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Durban North Japanese Gardens

Koan and the barbarians:
Durban’s Japanese Gardens puzzler

In the previous blog in this series on the Durban North Japanese Gardens, we reached the top of a slope overlooking an outdoor chapel and eastwards to the sea… ‘But at my back,” as the poet told his coy mistress, “I always hear, time’s winged chariot hurrying near.” Our stroll in the gardens had gone…

Durban North Japanese Gardens

Bench-marking the Japanese Gardens

In the previous blog, on the eve of lockdown, the Durban North Japanese Gardens was proving to be an agreeable place for picnicking.   A number of polished concrete tables and benches have recently been installed in the Durban North park. And your correspondent found one near a pond and was sitting, eating sushi and counting…

Japanese Gardens

Picnic time for the Teddy’s boy:
provisioning a Japanese Gardens jaunt

Ah, the quiet pleasures of a walk in the park. And so it was last week, on the eve of lockdown, as opportunities for public recreation began to disappear like so many rolls of twin-ply from the supermarket shelf, I returned to the Japanese Gardens. As returns go, it was not one of those nostalgic…

Garden art at the Hingham Nursery

Some sanity in a humpty-dumpty world

Social distancing – now there’s an oxymoron for our times. But If you happen to be on the FunShine Coast and need to be far from the madding crowd and want a pleasant, airy place for a light meal, then try the Hingham Nursery Tea Garden. We asked our waitress Sharon Makope, a cheerful young woman…

Orchid

Cultivating success:
B&B owner shows way
with guests… and orchids

Durban North’s Fairway Guesthouse will be hosting the Fairway Orchid and Rare Plant Fair on July 20.

B&B sign

Wake-up call for unregistered B&Bs

The Umhlanga Community Tourism Organisation has issued a friendly warning to homeowners thinking of running a B&B on the quiet. If you don’t have the correct permissions and approvals think twice before you advertise your spare room on A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌. Herbert Achhammer, the organisation’s committee member handling legal and compliance matters, said many people believed affiliation…