Leapfrog’s Gorgeous Gordon’s Bay Photo Competition

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LEAPFROG’S GORGEOUS GORDON’S BAY PHOTO COMPETITION

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Visually majestic, breathtaking, gorgeous, stunning – scenic Gordon’s Bay with its two harbours and old village is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa.

*Now we want your photos to show just how extraordinary and exceptionally attractive our community and village is. The first series of photos will be False Bay and our beautiful beaches and harbours, the second series the people of Gordon’s Bay, then your home’s sexy front door, your garden, thereafter animals and kids enjoying Gbay’s laid-back ambiance and leisure lifestyle.

*Upload your pictures and we will award the best photo in every series with a tasty Leapfrog hamper. Everybody can participate, even photos taken by kids are welcome. Enjoy Gorgeous Gordon’s Bay – send your photo to us today!

Upload or e-mail your photo to marketing.helderberg@leapfrog.co.za.

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– the panel of judges

  • Henning van Aswegen
  • Green Gordon’s Bay campaign
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Joshua se hart van goud

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Midde-in slegtenuus stories van korrupte politici wat Suid-Afrikaanse banke en die fiskus rot-en-kaal steel, kom daar ‘n goeie-nuus storie uit Gordonsbaai van ‘n agtjarige seuntjie met ‘n hart van goud.

Joshua Roos, wat saam met sy ouma Manda in ‘n woonstel in Harbour Park bly, vertel dat hy daarvan bewus geword het dat ander kinders, dikwels van dieselfde jong ouderdom as hy, nie genoeg kos het om te eet nie. Joshua se kop is vol rooi hare en met sy sproetgesig lyk hy baie na ‘n lid van Trompie se Boksombende, maar daarin is ‘n blink en empatiese plan gebore wat Joshua se Ouma Manda, en almal wat hom ken, sou verstom. Ouma Manda vertel dat Joshua uit die bloute een middag vir haar gevra het of hulle nie vir ander honger kinders kan kos gee nie. Sy kon sien hoe angstig Joshua daaroor was en dat die gedagte om te help, diep uit sy hartjie kom. Joshua se agtergrond is self nie maklik nie en Ouma Manda het hom geleer dat daar altyd ander kinders is wat swaarder kry as hy en minder bevoorreg is.

Joshua se Sopkombuis is daar gebore – as ‘n mooi gebaar van ‘n paar toebroodjies aandra vir behoeftige kinders en hul ouers wat sukkel om kop bo water te hou. Die sopkombuis het nou gegroei van toebroodjies én sop na ‘n omvattende barmhartigheidsprojek wat niemand in hul wildste drome kon voorsien nie.

Joshua se Sopkombuis is heeltemal afhanklik van skenkings en donasies uit die Gordonsbaai gemeenskap, en daarmee voorsien Joshua en sy Ouma Manda, wat self van ‘n ongeskikdheidspensioen leef, kos, sop en vetkoek aan minderbevoorregte kinders.  Joshua se kos-uitdeelprojek bring groot verligting aan kinders in dagsorgsentra soos Morkel’s Cottage en Kay se woonwapark in Strand en die Kingdom Light Kerk wat probeer om kos aan behoeftige kinders te voorsien.

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Op Jeugdag vanjaar het die bekende musikante Sam & Calla ingespring om die sopkombuisprojek by Morkel’s Cottage te ondersteun – meer as 300 kinders het aan negentig liter sop, vetkoeke met maalvleis en toeboodjies gesmul. Daarná het Joshua kolwyntjies en geskenkies aan veertig bejaardes uitgedeel en begin worsbroodjies verkoop om geld vir sy liefdadigheidswerk in te samel. Hiermee kon Joshua ‘n tjek aan sy skool se liefdadigheidsprojek ‘Moompi’ oorhandig en selfs sommige ernstige behoeftige kinders met ‘n kontant bydrae help, sodat hulle self kos kan koop. In Nomsamo naby Strand het Joshua boereworsrolletjies aan twintig kinders wat in pleegsorg in Tannie Lydia se huis is, oorhandig. Met skenkings van die Gordonsbaai en Strand gemeenskap, het Joshua en sy spannetjie gesorg dat al die gebreekte vensters by Tannie Lydia se pleegsorgsentrum herstel word. Die watertoevoer na die sentrum se kombuis is herstel, gebreekte beddens is reggemaak en die sentrum het selfs ‘n industriële wasmasjien as geskenk ontvang.

