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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:47

Undercover - Newsletter #February 2018

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Normally the newsletter is written by the owner of Ons Dorpshuis Guest House, Alna van der Walt, but this time they asked me to write a letter for

February month as it is the month of love and I am a newlywed!!

First of all, I have big shoes to fill to write anything as good as Alna and secondly, it is hard to write about love.

  Love is an emotion, an utterly deep feeling within each of us that simply can’t be touched or truly described. 

 

When I think of love, a few of my favorite movies come to mind –

The Lucky One, The Vow, Safe Haven, Dirty Dancing and Valentine’s Day. 

Each with a story I - and maybe you - can relate to, but they are just movies. 

 

In real life things work a little bit different but I believe we all can have that happy ever after.

Marriage and even any other form of intimate relationship asks for hard work,

communication and commitment as well as application Alna’s famous values: honesty, trust, respect and fairness. 

Live by these values and you’re half way to 50+ years of marriage - respect your partner’s decisions, trust their judgments, communicate honestly and treat them with fairness.

 

The next thing that comes to my mind when I think about love is the poem of E.E. Cummings:

“I carry your heart with me” which has been my favorite love poem since the poem gained renewed interest in the film, “In Her Shoes”. 

This poem is a really good intimate promise you can make to your loved one this month. 

Arrange something special this Valentine’s Day, but something specific, something they have been begging for, hinting about or just absolutely desires. 

Read this poem and make this promise!  This ensures a happily ever after happy partner.

 

Lastly, even though we make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, this should not be something that one does only once a calendar year. 

This is an important event that should be done more often during the year. 

Never stop flirting with your man and never stop dating your lady.

 

  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.

 

 

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Friday, 26 January 2018 11:08

Undercover - Newsletter #January 2018

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Welcome back to each and every one!!

It is such a blessing to have reached this point and to be in a position to write “2018” on forms and papers.

With all the mayhem, chaos, anarchy and general uncertainty it is sometimes difficult to find or focus on the positive each day…

I went back to some of my archives and found a piece of advice from Gary Baily (former player for Manchester United and Kaizer Chiefs).

In his talk “Success under pressure” he gave the abbreviation and very practical insight…

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Have Gratitude, because you cannot be unhappy and grateful at the same time.

Reframing:  face challenges, decide, be tough, focus into a general new direction if circumstances present you with pressure to change.

Empathy:  Observe in detail, listen more than before, and expand your understanding before reacting.  Emotional intelligence is more important than a large IQ.

Adapt:  sooner rather than later.  The world, politics, information and technology will not wait for you!

Teamwork is King.  Use people, skills, and assets all more productively.  You are not alone!!

With that said I can personally vouch for a policy of constantly making gratitude and worship more important than the “ISSUE” of the day…

May you rise, shine and be GREAT this year!!

 

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Friday, 26 January 2018 11:02

Undercover - Newsletter #December 2017

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A warm and hearty welcome to all our new visitors, guests and returning customers.

We are rearing the end of this year 2017!!

I cannot help to think “Where did it go?”  On the other hand, time well spent should be seen as an investment in the future. 

There are many instances where people would stop to ponder on life’s milestone’s…things like children leaving the home, projects started,

finished and long forgotten, relationships or previous marriages, personal achievements and obstacles conquered.

 

Yes we can say “Oh my, what happened?” or “Time has passed me by!” or “when did I do that?”…

The main thing actually is to realize that all of the above has taken a lifetime!!

The questions you have to ask yourself is

How well did it go?

What kind of work satisfaction did I have?

Do I have regrets about any of my memories?

and

What do I have left on my TO-DO-LIST?

This is where I know we should focus on … the list.

Call it the Bucket List if you wish, but find that list!!

It would be too sad to end a year with nothing to look forward to, to tick off, to do, to achieve, to try, to conquer…

What is your goal to carry over into 2018?

GO FOR IT!!!

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Alna

 

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The questions you have to ask yourself is

How well did it go?

What kind of work satisfaction did I have?

Do I have regrets about any of my memories?

and

What do I have left on my TO-DO-LIST?

This is where I know we should focus on … the list.

Call it the Bucket List if you wish, but find that list!!

It would be too sad to end a year with nothing to look forward to, to tick off, to do, to achieve, to try, to conquer…

What is your goal to carry over into 2018?

GO FOR IT!!!

