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CONTRIBUTORS Silver Lakes HOA Silver Lakes Directors Jan de Wet Kathy O’Connor Danie Van Niekerk Sid Pretorius Theo O’Neil Corlia Mathews Seline van der Wat Runa Prinsloo Dr Koos Marais Rensche Mari Paula Oelofsen Henry Green

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HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION Chief Executive Officer From the Estate Manager From the Liaison Manager From Environment, Social & Ethics Director The History of Stress

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Important Contact Numbers 6 Smalls 53

Fitness 40 Get into the Swing golf Summer Golf Practise makes Perfect


Food Everyday recipes One Pot Wonders 36

Golf Mature Golfers Competition Results

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Feature articles Environmental Return of the Rain

DIY Something to make at home 43 How to make your own centerpiece out of pegs


KIDS Kids Corner Just Nuisance

Gardening Make your Garden Drought Tolerant 38 The Cook on the Corner Summer is in the Air





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This month we are focusing on stress. With the end of the year coming closer, companies, schools and employees are all starting to feel the stress. Stress is not always a bad thing because without some stress, your life would be dull and lacking change or excitement. However, it is not good to prolong that stress for weeks, as your body will soon start to show the consequences. In physics, stress is used to describe the force that produces strain on the physical body. The term was borrowed from the field of one of the fathers of stress research in physics, Hans Selye in the 1920s. He noticed that no matter what his hospitalized patients suffered from, they all had one thing in common. They were all under physical stress. In an interesting experiment, researchers measured the stress hormone levels of experienced parachute jumpers. Surely

jumping out of a plane had to be stressful. Strangely, however their stress hormone levels were normal. They then measured the stress levels of people jumping for the first time and found a huge difference. On the day before the jump, student’s levels were normal while instructors’ levels were very high. On the jump day, students’ levels were very high, while instructor’s levels were normal. They concluded that 24 hours before the jump, the instructors’ anticipation resulted in higher stress hormone levels because they knew what to expect. The students were oblivious to what awaited them. These experiments proved that although released stress hormones are different for everyone, common elements to situations elevate stress hormones in everyone.

5 Steps to less stress Step 1: Prioritize Your Health Stress is a leading cause of poor health and it is up to you to reduce and where possible, remove unnecessary stressors in your life.

Step 2: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Sleep is essential to maintain good mental and physical health. It is nature’s healer giving your brain and body opportunity to repair themselves from the stresses of the day and build and develop for the future.

Step 3: Practice Deep Breathing Humans can only go a few minutes (at most) without oxygen. Oxygen is arguably the most important nutrient of the body – every cell needs it to function efficiently. However, the brain is the body’s largest user of oxygen. Breathing serves two purposes: it helps you take in oxygen to be transported to all parts of the body through the bloodstream, and it helps in the elimination of waste products. Oxygen helps to clear your mind, rejuvenate your skin and energize your whole body.

Step 4: Stay Hydrated When we are not hydrated sufficiently, we can experience anything from mild headaches and fatigue to seizures, which can be a symptom of severe dehydration. The symptoms of stress and dehydration can be very similar – increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue and headaches.

Step 5: Eat for Well-Being, Not for Stress Many of us feed ourselves platefuls of food loaded with toxins, chemicals, fats and sugars, which do not benefit our bodies. Nevertheless, we simply expect our bodies to cope. An important link exists between stress and nutrition. A balanced diet can boost our resistance against the effects of stress on the body; therefore, it is important to ensure we get vital nutrients. Someone with a healthy and balanced diet is likely to be less stressed than someone with a poor diet as their bodies are often working more efficiently and they are more resilient to stress. Article written by Neil Shah
Author and Director of the Stress Management Society




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Security access office: Hours as above Including first Saturday of every month from 08:00 until 11:00


SECURITY Security Control Room 24 hours 012 809 0424/5

With the end of 2015 in sight there are still two important events left in the Association’s calendar.

to receive their packs electronically to cut down on administration and printing costs.

G4S Security Shift Manager From 18h00 to 06h00, weekdays. 24 hours Sat, Sun and public holidays 072 615 5862

The Silver Lakes Homeowners Association’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, 16 November 2015.

If you have not formally elected to receive your notifications and documentation electronically, please inform our Liaison Manager, Kathy O’Connor should you wish to do so.

CLUBHOUSE Clubhouse 012 809 0281

GOLF Pro Shop 012 809 0430

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 012 809 0424/5 Boschkop Police 012 802 1087/4 Netcare 911 082 911

What makes this date even more significant is that a Constitutional General Meeting is also scheduled for the same day to consider various matters that fall beyond the scope of a general meeting. Members of the Association are urged to attend this event where the tone is set for the coming year through the approval of the budgets by the members.

