Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hail Storm in Paul Roux

On October 17th a dark cloud placed itself over Paul Roux and we experienced a major hail storm - luckily the stones were not too large and as such cars etc were not damaged. However, the sheer volume of hail was unbelievable and the streets were soon inches deep in the stones, fast flowing waters developed and roof guttering groaned under the weight of the hail..All in all though it was an exciting experience and gardens really greened up with all the extra nitrogen.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Paul Roux Village Day 27 October

The Paul Roux Forum, restaurants and coffee shops, the NGK and APK churches, as well as Paul Roux veteran car owners, together with visitors from the Maluti Antique Auto Club, all came together to have a market/bazaar and veteran car morning in front of the Smit Saal in Voortrekker Street, Paul Roux, from 9am to 13h00 on Saturday the 27th October 2012.

The Maluti car club arrived in convoy at 10am to join local veteran and classic cars exhibited together in the street, whilst people enjoyed the offering of the market and church bazaar tables, and of course home-made baking, etc.. Breakfast, coffee, cake and lunch was also available at the Stoep CafĂ© and Pink Tricycle and from the tables.

A good atmospehere prevailed and everyone enjoyed the morning.

Paul Roux itself was able to field a group of 12 veteran and classic cars to make a very nice line up with the visitors from the Maluti Antique Auto club of about 30 cars.

Edward van den Berg - Local artist excels at Aardklop Festival

Edward van Den Berg, an artist resident in Paul Roux village, did exceptionally well at the Aardklop Festival 2012 at the beginning of this month. With paintings ranging in price from R7500 to R18 000, he sold  eleven, and returned home with six commissions, and two extra galleries in Johannesburg that will be hanging his future art.

Edward specialises in wildlife, birdlife and Free State landscapes. He has been selected by WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of SA) to be part of the select group of artists who qualify to exhibit on their international 'Arty for Wildlife'  web site.

Here are some more examples of his work 

Edwards website is

Paul Roux Village currently has 6 artists resident, and has numerous other arts and crafts people to enrich its village life.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Mercedes Benz Classic South Africa Ponton Meander To Paul Roux

A large gathering of about 25 Pontons belonging to members of the Mercedes Club of SA had a meander down to the Village for this very chilly weekend where they gathered at the Rosenhof Country Lodge and Dunlin B&B to socialise with each other and those residents of the village who appreciate classic cars. The Maluti Auto Club also had some members who came along in their assortment of cars to join in.

We are told that a gathering of Pontons this size was a very rare occurence and it grabbed the attention of the international Mercedes Benz website news.

Murphey's Law had it that it was the coldest weekend in years and with pipes freezing in the whole area it made showering in the mornings a somewhat delayed affair. But red wine and whiskey flowed in the evenings with lots of banter and testing of Mercedes knowledge and a good time was had by all.

Snow in Paul Roux 6 August 2012

Monday 6 August saw much of the eastern side of South Africa experiencing snow falls - some places heavier than others. Whilst for many motorists travelling on the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, their trips turned into nightmares as the main highway was closed. People I knew spent up to 27 hours trapped in their cars, many of them with no food, drink or extra warm clothing.  However, Paul Roux experienced a generous covering of snow which lay heavily on the ground, only to melt several hours later, but not before we were able to have a lot of fun, as did our dogs which all seemed to enjoy the romp.