Alna

 

 

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A warm and hearty welcome to all our new visitors, guests and returning customers.

We are rearing the end of this year 2017!!

I cannot help to think “Where did it go?”  On the other hand, time well spent should be seen as an investment in the future.  There are many instances where people would stop to ponder on life’s milestone’s…things like children leaving the home, projects started, finished and long forgotten, relationships or previous marriages, personal achievements and obstacles conquered.

Yes we can say “Oh my, what happened?” or “Time has passed me by!” or “when did I do that?”…The main thing actually is to realize that all of the above has taken a lifetime!!

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REMEMBER

It is the end state that matters,

not reasons or motives or influences…

 

Important Notice:

Curfew for visiting guests –

 out @ 21:30.

Overnight Guests:  Please pay the required R200 at the Office

 

Breakfast Times:

06:30 – 08:00 Weekdays

Dinner Times:

18:00 – 19:30 Weekdays

Please note times can be changed if

arranged ahead of time.

 

Merry

 Christmas

 

Keep an eye out for our events Calander 2018.

Here’s a couple of events you can  look forward to.

March – Sunrise to Sunset 100km Womans’s Walk

April – Life Skills Workshop

August – Wild @ Art Workshop and Exhibition

 

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Sunrise to Sunset is All Women's hiking trail, in it’s second year, through the magnificent Magaliesberg Biosphere. Covering 100 km in 4 days. Experience the unique fauna and flora that the Magaliesberg has to offer as you take in the magnificent views, make friends for life and tick one item of your bucket list..

Contact Margie on 081 817 9416 for more information.

PS: they’ve got great specials if you enter now.

 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:47

T's and C's General Regulations

Terms & Conditions and Indemnity

 

POPI Act

Ons Dorpshuis Guest House adheres to the POPI Act in order to protect our guests from harm and their right to privacy.  We ensure the integrity and safekeeping of personal information in our possession or under our control.  We will take steps to prevent the information being lost or damaged, or unlawfully accessed. 

  1. Proof of Identification

It is mandatory for guests to present valid photo identification at the time of check-in. According to government regulations, a valid Photo ID has to be carried by every person above the age of 18 staying at the guest house.  Without original copy of valid ID the guest will not be allowed to check-in.

  1. General Indemnity

Whilst every care has been taken by Ons Dorpshuis Guest House to ensure the safety of guests and their possessions whilst enjoying our accommodation, Ons Dorpshuis Guest House and the owners does not accept any liability in the event that any loss or damage to persons or property is experienced by a guest and their visitors. Should any action by a guest be deemed inappropriate by the hotel, or if any inappropriate behaviour is brought to the attention of the hotel, the hotel reserves the right, after the allegations have been investigated, to take action against the guest.

  1. Valuables

Ons Dorpshuis Guest House or the owners does not accept any liability for loss of or damage to any valuables or property belonging to guests or their visitors.  It is therefore the sole responsibility of all guests to make arrangements for adequate insurance coverage on all valuable items prior to arrival at Ons Dorpshuis Guest House.  This includes but is not limited to, photographic equipment, laptops or other electronic devices, jewellery, cash and vehicles.

  1. Loss or Damage to Ons Dorpshuis Guest House

Should Ons Dorpshuis Guest House suffer any loss or damage as a result of an act or omission by a guest or visitor of a guest, the guest will remain liable for full reimbursement of such loss or damage incurred and will be billed accordingly.

  1. Right of Admission Reserved

Ons Dorpshuis Guest House at all times reserves the full right of admission and accepts no liability for any loss or damage that may result from the legal and reasonable exercising of such rights.

  1. Swimming Pool

Any guest or their visitors using the swimming pool and surrounding area are utilising such facilities entirely at their own risk and that they are fully aware that there are no lifesaving facilities of any nature provided and therefore indemnify Ons Dorpshuis Guest House and the owners of this facility in full and shall have no claim of whatsoever nature against the Ons Dorpshuis Guest House and the owners including any claim from any injury/ bodily harm/death and or/loss of property which could arise from the use of this facility.

  1. Parking Lot

Parking is available free of charge for all guests.  Do not park in front or in the way of the electrical gate or cause any parking obstructions.  Do not leave any valuables inside your car while it is parked.  We cannot accept responsibility for the loss or theft of any such articles while your car is parked on our premises.  Parking is at own risk.

