Call out for Plett NSRI

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:

“At 02h00 on Saturday the 20th of June, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following an eye-witness report of a red distress flare sighted off-shore approximately 15 nautical miles East of Robberg Point.

“NSRI alerted the Plettenberg Bay coast watchers to be on the look-out and an NSRI team were dispatched to observe the coastline from the shoreline closer to the sighting while investigations were initiated to determine if any vessels were overdue or any reports of missing persons that may be related to the flare.

“Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast an all ships alert and the yacht Sunsail 1515 reported seeing the flare but no further flares had been sighted by them.

“A Plettenberg Bay Security Company then also reported the same sighting witnessed by night security guards in Plettenberg Bay.

“NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew prepared a sea rescue craft to be launched but following confirmation of no vessels overdue or missing crew remained on alert and while no further flares were sighted by daylight at first light local pilot Stewart Lithgow volunteered his private aerobatics aircraft and flew an aerial search of the area but no sign of any vessel in distress was found.

“With still no reports of any persons or vessels reported overdue or missing by Sunday NSRI Plettenberg Bay have been released from alert status to return to normal stand-by status.

“The origin of the flare and the reason for a red distress flare being deployed at 2a.m. East of Robberg Point remains a mystery.”



Have you thought much about the positions in which you sleep? Considering that many of us spend close to a third of our lives between the sheets, if might be worth our while to contemplate how sleeping arrangements might hurt or help us.
It is pretty easy to know if the way you sleep is bothering you. How do you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? Some people jump out of bed ready to run a marathon while others find themselves bent over the bathroom sink, holding on for dear life, as teeth get brushed. Maybe you fall somewhere between those two extremes.
Let’s start with a position that no one should sleep in under any circumstance:

1. On the stomach
If there’s a winner in the worst sleep position contest, it’s stomach sleeping without a doubt.
If you sleep on your belly, your lower back is compressed all night long, and your head and neck are invariably twisting to one or the other side in a fairly extreme manner.
While changing sleep habits might not be the easiest thing in the world, we are a highly adaptable species capable of doing pretty much anything we want, though sometimes extreme measures are called for.

Another sleep position to be avoided is:
2. On the side with one leg hiked up higher than the other
This position moves us toward stomach sleeping but also twists and torques the pelvis for as long as you maintain the shape. People who adopt this pattern often do so to accommodate tight muscles, so changing this pattern can benefit you in terms of the quality of sleep and balance of your muscles.
Some people need to tie their legs together in order to make this change. You can use a bathrobe belt or something soft, and there’s no need to tie the strap too tight, but as long as the legs can’t separate you will be doing your body a wonderful service.

A great way to sleep for most people is:
3. On the back

Sleeping on the back is an excellent option with three important caveats.
If you sleep on your back, you probably don’t want to use a pillow, because this will force your head up at an unnatural angle.
Both legs should be straight. There’s a tendency for one knee to slide up and out. This should be avoided, as it can twist the pelvis.
Also, if you’re someone with very open hips whose legs flop completely open while lying in a supine position, you can be stressing the hip joints with too much rotation.
Propping up the outer calves or belting the shins is an option if you have open hips as described and don’t want to change your position away from sleeping on your back.
But the winner of the best sleep position for the long term health of your back and body is:

4. On your side, with the legs together
Sleeping on your side with the legs together and the knees aligned is a fine way to serve the needs of your body for sleep. The least amount of stress is placed upon the body when sleeping this way. Your pelvis is well situated, and this variation on the fetal position is both calming and comforting for your nervous system. Placing a pillow between the legs is an excellent complement to this position.
Make your pillow is the right thickness between your ear and your mattress so that both sides of the neck are evenly extended. This way, you’re setting yourself up for a comfortable and sound night’s sleep.
The quality of your sleep shouldn’t be disregarded in the search for a healthier and more fruitful life. The rest we get overnight impacts the energy of our waking hours in ways that are often underestimated. Good sleep positioning goes hand in hand with good sleep efficiency and fruitful waking hours.

Researched By : Kátia C. Rowlands – Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer – 082 513 4256•

AKC Tiny Chihuahua

The AKC tiny Chihuahua’s little body hides a huge heart of gold inside of it, making them a favourite with many pet owners. Indeed the AKC tiny Chihuahua’s listed as one of the top toy breeds in the United States. They are simply such adorable creatures. They bond very emotionally and strongly with their owners, thus making them outstanding little companions for empty nesters, single people, and the frequent traveler or to a family that enjoys having a simply irresistible personal pet that is more like a family member. They are very sensitive to sound and have been known to alert a sleeping child or wake up a senior as an alarm for unwanted intruder.