Some of our senior staff and I recently attended a discussion with Tshwane’s regional managers and directors along with management from some of our surrounding estates to find ways for our area’s estates and local government to work together.

Several important administrative functions such as the approval of the past year’s financial statements and election of directors in the Environmental and Chairperson’s portfolios will also be attended to at this AGM.

We hope that this will translate into better service delivery for our residents and we will follow up with this forum early in the new year on some of the common issues that affect our region such as erratic water and electricity supply, poor roads and inadequate by-law enforcement that were discussed at length with the officials.

The CGM will consider the adoption of our Association’s Memorandum of Incorporation as well as amended rules for the Estate.

As always, I continue to invite residents to communicate with me should there be any issues you would like to bring to our attention.

All members should have received their AGM and CGM packs by now, but if you do not have yours yet, please contact the HOA offices to collect a copy or request that one be emailed to you. Members are encouraged

Please feel free to make an appointment via my assistant Michele on (012) 809-0142 or secretary@silverlakes.

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Whether you unwind with tea in the lounge or your conservatory.

No matter how you spend your afternoons, every home is an important home to us.

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GARDEN COMPETITION Thanks to all the entrants of the Garden Competition and a big thank you to the sponsors. Each of the sponsors sponsored goods to the value of R2 000. The sponsors are as follows: Plant Land, Mica Amper Alles, R3 and R5 Nursery, The Lawnmower Shop and The Garden Group



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The Wildlife Photographic talk The talk is planned to take place at the Club on 25 November from 18:30 to 21:00. The cost is R160 per person and includes snacks and drinks. To book please send an email to

Tel: 012 804 7090

Carols and drive through the Estate to view Christmas lights This is event is scheduled to take place on 28 November 2015 Always a popular event, please diarise.

Tel: 012 807 6721

The CGM and AGM MEETINGS These meetings are on 16 November. If you are unable to attend, please submit proxies for both meetings.

Tel: 012 804 1807

LAST THOUGHT Remember to pick up after your dog and respect each other by not speeding in the Estate. Groete en liefde Kathy

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• Re-routing of sewerage reticulation completed and operational. • Re-routing of storm water reticulation at building in process – partially completed in areas. • External seating area of restaurant improved - filling, levelling, cleaning of paving bricks (re-used) and laying of the paving bricks is in progress.


UPGRADE OF CLUBHOUSE FACILITIES Construction work on the project continued and since the previous article, a number of parts of the work was completed and

• Earthworks for new Kids Play Area adjacent to the external seating area of restaurant are in progress for civil construction work to be done. • Construction of the new starter hut building and ramps are in process and nearing completion. • Excavations and construction work of new terraces & the staircase at the swimming pool area are in process.

progressed. • Installation of additional new golf cart parking and new • The alterations & additions to the new restaurant & kitchen facilities downstairs had been completed up to the “white box” stage (sectional completion of building


as per agreement) and were handed over to the client for the Operator (Café 41) on 23/09/2015. Café 41 is busy with the re-fitment of the restaurant & kitchen facilities. • Alterations & additions to the new convenient/deli facility downstairs had been completed up to the “white box” stage (sectional completion of building as per agreement) and were ready for hand over the client for operator (Café 41) on 12/10/2015. Cafe 41 is busy with the re-fitment for the facilities. • Alterations to the golf changing facilities (men’s & ladies) are nearing completion. The plumbing installation is completed and inspected by the Local Authority for


compliance. The walls and floor tiling is almost completed, while the ceiling installation, preparation and paintwork are in progress. Installation of the light fittings needs to be done. The new glass partition & door installation of the shower & toilet cubicles must still be done, while the waterproofing (external and internal) has been completed.





golf cart/walkways in front of the new starter hut area is in progress. • Removal of upstairs patio tiles, re-screed to fall, water proofing and re-tiling of new open patio (and covered patio in front of executive bar) area as well as new stair case are in process.

UPGRADE OF ROOF AND NEW EMERGENCY ACCESS AT SILVER LAKES DRIVE ENTRANCE GATE The project was delayed (work halted) for approximately one

• Preparation work for landscaping and the new walkway in front of restaurant area in process.

month. Additional municipal compliance requirements (fire department) were required i.e. the separate emergency access gate for the fire brigade.


The necessary applications for servitude registration and building plans were prepared and submitted for approval and approved by the HOA and Local Authority. Construction work at the gate recommenced mid October 2015. Closing of lanes will again be necessary at times and will be done in conjunction with our security department who will manage the access control.







First, let’s understand the purpose of HOAs. The more upscale the building and the more amenities it has, the higher the homeown-

We would again like to request all homeowners, residents, visitors

ers association fees are likely to be.

and especially children to co-operate and not to enter the building construction sites during this building period.

HOA fees help maintain the quality of life for the community’s residents and protect property values for all owners.

