Number 18 : June 2006
Dancing & trees
We don’t select a theme for any issue of this magazine, choosing material from a wide range that broadly concerns man in his natural, social and cultural environment. Each issue starts with a list of possible stories, but there are many changes along the way. The content is only final when the last page has been made up.
This issue, however, seems to have chosen a theme for itself: music, dancing and trees. It started with olive festivals in Prince Albert and the Riebeek Valley, and we met the artist who had painted "Dancing with Olives". We heard olive growers speak passionately about the inner life of the trees. Following in Molly D’Arcy Thompson’s steps, we went up Piquetberg Mountain and saw old oaks and the lovely persimmon trees pictured below. In Hermanus, aloes were growing outside their usual habitat, and in the middle of the dry Karoo we found a town proud of its old pear trees. At home we were watching a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls to see if they will nest in the basket in our willow. In the end the Dixieland band went on our cover and bagpipes on the last page, with in between an octogenarian ballerina who dances through life. A happy issue indeed!
5. Grassroots project in Darling
The people of Darling come together at Evita se Perron to teach others new skills
6. The growing taste for olives
Text & photographs by Maré Mouton
More South Africans are consuming olives and the local industry is growing vigorously – and winning prizes
12. She dances through life
By Annalize Mouton
Traudel Groenewoud (now 80) never made it onto the big stages as a dancer, but she dances every day
15. Special book offer for our readers:
The Old Buildings of the Cape and A Cape Camera
16. Beaufort West’s legacy of trees
In this Karoo town nobody is allowed to cut down a tree. Read full article (PDF).
20. Painting the goodness and colour of life
Alexis Bester combines imaginary figures with fanciful landscapes
22. Fertile is the valley on top of the Piquetberg
We follow in the footsteps of Molly D’Arcy Thompson, who tells of John Versfeld of Moutonsvallei, and find old oaks and flaming persimmons in this forgotten corner.
28. A garden full of aloes
Dr Erich Kuschke, medical doctor and amateur botanist, has established an aloe garden at Fernkloof Nature Reserve
32. A mother’s vision secured the Rabie future at Nuy
The only Rabie son at one stage wanted to leave the farm but was persuaded to stay and fight – Annalize Mouton continues the history of this fertile valley near Worcester
38. A wasp counterattack to save pine trees
By Geoff Tribe
An alien wasp that came in on a packing crate cost the country millions in lost timber, spreading from the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Another wasp has been brought in to counter the onslaught
41. He can hear mice walk
Nature expert Nico Myburgh introduces, in words and great pictures, the Spotted Eagle Owl. Read full text
44 Country Table
Soups are for all seasons (and read how crab soup saved the life of a girl in Montagu years ago).
46 Are seaweeds toxic?
Luckily, few are. Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds
48 End note
by Ann Scott
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