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ATLANTIC GULL Celebrating life on the West Coast

JUNE 2014 JULY 2018

VigeniĂŤa rocks Cake-off at Graze Buzzy Vredenburg Charm your parrot


what’s on in july 1-8 Fun, food, MTB races, marathons &

17-18 Cape Town Opera presents the

adventure at the KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL various venues, Knysna,

critically-acclaimed MANDELA TRILOGY – 7.30pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R130 – R280

7 As a developmental tool, little ears learn through Mozart, Bach and nursery rhymes at LITTLE MAESTROS: JULY CONCERT – 10am, Youngblood, 70-74 Bree St, CBD, phone 076 8356561. Cost R100, kids R20 10-31 The best variety acts and SA

2-6 Kids aged 5 – 7 get a taste of circus

comedians at JIVE CAPE TOWN FUNNY FESTIVAL – 5 or 8pm, Baxter Theatre. Cost R190

1-14 A festive musical,

11-15 Tinker Bell

magic at the ZIP ZAP WINTER TOTS CAMP – 9am, Zip Zap Circus School Dome, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts St, CBD, ph 021 4218622. Cost R180 drop in, R800 pw

SATIN TO SEQUINS – MORE THAN A MINSTREL aims to de-stigmatise the Cape Town minstrels culture – 8.15pm, Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre. Cost R150

takes a pixie-dust journey of Disney tales at DISNEY ON ICE – DREAM BIG – various times, Grand Arena, GrandWest. Cost R50 – R450

6-15 Talented young musicians are given the opportunity to study and perform at the STELLENBOSCH INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL – various times, Endler Hall, University of Stellenbosch, 37 Victoria St, ph 021 8089571. Cost R130 – R150

18 Marking what would have been Madiba’s

100th birthday, embark on a walking tour of portraits and enjoy complimentary refreshments at 67 MINUTES WITH MANDELA – 10am, Mandela Rhodes Place, cnr Wale St & Burg St, CBD. Cost is free

27 Jazz extraordinaire Carlo Mombelli is joined by talented local musicians at MOMBELLI’S ‘ANGELS & DEMONS’ – 8pm, Labia Theatre, 68 Orange St, Gardens. Cost R150 27-29 LAN gaming, Cosplay, tabletop games, competitions and more at ELECTRONIC & GAMING EXPO – 10am, CTICC. Cost R110 online

14-15 Celebrate the valley’s centuries-old heritage at the FRANSCHHOEK BASTILLE FESTIVAL – 11am, Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, ph 021 8762861. Cost R350

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 August 2018 issue: 29 June 2018. FRONT COVER: SUNSET FLIRT – near Vredenburg.

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pumpkin heaven


Pampoenkoekies or pumpkin fritters were a staple in all decent West Coast homes since toeka se tyd. Served either as a side dish, for breakfast or dessert, they’re a great combination of flavours: a little bit savoury and a little bit sweet. Light as air, they’re quick and easy to make - ready to serve in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients: 2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg beaten, 1 cup selfraising flour, 2 tsps baking powder, 1⁄4 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg, 1⁄4 tsp all spice, oil for frying. Cinnamon sugar coating: 50 gm castor sugar, 2 tsp ground cinnamon. Method: Drain the cooked pumpkin well (too much moisture can make the batter runny). Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to a soft but firm batter. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into hot oil. Fry on one side until golden brown and turn to cook the other side. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. In a small bowl, combine castor sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over hot fritters before serving. When serving the fritters for dessert, drizzle caramel sauce over the fritters instead of the cinnamon sugar for a decadently sweet kick.

a treasure! Seeing a Koekemakranka makes an indelible impression. Tragically, like many of our botanical treasures, it’s fallen prey to unscrupulous plant traders, over-grazing and circle irrigation. Lawrence Green speculated that the name stemmed from the Afrikaans “goed vir my krank maag” – a nod to its medicinal qualities. Others say it comes from the now extinct Koina language. In the Cape, Koekemakrankas have a fabled reputation, partly because of its rarity, mysterious growing phases and the highly perfumed flowers and fruits. Gethyllis, also known as Cape crocus, veldpiesang and Christmas Stars, used to be hunted for the perfumed fruit during autumn. The genus Gethyllis (meaning onion or leek) is one of the most extraordinary of the southern African Amaryllids. There are about 38 Gethyllis species and subspecies currently, with G. afra and G. spiralis being the most abundant. The development cycle has three distinct phases. In the summer flowering phase almost stalkless flowers appear, varying from white to deep pink, or wine-red in the Vanrhynsdorp sandveld. The flower shape resembles a large frangipani flower or tulip. The enchanting scent is heady, exotic and lingering. In autumn/winter, the flowers disappear underground while the fruit forms and develops. After 3 to 4 months, the early winter rain coaxes it upwards. Its bright colour and strong strawberry-like scent attract feasting birds, mice, sheep, porcupines and tortoises, who also distribute the seeds. The size, shape, smell and colouring differ between species – either thin and cylindrical or club-shaped, reaching 14 cm in length. Colouring can be yellow, red, orange or spotted. As the fruit ripens, they become softer and quickly break down, allowing seeds to germinate. June - August the foliage appears and the chive-like leaves resemble tendrils of wet spiralled hair. The older a plant gets, the deeper it buries underneath the soil surface. Koekemakranka’s uses include a tincture for stomach or toothache, flavouring for brandy or liqueur and dried fruit sachets to perfume linen cupboards. Long Afrikaans version by Dr Pieter vd Walt of Melkbosstrand, former National Parks Board chief researcher and deputy director of nature conservation and tourism in Namibia. Main photo by Ernst v Jaarsveld.



