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ATLANTIC GULL Celebrating life on the West Coast

JUNE 2014 OCTOBER 2018

Regal champ DeNiro Slow down at Witklip Moorreesburg magic Seed kills!


to do in october 16 Different dance styles at DANCERS FOR

DANCERS – 6pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R150

1 Comedy, art, film & music in multi-faceted

sensory experiences at ROCKING THE DAISIES, the biggest camping outdoor gathering in SA. Glamping options available - Fri 8am - Sun 4pm, Cloof Wine Estate, off R315, Darling, ph 010 591 2947. Cost R595 – R895

23 American jazz & R&B supremo Randy Crawford in FAREWELL SA, WITH LOVE – 8.30pm, GrandWest Casino. Cost R350 – R660

6 A relaxed horseracing day with a potjiekos

competition & live music at WORLD SPORTS BETTING MATCHEM STAKES – 11am, Durbanville Racecourse, Bowlers Ave, ph 021 7001600. Cost is free.

11-13 More than 300 animals, boeresport, icecream-eating competitions, roosterkoek, game meat, skaapstertjies, wine and more at DIE GROOT PLAASPROE – 8am, Sandringham Farm, Sandringham Rd, Stellenbosch, ph 021 9754440. Cost R100 13 Stuart Taylor, Jason

Goliath, Tumi Morake, Joey Rasdien & John Vlismas chuckle brothers at the BIG 5 COMEDY SHOW, rated PG16 – 7pm, Grand Arena. Cost R180 - R300

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26-28 Explore holiday options with a difference at the CAPE HOLIDAY SHOW – 9am, Sandringham Farm, Sandringham Rd, ph 082 5533041. Cost R60 – R80

27 Creative design, a 3-course harvest dinner, wine and generous hospitality with the theme ‘Contemporary Floral’ at PROTEA PARTY AT ANTHONIJ RUPERT WYNE – 6pm, Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm, R45, Franschhoek, ph 021 8749019. Cost R695

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 November 2018 issue: 28 September 2018. FRONT COVER: HELLO SPRING! – at Moorreesburg, by Daniela Louw,

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27 Glitz, glam, fashion, live music by Freshlyground and Flat Stanley plus champagne at THE BUBBLY FESTIVAL – 11am, Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville. Cost R360, VIP R595

27-28 Celebrity chef demos, Shuck & Slurp competitions, best-dressed competitions and SA’s best oysters at OYSTERS, BUBBLES & BLANC – 12pm, Hillcrest Wine & Olive Estate, M13, Durbanville, ph 021 9764959. Cost R200 27-28 Insane

kite creations and kiters from around the globe in action at the CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL in support of Cape Mental Health. No dogs allowed – 10am, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, cnr Axminster & The Row, Muizenberg, ph 021 4479040. Cost R40

31 Relive the 60s at BEATLEMANIA ON TOUR

– 8pm, Artscape Opera House. Cost R190 – R390

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lookin’ sharp Contrary to popular belief, porcupines can’t shoot their quills at predators but the quills do detach easily when touched. What actually happens is, if continually bothered, the porcupine will stamp its feet, whirr the quills and charge the disturber back-end first to stab it with the thicker, shorter quills. These attacks are known to have killed lions, leopards, hyenas and humans. Because the quills have sharp tips and overlapping barbs, they’re extremely difficult to remove. Hystrix cristata, or the crested porcupine, is native to southern Africa and one of 29 species world-wide. Though its Latin name means ‘quill pig’, these chaps are the heaviest and largest rodent found in Africa with a head and body length of 60 – 83 cm and weighing 13 - 27 kg. Almost the entire body is covered with dark brown or black coarse bristles. The quills running along the head, nape and back can be raised into a crest - hence the common name. Sturdier quills, used for defence, are about 35 cm long and run along the sides and back half of the body. The short tail has rattle quills which produce a hiss-like warning rattle. The front feet have four developed and clawed

digits with a regressed thumb, while the rear feet have five. Mostly herbivorous, these monogamous mammals travel long distances to eat roots, bulbs, leaves and occasionally insects, small vertebrates and carrion. To ingest calcium and sharpen incisors, they often gnaw on bones collected at night and stored in an underground chamber. Females usually have a litter of one or two well-developed young every year after a 66-day gestation period. When the young leave the den after a week, their spines begin to harden and they reach adult weight at one to two years. Average life span is 5 – 7 years. Ref:; Wikipedia

