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Winning letter Magnificent! Soul-stirring – the most exceptional cover photograph yet. I’m talking about the windmill on the cover of the Autumn 2020 issue of Platteland. It made me buy the magazine there and then. After all, does a windmill not sing
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The Story Of The Blue Willow Pattern
Crockery with the willow pattern, commonly known as Blue Willow, is made by over 500 manufacturers worldwide. While variations exist in the original design, each piece must include these elements to be considered authentic: • A weeping willow• A pago
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Horses As Healers
Considering the attributes of horses, the idea of them being helpful assistants in the fields of psychological and physical therapy and cognitive learning is not a completely foreign concept. It is difficult to establish when exactly the benefits of
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Join The Mushroom Movement!
Your group has nearly 9 000 members. Why do people find mushrooms so interesting? “Mushrooms are unbelievable!” Megan says. “They are so diverse and we know so little about them, yet they are everywhere. Mushrooms are one of the most important compon
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News & diary
What is a farmer’s wife to do in the midst of the crippling drought in the Karoo as she watches their flock of sheep becoming skinnier and their income drying up? She makes a plan, of course, and starts to create sheep – fat little sheep that can giv
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The Architect Who Wanted To Draw
On her website Rise and Shine Works, Sarah-Jane describes herself as an architect and illustrator. “Drawing has always been a part of who I am, and I have a particular love of old buildings. That’s why I decided to study architecture. “But the course
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Find Out More
Peta Hunter of Peta’s Place Equestrian Centre in Durbanville petasplace.co.za Peta’s Place Equestrian Centre peta@petasplace.co.za 082 581 2814 Theo Janssen (hoofcare practitioner) of Barefoot Trimmer in Centurion (and countrywide) Theo Janssen a Hoo
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Seek… And Ye Shall Eat
What sets Mushroom Hunting in South Africa apart from other mushroom field guides? In this guide I focus on only a few select edible species. If you are a rookie mushroom forager, the number of species can be daunting. The books shows you which types
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Bushmanland Beckons
Here at Platteland we are looking forward to a maskless visit to Bushmanland with its solitary mountains and koppies, recently lauded as “the most biodiverse arid area in the world” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisat
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Home Brew From The Cederberg To Your Teacup
Among imposing mountain peaks somewhere between Clanwilliam and Redelinghuys, the day’s first rays of sunlight tumble through a crevice. The curved blade of a sickle glides through the cold morning air and for a fraction of a second flashes a reflect
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Plastic Let’s Get Real
Once upon a time, not too long ago, Platteland started planning a good-news story on a completely different pandemic: South Africa’s enormous plastics pollution problem. That’s why we were elated at the news of the launch of the SA Plastics Pact at t
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Virtual Garden Delights
There are more than 1 700 botanic gardens around the world, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic most of them are currently closed to the public. Fortunately, it is possible to take a walk through several fine gardens free of charge (and without a ma
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Hooch Without The Hit
As the ban on alcohol sales dragged on, we noticed increasingly more people sipping The Duchess Alcohol-free Gin & Tonic. Now, this brand has launched the refreshing Spritz, an alcohol-free wine spritzer in the flavours Berry Rosé and Elderflower Whi
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The Art Of Living
Just 14 km west of White River, on the Brondal Road, a 4 ha property lies snugly among farms where macadamias, avocados, lemons and tilapia fish are cultivated. After entering the gate at The Artists’ Press, there’s a studio on your left. A few metre
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These Are NOT Recycled!
On-the-go food containers, sandwich clamshells and various fruit and vegetable packaging PET bottles and tubs with edible oil contents, like cooking oil and peanut butter
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The Marrow Of Life
What’s in a name? In South Africa we use the term baby marrow for what the French call courgette and the Italians zucchini. A fully mature “baby” marrow with its fibrous and watery flesh is referred to as a marrow. However, there are some slight hort
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Down Tools On Garden Day
It is hard to predict what level of freedom we will have by October to celebrate Garden Day properly with friends and loved ones. But the most important rule to remember is not to toil and tinker in the garden on this particular day, but simply to si
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Fertile Soil
Mark explains that there is an abundance of archeological evidence pointing to the existence of man-made soils, called terra preta, or black earth, in the Amazon. “In some places it is metres thick and incredibly fertile. Pieces of pottery, bone and
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The SA Plastics Pact
The SA Plastics Pact is a collaborative initiative that brings together key stakeholders in the local plastics value chain. It aims to tackle plastic waste and pollution at the source – and to create a more resilient circular economy for plastic pack
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A Squash By Any Other Name…
Our sincere thanks to Johan Smit from Subtropico International in Klapmuts for supplying the baby-marrow flowers. To make sure all my flapjacks were perfectly round and the same size, I used rings similar to the ones restaurants use to poach eggs. Bu
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The Healing Power Of CBD
The history of cannabis as a medicine can be traced back to around 2 900 BC, and its use has since evolved to where the beneficial oils of the plant are being extracted for more targeted treatments. Many people claim that CBD oil can help to improve
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Sustainability Pays Off
Besides the obvious reasons for following a sustainable lifestyle and being kind to the environment, Tamar and Mark have noticed other positive results. They save money by generating their own power, growing their own food and not eating meat. With t
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The New Instructions
Separate plastic window Gift boxes with a plastic window; such packaging needs to state that the box is recycled and the window not Empty contents and reattach closure Oil-based contents are currently sent to landfill, so there’s no need to wash cook
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Brunch? Bravo!
Creamy coconut Bircher muesli with blueberry compote Apple and rye brunch muffins Harissa lentil shakshuka with foaming sesame butter Labneh breakfast cheesecake Labneh Tahini and cranberry granola Farmhouse seed bread Healthy “Nutella” Rosemary and
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Oh, Romantic, Rundown Platteland?
“Depopulation of the platteland is a reality; people are suffering. Poor municipal management, a lack of employment opportunities and a crippling drought are all contributing to the rapid decline of numerous platteland towns. How can we reverse this
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Worms At Work
Mark and Tamar use a purpose-built worm farm. Three plastic worm bins are connected and stacked on top of one another. Kitchen and garden scraps are placed in the top level of the wormery, where they are consumed, while worm castings, or vermicompost
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Find Out More
saplasticspact.org.za info@saplasticspact.org.za SAPRO represents the country’s plastics recyclers or reprocessors that procure sorted, baled end-of-life plastics and reprocess them into raw material that can be used to manufacture new plastic produc
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A Dog’s Life
Dogs as household pets were a strange concept in the Eastern Cape platteland where the late Afrikaans author Hennie Aucamp was raised in the ’30s and ’40s. Household dogs belonged in the city, and farm dogs were working dogs, he told me one day while
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Spring Is Here, So Treat Yourself To A 35%discount
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Step By Step To Good Health
It’s 10 January and time for our first full-moon walk of 2020. As usual, we have accepted the regular invitation extended by Koringberg farmer’s wife Bregda Mostert to join her on the path that leads up the mountain from her “back yard”. From the top
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