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Issue 12 - December 2012

Aspen Wins an International Property Award

Healthy Living

A look back at 2012

Summer Holiday Fun

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Season’s Greetings Edition

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An Editors Note At this time of the year South African’s are all looking forward to their well-deserved holiday break. Most of us go down to the coast with our families, spending most of our time soaking up the sun, splashing around in the sea or having family outings to the mall. It is at this time that we mull over everything we have achieved over the year and wonder why there always seems to be a mountain of things that we never found the time to do. We then decide to do better in the New Year, we make those pesky New Year resolutions and promise ourselves that we will keep them. But by January 2 do any of us truly remember or find the will to keep those resolutions? The answer is generally “NO!” who has the time and the resolve when you have a family to look after, a demanding job and you still need a semi functioning social life! But we must persevere and keep our focus, set short term goals to keep us motivated. In this way we can make the most of the coming year so that by the twelfth month of the 2013 we can sit back and enjoy our successes with no regrets. As this is the final edition of 2012, I hope that this festive season is filled with much laughter with those you love and cherish. And may 2013 be filled with all those unforgettable moments that will always be remembered.

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What’s inside this issue


Estate Matters


Internaltional Property Award


Sandra’s Karate Club


Aspen Social Network


Green Pages - How to choose the right product when installing an energy efficient water heating solution


Healthy Living


Sun Tanning the Healthy Way


Tick Bite Fever, Biliary, Babesios


The Garden Diaries - Green Abilities


Birds in Aspen


Yummy Recipes



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Estate Matters Welcome to all new residents. AHOA would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has recently moved into Aspen Hills Nature Estate. We trust that you will all enjoy the unique experience of life in the estate.

Trees in Aspen


Clearing of Stands

AHOA requires a copy of the lease and copies of the ID documents of the new tenants. The lease is also to contain the necessary clauses binding the tenants to the rules and regulations in the same way as required by the owners.

Thank you for your cooperation, and should you require our assistance at any time please do not hesitate to contact the office on 011 432 3001.

Please be advised that the AHOA needs to be informed prior to owners leasing out houses to third parties.

Aspen Nature Estate Magazine

Please be aware that we have a bi-monthly in-house magazine. This magazine serves as a communication vehicle between residents and the management, so do make the effort to read it as it holds valuable information regarding the estate matters. We also invite you to submit your own personal contributuons and ideas, as we strive to promote relationships among the people of our community.


Please be advised non indigenous trees and palms are NOT permitted in the estate.

Grass is to be cut and maintained on all vacant stands. The AHOA will perform this service and the costs will be recovered from the registered owner, should the registered owner not comply with these requirements.

Levies & Levy Payments

A reminder of the new levy tariff. Levies are now charged at R1.85 per m2 of the stand. When making levy payments via EFT, please use your name, surname and stand number as reference. This will avoid confusion and simplify admin work. For any other information required, kindly contact Mike Mills on 011 432 3001


Contact Peter on: 074 123 8958

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International Property Award!

The best developments, architecture and interior design from across the length and breadth of Africa and Arabia were celebrated at the close of a two-day Property Summit at the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai on Thursday, October 18th. The leading property professionals behind these outstanding projects were invited to attend the presentations of the International Property Awards in association with Yamaha and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

of excellence throughout the global industry. Attaining one of these coveted awards is indisputable evidence that Aspen Hills Nature Estate is capable of beating some exceedingly strong contenders within the highly competitive African property arena.

Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, says, “We received entries from 10 different African countries this year and the standard was extremely high. Any company to win one of these awards has shown exceptional Successful entrants were invited to attend a high levels of professionalism and competence in their profile gala where the official announcement was respective field.” made. Aspen Hills Nature Estate, won in it’s category of Development Multiple Units in South Africa 20122013. Judging was carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 60 experts covering every aspect of the property business. The next stage of the awards’ programme is for top scoring five-star winners of each category to be re-judged against those from the other regions to determine the ultimate World’s Best winners. These will be announced at the grand final to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday, December 7th. The International Property Awards and its award winners’ logo is recognised as a symbol 6


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The bakery in Aspen Village is open under new management and is now THE CORNER Cafe. Our motto is home away from home and is a one stop convenience shop offering groceries, cleaning products, frozen food items and wide selection of sweets and chocolates. The bakery has fresh rolls and breads baked daily, with a delectable selection of pastries, cakes and biscuits. There is a cozy coffee shop as well offering breakfast, light lunch and dinner meals and a selection of sandwiches with a variety of toppings. The Corner Cafe offers home cooked meals at R38.00 per meal to your door. As part of our service we will deliver groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables to you on a weekly basis. We also specialise in catering for all occasions from A-Z at your home, the club house or another venue! We have everything to hire; tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, dĂŠcor, marquee etc! LeeAnne and Paulo look forward to becoming a convenience your family will not want to live without. They can be contacted on 072 852 6914. Paulo on 082 358 4557.

