13 October 2012
At least two people have spoken to me in the last
two days and asked whether the next edition of the
Natter is going to be all about the spate of restaurant
renovations and openings taking place in our town.
When I asked why, I was told some locals are a little
tired of nothing else but, yes you guessed it, the
spate of restaurant renovations and openings …
blah blah blah! (…and don’t forget I own
one of them!!)
Well, I had considering highlighting a few of the
changes, but in light of the above comments decided
the issue of the Crime Watch was perhaps a little
more pertinent. So… no more about restaurant
renovations and openings in the Natter – plenty
to read about in the ‘Dorp Life!’ (including
Remember the march on the Police Station last year?
The subsequent meeting(s) at the Grobbelaar Hall?
It seems that, after a lot of hard work by a few local
residents like Peter Borgstrom, Eddie Cassani, Carol
Cooper and others, the Neighbourhood Watch is finally
coming to fruition. A plan of action is now in place
and final implementation is imminent.
It’s really all about a multi tiered ‘pyramid’
system. Groups of home owners/occupants will have
a street representative (who will in turn report to
an area representative (the town will be divided up
into seven area’s). He or she will then report
to a co-coordinator. Simplistically put – everyone
will have a list of tel no’s and emergency info
of the people around them and the street representatives
will be responsible for collecting the data.
The idea, simply put, is to make ourselves aware
of not only our own homes, but also those around us.
Should we see or hear anything out of the ordinary,
we will all have access to details of the home or
person involved. Expect a visit from your street representative
soon – he or she will be compiling the data
list as above. We ask that you please take this initiative
seriously as this could help to reduce crime and ensure
that each of us can sleep a little safer at night.
…and on the subject of safety and security,
there are now 3 types of re-chargeable, hand held,
Tazser’s/Led Torch units, with pouch, available
at Cow an’ Bell Gift shop (Cowan’s
Properties). Ideal as a protection deterrent, for
any form of self defensive.
Crossing by Frank de Villiers
Stormsvlei is just one of those places you
pass on a journey to and from your destination,
just another bunch of nondescript old buildings
under some trees. You may have even stopped
there once, for a cup of coffee at the restaurant.
Stormsvlei actually has a unique past in
that it owes its existence to being a place
where wagons could safely get across the Sonderend
river, hence developing naturally into a gathering
place where that bunch of old buildings was
a shop, church, post office, a repair facility
for fixing wagons, the forge, and a school.
Jean and I, friends and children, and what
seemed like half of Napier and a sizeable
portion of Cape Town, attended the previous
country arts fair at Stormsvlei. We were amazed
at the buzz we witnessed when we arrived there...greeted
by a sculptured field as a sort of performance
art/ installation. we had trouble finding
a parking place. In fact it was difficult
to get into some of the crowded exhibitions.
Outside was crowded with all sorts of people
strutting their stuff. There were food stalls,
artists exhibitions, serious, whimsical, strange
happenings and strange looking people, all
sorts of crafts, children’s playground,
a wondrous unexpected garden attached to the
restaurant (lots of water from the river).
What with the odd happenings of the day,
the climax was the firing of the anvil, an
ancient custom among blacksmiths, to bring
good luck to the forge. This entails placing
the anvil in a clearing outside of the forge,
putting a charge of dynamite under it and
detonating it, making the anvil fly up into
the air. After some false starts, the firing
was accomplished with much caution, trepidation
and hilarity and cheering.
The old shop is still in its original condition
with its old wooden counter, shelving and
large wooden bins for holding flour, etc.
The old forge is still functional, with its
huge hand operated pair of bellows, furnace
and original workbenches. Conrad Hicks, a
well known blacksmith /artist will be firing
the anvil and working the forge on the day.
