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Number 10 : February 2005


Welcome to our new format

This is the first issue of Village Life in its new magazine format! Maybe it was overdue, as the contents never really fitted the old newspaper character. Many readers said they collected all the issues, and asked for a smaller format.“Thank you” to all the people who have sustained and supported Village Life:


  • The evergrowing number of readers. Many sent e-mails or phoned to compliment and encourage, from as far away as Australia.
  • Our very valued contributors, many of whom have become close friends. They share their vast knowledge, time, documents, photographs, enriching our lives and informing you, our readers.
  • Advertisers, some who have believed in Village Life as a medium from the start, and are still with us. We cringe every time we have to decide on advertsising rates, but unfortunately equipment, travel, printing and the other ingredients of publishing are not cheap.
  • And, speaking of printing: we believe all our best efforts in research, photography and design would have been wasted had it not been for the quality of the printing.


Thank you all. There’s more to come!



2. Big waves along the coast

The recent tsunami was not the first wave to affect the Overberg coastline


6. Disas on our doorstep

This lovely flower is blooming all over the Overberg

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10. European nobility at Ratelrivier

The dignified life of European gentry on an African farm, amongst friends of like kind. The third and last chapter in Annalize Mouton's history of this historic farm in the Strandveld.


16. Fisherman by day, painter by night

Raymond Lawrence portrays his beloved Kassiesbaai in oils


18. Lethal hit man of our skies

Nico Myburgh tells of the most exciting experience in bird-watching. Read full text


20. They make sure it is true north

The Hermanus Magnetic Observatory is South Africa’s main link in a vital international system


22. The Earth’s varying magnetic field

Changes within the Earth and on the solar surface affect creatures and machines on our planet


24. A new flavour for your table

Louie Lemmer shares recipes for Codium seaweed


25. Bugs: Our allies against invaders

Introduced biological agents now help to control invasive Acacias, writes Stephen Smuts


26. The Overberg Table

Cool hands are required for a good pie, but anyone can make this recipe


28. The Village Gardener

Tracy Paton’s much expanded gardening column features:

28. The bug files

29. A pretty lady for your garden

30. Plant for the future too


31. Hope from small beginnings

The Funimfundo pre-school at Stanford brings smiles to neglected faces


32. Tail piece

A whimsical look at some hair pieces on horses and humans. View as PDF

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Grounded fishing boats, Struisbaai, near Cape Agulhas

Struisbaai harbour the morning of 27 December 2004. Minutes later the boats were afloat again. Photo: Johan & Kobus le Roux

Red Disa

The Red disa currently flowering at a waterfall in the Kleinrivier Conservancy between Hermanus and Stanford. Photo: Maré Mouton

Lord & Lady de Saumurez at Ratelrivier

The story of Ratelrivier continued: Lord and Lady de Saumurez in front of the house on the farm

Fisherman's cottage painted by Raymond Lawrence, Kassiesbaai (Arniston)

A painting of the fishermen's village of Kassiesbaai by Raymond Lawrence

Mutton pie

Try this recipe for a mutton pie, a stalwart of the Overberg table

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