It is out of bounds and is a dangerous area. In advance, we also apologise for all the inconvenience caused by building

In addition to maintaining common areas, HOAs also set out cer-

operations during this period of construction work.

tain rules that all residents must follow, called covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC & Rs).


In a residential building, e.g. rules may include what height your fence may be, whether you are allowed to have your air conditioners facing the street and where the domestic’s room

When one purchases a home or a property in a planned develop-

should be situated.

ment such as a gated community, you are obligated to join the community’s homeowners association (HOA) and pay a monthly or annual HOA fees for the upkeep of common areas amongst other areas.




While there are laws governing the behaviour of HOAs, these

under the impression that we, as the HOA are responsible for ab-

associations can still have a powerful impact on your rights as a

solutely everything, from removing grass clippings from private

homeowner. Learn the rules of the association and if you do not

homes to picking up dog doo-doo on the golf course.

have a copy of the rules please feel free to collect from your HOA reception.

We all have a responsibility and it is every dog-owners duty to clean up after your animals and every homeowner’s responsibility

Are you the type of person who hates being told what to do? If so,

to keep their gardens neat.

then living in a community with an HOA may be a very frustrating experience for you.

Often the confusion comes in where an owner rents out his/her property and the tenant does not understand that there are cer-

A pipe has burst outside my house. What must I do?

tain rules and procedures in place. It remains the homeowner’s

The first thing that you must do is call the Tshwane Municipality

responsibility to keep their tenants informed of rules, regulations

on 012 358 2111 and you will be issued with a reference number.

and procedures on the estate.

Please keep that number as reference for reporting the incident/ problem.

Every Wednesday our G4 checks streetlights and broken lights are reported to the relevant department.

Each homeowner is responsible for his/her property. Repairing

Every Sunday the golf course lights are checked and any faulty

water leaks or burst pipes, sewerage systems or streetlights and

lights are then reported.

potholes lies with Tshwane Municipality and not with the HOA. Potholes are noted, the exact location is marked on a street map Often if a resident has called Tshwane Municipality and the process

and the municipality is informed as to where and how many pot-

has taken too long, then we, as HOA may try to assist by calling the

holes we have.

relevant department to escalate the problem. Many residents are


RAINFALL UPDATE The information tabulated below has been recorded over the period indicated (since 1996 till 11/10/2015) by a homeowner residing in Phase 1 of the Estate and we appreciate receiving the rainfall data for publishing in the Intra Muros.

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1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

284 122 99 123 195 57 76 187 134 236 311 58 268 205 112 219 56 96 107 110

285 58 121 31 220 110 70 134 255 40 182 41 50 224 78 65 61 56 140 27

61 361 117 86 177 21 18 57 246 66 21 4 215 68 94 243 96 34 316 57

97 33 3 37 71 9 42 0 53 81 37 61 53 6 151 64 18 99 14 40

31 102 0 37 18 67 11 0 13 0 0 0 49 15 58 0 0 0 1 0

0 0 0 20 8 3 38 20 11 0 0 38 9 33 0 20 0 0 2 0

2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 10 0 0 0 5

0 0 0 0 3 0 25 0 0 0 47 0 0 18 0 15 0 3 14 0

0 44 37 4 15 9 5 2 0 0 0 68 0 25 0 112 10 3 1 62

107 72 51 50 170 72 68 99 29 18 36 197 56 84 32 106 176 114 40

106 155 123 88 119 179 29 84 121 117 92 57 220 146 42 64 72 123 135

215 103 207 216 97 94 156 103 286 81 150 147 176 132 255 182 172 197 172

1188 1056 758 692 1093 621 538 686 1152 639 876 671 1099 956 822 999 763 732 942 301


















ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL & ETHICS DIRECTOR Environmental & ESTATE REPORT It is springtime and we’ll be well into summer by the time you read this article. We have had too much heat for the new growths and we are all waiting for the first rains to come. According to those who know, possibly as from 10 October, but as I read the weather updates I am thinking some more heat is on the way.

This reminds one of our annual AGM in November and at this meeting, which we invite and encourage you all to attend, the past years’ developments and happenings, will be discussed. Our plans for the new year will also be spelt out. Join us, come and see what has been done with your levies and what the plans are for the future of our beautiful estate.

The amazing part of the start of the new season is the beautiful spring flowers we see all-over with fresh fragrances of new budding leaves, the jasmine flowering and swallows coming back. All of these are the signs of our first weeks of warmer weather.

On the environmental side, so many things have happened that one is hard pressed to get all in one short article or one short speech. The one single item that is standing out is the improvements we are busy with at the Club House and at the gates. After the first rains, which is hopefully around the corner, these bright greens and blooming flowers will be the scene against which we will be jumping right into summer with exams for the younger ones and preparing for the Christmas holiday season.