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Sandra’s Karate Club Two Sa Champs For Sandra’s Karate Club Students at Sandra’s Karate Club are coached and mentored by Sensei Sandra Louw. Sensei Sandra has 18 World Championship titles to her name and she is the only WKF All Styles Champion in South Africa and the only female champ on the African Continent.

country at the WKF ( world karate federation) All Styles in Paris later this year.

Sensei Sandra and two of her students headed down to Durban for the South African All Styles Championships held on the 24th & 25th August.

When asked about the future of Karate, Sensei Sandra had this to say “We are currently in the final stages of having Karate accepted as an official Olympic sport and it is my dream to have members of Sandra’s Karate Club represent South Africa at the 2020 Olympic Games, the possibilities are endless for all our students at S.K.C and the future is very bright for Karate in South Africa!”

Tania Dos Santos and Izabel Newton took the top honours by winning gold medals in their respective divisions. Tania; a 3rd Dan Sempai, won gold in the individual female seniors kata division, an achievement that has taken many years of hard work and dedication to her art. Izabel; a Brown Belt at only 10 years old, showed great maturity and determination in winning a gold medal for Girls -12 years -45kg kumite division. Tania has made the 2012 KSA (karate south Africa) Senior Team and will be eligible to represent the


An extremely proud Sensei has reiterated that hard work and many hours of training have been the key to success for Tania and Izabel.

S.K.C is open to all members of the public and any interested parties can contact Sensei Sandra directly on 082-4164115 or for more information.

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Aspen Social Network The Aspen Social Club was launched on the 1st of July 2012 at the Equestrian Event. This network will offer a supportive service offering various extra activities and programmes with-in the Estate. The bookings and information will be accessible from the Aspen Social Club web site ( • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Recycling Service Dog training school Boot Camp Sports therapy Hip Hop Classes Walking Club Hiking Club Kiddies Cycling Club4 Mountain Biking Equestrian Sushi and whisky evenings Extra lessons Wireless internet

We are looking for residents to help start the following activities: If interested in starting one of the bellow activities please contact Tamryn Mills • • • • • •

Book Club Remote control racing Photography club Kumon Maths Kids Arts & Crafts classes Art classes for Adults

Contact Tamryn Mills (076 558 2585) and Katherine Jutronich (071 4964 834) for more information


Looking for a way to excersise both your mind and your body? Yoga Junction is a friendly, relaxed and genuine place to study and practice yoga. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Classes from : 8am Classes 4:30 – 5:30 (Hot flow Yoga) 6:30 – 7:30 (Hot flow Yoga) 3:30 Wednesdays (kiddies yoga)

*If you are interested in subletting out the studio for other exercise activities during the week call Colleen 082 599 0862 or email

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Aspen Hills Retail Estate

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Green Pages How to choose the right product when installing an energy efficient water heating solution The effect of global warming coupled with tight economic times has accelerated energy efficient technologies uptake, and many players are offering a range of different technologies and types of systems. Energy efficient water heating solutions are sound investments, with a payback period of between 2-4 years. Brought to you by: Nupower Solar Water Heating The challenge for the homeowner is to choose the correct technology and system, and with so many different offerings available this could be quite a confusing subject. Unfortunately every other salesperson will try to convince everyone that their product is simply the best, although some products work better than others given certain conditions and vice versa. There are two mainstream technologies, solar geysers and heat pumps – a comparison was done in the July issue of this magazine. This article will focus on all the different solar


technologies available, system configurations and how they all work. All solar systems can be either direct or indirect systems. Direct systems means that the water in the geyser is the same water that is circulated to the collector and back. Direct systems are more efficient than indirect because the heat is transferred directly into the water. An indirect system has a closed loop, filled with antifreeze which circulates in the loop. The geyser has a heat exchanger where the heat from the collector is transferred into the water. Indirect systems offer

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excellent freeze protection, but needs to be serviced annually. There are two methods of circulation, each with its own advantages: A pumped system has a circulation pump to circulate the water between the collector and geyser. This means that by switching the pump on and off via an automatic electronic controller there is complete control over the system and the amount of heat transferred into the geyser. Another advantage is that the geyser could be installed inside the ceiling, making it a very aesthetically pleasing system. A thermo-siphon system has no pumps, the geyser shall be installed higher than the collector and this will enable the heated water from the collector to rise, into the geyser creating a natural flow of water. The advantage is that there are no moving parts making it a very reliable system. The geyser unfortunately shall be installed close to the geyser and typically outside with the collector, increasing heat loss and aesthetic value.

pump can be controlled by an electronic controller to regulate the amount of heat put into the geyser. Some of the best performing systems available are direct pumped systems with vacuum tube collectors. A direct thermo-siphon system works well for flat plates only, and can only be installed around the coast or where freezing does not occur. A direct thermosiphon system needs the geysers to be higher than the collector, typically the geyser is mounted on the same roof above the collector. An indirect pumped system also has the same aesthetical value of a direct pumped system, however indirect systems are only suitable for flat plate systems since vacuum tubes can boil the indirect fluid from an indirect system. When all the anti-freeze has been boiled off, it will result in a non-working system making flat plates the only real option for this configuration.