People may be invited to don the leather apron
and work the bellows and have a thump at molten
So folks, all this excitement is going to
happen again. Here's an opportunity to help
celebrate the revival and commemoration of
the coming-togetherness of a place unique
in the Western Cape
Stormsvlei Country Art Fair & Happening
- 28th of October 2012
Where once again the historical hamlet of Stormsvlei
opens its doors for visitors with a country fair offering
art, design, craft and food stalls and a host of fun
activities in the town and on the banks of the Sonderend
Local artists will set up Temporary Galleries in and
around the various empty buildings of the ghost town.
Craft and Food stalls will be scattered along the
winding village streets. A stage will be set up by
radio Overberg for musical entertainment and there
are fun competitions planned for the day (like the
moustache competition and a tug of war challenge of
The blacksmith forge will be fired up with local and
visiting blacksmiths showing their skills. Country
cuisine and fine wines are available at Stormsvlei
There is still space available for Galleries, Artists
& Performers to participate. If you are interested
please contact us! Invite your friends and neighbours...
Hope to see you there - Jannie Uitlander & Ellie
A wolf NOT in sheep’s clothing
by Sue Morley
Yesterday a white bakkie drove very slowly up my driveway,
then stopped in the middle and a gentleman got out.
At first I thought it was my farrier, but no, this
is someone I had never seen before.
He introduces himself as Carl Momberg and told me
he had seen the sign au naturel remedies at my front
gate, and wanted to know if I could make up a herbal
blend for his wolf! Hello ... at first I thought he
meant a wolfhound (dog) but no, this is a real grey
wolf in his bakkie. My two dogs went bananas so I
got them back in the house, then walked down the driveway
again to take a second look. Poor wolf had cut his
tongue badly and had blood all over his teeth. I could
not handle getting into the bakkie to open his mouth
and take a proper look - would you have done that?
Anyway - I invited this guy inside and suggested a
few healing herbs mixed with some garlic flakes that
might help to reduce the swelling, the infection and
stop the bleeding. I also gave him a pack of Devil's
Claw tablets for rheumatism, pain and as an anti-inflammatory
because the wolf's back leg was also damaged and weak.
Unfortunately the owner did not have a card or phone
number on him, and I would like to hear if there has
been any progress in the healing.
So that's my story of the week, and the first time
ever that I have been asked to help a wolf in pain.
Shopping Local - the debate continues.
Lindy Warren says:
In the last Napier Natter the Shop local matter was
I do find that many of the Overberg businesses and
residents “buy” outside of the region
and this seems unfair when we support them with our
buying rands. This not only has an effect on our micro
economy but has significant consequences on matters
Of those guilty of such practices are our own local
authority and larger businesses. Recent experiences
have proven that almost anything and everything is
available “locally” and at very little
more than in the city. Local small and home-based
businesses bring in quality products at the cost of
courier or collection agency fees, yet Overberg residents
choose not to buy locally. The products include printed
goods, IT products, stationery, hardware and appliances.
Buying such items at “Special” prices
a. you have to travel to the city to purchase them
b. when you have a problem you have to take a trip
back to return/replace/repair (3 R’s but not
the ones that matter)
c. you directly impact the local economy by taking
your rands out of the region
d. you may end up with something that may never do
the job.. Check out that store room for items that
just did not work, fit or were missing that very necessary
spring or nut.
Retailers do not have on site support – the
item gets sent away to the manufacturer or agent.
Local businesses cannot support you as it will compromise
the warrantee and hence the great service and repair
skills pool we have, are not able to flourish.
As part of our building project we have gone the
extra mile to source locally for products, services
and contractors thereby keeping the money in the area.
However, we too were taken in recently by “specials”
advertised and took a trip to Somerset West to buy
certain items. Oops… now we have things that
need to be returned or will just be stored or given
away! Not to mention that the trip took the best part
of a day and half a tank of petrol.
If we buy what is available locally and seasonal,
take our own containers and reduce our use of packaging
as an example; recycle as widely as possible (bring
your own and return egg boxes and jam bottles comes
to mind), we are more likely to achieve the really
important 3 R’s that make a difference especially
to the environment - RECYCLE, REUSE, REFURBISH.
