Following the Christmas Tree Trail

THERE was great festive season spirit on display at the Christmas Tree Trail through Port Alfred on Monday and Tuesday evening this week.

The event, organised by Jean Page and Chix Pearson, saw several local residents open their homes to visitors to admire their Christmas trees and other decorations.

It all started at Pirie Lane, where participants were provided with a slice of Christmas cake with decadent brandied butter while admiring the beautiful house overlooking the Kowie River. Each participant also received a trail “treasure” map and had to look for certain items at each destination and along the way.

A bus was provided to take participants to the other venues from there, stopping off next at the quaint Bygones Collectables and Books in Dickinson Road, then a long trip (relatively in Port Alfred terms) to Southdowns Avenue and all the way to Emerald Heights.

We visited the home of Bill and Linda Rowlston, who had Christmas trees everywhere you looked! There was such a fascinating array of decorations it took time to absorb it all.

Next stop was at Richard Good’s house just off Southdowns Avenue which had decorations on the outside.

After other homes the journey ended at St Paul’s Anglican Church, which was also decorated in Christmas theme. St Paul’s was the beneficiary of the Christmas tree trail.

The Rowlston’s home was voted the winner and Isobel and Kees Kieser were the runners-up.

The winning prize was a trip for two to Sibuya Game Reserve.

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