  1. Minors

Minors are the sole responsibility of the parents, guardian(s) or the person or persons in whose care they are whilst at Ons Dorpshuis Guest House or whilst using its facilities.  Youngsters must be under adult supervision at all times (apartments & entertainment areas).

  1. Non-Smoking

Ons Dorpshuis Guest House, in recognition of Health, Safety and Environment concerns, is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees, visitors and contractors.  Ons Dorpshuis Guest House is a NON-SMOKING establishment and your co-operation in this regard will be appreciated.  At some dedicated Self Catering units smoking is permitted and designated outside areas.  Smokers are invited not to smoke immediately outside the entrances or open windows.  Please use provided ashtrays and keep area cigarette free.

  1. Check In / Check Out

Check-in time starts at 14h00, but every effort will be made to accommodate earlier.  All outstanding balances are due on arrival and payable before check-in.  Keys will be handed over to the guest after payment and administration at all times. The office closes at about 20:00 for late arrival, please arrange it prior to check-in. The after hour number is 082 927 5097

Check-out is at 10:00am, later check-out is possible by arrangement only.  Please leave the room keys at Reception or at specific key box at different houses.  The cost for replacement of lost room keys or damaged locks is applicable and to be paid immediately in cash.

  1. Noise Levels

As Ons Dorpshuis Guest House is situated in a residential area, guests and their visitors are expected to show consideration to our neighbours and fellow guests by keeping noise levels to a minimum.  It is not allowed to play music out of any vehicle, units or stereo systems.  Bad behaviour and excessive noise are not tolerated; if it continues, the police will be called and the offenders evicted.  If you have a complaint, please speak to Duty Manager immediately.   Noise timeout is 21:30 during the week and 23:00 on weekends.  The braai area must be vacated by 23:00. No singing or gatherings may be allowed in the apartments, parking areas or leisure areas. Such events/gatherings must be held in the conference venues at additional costs and arrangements.

  1. Extra Guests / Visitors

All extra guests or visitors must kindly report to the office, complete a visitor sign-in sheet and pay any additional costs.  Overnight guest must pay R 200.00 per person per night, excluding all meals.  No meals will be allowed to be shared with extra guests or visitors.

Terms and Conditions

By signing this indemnity form I state that I have read and understood the terms and conditions and that I am aware that the Terms and Conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Indemnity form. The person receiving this set of rules undertakes to bring the rules to the attention of all the members of his or her group.  This person also accepts responsibility for compliance with the rules by all members of his or her group.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:09

Undercover - Newsletter #09/11/2017

Welcome to each and every one.

We are honestly happy to have you back.

If there are any brand new visitors or guests, we trust that you will become regulars as from Today!

This week I had to deal with the breaching or breaking of our well entrenched value system.  We have always believed that nothing can beat HONESTY, TRUST, FAIRNESS and RESPECT in the race to the most worthy of VALUES.

I still believe it to be true, but don’t know how to handle the straight faced, pre-meditated confrontation by well-loved and, I thought well known acquaintances. 

Is it possible that people can change so drastically?

What are all circumstances and trigger for a normal adult to change heart and behavior 360°?

Is it that predictable, or are we that naïve?

How do we face it, see it coming and find the emotional intelligence to see the big picture?

How do we rise above the waves and keep ourselves from not JUDGING?

Maybe, I have missed the book, the boat and the plot?

Please tell me, it’s not only me?

Alna

 

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 13:42

Undercover - Newsletter #25/10/2017

Welcome Back Everyone!!

If it’s your first time here, I trust that you will also become a well-loved regular!

There is always a first!

Many firsts are memorable, others fall through the cracks and get stored in our memory boxes, perhaps to be visited one day…unexpectedly triggered by something unforeseen.

Some firsts are planned, with meticulous planning skills where we try to create our own journeys.

How easy it is to fail in this process.

Some firsts we do not choose and we don’t see it coming! 

This could go both ways unfortunately.

It could become one of the most memorable moments of your life or stored in the “GREAT SADNESS” file.

 

My prayer for you is that the majority of firsts and/or the next “FIRST” in your life will be one to never be forgotten, one for the “LIFE CHANGING FOR THE BETTER” file.

I am on a personal mission to find many firsts in this month in Jordan and Israel.

 

Watch this space

 

Alna

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Monday, 18 September 2017 08:39

Undercover - Newsletter #18/09/2017

Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening to each and every one.

