Number 19 : August 2006
We often use old photographs to illustrate our articles. Many of these are supplied by the families connected to the stories, others come from published or archival sources. This time the Editor discovered he was now old enough to supply the historic photographs for one article himself!
I began taking photographs in earnest in the 1970s when I had just started working for magazines and a newspaper in Cape Town. I also acquired my first car and duly went off to new, unknown destinations over week-ends. Names such as Baardskeerdersbos, Akkedisbergpas, Waenhuiskrans and Garies fascinated me, and I drove to them all. It also so happened that I visited some of the mission stations that author Molly D’Arcy Thompson was visiting for her book Forgotten Corners of the Cape – we could almost have run into each other!
I still have virtually all my negatives and slides taken over the past thirty-five years, and when we decided to retrace Molly’s steps to Mamre for this issue, I could retrieve photographs taken in 1976. I no longer have a dark-room, but by scanning the negatives I could reproduce scenes that have since disappeared.
2. Oribi return to Addo
Farmers have helped to save these graceful but threatened antelopes in the Eastern Cape
6. Camphill – a special place for special people
This school, founded on the theories of Dr Rudolph Steiner, cares for people with disabilities
10. Women of courage
Author M.E.R. was a remarkable woman ahead of her time, and left an enduring legacy. Article by Lesley Howard
15. Special book offer for our readers:
Camdeboo Karoo Venison, a delightful compilation of recipes from the Karoo, is not widely available in bookshops. Readers can now order it by mail of fax for direct delivery
16. Not all whales leave in summer
Well-known researcher Dr Peter Best reveals some new findings regarding whales along the South African coast
21. From military post to mission station – Mamre
We follow Molly D’Arcy Thompson to another forgotten corner of the Cape, this time on the West Coast
26. The quiet beauty of Yzerfontein
Resident Peter Hollard tells the history of this West Coast village
30. Art, food & books in the old Uniondale mill
A creative couple is utilising a neglected National Monument
32. The people of Nuy build a dam
Annalize Mouton concludes her history of the families at Nuy near Worcester. Differences are buried to solve the water shortages of the valley
38. The history of the mountains that shape the Cape
Duncan Miller tells the fascinating story of how the Cape Fold Mountains were formed and folded
42. Whiskered Tern, summer visitor
Stories and great pictures from the long and varied experiences of nature expert Nico Myburgh. Read full article
46. A fragrance garden to lull & cure
By Geraldine Gardiner.
A special place in the newly restored gardens of Fernkloof Nature Reserve
48. Country Table
It’s time for tasty venison – Annnalize tries out one of the recipes from Camdeboo Karoo Venison, and have her guests asking for more!
50. An edible little parasite
Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds
52. Tail piece
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