20 April 2012

Hello again Napier

The Soapbox
Amazing how the pace of life in our village can so drastically change overnight. The Easter holidays have come and gone, along with the summer days, and now we begin our slow journey into the mists of winter. We can look forward to cozy evenings by the warm fireplaces, the green and gold of wheat and canola – and getting out of bed just a little later in the mornings. This is not to say be have to go into hibernation, however. Napier always has something to offer – Michele Maxwell, aka Abigail Martins in TV’s “Scandal” and Bubbles in “Isidingo” will be presenting her show “Here’s to Life” at Pascal’s of Napier on Saturday 12 May, Suntouched Inn is hosting their “Muzos” evening’s once again, the first being on 21 April - and the South African Association of Retired People or SAARP have lots of exciting things planned for the next few months, starting with a screening of “The Iron Lady” at the Napier Retirement Village on 24 April. We also have the annual Patatfees to look forward to in June.

A well-deserved pat on the back!!
"I work with government agencies all day long as part of my job, I have to let you know that this morning I called Mr. John Daniels from the municipality to complain about the potholes in front of our Gallery in Sarel Cilliers Street in Napier, and they have just been repaired - two hours after complaining!
I am speechless, never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a response.
I am truly impressed with the swift action and I would like to thank Mr. Daniels for his professionalism."
Rudi Riek - Independent Consultant CPA & SAASP

Living with Epilepsy
Epilepsy is an illness many of us know very little about and if not properly treated can be very debilitating. One of our village residents, Annette Gideoni, aged 38, has a story to remind us never to give up. Finding a career and life path while living with epilepsy is not always straightforward, but Annette kept on persevering. She now has a satisfying career, her own home and plans for the future.
Here is her story (abridged):

"I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 months old and school was difficult because I did not really understand epilepsy. The other children always laughed at me or were afraid of me. I found it easier to keep to myself. I stayed at home drawing, coloring in and playing with Lego blocks. At high school I saw another child having a seizure and finally understood what epilepsy is and why children were afraid of me in primary school. I also began to understand the importance of my medication. After school I studied draughtsmanship, but soon realized that most drawing these days is done on computers, which is not my strong point. Like many other young people, I decided to go and work abroad, mainly for the life experience and also to save money. It was not easy deciding on a suitable country. Where would I find work which did not involve office work or computers? I decided working outdoors would be a good option, so I opted to go to Israel to work on a Kibbutz. There the people were really wonderful and accepted me with my epilepsy. Israel is a very hot and dry country and after around two years, the climate started having an effect on my epilepsy. I decided to look for indoor work, preferably using my hands. I tried my hand at massage and completed a 3 month course which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having very strong hands was an asset and I soon found work in a hotel in Israel using my massaging skills.
I worked in Israel for 11 years and came back with just enough money to buy a small house in Napier, with lots of space around it. Today I spend my time doing massages from my home-based studio and am saving to one day turn my piece of land into a Garden of Eden.”

Annette also finds an outlet for her artistic abilities in candle making. As she says “Candle making is dangerous for me due to working with hot wax, but what can I say, I must do something!” Whenever she has the time and good drawing materials, she also draws.

To book a very reasonably priced massage with Annette or to buy a gift voucher for a massage, contact her on 072 226 4317. Her candles are available for sale at Pascal’s of Napier and at the Village Trading Post.

New in Town... Welcome!

Dorp Life – the new bi-weekly local newspaper. Delivered to your door!

Idali’s coffee shop and take-away’s (The old “Simone’s) – also serving bikers breakfast for only R40.