There are also two mainstream collector types available, flat plates and vacuum tubes: Flat Plate technology: Flat plate technology has been around for ages, and is a proven technology. The main disadvantage of flat plates is that they do not work well when it is extremely cold outside or when it is overcast. As a general rule of thumb all flat plate systems shall be of the indirect type, making annual maintenance necessary. Vacuum tube technology has been around for the past 10 years, and offer superior performance having been developed in Germany. Each tube has a vacuum around it, which is an excellent insulator. This means vacuum tubes have excellent heat retention properties, and are not influenced by cold weather outside. They are however so efficient that they can boil the water, which means that a vacuum tube system should be of direct type, and always be installed with a circulation pump to control the amount of heat put into the geyser. All these systems can then be installed in many configurations, direct pumped, direct thermo-siphon, indirect pumped and indirect thermo-siphon. A direct pumped system has a small circulation pump to circulated water between the collector and the geyser. The advantage of such a system is that it is a very aesthetically pleasing installation, with no visible geysers on the roof. This method is most suitable for evacuated tube technology, where the circulation


An indirect thermo-siphon system shall be installed the same as a direct thermo-siphon system (geyser higher than collector) with the only difference being that this system can withstand freezing. This system being indirect again is suited for flat plates only. Which to use where? To determine which technology to use one needs to consider usage patterns, area of installation and aesthetic value.

systems with vacuum tube collectors could be used. Up in the Highveld where it could get extremely cold in winter a direct pumped vacuum tube system is the best, not being influenced by ambient temperatures. Aesthetic value – if the aesthetic value of the property is important only pumped indirect or pumped direct systems can be used, these allow the geyser to be inside the ceiling space or even on a wall or floor where it can not be seen. Suppliers:

Usage patterns – for holiday homes or extreme low usage areas flat plate systems which are installed in an indirect configuration are the best option, not being able to overheat a geyser and with no moving parts. A flat plate direct thermo-siphon system could also be installed around the coast or where freezing does not occur. Area of installation – in an area where freezing could occur, only indirect flat plate systems or direct pumped

Always make sure to choose a supplier with a proven track record, who has SABS mark of approval and is a member of SESSA (sustainable energy society of southern Africa). Also only use suppliers who install themselves and not use sub-contractors for installation as using a sub-contractor always create the possibility that if something does go wrong, it could become a blame game between supplier and sub-contractor.








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Aspen Social Club Calling all residents that would like to participate in the Aspen Social Club! Various clubs will be forming in the near future and we would like your assistance and expertise in running them. Kindly email Tamryn Mills at if you are interested in being on any of the below committees: Aspen Equestrian Club | Soccer Club Remote Control Car Club | Remote Control Boat Club Recycling Club | Wine & Whisky Tasting Club | Book club Bird Watching Club and many more to come‌

Picture Perfect We’re calling on all residents with a good eye for photography to send their pictures taken from in and around the Estate. By submitting your pictures you stand a chance of getting them published in our very own Aspen Magazine. Send your pictures to with your name and short description

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Healthy Living Winter has come and gone and if you are stuck with the all dreaded muffin top, don’t despair Katherine (YOUR personal trainer) takes a look at ways to get you into shape and ready for summer! Written By: Katherine Jutronich

Cal/KJ per day

10 tips to a trimmer tum

Males: +-8000kj/3500cal Females: +-6000kj/3000cal

Be realistic; the only way to a trimmer you is through proper nutrition. Remember that nutrition accounts for 80 % of weight loss and exercise only 20%.

How it should be divided: snacks should only be +-5/600kj and meals should be balanced with the remaining. Eat like a king, queen and peasant through the day.

Blood pressure 95/60 Low (low blood pressure) 120/80 Great (normal) 140/95 High (high blood pressure problems)

BMI HEIGHT/WEIGHT = BMI 18.5 – underweight 35+ severely obese 30 + obese


25 – 30 over weight 19 – 25 normal

Be optimistic, set realistic and attainable goals, put them up on your fridge or have say them to yourself every day. Make sure you know you will reach them. You are what you eat; avoid eating unhealthy foods like sugar and incorrect carbohydrates. Don’t think of yourself as ‘on a diet’ but rather eating healthy as a way of life. Do not starve yourself; if you are not eating regular snacks every few hours, your metabolism slows or shuts down. A handful of nuts, yoghurt, a boiled egg or a vegetable shake make great snack foods. Eat regularly; missing meals or waiting for hours in between will result in you eating the incorrect foods as well more than the required amount. Start weight training; weight training burns way more calories than cardio. This is because you’ll be

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developing muscles, which will produce testosterone, which in turn is responsible for speeding up your metabolism and hence ‘the fat burning process’. Exercise often; if you are determined to lose that tummy, you should be weight training four times and high interval cardio twice a week. Keep training sessions 30 -60 min long. Consistency is key. Be active in your daily life; if you are not gyming, then rakes leaves, walk the dogs, do gardening, play soccer with your kids. Get moving! Choose fibre rich foods; this is nature’s way of sweeping our tummies for us (like a broom) keeping us regular. Forty winks; getting the right amount of sleep helps. A study revealed a person who gets 6 to 7 hrs of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over five years than people who had more or less than per night. Also helps for your muscles to repair from all your daily activities.

