Prime Timers excursion to Addo Elephant National Park

Prime Timers visit Addo’s elephants

Prime Timers visit Addo's elephants

Left to Right: Alan Ryalls, Jenny Dale, Paulene Hardy, Colleen Mutch, Chrystal Collins, Corrie Strab.. Sandy Hansen – Kneeling: George Lubberson & Jan Gultcher

Well it seems the Prime Timers inaugural event was a huge success according to organiser Paulene Hardy. Paulene came up with the idea of a club, for lack of a better word, where retired and semi-retired St Francis residents could enjoy organised outings and events. With rising fuel costs Prime Timer members are encouraged to car pool which not only saves fuel but also makes for a far more social event and gives the group time to better know each other and share their experience.

A Sunday stroll in Addo Elephant National ParkLeaving Pedal & Spoke Café in the Tennant Centre on St Francis Drive the group set out for Addo at around 8:30 arriving at the park mid-morning for according to Paulene, some great game viewing with some a number of elephant sightings amongst other smaller game. Lunch was a casual picnic affair at one of the park’s picnic sites before the group set off for an afternoon of entertainment at nearby Hopefield Country House.

Situated close in the heart of the Sundays River Valley a stone throw from the Park and close toCello and Piano duet Port Elizabeth this four star country house is set in a beautiful garden home to a magnificent rose garden home to over 50 rose varieties providing wonderful splashes of colour throughout the year. Filled with a myriad of bird species, the property also has an extensive citrus orchard as it is also a working farm. Accommodation is provided in seven individually decorated spacious en-suite bedrooms each with a private entrance off the gardens and with all the facilities one would expect from a four star establishment.

Arriving at Hopefield the happy group were welcomed with pink champagne before being entertained to a piano and cello duet of classical music. After the private concert a short stroll around the garden was followed by tea served with canapes before the weary travellers took to the road for the return trip to St Francis.

Paulene puts together great discounted packages and the Addo trip cost each traveller just R148.00 all in.Now that’s a bargain for a day’s outing.

For more information on Prime Timers, how to join and other information call Paulene on 084 7897801 or 042 2940301.

Morning refreshmant for the family

Zebra at Addo Elephant National Park

Good morning Prime Timers, welcome to Addo

“Open your Eyes – Sterilize “ – SPCA INDABA

Mike Stark to present his ‘Brilliant Greenland Adventure”

Visiting the Sea Vista Pet Clinic run by Stephanie Ernsten every Thursday on the Sea Vista playing field certainly opens one’s eyes to the need for the more dogs in the township to be sterilized. Well in excess of 40 new born puppies have been treated at the clinic since it reopened just three weeks ago and no doubt a lot more will be treated in the coming weeks.  Treating and inoculating these puppies is essential to prevent the spread of canine diseases but the real remedy is to have every puppy sterilized before they reach maturity and start the cycle over and over again.

Although there is a certain resistance by many of the township folk to have their dogs sterilized, Stephanie quietly goes about her work by gently persuading dog owners that it is the right thing to do. But sterilisations require funding as vets cannot be expected to donate their time, skills, facilities and treatments for free and thus the need to raise funds and to this end, Susan Rae-Fox created the “Open your Eyes – Sterilize” initiative.

The Open your Eyes –Sterilize has held many a fine event, always well supported, but usually with an all-woman audience. But things are about to change for the next event and men are encouraged to join in for what promises to be an interesting talk by Mike Stark on his ‘brilliant adventure’  in Greenland, illustrated with a sequence of amazing photographs. Those who have already listened to Mike’s talk enjoyed listening to his exploits immensely so it really is an event you won’t want to miss.

The event is to be held at Dune Ridge Country House on Thursday 17th March at 11.00 am so bring your partners and friends. Sarah Swanepoel of Dune Ride always puts on a lovely spread for these occasions and will be serving, as always, a super spread of sweet and savoury treats with tea and coffee after the talk by Mike.

Tickets are R150.00 each so why not complete the form below  indicating how many tickets you would like and Sue will arrange for the tickets  to be left with Jennie or Debbi at Kouga print for you to collect.

All the money raised from our SPCA Indaba is used to support our ‘Open Your Eyes and Sterilize’ campaign to sterilize as many township dogs as possible and help prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and the cruelty that stems from this..

Sign up for you ticket here

St Francis Animal Rescue