striking the right note Vigeniëa Payne makes her mark o n the mo st v isceral o f art fo rms Over the last six years Vigeniëa has made all the right moves to become a soughtafter musician, not only along the West Coast, but as far afield as Namibia. From the moment a woman takes an interest in music she enters a maledominated culture – whether it’s recording studios, local pub bands or the stadium gig roadies. The intimidation and exclusion begin in childhood, with girls not being encouraged to play guitar or join bands. So, it’s no small feat that she’s become quite a name on the local music scene.

After matriculating from Weston High in Vredenburg, she worked in a furniture store, got married at age 25 and as bad luck would have it, her husband wasn’t in favour of her pursuing a musical career. “Well, that meant returning to the furniture store.” Her break came when she made her TV debut as guest artist on Lirieke Raai with Solly Philander in 2005. This winter season her anchor venues are Russells on the Port in Port Owen and Bouzouki Restaurant in Langebaan.

Vigeniëa is never cavalier about the music that brought her on her inimitable journey. With an accessible brand of pop rock, R&B, “Artists who inspire me are Wouter van country, Afrikaans, folk and soul, Vigeniëa’s de Venter, Mathys Roets, André Swiegers, Cheree Strydom and Danie Niehaus. repertoire spans more than 350 songs. Well-rounded, she has a great voice, is an They keep me on my toes,” she said. “In terms of international artists, the late accomplished composer and her rhythm acoustic guitar performances make her one Karen Carpenter and The Osmonds are my all-time favourites. But make no mistake, of the best around. I keep up with the times by singing the A breath of fresh air, she performs both songs of James Blunt, Harry Styles, Miley solo and as Vigeniëa & Friends with Ray Cyrus and the Parlotones too.” musicians who’ve toured Dubai. Having Practising daily was imperative, she said. performed up and down the West Coast, at numerous festivals, Casino Mykonos and “I start my day at 9 sharp and work for at with Sarah Theron and Danie Niehaus, she least five hours practising chords, singing and composing. My motto in terms of feels particularly proud of being selected entertaining the audience is to ‘keep ‘em for the Harley Davidson Club West Coast guessing’. There’s nothing worse than a Rally for five successive years. stale, predictable performance!” Vigeniëa’s success is all the more Then the big question: the strange spelling remarkable considering that she boldly of her name. She laughed. “My mother took the step of becoming a full-time loved Virginia Lee with a passion. So when I musician in 2012 at the age of 51. was born, she sent my father - a fisherman Recounting how it all started, she said, who couldn’t read or write - to register my “Growing up in Laaiplek, I was one of five birth at the courthouse. The Dutchman on children and with one guitar in the house, duty couldn’t quite understand my dad and we were each allocated an hour to play it. wrote my name thus. At least it doubles up My brother Jessie and I excelled! But what as a highly original stage name!” influenced me particularly was seeing David To paraphrase Roxy Music, “What’s her Kramer and Taliep Petersen perform at the name? Vigeniëa Payne!” Baxter Theatre when I was 16 years old.” FAST FACTS To veg out I watch a good horror movie My sport is 8-ball pool As spectator I watch rugby

My pet place on the West Coast is Lamberts Bay I love eating fish My signature drink is whisky

On TV I enjoy Noot vir Noot and Musiek Roulette Favourite reads are Stephen King novels Vigeniëa can be contacted on or 073 7543180.


It’s not about the journey, it’s about … the stay-over. For both business and leisure travellers, Vredenburg Boutique Lodge offers the reliability of a chain but a personality all its own.


Conveniently located in the town centre on the corner of Main Road and Bree Street, the five modern self-catering apartments comprise two studio, two one-bedroom and one two-bedroom units. They all have free Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens, satellite TV, walk-in showers and balconies. And with Pick n Pay across the road, stocking up on groceries is a cinch.

comfy base

Vredenburg is an excellent base when on a West Coast exploration trip. Jeanne-Mari welcomes guests on arrival and should breakfast and dinner be required, fast-food vouchers are provided. Too rushed to sort out that all-important morning meal? Graze Neighbour-good Eatery around the corner comes to the rescue with a mean breakfast. Rates range from R490 – R1 150 pn. To book, phone Jeanne-Mari on 079 3088287 or mail


a good pick-me-up

Cakes have been raising spirits and clearing gloom since ovens were invented. There’s no situation too big or too minor for cake and few bad moods can’t be temporarily llfted by forkfuls of the sweet stuff. So, make a point of stopping over in Vredenburg to visit Graze Neighbourgood Eatery at 8 School Street. The cakes baked by owner Rudolph Shepherd are superb. Take your pick from stalwarts such as the Hummingbird cake which originated in Jamaica as the ‘Doctor bird cake’; orange cheesecake inspired by Juniors in Brooklyn and which started the cheesecake fad; carrot cake with its origin in medieval times as carrot pudding; and the crowd6

