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ATLANTIC GULL Celebrating life on the West Coast

JUNE 2014 JUNE 2018

Chocolat! Radio king George Amusing Bagdad Café Vanrhynsdorp’s gems


june jol 1 Indie rock stars’ THE PARLOTONES 20TH

ANNIVERSARY TOUR won’t disappoint – 8pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R220 – R280

1-3 Family-friendly WACKY WINE WEEKEND includes cellar tours, tutored tastings by winemakers, wine pairings, live music, outdoor sports, art & craft stalls & country cuisine – 12pm, Robertson Wine Valley, ph 023 6263167. Cost R200

17 The National Theatre’s production of Follies is part of the WORLD ARTS CINEMA SEASON – 11am, Fugard Bioscope, cnr Caledon and Lower Buitenkant St, ph 021 4614554. Cost R100.

26-30 An interactive stage production for children aged 5+ in CARTOON NETWORK LIVE! which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot – 10am & 2pm, Grand Arena. Cost R70 – R365

19-20 Afrikaans rocker KAREN ZOID sets the stage alight – 8pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R160 – R180

27 A celebrity

concert featuring international opera stars Pretty Yende, Musa Ngqungwana, Aviva Pelham et al in A PASSION FOR OPERA – 8pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R200 – R450

22-24 Trance music reigns at VORTEX 1-6 Capturing the stillness

of nature and abstract reality in a photographic exhibition, TIMELESS BY MARCO LUBBERS – 7am– 5pm, Ground Art Caffe, 160 Strand St. Cost Free

PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF FIRE where guests camp overnight, dance & celebrate – 9am, Kam’Bati River Resort, Swellendam, ph 071 4688339. Cost R450 - R550

16 Bring your own mat and unite with 2 000 yogis at the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA by instructor Joelle Sleebos & Adidas SA – 8.30am or 2pm, CTICC, ph 071 3416764. Cost free, but donate to Earthchild Project

23 Go bokke go at SA VS ENGLAND RUGBY – 5pm, DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium, sarugby. Cost R150 – R850

about Atlantic Gull This monthly West Coast lifestyle publication is distributed to these estates: Atlantic Beach, Waters Edge, Sunset Links, Dune Ridge,

Sandown and La Paloma. Also to homes along many Blouberg, West Beach, Sunningdale, Flamingo Vlei and Wave’s Edge roads; as well as batches to high-visitor retail outlets from Milnerton to Duynefontein. Advertising booking deadline for the July 2018 issue: 31 May 2018. FRONT COVER: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – Quiver tree at Vanrhynsdorp by Elizma Fourie.

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V&A museums after dark at MUSEUM NIGHT – 5pm, V&A, info@ thursdaysprojects. Cost free

29 For two consecutive weekends the GORDONS BAY WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL will delight all with food, lights, a winter palace, motoring exhibition, & entertainment – 6pm, Festival Grounds, Hendon Park Vacation Resort, ph 071 6063261. Cost: R10 – R50

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Contrary to its vernacular name, the spring hare isn’t a hare or rabbit. It’s a rodent – the largest bipedal rodent in SA. But because it’s not closely related to any group of living rodents, it’s the only member of the family Pedetidae in the Rodentia order. With peculiar looks, short front and large hind legs, it appears and behaves like a dwarf kangaroo. Pedetes capensis is about the size of a rabbit with a short round head, a thick muscular neck, very large eyes and long, narrow upright ears. Weighing about 3 kg, its tail measures 440 mm. When attacked, they use their strong hind legs to propel themselves into the air and make no mistake, they can run like the wind in leaps of between two and three meters. Both sexes have upper body parts in a yellow-brown, cinnamon or rufousbrown colour with a prominent dark tail tip. Foraging on all fours, spring hares feed on grass roots, rhizomes, corms, stems, seeds and leaves and seek out green grasses which are high in protein and water. Cute as buttons, they sit on their hind feet and tail while eating, so as to manipulate the food with their forefeet. Non-seasonal breeders, female spring hares give birth to one young after a gestation period of 77 days – up to three times in a year. Born in burrows, the young are well-furred at birth, but rely on their mother’s milk up to seven weeks of age. They’re sexually mature at eight months. Spring hares absolutely love flat, semi-arid areas with sandy soil, sparse vegetation and nearby grass. Alas, because they’re a food source to many, their status is critical in many regions. Ref:;

