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Your guide to a cool West Coast lifestyle MAY / JUNE 2013

Winter thrills MAY Enjoy Old-Cape High Tea at La Motte - a sweet and savoury spread that includes all the usual high tea fare with a Winelands twist. Cost R125pp, ph 021 8768800 – throughout May. The Karoo desert comes alive on Stonehenge farm (300 km from Cape Town) for a radical festival. Afrikaburn at the Tankwa Karoo National Park has six days of art, music, performance and creative expression – 1st-6th.

A themed walk, Why the fuss about Fynbos?, takes place at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Booking essential – 10-12th. At the charity luncheon, Table of Peace, citizens, celebrities and captains of industry break bread on Table Mountain. Cost R150 to R500 – 12th. Writers and readers gather at various venues in Franschhoek for the Franschhoek Literary Festival, – 17th-19th.

Don’t forget the annual must-do: the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival with loads to do, sip and taste – 3rd-5th.

An extravaganza of fine food and wine, showcasing the latest cooking trends, the Good Food Festival at the CTICC features top international chefs, including Gordon Ramsay – 23rd-26th.

Rock on with Bon Jovi’s Because We Can show at the Cape Town Stadium – 7th.

The finest exponents of jazz music belt it out at the FMR Jazz Concert at Artscape – 26th.

Eight of the original musicians from Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Skid Row and Collective Soul perform as one Supergroup, Kings of Chaos, at the Grand Arena – 8th. Docu-lovers will delight in Encounters at the V&A’s Nu Metro, showcasing documentaries from around the world – 8-25th. Hilarity reigns at the Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre – from the 10th. Internationally acclaimed comedian Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure is at the Grand Arena – 18th. To celebrate winter solstice, intrepid swimmers take part in the Polar Bear Swim, Clifton 4th Beach at 10h00 – 23rd.

Bieber fever hits Cape Town Stadium when Justin Bieber does his thing – 8th. A poetry festival curated by Breyten Breytenbach, Dancing in other Words, features 11 internationally renowned poets at Spier Wine Estate from 14h00-16h30 – 10th + 11th. A musician guides visitors along the road followed by marching bands, while older musicians give reflections of their lives at the Music of District Six, District Six Museum, 25 Buitenkant St – 11th. A family fest with a difference: Greenpop’s Reforest at Platbos, Gansbaai aims to protect and grow the ancient Platbos forest with treeplanting. Cost of R495 includes camping, all meals, music, tools, fun activities and trees, – 10th + 12th.

JUNE Paddlers from 24 countries will unite to raise awareness and funds for marine conservation at Paddle for the Planet. Meet 8h00 sharp at the Fish Hoek Yacht Club – 1st. All things bridal at the SA Wedding Show, CTICC – 7-9th.

Veteran funny man John Cleese provides laughs at the CTICC – 18th+19th. Gordon’s Bay hosts a Winter Wonderland Festival where the Milkwood Trail is transformed into a fairy forest, with glühwein, hot choc, food, live bands and a fairy ferry across the old harbour – 28-30th.


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Why we love the West Coast

It’s thumbs-up for the West Coast all the way. Ever wondered why people love this corner of the world? We hit the streets and here’s what they say.

pointed out, “The sun sets ridiculously early in the City Bowl, Hout Bay and Southern Suburbs, while we’re still basking in rays for hours to come.”

Lydia Carstens of Bloubergrant enthused, “The scenery, starkness, wind and cold water – love it. Plus the fact that we can see Table Mountain in all its glory 24/7/365.”

Lehesta Rademan of Sunningdale likes the fact that the beach is on her doorstep. “Also, it’s blissful not to be trapped in the hustle and bustle found elsewhere in Cape Town.”

Summing it up in five words, Morris Pieterse of Atlantic Beach stated, “The people and fresh air.”

Atlantic Beach’s Terai Valkhoff had many points to list. “Where do I start? There’s the blessing of the wind, freedom, fresh air, open spaces, fynbos, white beaches, friendly locals, ‘lekker’ restaurants and being ‘separate’ from the rest of the world, so to speak. Indeed, one has that holiday feeling permanently. This is a perfect place in Africa, yet different from the rest of Africa.”

Hitting it on the button was West Beach’s Celeste Crowther, “I feel like I’m on holiday all the time. More great plus factors are the secure beaches and large open spaces – one doesn’t feel trapped.” Dr Sean Daniel of Grotto Bay, who runs his practice in West Beach, simply loves the sense of freedom, fresh air and long days. As he

Hailing from the UK, Willie Rijshouwer, who lives in West Beach for about five months of

the year, adores the scenery, accessible walks and good restaurants. Well, everyone says pretty much the same thing. We’re definitely privileged to live in such a beautiful area. There are so many first-class things to enjoy in this West Coast area. Here are a few: The Koeberg Nature Reserve’s mountain biking route is peaceful and uncongested. Great fare (and cakes!) for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music can be found at the Starke Ayres restaurant, West Coast Village. Delight in the scenic hiking trail at Silwerstroomstrand. The Bush Pub on the R27 is an experience. Jan’s Bistro at Sandown Nursery, West Beach serves a good Sunday roast for R60.