The Club House will be sporting revamped facilities such as the ramps and stairs at the swimming pool area, a larger restaurant, great children’s play areas and a convenience facility. More parking for golf carts are part of the new pathway layout so that all can safely park close to where they are attending events and business. The gate at Silver Lakes drive will be finished by end of the year. We had some hiccups after we re-submitted the approved plans and the fire clearance wanted a fire engine entrance after the lower entrance was previously approved since Solomon Mahlangu was high enough. But all good things happened and now we have a separate entrance on the side of this gate for large vehicles such as the fire brigade and other large trucks. The Solomon Mahlangu gate is having its ‘face lift’ during the months of October and November with new paint and signage. We envisage in due course replacing all the fences at the gates and on the estate with ‘ClearVu’. This will help with the tidying up of the Estate so that one actually sees the beautiful buildings of



the gates and not all the signs, magazine racks, generators and other peripheral elements. The gardens of the estate were revamped to become the canvas on which we can put focal points along our main street, leading to the new look Club House. The basic plants of the gardens at the HOA office, Boulevards, gates and Club House reflects our Colonial architecture. The palms, hedges and roses are especially prominent at the Club House and will be repeated in the new planters of the corners. The first of these planters will be erected as soon as we have municipal approval. For the future: We will continue with the upgrading of our flowerbeds every year. We have now established a main theme going through our gardens and therefore simplified maintenance. - Focal gardens with the listed plants at the gates, HOA offices and in our Boulevards; - Lawn and trees on our street corners; - This reflects the lawn, trees and decorative grasses used on the golf course; - With dedicated Silver Lakes street signage on some of these corners; - The Club House will maintain its focal plants of roses and hedges;

For now, we will try and make a plan with the irrigation we can ‘fix’, perhaps seeding kikuyu and making an innovative plan with the pathway with what we have. However, we promise we will not forget and will try and make a plan within our budgets by re-using and recycling in such a way it befits our beautiful estate. Together with this, the upgrade of the parks on the estate will be a great positive investment into the successful integration of all on the estate. We would like to extend the park at the Club to include a new soccer pitch, beach volleyball, 2 extra tennis courts as explained in last month’s Intra Muros, together with a larger play area and new play equipment. The other parks will be getting more trees, some benches and new ClearVu fencing. We are also planning great revamps in the game reserve. We’ll be seeding the dried out old roads and the over grazed areas – hopefully the rain would have come by the time you read this article and our seeds will be in. We are busy marking the walking trail and a new cycle trail and are in the process of introducing some new game to the area.

All this will become annual maintenance issues to reassess the gardens and buildings and see which items need to be replaced or revamped. General maintenance will include irrigation repairs, upgrades, and a constant painting of the buildings to keep our white Colonial look-andfeel crisp and tidy. In the gardens, upgrade will mostly mean re-using what we have, but we will especially strive to plant more trees in our parks, streets and picnic areas. As promised, we are planning on starting to put the detail into the gardens and our streets in the next year or two. As you would have seen in previous articles, the corner planters with street signage are now with the municipality and as soon as they are approved, we will construct the first ones, hopefully before the end of the year. Part of the presentation at the AGM will be a suggestion to revamp the entire Silver Lakes Drive, befitting an upmarket golf, wildlife and residential estate. This will have to be done at great cost and will therefore have to stand over for a year or two, but we will strive to have it done as soon as finances allow.

Ollie and I are enrolled in a study course to know more about game and their management and even if it is just ‘book knowledge’ it will make us more sensitive to what the needs of the game in our reserve are and will be in future - even if it just helps us understand our experts better.

All in all, we hope to enhance the Silver Lakes Life Style experience to create what was promised in some of our pamphlets and literature….”our Own Piece of Heaven”



Social events and responsibilities

During the last year, we have had our usual Silver Lakes events:

As part of the environmental portfolio, we have the honour to serve the people of Silver Lakes and try to make their day-to-day lives more pleasurable.

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New Year’s Celebrations in January Valentine’s Day in February International Day in March Mother’s Day in May Race of Faith in June Youth day in June Father’s Day in June Spring Day in September Garden Competition in October Halloween In October Christmas Lights in November Christmas Dinner in December

We are planning on much, much, more such as school holiday programs with our golf and tennis coaches, nature programs with all our children learning from us, the adults who have a lifetime of knowledge to share. Here are some photographs of our past Spring Day and we hope to see you at one of our events, at the Club, at one of our play parks or at least on the walking trail in the game reserve. Not only by trying to create the beautiful environment we talked about above, but also organising events and other fun-to-do stuff on the estate, or at least we listen to everybody who contacts us and then we organise our numerous social events and events where we chip dogs, have photography courses, and first aid courses.

