8 December 2012

Hallo Napier

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!

  The End

The Soapbox

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 5 Jan.
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 disappointment.

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

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 up.
From 10 - 12.30 at Wilde Thyme. R150 including all materials.
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 season!

Gardens need a little help?
Wood chip and well aged goat manure available by the bakkie load.
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 New Year!
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 job.
Kind regards – Elaine

For Sale
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 (Answers below)

  1. What date is St Stephen's Day?
  2. In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol, who was Scrooge's dead business partner?
  3. London's Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is traditionally given by which country?
  4. In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, '...my true love brought to me nine...' what?
  5. Name the original eight reindeer from the 'Twas the night Before Christmas' poem.
  6. What colour are the berries of the mistletoe plant?
  7. What is New Year's Eve called in Scotland?
  8. What Christmas item was invented by London baker and wedding-cake specialist Tom Smith in 1847?
  9. In which modern country is St Nicholas's birthplace and hometown?
  10. From which country does the Poinsettia plant originate?
  11. Who wrote Auld Lange Syne?
  12. 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


  1. 26th December
  2. Jacob Marley
  3. Norway
  4. Ladies dancing
  5. Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen
  6. White
  7. Hogmanay
  8. Christmas cracker
  9. 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)
  10. Mexico
  11. Robert Burns
  12. Six

A great week to you all!

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