The benefits of osteopathy As more and more people turn to alternative medicine for physical ailments and emotional issues, we examine osteopathy.

Osteopathy was developed in the early 1870s in the United States by Dr Andrew Taylor-Still. His insightful approach to medicine led to the development of Osteopathy as a system of integrative healthcare which recognises that the human body should be treated as a whole, not simply constituent parts. Osteopathic medicine operates on the principle that the body has self-regulatory mechanisms with the capacity to defend, repair and remodel itself. This is called homeostasis. Simply put, an osteopath uses therapeutic application of manually guided forces to improve physiological function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic dysfunction. The latter is the impaired or altered function of related components of the bodywork (somatic) system, including the skeletal, arthrodial, and myofascial structures, as well as their related vascular, lymphatic and neural elements. Osteopaths believe that the maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to these homeostatic mechanisms. Problems in the body’s framework can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body and affect any aspect of health. Therefore, mechanical problems, such as restricted movement or contracted soft tissues, may lead not only to aches and pains in joints and muscles, but also to disturbances in internal organs. Osteopaths work with the whole body to restore normal function to the musculoskeletal system and hence restore the body’s selfhealing and –regulating mechanisms. Treatment is both holistic and specific. Effects of this work will also be reflected in the mental, emotional and spiritual lives of patients.

Treatment process & benefits After taking a detailed medical history from the patient, the osteopath assesses the whole body. A diagnosis of what’s causing the symptoms is then made. Treatments vary from being subtle to fairly gentle. It’s suitable for everyone - from new-borns to the elderly. There are no known side-effects to osteopathic treatment. Treatment is aimed not only at symptomatic relief, but towards helping the body function better in all respects. Patients often report an improvement in general wellbeing, energy levels, sleep patterns, as well as other symptomatic areas which weren’t the primary source of pain/discomfort.

Emotional medicine and its benefits Osteopathy is about the physical body (musculo-skeletal system) and this system is influenced by the environment continuously. The musculo-skeletal tissue cells have receptors which are constantly receiving and reacting to electrical and chemical activity in the body. These physical reactions can be felt through the sensitive hands of a manual therapist.

How emotions are linked to the body The basic, scientific explanation is that an emotion is a chemical reaction to a stimulus that has a neurological and therefore physical response. It's this physical response that defines the emotion. For example, we see a lion running towards us. We feel fear, our heart pounds and we break out in a sweat. On the other hand, we look out on a lovely quiet lake while listening to relaxing music and we sigh, our heart beat slows and we feel peace. It’s well-recognised that suppressed emotions are stored in our physical bodies and that this isn’t good for our physical health. Physical


symptoms commonly include chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel and cancer. Psychological symptoms include depression and anxiety. Osteopathy can help in two ways: accessing and releasing. Accessing emotions – to release stored emotions one has to recognise their existence - become conscious of what is subconscious. Because different emotions have different physical manifestations, the manual therapist can identify the suppressed emotion by its physical manifestation. So instead of you telling the therapist how you’re feeling, the therapist tells you how you’re feeling. Releasing emotions - by listening to what your body is saying, because every thought or emotion creates a neurological (or electrical) reaction which manifests physically (eg muscle tightness). The manual therapist can then guide you along a fairly standard path of emotional release. This starts with recognising the original held emotion which is often fear but can manifest as anger, frustration, hurt, loneliness, rejection, abandonment, worthlessness, etc. You must feel that emotion fully in your mind and body. It will then move towards understanding and acceptance (a feeling of sadness tends to be felt at this stage). From there you make the all-important leap towards forgiveness and then allowing love to flow again. A feeling of inner peace and outer joy is a clue that you have healed your emotional wound. Your backache, headaches or irritable bowel has disappeared and you feel energised and focused. Call it issues or call it baggage, we all have them, but some more than others. It’s no longer something from which to hide. For more information, contact Dr Patrick McDonald on 071 5086064.

Clear the crud from your blood Here’s a simple herbal recipe to turbo-charge your blood vessels. Just 10 steps. This will clear your blood and improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, circulatory resilience and by default strengthen your immune system. It’s a 4x4 race for better health. Anything else? Yes: it’ll clear parasites, empower your digestion and help you to think better. You'll also sleep deeper. 1. Grab 4 whole bulbs of organic garlic and 4 lemons. (This is the 4x4) 2. Cut a large chunk of fresh root ginger (this gives ‘turbo’ to the mix). 3. Slice them all in half. Don’t remove the skin or anything. 4. Put them in a pan with a litre of water. Put the lid on.