What is interval training? Interval training helps to build your fitness fast. Based on alternating short, high intensity bursts of speed with slower recovering phases. Benefits; interval training can also help reduce injuries and will in turn lead to improved performance, greater speed and endurance. Interval training workouts: stair running, shuttle runs and skipping are just to name a few

Skip to the beat Skipping is a great and inexpensive way to get fit: • Enhances your co-ordination • Strengthens your bones while increasing your stamina Tones your muscles, arms, legs and abs • Next to running skipping speeds up your heart rate Tips: • Cut the yolk: a large boiled egg is equal to almost 80 calories almost 60 of those calories are fat. Discard the yolk and consume only egg whites and reduce your calorie intake by more than half. • Increasing your daily protein intake helps to ensure excellent muscle and bone health.

Skip to the beat Well there are plenty of reasons worth exercising and all its benefits; • • • • • •

Releases endorphins (body’s natural high) Stress reliever Keeps mind and body fit Good circulation Burns up calories Keep you feeling younger!

Junk food fix Craving junk food or eating out? Here are some options that will give you the fix but with less calories. Double patty hamburger

single patty burger

French fries

baked potato

Fried chicken sandwich

grilled chicken

Meatballs, ham, bacon turkey, chicken breast, roast beef Cheddar cheese

mozzarella cheese

White bread or wrap whole wheat bread or open sub sandwich Fried rice steamed basmati brown rice


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Sweet and sour pork shrimp chow mein or chop suey Garlic bread

plain roll or bread stick

Pasta with cream

pasta with veggies

Thick crust pizza with meat thin crust pizza with half cheese Tip; • keep apples in your handbag when going out. That way when you are hungry you will have something healthy to snack on plus it’s a great antioxidant. • remember to drink water with your meal and not increase the intake with a sugar loaded drink.

part of your fat intake which is essential for lubricating the joints and keeping us warm. Please note this must be in moderation it is a fat intake.

Eat a Variety of Foods You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food can supply them all. Today’s food supply makes it easy to eat a wide variety of foods whether or not you are buying fresh foods to cook, taking advantage of ready-prepared dishes and meals or buying “take-away” foods. Balance your choice over time! If you have a high-fat lunch, have a low-fat dinner. If you eat a large serving of meat at dinner one day, perhaps choose fish the next day.

Glycemic index/GI GI measures the speed at which food is broken down in the digestive system to form glucose, which in turn enters the bloodstream. Some foods have a higher glycemic index. A Low GI food releases glucose more slowly and steadily into the bloodstream while high GI causes more of a rapid rise in glucose level. Tip; • stay clear of alcohol, one single gin and tonic has about 140 calories. Also it dehydrates your body leaving your skin undernourished and flaky.

Stress related weight gain Don’t let stress pile on the kilos, • Recognise the warning signs such as anxiety, irritability and muscle tension. • Find a distraction when you are tempted to eat • Don’t skip meals especially breakfast • Indentify comfort foods and keep them out of the office and house! • Keep a record of your behaviour and eating habits and look for patterns. • Practise relaxation skills such as yoga, massage or meditation. • Get adequate sleep • Get encouragement from supportive friends and family.

Eat oily fish twice a week Try eating salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines to protect your body from heart disease, also oily fish is


Drink plenty of fluids Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Plain tap water is obviously a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy. Alternative choices are juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk etc.

Start now! And make changes gradually Gradual changes in your lifestyle are much easier to make than major changes all at once. For three days, write down the foods and drinks you consume at meals and as snacks - Do you have too few fruits and or portions of vegetables? To start with, try to eat just one extra piece of fruit and vegetables a day. Are your favourite foods high in fat and making you gain weight? Don’t eliminate those foods and feel miserable, but try to choose low fat options or eat smaller portions. And start using the stairs at work!

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Remember, it is all about balance There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, only good or bad diets. Don’t feel guilty about the foods you love, rather eat them in moderation and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health. Further information about this article email me on or call 071 496 4834

Stay Fit and Healthy While on Holiday The sun…the sand…the lack of exercise.. Consider how much fun we have doing these things on vacation. They also help us stay fit! A brisk walk/jog on the beach, in the soft sand as we are invigorated by the salty sea air and crashing waves. Or alternatively a stroll along the beach, collecting seashells. Fitness benefit: Cardio, lower body workout (that sand can be quite challenging). Each time you bend to get those “jewels of the sea,” you perform a squat, strengthening your legs (quadriceps and hamstrings). Take a mindful moment as you are squatting to examine every part of that shell to maximize the activity. A bike ride along country trails or the boardwalk. Fitness benefit: Cardio, just like you’d get with any bike ride. Frolicking in the pool or ocean. Fitness benefit: Mimic your strength-training moves, using the weight of the water as resistance. You can also do leg lifts, calf raises and even pushups on the side of the pool. A good stretch to wake up after a restful sleep or to end a hectic day of sunbathing. Fitness benefit: Flexibility, which prepares you to tackle the next day’s fun and fitness in the sun! Just remember, the best exercise/physical activity is the one that you do! So get creative, get going and have fun staying fit and healthy on vacation! And don’t forget the sunblock! stay-fit-on-vacation/ 19

