Home July 2021

Home is a practical, inspiring guide for the home and garden that enables people to make their home prettier and increase the value – inside and outside. The magazine makes life easier for people wanting to buy a home, build, or make alterations, or even try their hand at gardening, cooking and decorating. Home doesn't just demonstrate what looks good – it explains what adds value, and why. The magazine offers readers affordable and accessible choices, help with do-it-yourself projects, and provide advice for renovations. It’s for men and women with ordinary lives, ordinary careers and ordinary homes; people who want to add value to their home with a limited budget.

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3 мин.
dear reader

Karin Brynard’s column about insomnia (see page 138 ) reminds me of a story from my teaching days. It was composition day, and the usual candidates were full of excuses. Long stories about their incomplete assignments. The long and winding road between the school desks might just as well have been a dry riverbed in the Karoo with the promise that – one day! – there might be water flowing there again, but not that day. That day it was dry and dusty, just like the learners’ excuses. Except for one student: he was lying with his head on his arms, groaning; the burden of some sort of ailment weighing heavily on his shoulders. His memory of the previous day was a bit hazy, he said. Slowly and with some effort, he…

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paint and win with tjhoko champs!

Our annual competition in partnership with Tjhoko Paint gives you the opportunity to work wonders with paint, a brush, roller and stencil. Let your imagination run wild and give an old item a new lease on life with a lick of paint! There’s no reason to buy new things when you can use Tjhoko Paint to create showstoppers for every corner of your home. Not to mention the amazing prizes you stand to win... NOW ON INSTAGRAM There are a few new features in this year’s competition. Most importantly: all entries must be posted on Instagram. This means you must have an Instagram account; if you don’t yet have one, download the app from the Apple App Store or on Google Play, create your profile and get going. Feel free to send an…

7 мин.
unpretentious charm

WHO LIVES HERE? Suzette and Piet du Plessis WHERE Nieu-Bethesda SIZE 328m2 ‘I think we should get out of this place as soon as possible,” said Piet du Plessis to his wife when they drove along the dirt road through Nieu-Bethesda for the first time. Suzette, on the other hand, was thinking to herself: I could live here. “As we came down the pass, I just knew. Don’t ask me how. Ihad stars in my eyes when we drove through the town. Piet thought the place was too quiet, and he never wanted to take a drive here, even when we lived in Cradock at one stage. But when we bought a four-wheel drive vehicle, I was able to persuade him.” A year later, in 2007, the Pretoria couple bought a holiday home in this…

3 мин.
we’ve got supper sorted!

Butternut and chicken soup Under R85 • Serves 6 • Preparation: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes • 30ml butter• 1 small onion, finely chopped• 30ml flour• 1L chicken stock• 1kg cubed butternut, steamed or boiled• 2cups shredded cooked chicken• 250ml cream• pinch of chilli flakes• 30ml chopped parsley 1 Melt the butter in a saucepan and slowly sauté the onions until glossy. Stir in the flour and fry for another minute. Gradually beat in the stock to prevent lumps from forming. Stir in the butternut and simmer for about 10 minutes. Purée with a stick blender. 2 Stir in the chicken, cream, chilli flakes and parsley and simmer until heated through and the soup has reached the desired consistency. Finally, season with salt and pepper. Tip Instead of just using butternut, you can use…

3 мин.
when sweet sleep abandons you

We all know it, don’t we? That dreadful feeling in the wee hours of the night when you slowly surface from a deep, restful sleep. It wasn’t a nightmare that woke you. Or things that go bump in the night. You just woke up. Just sommer. For a few sweet moments you’re still hovering in a state between sleep and wakefulness. Then a dog barks. Or a cricket takes out his rusty violin right outside your bedroom window. And now you know it’s over. The gods of sleep have once again abandoned you, wide awake at that old, deserted station called Insomnia. And the last train has left. You consider your options. Should you try counting sheep? Nah. It’s stupid. Self-hypnosis then, counting backwards from 10 and visualising each number. But it’s dreary…

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ask jj

Why no olives? Sara Truter of Somerset West writes I have a 10-year-old olive tree that has grown well but has not shown any signs of bearing fruit. Last year, I treated it for a sooty mould infestation, but that seems to have cleared up. Now the leaves have these ‘bleached’ spots on them; could this be affecting its fruiting ability? What can I do to improve the health of my olive tree? JJ replies Olive trees don’t need cross-pollination but will fruit a lot better when there are two or more varieties flowering at the same time. Olive trees prefer alkaline soil and they especially appreciate an application of agricultural lime every couple of months. Feed every two or three months with 8:1:5 fertiliser to encourage leaves, flowers and fruit. The…