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Editor’s Note
There’s been a Covid-19 information overload on our phones and computers, relating to everything under the sun about the virus ff non-stop news updates peppered with wonderful photographs, humour, poetry, and plenty of pretty frightening stuff in bet
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Checklist
1. As the birds fly over the battlefields, it is easy to dismiss them as ‘just another swallow’ or House Martin. But the Banded Martin (Gebande Oewerswael) is a special bird, with his white breast and big brown band. Tick him flying fast and low over
SA Country Life3 min de lectureAutomotive
The Little Car that Could
When I first met my curly-haired wife, Emily, she was living in Joburg, as was I, and she would regularly drive home to her parents’ farm in Winterton in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg for weekends. She did this 800-kilometre round trip in a silver Hy
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Contributors
Amateur birder Peter Sullivan was chairman of BirdLife South Africa for four years, and says of his stint, “Hopefully it was because I was a good chairman, certainly not because I am an expert birdwatcher.” Well into the Covid-19 vulnerable age group
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Going for Galpin
“It’s an insignificant stroll of one and a half hours to the hut. We won’t even break sweat,” snorts Richmond MacIntyre dismissively over the third bottle of wine, as we debate the following day’s outing. “Better start early and have a proper, full d
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Wheelspin
A tyre blowout is something that many drivers may experience on the roads at some point. The most common reasons for blowouts are hitting potholes, underinflated or worn tyres, and second-hand tyres that do not meet certain standards. If you do have
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In a Nutshell
Up to it? The 60-kilometre network of marked trails in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which includes the 12-kilometre Cliff Path and a dog-friendly trail on the mountain, is for walkers of all ages and fitness. The hike up to Galpin Hut from the visitor’s
SA Country Life6 min de lectureMedical
Living Through A Pandemic
All the warnings were there, but we were still surprised when it actually hit. Despite the claims (typically by political leaders) that no one could have predicted or prepared for the potential impact of a global pandemic, there is one man who unders
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Competition Terms And Conditions
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Of Battlefields and Birding
There are a lot of battlefields in the Magaliesberg. “Oh yes,” says Rob Milne, the ranking expert. “There are 67 battlefield and skirmish sites of interest.” But there are more birds. “Look,” says Shaun McGillewie, birder of note. “There’s a Red-wing
SA Country Life2 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Restaurants
Friends of my aunt Beryl, who live semi-permanently in the quaint West Coast town of Darling, recommended we pay a visit to The Old Forge on a recent weekend trip. Owned by English couple Derek and Nina Poole, the bar and restaurant building has been
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Your Letters
In reference to Obie Oberholzer’s feature Peace Comes with a Smile (December 2019) and Pat Hart’s letter ‘Kindness in Philippolis’ (February 2020), my own great-great-great-grandfather was a missionary based in Philippolis from 1842 to 1856. He was E
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Flowers To Spot In Fernkloof Nature Reserve
1. Aspalathus excelsa has sweetly scented flowers. A short-lived shrub of the Fabaceae family, it thrives in the first decade after fire, when it flowers en masse, but leaves behind abundant seed for the next generation. A total of 119 species of Fab
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Fine Wine
There’s something special about Franschhoek, something that inspires superlatives, and nurtures talent. Grande Provence Wine Estate has established itself as a must-go destination in the valley, with great wines, fascinating art on display, a stylish
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Winning Letter
Unity in a Time of Crisis The article Love In a Time of Drought by Julienne duToit and Chris Marais, (February 2020) once again drove home the point of just how dire the water crisis is in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape regions. A follow-up story
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A Head for Steam
Imagine a dystopian future in the Time of Hands, when you are measured by your abilities to walk up to a garbage dump or a scrapyard, select various objects and re-purpose them into, say, a serviceable coffee grinder. Or a radio. Or any useful gizmo
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Cellar Talk
Long-standing force behind the famous Graham Beck bubblies, cellar master Pieter Ferreira, affectionately known as ‘Mr Bubbles’, is making limited quantities of two Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines under his own name. The Pieter Ferreira MCC win
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Congratulations
Kingsley Khobotlo your letter has won you a case of Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc wine, valued at R1 020. Grande Provence’sThys Smit is our winemaker this month. Meet him on page 93 and find out more about this winery and its excellent wines. For m
SA Country Life7 min de lectureBotany
The Beetles Have Landed
There is a signboard outside an historic church in the town of George beseeching visitors not to park their cars in the shade of a massive English oak tree. Erected by the George Heritage Trust, the signboard notes that this particular oak was plante
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Maná in Heaven
COUNTRY CHEF ◗ SUNÉ EKSTEEN Do you have any idea of the effect a speeding fine can have on the trajectory of your life? The life story of chef Suné Eksteen, bears witness to this statement. However, on the morning photographer Daniela Zondagh and I
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June Diary
Join a wild mushroom hunt in the forests of Delheim Wine Estate, where mushroom specialist Gary Goldman gives guidance on which fungi are edible, and how to forage in an eco-friendly way. Once baskets are full, return to the winery’s Garden Restauran
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Family Stays
Set in the foothills and the clean air of the Winterberg mountains, Blanco Guest Farm is one of those wholesome family resorts that has been going for generations – one that seems to run on fun, nostalgia and children’s laughter. Twice a day, there a
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Parting Shot
The USA comes up trumps regarding its national road network. They beat the entire world with a total length of seven million kilometres of road networks. South Africa comes in at 11th, just below Australia, with 750 000 kilometres, of which about 460
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Great Gifts for Dad
Transitioning from work laptop bag to weekend backpack with ease, the new Thule Construct Backpack has protective padding, 24-litre storage capacity and multiple secure pockets to keep electronic devices and essential items safe. Win a Thule Construc
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Hope In The High Country
The road to Machubeni starts as smooth tar from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, swiftly unravelling to potholed dirt as it winds slowly north for about 30 kilometres into the foothills of the Stormberg range. The krantz-crowned mountains are a dramat
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Into A Brave New World
There’s a great full moon dangling over our Covid-19 lockdown time here under the skies of our great Southern Land. The world’s pandemic ticking clock, enormous, like a monster, throws a slow-moving shadow over the Earth. It’s around midnight on 8 Ap
SA Country Life6 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Dragon with a Soft, Sweet Heart
It was against the distant backdrop of the Drakensberg – the ‘mountains of the dragon’ – that I saw my first fruit of the same name. Dragon fruit. Or pitahaya, a member of the cactus family that originates in parts of South and Central America. Its
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Art From The Heart
Everything about Kashief Booley, the Blacksmith of Prince Albert in the Western Cape Karoo, says Old School. And watching him work in the Striking Metal smithy on a rise overlooking the village, with the majestic Swartberg range sweeping across the P
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A Basketful of Medicine
The Cape Doctor is out in full force, determined to blow the Cape Peninsula squeaky clean as we drive into Winford, a farm on the outskirts of Scarborough that has been established as a private nature reserve. This enclave of the Cape floral kingdom
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