Number 12 : June 2005
Colouring in the world we live in
Driving through a landscape or village is much like watching just more TV – a picture in a frame. It is only once one knows the people who live in the houses, the history of a place, the names and family connections of flowers and birds, that our surrounding pictures come alive and get a soul.
A signboard next to the road then points to real people and their stories. A farmhouse becomes the site of an old Khoekhoen kraal and a stopover for travellers with weary oxen. A dry riverbed next to a highway is the place where a rhinoceros once came to drink at a spring.
Village Life is about the stories of mostly ordinary people, some of whom did extraordinary things. And it is about our place in history and in nature, ultimately the source of our sustenance and of much enjoyment. There are more than enough publications writing about everyday, ever changing news, disasters and scandals. We like to focus on some of the more lasting, positive things in life.
• Welcome to our new readers. This is the first issue of the magazine to be distributed throughout the greater Western Cape and beyond.
3: Spoil yourself at luxurious Grootbos
Special offer for readers of Village Life
4: Rare plants are threatened by Hermanus golf course
Botanical Society fights against fairway
6: A dog in sheep’s clothing
Rambo misses life on the porch
8: Klipgat Cave – home of early man
This archaeological site gave us some of the earliest evidence of the first modern humans. Facilities at the site will now be upgraded thanks to a grant from the national Lotto. Text & photographs by Maré Mouton
15: Stitching together at Mfala
A workers’ cooperative produces vibrant products
16: Veterans chugging along
Old tractors and engines are central to a wider conservation movement
Veteran bird-watcher Nico Myburgh tells us about five of these regally attired species. Read full text
22: In the footsteps of Jan Hartogh
Three centuries ago, unpopular Cape Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel treated the Overberg as his personal bread basket and illegally traded with the indigenous Khoekhoen there for his own account. The last foray on his behalf was undertaken in 1707 by horticulturist Jan Hartogh, who collected no botanical specimens but left a legacy of both indigenous and new place names. Researchers Hercules Wessels and Simon Streicher were able to reconstruct Hartogh’s entire route, and the Editors of Village Life drove more than 850 km with them to record and map the historic journey
28: Feathers, frills and friends
The Red Hat Society spreads its cheer
30: Molly D’Arcy Thompson
A tribute to a woman who in many ways were ahead of her times.
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34: Klippe Rivier – Grande dame of the Overberg
The chequered history of this historic farm near Swellendam
40: As South African as bobotie!
We prepare, taste and photograph another well-loved recipe
42: The Village Gardener
Tracy Paton’s down-to-earth gardening column features:
42. A fresh look at succulents.
44. A snake to eat your snails
45. The striking strelitzia
46: It’s just bursting with nutrients
Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds, sharing recipes for nori
48: A toy story
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