8 December 2012
Well - the 21 December fast approaches, and for those of you convinced that the world will end on this date according to the Mayan prophecy, if you are correct, this will be the last Napier Natter ever.
If you are wrong, it's the last Natter - until next year that is!
Most of you, I am sure, either know or are familiar
with the artist, Annie Maddock, who used to live in
Napier but now resides in Calitzdorp. Before moving
to Napier, we were also seriously considering Calitzdorp
in the Little Karoo an option to ‘set up shop,
so to speak, so I was very interested to know what
living there is like - it seemed a beautiful peaceful,
stress-free haven in the heart of the little Karoo.
“No longer! said Annie.
Her house had been burgled four or five times since
moving there. New investments in the town were going
under due to out-of-control crime, tourists being
accosted at knife point and a policeforce were totally
unable to deal with the criminal elements in the area.
Annie was told she had to make her own plan for security
as the police can longer guarantee her safety.
Wow. That is scary stuff.
In Napier, although we have petty crime, break-ins
and such, we seem a long way off where Calitzdorp
finds itself. This does not mean we can sit back and
relax – vigilance is still the order of the
day – more so now than ever.
It is with this in mind that I once again highlight
the new ‘watch’ system being implemented
in Napier – the Napier Safety Network as it
is now being called. The area representatives, representing
the 7 wards of Napier, as well as the various street
reps, have done sterling work in collecting and collating
the information on who lives where and issuing the
details lists to all and sundry. (The deadline for
this being the 15 December if by that date you have
not received your list of the folks living around
your immediate area, please send a letter to the Natter
detailing your info and we will ensure it’s
added to the relevant list.)
The idea of these lists is that you attach them to
your fridge so as to have the info at hand should
you become aware of any suspicious behaviour or sightings
at a home close to yours. You are, of course, not
expected to take any action other than to telephone
the relevant home owner and/or the police. We are
not asking that you take over the responsibilities
of our police force, just to help by being the eyes
and ears in your neighbourhood.
Some of our local residents have done a lot of work
in getting this system up and running and thereby
making us all a little safer – all we ask is
that each and every resident take this Network seriously
and that we all do our little part in ensuring we
don’t wake up one day and find ourselves in
a Napier version of Calitzdorp!
Summer in Napier
Great things in store for Napier this holiday season
– lots of activities and events to choose from.
Here are a few:
Wild Thyme will be open 4 days a
week from 15 December, Tue and Thurs till 5pm and
Fri and Sat till 10pm. They also have some awesome
theme nights planned for 15th , 22nd, 24th Dec and
Contact Theresa on 082 491 2136 for more information.
Pascal’s of Napier will be
hosting Daniele Pascal in “Piaf – a passionate
life” on the 15 Dec as part of the world wide
50th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf.
This performance is SOLD OUT.
The Napier Farmstall will kick off
the Christmas season with a Creative Market Day on
the 16 December 2012. All welcome to attend this festive
event showcasing some of our local produce.
For more info contact Ilze on 028 4233440
Renéesance Restaurant will
present the peasant lunch No8 on 16th December, this
one with a Peruvian theme. Yum! Book early to avoid
Napier comes to Arniston - Sunset Market,
Munus Church Grounds, Arniston.
Wednesday 19 December 4pm - 7pm
Gunners has a new owner. Barry Hattingh,
known to most of you, has taken over the reigns and
promises to bring back the old Gunners vibe. We wish
Barry all the very best success!
The Fox will be hosting a Christmas
Eve dinner on 24th as well as a great special for
the entire month of December. Also, come along for
Sunday Lunch and get to sample some of the Dragonfly
Farm goats cheese – free of charge.
Contact Mike or Louise on 028 423 3293
NG Kerk, Napier - EXULTATE JUBILATE
Sunday 23 December at 6pm. Soprano Louise Howlett
joins with pianist Albert Combrink to present a mixed
programme of arias and carols that celebrate summer
and the Festive Season, including Silent Night, Wonderful
World, O Holy Night, and, of course Mozart's sparkling
Exultate Jubilate! Tickets available at the door priced
R80 and R50. Pre-bookings call 084 682 1337.
Visit www.louisehowlett.com for more information.
Pascal’s of Napier will be
having a full Christmas Lunch buffet this year
Tel 028 423 3146 for more information or visit www.pascals.co.za.
Also, do not miss the “Kitschy Kitschy YaYaYa”
party at Pascal’s on 31 December, which includes
a two course meal. Prizes for worst and kitchiest
dressed. Vernon Barnard will get you on your feet
with hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Tel 028 423 3146 for details. Vintage at The Red
Windmill has fantastic retro outfits on hire to
ensure you look awesome on the night! Tel Dee on 028
423 3576. Alternatively try the local Napier
Welfare shop for something in climpelene.