pure solace! Warming up the most dismal of winter days, melkkos is as eg South African as biltong. In the olden days, people used to have it for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal. Indeed, it was soul food and many people have fond memories of grandma’s wizardry with this dish in a toasty kitchen. Melkkos, translated as milk food, also used to rank alongside chicken soup as the meal of choice for a family member feeling under the weather among Afrikaans-speaking families. Best of all, it was a faithful standby when a quick meal had to be whipped up for hungry children, or when purses contained but a few coins. Although there are several modern-day versions (with sago, pasta or rice), this recipe is the real deal. Ingredients: 2 liters milk; 300 ml cake flour; 5 ml salt; 15 ml butter; cinnamon sugar, cinnamon stick. Method: Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour and salt, making small worm-like ‘cuttings’, known as snysels. Infuse a cinnamon stick in milk on the stove-top for a while to develop the flavour. Bring the milk to the boil. Add the cuttings a little bit at a time while stirring. Lumps will form, but keep stirring well! When lumpy, cover with lid and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until cooked. The delicious smell alone will have everyone drooling. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to taste and serve the melkkos steaming hot in soup plates with a roaring fire in the background. If you’re feeling creative, you can pimp it up ever so slightly by adding your favourite spice and fruit flavours into the milk. And instead of plain old cinnamon sugar, use the marvellous NoMU Sweet Rub.



radiohead extraordinaire

George Latsky is a walking-talking encyclopaedia on radios. Before the advent of TV, computers, PlayStations, cellphones and apps, listening to dramas, chat shows and music on radio was ingrained in family life the world over. Yes, video did kill the radio star, but thanks to Louis George Latsky’s passion for the radio valve, many of these century-old communication and entertainment apparatus are being preserved for posterity. His love affair with collecting radios started in 1947 when he was eight years old. That same year he built his first 20s and 30s breadboard set using a broomstick as a coil. At his Radio Museum in Vanrhynsdorp there are more than 350 radios ranging from early domestic wooden cabinet valve radios, Bakelite table-top radios, communication receivers and military radios with examples of period accessories. A collection of early valves is also on display. His breadboard recreations of early homebuilt radio receivers are recognised as unique among fellow radio enthusiasts from around the world. He explained, “The one-valve wireless sets are

built breadboard style with old wireless parts, circuits and projets as basis, but modified to the motto ‘Use what you have to create what you want.’ Each set is one-of-a-kind. They’re not replicas, because where on earth would one find these old parts today?” George’s mission is to keep this historical collection for generations to come – providing a glimpse of a romantic bygone era. “One of the biggest honours I received for my hobby was when the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers asked me to build a radio for their new museum in Observatory, Johannesburg,” he said. As to his preference in air waves, George is emphatic, “I fervently hate frequency modulation, known as FM. It’s too nice and too clear. Nothing beats shortwave. It overcomes boundaries, whether geographical or political, transmissions are easy to receive and it’s cheap. But the crowning stroke is the romantic and dramatic sound quality.” Born to a Polish father who was a Dutch FAST FACTS To veg out I listen to good music on the radio Spectator sport? I’m the secretary-general of sports haters! My pet place is Bloubergstrand My favourite restaurant is Zar Restaurant in Vanrhynsdorp – only on special occasions I love eating Boerekos and sago pudding

Reformed dominee and an English mother who was the granddaughter of an 1820 settler, George started teaching English, Latin and Afrikaans at various schools throughout the Eastern and Western Cape after graduating from UCT. During his working life, he ticked off being a waiter, cadet commander, translator, writer, court interpreter and head of Nasau’s language section. After this varied and illustrious career, he finally headed to Vanrhynsdorp where he taught English for 17 years until retirement in 1992. This was a significant year in another respect – the launch of his radio museum. Now almost 80 years old, George, who can read 18 languages after a fashion, is by no means kicking back in a rocking chair. Caring full-time for bedridden Ria, his wife of 45 years, he’s following up his book Staaltjies van oral and the biography on his father with an auto-biography. And safely in a storeroom, a boatload of shoeboxes filled with parts are beckoning for the next 40 radios he intends to build.