WEST COAST FARE The greatest thing since sliced bread is, well, bread. And raisin bread featured big time on West Coast menus of yore. With a 20-minute prep time, you can enjoy these two loaves in no time. As a variation, add 11⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the flour, or substitute the raisins with dried cranberries. Ingredients: 21⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast; 1⁄4 cup warm water; 1 cup raisins; 1⁄4 cup softened butter; 1⁄4 cup sugar; 11⁄2 teaspoons salt; 1 ⁄2 cup warm milk 33⁄4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 large eggs, beaten.

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Method: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine raisins, butter, sugar, salt and hot milk in a large bowl; stir to dissolve sugar. Let mixture cool to lukewarm. Stir 11⁄2 cups of the flour into milk mixture; beat until smooth. Add yeast mixture and beaten eggs; blend well. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Butter a large bowl. Place dough in the greased bowl and turn over to grease entire surface. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and leave in a warm spot until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch the dough down and divide into 2 equal portions. Cover portions with a kitchen towel and leave for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into 2 loaves and then into 2 greased loaf pans. Cover pans with a kitchen towel and let loaves rise for 45 - 60 minutes until double in bulk. Bake at 200˚C for 25 minutes. Place foil over loaves for the last 10 minutes if they look overly brown. Remove loaves from pans and cool on racks. A slice or two goes well with a cup of coffee or a glass of port. It also makes fabulous toast.


a true blue blood

domestic breeds - pre-dating recorded history. With their exotic looks, grace and symmetry, this feather-footed sighthound is a powerful athlete with the strength and stamina to cover uneven and dangerous terrain over great distances tirelessly. This is thanks to their heavily padded feet being able to absorb the impact on their bodies. Putting a capital S in Speed, the Saluki clocks in at 68.8 km/h - just a touch shy of the dog world’s Usain Bolt, the greyhound, who has a top speed of 72 km/h over 800 m. Possessing the typical sensitive, intelligent, yet aloof Saluki temperament, DeNiro is the definitive pack leader on home turf. At least twice a day he leads the family in choir practice for a three-minute sing-along, according to Joy. “Full of vibrant energy and with a strong will, he demands the most attention in our home pack and generally gets many a special privilege. Mind you, when he doesn’t get his treat soon enough, he’s quick to vocalise his dissatisfaction about such shoddy service,” she said. But DeNiro’s trump card is his winsome toothy grin – reserved for a select few ‘special’ admirers. Passionate about sighthounds, Joy and Elrena registered Fleetwind Kennel with KUSA in 1995 when they bred their first Saluki litter. This non-commercial kennel breeds according to the best bloodlines and the pups have been exported world-wide. “We pride ourselves on handling litters responsibly, providing high standards of care and strictly vetting prospective buyers to help with the long-term preservation of this historical breed.” Not only are Joy and Elrena respected breeders in the dog show community, but they’re also in demand world-wide as international all-breeds judges. Joy explained that becoming a judge was simply an extension of their long-standing passion for dogs.

With show titles too numerous to mention, Saluki DeNiro wears the crown of canine royalty with aplomb. Having won most titles that there are to win in the world of dog shows, seven-year-old Int Ch, Gr Ch Elamir Classic Design for Fleetwind, called DeNiro at home, recently retired from showbiz to enjoy a sumptuous life of leisure at home in Moorreesburg. Originally imported from Portugal by owners Joy McFarlane and Elrena Stadler of Fleetwind Salukis, he has notched up titles of Multiple Best in Show (MBIS), Multiple Best in Specialty Show (MBISS), Champion (Ch), International Champion (Int Ch) and Grand Champion (Gr Ch) over the years. Last year, he ended his career on a high as Top Hound and third overall in the Animaltalk Top 100 and KUSA All-breeds Ratings.