Joshua se storie tokkel nogal aan mens se hartsnare as jy besef dat hierdie seuntjie net agt jaar oud is, maar ‘n insig en medelewing van ‘n baie ouer, wyser persoon openbaar. Joshua se sensitiwiteit en besorgdheid oor minderbevoorregte kinders se behoeftes, toon ‘n bewustheid van sosio-ekonomiese- en armoedigheidsprobleme wat tergelyk verstommend en bewonderingswaardig is. Volgens Ouma Manda het Joshua eers by sy ouers in Port Elizabeth gebly, voordat hy drie jaar gelede in haar sorg in Gordonsbaai geplaas is. “Ek dink dit is vandaar dat sy liefde vir uitryk na ander kinders in moeilike situasies, kom.”

Met Ouma Manda aan die stuur en ‘n spannetjie wat help, gaan Joshua se Sopkombuis uit sy pad om behoeftige mense te help. “Ons het te hore gekom van ‘n ouetehuis waar die ou mense net een maaltyd ‘n dag kry en dit sluit nie altyd vleis in nie.”

“Ek hou daarvan om ooms en tannies te help met eetgoed, veral kolwyntjies,” laat die klein rooikop beskeie hoor, “maar dit is lekkerder om kinders te help want hulle word almal my maats. Ek hou baie van wiskunde in die skool en ons speel almal rugby, krieket, tennis en hokkie, maar die liefdadigheidswerk is vir my die lekkerste.”

Joshua is ‘n Graad Twee-leerling van die Primêre Skool, Gordonsbaai en die Prinsipaal, Mnr Rian de Waal, is trots op dié besonderse jong man. Volgens sy skoolhoof is Joshua is ‘n veelsydige sportman en presteer hy ook uitstekend op akademiese gebied. “Joshua het ‘n voorwaar ‘n hart van goud en tussen deur die akademie en sport het Joshua ‘n behoefte om minderbevoorregte kinders en mense in die gemeenskap te ondersteun. Joshua het in die winterseisoen sop en broodjies uitgedeel en self worsrolle verkoop sodat hy aan Moompi (‘n skoolorganisasie wat leerders ondersteun), R760 kon skenk. Joshua was al in verskeie koerante en het selfs op Radio Helderberg en Disa FM  oor sy Sopkombuis-pojek gepraat. Ons skool is baie trots op Joshua en ons hoop dat sy liefdadigheidsprojek van krag tot krag sal gaan.”

Die gewilde televisie-aanbieder Therese Benade en die Afrikaanse joernaalprogram Kwêla gaan op 3 November 2018 ‘n storie oor Joshua en sy merkwaardige Sopkombuis in Gordonsbaai opneem. “Ek sien baie daarnà uit,” sê Joshua en sy ogies blink opgewonde. “Ek het reeds my hele Sopkombuis-span opkommandeer om op dié dag te kom help kos uitdeel.”

Joshua (wat in Hebreèus ‘redder’ beteken), se sopkombuis-verhaal spieëlbeeld vir my die Bybelstorie waarin sy dapper naamgenoot die Israeliete droogvoets deur die Jordaanrivier na die beloofde land lei – ‘n grootse poging wat ook leierskap, visie, deursettingsvermoë en ‘n goeie skeut mense-empatie vereis het.

Shalom Joshua. Daar is ‘n spesiale plekkie in die hemel vir kinders soos jy.

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Bikini Beach restored to its former glory

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Gordon’s Bay is a very special seaside village, not only because of its unique two harbours (Old Harbour & Harbour Island), but also gorgeous Bikini Beach on ambling Beach Road.  Created in 1928 as a result of the adjacent harbour, this unique little beach has Blue Flag status and is surrounded by shining white rocks and pebbles, lazily cascading into the deep blue waters of False Bay.