Enjoy summer and good luck to all who are writing exams. Corlia Mathews Environmental Director Email : Cell : 083 448 9441



….AND WE RELEASED RORY ON SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER INTO OUR DAMS. On Sunday 4 October at about 4.30 pm Claudius and the ladies from FreeMe, who has been looking after Rory, our Cape Clawless Otter arrived in Silver Lakes to release him back into our dams. Ollie who will be the main caretaker and Andrew, our Golf Director joined me, our photographer, my daughter and about 30 other residents to watch. Jeanne Todd and Snorre van Der Merwe were as excited as I was to see Rory back. Claudius and Ollie took Rory to the reeds at the little dam between the 17th and the 10th and slowly opened the crate. Rory took his own sweet time to appear, but once he looked around the corner of the crate, he was like a rocket and into the reeds, back into ‘his’ dam. We all wondered if he recognised Silver Lakes? I am sure he did; he was swimming and playing in the dam for more than an hour. He played in the water, chasing fish as we saw them jumping out the water as he swam through the dam. When a flurry of birds flew form the reeds, we knew he was home and he went to ‘bed’ between the reeds of his dam. Go to Silver Lakes Facebook to see the video and more photos. Welcome back Rory. Corlia, all the golf course staff, but especially James and Dean who found him, and the whole environmental team who will now be caring for him.



Photographs taken by Corlia Mathews

Photographs taken by Pistachio Designs

Return of the Rain by Koos Marais

In Africa, rain is a gift, not a given. When the first hot spell of the new spring is interrupted by rain, nature rejoices. Unlike Europe or parts of America, we are grateful for every drop of rain. Rain may come as the result of intense convective activity building up to a thunderstorm, or as part of a cold front, but it does not really matter. We are grateful when the harsh Highveld winter is eventually terminated by the first drops. Silver Lakes used to be an expansive marshland with an abundance of waterfowl, insects, reptiles, amphibians and small game. Development has changed the face and the shape of the environment, but we have managed to maintain its soul and spirit so that we can continue to live and work in harmony with nature. The diversity of our wildlife and birds testifies to the wellbeing of our precious corner of heaven. Many years ago, we did suffer a severe drought, which emptied our two dams. It was a not so subtle reminder of the harshness of life in Africa. Fortunately, it ended well with a massive microburst, which filled up the dams in one night. The first rains bring with them much activity. As if on cue, the frog population will emerge from their underground lairs of hibernation. South Africa is home to two species of bullfrog, Pyxicephalus adspersus, the giant bullfrog and Pyxicephalus edulis, the Bushveld bullfrog. The giant bullfrog is the one that dominates in Silver Lakes.

The shaggy inkcap contains dark black dyes, which was used for writing ink in the Middle Ages. The taste and flavour is wonderful, but beware of consuming alcohol with a plate of shaggy inkcap. It will lead to weird hallucinations when sleeping. The first rains are also the cue for our waterfowl to start their nest building and breeding routine. The red-knobbed coot will be seen to be stacking nesting material in the middle of the dams, sometimes considerably higher than the water surface, for good reason. Some primitive instinct warns or instructs them to do so, because once the water starts rushing through the inlets the surface will heighten. Simultaneously, the fish will move to the shallows, starting to spawn. They become more active, often rising and even jumping clear out of the water. The catfish move right out of the water onto the grassy verges where they glide and slide their slippery bodies against each other, only to retreat into the depths with almighty splashes when approached by human or animals.

The giant bullfrog is near threatened in South Africa, but healthy populations do exist outside the country’s borders. That does not imply that we can become complacent. Frogs are universally considered an indicator of ecological health. We must jealously guard our bullfrogs. The first rains prompt the bullfrogs to emerge from their underground hides. They require more than 50 millimetres of rain in one session to be able to break out from their encapsulated lairs. They then breed and forage and entertain us with their loud choir music, sometimes to the chagrin of some residents. Bullfrogs breed in shallow water. The adult males will remain at the breeding site, protecting the tadpoles and young bullfrogs. They will also deepen the shallow areas by scratching with their hind legs. Adults are aggressive and even attack humans. It is a fallacy to believe that bullfrogs are poisonous. With the bullfrog run in late spring, will also come the first wild mushrooms. South Africa has many edible, inedible and poisonous species. Care should be taken when harvesting wild mushrooms. Recently an entire family, (not in Silver Lakes) died because of mushroom poisoning. Silver Lakes’ most common edible species are the field mushroom, the shaggy inkcap and the parasol, while the dangerous one to look out for is the yellow stainer, which as its name implies, will stain the fingers yellow when scratching the stem.



