Mount Horeb In Clarens Erupts?

Winter In Clarens Exits In a Blaze Of Glory

Clarens Accommodation Mount Horeb fire image 02Woke up on Sunday morning a few weeks back to this … could it be? …

Our very own mount Horeb erupting right before our very eyes!

Nope … No eruption. Just the mother of all fires headed towards Clarens from Golden Gate direction.

We thought we had escaped with a ‘veld fire-less season’ in 2014 but sadly not quite. In the closing days of winter it came from over the back of mount Horeb … Golden Gate side of Clarens and gee whizz … did Mount Horeb ever do her best ‘Mount Vesuvius impersonation’. From some vantage points it really did look for all the world as though mount Horeb was erupting. Well she didn’t erupt but she did burn … and despite the best efforts of Clarens Conservancy Fire fighters, working on fires, Dihlabeng fire department and the SANDF she still pretty much burnt to the ground. Having said that though things could have been a whole lot worse around Clarens were it not for the stalwart efforts of all these dedicated professionals.

Herewith some pics of the SANDF at work in Clarens.

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So … when next you need accommodation in Clarens dont forget your best venue … the one and only … Peter Bonney Clarens Studio Lodge

 

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Clarens – Cluny Trust Potjie comp on Clarens square

 

Lots of good potjies …Lots of good fun and really great cause … Cluny Animal Trust

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The last cluny trust fund raiser was the polar plunge earlier this year … mid winter in fact! A bunch of madcap people diving into and swimming the Arpa dam near Clarens in all but sub zero water, all in the interests of superb cause … Cluny Animal Trust

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Well guess what … Potjie on the Clarens square makes a lot more sense. Nice warm sun … pot of pork belly brewing on the fire and a glass of the good ol’ red stuff in hand … once again all in the interests of superb cause … Cluny Animal Trust.

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… Well … not quite on the square. In fact just a tad off the square … over the road on the lawn around Annel’s shop and the Old Stone Bottle Store in fact. Lots of hungry people turned up and a bunch of very talented and enthusiastic potjie chefs to tease the taste buds of all and sundry.


 

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Clarens Accommodation event image Clarens Cluny trustAnd this is Katy … and Katy’s amazing lamb potjie. Who would’ve thought? Katy Mackay from grey and gloomy far away London (or somewhere near grey and gloomy London?) cooking lamb potjie over open fire in sunny South Africa.

“By the way Katy … your lamb was great … but I had to be true to myself and must be honest … I gave yours second place. Reality is I’m lamb addict from the feet up but … eurm … dont know if I should own up to this … Eurmmmm … dare I own up? yeah OK … I gave first place to the goat! … who would’ve thought? Not because your lamb was bad … but the goat was spectacular.

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And then of course … another two ladies from far away London … that would be Hannah and Yolanda. And guess what … couldn’t get enough! …

 

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Potjie of course wouldn’t be potjie without some  good  wine to wash it down with ..… and wine tasting was courtesy of  and arranged by Sherry and Old Stone Bottlestore  …

 

 

 

 

… and very much enjoyed by, among many others, our very own Alan Goodson

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Good time was had by all but most importantly … good money raised for Cluny Animal Trust.

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One of the really cool things about Clarens and Clarens square …

We get the WOW factor coming to town from time to time – This week …. SUPERCARS CAME TO CLARENS

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I’ve travelled this country flat, camera in hand, in my ongoing and endless quest to find fresh material for my paintings. In all my travels I have yet to find another town with the uniquity factor and character of our little Clarens.

People come into my studio or stay in my lodge and always ask the same question … “What is it about Clarens … ?”

My tried and tested stock answer … “its our square”

Our Clarens square is unique and has a way of attracting the unusual, the amazing, sometimes the bizarre, and then this week  … the spectacular. We’ve had the Harleys. We’ve had Minis of every kind sort and age. We’ve had Mg’s from the beginning of that era right up to current, and then this week … the super-cars … and wow … did we get super-cars or what. Wow factor of note! A sight for sore eyes … dream machines parked all around the Clarens square. Rand value …? Boggles the mind!!

