Swimmers Break New Territory In Two Hardcore Local Swims

Haydn Holmes, Julian Taylor and Ant Pearce were the three swimmers, joined by some friends along the way, who pioneered two swims over the last two days in St Francis Bay.

The first was the somewhat daunting Kromme Descent In A Day – 14 kms down the Kromme with the tide, although the tide assistance only kicks in quite late down the Kromme.

Kromme Descent In A Day

Heading down the Kromme


The Kromme Descent routemap.


The Kromme Descent finish at The Cove with Ant Julian and Haydn, and friends.


This, however, was just the warm-up for the big deal swim, the 9km Shark Point Swim.

Shark Point Swim



Before the Shark Point swim with Ant, Julian and Haydn.


Haydn Holmes, from Liquid Line and The Pound, is the originator of the Shark Point swim. Hardcore and not for the faint of heart, nothing has ever been done like this before. From the Seal Point Jump Rock, straight across the bay to the aptly-named Shark Point, and then the long grind all the way down the point to Grannies Pool.






The Seal Point Jump Rock


A full safety crew was on hand for the entire swim.


It is the first time ever for this adventure and it is a treacherous swim. There was a strong southwesterly wind blowing, a solid 8 – foot south west ocean swell, and as we all lnow, this part of our coast;ine is well populated with sea creatures of various sizes and dispositions. A full support crew was on hand to guide and to protect all the way through to the finish.

With crystal-clear water, the conditions were epic despite the wind and swell, and all three swimmers made it to Grannies and beers after a massive adventure of spirit and physical endeavour.

Solid surf and swell, and the swimmers embarking on their 9km journey.


The route map. Not the easiest of swims, quite scary, bit of a challenge etc.


The route followed a direct line, with a decently wide berth around the treacherous Shark Point headland.


The swimmers easing around the corner into the more sheltered water in the lee of the point.


“To get to swim with a couple of my hero’s and legends of swimming and open water swimming has been a dream come true and an experience I’ll never forget. Day one – length of the Kromme River, 14km. Day two Seal Point around Shark Point to Grannies Pool 9km. Ant Pearce and Julian Taylor thank you, and to all the support and supporters thank you. Seems like Liquid Lines and The Pound may have a new swim challenge on the calendar.” – Haydn Holmes.

The final stretch as the swimmers headed down the point en route to Grannies.


Home and safe at Grannies. Well done to Ant, Julian and Haydn, and all the supporters and safety crew for a job well done.






Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – G is for Gourmet

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – G is for Gourmet

G is for gourmet. And also gourmand, gastronome and glutton – which one are you?

What’s in a name, you might ask. Quite a lot, actually.

Under “F” in the dictionary you’ll find foodie, a word that’s become a catchall for all types of people who love all things food-related, for whatever reason – shopping for it, cooking for solo pleasure or for friends, eating out, food travel, and especially photographing, sharing and talking about their shopping finds, home creations and restaurant meals.

Some are food-nerds who collect chef trivia and brag about their discoveries and treasures, others make a living from it as social media influencers, and many just like to swop recipes on Facebook – they’re all in it for different reasons, and some may be gourmets or gourmands, or even greedy guzzling gluttons.

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher - G is for Gourmet

Turn to the “G” section of the dictionary, however, and you’ll find a host of terms related to a love of food and drink, each with a very specific definition beyond the catchall “foodie”.

Gourmet and gourmand might sound similar, and they’re often used interchangeably – incorrectly so, because they mean quite different things and have different roots.

The key difference lies in quality vs quantity.

Although it has moved away somewhat from its 15th century roots in the Old French word for “gluttonous”, the term gourmand still refers to someone with an extreme, even excessive, love of eating and drinking. A tad decadent, the gourmand loves food, all food, any food – all day (and all of the night).

The meaning these days is accepted as “heartily interested” in food and drink, rather than over-indulgence (for that, we have the word “glutton”), but the gourmand’s preference will still tend to quantity over quality if you force them to choose.