Gifts for mom and dad Both Mother’s and Father’s Day are looming and it’s time to show your appreciation for these special people in your life. Here are some great gift ideas.

5. On the lowest heat bring them to the boil; allow to simmer for 15 minutes. 6. Leave to cool with the lid on. 7. Strain the liquid. 8. Press out the garlic, lemons and ginger with a potato mash press to get as much juice out as possible. 9. Put in a bottle and keep in the fridge. 10. Take a shot glass of this every day. When you’ve finished the bottle, return to #1 and do it all again, ad infinitum. You won't regret it.

For moms and/or dads with green fingers, a gardening voucher from Starke Ayres at West Coast Village would be a welcome gift. Give your folks a break and buy them a weekend package at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel, tel 028 5721226. Tickets to a music concert. Contact Computicket.

A meal at Luke Dale-Roberts’s amazing Pot Luck Club in Woodstock, ph 021 4470804 Tickets to a special rugby match for dad. A make-over voucher from GlamFive for mom, phone 082 3008196. Finally, make sure mom and dad are left chorefree on their respective special days.


Aging with a little help Now that people live longer, by and large embracing healthy life styles, looking as young as one feels has become de rigueur. As such, rhytidectomy, better known as a face lift, is no longer the domain of the rich and famous, but people from all walks of life are opting for some form of face lift or other rejuvenation procedures.

Jowling is one of the earliest signs of facial aging. The jowls are areas of skin and fat that have fallen from the side of the face to hang along or below the jaw line. With age, these areas tend to become more noticeable as the sag worsens. This is probably the most prominent example of the ravages of time and gravity, weakening the attachments of the skin to the underlying muscle so that a tight bond between the two no longer exists.

Before having a face lift, it’s important to have realistic expectations and be emotionally, physiologically and psychologically prepared.

Eyelid surgery improves the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both rejuvenating the eye area for a more rested and alert look. Lipofilling is a fat grafting technique to restore the fullness lost when age takes its toll. It’s used to plump up and enhance all facial areas including the chin, nose, neck, jaw line, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, brow, upper eyelids, temples and lips.

Thanks to Botox injections, fewer brow lift procedures are done today, Jedeiken confirms. Multiple clinical studies have shown that Botox produces a modest brow elevation in the range of 1 to 3 mm which makes a marked difference to the face. Other non-invasive rejuvenation techniques such as resurfacing lasers are gaining in popularity, says Jedeiken. “Of note are the fractional Erbium and CO2 lasers which can ‘iron out’ fine lines around the eyes and mouth dramatically. What’s more, down-time is minimal.” Sun damage can be treated effectively with these resurfacing techniques as well. The principle behind skin resurfacing is to damage the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, which then heals with new, refreshed and more orderly arranged collagen fibres. This new dermis has a rejuvenated and smoother appearance.

A face lift can enhance overall facial appearance by tightening slack muscles, removing superfluous skin and thereby improving facial contours. But plastic surgeons are quick to warn, “Before having a face lift, it’s important to have realistic expectations and be emotionally, physiologically and psychologically prepared. Also, surgery won’t necessarily change relationships.” Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Lionel Jedeiken stresses that today’s face lifts by expert surgeons aren’t designed to change appearances radically, but simply refresh the overall facial look. He cites the three forms of plastic surgery that have the most dramatic results as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), lipofilling and of course the face lift (jowls and neck).

Replace and Relax. In what some refer to as the liquid face lift, strategically placed Botox and dermal fillers contour the face. This injectable face lift can create a plumper look, addressing lines, wrinkles, volume loss and sagging. The liquid face lift has been making a noticeable impact on aesthetic medicine during the past few years, because it’s typically more subtle than surgery.

A facelift in its fullest extent is a jowl-neck lift, which includes the mid-face (cheeks). In its more limited form, it’s primarily a jowl and mid-face lift. Skin and deeper tissues are pulled up and back, eliminating the jowls by repositioning loose tissue above the jaw line again. According to Jedeiken, people often opt for a series of maintenance procedures. These small procedures include eyelid surgery and lipofilling. But, less invasive techniques also are gaining popularity. Loosely defined, noninvasive procedures are the 3 Rs – Remove,

The principle behind skin resurfacing is to damage the dermis, which then heals with new, refreshed collagen fibres. Other lasers include the Intense Pulsed Light for sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, vascular lesions, thread veins and port wine stains; and vascular lasers for broken capillaries and fine facial veins. Let’s face it: youthfulness is here to stay and we might as well embrace the technology that helps us looking fresh and dewy!

