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go! Platteland Winter 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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between you and us and the grapevine

Some time in the winter of 2014 we set off on a long journey from the Cape to Wakkerstroom. This after a cousin from Johannesburg urged us over a glass of wine on our back stoep to check it out: something’s cooking in this town. And indeed, as is the case with any town we’ve written about, we were blown away, even though the place might seem a little dreary in the bitter cold. We met lovely people – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. One of them was Hannie van Bergen, who had been running the shop Mooi successfully for a few years already. Hannie opened the shop for us especially – it was on a Monday, which, like in so many other dorpies, is weekend, because on Sundays you work…

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Fewer children, more water While the current water crisis affects us all in different ways and the wonderful gentlemen Donovan Kirkwood and Walter Fieuw provided some valuable insight in “Let’s not waste the water crisis” in the Autumn 2018 issue of Platteland, there are some worldly habits nobody wants to talk about. The most pressing issue is overpopulation. Cape Town has millions more souls to house, employ and provide sanitation for. Same thing right across the world. Please, let’s start opening the discussion with regard to greater contraception, fewer births and lowered consumption. This is the main key to slowing down and stopping the world’s total self-destruction. Make this a dinner-time conversation point. Insist that all leaders understand that, by not addressing birth control, they will condemn our children and theirs to a…

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

MAKE THE BEST BILTONG… YOURSELF! NEW! Ask anyone who has attended one of Platteland’s popular workshops: you’ll learn a new skill, get to know great people, laugh a lot and have fun, and then go home late in the afternoon with the fruits of your labours and a bagful of gifts. Book your spot now! BRINE AND PICKLE Marcelle Botha of the Demo-Den Cookery School in Bloemfontein will demonstrate how to make pastrami and biltong, and then move on to pickling vegetables such as artichokes from a tin. Workshop participants will also learn how to mix, knead and bake pumpernickel bread. BLOEMFONTEIN Saturday, 15 September 2018 at Demo-Den Cookery School, 15 Halle Street, Dan Pienaar. BREAD-BAKING Boerekos expert and blogger Annelien Pienaar will discuss the benefits of quality stoneground flour and real sourdough bread. Then she’ll demonstrate…

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news & diary

Stay over with our cover model The Autumn 2018 issue of Platteland was so jampacked with information we didn’t have enough space to fill readers in on the new accommodation offered by Jaco Brand, who was pictured in the lush permaculture garden on the cover of that issue at his guest farm, Picardi Place. Apart from four en-suite rooms in his guesthouse, a stone’s throw from Rawsonville, a free-standing open-plan self-catering cottage is now available on the property. Camomile Cottage sleeps two guests or more (there are options for a second double bed in a separate bedroom or extra single beds in the roof space), and has spacious bathrooms, private outdoor showers and basic tea-and-coffee and refrigeration facilities. Just as impressive is the view over the Boland mountains and vineyards, as…

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events in your area

KWAZULU-NATAL Trashion Show, Howick 9 June This fashion and car parade allows environmentally aware learners across the Midlands to demonstrate the fantastic designer clothes and wire and other cars that can be created out of waste. There will also be plenty of zero-waste ideas and great music. Entrance is free. WHERE? Howick Agricultural Hall TIME 11:00 CONTACT nikki@cowfriend.co.za MPUMALANGA Art & Craft Ramble, Wakkerstroom 15-17 June This Youth Day weekend, pop in at the fifth Art & Craft Ramble to admire pottery, woodwork and feltwork, or attend a cheese-making, beer-brewing, bread-baking or cake-decorating demonstration. Full details on the website. CONTACT artramble wakkerstroom.co.za admin@ artramblewakkerstroom.co.za 083 452 3363 WESTERN CAPE Craft show, Velddrif 3-5 August The West Coast Craft Group is holding a group display of the best craftwork in the Berg River Municipality. Entrance is free, but do enter the draw or buy some of the goods on display,…

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sign up for a course

PERFUMES, PRUNING, CHICKEN COOPS Nottingham Road (KZN) Learn a new skill at Eidin Griffin’s The Hedge Shed. • 1 Jul – Natural perfume Kate Chanthunya from Rondavel Soaps demonstrates how to make eau de cologne and perfumed oil. From 10:00 to 13:00. Cost: R500 • 14 Jul – Fruit trees Learn how to plant, prune, espalier and maintain a fruit orchard. Cost: R300 • 11 Aug – Pruning Learn how to prune fruit trees and roses, and to make your own cuttings. Cost: R300 • 2 Sep – Spring gardens Find out how to plan and plant a spring garden. From 09:00 to 12:00. Cost: R300 • 9 Sep – Chicken coops Let the experts demonstrate how to build your own chicken or duck coop and integrate it into your garden. From 09:00 to 12:00. Cost: R300 BOOKINGS midlands mosaic.wordpress.com plantabundance. wordpress.com The Hedge Shed KZN thehedgeshedkzn@gmail.com 083…