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher - G is for Gourmet

The gourmand might be considered to have a democratic, populist approach to food and drink, while for the gourmet all food experiences are most definitely NOT created equal.

Quality and exclusivity are the watchwords for the gourmet, a connoisseur of fine food and wine, highly knowledgeable, with a refined and discerning palate.

The gourmet appreciates high quality, speciality ingredients and dishes that require elaborate and expert preparation, served with the most exquisite of presentation in perfect settings with silver service, accompanied of course by premium wines and spirits.

These are people for whom 10-course tasting menus paired with fine wines in Michelin 3-star restaurants are made.

Interestingly, gourmet has its roots in both Old English and Old French, the word that became the noun “groom”, as in a valet or servant, and originally had meanings more specifically related to wine – a wine broker, wine taster, a valet in charge of wines, or a wine merchant’s assistant.

Expertise in wine now has its own specific words, like sommelier and oenophile, and “gourmet” now focuses more on food, but with a definite interest in superior drinks too.

There are gourmet cooking classes, gourmet magazines and websites, gourmet cooks, gourmet shops, gourmet menus, gourmet home kitchens, gourmet travel – all relating to high quality ingredients and meals, and the high-level skills and equipment to prepare it.

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher - G is for Gourmet

Gourmet and gastronome (a lover of good food) overlap somewhat, but again, they are slightly different.

Where the gourmet’s highly-educated interest is mainly in the art of good food in general, gastronomy is interested in both the art and the science of good food, how it is intertwined with the history, culture and traditions of a specific place, and the special skills developed to prepare the traditional foods of a region or country.

So, if you like, the gastronome takes education and knowledge a notch above the gourmet, and hence one can book gastronomic tours of highly specific regions from Thailand to France to Mexico.

Although few would like to admit to living up to these words, the “G” entry in the dictionary also comes up with two of the seven deadly sins – greed and gluttony.

There’s a slight difference between these sins – gluttony is a lack of self-control in eating and drinking, relating to overeating, overindulging, overspending, and so it also relates well to other G-words like guzzle and gulp.

While gluttons might be willing to share, greed is wanting to keep all the good stuff for yourself, wanting more than you need, even resorting to stealing or killing to own the prized item (the dodgier parts of the trade in truffles, perhaps, or even the illegal trade in South Africa’s prized abalone….).

So, are you a generic, catchall foodie, or a gourmet, gourmand or gastronome?

Street Security In St Francis Bay

Street Security In St Francis Bay

In Ralph Street, residents have collaborated with the local security company to make our area safer and better protected.

A year ago, the Greater Ralph Road Security Communication Group was born. Residents met – and decided – after a wave of break-ins that amounted to thousands of rands worth, they needed to better secure the area and homes. The St Francis Property Owners Association (SFPO) assisted in this endeavour. With the existing CCTV system in place, 20 homeowners clubbed together and increased the reach of the camera system and thus enhancing the security in our area. The residents made a late August payment, and the 3 new cameras were tested and turned on.

lucky and Vuyo from Calibre

Monitored by the Atlas St Francis desk in PE and responded to by local Calibre Security, we were definitely on a better, more secure footing than earlier in the year.
Residents have also played a more active role in securing themselves, their families, and their homes. More alert, communicating suspicions is not only a morale booster but a massive deterrent to would-be criminals.
With that in mind and hoping to avoid repeating the previous years’ spate of break-ins, we enhanced the security aspect further. This was done in collaboration with Lynn Edwardes of Calibre Security and her team.
Local residents showed their appreciation to the Calibre Guards and control room staff by giving bags of goodies at a handover on Tuesday at My-Konos Luxury Beach Accommodation in Guinevere Rd. It was one of the roads that Lucky helped keep secure.

Vuyo and Lucky from Calibre were handed the goodies by local resident and architect Gillian Adendorff (l) Chris Adendorff (far right) and JD, owner of My-Konos (second left) and JP (second right).