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Sun Tanning the Healthy Way While the majority of health officials confirm that sun tanning in any form is not good for your skin, the craze for acquiring that enviable bronzed body is irresistible to most people living in sunny climes. If tanning is one of your favourite past times, do it safely and prudently and get the benefits of a tan without the side effects. Info Found: • Begin with only 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun to acclimatise your skin to the heat and gradually increase the time spent in the sun as your body becomes more tanned. • Remember to choose the right sunscreen with a high SPF factor of no less than 30, giving you a high level of protection from the sun’s harmful rays but still giving your skin a bronzed hue. • Moisturise with after-sun lotion after you have been sun-bathing; opt for a lotion that contains aloe to help make your tan last and also cool the skin. Aloe is rich in skin soothing properties. • If you are on acne medication, consult your health care provider before venturing out for a sun tanning session as certain types can lower your resistance to sun. • Those with a fair complexion are more prone to sunburn than people with darker complexions and therefore must avoid direct sun exposure during peak hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm, when the suns rays are at their most harmful and can burn fair skin. • Wear sunglasses while tanning in the sun or on a


• •

tanning bed as your eyes can be easily damaged by the rays of the midday sun. Cream or spray-on tanning lotion is the best variety for optimal sun tanning. Test the product on a small area of skin to check for any signs of adverse reactions before applying it all over your body. Prepare your skin before applying sun-tanning lotion. This can be done by scrubbing away dead skin with a loofah pad before rubbing the lotion on thoroughly. Sun tanning lotion must be applied in slow, deliberate movements to the back of your knees, elbows, ankles and delicate areas that are exposed. Wipe away extra lotion so you do not become a victim of ‘creased tan’ and get an even bronzed look. Find out about the option of using tanning pills, which contain photoprotectors that protect from sunburn.

Happy Tanning Everyone!

OPENING JANUARY 2013 • Fully Qualified Teachers • Fun Learning Environment • Balanced Nutritional Meals Designed by our Chef • Underfloor Heating & CCTV • Age 1 - Grade R

ENROLL NOW Samantha on 078 630 6618

Aspen Hills Estate, Aspen Lakes Drive, Aspen Hills (not exclusive to aspen residents - all welcome)


The Aspen food and Art market was held at Aspen Nature Estates this year and brought to the residents and public alike delicious food, arts and crafts, boutique clothing, good entertainment and much more!

The Aspen Classics was an absolute EQUESTRIAN DELIGHT in 2012! The inaugural event was marked on the 26th of February and brought to Aspen a boasting 380 entrants! Jo’burg City Councillor, Paul Smit did the honours of cutting the ribbon to the newly completed arenas, and thus commenced the day. Over R50 000 worth of prizes were won on the day! The second event was held on the 1st of July and brought the lovely Miss Earth contestants to Aspen to assist in giving out the prizes to all the winners. The launch of Aspen’s very own, Aspen Social Club, made its début of two of its clubs; a 5km kiddies Cycle (Cycle Club) and a 5km walk (walking Club)! The Estate now boasts two warm up Sand Arenas, a Grass Arena plus the main Fiber/Sand Arena. The newly built judges box was used for the first time, adding to the professionalism of this venue. Phase two is now complete!

Halloween is one of the most popular events within the Estate! All witches, ghouls, ghosts, angels and superheroes made their way to the clubhouse on the 26th of October to enjoy goodie bags sponsored by Aspen Estates and to get their pictures taken. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed in different age categories, and after that the trick or treating started in the Estate. See you again next year!

The Simpsons Little Learners Academy is excited and ready to open it’s doors to ALL children from 1 years old to Grade R! Only the BEST will be on offer: Fully Qualified Teachers, Fun Learning Environment, Balanced Nutritional Meals designed by our chef, Underfloor Heating & CCTV. All the children, who had an absolute blast playing on the jungle gym and running around in the garden, enjoyed the open day and parents were only too happy to give in their applications.

The best developments, architecture and interior design from across the length and breadth of Africa and Arabia were celebrated at the close of a two-day Property Summit at the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai on Thursday, October 18th. Aspen Hills Nature Estate, won in its category of Development Multiple Units in South Africa 2012-2013.

We would like to congratulate all our Homeowners on your great investment!