Cosy venue, superb food Blink and you might miss it. Forneria Italia is a tiny, family-run restaurant. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Italy when inside. It’s busy and noisy, with smells from Italy permeating the room. The fare is delicious - no frills. Start with an irresistible focaccia, paired with a Parma ham caprese salad. The 18 pastas include gnocchi, ravioli and rich lasagne, with sauces ranging from Italian sausage, garlic, and chilli in a Napoletana sauce to smoked salmon in a creamy caper sauce. There are 30 excellent pizza choices with super-thin, crisp bases and generous toppings. Finish off with pastry cones dipped in chocolate or profiteroles filled with custard. No casha, no pizza – bring cash! Address is corner Raats Drive and Dianthus St, Table View, phone 021 5562262.


In spite of the decline in adoptions, the process has become much easier, but still intense, according to adoptive parents. In line with the constitution, procedures have changed, becoming much more respectful towards biological mothers, fathers, the babies and the adoptive parents. Furthermore, most adoptions are ‘open’ – that is, the mother knows to what type of people her baby is going and adoptive parents may meet the mother when she hands over the child. The mother usually may choose the adoptive parents from a profile submitted by the prospective adoptive parents to the agency, without revealing identities.

ADOPTION. IS IT STILL AN OPTION? Declining adoption numbers in South Africa is a sign of the times. Fewer black and coloured babies than in previous years are placed for adoption, while there are virtually no white babies available for adoption. The few that are, often would be disclosed adoptions (where the parties know one another).

Reasons for the declining adoption figures are many: easy abortions, the law that birth fathers have to provide consent for an adoption, better birth control, huge advances in fertility drugs, in-vitro fertilisation and the fact that many modern couples choose not to have children.

Denni Leppan, Children’s Court Commissioner in Wynberg Cape Town, reported that many adoptions in South Africa were now cross-cultural. Despite the shift in focus (many black babies/few adoptive black parents, no white babies/many white adoptive couples), Cape Town Child Welfare still adheres to Section 40 of the Child Care Act in which same-culture adoptions are recommended. A Muslim-born

child should be matched with Muslim parents, Xhosa child with Xhosa parents, etc. She said, “The greater number of black babies being available is simply because of dire socioeconomic factors affecting the mothers. They choose the adoption route because they believe that the adoptive parents will be able to provide their baby with security and stability.” After the necessary psychological and psychometric tests, the social worker will present a profile on the adoptive parents to the mother, who may then either accept or decline. In the case of abandoned babies, which are many, the process is considerably more streamlined. Countless challenges lie ahead for prospective adoptive parents. In particular, transcultural adoption offers a special opportunity with rich rewards. The good news is that attitudes to and procedures for adoption have relaxed to a refreshing extent. Thus, the future bodes well for adoptees and adoptive parents alike.



Croaking good As a burrowing species, the unusual Sand Rain Frog strangely enough doesn’t inhabit water and spends most of its time underground. Breviceps rosei - aka Rose’s Rain Frog – occurs in sandy, coastal areas well-covered in vegetation. They surface during heavy rain. When disturbed, they inflate their bodies dramatically as a defence mechanism. The advertisement call is a short whistle which may be repeated continuously every second. Adults attain a body length of 36 mm. The body is squat and rotund with a short, narrow head which has a relatively large eye, horizontally elliptical pupil, flat face and narrow mouth. Fingers and toes lack webbing and

adhesive discs, but they have spade-like protuberances on their feet. On the upper body, a uniformly light brown scalloped band runs down the middle of the back and this often contains a thin, pale, vertebral stripe. The rest of the upper side is generally brown, while the underside is white to light beige with scattered dark flecks. Breeding activity is dependent on damp conditions caused by rain showers or heavy mist and mainly occurs in winter and spring. Mating pairs are formed on the surface and, while in amplexus, the frogs bury themselves backwards into the soil. Rain frogs are known to lay their eggs in underground nests.

Metamorphosis takes place inside the egg capsules with the young hatching as fully formed froglets.

Coastal and agricultural developments continue to reduce this species' area of occupancy. Frogs consume vast quantities of insects and contribute considerably to pest control.

References: Wikipedia;; /capeherp/cederberg/frogsandrain.htm.


Veggies have top spot

May is for vegetable gardeners. so, get out your gloves and sow the following now: beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, dwarf spinach, endives, garlic, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, radishes, swede turnips, turnips. These winter flowering bulbs can still be planted: Allium neapolitanum, Anemone coronaria, tall


aristea, Babiana, Bulbinella latifolia (cat's tail), Dipidax triquetra (star of the marsh), Dutch iris, Freesia, Hyacinth, star of Bethlehem, Ixia, Leucojum (snowflake), spider lily, grape hyacinth, Narcissus, chincherinchees, ranunculus, river lily, Sparaxis and Tritonia. Winter flowering annuals should be fed twice a month with a liquid fertiliser. Remove faded flowers regularly, especially from Iceland poppies, pansies and violas. Editor: Mariette Greyling, Tomar Communications T: 021 554 0442

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