Paddle training during the week for the grade 7’s.
Over the next few days, the Grade 7 learners at St Francis College will celebrate their final year with the annual Otter Challenge.
The Otter Challenge is a fun two-day event where the pupils embark on a few mini-adventures in St Francis Bay, including hiking, river paddling, cycling, and camping.
It just so happens that today’s first day of their challenge looks pretty grim on paper weather-wise, with a gale-force easterly forecast for most of today. As we all know, the easterly is an onshore wind, so it blows off the ocean and is thick with salt and moisture. Not the best conditions to hike, or cycle, or camp in tents or braai, for that matter.
Knowing the St Francis College kids and teachers, who are all pretty resolute after the challenges they have endured during lockdown (not to mention their parents), they will finish this without a hitch. They’re a tough bunch of people.
Still, if you see a few young cyclists wobbling along on their bikes or hiking doubled-over in determination into the screaming wind, please give them a cheer of support and give them loads of space on the road, please. There are just a few of them, so it won’t be too much trouble at all.
We were all young once, finishing off junior school and getting ready for high school and that massive old world out there. It can be pretty daunting, but it is also a fantastic stage of life and a crucial step in character development. Entering high school sees the initial realisation of inherent potential as high school academics and sports start taking hold. High school is where champions are made.
So we at St Francis Today would like to wish the St Francis College grade 7’s, their school teachers, and those teachers on the Otter Challenge all the best of luck over the next two days. You’ve got this one!
Miss Lucy, as captured by Robin Moulang. Find more of his work on Instagram @gumboot.camera
Notes From The Editor
Monday 22 October 2021
How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
How To Get Through The Festive Season In St Francis Bay With Ease, a local’s guide.
It’s coming, and while many residents are happy that we will have a decent season’s trading, many get somewhat frustrated over the festive season. Actually, that’s probably the understatement of the year. So many locals get highly irate.
The thing is, and I know this message is repetitive, but many businesses are desperate for the coming trade. So here’s a few insider tips that will make the summer bearable.
If you’re a local, you’ll know all the sneaky parking spots at all the beaches and restaurants. If not, you definitely know a couple of friends or acquaintances who won’t mind you parking in their driveway or on the grass. So don’t even go and fight for a spot at the beach. Instead, just slide into your ‘reserved spot’ with your local knowledge.
Early mornings for everything
The sun is up so early, and most visitors are here to have a good time that they jol till late and don’t wake up early. If you’re a surfer, runner, cyclist, paddler or golfer, hit the dawnie. The real dawnie, though. Be on the road or in the water or even teeing off by 5 am if the conditions look good. The zombies hit it around 8 am, and by then, you’re already done, the pressure’s off, and you can feel good about yourself.
The Cape Town ous are like this in the morning in St Francis, and never make the dawnie.
Sometimes it will get too much, despite your best intentions of keeping it cool. When it gets too much, and someone is racing down the main drag or blocking the road to have a chat, or pushing and shoving in the shops, then you might just have to take a few deep breaths, count to 8, and remind yourself that it’s only really two weeks of zombies, and you have it for the next 50
If you just can’t face shopping, then give Trolley Dolly a call. Their team will do all your groceries and alcohol shopping and deliver them to your door for a very reasonable fee while you go surfing or play golf. It’s a total win, and I can confirm that their service is efficient and very affordable. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Don’t be a Karen
It does get difficult at times, and noisy, and busy, and hot. Some people come here with little feel for the laid-back vibe and people who want peace and quiet, but an aggressive rant on Facebook or a ‘naming and shaming’ spree isn’t constructive. Instead, try and go to the source first. Chat to the shop owner, the neighbour, the person doing doughnuts in his bakkie at the beach car park at 3 in the morning. Be nice. So many times, it is just a minor misunderstanding that gets blown out of proportion on social media, so try not to be that person.
A wonderful photo of an orchid Satyrium princeps flowering in the Airpark .
Image by Gregg Darling – a local wildlife/nature photographer.
Notes From The Editor
One thing that has been part of the pleasures of living in St Francis is that the restaurants are generally very full over the season. Thus locals often stay away until things have quietened down. It’s not a bad thing. It means that we locals get a bit more room to move in the restaurants, and the local restauranteers get year-round support.
This year from all accounts will be busy, but we do have a few more restaurants to go to. Of course, the older, more established restaurants will always do well over the season, but there are a few more eateries to choose from this year.
The following are the new restaurants/eateries/cocktail bars that we know of. If we have missed any, we apologise in advance. There is so much going on at the moment that it is sometimes hard to keep track. Click through to their websites or Facebook pages to see more.
St Francis Bay
Off The Menu
Bistro Vin De Boeuf
Twenty-Two Eatery & Wine Bar
Cape St Francis
We popped in to the opening of Colony last night, and it was a wonderful evening. Delicious food, great vibe and a bill that didn’t break the bank. Fresh, simple and tasty food all around, and family-friendly. There will be a full review coming up in the new issue of The West Wind.
So good luck to all the new restaurants; I hope you guys kill it. BUT, and it is a big but, especially very good luck to all the established St Francis Bay, Port, and Cape St Francis restaurants. You guys have struggled so badly through the dark days of the hard lockdown, the curfews and the booze bans. You’re the guys we’re rooting for the most, and let’s hope that the influx of visitors this December is all it’s hyped to be and that you and your staff might enjoy a Christmas bonus this year for a change.