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go! Platteland Spring 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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five years and counting

Five years is a long time. Well, for most people, a lot happens in five years. Think of a child: During this lenghth of time they can learn to crawl, use a toilet, express themselves in full sentences and get up to all kinds of mischief. By the age of five they have a full set of teeth, they can carry a conversation and they tend to talk back. Goodness, some are ready to go to school! Most people need fewer than five years of post-matric study or training to prepare them for a lifetime career and to make a difference in the world (hopefully). And let’s not even think of how long five years can seem when your country has a president who lurches from one scandal to the next. Of…

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Hang on, I know that building in Koringberg! In 1991, while studying at Stellenbosch University, I befriended another student who'd grown up in Stellenbosch and whose father, Alec de Kock, had a weekend place in Koringberg. Oom Alec worked at the Eikestad Municipality, but as a sideline made beehives in Koringberg–he used to say he couldn’t keep up with demand. Every Friday afternoon he would load his green Peugot 404 bakkie with all sorts of beehive components and set out for Koringberg. I had the pleasure of visiting Oom Alec’s Koringberg kingdom a few times. It was a large double-storey barn that looked exactly like the one photographed by Oswald Kurten on page 50 of the Winter 2018 issue of Platteland. The ground level housed carpentry machinery and had a thick layer of…

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our readers do magic with flour and milk!

This was the third year that we hosted our popular bread-baking and cheese-making workshops, and Annelien Pienaar–farmer’s wife, blogger and author of the cookbook Boerekos with a Twist–had readers all fired up once again. After an insightful day of working and playing hard, and eating well, everyone headed home with one goal: to bake their own bread and make their own cheese–without any colorants, flavourants or preservatives. Tasty, wholesome food that does no harm. Bread baking, Hartbeespoort 6 July Way at the back, from left, are Baz Shaw, Annemari Arnoldi, Tertia Minnaar and Lizzy Jacobs. In the back row are Melinda Boyers, Francis Smit, Anne-Mari Smit, Elzabe Smit, Marie Jordaan, Christine Benade, Mimmie van Zyl, Francois Viljoen, Herculene Arnoldi, Denise Meyburgh, Lizelle Botha, Maria Wernberg, Anthoni Botha, Roelien van der Walt, Peter Boyers,…

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last call for our deli-food workshop

To us, Bloemfontein is “honorary platteland”. Why? Because it’s a relatively small city, the people are as friendly as in any platteland town, and it also happens to be centrally located–within easy reach from towns in the northern and southern provinces. Besides, what someone from Bloemfontein would call “traffic” is sure to make anybody from Cape Town, Jo’burg or Pretoria roll their eyes. And Marcelle Botha? She needs no introduction to Platteland’s readers–she has presented two bread-baking workshops with Platteland, and attendees who drove all the way from Pretoria, Herolds Bay, Cradock and numerous towns in North West and the Northern Cape were not sorry… Marcelle has been running Demo-Den Cookery School in the City of Roses for years. Not only does she know her stuff and have the ability to teach…

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news & diary

Wear a garland on Garden Day Spend National Garden Day on Sunday, 21 October, doing something fun–anything but working. We have three suggestions, but you’ll find more at gardenday.co.za. 1 Make a garland Make each of your guests a pretty garland for your Garden Day celebration–all you need is pruning shears, florist wire, thick rope and flowers of your choice. 1 First tie small bunches of flowers together with florist wire. 2 Now fasten the bunches to the rope, making sure the stems point in the same direction and the bunches overlap. 3 Leave the ends of the rope untied so the person wearing the garland can tie it to fit their head. 2 Make and enjoy nasturtium pesto YOU NEED • 2 tablespoons (30ml) pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, toasted• 2 cups (500ml) nasturtium leaves and tender stems•…

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dates to diarise

WESTERN CAPE Pure Porterville Weekend, Porterville 5-7 October The talented people of this Swartland town open their doors to the public at no charge. There will be arts and crafts, a farmers’ market and a church bazaar, a parade of vintage cars and drum majorettes, ceramic and painting workshops, and mountain-bike races, a fun run and a golf day for sports lovers. CONTACT portervilletourism.co.za (click on “Events”) 022 931 3732 KWAZULU-NATAL Midlands Literary Festival, Howick 1 & 2 September Listen to talks by published authors and be inspired. WHERE? Fern Hill Hotel HOURS 09:00-17:00 COSTS R60 per morning or afternoon session, or R200 for the weekend CONTACT Midlands Literary Festival midlitfest@gmail.com GAUTENG Genealogy & Family Heritage Expo Pretoria 8 September Visit the 11th gathering of family bonds and genealogical societies and researchers, and “build” your own family tree. WHERE? Atrium (Lynnwoodrif congregation), Lancia Street HOURS 08:30-14:00 COST Entrance is free CONTACT isabelgroesbeek.wix.com/expo Families Info SA WESTERN CAPE Darling…