Ho ho ho…

Ten years ago, just before Sarah was born, we put up our first Christmas tree. It was a beautiful creation. A minimalist twig interpretation brightened with strategically placed tiny fairy lights,(that didn’t flash, come in multiple colours or play music). A neo-afro designer’s delight. Stylish seasonal home decor that yelled out, “married without kids!”

Ten years on and our christmas trees are still fallen alien twig branches gathered in the area a few days before christmas, and dragged home by the prancing elves giggling and singing merrily while pointing out the in’s and out’s of the activity to any curious passer-by who will lend an ear. There is no longer a minimalistic edge to these creations. Each year the girls make a new decoration to add to the hodge -podge of christmas type paraphernalia gathered over the seasons. The lights are brightly coloured and they flash wildly.

These trees are far removed from our first stylie creation all those years back…. but to my bright eyes more beautiful by far!

Christmas in Chintsa – Dec 2011


Moonlighting Under The Acacia Tree

You  know you’re onto a good thing when your school teacher is also a REAL clown – especially if you happen to be five years old….The Acacia Tree Nursery School is a very good thing.Tom the Clown – a Spacial Dynamics Practioner, Waldorf Teacher and Funny Guy Extraordinaire, teaches the littlies at this local Waldof School. Last Saturday evening Tom’s Circus was in full swing.

The Acacia Tree Nursery School is situated on a hill-side, overlooking the sea and the surrounding Eastern Cape bush. It is hugged by lush veggie gardens and fun jungle gyms. A magical place run by magical people. Saturday’s Moonlight Market was a fundraiser for children unable to pay fees. The Market was a colourful and bright affair with bunting blowning in the evening  breeze and trees laden with dancing fairy lights setting the scene. Tom put away his mortarboard for his colourful bowler supported by a clown size bow-tie and his faithful right hand man – Thulani. Together, Tom, his team and the moms and dads put on a grand act with side shows of great coffee, delish pancakes and amazing mexican fare, fun, games and stories under the Acacia Tree. Another amazing example of Chintsa doing what it does best  – building a nation…

Surf Legends

Chintsa is not a place of legendary waves, but it is home to legendary surfers. Dudes with Slater size personalities  (if not form), leaving their mark on the Chintsa sands of time. Young beautiful instructor types through to the salty old sea dogs, each add their trait, making Chintsa home to a welcoming and warm surf community. And now dusty feet from the dirt roads that run through the local village carry the next generation of surf legends to the beach. Young, restless and sometimes hungry these youngsters are chasing the back-line and redefining surfing in Chintsa. Standing on the shoulders of the giants who guide and challenge them, they head further and further out…breaking through crashing waves and cultural stereotypes, contesting the imbalance in the waters of South Africa. These are the kids of the Unstressed Surf School – the future legends of Chintsa.


Chintsa Beach – October 2011 Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the Unstressed Surf School