Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

Are you interested in the preservation of the Owl House? Make sure to attend the Owl House Foundation’s annual general meeting (AGM) taking place on Saturday, 10 November 2018. The meeting will be held in the OHF Boardroom in Martins Street, Nieu Bethesda, at 10:00. In the years following Helen Martins’ death, visitors would still… Continue reading Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

In Memoriam: Dene Coetzee, OHF chairman

The small village of Nieu Bethesda has a particularly small population, and over the last few months we have suffered an immense amount of loss. Some of the greatest trees in our community was felled… suddenly and without warning. One of the esteemed members of our society who had passed away recently was Dene Coetzee,… Continue reading In Memoriam: Dene Coetzee, OHF chairman

Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Everyone who visits the Owl House and Camel Yard will always experience something completely different. Some feel an eerie presence, as if Helen is still tending to her birds and flowers, touching up statues and drinking tea in the kitchen, while others will see the hard work that has gone into creating the marvel that… Continue reading Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins’ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and using… Continue reading The near demise of the Owl House

Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

If you had ever visited the Helen Martins Museum, which was Huldah van Wyk’s brain child, you would have seen a number of copied documents against the walls. These include letters to Miss Helen’s friends during her last months. This is also where one of my favourite quotes come from, and it gives us some insight… Continue reading Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk

It was with great sadness that the village of Nieu Bethesda said goodbye to one of their long-time residents recently. Huldah van Wyk has been a part of the Owl House and the Owl House Foundation for more than a decade and has made it her life's work to keep the house and garden in… Continue reading A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk