to Jubilee Square. For those who would like a walk, dogs
and owners are encouraged to join a trip up to Just Nuisance’s grave on the hill behind Simon’s Town. This event is a lot of fun and this year it promises to be even bigger than last year with a Lucky Draw and Prizes for the best dressed dog and owner, the most and least like Just Nuisance.  Dogs are to be kept on leads and poop bags to be carried by owners. The entry fee is a can of dog food and/or a cash donation to be donated to local dog charities. Dogs from all walks of life are invited to take part in this great-dane-ly day! The walk up the steps to the Just Nuisance grave site starts at 8.00am and the parade starts at 10.30am.

For further information email Nicola Werkman or pop into Larijworks.

 

Simonstown events planned for 2013 include the monthly Just Nuisance Market planned for every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Come and make a nuisance of yourself at the Just Nuisance Market in Simon’s Town’s Jubilee Square on Saturday, February 9 from 9am to 2pm.

The market attracts those wanting to enjoy great views while browsing for high quality, local, hand-made, fresh, creative and quirky items. Great treats on offer for Valentine’s day!

Explore shops, restaurants and other attractions on foot. Children will love the new play area at Bertha’s restaurant and running down the pier. Ample parking available. Come and pester us in Simon’s Town every second Saturday of the month.

Contact the market coordinator Christina Tranter on ctrt@webafrica.org.za or call 0726917304. Visit www.facebook.com/JustNuisanceMarket.

Just Nuisance Monthly Market – every 2nd Saturday of the month

I recently came across a fabulous artcile on things to do in the Cape Peninsula along False Bay. Our 4 star guesthouse in Simonstown offers accommodation close to all of these atractions and we can arrange transport from the Mariner Guesthouse or guests can rent one of our bikes for the day!

Read it here:

False Bay has one of the Cape Peninsula’s most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. Known for its scenic beauty, it encompasses small seaside villages from Hangklip, near Pringle Bay, to Cape Point.

Popular with surfers, swimmers, bodyboarders and anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the fresh sea air, towns along the False Bay coastline also offer a multitude of arts and craft shops, fantastic restaurants and bars, cute and quirky coffee shops, and quiet look-out points.

Fish Hoek beach is popular with local and international visitors. Photo courtesy DanieVDM

Whales abound on the False Bay coastline – every year between June and November, southern right whales migrate to the Western Cape waters to calve and nurse their newborns, while humpback whales journey through the region between May and December.

Thousands of local and international visitors flock to False Bay to experience these amazing whale-watching opportunities, where the creatures are often seen metres from the shore.

In addition to sun and sea worshipping, there are numerous activities and attractions in the area for visitors to enjoy.

False Bay offers tasty seafood delicacies. Photo courtesy George M. Groutas

Nature reserves, including Cape of Good Hope,Rondevlei and Silvermine, offer the opportunity of walking among the rich biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula, including indigenous fynbos.

Other ways to relax along the False Bay coastline, while enjoying the stunning scenery, are playing a round or two of golf at either the Westlake, Clovelly or Simon’s Town golf courses, sampling a few wines along theCape Point Wine Route, or sharing Boulders Beach with its local inhabitants, the African penguins.

Some of the most popular small towns along the False Bay coastline include the historical naval village of Simon’s Town (with beautiful interior and gift shops), Muizenberg (known for its epic waves),St James (with its colourful huts), Kalk Bay (with great seafood restaurants), and Fish Hoek (for bigger chain stores and banks).

As a permanent resident, Simon’s Town~ for me ~ offers the best of both worlds. Surrounded by National Parks and the ocean, this town and its natural beauty offers various outdoors activities for nature and adventure lovers. On the other hand it is an easy scenic drive to movies, shopping centres or even the V&A Waterfront in the city!

Best of all for me is that Simon’s Town is not as commercialised as some other seaside areas. Visitors can enjoy going to the beach, town and restaurants without having to stand in long cues, fight for a spot on the beach, or be faced with large chainstore parkinglots and crowds!

So ~ this summer, make sure to:

1. Swim with the penguins at Seaforth and Boulders beaches

2. Go on a kayak trip from the Simon’s Town quayside around to Boulders Beach

3. Hike one of our beautiful mountain trails above the town or in Cape Point Nature Reserve

4. Visit the amazing Navy and Toy Soldier Museums

5. Buy your Christmas gifts at one of our lovely local gift, interior or antique shops

 

Finally, if you want a peaceful and relaxing holiday – Simon’s Town is the place to be!

I look forward to seeing you explore more of my wonderful town!

Liesel