Honouring Our Mothers in 1000 Hills

Mother’s Day is a celebration to honour our mothers, celebrated this year on Sunday 8 May, which is the first Sunday in May.

The perfect place to take Mum for Mother’s Day is 1000 Hills – equidistant between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, this beautiful region offers various options for a family to spend Mother’s Day together.

Make a weekend of it! 1000 Hills B&B Association is a collective of a dozen accredited B&B’s which work closely together – all situated in the Kloof / Alverston / Botha’s Hill area. The idea is you can put out a request to the group via their interactive website, for enquiries, research or bookings, and they will find out who is best suited to host you. This saves on having to contact each establishment separately. Many establishments offer family-friendly accommodation with suites and cottages with extra beds for the kids. 

Sue Briggs, owner of Warren’s Guest House, getting ready to welcome guests over Mother’s Day weekend.
Sue Briggs, owner of Warren’s Guest House, getting ready to welcome guests over Mother’s Day weekend.

There are restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy a sit-down meal or a fabulous morning or afternoon tea. This time of year, enjoy the autumn crisp weather and beautiful light and have al fresco cocktails and sundowners.

There are options for retail therapy – with weekend markets and specialist shops. With Shongweni Market being currently inaccessible, support their traders who are having pop up stalls at alternate venues for a while. You can find vendors at Woza Moya and Fig Tree Farm. Check their FB page for other venues.

The Tie Dye Lady - a Shongweni Market regular - at the Pop Up at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.
The Tie Dye Lady – a Shongweni Market regular – at the Pop Up at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.

There are also craft shops and wellness centres which offer pampering for Mum. There are also heaps of opportunities to just be together as a family and enjoy the magnificent views!

This day is set aside to pay tribute motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Often this day is extended to generations of mothers—grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as to mother figures.

Mothering Sunday

During the Middle Ages, people would return to their home or “mother” church once a year during the middle of Lent. Historians theorize that it was the return to the “mother” church that led to the tradition of children getting the day off to visit their mother and family. In 16th-century England, this celebration became “Mothering Sunday” a tradition which endures to this day.

Working with the ever supportive Independent on Saturday, one lucky Mother can win a bespoke Mother’s Day package to spend a gorgeous stay in the beautiful Valley of 1000 Hills for herself, her partner and two children, courtesy of 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation on Mother’s Day weekend. Pick up a copy of today’s paper to enter.

One lucky family of four can win:

One night accommodation with breakfast, for four

Warren’s Guest House is a gorgeous, thatched home situated in park like surrounds less than half a km from the centre of Hillcrest. The winner will receive one night’s accommodation, bed and breakfast on Saturday 7 May for two adults and two children.  There are more than a dozen quality restaurants, most within walking distance of the guest house, and umpteen stylish coffee shops and snack bars close by too.

Address: 15 Mill Road Hillcrest

The perfect venue for a Mother's Day family lunch - the Pot & Kettle.
The perfect venue for a Mother’s Day family lunch – the Pot & Kettle.

A Sunday lunch for four

The fabulous Pot & Kettle Restaurant in Botha’s Hill is offering a special Mother’s Day lunch for two adults and two children on Sunday 8 May. They are serving a plated Sunday roast comprising roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, rice, home-made gravy and fresh veggies in season, with dessert for Mother’s Day, with four complimentary cool drinks.

Lunch can be enjoyed to live music, while admiring the fabulous panoramic views. Inter Alia – Jane and Paul Candow – will be playing over Sunday lunch with some specially chosen Mother’s Day tunes.

Winners will need to confirm their booking on 0829056538 

Address: 136 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill.

Gift ideas for Mum from Woza Moya. They have created a range of unusual Mother's Day gifts.
Gift ideas for Mum from Woza Moya. They have created a range of unusual Mother’s Day gifts.

One Woza Moya Mother’s Day Hamper

As an extra treat for Mum, the glorious Woza Moya shop at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre is gifting Mum a Midsummer Night’s Dream beautiful beaded necklace, a hand-made paper lilac hydrangea, an “I love Mom” key ring and a copy of the book, “Dreams for Africa”.

Mother's Day spoils which last - a beautiful rose busy from Ludwig's Roses.
Mother’s Day spoils which last – a beautiful rose busy from Ludwig’s Roses.

One Rose Bush from Ludwig’s Roses

Ludwig’s Roses is donating one rose bush to the lucky winner. Ludwig Taschner, after whom the business is named, was born in Germany during the Second World War. He trained as a nurseryman and subsequently escaped from East Germany in 1960. Ludwig pioneered the propagation of roses in containers and established Ludwig’s Roses in March 1971. There are currently outlets around the country, and an online shop too.

They can be found at 6 Fraser Road, Assagay.

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Mother's Day weekend. It's the kids' turn to make tea!
Mother’s Day weekend. It’s the kids’ turn to make tea!