Dredged and cleaned of the sand next to the Old Harbour, Bikini Beach has now been returned to its former splendor and appeal for bathers, especially children who enjoy the safe, shallow waters and lots of white sand to play on.  The Old Harbour mouth is again deep enough for small vessels to pass and the breakwater safeguards and protects both swimmers and the tanning brigade.

The Old Harbour in Gordon’s Bay is also the home of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Station 9 and the Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club, creating a beautiful scenic background to Bikini Beach and the surrounding holiday homes.  The Old Harbour and famous Thirsty Oyster sea eatery, helps Gordon’s Bay retain its village atmosphere and the friendliness that goes with a popular holiday destination.

There is so much to do and explore in gorgeous Gordon’s Bay – who knew that this quaint village is also the start of the Whale Route to Hermanus via scenic Clarence Drive, once described as the most beautiful drive in the whole wide world.

  • Henning van Aswegen & the Green Gordon’s Bay Project

How’s the property market in Gordon’s Bay doing?

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Government corruption and mismanagement of the economy has driven South Africa into a de facto recession and the rand to junk status – a gloomy picture indeed.  But how does it affect the South African property market on the Western Cape’s eastern peninsula and specifically in Gordon’s Bay?

Recessions and difficult economic times are good for property buyers – a good time to acquire a property or retire to the best place you can think of in South Africa, that being Gordon’s Bay.  Why?  Because supply of properties outweighs demand and a smaller pool of buyers then have a greater choice of properties, at contracted and lower prices than normal.

House prices in Gordon’s Bay have already shown signs of stagnation and decline to more realistic and affordable levels.  I have often heard buyers say that house prices in the Western Cape are inflated, above normal, too expensive, not in line with national market conditions – simply overpriced.  The current housing market is proving them right.

While the property market in the Western Cape shows signs of cooling down (at one point we had growth rates of 13% per annum), areas such as Gordon’s Bay still outperform similar property markets – it remains an area of excellence to buy a home at an affordable price.

The property market in Gordon’s Bay fulfills a particular demand – it is a popular destination for both overseas buyers (swallows) and retirees.  Migration continues to contribute to the demand for homes in Gordon’s Bay – it’s my kinda town – quiet, peaceful, crime-free, great infrastructure, a variety of schools, two beautiful harbours and warm-water beaches.

Why on earth would you want to live anywhere else?

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Ten ways to improve the value of your property in gorgeous Gordon’s Bay

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VALUABLE ADVICE FOR HOME-OWNERS IN GORDON’S BAY, FROM STBB CONVEYANCING ATTORNEYS

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY

Thinking about selling your property or have a client that wants to sell theirs? Here are 10 top tips for quick and reasonably affordable improvements that can help you achieve a better asking price:

1.     Outside looks matter
Do not underestimate kerb appeal. Consider painting the façade of your property (even if it’s just the trim) and perhaps pruning overgrown trees.

2.     Have a garden? Neaten up!
Ensure your lawn is mowed and your garden space is neat and tidy.

3.     Buy some plants
Greenery is visually appealing so buying some shrubs or house plants can add to your home’s aesthetic appeal. Look for plants that do not require too much water.

4.     Eco-friendly installations
Utility conservation is a worthy investment that can increase the desirability of your home. While certain solar power installations, greywater systems and boreholes are costly, Jojo tanks and small solar geysers are small investments that you can reap the benefit of when you sell.

5.     Remember the importance of your kitchen and bathroom/s
These are crucial selling points for any home. If a makeover/renovation is not in your budget, consider small improvements like limited customised finishes (handles, taps, shower head), replacing old tiles with a modern look and fixing any small cosmetic inconsistencies.

6.     Are you secure?
You don’t have to break the bank to install an alarm system and strategically placed lighting. Security is a must for most home buyers.

7.     Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage
Let light in – a sunny room feels larger and more open. Add a single large mirror to a room to visually double the space. Clear the clutter – the more clutter and furniture you have in a room, the more cramped it feels. Consider adding a shelving unit if it will neaten up the clutter.

8.     Money-saving luxuries
Consider installing a water filtration system in your kitchen. It is an inexpensive addition, but it’s the sort of small luxury that homebuyers love.

