Great gift idea made locally nr. Port Alfred

A family group

Having seen the creative talent of a young man at the National Arts Festival this year trading under the name Pewter-it, I decided to order a couple of items from him as gifts for  overseas friends.   These beautifully crafted wooden covered books adorned with pewter work of my choice can be filled with paper of your choice and used as photo albums, wedding albums, travel diaries, guest books or merely as a very smart note book. That I can support ‘South African’ and even better support ‘Local’ really makes me smile. To view the type of work undertaken by Pewter-it, check out their website www.pewter.webs com. A great little company to deal with.  Thank you Kyle.

The endangered rhino 

Multi use books from Pewter-it

Winter in the Eastern Cape

A snowy greeting on entering the Eastern Cape

The splendour of the Eastern Highlands

Travelling home to the Eastern Cape from Natal last week we journeyed through a winter wonderland.  The Drakensberg skirting the R56 Matatiele/Mount Fletcher/Maclear route was covered in snow – a scene very different from what a tourist to South Africa would expect – even though it was mid-winter.   This route makes a change from the East London/Umtata one normally taken by folk travelling between the two Provinces.  The scenery is spectacular, the road is less travelled and the condition of the road is good.   Just a very short 2 km patch going through Lady Frere is concrete and a bit uneven – but otherwise it is a joy to drive.   Elliot, Ugie and Maclear offer good stopping off points for a coffee and a break.   These areas all offer wonderful fly fishing, great hiking, plenty of rock art sites, lots of accommodation options and hopefully when Tiffindell re-opens next year a variety of winter sports.