Conforming exceptionally well to the Saluki breed standard, he’s sired two litters and six of them are champions. His two-year-old son Thunder, also owned by Joy and Elrena, is well on his way to following in his father’s footsteps with two wins as Reserve Best in Show. A hound who capitalises on his awe-inspiring looks and inherent elegance, DeNiro immediately commands attention when entering the show ring with his defining arrogant presence. This appropriately earned him the nickname, Black Stallion.

Meanwhile, at home with his extensive family, DeNiro loves the family girls, but is decidedly offish towards the boys. Suitably regal, his favourite leisure spot is on a veranda table to survey his kingdom. FAST FACTS To veg out I cuddle up with my family My sport is chasing birds at supersonic speed My pet place on the West Coast is Moorreesburg I love eating liver bread treats DeNiro can be contacted at Fleetwind Salukis:

The aristocratic Saluki is one of the world’s oldest 5


come hungry


It’s difficult not to blimp out at Die Hut’s legendary Sunday buffets. At R160 per person, driving the 92 km from Blouberg is just so worth it. Have either a seafood dish or one of the soups to start. Then gourmandise on kaboemielies, onion and tomato relish, sweet potato, green bean stew, fried potato, crispy vegetables, chicken pie, curry tripe, lamb shank stew, roast leg of lamb, fried sirloin, smoked pork neck, gravy and salad. However, take it easy, because the expansive dessert offering shouldn’t be missed. The venue, set amid lush green lawns overlooking an olive grove, is lovely. Friendly farm animals underscore the pastoral tone. What’s more, you may select your preferred ambience: the poolside braailapa, the cosy restaurant, a deck overlooking orchards or the intimate ladies bar.

once upon a farm Crisp country air, peaceful scenery and deafening silence combine in making the Withuis at Witklip Guest Farm ideal for bedding down to relax and read. Add some good food and wine and you have the makings of a perfect country weekend. After an enthusiastic welcome from security executive Jasper the Boerboel (and the owners!), make yourself at home in this quaintly-decorated century-old farmhouse on a working farm, 7 km from Moorreesburg. Freshly baked rusks, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, salt, pepper, hot water bottles and wood are useful extras provided by hosts Möller and Ronelle Bester. Sleeping eight in four bedrooms, there’s one bathroom, a spacious living area with a fireplace and a real farm kitchen. While plugs are available for hairdryers and cell phone chargers, most of the lighting consists of paraffin lamps and candles. A Kol Kol wood-fired hot tub is the cherry on top. Have a cosy aquatic party in winter or splash around to cool off in summer. Should you stay for longer than two days, take your pick from day trips to Koringberg, Misverstand Dam, Piketberg, Riebeek Valley and Darling. There you can indulge in wine tasting, water skiing, paragliding and hiking. As an added perk, mountain bike and hiking trails with gobsmacking vistas abound in the area. Rates are from R1 500 for 6 people. To book, phone Ronelle on 082 9281489.

Located in Ford Reservoir Street on the farm Ebenhaezer in Moorreesburg, charismatic owners Jaco and Sharón Hanekom also offer an à la carte menu from Monday to Friday, 19h00 – 22h00. In addition to home-cooked dishes such as eisbein and pork/lamb chops, the choices include steaks, salad, seafood, burgers, chicken and pizza. But, it’s the signature pizza steak that shines. Lauded by all and sundry, this certainly is a must-try. To book, phone Sharón on 022 4332665 or 082 8015804, hondjies@ 6



place of plenty

Evoking visions of a Van Gogh masterpiece, Moorreesburg sits invitingly amid fields buried in golden wheat, or lying green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky. With a lot going for it in the rustic beauty department, Moorreesburg’s rolling, colourful farmland is just one of the aesthetically pleasing elements that makes up its natural finesse. Ninety kilometres north of Cape Town, wheat has been growing here since 1752. The town was established in 1879 on the farm Hooikraal and named after the then Dutch Reformed minister J C le Febre Moorrees. Today it has a population of almost 13 000 in 3 700 households. Anchored by a strong farming community, this agri-hub has one of only three wheat museums in the world. Here, the history of wheat from early Egyptian times to the modern day is depicted. But the town offers more than agriculture to visitors. In the central park is an 11-circuit labyrinth. Plus, nearby Misverstand Dam is a water sport mecca. There’s also the school’s Dirkie Uys Art Gallery, which displays more than 70 artists’ work, including JH Pierneef, local lass Maggie Laubser and Gregoire Boonzaier.

