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This Model “M” Allis-Chalmers tractor dates from 1942, and is in everyday use on the farm Hartebeeskloof in the Overberg. Jan van Dyk, in the driver’s seat, and his son Danie use only veteran farm equipment, which they have restored themselves – page 6. Photo: Annalize Mouton

Number 28 : February 2008


A portrait in print

By the time most of you read this, Annalize Mouton’s coffee-table book Stanford 150 : Portrait of a Village, published by Village Life, will be out. The launch was scheduled for Saturday, 9 February in the form of a community party on the village green in Stanford, with people from all walks of life expected. The book contains 575 photographs, mostly of people currently living in the village and the surrounding area, which together create a unique portrait of a South African village at a certain point in its history. Everybody who has seen the printed pages so far has commented that the people in the photographs “speak” to them, and that the book will appeal to people far beyond the confines of just this one village.

In the meantime the magazine is becoming better known, with subscribers being added daily and another up-market hotel and guest house having ordered Village Life for their rooms. Our list of contributors is also growing, with this issue featuring an article by John Costello about a little bit of paradise on the Wild Coast. In response to many requests from readers, we are also starting “Camera work”, a series of tips on how to take better photographs (page 54).



2: At the office

Letters from readers and other important matters


4: The face of South Africa

Picture gallery: a watercolour landscape near Riversdale – photograph by Maré Mouton. View PDF


6: Veterans at work

Jan van Dyk and his son use only veteran farm implements which they have restored themselves


8: Grewia – a home to many species

Charles and Julia Botha look at this versatile climber in their series on Gardening for Wildlife


14: The Diary of Iris Vaughan

The Vaughan family arrives in a Buzz in Bedford, then moves to Adelaide, where the British forces have installed a pom-pom gun on the tower of the Dutch-Reformed church


20: Loxton – the land of the stoep

Photo-journalist Brent Naudé-Moseley tells about this forgotten hamlet in the Karoo, where life is more about the bright stars than about bright lights


26: Of butterflies, waterfalls and Gondwana

Photographer and nature guide John Costello shares his passion for the Pondoland Wild Coast. The break-up of Gondwana 140 million years ago created and environment where some unlikely species have survived


32: Cape cartes-de-visite

The European craze for these cheap photographic portraits also reached the Colony. Some of the images are fascinating records of their times, writes Carol Hardijzer


36: Plants and birds of Mapungubwe

This National Park at the Limpopo, best known for its archaeological heritage, also offers much for the nature-lover – the second part of an overview by Charles & Julia Botha


42: Drawn in stone

Dr Duncan Miller compares rock engravings from different sites in the Northern Cape – ranging from "naturalistic" depictions of animals and humans to abstract patterns. In our next issue he will look at rock paintings of the Cederberg, in an article titled "Drawn on stone"


48: Who-who-who are you?

Veteran birder Nico Myburgh has a story to tell about the African Wood-owl, accompanied by his stunning photographs. Read full text


52: Cut down on cooking

We share some more recipes from our Country Table, this time selected to use less electricity (a bachelor knows how to limit the number of pots he has to clean)


54: Camera work

It's all about the light! Our new series of tips for better photographs, by Maré Mouton


56: Tail piece

She didn't arrive by courier – she lives here. Missy continues her affair with boxes in the office. View as PDF


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Buff-tipped Skipper (Netrobalane canopus). © Steve Woodhall

The Buff-tipped Skipper (Netrobalane canopus) is one of two moth-like butterflies that breed on Grewia occidentalis. Photo: Steve Woodhall

Robertson’s Bedford Hotel, Eastern Cape, pictured on a postcard from c.1905.

Robertson’s Bedford Hotel, where the Vaughans stayed, pictured on a postcard from c.1905

The main fall at Waterfall Bluff on the Wild Coast, South Africa. © John Costello

The main fall at Waterfall Bluff on the Wild Coast dropping directly into the Indian Ocean. Photo: John Costello

A carte-de-visite showing Danie du Toit, also known as "Oom Lokomotief", the first editor of Die Patriot

A carte-de-visite showing Danie du Toit, also known as "Oom Lokomotief", the first editor of Die Patriot

A giant Baobab tree in Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa. Photo: Charles & Julia Botha

A giant old Baobab in Mapungubwe National Park. Photo: Charles & Julia Botha

Rock engravings of animals in the Northern Cape. © Duncan Miller

Rock engravings are found on rocks all over the Northern Cape. Photo: Duncan Miller

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