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SA Country Life MAY 2018

The magazine’s readers may live in the city, but their hearts are in the country. SA Country Life offers a unique mix of travel, lifestyle, heritage, conservation, green living and food and wine, while the property and accommodation classified pages are used by those looking for unique getaways, weekend escapes or their own place in the country. The magazine is a welcome escape from the rat race and reminds the reader that life is to be enjoyed.

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editor’s note

Each month our team is faced with the challenge of producing a great cover, one we are all happy with, that encapsulates the content and ethos of the magazine and that will have our readers oohing and aahing and wishing they were there. This month was no exception.We attack the problem from different angles, toying with cover lines (sometimes even calling on our Facebook followers for help), typography, colour and, of course, images. Once we find a cover image, the rest of the magazine seems to fall in place and we all breathe a sigh of relief.What could be more symbolic of the delights of ‘life in the slow lane’ than our image of dear Daffy (apologies if it’s Donald) waddling unperturbed through an abundant veggie patch. Must say,…

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Judy Bryant Years of publicising the design, craft and art sectors of South Africa, opened Judy Bryant’s eyes to the world-class work produced by local artists and craftsmen. She discovered that much of their inspiration comes from beautiful surroundings and natural, raw materials, and that the Overberg is a prime example of this. A roadtrip to the area resulted in Judy discovering how the abundance and variety of fynbos there have inspired some of the country’s most talented botanical artists to produce exquisite work (read Say it with Flowers on page 32). For Cape Town-based Judy, her time spent interviewing artists in Betty’s Bay and Hermanus also was a chance to soak up the astonishing environment herself. Tania Anderson Tania Anderson recommends exploring…

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your letters

WINNING LETTER Crazy About SteamI’m a steam nut who had a dad that worked for the then RR (Rhodesia Railways), and I went to boarding school in Grahamstown, first as an eight-year-old from Broken Hill (Kabwe) and then as a ten-year-old kid from Bulawayo. Our train used to stop at Livingstone and stay there for three hours, during which time we would walk to Victoria Falls. Other times we would ride from Livingstone and take great delight in throwing the green cushions over the Vic Falls Bridge (really naughty stuff). Same in Kimberley, we would arrive there midday and the train would only arrive in Bloemfontein after 8pm and then depart for Grahamstown at 11pm so we would hitch to Bloem, have a mixed grill for two then go…

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The feature on our favourite SANParks adventures caught the attention of more than 30 000 readers. For other fascinating articles, competitions, videos and useful facts, like us on Facebook @SACountryLife or visit www.countrylife.co.za for more stories from around the countryside. WINNERS OF OUR FEBRUARY COMPETITION CONGRATULATIONS Ivor Stack from Boksburg and Jeanne Wilson from Benoni. You have each won a stay at The Cavern Resort & Spa in the Drakensberg, valued at R14 400. ■…

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may diary

National Alpaca Day CountrywideThis annual celebration coordinated by the South African Alpaca Breeders’ Society takes place concurrently on alpaca farms and studs around the country.The aim is to generate awareness of these noble and aristocratic fleece-bearing animals. Items made from alpaca fleece are on sale. 082 662 9670 www.alpacasociety.co.za 5 May Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival FranschhoekDon’t miss out on sampling some of the finest local wines at Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek. There is also a selection of charcuterie to choose from to accompany your glass of wine. 084 207 3820, www.webtickets.co.za  26 May South Africa Bike Festival KyalamiWhether you are a motorcyclist, motor enthusiast or just looking for a fun-fuelled day, the South Africa Bike Festival at the Kyalami Grand…

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to mom, with love

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS An arrangement of variegated roses and latifolia is a colourful way to say I love you, and brighten your home. Win a basket like this, valued at R670. www.netflorist.co.zaGiveaway Code: FLOWERS BEAUTY AND THE BAGCan you ever have too many bags? Add this big, waterproof, floral Lou Harvey beach bag to your collection. Win one valued at R780. www.louharvey.co.zaGiveaway Code: LOU PORCELAIN PIECESUnique porcelain pieces by Lella Kondylis of Porcelain Petites in Cape Town are handcrafted and decorated with a touch of 18-carat gold. Win this rose candle holder valued at R660. lellakondylis@hotmail.com Giveaway Code: PETITES COOK IN STYLEMum can look good in the kitchen while preparing family favourites in this raw-linen apron by botancial artist Liza Kerrod. Win one valued at R800.…