Number 20 : October 2006
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This issue marks the third anniversary of Village Life. What was supposed to be a little village newspaper, is now set to become a national magazine: with this issue our distribution is being expanded beyond the Western Cape Province to include the Eastern Cape, and thereafter gradually to the rest of the country. (If your local retailer does not stock Village Life, ask the manager about it – this may help convince the buyers at head office that they should put the magazine on their list!)
What has been most gratifying, is the number of people who have subscribed – by the end of the year we shall have well over a thousand subscribers. Something which we believe is unusual in publishing, is that many new readers also buy all the back issues. People phone and write from all over the country and chat away like old friends, wishing us good luck and good fortune for the future.
There are clearly many people who like the type of articles that we publish, and appreciate that we do not mix advertising into our stories. Rest assured – we have no fear that we shall run out of stories to tell or pictures to share, even now that our village has grown somewhat bigger!
2. The sweet smell of oil
A community project on the farm Groothoek near Pacaltsdorp in the southern Cape exports pelargonium oil for the perfume industry
6. The first spring after fire
Maarten Groos photographed some of the exquisite fynbos flowers that appeared in all their colour after the devastating fire in the Overberg early in 2006
8. Dassen Island: From VOC pantry to nature reserve
Peter Hollard traces the history of this barren island off the West Coast
12. A village school celebrates 170 years
What was started as The School of Industry in the then tiny hamlet of Wynberg near Cape Town, now has a new life as the Centre for Conservation Education.
Text by Sigi Howes
17. Special book offer for our readers:
Order Hans Fransen’s new book, Old Towns and Villages of the Cape, at a fantastic launch price.
18. The stone houses of the Karoo
Article by Steve Moseley and Brent Naudé-Moseley
When the first itinerant farmers reached the Central Karoo c1800, there was no wood to build houses with and they had to make do with only stone. Steve Moseley looks at the corbelled houses built by some of the early settlers
22. Montagu beyond the Cogmans Kloof
We follow in the footsteps of Molly D'Arcy Thompson and revisit the village of muscadel, hot springs, artists and well-preserved old houses
28. Wagon wheels, schools and art at Great Brak River
Text by Johan Murray
Artist Spies Venter has turned an early school and boat-building shed into an art centre
32. Ivory and early farms along the Langeberg
Annalize Mouton traces the history of the first farms and families between Swellendam and Ashton, and finds that many had earlier roots in Stellenbosch. Hunting the plentiful elephants for ivory was a profitable undertaking for some of the early farmers, notably the Bothas of Jan Harmensgat (now known as Jan Harmsgat)
38. Don’t kill that snake!
Snakes all have a part to play in Nature and will always prefer to escape rather than attack a person. Chris Barnes shares his knowledge of these mostly harmless reptiles
42. A Hoopoe in your garden
Stories and great pictures from the long and varied experiences of nature expert Nico Myburgh. Read full article
44. Country Table
Potatoes and local fowl fit for a king
46. Versatile ‘ragged leaves’
Louie Lemmer continues her series on edible seaweeds
48. Travel tales
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