Number 14 : October 2005
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4. Southernmost wines get official stamp
A look at the new Elim wine ward in the Overberg Strandveld just north of Cape Agulhas
6. Peggy – grand mother goose
This extraordinary spurwing goose raised dozens of goslings... on only one leg. Read full text
10. New growth at fossil site
The West Coast Fossil Park expands to the benefit of local communities
14. The Drostdy Museum in Swellendam
Once the seat of government for the Southern Cape, now the best museum in the Western Cape
19. A special offer for our readers from Jonathan Ball Publishers:
Save on two great books on the cultural history of the Cape: The Old Buildings of the Cape and A Cape Camera, both by Hans Fransen
20. Learning to see through visual art
Painting and drawing play an important therapeutic role for deaf children
24. Zoetendals Vallei wool saves Cape economy
The second chapter in the history of the van Breda family traces the role Michiel van Breda played in establishing the Merino sheep industry in South Africa, thereby giving the Colony a viable export product
30. The jewels of SA birds.
Nico Myburgh takes a look at sunbirds common to the Western Cape. Read full text
34. The healing waters of the Warmwaterberg Spa
We follow Molly D’Arcy Thompson on her travels to the forgotten corners of the Cape
40. Here’s to sweet indulgence
This time the Country Table groans under the weight of dessert
42. Katriena of the Karoo
She tends her own garden with care and knows the plants of the veld intimately.
44. The Village Gardener
Add the wonderful colours of Clivias to a shady spot in your garden
46. A hearty meal from a single plant
Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds
48. Oh! Darling!
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