Christmas Lunch at Totties.

Christmas Lunch at Totties.

My apologies for the delayed posting of this wonderful event that we had in early December.  I had a very stupid accident injuring my index finger.  Seven stitches and one month later I have some function back! The gallery below is a testament of a happy gathering, wonderful companionship and delectable food. A big thank you to Dirk van der Zeyden for the lovely pics.   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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February Meeting: The art of the indigenous tree

February Meeting: The art of the indigenous tree

“Over the years, while cutting the logs, I witnessed some of nature’s most breathtaking pieces of art.  Lifting the plank from the log is the moment the grain reveals itself in all its splendor.  A canvas, hidden away for centuries, flaunting its beauty.  My father personified a tree.  He said, trees are like humans.  Through the years I formed my own analogy.  To me trees are work of art.  I am comparing the characteristics of some of the well knows indigenous trees, like yellowood, with well known artists like Da Vinci.” ~ Dalena Wolmerans We are delighted to announce that Dalena Wolmerans will be our speaker at our February meeting which will take place: Venue: Leisure Isle Bowling Club Date: 2nd February Time: 10.00 am Visitors are welcome – R20.00 per person.  Please note that our AGM will take place before the talk, this formality will only take a few minutes. Subs are due for the ensuing year – R120, please bring cash or you can  do an EFT transfer: INVESTEC BANK Name: Gardening @ Leisure CCM: Call Money Fund Account Number: 50010447101 Branch Code: 580105   THE LIFE OF A WOODCUTTER Dalena Wolmarans gave a thought-provoking talk during the Knysna Timber Festival on Friday, October 9. Photo: Fran Kirsten. KNYSNA NEWS – “As a toddler I remember my father buying blackwood at the local timber auctions,” said Dalena Wolmarans (née Stander) in her Knysna Timber Festival talk. Wolmarans was one of ten speakers sharing their timber knowledge with festival-goers. She compared her life to that of the alien blackwood tree. “Not withstanding its alien status, the blackwood has played a critical role. She had the audience captivated as she told several anecdotes about her father, Adam Stander. One such story was that her father had two birthdays, the date on which he was born and the date on which his birth was registered. Wolmarans said that her father would insist on celebrating both. “He loved the confusion and would use it to his best advantage.” Her love for her father was evident throughout her talk. “As a boy he had to negotiate between school and work in his father’s woodcutting team. Reaching standard six, he left school and became a full-time member of the team, cutting indigenous trees in the Knysna Forest. They provided products, like sleepers, to the local timber merchants, merchants who, the stories go, changed their orders the moment they saw what was on the ox-wagon.” According to Wolmarans the timber merchants of those days showed little respect to the woodcutters, always beating down the agreed price. “Grateful for any payment, the woodcutters often accepted a ‘good-for’ (a list of basic goods they were allowed...

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Pictorial gallery of our last 2 meetings

Pictorial gallery of our last 2 meetings

Our September meeting was hosted by Ruth Knowles, a ‘swallow’ who lives  6 months of the year in Knysna and the remaining months in the UK. The talk was on spices, their origin and uses.     Thank you Carol for organising the wonderful garden ramble in October.  We visited Carol’s enchanting garden, then we were off to Jack Morley’s inspiration garden.  Jack is 97 years old this year, a bit frail but the twinkle is still in the eyes! Next was Sylvia Kluyte’s garden and lastly Joan Spencer’s Monet inspired garden.  Thank you  for sharing your beautiful gardens with us.  A real tonic after the ‘Great Knysna’ fire. Carol’s Garden   Jack and Voni Morley’s Garden   Sylvia Kluyte’s Garden   Joan Spencer’s Garden Photographs: Dirk van der Zeyden & Esther Townsend     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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MINIATURE GARDENS DELIGHT KNYSNA RESIDENTS

MINIATURE GARDENS DELIGHT KNYSNA RESIDENTS

This garden, “Metelerkamps Tea”, was done by a lady only identified as Yolandé. KNYSNA NEWS – Knysna’s Gardening at Leisure club recently held an exhibition to show off the art of miniature gardening. From 12 to 14 October, people could view these miniature gardens at Metelerkamps in Waterfront Drive and hopefully got some ideas on starting the hobby for themselves. According to club chairperson Denise Voysey, miniature gardens are especially appropriate in view of Knysna’s current water restrictions Knysna. “We usually had open garden exhibitions, but it has become too expensive and we do need to save water. Click here for a photo gallery. “We thought this exhibition would be a good idea to show people that anyone can make a little garden of their own. It’s a good hobby to get into,” she said. Voysey said that there were about 70 miniature gardens on show cultivated by members and nonmembers of the club. At the miniature garden exhibition was (from left) Denise Voysey, Esther Townsend and Kathy Michaelides who are all actively involved in Knysna’s Gardening at Leisure club. Esther Townsend, the club’s web administrator, said the public loved the exhibition. “They come in, faces looking all normal, but when they leave there’s this little smile on their face that shows they loved it,” she said. If you missed out on the miniature adventure, there’s a video of Kathy Michaelides, treasurer of the club, talking about the miniature gardens below: Read a previous article: Miniature gardens on show ARTICLE, VIDEO & PHOTOS: STEFAN GOOSEN, KNYSNA-PLETT HERALD JOURNALIST ‘We bring you the latest Knysna, Garden Route news’ Posted on: 07:23 Thu, 19 October 2017 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Christmas lunch.

Christmas lunch.

Please book and pay at our next meeting on the 3rd November. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Miniature Gardens 2017.

Miniature Gardens 2017.

Our very successful exhibition ended on Saturday 14th at 1.00pm. The Exhibition is now behind us and  it is time for thank you’s!  First of all to Kathy Michaelides for her enthusiasm and hard work, without all her beautiful little gardens the exhibition would not have been so impressive.  Also thank you to Denise Voysey, Nicky Rutherfoord, Bridget Tisdall, Margie Lynch, and Jen Shaw, for being on duty most of the time, and then off course all the participants who made the most amazing little gardens.  Thank you ladies. This years little gardens were varied and of high quality; two little gardens depicted  a landscape after the devastating fire of June 7th, there were succulent gardens, fantasy gardens, terrariums and a zen garden. Log on to the Knysna Plett Herald link: https://www.knysnaplettherald.com/News/Article/General/miniature-gardens-on-show-20171013 to view some of the exhibits and the interview with Kathy. Below a gallery of some of the miniature gardens. Log on to the KnysnaPlett Heralds website:   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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