We ended the year with a lovely trip to Blue Hills Farm which lies 25km from Knysna and 5km before Plettenberg Bay. It never fails to thrill me that there are hidden gems such as this dotted all over the Garden Route.
Blue Hills is primarily a supplier of colourful, screeching, talkative and beautiful parrots – there are so many of them! Peacocks thrill with displays and a lovely playground calls out to children, “Come play!” There are pigs, llama and emu. Even a horse and, to the delight of all, a miniature horse too.
Fiago, the furniture shop that was located in Knysna’s Pledge Square, moved there a few months ago. They have such wonderful goodies for the home. There are plants for sale and we were lucky enough to arrive during their half-price special (one volunteer bought a lot).
I especially liked the woodwork; rocking chairs overlooking the water and statues that spring large from the earth.
The kids had a massively good time and we fed them with scrambled eggs on toast and cheese and tomato sandwiches. Then balls were kicked, frisbees thrown and bikes ridden. There was even a lucky draw with the most popular prizes being a hat and a bat & ball (thank you to the lady that made that possible).
It was lovely to have new volunteers joining us, amongst the kindest we’ve experienced. There were two new kids too and it was great to have Sista Kerri from Judah Square along again – i tease her that she’s the biggest kid of all:)
It was a resounding success made possible by the many kind hands involved – my heartfelt thanks to them! And even more thanks to Rina, the new manageress of Blue Hills, and her hard-working staff, for allowing all the children in for free.
If you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely get family and friends together for an interesting, exciting experience that’s feels like you’re far away even though it’s so conveniently close to town. Call them on 044 532 7741.
Most of the photographs were taken by Alodie, a primary school student – good job, girl:)