To write about Ermelo, it’s people and places, I find to be quite a challenge. In the last, almost 3 years, so much happened and so much changed.
For us, the Ermelo journey started exactly 3 years ago when Marius and I came to Ermelo for a weekend, to look for a house, school and church. We stayed in beautiful Kralinberg Guesthouse and were spoiled with the hospitality of Pieter and Nalisa. It was lovely among the beautiful oaks and shockingly cold for us coming from Nelspruit.
The whole family relocated in the beginning of October 2016. From the outset it was clear that the people of Ermelo know how to walk the extra mile. At school, at church, in town, literally everywhere in Ermelo people are friendly, approachable and helpful.
From Wouter, who services our vehicles, Anna-Marie at Lucan, Thomas and Monica at Banana Box, Callie and Paula at Hoeka-Toeka, the staff at Ermelo High School, uncle Johan Snyders, who became Marius’s bee-mentor, Adèle and Erica at Ermelo Insig, the community just amazed us with kindness.
Just over a year after arriving in Ermelo Marius was retrenched. Maybe that is when you really can appreciate love and support the best. Ermelo-Oos NG Church did just that. Rudi and Chrisna van der Bergh let us stay in a house of their’s for 6 months, rent free. Pieter and Marjorie, from PAS Attorneys, and Antonie and Lizelle Botha sponsored our daughters’ music lessons. Many, many, many other acts of kindness came our way – sorry that I cannot thank everyone by name.
Now it is time to say goodbye. At the end of July 2019 we are relocating to Hazyview. From there we will still do Quercus Honey and continue to supply the best quality raw honey to Ermelo. Please contact Mari Kruger at 083 641 9551 to continue having your Quercus Raw Honey. We are excited about this new season and yet sad about saying goodbye to precious Ermelo.
On Monday morning Marius received the news that uncle Johan Snyders passed away in the night. He was a legendary bee-farmer and an amazing mentor to Marius. Our deepest condolences go to aunty Marion, his children (of whom we know Francois) and his grandchildren (of whom we know Franco). We are still coming back to Ermelo, but will miss uncle Johan. Rest in peace, uncle Johan, we have the highest regard for you. You were a true Ermelo resident, walking the extra mile.
In this Simple Lifestyle, we believe in the value of friendship. Through Tuinbou Club and a book club that I belonged to, NG Oos and our church cell group and later the Park Run Group, we have made special friends.
This past weekend we went for a walk and a lady that we do not know from a bar of soap said: “Enjoy your walk.” We said to each other, THAT is Ermelo. So many people who care!