Number 13 : August 2005
A village may be anywhere
The name of our publication is really just a title, although it does indicate we are not much interested in the glitz and glamour of city life. Our stories do not concern life in any particular village. They are rather about peoples’ relationship to their cultural and natural environment, including their ties to the past.
A “village” may exist even in a huge city (think Greenwich Village in New York, especially in the Hippy era, the Plaka in Athens, Mellville in Johannesburg, or a number of pockets in the greater Cape Town area). And conversely, we are all part of the “global village”. When Marshall McLuhan coined this famous description of the world in 1967, he was only referring to the effects of television; he could not foresee the invention of the Internet and how it would change the way people interact and access information thirty years later.
Our articles are spreading wider along with our distribution. Village Life is now available in Pick ’n Pay, Exclusive Books and CNA in the Western Cape, and at Spar and independent outlets as far as Langebaan and Graaff-Reinet, with many subscribers further afield. We trust that our stories will remain of interest to readers old and new!
4. Cape violet may help family tree
This tiny flower’s closest relatives seem to be in South America and Spain
6. Bobbie does his shopping
A dog who has an account at the local supermarket
8. Bats – our (mostly misunderstood) flying mammals
An introduction to the many fascinating facts about bats, a much maligned but benign creature
12. From Oranjezigt to Zoetendals Vallei
Few families had such a wide-ranging influence on South Africa as that of Michiel van Breda, first mayor of Cape Town and "father" of the Merino sheep-farming industry in the country.
18. A symphony for the eye
Artist Joan Clare was avant garde in her youth and at age eighty she is still creating vibrant images.
20. Colourful blooms made to last
Locals of Stormsvlei dry and colour flowers for the export market
22. Wupperthal then and now
We revisit the historic mission station in the Cedarberg.
30. The furtive flufftail
Nico Myburgh’s special bird, the species that he has taken more time to photograph than any other. Read full text
32. Tour guiding isn’t just a job
No easy task: Louis Willemse looks at the requirements for a good guide
34. He breathes new life into old wagons
Farmer Piet Serdyn of Moorreesburg applies a host of specialized skills to restore and build wagons and carriages
40. Magic blend of flavours
We test recipes for another traditional favourite, tomato bredie
42. The Village Gardener
Tracy Paton’s down-to-earth gardening column features:
42. Colouring winter
44. Voracious eaters, good and bad
45. A bit of confetti for winter
46. Delicious & easy vegie from the sea
Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds
48. Tale piece
Thespian Jan Stoop has a West Coast story. View as PDF
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