Many have wondered, where the name April Olive Blossom comes from?
Olive was the name of the puppy that Rebecca Tilders adopted out of the litter of the dog that wandered into the Sea Vista School all those years ago and April Blossom was the name of a highly pedigreed Whippet Hound that was caught in a snare and was helped by Rebecca. The owner gave Rebecca her very first donation to continue her work, hence the name APRIL OLIVE BLOSSOM FUND.
The website is https://sites.google.com/site/apriloliveblossomfund/
Donations to the fund are greatly appreciated!
Cheques can be made out to the Humansdorp Veterinary Clinic with a note that funds should go to the April Olive Blossom Fund. Donations can also be made at the various donation points in the areas where the AOBF is active. The local SPAR in St Francis Bay for example.
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Thanks to Roxanne Litherland for the following photos and stories.
HARBOUR TO HARBOUR HIKE!
by Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell
A-hiking we will go! An overcast, dry and cool day was perfect for St Francis College’s annual Grade 1 & 2 Harbour to Harbour outing this month. Seal-spotting and breathtaking surroundings were memorable highlights of this popular and challenging adventure walk. Despite being a slightly tough hike for younger children, the pupils were nonetheless entranced by rock pools, birds and the crashing ocean – awe-inspiring sights along the meandering route, which is well sign-posted. The mini-hike began at Port St Francis Harbour, where several seals were seen swimming between fishing boats. The tired troupe ended their outing at the Heritage Centre at Granny’s Pool, where they enjoyed refreshments and a sense of achievement. “All in all a very pleasant and enjoyable morning,” said Grade 1 teacher Lynn Webb. “Although it is tiring, we all had such fun and learned much about our local history and nature.”
Photos by Caroline Anderson
St Francis College Grade Four teacher Louise Ackerman celebrated her special day with cake, spoils and a Happy Birthday song from her class.
BIRTHDAY GIRL…St Francis College Grade Four teacher Louise Ackerman celebrated her special day with cake, spoils and a Happy Birthday song from her class. Mrs Ackerman’s cake was decorated with an image of her trendy wellies – the coolest mud-busters in school! (Photo by Beth Cooper Howell)
St Francis College pupils were all smiles and slicked-back hair for School Photograph Day recently.
SAY CHEEEEEEZE! St Francis College pupils were all smiles and slicked-back hair for School Photograph Day recently. Enjoying their moment in the spotlight were Grade 00 pupils Ben Ackerman (left) and Leyna Castle – both dressed up in their favourite outfits. (Photo by Bradley Castle)
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St Francis Bay was all a bustle this past Heritage Day long weekend with traffic flow reminiscent of the Christmas holiday period. And how blessed were our visitors with the weather? Three magnificent, warm, almost windless days and for those competing in the Calamari Classic, bowls or golf, they must have been ‘bowled’ over by the benign conditions and judging by the golf scores, the weather certainly did play its part.
The normally busy monthly market too was busier than normal and this is really a wonderful monthly occasion for both locals and visitors to meet and chat with friends one may not see that often. An idea the organisers should consider for next year would be an evening food market. Certainly it would not have worked this year for watching the’ Boks was foremost on almost everyone’s list of priorities. Maybe next year?
The St Francis Bay New Market – 26th September 2015
And on the subject of the Springboks! Wow what a turnaround in their fortunes. Great to see the ‘Boks play as we know they can and put Samoa to the sword, even if we don’t agree with Heyneke Meyer’s team selection. With so many choices of where to watch, the Port St Francis Ski-Boat club seemed a good choice this past Saturday. Spacious, enough screens to allow everyone a good view of the game, superb food (their calamari is outstanding), great drink prices and an enthusiastic, exuberant group of loyal supporters, it was a good decision to venture to the port for the evening.
Reveling in the Springbok’s win over Samoa at Port St Francis Ski-Boat Club
Down at Seal Point in Cape St Francis the Billabong Junior surfing contest ran from Friday until yesterday with the weather and surfing conditions being near perfect for the first two days. Sadly the weather deteriorated somewhat on Sunday with the waves losing a bit of their shape. A choice of watching the boy’s under-20 finals and getting soaked and watching these youngsters perform or seeking refuge indoors was easy and a soaking it was. But it was worth it if just to watch Daryl Lightfoot’s final wave as he took off just before the final hooter and executed a near perfect 360 to end his ride. Really super watching these youngsters perform, some of them only “knee height to a tickey”.
Congratulations to Richard Vauqulin on winning the overall Calamari Classic honours and Jane Schultz on winning the ladies title.