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And then of course this is the nature and character of amazing little Clarens … the absolute antithesis happens … all in the very same week!

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Cute little old Morris 1000 enjoys the late evening light over Arpa dam

 

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Clarens Event – Cluny Animal Trust Annual Polar Plunge 2014

Wannabe polar bears spotted in Clarens courtesy of local vet Katherine Barker. Are They Mad Or Can’t They Help it?

Clarens Accommodation event image Clarens Polar PlungeLook at that Sun … pretty wishy washy and whussy if you ask me. Not much winter warmth there. And the trees … dead! … as in mid winter dead!! This is Clarens June 28th mid winter 2014. And believe you me … Clarens on any mid winter June day is cold  … very cold … especially in water without wetsuit.

And as for this water? Looks pretty benign doesn’t it? But don’t be deceived … eleven celcius on the day and not a degree higher.

“Eleven celcius”? I hear you say … “but that’s not so bad.”

Uh uh I say … eleven celcius measured, yep … but realistically … real feel’   two! Ask any one of the polar bears. They would know … they took the plunge and swam it. One was heard to say after the fact and somewhat ironically. “… well actually, I dont feel too bad but I think my heart’s racing a tad …!”

And here they are then … Crazy Clarens and Fouriesburg polar bears pluck up the courage and prep to take the plunge in icy Eastern Freestate waters …

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… and take the plunge they did … the stuff ice-cream headaches are made of!!

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So what then makes a bunch of madcap human beings make like polar bears and take a dip in freezing cold mid winter Clarens water?

That would be our very own vet Katherine Barker and Cluny Animal Trust of course … great cause and great motivation.

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Clarens event Clarens cluny trust Polar Plunge image 09So these crazy people aren’t so crazy after all it seems. This annual polar bear plunge into the freezing winter waters of  the Arpo dam in far away Fouriesburg doesn’t have to do with crazy people doing crazy stuff for no apparent reason. It actually has to do with caring people doing courageous stuff for the Cluny trust.

And you can too … and it doesn’t necessarily have to entail doing something daft like diving into eleven degree water. The Cluny trust has to do with helping people in need meet the needs of their animals in need Visit Cluny Animal Trust here to find out more.

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New on our Clarens square … check it out here!

 

 “The best little catering cart in Clarens … beats self catering in Clarens by absolute mielie miles!”

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Innovation is the name of the game …

… and when it comes to innovation there aren’t many more innovative than Clarens’ very own Johan Lehman.

So keep your eyes peeled around the Clarens square …. here comes Johan’s food cart!

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Did I say Johans food cart? … Shheesh … this is no food cart … food cart ? … No … not food cart. Food cart is insult of note … it’s clearly what it says it is … Catering Cart!  … Food cart is common … catering cart is cut above! And this is definitely cut above. And did this ‘cut above’ cart ever cater to Petebon’s tingling tastebuds on a freezing cold Clarens Saturday morning just gone or what?. “chilli beans” takes on new meaning!

The lady said … “Have the famous Chilli Beans & Bagguette … made by Johan himself”. So I had the famous Chilli Beans & Bagguette … made by Johan himself. Good call! … and I’m thinking … I’ll most likely be having Johans Famous Chilli Beans & Baguette for lunch every Saturday from now on. The short hop from Bonney studio and Bonney Clarens Studio Lodge in Roos street … across the road … up the stairs … through Bruce”s building … past the Clarens brewery … over the square and to the trailer is very definitely ever so worth the effort, for Bonney artist as well as for Bonney Clarens studio Lodge guests. Well done Johan … you’ve just bagged a brand new confirmed customer … will definitely be back!!

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” chilli beef and baguette please … ” “… eurm … would that be for one or for two? …”

Ps … Hey Anel … Bring on the bandstand!
 
 
 

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Welcome to my brand new Clarens Blog

Welcome to my brand new freshly launched Clarens Lodge website and my new Lodge and Clarens blog. Here is where you will find first hand information about my lodge … any special offers going as well as some local insight into whats happening in and around Clarens. Also fresh ‘Bonney studio’ related info by way of links to my studio blog.

First posts coming soonish …..

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