I recently participated in a survey titled Green
Supply Management Practises and this alluded to how
“green” the supply chain is in our region
and in my business. A supply chain is the process
we all use in sourcing, buying, making/consuming and
then disposing of - in our daily lives.
Next time we take you on your own Green Supply chain
Rosalind Stone sent me this link to the Gratitude/Attitude
Rosalind says: “If you have any queries please
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it from a single platform. Please feel free to share
this as we need to grow our community in order to
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House to rent
Available 1 November 2012. Small holding close to
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Large open plan.
Shed for storage/work area
R3750.00 plus services
Contact Lindy 028 423 3834
SAARP Napier Club Social: Movie morning 30 October
@Napier Retirement Village
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
SAARP Napier Christmas Lunch @ Pascal’s
27 November 2012- Bookings at Media House. Cost: R60.
Trivial Q & A
(Answers at bottom of page)
- A translation of Roman poet Juvenal's quote "Quis
custodiet ipsos custodes?" inspired the title
of what book, the only one of its kind in Time's
2005 list of all-time greatest novels?
- A rock called Heel Stone that measures 16 feet
above the ground and whose previous names include
Friar's Heel and Sun-stone lies outside the main
entrance to what monument?
- What is the better known name of the annual celebration
called by the locals as 'Wiesn' referring to the
grounds where it is held?
- Velupillai Prabhakaran, whose death in 2009 ended
a bloody civil war in Sri Lanka sought to create
an independent state for the people of what ethnicity?
- After a premiere in 1952, the creator of a certain
work said the following words. Name him.
“They missed the point. There’s no such
thing as ... What they thought was ..., because
they didn’t know how to listen, was full of
accidental ... You could hear the wind stirring
outside during the first ... During the second,
raindrops began pattering the roof, and during the
third the people themselves made all kinds of interesting
... as they talked or walked out”
- The 1985 Japanese comedy Tampopo was publicized
as not sphagetti, but what type of western?
- During the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, whose
secret meeting with the Soviet Ambassador Anatoly
Dobrynin on Oct 27 at the Justice Department in
Washington DC was key in resolving the stand-off?
.....supplying gift boxes to
older people at Christmas time.
To help funding for the project a beautiful
hand made quilt is being raffled. At present
the quilt is on display at Pascal's Restaurant
in Sarel Cilliers Street and tickets cost
R10 each. The lucky ticket number will be
drawn at the end of October. Your support
will be greatly appreciated.
Please note that the Marah Project is not
a registered charity but a community based
Have you met Ina?
Introducing one of the newer residents of Napier,
Dr Ina le Roux, the founder of the Tambani Project.
While lecturing at the University of Venda, Dr le
Roux researched traditional oral story telling amongst
the Venda people. She is the author of several books
on Venda stories and started the Tambani Project,
teaching Venda women embroidery to help alleviate
poverty in the region. Another great addition to our
Thought for the day
Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Trivial Q & A - Answers
- The graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore
(artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins)
The novel depicts an alternate history
where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s,
helping the United States to win the Vietnam War.
The literal translation of Juvenal's quote is "Who
will guard the guards themselves?" but it is
popularly rendered as "Who watches the watchmen?"
- Tamil He was the founder and
leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),
a militant organization that sought to create an
independent Tamil state in the north and east of
Sri Lanka. For over 25 years, the LTTE waged a violent
secessionist campaign in Sri Lanka that led to it
being designated a terrorist organization by 32
- John Cage after the premiere of 4'33"
It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination
of instruments), and the score instructs the performer
not to play the instrument during the entire duration
of the piece throughout the three movements (which,
for the first performance, were divided into thirty
seconds for the first, two minutes and twenty-three
seconds for the second, and one minute and forty
seconds for the third).
- Robert Kennedy, who was the US Attorney
General at that time
In his negotiations with the Soviet Ambassador,
Robert Kennedy informally proposed that the Jupiter
missiles in Turkey would be removed after the crisis