This weekend at the market. Much better and ready to go.
Well the market is finally back and it seems that the wait has not been in vain. While the final touches still need to be made the new user friendly layout is definitely an upgrade. The first change that meets the eye is a large sitting area at the centre of market for table and chairs where one can enjoy all the delectable eats and treats on offer ever weekend. Also the new tin stall roofing is slightly wider than the old thatch giving all better cover when it rains.
Chatting to one of the regular stall holders she said that it was better than last but it could take a little while for the word to get out that things are back to usual. For reference see below progress from nothing after the fire till this weekend. This can only be good for Greyton and is an excellent start for spring. The weekend market and a little time to chat friends has always been a cornerstone of a good weekend in the country.
Just after fire as the clean up starts.
Work gets under way.
How it looks today.
Leon Engelbrecht from Old Potters Inn & Brewhouse takes on a long crosser from the hill as RW Erwee (HOA Winner) looks on.
This Saturday locals and visitors gathered for the third event this year. The weather was near perfect which was a nice change from having to cancel at the last minute on account of an ominous cold front or some other man-made disaster. Trap shooting got underway on time but the sporting layout was delayed as preparations took longer than initially anticipated. Once complete shooting got underway in earnest.
The repairs and an improved layout have added considerably to the clubs offering. All seemed to enjoy taking on the Fitasc and Trap layouts. Visitors included Leon Engelbrecht from Old Potters Inn & Brewhouse who acquitted himself well on his first outing and Guy Emslie (Hon Member). Guy is a local farmer who keeps the club supplied with drums and bales. He is not always available so we are grateful to seem him when it is possible.
There was a good mix of targets on the sporting range including a fun double from the tower which seemed a lot easier than it was. Most managed to hit one of the pair, so for John Reader hitting both with one shot deserves a very well done. He also managed a personal best. Top score on both the Trap and Sporting ranges was RW Erwee with 42. If all goes well and the weather plays ball the next shoot will be on the 29thof September. Club enquiries Hubertus 072 877 1106
Guy Emslie makes light work of a cheeky driven target that deceived many.
Clearing with great views just after lunch.
Residents this morning woke up to snow-covered mountains and some very chilly temperatures. A good snow fall like this has sadly been absent for several years and is essential for restoring depleted ground water supplies. Greyton also had 30+ mm of rain that is most welcome.
We can also report that areas above the TWK dam in Villiersdorp had 67mm of rain and good snow falls. The dam can be expected to fill quickly now and the melting snow will supply the area with an extended period of run off. The snow is not expected to last long as temperatures are forecast to rise considerably by weekend and this will most certainly take care of the snow. Hopefully this will not be the last of the year.
Early morning very cold with some showers.
At 1632 this afternoon the first signs of smoke appeared from the old farm just below Abdul’s kop. The local fire service was notified and they were on the scene just before 5. Sadly it seems that were unable to contain the fire which appears to have started near the upper house in the forest. Furthermore a team of fire beaters and other firefighters on scene have been able to reduce the risk to Vlei Street property.
The picture above was taken just before sunset and clearly shows an anabatic wind system drawing the flames up the side of the mountain. By this time the lights of other emergency vehicles could be seen on the tracks below the mountain. Fortunately at the time of writing there is little or no wind apart from that created by the fire.
Fires this late in the area are unusual and it shows how dry the vegetation is. This can be directly attributed to the drought.
Thankfully after a very slow process the Greyton Gun Club is back up and running at full speed. The machines have been serviced and infrastructure rebuilt after it was completely wiped out in the 2016 fire.
This weekend’s shoot went very well and we were very pleased to see some old faces. Guy Emslie Honorary member put in an appearance an acquitted himself well after have been away for some years. In spite of his absence on the range this has not stopped him reliably supplying the club with bails. Unfortunately these are regularly savaged by rogue donkeys. This is in spite of them being treated old car oil. We also had visitors Manfred, Andre, Xandre and Hoffie.
Shooting conditions were near perfect with a temp of 22C overcast and virtually no wind all day. 24 pairs and two singles were shot over 8 very different stands. There was nothing particular far and you could get around comfortably with ¼ and ½. Some members last shot in November and paid the price on the easiest layouts making hard work out what can only be described as card fillers. Five months of nothing will do that to you. Even a couple of sessions on the PS3 would have helped.
We will shoot sporting doubles at the next shoot the 26th of May. There will be no April shoot on account of ESC holding an Autumn Sporting shoot at Nidderdale Farm on the 21st in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. The venue is situated just below Babylon’s Tower and looks out over two dams towards Hermanus. It is worth visiting just for the view. For more info visit Elgin Sporting Clays on FB or if you have already deleted your account contact Simon on 082 339 4998.
In the end top three were as follows. D.Legg 40 S.Smith 34 J.Preece 33.
Just after the fire in November 2016
This Wednesday members of the Greyton’s local art scene gathered at Fiore Garden Centre and Restaurant for a glass or two and something to eat while Chris Cloete briefed potential artists and exhibitors on this year’s event. Chris was very pleased to announce that last year’s success had not gone unnoticed and this year Pam Golding had come on board as patron supporter.
Artists and exhibitors will be in for a treat this year with a much expanded route and program. He was also pleased to announce that many of last year’s favourites will be back. It is prudent to mention that some 50 artworks were sold last year. Unlike many events there is no commission payable to the event or organisers. The public seemed to have to relish the opportunity to interact directly with the artists and among the noticeable successes was the children’s art section. This saw entries from all over the Western Cape. Winners received over R4000.00 in prize money last year and the prize pool will be even bigger this time around!
A few of our local masters thoughtfully contemplate this years art trends.
The expanded route will allow all to take in the whole village and registered participants can look forward to a few refreshments along the way. If last year is anything to go by then this year it will be one to remember. For those artists that have not register yet a link to the entry form is provided below.
GAW REG. 2018GREYTON ART WALK REGISTRATION 2018
Well the weather for this year’s event was just perfect! In spite of many water concerns the state of this year’s gardens the roses were bang on. Lei water was temporarily restored in the weeks prior to the festival and this seems to have done the trick.
As usual the event was started on Saturday morning with a parade through town. At the head of the parade Mrs. Rose Fair was transported in a rather grand Rolls Royce. There were also some very interesting cars on show and something for everyone at the market including several interesting additions to the attractions see below. On the face of it numbers were up on last year but we will have to wait for the official numbers.
For the gardener at heart displays in the hall and the open gardens did not disappoint. It has been very interesting how quickly Greyton’s gardeners are adapting to the tough water conditions. Many new and interesting solutions were visible in theand also for those with a keen eye a lot of more sustainable plants are making an appearance.