pleasing chocolate cake that dates back to 1764. Another must-try are the delicious freshly-squeezed juices. Open from 7h00 until 17h00 weekdays and until 15h00 on Saturdays, this eatery also offers breakfasts and light lunches of burgers, pastries, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Into the bargain, it doubles up as a cooking academy. With eye-catching décor throughout and attentive staff, you’ll enjoy whiling away an entire morning or afternoon here. Bookings aren’t necessary, but if you have a large group stopping by, phone Rudolph on 022 3000116.



West Coast business hub Vredenburg has more going for it than meets the eye. Despite having a name denoting peace, Vredenburg’s history is quite a laugh. The town originated when a water feud ensued over a spring serving as the boundary line for the neighbouring 18th century farms Heuningklip and Witteklip, thus becoming known as Twisfontein (fountain of strife). After legal action was taken, it was renamed Prosesfontein (lawsuit fountain)! Only once the Dutch Reformed Church built the town’s first church close to the fountain in 1875, did the dispute come to a close and the

town was renamed Vredenburg in the hopes of bringing the conflict to a close once and for all. Just 130 kilometres north of Cape Town, Vredenburg is not only a West Coast business hub, but also the springboard to coastal towns St Helena Bay, Langebaan, Paternoster and Saldanha Bay. A conglomeration of fish factories, light industries, local services such as banks, hospitals and shopping malls, the Fossil Park is its biggest tourist attraction. World-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early

Pliocene period about 5.2 million years ago, researchers have recreated that environment. Many now-extinct animals, such as sabre-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, mammoth elephants, giant pigs, three-toed horses, hunting hyenas and African bears, which roamed the west coast are to be seen. Believe it or not, at that time the west coast had a more subtropical climate with lush, riverine forests and open grasslands. Surrounded by fynbos, wheat fields, dairy and sheep farms, the town’s population is 38,382. And as is the case with most of the west coast coastline, the surrounding hills and fields are a tumult of colour during spring.



keeping polly in fine feather Parrot owners visit avian veterinarians more about behavioural health issues than physical health issues. Even when physical problems are discovered, behavioural problems often underlie them. There’s a simple reason for that – the pre-programmed, psychological needs of parrots clash at several levels with the aspirations and desires of many parrot owners. Sometimes, no matter how nice you are to your parrot, or what delicious treats you offer him, he’ll still not want you to pick him up or pet him. Or worse still, he bites you. Parrots usually bite for one reason only: fear. They’re either afraid of you, someone in your family, someone entering their territory or a hundred other things. And when parrots are afraid, the only thing they can do is ‘fight or flight’. So, because his wings are probably clipped, biting is the best option. Parrot training is about building trust - coaxing your parrot to slowly overcome his fear of you, your fingers, your hands, your dog, your spouse, etc. And to build that trust, you have to stop forcing your parrot to do things like step up when he doesn’t want to, or not pet him when he wants to be left alone. Parrots aren’t good at judging cause and effect or controlling their emotions.

They also have very short attention spans. By giving your parrot what he wants you can train it to do anything. Slowly build up trust, then just push him a little way into his ‘fear zone’, wait for him to behave and reward him. In this way you can get close enough to your parrot so that you can start training him more advanced skills and tolerances. But before you decide to buy a parrot, consider the fact that they aren’t ‘easy’ pets. Birds belong in the wild.


the charm offensive The subtle art of dealing with ‘difficult’ people Yes, you’ve probably encountered situations with problematic people and they’ve made you want to rip your hair out. They create unnecessary complexity, strife and worst of all, stress, but demanding people can be the greatest teachers. First rule in the art of effectively dealing with such situations is that you need to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t. Set limits and distance yourself proactively. Once you’ve risen above negative people, you’ll find their behaviour more predictable. Don’t fixate on how difficult they are – this gives them power over you. Focus instead on how to handle them. Listening is the number one step. Stay calm and don’t judge. Reflect respect towards the person. No matter how he/she is treating you, showing contempt won’t help resolve the situation. 8

Don’t demand compliance, such as telling the person to remain calm. Instead, ask him/her what they’re upset about - and allow them to vent. Avoid smiling, as this may look like you’re mocking the person. Similarly, humour may sometimes lighten the mood, but more often than not it may backfire. It’s tough, but don’t act defensively. Remember, this isn’t about you. So, don’t return anger with anger. Raising your voice, pointing your finger, or speaking disrespectfully to the person will add fuel to the fire. Use a low, calm, even monotone voice and don’t try to talk over him/her. Arguing or trying to convince the other person of anything is futile – avoid it at all costs. Finally, apologising or saying, “I’ll try to fix this” can go a long way towards calming many sticky situations.

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Atlantic Gull July 2018  

Hot spots all along the West Coast of South Africa.

Atlantic Gull July 2018  

Hot spots all along the West Coast of South Africa.