24 February 2012

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
Well, planning is well underfoot for the much anticipated 2012 Patatfees, to be held over the weekend of 15th to 17th June. The organizers and committee members have been very hard at work to ensure that this is to be the best Patatfees ever. We are so grateful to them for giving up so much of their free time to put together this marvelous festival, a great benefit to many of the businesses in Napier. Agulhas tourism is also bringing their expertise on board this year to help promote and organize the festival- thanks guys!!

Now folks that do not have a business can also participate and benefit from the festival by, for instance, having a stall at the school on the Patatfees weekend. Residents can help make Napier an especially fun place to visit that weekend by participating in the scarecrow exhibits. Volunteers are needed to help out with the many events planned that day. The first public meeting for this event is due to be held on the 1 March at 17hoo at Pascal's of Napier. Be there!!

PATATFEES 15 - 17 June2012

Venue: Pascal's Napier
Time: 17h00
All Businesses & residents welcome!
RSVP to email: sanet@discovercapeagulhas.co.za or tel: 0284242584.
For regular news & updates please visit: www.napierpatatfees.wordpress.com

  Heading Details Committee member
1 Opening & introduction Introduce co-coordinator Chairlady: Renee Daneel
2 Sign attendance register & apologies - All
3 Programme discussion Activities & planning Co-coordinator: Sanet Stemmet
4 Next meeting date & venue April, May & June All

Eddie Cassani contributed the following:

We Napierian's have lot to be grateful for - virtually no crime, a great SAPS SERVICE that work with the community, great pubs and restaurants and a great village where people still care for each other, people with hearts in the right places, so when I hear of negative news it makes me angry. I don't know how many times our SAPS has asked the people of Napier not to feed the kids and not to give in to their begging, their are 3 eating houses in NUWERUS (1. OMGEE SENTRUM) (2. NASORG CENTRE) (3. Protea school). This kind lady or ladies have just brought sorrow on them self's so please don't feed the kids but rather give to the Nasorg centre instead and give of your time as well. I want to say thank you to all the those that give: Gunners, Pascal's, The Fox, Vindigo, Napier Farmstall, JD Wines and Jenny McD. - and if I have left some one out forgive me.
Lets be grateful for what we have: Nobody could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

Napier updates from Lindy Warren @ The Napier Media House

An Orchid award to the Cape Agulhas Municipality staffer who was spotted on Friday afternoon 3 February driving along Sarel Cilliers Street. He observed an uncollected black garbage bag, stopped his CAM vehicle and sent another colleague to collect it and the 2 then drove off.

Basic Bird Identification course presented by Mike Ford
Date: 5 March 2012
Venue: L'Agulhas Tennis Club
Time: 08h00 - 12h00 and from 13h00 - 15h00
Cost: R100.00
Contact: Barbara Eyles 028435 7328/Lindy Warren 0284233834

Napier SAARP Social Club Invitation
To persons 50 years and older to attend the Napier SAARP first social club event:
Date: 28 February 2012
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Venue: Napier Retirement Village.

Dorian Haarhoff performs OOM SCHALK in Napier 25/26 May 2012.
Sit back and imagine yourself in Groot Marico, walking in Oom Schalk's shoes, get carried away in the "donkie kar" on the way to the veld.

This performance of Herman Charles Bosman's stories will take you there! To the land of peach brandy, of leopards, of stars, of love potions. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter.

Prof Dorian Haarhoff will also conduct a creative writing workshop for those that have stories yet unwritten, (and everyone has a story).

Learn to be at home with words and write your very own missive.

Please contact Lindy at Napier Media House on 028 423 3834 and sign up. Spaces are limited.

The Napier Tennis Club is in action! The team won their first mixed league outing against Riviersondend last Saturday at the Napier courts and have a number of away matches over the next few weeks. Practices are on Wednesday afternoon from 16h00. Contact Adele (at the Slaghuis) for more information.

Writers' block
Napier is well known for its resident artistic, creative and culinary skills, however it may come as no surprise as to the number of academic writers we have in our midst. A number of local folks are involved in the writing of school books, teacher handbooks and the artistic content.

Water wise
The very high temperatures and strong winds have reduced the dam levels; the leiwater and local streams are no longer "running"; many small holders and farmers are forced to truck in water to feed their crops and animals. Recent rains are welcome, however, on the lands 4mm of rain barely creates the necessary runoff needed to fill tanks and dams.

Let us be super WATERWISE at this time!

Did you know? A number of overseas visitors that have so delighted in our access to local "game" and wildlife reserves we have to tell their story.

Garden Route Game Reserve is just 2 hours from here and offers day visitors a delightful experience. Game drives are just R350 pp.