Spiritual sustenance
Can you feel that there is something profound happening on our planet?
If you want to understand more of the new energies you are experiencing, attend this free workshop.
Learn to work with the Angelic and Elemental Kingdoms and be the bridge between these, by attending a free workshop.
These teachings are according to the ancient ‘Laws of Life’, applicable, and inescapable to all life everywhere!
VENUE: Napier Retirement Village, Hoog Street
DATE: Saturday and Sunday 5th & 6th May 2012
TIME: 9.00 – 16.00
Contact Brenda or Jacqui at jacky-brenda@moonstone-productions.co.za
Or Media House 028 423 3834

Are you in need of good Karma credits??
• Severely disable child residing in the Nuwerus Plakkerskamp desperately in need of an old single bed and mattress.
• Well deserving plakkerskamp resident in need of an old second hand fridge.
Tel Noon Nurse on 028 423 3415 or 082 4050 314

• Looking for a bunk bed to be donated to a family in Nuwerus. If you have one you would like to get rid of please contact Natalie on 082 708 0172.

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." – Dalai Llama

Good weeds do good deeds – by Sarah Foyle
A weed is just a plant out of place and after all that marvelous rain they are popping up like hairs on a dogs back - to the horror of most people. Don't panic! Weeds make the most wonderful addition to the compost heap, mixed with dry material. So look on them as a crop and your attitude to weeds will be changed forever.
So many weeds have wonderful herbal properties. Here are just a few of them;
• Dandelions containing at least 20 vitamins and minerals, used as a diuretic and detoxifier, great for kidneys.
• ‘Khakibos’ is invaluable in the garden as a companion plant to repel insects. Add to the compost heap to discourage cutworms and ants and placed in pets beds will help to keep fleas at bay.
• Euphorbia, the tiny green one, which comes up everywhere, will get rid of warts.

I am not a herbalist but I can show you how to make compost.
Sarah Foyle at Foyle's Herbs
P.S We sell weeds in the nursery.

Need help?
BComm graduate with 10 years working experience, between jobs till mid-May. If you have any paid jobs/projects you need a hand with to keep me busy till then, please contact Natalie on 082 708 0172.

Yorkie Puppies for Sale : Born on Valentines Day
KUSA Registered and Micro Chipped
De-wormed & 6 Week Vaccinations
Tiny x 1 @ R4000 – Female, Small x 2 @ R3500 – Female
Medium x 1 @ R2500 – Male
Contact Owner: 0724454362
Sire: Sir Casidyon Dam: Duchess Anna - Both parents are KUSA Registered Certified Pedigree

Stove for sale
Defy 4 plate electric stove in good working condition. Warm drawer with element, R400. View it at the Napier Hotel or Tel Andre at 072 458 6656.

Restaurant Hibernation
Please note that Pascal’s of Napier will be closed from 14 May until the 28 May for a well deserved break. New winter menu will be availbale when they re-open on the 29th of May.

In with the Young, out with the Old
Cheers to Rose & Gunner and Hello to Rozelle. Join Rose & Gunner for a Farewell glass of wine Saturday 5 May @ 7pm. Lulu le Roux will be performing. Kitchen will be open until 9pm.

Need a life coach?
If there was an area of your life or work, that if you worked on it would make a significant difference to you, what would it be?
A coach is someone who is a confidential partner in your life/business who works with you through a structured process to help you achieve goals you never seem to get right on your own.
Certified Life and Executive Coach, Lewensafrigter:
Mark Smith ACC. Tel 084 277 7011

 

Southern Tip Day
SOUTHERN TIP-ZOETENDALS VALLEI RELAY RACE 12 May 2012
Due to extremely low water levels in the Nuwejaars River and prospective teams not able to find canoeists, we will be removing the canoeing leg of the Relay Race. Therefore it will only consist of the running and cycling legs. The entry fee of R150,00 will however stay the same.
Thank you for your support and hope to see you all on 12 May 2012.