AKC tiny Chihuahua’s are known to inspire terminally ill patients to live longer. They comfort people who are recovering from surgery, sickness, divorce, family loss or major depression. Only as having a joyful little companion to talk to and comfort you, can liven up your life and make your world a brighter place.

Children and senior citizen adore these little pups, because these people have more time to think about their loss or loneliness. These tiny Chihuahua’s cheer them up and add colour into their lives. Making children and senior citizen’s feel loved, appreciated and comfortable having a little pet to talk to and to care for. There is no doubt in the fact that AKC tiny Chihuahua’s are the most loving and affectionate puppies.

AKC tiny Chihuahua’s have been guaranteed to stay 1½ to 2 ½ pounds (lbs) full grown as an adult. All breed puppies are usually considered full grown to an adult age at one year of life.

However, AKC tiny Chihuahua’s are little more delicate than your larger Chihuahuas and they require a little extra TLC during the first three months of their life. It is certainly not recommended that they go to homes with toddlers or those people who lead an extremely busy lifestyle. It is officially recommended that you put aside the first three to four complete days just so that the puppy is with you. This will help your tiny puppy adjust more easily to his/her new home.

Grooming your AKC tiny Chihuahua’s is very necessary and imperative for their health. However, cleaning the pup is very minimal for the short coats and more recurrently for the long coats. Regular grooming with a brush and comb is essential. Their claws should be kept trimmed and their teeth should be checked for tartar build-up.

If you are thinking of getting your self a tiny Chihuahua puppy, then it is suggested that you check out the AKC tiny Chihuahua’s. The AKC (American Kennel Club) is the oldest thoroughbred dog registry in the United States. A lot of people who raise thoroughbred dogs claim a membership with the AKC as a seal of value and worth for their puppies.
Those who raise purebred puppies and gain registration from the AKC for brilliance purposes yield in the long run. Many use this organization as a marketing tool, however buyers, many times over learn their lesson in a dubious way, that is; AKC tiny Chihuahua’s bought from a pet shop or some kind of a backyard breeder is quite hesitant to be of the same quality as AKC registered tiny Chihuahua puppies which have been bought from a reliable breeder.

Indeed, the AKC tiny Chihuahua’s will be great buddies offering love, joy, fun and a lot of affection in your life. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and purchase your AKC tiny Chihuahua’s.•


Monday 29th June 2015
Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage Parts 9 and 10
His voyage continue to Crete and Dodecanese
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-Ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489

Monday 29th June 2015
U3A Film Club : The Theory of Everything
The Oscar winning film about Prof. Stephen Hawkins
18H15 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Brian Hardy 044-533-5489

Tuesday 30th June 2015
Italian Conversation
09H45 at 12 Challenge Drive
Co-ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489

Wednesday 1st July 2015
Wild Weather : Cold : Part 3 of 4
Donald MacIntyre experience extreme cold weather
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Henri Timme 044-535-9041

Friday 3rd July 2015
French Conversation
10H30 at 7 Glennifer Street
Co-ordinator: Merle Decot 044-533-5879

Friday 3rd July 2015
Mah Jong : Ancient Fascinating Game
13H30 at Formosa Garden Village Small Dining Room
Co-ordinator: Ameila White 044-533-0113

Successful Knysna wine Festival celebrates 10th Birthday

Sedgefield residents, Belinda & Gavin Hobson and their Team of hard workers will be hosting the successful Knysna Wine Festival for the tenth year on July 6 and 7 at 17:30 to 21:00.
This festival still remains one of the firm favourite of the over 100 annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival events and the most popular mid-week event. “We originally wanted to launch an exclusive Wine Festival in the Garden Route. One which would allow guest to interact with high profile vintners while tasting their wines,” explained Belinda. And so the Knysna Wine Festival was born and joined the successful Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in 2005.

Not only does this festival allow participants to enjoy the South African wines, but a portion of the door takings are donated by the Hobsons to local Sedgefield charity FreshStart. “This year wine sales profits will go towards the Lions Club, Sedgefield,” added Belinda.

