Number 22 : February 2007
Into the interior
With this issue of Village Life we crossed two sizeable rivers, the Orange and the Vaal (maybe even the Rubicon, but that we shall know only later):
Along the old wagon route to the north, we crossed the Gariep or Orange River with an article on Philippolis, the oldest town in the Free State. This is our first article on a village outside the Western or Eastern Cape Provinces, although other articles had taken us further afield to the north of KwaZulu-Natal and to Namibia.
We have many subscribers in the northern provinces who receive their copies of the magazine by post, but this issue is the first to be distributed “on the ground” north of the Vaal. We welcome our new readers, and trust you will stay with us for many issues to come. From the April/May issue, Village Life should make its appearance in selected booksellers all over the country. Look out for it, or use our subscription offer – you also stand a chance to win a weekend for two at a luxury game reserve.
There are still many places to visit and stories to tell – we have hardly scratched the surface – and in future they will come from all over our fascinating country.
We finally get around to printing some of the letters from readers: read full text
4. Win a stay at Aquila Safari
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5. Bulbs, glorious bulbs!
The farm Fairfield is a treasure-house of floral diversity, reports Caitlin von Witt
8. SA’s ‘Mr Coke’ still smiles at 100
When South Africa’s “Mr Coca-Cola”, Louis Lange of Worcester, was ninety-five years old, his bank manager offered him a five-year life assurance policy, and he bought it!
Article by Annalize Mouton
Note: Mr Lange passed away in April 2007
12. Another day in paradise: McGregor
We retrace Molly D’Arcy Thompson’s journey of thirty years ago to this well-preserved village near Robertson in the Breede River Valley
18. Wiliam Roe, photographer
Pioneering records of Graaff-Reinet and the diamond fields from the nineteenth century, when negatives were still made on glass plates
22. A stranger in the nest
Rare pictures by Annalize Mouton of a Diderick (formerly Diederik) Cuckoo hatched by Cape Sparrows
24. 72 Roeland Street: Home of our history
Behind the scenes at “The Archives” in Cape Town, where the earliest records from our Colonial past are preserved and made available to researchers
28. Coastal dunes under threat
A portfolio of photographs and personal insights by Mark Wilkes
32. A great little town: Philippolis
Text by Darryl Earl David
Literary tourism saved this village which once lay on the south-north wagon route, but was bypassed by the modern N1 highway
36. Committed to paint
Talented Sandy Esau of Darling has continued to paint, against all odds
38. Nieuweveld farms that tell a story
Dr Judy Maguire visits early settler farms in the Karoo
42. Hospitality and a division at Jan Harmsgat
We conclude our history of the farms at the foot of the Langeberg
48. The only one of its kind
Veteran birder Nico Myburgh shares his experiences of the Secretary Bird. Read full text
52. The spices add the zest
Recipes from our Country Table
54. Another meal from the sea
Number 14 in Louie Lemmer’s popular series on edible seaweeds
* Long-time contributor to Village Life Louie, an artist who lived in Onrus near Hermanus, passed away on 2 February after a long battle with cancer. She completed the manuscript for a book on edible seaweeds that she hoped would find a publisher
56. Tails away!
Black dog Dhubha takes a dive on a hot summer's day. View as PDF
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