BOSHEUWEL PROGRAMME
Registration for Relay Race: 6h00
Relay Race starts: 8h00
Bazaar: 8h30 vir 9h00
Tables: Pancakes, Cakes, Pudding, Cooldrink, Roosterkoek, Craft, Warm meal, Coffee & Tea, Wine.
Coffee from: 6h00
Other activities: Jukskei, Toutrek 10h00
Activities for children
Displays: Park & Projects, Air force base - Overberg, NSRI & Fire Brigade, SAPS, & Cape Nature.
Enquiries: E de Kock, Agulhas National Park TEL.: 028-4356078

Cape Agulhas Municipality Newsflash
Review of Spatial Development Framework
As a result of the changing needs and perceptions of the community, the Cape Agulhas Municipality compiled a Spatial Development Framework (SDF) for the Municipality (the District Management Area (DMA) included) in terms of Section 4(6) of the Land Use Planning Ordinance, 1985 (no.15 of 1985) and the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act no. 32 of 2000). As part of the SDF the Struisbaai and L’Agulhas Local Structure Plans will be reviewed, withdrawn and replaced with the SDF in terms of Section 4(7) of the said ordinance. With the Built Environment Support Programme run by the Provincial Government the Cape Agulhas Municipal SDF is hereby reviewed.
The SDF is an indicative plan that intends to show desired patterns of land use, directions for future growth, indicate the alignment of urban edges, and depict other special development areas. This SDF is a sectoral plan that informs the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) of the Municipality. It will be used as a policy framework to guide decision-making and aims to create integrated and sustainable development areas.
The draft proposals will be available for review at the following locations during office hours, as well as the municipal website, www.capeagulhas.org: At the library in Napier; the Main Library in Bredasdorp; the Caravan Office in Waenhuiskrans; the Opsienersraad in Elim; and the Library in Struisbaai.

Written Comments/Inputs on the reviewed Report can be directed before 10 May 2012 to Nigel Titus, CNdV Africa, P.O. Box 10211, Caledon Square, 7905, Fax: 021 424 6837 or e-mail: nigel@cndv.co.za OR Bertus Hayward, Cape Agulhas Municipality, P.O.Box 51, Bredasdorp, 7280, Fax: 028 425 1019 or e-mail: bertush@capeagulhas.com

Budget Imbizo
Executive Mayor, Ald Richard Mitchell, invites the community to the annual Budget Imbizo’s where they will have the opportunity to provide input on the draft budget that will commence on 1 July 2012. The draft budget can be perused at all municipal offices and libraries. Everyone is welcome to attend the Imbizo’s which is scheduled as follows:
23 April – Ward 1 – Napier Community Hall at 19h00

Tips from a local Oak
The perfect shrub to have in any garden is one that can grow in a dry location in summer but doesn't mind water in winter - that can grow in either full sun or in dappled shade. If hunger strikes, the leaves should be edible. It should be able to attract birds to the garden, and to top it all, it should be eco-friendly.

Is there such a shrub - yes, the spekboom! It brings nice texture to the garden, grows around 1.5 - 2m tall and makes a functional hedge or accent plant when planted on it's own. If you happen to have an elephant in your garden, it would love to forage on your spekboom, but if you, on the other hand, ingest some of it's leaves it would also help a sore throat. This shrub is a known 'carbon sink' and thus by planting this versatile shrub it in your garden, you can play your part in managing greenhouse gases.

The spekboom now available at Overberg Nursery & Landscaping for only R59 for a 10 kg shrub.. (No elephants in stock at the moment.) Visit our nursery for free advice and to view our large range of plants.
Tel Ettienne on 0722 875 845

This day in history (20 April)
295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1702 - Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1759 - George Frederic Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey
1841 - 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
1862 - The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard
1902 - Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1920 - Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1962 - New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
1968 - S Afr Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1992 - Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner
1998 - German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years

Quotable quotes
  • It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe - Robert W. Service
  • Action is the foundational key to all success - Pablo Picasso

The Last Laugh
I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming. - Mitch Hedberg

If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.

Best way to get a man to do something, is to suggest they are too old for it.

Q. Why is it difficult to find men who are sensitive, caring and good-looking?
A. They already have boyfriends.

Q. How many honest, intelligent, caring men in the world does it take to do the dishes?
A. Both of them.

Any upcoming events or issue’s the village should be aware of?
Please let the Napier Natter have the details for inclusion in the next edition. info@napier.co.za

Until next time
Mark

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