Thinking about this week brought me to a quote of Dr. David Molope,

“What is basic and simple to you…is life to those people”

How very true this is!!

We just had the privilege to spend 2 full days with beautiful girls, all currently in Secondary School.  They all attended our first Life Skills for Young Woman Workshop.

What a life changer and eye opener for ME…

To find myself thinking about how different they are, but on the other hand, how exactly the same!!

They are on a route, a circle that we have completed.  They are vulnerable, somehow excited but

mostly fearful of the future.

They deal with so many unfair and almost adult issues.

We laughed, taught them the theory of many topics and I realised again that things entrenched in me by years, and I mean years of experience and learning the hard way…they are totally clueless about.

Their sponge brains needed this.

Assistance and tips and tools to handle the uncertainties and reality of life!!

Who knows where and how soon they will have to apply any of this …maybe, just maybe these basic and simple things we would teach them will mean life in this dishonest, untrustworthy, disrespectful and unfair life.

Life that happens anyway and you can’t see it coming.

Therefore, my plea to all – Please Do, Please Share, Please Teach –

PLEASE BE THAT PERSON

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Monday, 07 August 2017 10:02

UnderCover - Newsletter #07/08/2017

Welcome Home Everyone!!

We have passed the longest night and summer is just around the corner…definitely makes me feel a little less depressed!!

Last time I thought, write about thankfulness and being grateful for things and this week I had so many instances of people with problems, a lot bigger than my, who crossed my path!

One of our guests lost her husband, one young mother needed a place to stay urgently as her situation at home became unbearable, another one of our guests battle with diabetes and an acquaintance’s husband is fighting with cancer that is spreading…

The gratefulness and being thankful message is a difficult one to promote when people are in the midst of crisis like this.  

How do we pull through, how do we make ourselves get out of bed every morning?

Usually it helps to find that goal, or that forgotten bucket list item and start with something new to take the focus away from the struggles.  Find people to trust and to help you de-clutter your thoughts and life…each one of us should have stretcher bearers, to support us and help us to the bath of Bethesda when the water is stirred by the angels…

Be that stretcher bearer for someone if you are in the lucky group!

Helping someone might become a goal on its own!

Find joy in sharing, share your troubles or share a troubled soul’s burden –

But in the end…

Be thankful and grateful

Be the best you, in spite of circumstances.

Alna

 

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Friday, 07 July 2017 14:12

UnderCover - Newsletter #07/07/2017

Welcome Back Everyone

We have survived half of the winter and I think that the general feeling is one of gratitude.

If you were ill – be grateful for being better…

If you were not ill – be grateful for a healthy mind and body

If you are leaving your house early – be grateful for the sunrise that is there to greet you every day.

If you are traveling a lot - be grateful for protection on the roads.

If you are traveling – be grateful for a job and or on our side –

we are grateful for all new guests and returning guests.

Sometimes we get pulled into so much unfortunate day to day issues and problems and we cannot see a thing to be grateful for …

or we are just too busy to look!

My plea is, Look Again, look around you and find one thing to day to be GRATEFUL for. 

Marvel in the thought and enjoy the blessing.

Make time to live!!

Steal time if you have to …

The sad thing is “if you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you are eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want”

Alna

 

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 13:58

UnderCover - Newsletter #24/05/2017

Welcome back everyone!!

We are so happy to see everyone back here at the Guesthouse after Easter break.

We hope that you enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

And now like they will say it’s back to the grinding stone.

Have you noticed that the seasons have started changing and the mornings and evenings are getting colder and colder?

The motivation to just quickly jump out of the bed to start getting ready for work seems to be lacking as the comfort and warmth of your bed is calling you back to its sweet embrace.

Now the cold drinks and iced teas will be replaced with coffee, milo and hot chocolate and if you are looking for a quick fix please come down to our dining room, make yourself a nice 

warm cup of your favourite winter drink and relax with a book from our library. 

If you want to check out a book and keep it with you for your stay here with us, all you have to do is come sign the register in the Office.

You can also enjoy all the wonderful art pieces from our local artist Hannatjie Visser that we have on display in our Live Art Exhibition.  Maybe even buy one as a

Mother’s or Father’s Day gift.

So let me leave you with one of my favourite winter poems

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WELCOME HOME

for now, tonight
(and maybe a few more)
this is your place 

there is history here
a story to tell...

when you kicked off your shoes
you became part of it as well

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