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Just when you thought it was safe to break out the shorts and admire the spring blossoms ... winter decided to turn its icy breath and blast our mountains with yet more snow. Things went as far as snowball fights on top of Table Mountain!
You'd think by now we would be watching the mountains turn greener and grassier and flowers appearing - and there is some of that around, but with severe weather warnings for the Western Cape yet again, who knows? Enjoy these lovely photos from our readers in the Helderberg and Overberg. Thank you Michelle Kovar, Loren Rutherford, Nikki Swanepoel and Herman van Bon!
According to Food 24's Lucy Corne, one of the quirkiest craft beer breweries in South Africa. is right here in the Helderberg - Somerset West to be exact: "Triggerfish Brewing (Somerset West, Western Cape)Two things instantly set Triggerfish apart – its funky location in a former dynamite plant and the vast array of unusual beers on offer. Beers are brewed in a one-time anthracite store and served in the brick-walled taproom. Here you can sample around 15 of Triggerfish’s impressive 24-strong range of brews. Alongside familiar pale ales and stouts, you’ll find a pink-hued beer-wine hybrid, a blonde ale infused with buchu and…
“I'm not scared of work,” says Mark Goldsworthy. We're in an almost empty warehouse, just around the corner from where I live, in a small industrial area called Mansfield Industrial Park on the Western side of Gordon's Bay. Up against the one wall, two shiny new tanks and a modified wine barrel. Mark wants to try mashing in an actual barrel – far more interesting than a steel or plastic tank, and also a fair bit less expensive. It's called a mash tun, after all ... My question: does he intend having any employees on site? What work there is,…
Our very own South African sheepdog handler, Swellendammer Faansie Basson and his dogs, including Don, won a silver medal at the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Champs in the USA, and was only beaten by one point! Faansie and Don wil also be in action in the upcoming sheepdog trails at Caledon on 27, 28 and 29 October.  
A Canadian 11th grade English class had just finished reading a novel that takes place in South Africa in the 1960′s and were divided into groups to create a presentation on different aspects of South Africa. One topic was ‘The Status of Black Women in South Africa.’ Partner #1 took on a leadership role and Partner #2 was very quiet through most of the discussion. Partner #1: “Alright, so I’m tackling the general topic of prejudice against women. [My name], you’ve got the presentation design, visual components and digging up any photographs you can find from the 1960′s. [Partner #2],…
Karen Jeynes is a writer of things: plays, films, TV shows, novels, radio dramas, articles and book reviews. Her plays include the multi award-winning “Everybody Else (is Fucking Perfect)”, “Wake up and smell the coffee”, “Kiss Kiss”, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, and “Laying Blame”, as well as “Vaslav”, “Ellipses” and “Whyte” all premiering in 2014. She serves on the boards of Women Playwrights International and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, for whom she edits the “Seasons” anthology. She is passionate about nurturing new writers, and runs courses and workshops around the world, lectures, and teaches scriptwriting through the…
Situated just off the N2 on the Baden Powell Road, is the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, which we discovered when looking for Indian Runner Ducks for our garden. There are about 650-800 of these Runner Ducks on the farm that play an important role, patrolling the vineyards daily, assisting in snail and pest control.  Vergenoegd has been in the Faure family for six generations and when you step inside the Cape Dutch manor house, it is as though you have been taken back in time to the 1800's. The rooms are filled with beautiful antique furniture and fittings. They also produce many award winning…
2013 marks the eighth year that the Mail & Guardian has published its Young South Africans edition, which highlights 200 young people who are doing amazing work to make an impact in their communities. "Each year we find 200 young people, aged 35 and under, who were born here or have made South Africa their home, and who are full of talent, dreams and drive. What we know without a doubt is that next year we will find 200 more that are doing even more spectacular things. Turns out South Africa is full of overachievers. This is one of the…
Kelly, who is brewer Mark Goldsworthy's wife, tells us about the exciting new craft beer kid on the block. At this stage we're based in Gordon’s Bay. We have signed a lease in a little industrial park just outside Gordon’s Bay, where our neighbours are a combination of garagiste wine maker, artist and gourmet food importer!  The “brewmaster” is my husband Mark Goldsworthy who has a background in winemaking and viticulture, and the appropriate qualification from Elsenburg College. He has worked for some of the leading wine farms in the region – Kanonkop, Backsberg (both as more of a trainee/assistant…
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