9.     Ensure it smells great
Invest in room fresheners to fill your home with continuous, fresh fragrance so that prospective buyers who come to view your property are greeted by a subtle, beautiful scent when they walk through your door. Most fresheners last up to 60 days.

10.   Cleanliness counts!
Ensure your home is clean and tidy on viewing days. Consider purchasing flowers and arranging them in a vase on these days for the added touch.

Contact STBB for any assistance required regarding property transfers & registration.

Somerset Mall 021 850 6400
www.stbb.co.za
Considering moving to gorgeous Gordon’s Bay?
Contact me at henning.aswegen@leapfrog.co.za for property advice and support.

 

Winter Wonderland – a bigger, better, bumper 2018

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A BIGGER, BETTER, BUMPER WINTER WONDERLAND FOR GORDON’S BAY

The 8th annual Winter Wonderland – a wonderful festival of lights and fun and entertainment, kicks off in the gorgeous seaside village of Gordon’s Bay on 29 June 2018.

The festival is spectacular – a grand parade through the streets of Gordon’s Bay, a Winter Wonderland Lights Competition, entertainment and music and food stalls & trucks galore.  Over 30 000 visitors and tourists attended Winter Wonderland last year, and organisers are expecting a bumper turnout for this year’s extravagenza at Hendon Park.

Gordon’s Bay is about to erupt into a fairyland of lights and entertainment for the whole family, including a wonderful music show by Jesse Jordan, hundreds of vendors, a beer garden and winter palace with real snow storms.  Family, friends and kids will undoubtedly enjoy the craft stalls and exhibitions along the sea, with a music tent providing hours of music and entertainment.  The Fun Park for kids and kids play area in Hendon Park provides a safe area for kids to play, while mom and dad enjoy the stalls & exhibitions on display.

Visit the Winter Wonderland website for more information (www.winterwonderland.co.za) and follow Winter Wonderland on Facebook for all the upcoming attractions and entertainment in Gordon’s Bay.  The festival director is Leon Theron at 071-606-3261, theboss@winterwonderland.co.za and the food stalls /exhibition coordinator is Bee Ling at 076-074-3509, Bee Ling, beetee@southerndreams.de

 

Moving to Gordon’s Bay – understanding estate agent’s *gobbledygook*

Buying property and moving to Gordon’s Bay is probably the best decision you can make in your life – but watch out for estate agents.  They use a language unlike any other and their descriptions of property and homes needs to be decoded carefully.  Quite often you need a translator to understand what estate agent’s are talking about.

Here are some recent examples of the flowery phraseology estate agents use in Gordon’s Bay:

Has a landscaped garden – THE BUILDER BURIED ALL HIS RUBBISH THERE

A sparkling pool – THE POOL FILTER BARELY WORKS

It’s a renovator’s dream – THE PLACE IS FALLING APART, GET A ‘STOOTSKRAPER’

North-facing – YOU CAN JUST ABOUT SEE THE SUN FROM THE TOILET WINDOW

Secure complex – THE TOWN HAS A POLICE STATION

Pet friendly – THERE ARE BETWEEN 80 AND 100 BARKING DOGS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

A beautiful Cape Dutch home – IT WAS BUILT IN THE TIME OF JAN VAN RIEBEECK

Sought-after area – IT’S FAR FROM THE BEACH

Price reduced – IT’S STILL OVERPRICED BY ABOUT 50%

An entertainer’s dream – THERE IS AN OIL DRUM BRAAI IN THE BACKYARD

It’s a new release – ABOUT FORTY OTHER AGENTS ARE TRYING TO SELL THE PLACE

Indoor-Outdoor living – THERE ARE A COUPLE OF POT PLANTS STANDING AROUND

A television room – THERE IS ONE SOCKET IN THE LOUNGE

Patio – THE OWNER PUT SOME BRICKS OUTSIDE THE BACK DOOR

Cosy and comfortable – IT’S SO CRAMPED YOU CAN’T SWING A CAT

It’s a characterful house – THE WALLS ARE CRACKING AND THE FOUNDATIONS NEED TO BE CHECKED

Gordon Bleu kitchen – IT HAS CUPBOARDS, AND THE FLOOR IS GREASY

Seeing is believing – GO AND HAVE A LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY

  • So, before buying your retirement home in Gordon’s Bay, check the small print
  • and consult a Leapfrog Trusted Property Advisor to translate the *gobbledygook.