As if from nowhere the monitor lizards suddenly appear. I have seen a monitor lizard spend the entire winter hibernating in a tree next to the front door of a house in the Musina bushveld. Come spring their metabolism increases so that they are obliged to feed. We in Silver Lakes are fortunate to be home to a number of these “leviathans”. They have been resident for a long time in and around the dam between hole number five’s and hole number seven’s greens but since the large dam in the game reserve had been rehabilitated they seem to be happy in that area. However, they are also regularly seen strutting around the more “civilised” parts of the estate, even crossing busy roads.

They feast on birds’ eggs, the eggs of chelonians (tortoises, terrapins and turtles) and crocodiles of which we fortunately, or unfortunately, do not have any live specimens. They also will take some of the fish and seem to congregate around the catfish when they are spawning in spring. We can live without many things, but we all need the rain.

Monitor lizards are not threatened but have the status of being almost vulnerable. Products from monitor lizards are unfortunately popular for leather, food, medicinal (“muti”) and even “magical” purposes, the latter in Asia. Let’s keep ours here, happy and safe for the purpose for which nature intended them. Monitor lizards breed in termite mounds by digging into the mounds and depositing their eggs into the carefully “air conditioned” environment. The termites seem to be happy to repair the damage, also when finally the baby lizards dig their way out of the maternity wards. It is interesting to observe the peaceful co-existence of the monitor lizards with their prey. They can sometimes spend days basking in the sun, underneath the very trees where their prey, the birds, are possibly breeding the monitor lizard’s next meal.




MATURE GOLFERS News from the Mature Golfers Amidst all the construction disruption, the Mature Golfers have continued to support the golf and clubhouse operations with between 30 and 40 players competing for the weekly prizes and honour. With the end of the year fast approaching, the competitions for the eclectic honours and the singles knockout champion are heading for a tight finish. The present eclectic leader on stableford points is Johan Grobbelaar on 63 points followed by Eddie Orsmond on 62 points and four other golfers (Rolf Hauter, Bugs Dryburgh, Vincent Mascini and Tienie Wessels) are on 61 points. The best gross leaders are Fernando Vieira on 59 points followed by Eugene Visagie on 63 points. The other old boys are close on their heels and it will be a fight to the finish at the end of October. The singles knockout championships have now reached the finals, which are being played during October– congratulations to the four golfers who have made it through to the finals stage. Theo O’Neil will be playing against Lodewyk de Wet in the Trophy Knockout competition and Herman Prost will take on Eugene Visagie in the Plate Knockout competition – best of luck to these four golfers. Apart from all this, is the forthcoming annual GOLF DAY hosted by the Mature Golfers. The Mature Golfer Champion for the day will be a huge challenge on 19 November 2015 at Silver Lakes. All aspiring men golfers over 50 years of age, all ladies young and older and our sponsors are welcome to join us for the day. It is a shotgun start at 12 noon followed by a dinner and prize giving at 5pm. Last year we handed out over 35 prizes ranging between the values of R1 500 and R100. The entrance fee is a mere R250 and the Pro Shop at Silver Lakes has opened the tee sheet for reservations. The format for the day will be IPS. Please hurry to put your names down and book your chosen tee-box. The scores for September are shown in the accompanying table and we salute all the winners. Our sincere thanks and appreciation must go to all our generous sponsors who have kept the Mature Golfers group in a strong and healthy financial position with the annual membership growing. Should any males out there who are older than 50 wish to participate on Thursday mornings you are most welcome to join the other old boys – draw takes place at 06h45 and tee-off is from 07h00. Enjoy your golfing experience Theo O’Neil (Captain of the Mature Golfers)

MATURE GOLFERS - 3 SEPTEMBER 2015 NAME PLACE 2-CLUB Vincent Mascini (41) 1st Eugene Visagie Jan Potgieter (41) 1st Eugene Visagie Bugs Dryburgh (40) 2nd Joe Botha (40) Jas Wasserman NTP # 9 Arthur Ketcher NTP # 13 Eugene Visagie NTP # 16 Vincent Mascini NTP # 18 Tienie Wessels NTP # 3 MATURE GOLFERS - 10 SEPTEMBER 2015 NAME PLACE 2-CLUB Theo O’Neil (36) 1st Eugene Visagie Daan Venter (35) 2nd John Murray Johann Myburgh (33 c/o) 3rd Dale Dempers

Eugene Visagie NTP Nobody NTP John Murray NTP Eugene Visagie NTP Dale Dempers NTP