HAIR & BEAUTY @ ASPEN The salon is located in A s p e n Shopping centre



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Technical / Education department for Wella South Africa until mid-March 2012. Her expertise, including a Wella Master Colour qualification, will be offered in the salon. Francene is a colour specialist who is highly skilled in colour correction, colour coding and makeovers. Not to mention her qualifications in afro hair. Her team includes: Maria who was trained and qualified in Portugal and is very new to South Africa. Rene is a highly skilled stylist with years of experience behind her qualification. With a full team of highly skilled

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Tick Bite Fever , Biliary, Babesiosis Tick Bite Fever is a serious tick-borne disease which affects the red blood cells of dogs (cats are only affected in the Cape area). It is still the most common infectious cause of death in our pets especially at this time of the year (spring and summer) when ticks are at their most active. Written By: The Glens Veterinary Hospital Some ticks have tiny parasites in their saliva called Babesia protozoa which are injected into our pets bloodstream when the tick bites. These tiny parasites invade and multiply in our pets red blood cells. Each red blood cell that gets infected is eventually destroyed releasing even more Babesia into the blood stream to invade further red blood cells. And so the infection, multiplication and haemolytic destruction of red blood cell cycle continues and rapidly amplifies resulting in anaemia, and eventually death. This disease is most troublesome because the disease process can be extremely rapid in some individuals (galloping biliary), and almost impossible to treat, to a chronic, protracted course of disease where the clinical symptomology can be vague and mild, and by the time the disease is diagnosed irreversible damage has been done to various organs e.g. Liver and kidneys. Fortunately most cases are relatively easy to diagnose and prognosis is usually quite good ifthe disease is treated timeously. Clinically at home the two main signs to watch for are: not eating (anorexia) and lethargy or listlessness. At this stage it is important to get a blood smear done as the earlier Tick Bite Fever is treated the better the prognosis. Other clinical signs to monitor are - pale mucous membranes, red urine, fever, jaundice (yellow mucous membranes), and nervous signs.


However, approximately ten percent of all TBF cases will develop complications which include organ failure (liver and kidneys), immune mediated diseases, sudden acute respiratory syndrome and DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation). When these complications develop, which can be up to seven days post treatment for routine TBF, intensive treatments are required to save our pets. The ticks that bite our pets are mainly the Yellow Dog tick (Haemaphysallis) and the Kennel tick (Rhicephalus) and both are major transmitters of Babesia Canis Protozoa. Prevention of Tick Bite Fever therefore revolves around preventing ticks biting and there are a variety of excellent treatments applied monthly as a spot-on e.g. Certifect, Frontline Plus, Promeris Duo, Revolution, Advantix etc. There is also a vaccination available for Tick Bite Fever which may be of interest. Initially it is administered twice at monthly intervals and then every 6 months. At this stage price probably precludes its routine use, and the fact that it does not prevent Tick bite Fever, but literature does suggest that it may help reduce the severity of infection and minimise the incidence of complications associated with Tick Bite Fever.

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The Garden Diary Green Abilities We are truly blessed as South Africans especially when it comes to our bulb kingdom with close to 2000 indigenous bulb species. Written By: Tamryn Mills - Btech Landscape Technology

Some species to consider: 1. Crinum delagoense is a robust species with particularly beautiful flowers. 2. Eucomis flowers last for several weeks and attract bees and butterflies, excellent as cut flowers 3. The summer-flowering giant chincherinchee (Ornithogalum sundersiae) offers charming white blooms, prefers sunny well-drained soil. 4. Blue squill (Scilla natalensis) produce metrehigh tapering flower plumes. 5. The African potato (Hypoxis hemerocallidea) offers both ornamental foliage and a striking flower. 32

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With the heat increasing over the past week, perhaps it’s time to consider using more water wise plants! If you are looking to bring instant, affordable colour into your garden, patio, then bedding plants is for you.

Growing trees to save our Planet “Because trees are both part of the long-term structure of the garden, and an investment in the future, the choice of species warrant consideration”

1. Gazanias Indigenous gazanias are showy members of the daisy family. They are heat-tolerant and can For many of us, gardens are a little heaven way be grown in containers. Best of all for the lazy form the cares of the world, a comfortable Part of gardener is that they are colourful, season-long the cocoon that is home. A garden is a giver of display comes with little maintenance. life. Plants create an environment where wriggling, crawling and flying things can thrive. It has been 2. Vinca proven that people also thrive in gardens; both Vincas are not only colourful; they are the real body and in soul. Trees exceed all the other deal when it comes to water wise annuals. Our plants in providing these benefits too, and we are modern hybrids are bred to perform at the height blessed with our indigenous palette that range of summer when the rest of your garden is wilting. from majestic forest giants to hardy little trees of open grasslands and rocky outcrops. 3. Dianthus If it is loads of colour you’re after, then dianthus are for you. That’s whole year colour and a wide Why Plant Trees range of colours available. Make combating global warming your mission, and your weapon a tree. Why? 5.Petunias One of the reasons why petunias are so popular is that they have always been available in a wide • The incredible fact is that trees act as carbon sinks, removing greenhouse gasses from the range of colours. Planting alone north facing wall air and storing then in the form of cellulose is preferred. (wood) • Trees recycle water, generate oxygen and filter air and water pollution. • Dust, particulate pollution;, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other pollutants are reduced by trees. • Trees shelter your home from cold winds and harsh sunshine, helping to decrees electricity use.