Henning van Aswegen, supporting the Green Gordon’s Bay Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying land & a home in Gordon’s Bay

Buying land and a home in Gordon’s Bay may be easier than it sounds.

The town is small, only about 15 000 permanent inhabitants and residents, and less than ten thousand houses and apartments.  The property cake is thus relatively small, and cannot expand or grow larger or increase in size, resulting in a high demand for the homes and houses, especially family homes.  Land for development in Gordon’s Bay is scarce and decreasing because of the high demand for properties in the Western Cape.

Development land available in Gordon’s Bay

Zoning

Acquiring any land for either residential use or development necessitates that the buyer / new owner first determine the zoning classification of the property.  E.g. if land is zoned for either agricultural or commercial use, and a new owner wants to build a home or houses on it, re-zoning will be necessary.  It may take a substantial slice of time, depending on how awake and on the ball the Planning & Development department of your local town council may be.

Buying a home

While building a new home, or land for development of a cluster of houses/townhouses/complexes/apartments may take time, patience and a lot of money, buying an existing home is quick and easy.  The transfer time of a new home in Gordon’s Bay, and the Western Cape for that matter, may be as swift as five or six weeks to three months,  depending on how busy the Deeds Registry in Cape Town is.  It is also substantially cheaper buying an existing home, than acquiring an erf or stand to build a new house on.

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This two bedroom, full-title home in Gordon’s Bay is available @ R 995 000.

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Migratory factors play a big role in stimulating demand for property in Gordon’s Bay, although most buyers focus on affordability (low taxes, low levies, pre-paid electricity), location and locality (close to the N2/airport road), and wonderful surround views of False Bay and the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains.

It only takes a moment to make a good decision.  Buying property in Gordon’s Bay, making it your home and joining a healthy vibrant community on the South-Eastern tip of Africa, just makes sense, doesn’t it ?

  • Henning van Aswegen & the Green Gordon’s Bay Campaign.

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Donald, your invitation to visit Gordon’s Bay has been withdrawn

“Here is what my #hithole looks like, Donald : African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark” – The Washington Post

 “SA to summon US embassy official over Trump’s vulgar comment on Haiti‚ African countries” – 14 January 2018 – 14:39″ – The Times
 

Dear Donald

Your recent egregious remarks about Haiti and Africa being some kind of #hitholes, made with your usual pompous arrogance, just begs a response from an African like me.

Firstly, mind your language Donald, we don’t tolerate gutter language or profanity in Africa.

Secondly, I am sure you won’t mind a response, freedom of speech and all that .. ensconced somewhere in the 1st amendment of that confusing American constitution of yours, which you have never read.  And if read, neither assimilated nor understood.

How to find Africa, Donald

You do know where Africa is, don’t you, big Don?   I hope I am helping somewhat by pointing out where Africa, and the African town I live in (Gordon’s Bay), is on the world map (that’s the big round blue ball in the corner of the Oval Office, son).  Africa is somewhere outside the borders of America, between India and the blue yonder.  But I’m sure you know that, in your know-it-all pompous a*hole kind of way.  If you don’t know where Africa is, I am not sure you will find it even if I sent you a map.  Here’s a clue: when leaving the Oval Office in the White House, go to Trump Tower in New York, then pass your golf course at Mar Lago and your casinos in New Jersey, then turn left.

Don’t come to Gordon’s Bay

Donald, I am dis-inviting you to visit Gordon’s Bay, a #hithole of gorgeous natural beauty on the Eastern shores of False Bay and Cape Town.  Like Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, I too fear that you will cause disruptions in our beautiful village, next to the sea and unspoiled beaches, with gorgeous views of the Hottentots Holland mountains.  So you will never know what it feels like to dip your toes in False Bay, smell the salt of the sea in your nostrils, stand within five meters of umongous waves at Dapat se Gat, or enjoy a sundowner at the most beautiful pic-nic spot in the world at Steenbras Dam.