At Neulfonteinkop just outside town is a historical ship’s cannon. This was used in days gone by to alert farmers wanting to sell their produce to newly docked ships in Cape Town harbour.


And where the old Moorreesburg/Piketberg road crosses the Berg River is an ancient steel girder bridge, originally destined for Australia. A ship carrying the bridge stopped in Table Bay in 1850 for repairs, but subsequently couldn’t get the bridge back on board. So today it rests on the only river wide enough for its span. As in many small towns, the close-knit community in Moorreesburg appreciates the simpler life (for better or for worse) and their loyalty to one another lasts a lifetime. That’s why this kind of everyone-knows-your-business environment has become appealing to city folk seeking greener pastures beyond the city. 6




1. Spectacular setting by Daniela Louw,; 2. The town; 3. The wheat museum; 4. Fun on the Berg;. 5. South Africa’s bread basket; 6. Municipal offices by Chantal Pieters, 083 5064717.


responsible for 99 percent of problems seen in avian patients. Horrific seedrelated problems she encounters are: feather plucking and self-mutilation; sinusitis; respiratory problems; kidney failure; abscesses; feather stress lines; flaky skin, obesity and liver failure; poor immune system; goiter in budgies; seizures and balancing problems; rickets; leg weakness; bleeding; poor growth; arteriosclerosis; sudden collapse or fainting; and behavioural problems.


Among the ‘good’ foods are: commercial egg food from Aviplus or Nutribird, warm adult bird porridge from Aviplus, guava, green peppers, whole grain cereals, mushrooms, couscous, rice cakes, sprouts, fat-free yoghurt, low-fat cheese, pumpkin, apricots, green asparagus, figs, tomatoes, cooked white fish, pineapple, salt-free nuts, radishes, strawberries, cabbage, cucumber and watermelon.

seed: silent killer It’s a misconception that a bird’s diet should consist of seeds. The latter is deficient in almost every nutrient except fat. Even if your bird is supplied with extra fruit and vitamins, the diet is still unbalanced, lacking essential amino acids and proteins. An all-seed diet is a death diet. Because we’ve taken away their freedom to feed themselves, bird pellets are the most nutritious, scientifically-formulated feeding plan for captive birds. Every bite is balanced. According to veterinarian Dr Anél Coetzee, malnutrition is directly or indirectly

Share these foods in a separate bowl with your bird when you’re having a meal. Remove after an hour. (Never feed your bird from your mouth or spoon. You have bacteria in your mouth that may be deadly.) Birds may accept a new diet more readily first thing in the morning when the appetite is strongest. Clean the cage and give fresh pellets and water before the bird goes to bed. Provide limited portions only – 10 gm per 100 gm of the bird’s weight. Too much food will cause disease. Coetzee advised, “Don’t starve your bird. Cockatiels, budgies and finches may starve themselves instead of eating the new pellet food. Let them go half a day without seeds and only provide the new food. If they don’t eat anything the whole day, rather give them baby porridge, fruit, veg or egg food. “Birds are social eaters and want to eat when the flock is eating. Pretend that you’re eating the pellets with the family and praise everyone eating it. Don’t bribe the bird. Just leave the food there and walk away.” Always wash fruit and vegetables. Don’t give wilted or overripe fruit/veg – only food that you’ll eat yourself. Cut the fruit/veg into small pieces in a food processor. Add a pinch of Spirulina every day - a good source of vitamins, antioxidants and an excellent immune stimulant. Also add probiotics every day.


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Atlantic Gull October 2018  

A visual feast on the West Coast of South Africa.

Atlantic Gull October 2018  

A visual feast on the West Coast of South Africa.