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go! Platteland Autumn 2018

The slow life is the good life: go! Platteland celebrates the rural lifestyle and the entrepreneurial spirit of people whose hearts are in the platteland – whether they grew up in the countryside or are already based there, are contemplating making the move or simply hankering after the rural life. Platteland offers articles that focus on entrepreneurs, DIY projects, animals, gardening, food, towns and people. It is both practical and inspiring – as much of a visual feast as it is a celebration of great writing.

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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let’s swap!

Could you imagine life in the 21st century without hard cash? At a time when profit is the name of the game? Check it out: everyone’s spinning like hamsters in a wheel, and all around us MBA chiefs sit in their glass cubicles, staring at Excel puzzles to devise ways of making more money than the year or the month or even the day before. It’s almost a new religion that forever promises growth and throws around concepts such as “360 approach”, “strategic drift”, “bespoke solution”, “potential for momentum”, “customer-centric approach”, “fit for purpose”, “leverage best practice”, “turnkey”, “ideation” and “ROI” just to entice a few more cents from someone’s pocket into the collection bowl. There is an alternative, one that’s as old as the mountains but today considered as New…

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Fluent in Karoo-speak Do you drive through the Karoo as if it is a “necessary torment” to get to your destination, or do you speak bossietaal [the language of the Karoo vegetation]? A friend recently asked: “What are these bossies you’re always going on about? Surely they’re something the gardener should eradicate?” She clearly doesn’t speak bossietaal. On Vaaljasfontein, our family farm outside Venterstad, where I spent all my school holidays, you get up early in the morning to just walk in the veld. These shrubs give a unique snap under your hiking boots, giving texture and dimension to the walk. That snap also releases crazy scents that remind you of early-morning coffee on the stoep in years gone by, the rhythmic ching-ching of the cream separator and the dairy cows’ soft lowing. Ankerbossie,…

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bread, cheese and we'll also make deli food!

Ask anyone who has attended one of Platteland’s popular workshops: You’ll learn a new skill, get to know great people, talk the hind leg off a donkey, and then go home with a mountain of knowledge, the fruits of your labours and a bagful of gifts. Book your spot now! BREAD-BAKING Boerekos expert and blogger Annelien Pienaar will discuss the benefits of quality stoneground flour and real sourdough bread. Then she’ll demonstrate how to make a sourdough starter, as well as how to bake white and whole-wheat bread, and ciabatta. HARTBEESPOORT Saturday 7 July 2018 at Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij in Skeerpoort. CAPE TOWN Saturday 21 July 2018 at D’Aria in Durbanville. CHEESE-MAKING Annelien will also present our cheese workshop, where you’ll learn how to make feta and mozzarella cheese. Bonus: A3 Technologies will give each reader…

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news & diary

Heavenly tome A wondrous new hardcover coffee-table book shows why the food garden at Babylonstoren in the Drakenstein Valley is the South African garden that attracts the most visitors after Kirstenbosch. Here at Platteland where we believe the best and healthiest food grows in your own garden, we aren’t ashamed to admit we’re slightly obsessed with Babylonstoren’s magnificent 3,5ha food garden. Yes, the extensive research, the scale, the unprecedented effort and what must be a huge budget are reasons enough to impress, but the following three factors amaze us most: everything is edible, you always – with every visit and in every season – see something new, and the owners are big-hearted enough to share their private Eden with thousands of total strangers. The Garden of Babylonstoren, a brand-new hardcover book with a dust…

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events in your area

MPUMALANGA Boer & Brit Day 10 March The town of Val presents its ninth Boer & Brit Day where a re-enactment of the Whisky Train incident takes place. Also on the cards: a best-dressed Boer and Brit contest, mountain-bike races, traditional food, music, books and a pretty photo booth. TIME 10:00 CONTACT 082 550 5540 info@valhotel.co.za WESTERN CAPE XTN Fig Festival, Voor-Paardeberg 17-18 March Figs in every form, plus farm animals, food stalls and trucks, good wine, good music… WHERE? Eksteen Family Farm, Uitkijk, Wellington TIME 10:00-18:00 CONTACT XTN Fig Festival 2018 xtnfigfestival@gmail.com KZN Splashy Fen Music Festival, Underberg 29 March – 1 April Mountains, people and some of the country’s best-known musicians – an annual highlight on the South African music calendar. COST Options vary – book on the website CONTACT splashyfen.co.za WESTERN CAPE SA Cheese Festival, Stellenbosch 27-29 April Taste South Africa’s most delicious cheeses and wines, and other delights at the 17th SA Cheese…

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time to read

What a Great Idea! Awesome South African Inventions by Mike Bruton South Africans are veteran whingers who often forget the wondrous inventions our compatriots have come up with – including the Kreepy Krauly, Pratley’s Putty, dolosse (those concrete blocks used to protect harbour walls), the Thawte Internet security system, the world’s first computerised ticketing system, the first digital laser, Oil of Olay and lithium ion batteries. This book tells and shows you everything! R295 Jacana jacana.co.za 011 628 3200 WIN 1: Idea The Home-Brewer’s Problem Solver by Erik Lars Myers There’s been much boutique-beer brewing happening here at the southern tip of Africa, but every now and then a new dilemma emerges. This book discusses 100 of the most common beer-brewing problems – plus, of course, practical solutions. R250 Struik Lifestyle penguinrandomhouse.co.za 011 327 3550 WIN 1: Home-Brewer All Sorts of Healthy…