My signature drink is Coca-Cola On TV I enjoy the news My pet is ginger cat Tiger Favourite reads are technical & travel books, biographies and Arthur Upfield’s detective fiction George can be contacted on 027 2191032 and the Radio Museum is situated at 4 Church Street.



putting a smile on your dial Between nowhere and nowhere, a surprise package awaits the weary traveller. Welcome to Bagdad Café! Tuck your feet under the table and enjoy hospitality nonpareil, hearty food and the humour of the environment. This little treasure is on the R27 between Nieuwoudtville and Vanrhynsdorp, on the banks of the Grootdrift river. Order a cuppa boeretroos accompanied by huge pancakes (cheese, bacon & cheese, curry mince, syrup, cinnamon or chocolate), feast on the ginormous roosterkoeke (cheese & jam, cheese, butter, tripe or kaiings) or settle for a hearty breakfast. On Sundays, enjoy

food for the soul, known locally as boerekos: a buffet of vegetable soup, beef potjie, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, ice cream and chocolate sauce. This menu changes weekly though. Browse the little shop of trinkets and scores of books and make sure to visit the quirky loos – an experience in itself. Hands-on owner Owen McGregor is hale and hearty, engaging in friendly chit-chat with all. As you leave (reluctantly), grab an ice cream from the loneliest soft-serve machine south of the equator. The Sunday lunches are extremely popular, so do phone Owen to book: 084 0658464, or




Guaranteed to satisfy every taste, Letsatsi Lodge outside Vanrhynsdorp is truly a haven in the arid Nama Karoo for humans and pets alike. Part of the NC Famous Lodges group and owned by Jean Lamprechts, accommodation options include well-furnished luxury units, family units and tented chalets.

activities run the gamut from mountain biking, bird watching, hiking and 4x4 routes to wine tasting, deep sea fishing and ogling an antique motorbike collection.

There’s a plethora of conveniences: on-site braai packs with homemade sosaties, ice, camelthorn wood, bottled water, a wash bay, laundry service, overnight bulk freezing, group braai facilities and 24-hour security.

Carnivorous tastes are in for a treat at the Red Ox Steakhouse with Kalahari Gemsbok loin cordon bleu, or Gemsbok sirloin, plus top-class steak cuts.

Swim in the sparkling pool, exercise the left side of your brain with the giant chess set, join the succulent tour guided by expert Brink van der Merwe to familiarise yourself with the more than 2 000 aloe species on-site, or view the resident wildlife on your patio with something refreshing in hand. Nearby 6

Letsatsi – which means ‘day’ in Setsotho – also has a historic 1882 Catholic Church built in the Spanish architectural style on the premises, complete with the original wooden benches and organ. It’s the only Catholic Church in South Africa where the murals are in Afrikaans. Rates range from R550 – R795pp depending on season. The entire lodge, sleeping 200, can also be booked and it’s absolutely perfect as a bridal venue. Contact 027 2192828, 082 6260023 or All photos by Henlo du Toit.



SMALL-TOWN CHARM AT ITS BEST IN VANRHYNSDORP Snug between the folds of the towering Matzikamma and Gifberg Mountains lies a town asunder with a rich history of heroic missionaries who braved the arid Nama Karoo to bring the faith to the local people. Vanrhynsdorp, 300 km north of Cape Town, is fascinating in all respects. Home to a host of intriguing places, it’s worth the while to spend a day exploring.


First-up is the Kokerboom Nursery set up by Buys Wiese and managed by his son Danie - the largest succulent nursery in the world with some 500 indigenous species of which about 50 are endemic to the area. Dating back to 1895, the Old Gaol today houses a coffee and craft shop where each cell has a different theme. Even though the last prisoners left in 1930, rumours of ghosts still abound.

pretty interesting The Trutro 1751 Politstatie is the oldest remaining building in this part of the world, having served as an inn, a public school, church, court house and Jan Smuts’s headquarters.


Many techies will delight in the Latsky Radio Museum and then there’s Traut’s tie collection at the Namaqualand Country Lodge in Voortrekker Road. Spending his last 60 years behind a bar pulling pints, Cecil Traut collected more than 2 400 ties from all corners of the world, each one given to him, not one of them was bought. Near the Varsch River, birders can tick off the Namaqua Sandgrouse, different Lark species (Clapper-, Karoo- and Spike-heeled) the European Bee-Eater, the Cape Penduline Tit, the Ant-eating Chat and the Rufous-eared Warbler. Once again it was Pieter van Meerhoff who founded the town in 1661 as Trutro (Troe-Troe), said to be a San war cry. The Troe-Troe Zending was established in 1751 and 120 years later became Het Gesticht. In 1881 the name was changed to the current one to honour the legendary Van Rhijns for invaluable contributions as community and church leaders. Although at its spectacular best with a flower parade in all shades of orange and purple, Vanrhynsdorp, with its population of 6 272 and old Victorian houses, nevertheless is an absorbing town with a cocktail of local gems. Photos: 1. The Maskam mountain; 2. The High School was built from ironstone; 3. A tributary of the Gifberg River falls through a sandstone formation at the Gifberg Mountain Resort, one of several such falls; 4. Namaqua Sandgrouse



chocolate, glorious chocolate Chocolate, that decadent treat, holds universal appeal. Here we tell all to relieve your guilt. Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food, according to Michael Levine. It’s many people’s favourite vice - but the latest evidence suggests that the last thing you should feel when you secretly tuck into hunk of chocolate is guilty.

which is a relaxant and tranquilliser. Also, the sugar in chocolate may reduce stress - sugar has been shown to have a calming and pain-relieving effect on babies and animals because sweet tastes activate opiate-like substances in our brain.

