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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