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9 13 16 18 3

MATURE GOLFERS - 17 SEPTEMBER 2015 NAME PLACE 2-CLUB Nick Hollander (85) 1st No 2-Clubs Danie Smit (85) 1st No 2-Clubs Pieter Grey (85) 1st No 2-Clubs John Jessup (84c c/o) 2nd Braam Venter (84c c/o) 2nd Sakkie Kirsten (84c c/o) 2nd John Jessup NTP # 9 Pieter Grey NTP # 13 Henry Truter NTP # 16 Colin Heath NTP # 18 Pieter Grey NTP # 3 MATURE GOLFERS - 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 NAME PLACE 2-CLUB Johan Grobbelaar (37) 1st No 2-Clubs Fernando Vieira (34) 2nd Hennie Coetzee (33) 3rd Nobody NTP # 9 Daan Venter NTP # 13 Pieter Grey NTP # 16 Jannie v d Watt NTP # 18 Lodewyk de Wet NTP # 3


02 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY BBS POINTS Phillip Bronkhorst 46 Dereck Bekker 46 Larry v Mierlo 45 Mia Willemse 45 Wille Coetzee Snr 44 Willem Coetzee Jnr 44 NTP #3 Anton Lombard NTP #13 Simon Johnson 05 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY IPS POINTS RAINED OUT 06 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY IPS POINTS Keith Tremble 40 Theunis Pretorius 38 09 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY BBS Alan Carter 47 Greg Scroce 47 Niel de Wet 45 Grant Supra 45 Eddie Serton 43 Henry Roodt 43 NTP #3 John Palm NTP # 16 Simon Johnson



12 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY MONTHLY MEDAL POINTS Mens A division Gross Alain Norris 68 Mens A division nett Henry Roodt 67 Mens B division Gross Barry vd Vyver 79 Mens B division Nett Mike Brown 69 Mens C division IPS Larry v Mierlo 40 Ladies A division Nett Vanessa Brown 69 Ladies B division Nett Maude Wessels 74 Ladies IPS Yolandi Ehlers 39 NTP#3 Mike de Jongh NTP #13 Delene Normann 13 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY IPS POINTS

Jon Clark 35 Chase Manna 32

16 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY COMBINED POINTS Mac McCallaghan 77 Andre Barnard 77 Ruan Korb 76 Louis Coetzee 76 Will Ferreira 72 Chris Van Wyk 72 NTP #9 Johan Faul NTP #13 Louis Jonker 19AUGUST SATURDAY BBM POINTS Raoul Dippenaar 60 Andre Meij 60 Mike Brown 63 Bradley Brown 63 Deon Heunis 63 Griet Verwayen 63 NTP #3 HGB Zietsman NTP #16 IJ lEE 23 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY BBS POINTS Christo Bekker 47 Jaco Roestoff 47 Brendon Janse v Rensburg 45 C vd Walt 45 Chris v Wyk 43 Jan Minnaar 43 NTP #3 Jaco Roestoff NTP #13 Rikus Hatting 24 SEPTEMBER THURSDAY 4 BALL ALLIANCE POINTS Charl vd Walt 91 Marius Nadel 91 Pieter Swanepoel 91 Wessel Richter 91 Christo Bekker 90 Hein Bekker 90 Etienne Ehlers 90 Yolandi Ehlers 90 NTP #9 Christo Bekker NTP #13 Hein Bekker 25 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY IPS POINTS Craig Zietsman 40

Carel-Chris Swanepoel 39 Marilise Bethune Williams 37 NTP#9 Craig Zietsman NTP#16 P Nalendaer 26 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY BBS POINTS Andre Spies 51 Corrie Leonard 51 Hein Bekker 47 Greg Heuer 47 Tony Godycki 46 Grant Supra 46 NTP #3 & #13 Mia Willemse 27 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY IPS POINTS Paul Ascroft 38 Ande Vermeulen 37 30 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY BBS POINTS Sakkie Kirsten 46 Ruben Janse v Rensburg 46 Shane Mclachlan 43 Quintin Serton 43 Deon Botha 42 Johan Grobler 42 Gideon Pienaar 42 John Williams 42 Werner Riedinger 41 Pieter van Wyk 41 Gideon Pienaar 41 Hein Venter 41 NTP #3 Eugene Pansegrouw NTP #9 Werner Riedinger NTP #13 Wayne Walker NTP #16 Henry Roodt 3 OCTOBER SATURDAY BBS POINTS Michael Brielmaier 47 Paul Reus 47 Michael Brielmaier 47 Sakkie Kirsten 47 Henry Roodt 45 Dawie Lubbe 45 NTP # 9 Ys Kim NTP #16 C Oosthuizen 4 OCTOBER SUNDAY IPS POINTS Justin vd Watt 38 Paul Ascroft 38

2 CLUBS 2 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY RANDS Mark Botes 252 Simon Johnson 252 N Meyer 252 Christen 252 Dean Armitage 252 5 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY RANDS Keegan Mclachlan x3 285 Nicholas Lewis 95 6 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY RANDS Keith Tremble x2 182



