26 August 2011

Hi All

The soap box
One need only read this edition of the Natter to realize that the Overberg is truly a special place and that one need never be bored here. We are still in the doorway of the coming spring and already the choices are many. These activities are not only for those who live elsewhere – they are for all of us who live here to enjoy as well. When one lives in a place of beauty, as we do, we all too easily take it all for granted and forget how blessed we are. Natural beauty, great art, fine food and superb entertainment – it’s all right here in our back yard. Let’s enjoy it!

Cooking up a storm
Judy Dyson, (ex-director of chefs at he Plettenberg and trainer of 5 star hotel chefs) assisted by Cobus Lotz (previously of Pascal’s Bistro) are offering cooking courses that are guaranteed to add pizzazz to your meals.
The courses will take place at the Cookery Department on the 3rd Floor at our Cape Agulhas School of Skills here in Napier.
Classes will commence promptly on Thursdays at 2:15 and end at about 5:00.
Lesson 1: 8 September - Chicken
Lesson 2: 15 September – Pork
Lesson 3: 22 September – Lamb
Lesson 4: 29 September – Beef
The cost for the 4 lessons will be R350 payable in advance on registration For further enquiries please call Maureen on 083 724 7777 or Cathy on 028 4233061 Closing date for registration Wednesday 31 August 2011

Lift needed
Is anyone going to Cape Town anytime between 28-30 Aug?
Fleur du Toit needs a lift and is happy to share petrol costs. Please contact her on: 028 423 3298

Arbour week auction
Riek Creative, in conjunction with various local artists, will be auctioning original works of art painted with trees as the theme. All proceeds will go towards purchasing and planting indigenous trees for the community of Napier.
Place: Riek Creative Gallery
Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 18h00
Contact: 079 353 4816

Looking to buy
The Red Windmill is looking for a "record player" to play seven singles and LP's. Must be in excellent working order and be complete with speakers.

Rainbow Concert
The Agulhas Skills school is presenting an evening concert, “Reënboogtreffers – ‘n vuuring van ons reënboog kultuur” on Thursday 1 Sept. The program consists of a collection of sing- a-long songs and movement celebrating our cultural diversity. Snacks will be available. Entrance fee only R10.00 per person. Please support this worthy event.

Daily bread
Reneessance (both restaurant and larder) will be closed on 14, 15 & 16 September, as they will have a bread baking stand at the Mega Week in the Cape Agulhas Tourism Parmalat Tent.

For the birds
Sasol Agulhas birding, Agulhas National Park, 4th to 6th November 2011
The Sasol Agulhas Birding weekend is a unique opportunity to experience the vast wealth of birdlife in and around this National Park. Birding will take place within the boundaries of Agulhas National Park as well as at De Mond Nature Reserve. There will be guided birding trails and the ever popular birding by kayak on the Nuwejaars River.
The event will start on Friday evening with a finger supper. On Saturday night there will be a three course meal of traditional Strandveld fare and guest speaker, Don Pinnock. The event ends on Sunday with brunch and lucky draw with lots of prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment
Registration R450 per person (includes 3 meals & all activities)
Accommodation, either inside or outside the Park, to be booked separately
Angela Altendorfer (028) 4233095 / 072 2835282 A/H
Eddie Cassani (028) 4233095 / 084 3705255
Fax: 086 670 0902
Email: eddieandangela@telkomsa.net

Friday 4th November
• Registration at SANParks office in Agulhas from midday
• 19h00 Dinner & opening function
Saturday 5th November
• Birding in and around Agulhas National Park (some areas not normally available to the public Optional activities: guided birding trails and birding by kayak.
• 19h00 Dinner, guest speaker & entertainment
Sunday 6th November
• 10h45 Handing in of bird lists
• 11h00 Brunch and prize giving

Agulhas National Park - Heritage Month September 2011 Programme:
Food, medicine and other useful plants from the veld
19 – 24 September 2011
Activities & Display:
Plant specimen displays:
Thatching, Wax berries, Sour figs, Everlastings, and other useful and medicinal plants
Food / Kos:
Stews: Waterblommetjies, and other edible plants available
Roosterkoek & Sour fig jam, Coffee, Tea
Other activities:
Birding, Hiking, Canoeing
Venue / Plek: Agulhas National Park: Soutbosch werf, Struisbaai-Elim road

24 September 2011
Spitbraai: R70.00 pp, Bring own drinks, camping chairs; Please book
Other activities:
Birding, Hiking, Canoeing
Venue / Plek: Agulhas National Park: Soutbosch werf, Struisbaai-Elim road
Time / Tyd: 10:00 – 16:00
084 370 5255 OR (028) 4233095

Oral History Project
5 - 9 September 2011
Exhibition of material collected plus a compilation of the stories collected.
Venue / Plek: Struisbaai Library, Struisbaai-Noord
For more information:
Emmerentia De Kock: 028-435 6078 (8:00-16:00)
Alliston Appel: 028-435 6216 (8:00-16:00)

Laugh it off
Okay, Okay, it all makes sense now... I never looked at it this way before: MENtal illness MENstrual cramps MENtal breakdown MENopause GUYnecologist And when we have REAL trouble, it's a... HISterectomy Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN?

These quotes were taken from actual Federal (US) employee performance evaluations...
"His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity"
"I would not allow this employee to breed"
"This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot"
"Some drink from the fountain of knowledge - he only gargled"

Quotable Quotes
...For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

This week in History
Ameila Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the Atlantic in 1932
Liberation of Paris in 1944, during WW2.
Martin Luther King delivered his 'I have a dream' speech in 1963.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you – and there have been many of you – who have sent e-mails in support of the Natter – your thanks, kind words, contributions and well wishes are hugely appreciated.
Wishing you all a wonderful spring day
Mark Kerr



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