We are thrilled to welcome four new accommodation partners on the ‘APT Trail’ list - Ashtonvale Guest Farm (Bulwer), Myddelton Farm (between Creighton and Donnybrook), Smithfield Guest House (Creighton) and King’s Grant Retreat (Ixopo). All have been added to our ‘Preferred Accommodation’ page on the website. We haven’t included any tariffs because we know that these could change in 2018.
Special thanks to Cheryl Biggs from Kings Grant who has offered a 15% discount on accommodation booked by APTTA friends. So anyone who wants to visit the historic St Isidore farm that belongs to King’s Grant, and have a look around, don't forget to mention that you are a friend of the APTTA. You can read about the Kings Grant retreat and the Trappist history here: http://www.kingsgrant.co.za/history
Trail finding news:
From 8 to11th January Jon, Jenny, Trevor and Anna will be bundu-bashing between Reichenau and Lourdes whilst Finn and I provide vehicle support. If you see a group of four seniors traipsing cross country in the Bulwer, Donnybrook, Creighton and Riverside areas, give them a hoot and a wave!
Trail signs and markers:
We have had a lot of discussions about marking the trail and realise that it isn’t going to be easy.
Top left: We thought of wooden stakes with the APTT symbol painted onto them embedded in strategic places. Problem – they could be removed to be used as firewood!
Centre: Painting a symbol directly onto rocks, trees, fence posts. Problem – if the route needs to be changed it will be difficult to remove these.
Top right: Painting a symbol onto a small slab of slasto or slate. These could be placed in strategic places and can be easily moved if necessary in future. If you have any ideas please share them with us!
The Bottony, or Budded Cross:
This is the Cross shape we have chosen as our symbol. The cross on the bottom left is the ancient Chaldean Cross from 550 BC. It appears in the 5th century AD Mar Saba Monastery 10km from Bethlehem. It also appears in many Catholic churches and you will see it in Trappist cemeteries all over the world. The cross on the right is that of Brother Edward in the Centocow graveyard.
Each bud has its own symbolism. The most common is three, which represents the Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.