Hundreds of wine lovers flock to this beautiful festival to enjoy the over 200 wines from 50 different wine estates. The will have the pleasure of tasting the many wines and champagne, as well as single malt whiskies presented by Hector McBeth, chocolates and cheeses. These wines and whiskies will be available for purchase at special cellar door prices and cheeses at low celebratory prices.

On Monday and Tuesday evening guests will once again be blown away by the event’s beautiful decór. For the first time festival goers will be able to relax in the inaugural Drosty Hof Lounge.

Besides the plentiful wines Knysna Wine Festival guests will be spoilt by Beacon Chocolates, who are offering each ticket holder a special Wine Festival ten year birthday present.

“We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate our tenth anniversary with sponsors, Stanmar Motors / Mercedes Benz, Beacon. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays and Drosty Hof Lounge.

“Both Gavin and welcome Knysna Tourism and Eden District Municipality on board who will be highlighting the Garden Route and Klein Karoo local wine estates within the festival,” smiled a pleased Belinda.

Book now as tickets are limited and cost a mere R120 per person. Each ticket ensures the entrant a wine tasting glass, unlimited wine tastings, wine information booklet, entry to the numerous lucky draws and not forgetting the present from Beacon.

Tickets are available online at and may also be purchased directly from Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism Offices and Sublime Clothing on Thesen Island, Knysna.

For further information contact


Monday 22nd June 2015
Geological Wonders of the World
Galapagos Islands, Ocean Ridges
Ten Wonders in 30 minutes
Another two illustrated half hour lectures to be shown
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-Ordinator: Alain Leger 044-533-2963

Tuesday 23rd June 2015
Italian Conversation
09H45 at 12 Challenge Drive
Co-ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489

Wednesday 24th June 2015
Armchair Travel : Turkey
Louise Pannell will tell us about some of the
fascinating travels she has done
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489

Friday 26th June 2015
French Conversation
10H30 at 7 Glennifer Street
Co-ordinator: Merle Decot 044-533-5879

Friday 26th June 2015
Mah Jong : Ancient Fascinating Game
13H30 at Formosa Garden Village Small Dining Room
Co-ordinator: Ameila White 044-533-0113

The Popularity of the Toy Dog Breed

Small dogs, sometimes known as toy breed dogs, are active dogs for most of their lives. Toy breed dogs are the favorites of older people. These dogs do not need to be walked as often and are not heavy. Older people want dogs that do not make much of a mess. These dogs are very clean and like to sit on people’s laps and watch television or nap. These spent a lot of time napping. Toy dogs travel well. They love to sit in little baskets or curl up and sleep. They need to stay warm and live about fifteen years.
Older people enjoy taking care of these dogs simply because they give so much affection back. There are many breeds to choose from when shopping for a toy dog. Breeds such as the Shih Tzu, the Maltese, the Chihuahua, toy poodle, and the Havanese are all toy dogs that need a nice, comfortable home to settle down in.
It is smart to consider several factors before choosing a toy breed dog. Things like allergies, other pets, watchdogs, shedding problems, children, leaving the pet alone all day, and being a new pet owner. There are certain breeds that are better than others for certain living situations. For example, if someone in the household suffers from allergies dogs that are suitable for them would be poodles, because they do not shed but do need to be brushed once a day and groomed every six to eight weeks, Maltese, Shih Tzu or the Italian Greyhound. Each of these dogs has short hair and will not leave fur all over the furniture. For people with other pets such as cats, toy breed dogs because of their size and temperament. English toy spaniels, poodles, and pugs should all get along with the cat. Cats are territorial by nature, so it will take them a long time to get used to sharing the space with a new pet.
The toy breed dog is not a good choice for families. The dogs do not like loud noise and will be scared if handled the wrong way. These dogs are good lounge dogs. Kids need a dog they can wrestle with, not a dog to nap with. For people who work all day, the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese are good dogs to have. These dogs are fine being left alone all day. Other dogs may tear up furniture or go to the bathroom on the carpet in protest of being left alone. These dogs will not.
Finding a dog that can manage being alone is important if no one is home all day. Toy breed dogs make great pets. They just need to be placed in a home that suits them. Smaller dogs are more suited for older people who have the time to spend with the dog. Some older people work part-time and are home more often than those who work full-time. A toy breed dog can be a companion for life.•