Why Plant Trees Extra preparation is generally rewarded with a better start for your tree. Here’s how to go about preparing the soil and planting your tree: • A spacious planting hole with backfill enriched 33

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with compost and a little slow release fertilizers gives confined roots a bountiful and inviting environment in which to grow. • Add some bonemeal or superphosphate for extra encouragement for questing rootlets. • Give a good, deep watering after planting until the tree is well established and mulch to prevent drying out of the soil. • Once the roots are growing. The top of the tree follows suit, and, as soon as the tree has a good foot-hole, extra care can be tapered off. • If the tree needs staking, remember to protect the stem from abrasion against the stake and tie. Avoid staking a tree so that it can’t sway in the wind a little- it must build a strong stem and needs the exercise. • Prune the tree by removing unwanted side branches from the base and trunk as it grows. Little side branches help to nourish the trunk, so only remove them if they are starting to thicken. • Young trees in particular, love top dressing of fertiliser during the growing season. Most evergreens like fertiliser during winter too, unless you live in an area that gets very harsh frost (Aspen). Established trees are generally able to nourish themselves relatively well. • When establishing wind breaks and hedges, drip irrigation is a relatively inexpensive, labour and water-saving option that will give deep watering.

6 trees worth seeking out • • • • • •

False olive (Buddleja saligna) Diospyros dichrophylla Crossberry (Grewia occidentalis) Wild olive (Olea Europa subsp. africana) Cheesewood (Pittosporum viridiflorum) Karee (Rhus lancea)

Trees with showy flowers • Cape chestnut (Calodendrum capense) • Tree aloe ( Aloe bainesii) 34

Plant Maintenance for the month - Roses Checklist • Follow a regular fortnightly spray programme for fungal problems like mildew and black spot • Remove briars by tugging them off in opposite direction to that in which they are growing • Cut back water shoots to 30cm, they form the future framework of the rose • For neater floribunda roses nip out the central rosebud. Since it matures before those surrounding it, it fades first, leaving a gap in the flower head. Don’t denude roses of leaves in midsummer. Not only are they the plants food factory but they shield the plant from sun • Check on the mulch around your roses – a living green mulch of shallow-rooted ground covers is a good alternative to bark chips. • Constantly deadhead roses. Cut with a short stem on young bushes to leave the maximum amount of foliage so plant may produce food. • Check that the name tags on the base of the roses are not strangling the plant. Check the stakes and ties on the standard roses are not too tight either.

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• Portulaca - Portulaca grandiflora Seedling will spread quickly to for a low carpet of brightly coloured flowers. Theyare drought tolerant and grow in full sun. Landscape use: Ideal ground cover for banks, rockery pockets and between paving. • Salvia - Salvia splendens Salvia cultivars are excellent for summer bedding. They need composted soil, full sun or morning sun in very hot gardens. They are splendid massed, in boarders and in pots. Landscaping use: Grow scarlet and red salvias for impact among purple foliage.

Instant gratification with that burst of colour • Zinnia - Zinnia elegance

Zinnias in bright colours of pink, primrose, gold, red and purple enjoy full sun. They range in heigh according to species. Landscaping use: Grow tall Zinnias in boarders and dwarf kinds to brighten rockery pockets.

• Alyssum - Lobularia maritima Sweetly scented carpets of white, pastle pink and purple flowers. Sun loving. Landscaping use: Useful as carpet under bulbs and taller annuals. Also filling gaps in paving and pots. • Marigold - Tagetes erecta These reliable, long lasting and hear tolerant annual range in height from 15cm.There is a range of warm colours available. Landscape use: Theses stars need full sun and composted, well-drained soil. Dwarf marigolds are useful for edging and taller species for boarder. Brighten up rockeries, containers and hanging baskets, plant between vegetables as they are deterrent to nematodes in the soil

• Cosmos - Bidens Formosa Tolerance of hart and ordinary garden soil make cosmos a good choice for any sunny spot in the garden. Their long flowering season begins in summer and extends until the first frost. Landscape use: Shorter species as boarder plants and taller species as fillers. • Nasturtium - Tropaeolum majus This much-loved annual has a trumpet flower, they enjoy a sunny spot. Landscape use: Dwarf Jewel Series suits front boarders, containers, hanging baskets and rockery pockets. Use climbing nasturtiums as temporary screens to clothe fences and trail down banks.

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion


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Birds in Aspen Featured Bird: Blue Crane

The Blue Crane is a tall, ground-dwelling bird, but is fairly small by the standards of the crane family. It is 100–120 cm tall, with a wingspan of 180–200 cm. Unlike most cranes, it has a relatively large head and a proportionately thin neck. Information Found on: Blue Cranes are birds of the dry grassy uplands, usually the pastured grasses of hills, valleys, and plains with a few scattered trees. They prefer areas in the nesting season that have access to both upland and wetland areas, though they feed almost entirely in dry areas. They are altitudinal migrants, generally nesting in the lower grasslands of an elevation of around 1,300 to 2,000 m and moving down to lower altitudes for winter. Although they can wander into agricultural areas, these cranes are most common in areas where disturbance by humans and their cattle is relatively low. The Blue Crane is partially social, less so during the breeding season. There is a strict hierarchy in groups, with the larger adult males being dominant. They overlap in range with 3 other crane species but interactions with these species and other “large wader” type birds are not known. They are relentlessly aggressive to various other animals during the nesting season, attacking non-predatory species such as cattle, tortoises, plovers and even sparrows. Humans are also attacked if they approach a nest too closely,