Chocolate is made from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds. Its earliest use dates back to the Olmec civilisation in Mesoamerica and after the European discovery of the Americas, demand for this delicacy exploded.

Another stress-buster is the smell of chocolate. This slows down brain waves, making us feel calm. Most of the time our brains are dominated by beta waves, so when our brain activity slows to alpha waves, we experience a pleasant feeling of calm but alert relaxation.

Scientists have revealed that eating chocolate in reasonable amounts makes you feel emotionally better and so improves the smooth running of your body’s endorphins. It even protects against heart disease. Researchers at Harvard University in the US studied 8 000 men for 65 years and found that those who ate modest amounts of chocolate up to three times a month, lived almost a year longer than those who didn’t eat any. They concluded that this is likely because cocoa contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants also found in red wine. These prevent the oxidation of harmful cholesterol. Antioxidants are also known to protect against cancer. Let’s clear up some other misconceptions. Chocolate doesn’t cause spots. Although many teenagers blame chocolate for their acne, there’s no scientific data to confirm this link. Scientists at Missouri University even gave spot-prone subjects chocolate to eat and observed their skin for the next week - with no effect. Nutritionists maintain that chocolate doesn’t cause weight gain. As long as you don’t eat more calories than you burn off, you won’t get fat. More of the good stuff: chocolate helps us digest milk. Therefore, it’s good for those who are lactose-intolerant. Researchers at Rhode Island University have shown that cocoa stimulates activity of the enzyme lactase in the intestine. We need this to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactoseintolerant patients showed a reduction in bloating, cramping and diarrhoea when one-and-a-half teaspoons of cocoa were added to a cup of milk. Lo and behold, chocolate is good for stress because it contains valeric acid, 8

When you eat chocolate mid-afternoon, it could boost concentration when blood sugar levels get a tad low. With its reasonably low glycaemic index (GI), it gives long-lasting energy because it doesn’t raise blood sugar too quickly. In addition, chocolate is a good source of chromium, which further helps control blood sugar with its involvement in making glucose available in the body. To add to the concentration boost, chocolate makes you more alert thanks to the stimulant theobromine, a caffeine-like substance. However, theobromine doesn’t have the side-effect of producing the jitters like caffeine does. Chocolate only has 1 mg of caffeine in three squares, as opposed to a mug of coffee containing 85 mg. Results of a lab experiment published in 2014 indicated that a cocoa extract, called lavado, might reduce or prevent damage to nerve pathways found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This extract may help slow symptoms such as cognitive decline. Another study, published in 2016 in the journal Appetite, suggests eating chocolate at least once weekly could improve cognitive function. The cherry on top is chocolate’s nutritional value: a 50 gm bar of plain chocolate contains 1.2 mg of iron, 45 mg of magnesium and 110 mg calcium. While dark chocolate may contain less fat and sugar, be sure to check the label. So, cheers to chocolate – “cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment”*. *Catherine Aitken

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Lovely 4 bedroom property in a cul-de-sac with lots of privacy and only a short stroll to the beach and shopping centre. Enjoy all year entertaining in the great indoor braai room which flows out of the lounge.

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Large Family home with 3 double bedrooms all with own bathrooms. Guest loo. Beautiful large open-plan lounge fitted with fireplace. Entertainment area with built-in BBQ and splash pool. Separate store room double garage.

Enjoy a great flow of this property situated on a corner plot. Cozy entertainment areas. 3 bedrooms, each with own bathroom. 3rd bedroom has own entrance and can be converted into a great teenage pad/ granny room.

Lovely family home in secure estate. Ground floor: 2 bedrooms plus full bathroom, beautiful kitchen and living area. Entertainment with built-in bbq and pool. Main ensuite upstairs with balcony. Double auto garage.

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Atlantic Gull June 2018  

The fascinating West Coast of South Africa.

Atlantic Gull June 2018  

The fascinating West Coast of South Africa.