Learn to make your own Christmas wreath
– craft workshop
Lynn Garrett says: We're holding our 3rd craft workshop
on Wednesday 12 December and we're making a rustic
hanging wreath using twigs as a base, lots of glue,
some shiny and some not so shiny bits to pretty it
From 10 - 12.30 at Wilde Thyme. R150 including all
Phone Lynn 081 2709689 for more info.
Discover Agulhas/Napier tourism office
The new Napier tourism office has opened it’s
doors at the new Napier Country Hotel. If you haven’t
visited it yet, do so. It’s awesome, with a
fantastic wall map of the region, courtesy of Ulrick
of Rick Creations. Something we can all be proud of!
Michelle, we hope you are run off your feet this holiday
Gardens need a little help?
Wood chip and well aged goat manure available by the
R300 delivered in Napier, R350 delivered in Bredasdorp.
In support of Dragon Fly Farm. Call Karl 0845040037
Tomkins Christmas Cheer from across the sea.
Dear Grandad and Granny Tompkins,
I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Healthy
Wish I could be with you in the sunshine ! Grandad
I will eat some chocolate cake on your behalf.
Lots of love, Nicholas.XX (Kent,UK)
The Marah Project - Quilt Draw
The winning number for the quilt raffle was drawn
on the 27th November at Pascal’s. The lucky
ticket drawn was no. 88 and had been bought by Mrs
E. Morkel from the farm, Quarrie, near Napier.
Many thanks to all who supported the project by buying
tickets for the raffle. We also want to thank PB Handelaars,
Vindigo, Pascal’s and Jean Smith for helping
to sell the tickets.
From “Nature’s Voice”
Hello Napier - Our health food shop over in Bredasdorp
has now been open for nearly a month and my wife Susan
and I would like to take this opportunity to say a
very big thank you for all the wonderful support shown
by our fellow Naperians. We really enjoy living here
and if all goes well we will look to open a second
smaller branch in Napier in the coming months. As
a small token of our gratitude we are now offering
free delivery to Napier, please visit our website
at www.natures-voice.co.za where you will find our
full product list, let us know if there is anything
you would like to purchase and we will gladly deliver
to your door free of charge.
Brett and Susan van Niekerk, Nature’s Voice,
28 Long Street, Bredasdorp
Pat on the back!
To the Municipal Manager, Cape Agulhas Municipality
As rate-payers, we are often disappointed in service
delivery but when we receive excellent service we
are sometimes slow in acknowledging. In the past 2
days, I have experienced 2 incidents which warrant
a thank you to your staff.
The first is on behalf of 2 new residents to Napier,
who arrived on Friday afternoon to find that the water
had not been switched on. As it was a Friday afternoon
we were a little concerned that staff had already
gone off, but a call to Wilma at the Napier Municipal
offices, and the team were there within 20 minutes.
The tap and pipes crumbled as they turned the water
on, but a temporary connection was made and the water
was connected. Everyone was very grateful that this
had not had to wait until Monday morning. Thank you
to Wilma, and to the team who fixed the problem quickly.
Incidentally, Wilma and Sylvia are always willing
to listen to questions and complaints and this is
very much appreciated.
The second instance happened on Saturday morning.
The tree on the pavement alongside our driveway had
broken off a large and heavy branch, and we were not
going to get out. A friend tried to pull the branch
out of the way, but it did not move. I phoned the
municipal offices and within 45 minutes they had come
and accessed the situation, collected staff, truck
and equipment, cut and removed the debris. Once again,
thank you to your staff for their commitment to their
Kind regards – Elaine
I am selling my 4 thread Elna overlocker – model
686. It is in perfect condition. Has seldom been used.
Price R2500,00. Contact Jenny on 028 423 3439
Q & A: How
much do you really know about Christmas
- What date is St Stephen's Day?
- In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol,
who was Scrooge's dead business partner?
- London's Trafalgar Square Christmas tree
is traditionally given by which country?
- In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas,
'...my true love brought to me nine...' what?
- Name the original eight reindeer from the
'Twas the night Before Christmas' poem.
- What colour are the berries of the mistletoe
- What is New Year's Eve called in Scotland?
- What Christmas item was invented by London
baker and wedding-cake specialist Tom Smith
- In which modern country is St Nicholas's
birthplace and hometown?
- From which country does the Poinsettia
- Who wrote Auld Lange Syne?
- How many points does a snowflake have?
Think on this
There is no greater compliment on earth, than to be
copied! – Anon.
Let no one come to you without leaving better and
happier. - Mother Teresa
If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will
believe it. – Anon
Your vision will become clear only when you look
into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks
inside, awakens. - Carl Jung
If you are still amazed by something you accomplished
yesterday then today has been a waste. - Anon
Some people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid
of widths. – Steven Wright
- 26th December
- Jacob Marley
- Ladies dancing
- Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen
- Christmas cracker
- Turkey (St Nicholas, bishop 'Nikolaos of Myra', 270-343AD, was born a Greek in where the ancient town of Myra stood, and now stands the Turkish town/district of Demre, Antalya Province, Turkey)
- Robert Burns