with the aggressive male having torn clothes and drawn blood in such cases. Blue Cranes feed from the ground and appear to rarely feed near wetland areas. Most of their diet is comprised by grasses and sedges, with many types fed on based on their proximity to the nests. They are also regularly insectivorous, feeding on numerous, sizable insects such as grasshoppers. Small animals such as crabs, snails frogs and small lizards and snakes may supplement the diet, with such protein-rich food often being broken down and fed to the young. In the last two decades, the Blue Crane has largely disappeared from the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The population in the northern Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Province has declined by up to 1%. The majority of the remaining population is in eastern and southern South Africa, with a small and separate population in the Etosha Pan of northern Namibia. ■

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Fun facts

• The breeding period is highly seasonal, with eggs being recorded between October and March. • Pair-formation amongst groups often beings in October, beginning with both potential parents running in circles with each other. The male then engages in a “dance” flings various objects in the air and then jumps. • In a great majority of known nests, two eggs are laid (rarely 1 or 3). Both males are females will incubate, with the male often incubating at night and, during the day, defending the nest territory during the day while the female incubates. • The young are able to walk after two days and can swim well shortly thereafter. They are fed primarily by their mothers, who regurgitates food into the mouths. • The Blue Crane is a bird very special to the amaXhosa, who call it indwe. When a man distinguished himself by deeds of valour, or any form of meritorious conduct, he was often decorated by a chief by being presented with the feathers of this bird. After a battle, the chief would organise a ceremony called ukundzabela – a ceremony for the heroes, at which feathers would be presented. Men so honoured – they wore the feathers sticking out of their hair – were known as men of ugaba (trouble) - the implication being that if trouble arose, these men would reinstate peace and order.

Keep a look out for Barbet, Black Collared Barbet, Crested Bishop, Red Bokmakierie Boubou, Crimson Bulbul, Black Eyed Bunting, Rock Chat, Mountain Coot, Red Knobbed Cormorant, Whitebreasted Crane, Blue Crow, Pied Darter Dikkop, Spotted Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Redeyed Duck, African Black Duck, Yellowbilled Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Firefinch, Bluebilled Finch, Red Headed Flycatcher Goose, Egyptian

Goose, Spur-Winged Grebe, Little Guineafowl, Helmeted Hamerkop Heron, Black Headed Heron, Greenbacked Heron, Grey Hoopoe Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, Sacred Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, pied Kite, Black Shouldered Longclaw, Orange Throated Lourie, Grey Minor, Indian Moorhen, Redfaced Owl, Barn Owl, Spotted Eagle Pidgeon, Rock Pidgeon, Feral Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Crowned Plover, Three Banded

Plover, Wattled Prinia, Tawny Flanked Robin, Cape Shrike, Fiscal Sparrow, Cape Sparrow, House Spoonbill, African Starling, Glossy Starling, Pied Starling Redwinged Sunbird, Black Swallow, European Swallow, Greater Striped Thrush, Olive Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Pied Weaver, Masked Weaver, White Browed Sparrow White Eye, Cape Whydah, Paradise Whydah, Pin Tail Widow, Red-Collared Widow, Whitewinged Woodhoopoe, Redbilled


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Seafood Platter for one



Combine the oil, garlic, basil, lemon juice and zest in a bowl, then season. Brush the marinade over the seafood.

500g Hake Fillet

Grill the hake for 2-3min on each side. When the hake is golden brown remove and pour any remaining juice over. Grill the calamari tubes till golden brown in colour and remove. Then place the prawns cooking for 3-4 minutes, until they are opaque in colour. Serve together on a platter with the sauce and a fresh green salad of your choice. Sauce: Whisk ingredients together, season with salt and pepper.

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6 Prawns 150g Calamari Tubes 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped 2 tbsp Chopped Basil Zest and juice of 2 lemons 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

Seafood Sauce 200ml Whole-egg Mayonnaise Grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon 1 Small Lime 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce 1 tbsp Tomato Sauce


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Yummy Berry Pavlova Directions


Preheat oven to 120째C. Trace a 20cm circle onto a piece of baking paper. Line an oven tray with the baking paper.

6 eggwhites

Use an electric mixer to whisk the eggwhites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well until thick and glossy, and the sugar is dissolved. Add the vinegar and cornflour and fold with a large metal spoon until just combined. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared tray. Using the traced circle as a guide, use a spatula or pallet knife to shape into a 20cm disc. Bake for 11 hours or until dry to the touch. Turn off oven and leave, with the door ajar, to cool completely. Use an electric mixer to whisk cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Transfer pavlova to a serving plate. Top with cream, berries and icing sugar.

Prep Time

Total Time

15 minutes

12 Hours

1 1/2 cups (315g) caster sugar 2 teaspoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon cornflour 300ml thickened cream Mixed berries, to serve Icing sugar mixture, to dust

Yield Serves Serves 8


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