The rain sprays and the wind blows a little down here in Africa, but you will never experience it Donald, because we don’t want you to come to Gordon’s Bay and secondly  the wind will scatter your orange hair all the way to Haiti.  Where you are also not welcome, because you insulted them too.

Other things you will never experience in Gordon’s Bay

We have a wonderful community spirit in our small coastal village, big Don, what with the Winter Wonderland parade and festival every winter, our blue flag Bikini Beach, the Thirsty Oyster which serves the best sea food in the world (yeah, even better that Louisiana and Miami and that Cajun crab-house I once visited in New Orleans).  You will never wander and leisure your way around our quaint Old Village, read something slow in Bikini Beach Books or watch rugby (footy in your language), in one of our many pubs and restaurants around Harbour Island or the Old Harbour.  You will never participate in the Leapfrog 21k road race or our Beautiful Waterwise Garden Competition, or experience a great fire on our Mountainside where the whole community and Resident’s Association and FireWise and traffic officials got involved to save the soul of Gordon’s Bay.  And despite your billions, you will never experience what it’s like down in Africa, where we hand out small R 5000 donations to wonderful and grateful charity organisations who look after the vulnerable members of our little coastal community.

Nope, you will never experience our gorgeous little village on the Eastern slopes of False Bay in Africa, Donald.  Sorry about that.

  • – Henning van Aswegen & the Green Gordon’s Bay Campaign

 

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The most beautiful waterwise garden in Gordon’s Bay

Helie van Niekerk and her gorgeous garden at 41 Boundary Road on Mountainside, are the inaugural winners of the Gordon’s Bay Beautiful Waterwise competition.  Helie won the most beautiful garden competition with her clever and wonderful garden, which uses no potable water and in her own words, ‘thrives on God’s grace.’

The theme of the competition focused on how homeowners and gardeners in Gordon’s Bay managed to produce breathtaking gardens amidst severe water shortages and restrictions from the City of Cape Town.  Gardeners came up with wonderfully innovative and ingenious ideas to save water, while still keeping their pride and joy alive and thriving.

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The owner of Mountain Streams Nursery and judge Richard Bellas said that creating a waterwise garden takes a lot of planning and foresight – “the larger the scale of your property, the more difficult it becomes developing and maintaining a beautiful waterwise garden.  Our winner this year has managed to do just that – she selected her plants wisely and nurtured them with love and care.  Helie’s whole garden makes a positive waterwise statement.”

Gordon's Bay Beautiful Waterwise Garden Competition, sponsored by Mountain Streams Nursery, Leapfrog Property Group and Green Gordon's Bay.

Henning van Aswegen (Leapfrog Gordon’s Bay) and Richard Bellas (owner of Mountain Streams Nursery), handing over R 1000 worth of prizes to the inaugural winner of the Gordon’s Bay Waterwise Garden competition, Helie van Niekerk.  The first Gordon’s Bay Beautiful Waterwise Competition was sponsored by the Mountains Streams Nursery, Leapfrog Gordon’s Bay and the Green Gordon’s Bay campaign.

Finalists

Six other waterwise gardens in Gordon’s Bay deserved honorable mentions as finalists – Wessie van der Westhuizen, Edith Watts, Carol van Reenen, Marie Finlayson, Leonie Byleveld and Ninon Fourie.  Their gardens stood out because they used creative ways to apply and save water – maintaining their beautiful shrubs and flowers despite the restrictions and challenges all gardeners in Gordon’s Bay were faced with.

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Chief Judge Richard Bellas, who has owned Mountain Streams Nursery on Sir Lowry’s Pass Road for twenty five years, says that the Waterwise garden competition will be bigger and better in 2018.  “I would like to encourage all homeowners and gardeners in Gordon’s Bay to think and plan ahead for 2018 – not only by maintaining established gardens, but also about ways and means to make their gardens less dependent on potable water.  Pottering about and improving your gorgeous and beautiful garden is the cheapest and best way to increase the value of your home in Gordon’s Bay.”

  • Start gardening, save water, reticulate please and use renewable energy – looking forward to the 2018 Gordon’s Bay Most Beautiful Waterwise competition !

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  • – Henning van Aswegen & the Green Gordon’s Bay campaign