Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Garden club Monet garden evening -17 May 2018

Hogsback Garden Club Members (Non members R100) are all invited to a light meal and talk about  the magical world of Famous artist and gardener, Oscar - Claude Monet on the evening of the 17th May at 6 pm. He was responsible for the most amazingly beautiful paintings of gardens and ponds. Various ponds with bridges and always water lilies were one of his favourites. His works are a true feast for the eyes. Even more so for gardeners. 

The following quote of his says it all:

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration."

Famous works many will know. Poppies 1873, Women in the garden 1866, The Japanese footbridge 1922 and  The Water Lilly Pond 1900.

Please bring your own drinks. There will be sherry for all and confirm your attendance by the 14th May. 

If you are not yet a garden club member, you are missing out!! To join the club, please contact Monika Hof (  ) or Jenny Newman (

Visit to the Shire Eco Lodge

The Hogback Garden Club is organising a day-trip outing to Rob Scott's indigenous Bulb Nursery in Stutterheim. The property is called the Shire Eco Lodge and Rob will be giving us a talk on indigenous bulbs and we will be able to see some of them in full bloom in his nursery. We can walk on his property and visit some of the uniquely designed cabins and go for a hike through ancient Lemonwood forests to Anderson Dam. This walk is very beautiful passing numerous waterfalls and is a paradise for bird watchers. Afterwards we booked with Vinkel & Kolander for a light lunch. Date : April 11th. We will leave at 8:00 am from the Vic and hopefully be able to share cars which we can organize later.

Please RSVP by Friday April 6th (Lynda Delport

If you are a non Garden club member, you are welcome to join in at R100 Contact Monika Hof (

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Festival 2018

Our Spring Festival Celebration will take place from October 12th -October 14th this year, one week before the Bedford Festival.

You may have noticed that as Heritage Weekend is a long weekend, no accommodation can be found for Spring Festival visitors unless booked long in advance. Having the festival closer to the Bedford Festival also
allows Tour Operators to combine their tours especially if they travelfrom Gauteng, Free State or the Western Cape.

Our Garden Tours will start on the Heritage weekend September 21st, andend on October 14th.

The HGC has started to plan all their special activities already and as soon as we have our program ready, we will publish it on the various websites and of course on the HBT.

Prepare yourself for lots of fun and entertainment

Happy Gardening

Monika Hof
Hogsback Garden Club

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Concerts at Back of the Moon

On Saturday Afternoon (3pm-4pm) and Sunday morning (11h30am to 12h30 pm) you will be treated to a delightful array of different musical flavours by Christian Carver and his adorable wife, Mandy.  They will be bringing with them an array of musical instruments to sooth our autumn souls with some inspiring melancholic  and popular musical vibes.

The tickets are a steal at R100 per person and please book beforehand for the two shows with Norma 082 42147743.

A little bit about Christian:                                                

He was born in Rhodesia in 1959 and moved to SA as a young man.  After working as an assistant in a research chemistry lab, he enrolled at Rhodes University, where he met his future wife, Mandy.
Christian and Mandy joined Andrew Tracey's band and later got married.

Christian dropped out of Rhodes Univ. and decided to enrol in a four year course in auto-mechanics. He managed to obtain his certificate in only 2 years.

During the turbulent 1980's he was called up to do military service, and it was then that Christian decided to move to the UK. After 7 years in England, they realised that they were Africans at heart, and moved to Uganda, where Christian worked as a technician and repairman for a hospital, where he maintained medical vehicles, renovated a hydro-electric power scheme, developed medical equipment and maintained a spring – fed water system.

Shortly after Nelson Mandela was elected as president of SA., they returned to SA and Mandy was appointed as the music teacher at St Andrews, Grahamstown. Christian was hired by Andrew Tracey's wife, Heather as a workshop foreman at  African Musical Instruments (AMI) . AMI bought the company Power Marimbas, the oldest marimba making company in South Africa.

Christian re- engineered  the marimba design & is now working on streamlining the kalimba production.

Christian Carver is a  -     
  • the preserver of culture
  •  a tool maker,
  •  a visionary and more importantly,
  •   a renowned instrument making trainer.

He is director of  African Musical Instruments   ( AMI ) organisation, based in Grahamstown.

Earlier this year, he ran a workshop in Johannesburg, training people from all over Africa, in the art and craft of music instrument making & repair., especially in relation to indigenous instruments.
Participants had the opportunity to learn form established music instrument making companies in Johannesburg.

Mandy is currently working on her PhD, and we wish her all the best in the writing of her thesis.

These two people are you can imagine.... as the music that they conjure up!!!

Here is Christian showing Mark Holdaway a riff on the huge Akadinda, a traditional Ugandan marimba, at ILAM, the International Library of African Music, at Grahamstown, South Africa.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Accommodation for Autumn Celebration

Azalea Family Cottage
We had quite a few inquiries about which places still have accommodation available, so we will keep this list updated....
  • Azalea Cottage and Oaktree Cottage
    From R500 Per couple per day
    Contact Christine 082 453 3091
    Oak tree Cottage
  • Laragh-on-Hogsback cottages.
    Contact Jenny 0827810470
  • Trengwainton. 8 sleeper house with  a loft.
    R1000 pn for 2 people and R200 pppn thereafter
    Contact Jo 
  • Kings Lodge
    Spoil the ladies in your life by taking advantage of our discounted weekend special .....R799pp Friday - Sunday bed and breakfast. KING'S  LODGE is situated in the heart of Hogsback. Call us to secure a spot. ... (045) 962 1024
  • Athanor Cottages
    This beautiful family cottage can accommodate 6 guests, one bedroom with a queen size bed, two 3/4 beds in the loft, and a single day bed and sleeper couch for one in the open-plan living area. Set in a beautiful garden, with a magnificent view down the Thyume Valley which you can enjoy from the deck with many birds playing around in the trees.
    R1830 for 6 people
    Contact Naomi 082 444 7145
  • Away with the fairies Also still have space available
    Contact: 045 962 1031
  • Hogrock Falls Cottage set in the forest close to waterfalls
    Contact Leigh  0729813993
  • Pond and Garden Cottage
    Martine 0836611750