Doornbosch has wonderful country-life accommodation, game viewing, hiking and horseback experiences. Contact Heidi on 0284821994

Eagle's Rest received stunning accolades from recent guests and their drumming events in December were a sell out. Contact Theresa Visser on 028 423 3571

Nuptial Natterings: Napier seems to have become THE Wedding Venue for 2012. Halfaampieskraal has been doing it with great aplomb for a while and other venues see growth in this market. How does this affect Napier, you may ask? Well the folk attending these events need somewhere to sleep, things to do, places to see and great food too.
While the wedding venues attend to the bridal party requirements, their guest have to be accommodated, fed and entertained. Please contact Lindy at Napier Media House regarding such provision that you might have regarding the above.

In commemoration of Bartolomeu Dias sailing round the southernmost tip, all the shipwreck victims that lost their lives along the Cape Agulhas coastline and as part of the Southern Tip Day festivities you are invited to a Maritime and Shipwreck Art display presented by Mosie Hope and Agulhas National Park
When: 12 - 18 May 2012 Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Suiderlig Dienssentrum, Struisbaai
More info contact: Mosie Hope 082 296 0144 or mosiehope@isat.co.za
Refreshments for sale by Suiderlig Dienssentrum from 12:00 to 14:00

An update on the Marah project, highlighted in a previous Napier Natter.
Folks have already started donating shoe boxes and small gifts so that at Christmas time older people in need can receive a gift box. Many thanks for the donations! Much more is needed, so please if you have shoe boxes, wrapping paper or small gifts which are cluttering up your cupboards drop them in at Gunners or contact Jenny on 028 423 3439 to arrange collection.

The Napier-Nuwerus Nasorg/Aftercare is in need of old newspapers and magazines as well as sweets such as toffee's, suckers and fizzies.
If you can help, please drop them off at Aletta's Gastehuis or contact her on 028 423 3857.

The Overberg Branch of the Botanical Society is having their "GO WILD" OPEN DAY on the 10th March at the Red Windmill. A highlight of the day is Adriaan Hanekom's FREE presentation at 11am on the day. The owner of Caledon Fynbos, Adriaan will be presenting a brief and informative talk with audio visual, about introducing fynbos into your garden.

There is something for everyone - a nature trail for the kids at 11am, lunch/wine specials from Dave's Country Kitchen, and competitions to win great prizes, If you haven't yet walked the Labyrinth, this is a great day to do it! For more info contact Dee on 082 462 8269

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Liz from Julians Restaurant in Bredasdorp sent the great story below:
An F&B manager at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa in Cape Town has implemented a cork recycling project to provide flooring for schools in under-privileged areas.

David Wibberley said the idea came to him after he heard about a spate of unfortunate events. "Many poorer communities are affected by accidental shack fires as paraffin lamps or candles are knocked over and set blankets alight - often with tragic consequences.

"Cork has excellent fire retardant qualities as well as having elasticity, durability and hypo-allergenic qualities. I suddenly realised there may be a potential for this product beyond its use in wine making."

His project was supported by visitors and guests to the hotel in recent months, as well as by the hotel's five wine partners. About 8 000 corks came from Klein Constantia and many others from Buitenverwachting, Boschendal, Anthonij Rupert, Villiera and Groot Constantia.

As a result, the Vineyard Hotel & Spa collected over 25 000 corks in just three months.

The first beneficiary of the project was the Eerste Rivier Empowerment Centre, a safe house for children. The recycled corks covered an area of 24 sq metres that serves as a playroom for the children.

We are sure you have been following this amazing Cape Town project which has been featured in newspapers and magazines. We thought that we in the Bredasdorp/Napier/Struisbaai/Arniston/Agulhas area could get involved. We have been in contact with David and he would love all the corks he can get. We are up and down to CT all the time with our vehicle and have organized with David to drop off the corks at his hotel.

Please start collecting all your corks (check that the metal/plastic wrappings have been removed) and either drop them off at JULIAN'S or Pascal's of Napier.

Happy (and responsible) drinking and collecting!

This day in history (24 February)
303 - 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued
1208 - St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
1895 - Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London
1582 - Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1895 - Cuban war for independence begins
1903 - US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
1917 - Russian revolution breaks out
1942 - Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
1944 - Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
1946 - Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
1979 - Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1981 - Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1988 - South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
1989 - Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
2008 - Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years
2010 - Sachin Tendulkar scored the the first double century in One Day International cricket
2011 - Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

Quotable quotes
  • And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. - Confucius
  • A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. - Confucius
  • Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. - Confucius
  • Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. - C. S. Lewis
  • Be as you wish to seem. - Socrates
  • I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. - Socrates

The Last Laugh
Two Irishmen were walking home after a night on the beer when a severed head rolled along the ground. Mick picked it up to his face and said to Paddy "Jez, that look like Sean" to which Paddy replied "No Sean was taller than that.

Q: Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
A: Because they're always a little short.

Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
A: He's Dublin over with laughter!

Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?
A: Patty O'furniture!

Happy St Patrick's day to all the Natter readers!!

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