Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

Through the eyes of volunteer coordinator and crazy cat lady, Sharon

A re-post on the beautiful Knysna forests August 27, 2012

Filed under: elephants,knysna,Out & about — shadreyer @ 2:07 pm
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Beautiful description of our Knysna forests but I must correct the writer in that there is now evidence and sightings that prove that we still have elephants in our forests

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I have previously written about the tannin tinted rivers and creeks of the Garden Route of southern Africa. A bit further west from the Bloukrans Pass (described in that post), one comes across another veritable ‘Garden of Eden’, otherwise known as the Knysna Forests.

These too, have rivers and streams that are cola coloured, and they are just as beautiful.

Many consider that there are three things in particular that the Knysna Forests are famous for: elephants, gold and timber. Stories of each of these add mystique and intrigue, but they are now all associated with events in the past.

The elephants roamed the forest for many centuries and caused little (if any) permanent damage. However, relatively recent exploitation of the forests has resulted in the demise of the elephants and they are now surely gone forever. However, there is luckily still hope for the forests to regain much of their former…

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Re-post on a visitor to Knysna’s Judah Square

Filed under: knysna,Out & about,Rasta,Uncategorized — shadreyer @ 1:58 pm
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Interesting story of a young American’s visit to the Rastafarian community in Knysna were I live

Compass Trek

South African Adventure To Rastafarian Community

By: Evan McCaffrey

During my freshman year of at West Virginia University I began to get a strong sense of restlessness and un-fulfillment. At the time I was reading a novel called Henderson and the Rain King. A story written by Saul Bellow of a spiritual journey of a rich middle-aged man who feels unfulfilled with his life and travels to Africa to discover his true identity . In the novel Henderson asks if every man has his Africa? This question stuck with me and instead of taking it figuratively, like it was meant to be, I went to my student exchange office and signed up to study abroad in South Africa.

After working all summer to pay for the trip I arrived at Stellenbosch University. I immediately fell in love with the country and the atmosphere. The nature, the people, and the parties…

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Fat boys on a Sunday morning August 26, 2012

Filed under: Cats,Persian cat,Pets — shadreyer @ 5:53 am
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The fat boys early Sunday morning enjoying the view from the kitchen windowsill. It’s going to be a beautiful day

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Mac and Stormer

And later back in bed with Harley and Stormer

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Harley and Stormer

 

Wolves and trampolines

Filed under: Chevonne,Out & about,weekend — shadreyer @ 5:13 am
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Saturday was our day to have my man’s 6 year old daughter, Chevonne, for the day and whenever we have her we also try and make it a day to remember. So at 9 am sharp my man went to go fetch her and it was off to Harkerville market for a farmer’s breakfast. We then jumped back in the car and drive to nearby Plettenberg Bay where we did a bit of shopping -shoes for her and provisions for our planned picnic. By now it was nearly lunchtime so we headed back in the direction of Knysna stopping enroute for our planned treat for her, a visit to the Wolf Sanctuary. One of the things that I really am hoping to instill in Chevonne is a love of animals and nature. Her Dad also wants to make sure she gets to do new and exciting things as she doesn’t get the opportunity to go out much when at home. The Wolf Sanctuary is home to two separate packs of Timber wolves. Each pack has about ten wolves, male and female, who come from all over South Africa. Some of them are ex-pets as wolves are not easy to domestic being wild animals first and foremost. The sanctuary is also home to Black-backed jackals and African Wild dogs aka Painted dogs. African Wild dogs, unlike the jackals, are extremely endangered and also beautiful creatures.

While standing watching the wolves in their large wooded enclosure an ambulance came whizzing past on the nearby highway, sirens blaring. Well, that set the jackals off who started howling and then the wolves too started. They all ran around, tension in the air, snapping at each other slightly. It was quite incredible to watch and almost a little scary. These beautiful creatures that looked like big tame dogs suddenly showing all their natural wild characteristics. It was really quite something. A few minutes later and the wolf family were back to chilling out by their water hole in the sun looking once again like someone’s family pet.

The sanctuary also has another side too it, home to many farmyard animals and a couple of emu and ostrich too. We had bought feed in the form of a bag of pellets so spent the rest of our time with Chevonne feeding the animals. Then it was time for lunch and some fun in the children’s playground. Playing ball with her dad and trying out the trampoline-which she was convinced would break.

In the drive home after all of that I don’t know who was more tired, her or me. Anyway it was a great day out, for her without a doubt as she got to see the wolves ‘who huffed and puffed and blew the piggies houses down’ and for us to get to have a fun day with her and visit the beautiful wolves too.

For this in South Africa in the Garden Route the Wolf Sanctuary is in Harkerville on the N2 between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna and well worth a visit- especially if you have kids!!!

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Canadian Timber wolves

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Chevonne making friends

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Chevonne learning how to drive-a natural!

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Chevonne mastering the trampoline

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I’ll huff and I’ll puff…

 

Thank you August 25, 2012

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Thank you ABC of Spirit Talk and sorry I haven’t done a great job of following instructions!

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7 things about me

  1. My favourite colours are green and then yellow
  2. I have dyed my hair every shade under the sun and used to be a punk in my youth
  3. I changed my career direction at 40
  4. I LOVE technology and am an Apple Mac fan
  5. Cinnamon is my favourite smell
  6. I grew up in the apartheid regime in South Africa and if it still existed would be arrested for transgressing two laws
  7. I have never had kids or wanted kids. I don’t think I would find it possible to love children more than my cats

I nominate the following blogs for awards;

Inspirational photos

Cats,cats,cats

All things Mac

Great advise from a Persian breeder

One of the nicest bands in South Africa’s blog- great music, great people, great attitude

Helping save South Africa’s lions

Johannesburg Persian Rescue run by the wonderful Joy

ABC of Spirit Talk with Carolyn Page

Thanks to all of those delightful people who have nominated me for awards – you rock…!

Another Award Thank You Page

About ivonprefontaine  

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

Thank You Ivon

The rules are:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Post the award image to your page
  3. Tell seven facts about yourself

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Anisah August 23, 2012

Filed under: volunteering,youth — shadreyer @ 4:34 pm
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Anisah has returned to Knysna, South Africa and will be volunteering at a local youth development center. When I fetched her at the end of her day she was so excited! She had such a great day and will be running their arts & crafts program, getting involved with sports programs and flexing her previous counseling skills and psychology degree with assisting on the Adolescent development program run in a local disadvantaged primary school with youth at risk in their Grade 7 year. I’m so pleased how she’s ‘grabbed the ball’ with both hands and is running with it!!!

 

These two chaps will be volunteering through our company next year. They will be at a local township school with an average of 45 kids in the class. August 21, 2012

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Bourne teenagers raise £1,000 on 127-mile cycle ride – Local – Rutland and Stamford Mercury.