We kicked off our annual #spring #hogsbackcelebrations festival weekend, with a fundraising event for Jikani, our local outreach in Hogsback.
It was held at the the Tea Thyme venue at the Edge and provided for an intimate backdrop to the musings and book reading of author Marc Schroeder. He inspired us with his life story of how he went from the High life of money, drugs, riches, and zero fulfillment to a life of peace and happiness, living in the Himalayas in India. It is truly a story of how to turn your life around!
This successful fundraiser was further boosted by an auction of 2 books that were generously donated by Marc Schroeder. The auction raised an additional R2800, thanks to Paul's incredibly enthusiastic & passionate auctioneering! Many thanks to Sarah Currie & Vikki Boyes whose bids ultimately won the books.
Well done to the Jikani team for all the hard work that you all have put into this worthwhile endeavour. To support Jikani and for more information about Jikani's great work, see www.jikani.com
Hogsback is currently a cacophony of colours and visiting our open gardens should be on your bucket list!
So how does it all work?
Some of the gardens you can only access on a guided tour while others are open gardens and you can go and stroll at leisure through the enchanted gardens once you have your self guided tickets. Tickets are available from the information centre in the main road. See the garden map and information below.
Spring has sprung (give or take a bit of snow here and there) and it is time to get ready to come and join us for a splendiferously colourful time in Hogsback. Come and stroll through our amazing open gardens and join us for the #spring #hogsbackcelebrations weekend from the 12-14th October.
We are inviting you to attend a Gala Dinner, with guest speak Marc Schroeder – “Author of Sleeping with Dogs - A Tale of Madness!”
A personal account of how he was able to change his life "for the better” – “Better” being incredibly relevant to each individuals expectation level!
*From riches, to drug hell, to Kashmiri hiking guide and author – come hear his inspirational story!* When: 6-6.30pm on Friday 12th October at The Edge.
Red lentil soup with cumin, ginger and garlic served with homemade
Chicken in red wine served with rice and seasonal vegetables.
Vegetarian – Paneer curry served with rice, sambals and poppadom.
Caramelized bananas served with vanilla ice-cream
Cost: R200 per person
To book please contact Gemma: firstname.lastname@example.org / 072 492 6868 to book your seats. All proceeds will be used to renovate Jikani's driveway which is much needed to provide access to this amazing local outreach . As Jikani is a PBO (*Non Profit Organisation NPO: 126-277 Public Beneficiary Organisation PBO: 930056685) , they can issue section 18(A) receipts making your donations tax deductible.
A hearty congratulations to all the #snowhunt winners who have worked so hard to complete their hunt throughout the village under sometimes difficult but fun circumstances!! As it was our first #snowhunt of many more to come, we did it as an experiment.... and did we learn a lot!!! Maybe even more than the contestants! The aim of the hunt was:
The good news is that there were over R50 000 worth of prizes and everybody was in on the fun!
The rest of the prizes went into the draw.....and the following Terms and conditions apply:
Gerald will be running his Huskies on the main road, on Saturday 28th July at 11am. The Huskie run will start at Jikani, take a loop around the village green and back to Jikani. The road will be closed for the duration of the Huskie run, so make sure that you have a good viewing point somewhere along the road between Jikani and the Village green before 11am.
We have asked Gerald to share his story about how he came to be a huskie fan. This is his story....
It started many years ago when I rescued a stray Husky in Walkerville where I previously stayed. Like most people I knew very little of the breed. I soon found out that they are high energy, extremely intelligent dogs. In the beginning I couldn't find much apart from the fact that the most common husky in South Africa is the Siberian Husky, which is also the smallest of the husky breeds.
We visited Hogsback early in 2016 and I fell in love with the area and village, and decided to make the move. A chance remark by my sister that this would be a good area for huskies led me to renew my search for ways to harness their amazing energy. This led to me joining Sled Dogs in Johannesburg in 2016. Here I was introduced to a popular pastime called "sledding" in SA. (Correct term is bikejoering). This involves riding a mountain bike while harnessed to 1 or 2 huskies, who run in front. I also adopted 2 huskies in the same year from Midrand (Ice) and Benoni(Shiloh) SPCA. The following year Rusty joined my pack from Husky Rescue. At the same time I was able to purchase my property in Hogsback, so the idea was becoming real. This was when I first came up with the name Hogsback Huskies.
In January 2018 I added Daemon to the pack, adopted from friends of my sister in East London. I currently have 5 huskies, but only the 4 males actively walk/run. The fifth is my oldest Husky, a little female I also found as a stray, and was never claimed.
My goal is to build up to a full husky team of 12 to 14 dogs. They will be trained to pull a wheeled cart, which I was recently given by a friend at Sled Dogs.
I was not able to spend the time required to learn how to run the cart for this year, so please visit next year when we will have it running with a small team. For this year, I hope you enjoy watching 2 of my pack running with the bike. They absolutely love it.
I have also opened a guesthouse for dogs to come and unwind in Hogsback. If you feel your dogs need some caring R&R in a paradise location, book them into Dogwood lodge.
Write your heart into place with Silke on a 'Hiku Hike' in Hogsback. Hear words and water and add your own to commemorate your visit to Hogsback by means of 'verbal snapshots'.
The Winter Celebration 'Hiku Hike' will take place at The Bluff (The Edge) in Hogsback. En route, the poet stops to reads a couple of poems from Hogsback Hiku with commentary. While walking, you compose your own poem or reflective piece of writing, based on your visual experience of the surroundings. Feedback is given at the end of the walk.
Cost: R350 p/p. Includes a copy of Hogsback Hiku.
Bookings: This hike must be pre-booked and paid for prior to the event
This intensive workshop is aimed at all, whatever their field of interest may be, who wish to improve the precision and effectiveness of their writing and at the same time gain clarity in their hearts and heads.
The workshop starts with a talk on the "Colours of Words". Participants will then do an audio warm-up, listening to poems in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. Everybody will then attempt writing down first jottings with a choice of pictorial stimuli and plenty of support. We then turn the jottings into a free-flowing paragraph or poem, ending with collaborative feedback. Enough time for further editing and refining in a conducive garden forest setting results in a writing experience that is unique and soul-uplifting.
Duration 7 – 8 hours
Cost R850 p/p includes 2 x tea/ coffee and sandwich lunch plus soft drinks. This workshop must be pre-booked and paid for beforehand.