SILVER LAKES GOLF RESULTS Theunis Pretorius 91 Keegan Mclachlan 91 Jon Clark 91 Justin vd Watt 91 Francois Cronje 91 9 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY RANDS Grant Supra 150 John Bethune Williams 150 Anton Lombard 150 Simon Johnson 150 Mia Willemse 150 Mac Mccallaghan 150 John Palm 150 Alain Norris 150 12 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY RANDS Alain Norris 165 Henry Roodt 165 Greg Heuer 165 Christo Bekker 165 Pieter Swanepoel 165 Jason Ackerman 165 Mike de Jongh 165 Dean Armitage x2 330 Barry vd Vyver 165 Ruben Jansen van Rensburg 165 Ivan v Heerden 165 Willie vd Merwe 165 Wessel Richter 165 Adel Schreiber 165 6 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY RANDS Jon Clark 100 Rheiner Keller 100 16 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY RANDS Ruan Korb 118 James Walker 118 Leon Vorster 118 Chase Manna 118 Eric Rautenbach x2 236 Pierre Spies 118 Yolande Ehlers 118 Mike de Jongh x2 118 Dawie Lubbe 236 19 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY RANDS IJ Lee 288 Martin Pieterse 288 Gary Pettit 288 Willie Coetzee Snr 288 Lance v Rensburg 288 Dean Armitage 288 Andre Spies 288 23 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY RANDS Christo Bekker 420 Des (visitor) 420 24 SEPTEMBER THURSDAY RANDS Christo Bekker 180 Hein Bekker 180 Mike de Jongh X2 360 Dino Capazario 180 Belinds Zietsman 180 25 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY RANDS Craig Zietsman 600

Hein Bekker 262.5 Mia Willemse 262.5 Zander Lombard 262.5 Nicol Kromhout 262.5 Vanessa Visser 262.5 James Heuer 262.5 27 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY RANDS Andre Spies 180 30 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY RANDS Niel De Wet 142 Grant Supra 284 Zander Lombard 142 Wayne Walker 142 C Muntingh 142 Pierre Spies 142 3 OCTOBER SATURDAY RANDS Neil Thompson 162 Nicol Kromhout 162 Bradley Brown 162 Jan Meyer 162 Jose Gonslaves 162 Joe Cabeleira 162 Pikkie Cronje 162 Hercules Huyser 162 Danie vd Westhuizen 162 ML de Kok 162 Andre Vermeulen 162 Johan du Preez 162 C Oosthuizen 162 Wehann Olivier 162 4 OCTOBER SUNDAY RANDS Justin vd Watt 320

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Pr actice makes perfect Familiarizing yourself with golf by practicing is important, but what can be done to make the practice more effective? The difference between many amateurs and professionals is the amount of time they spend practicing. If you are serious about golf, you need to find the time to practice, or you shouldn’t expect too much out of your game. When the pros practice, they start with short shots with wedges. Now you start making decent contact and can move up to possibly an 8-iron. If you are working on a fundamental or some change, try to put that into the swings you are making, and then think it out after you hit a few shots.

The basic Facts • • •

Skills can be practiced whole or in part Practice sessions can be blocked or random Progressive part practice during which parts are added to each other

Lets look at the definitions • •

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Blocked practice is where one particular skill, such as a drive or putt, is practiced repeatedly in the one session. Random practice is where a variety of skills is practiced in each session, but not always in the same order. For example you’d hit a drive and an iron shot, or a chip and a drive. Whole practice is where the whole swing is practiced, whereas part practice is when part of the swing such as the ‘takeaway’ or the ‘pivot’ is practiced on its own. Progressive part practice is when one part of the skill is added to the next in order to build up into the whole.

THE RULES 1. Rule 7-1 Before a match-play competition, you’re allowed to practice on the course you’re about to play. But if you made practice strokes before a stroke-play event, you’d be disqualified. 2. Rule 7-2 During a round, it’s OK to practice on or near the green where you just completed play, on any practice putting green, or on the teeing ground of the next hole. But you can’t practice in a hazard or delay play. 3. Decision 18-2A/19 If, before teeing off on any hole, you make a practice swing and accidentally move your ball -- including knocking it off the tee -- you can replace it without penalty. 4. Decision 4-4A/7 You may keep a conforming, weighted training club in your bag to stay loose during a round, but it counts against your maximum of 14 clubs.



5. Decision 7-2/1 If you’re playing in a four-ball stroke-play event, you cannot practice between holes until you and your partner have holed out or picked up. In singles match play or individual stroke play, you can practice as soon as you’ve holed out. You don’t necessarily have to wait for your opponent or fellow-competitor(s) to hole out to practice. But it’s considered good etiquette to do so. 6. Decision 7-2/2 You may not chip or putt in the middle of the fairway while waiting to play your next full-swing shot. 7. Decision 7-2/5 Do not hit practice balls back onto the driving range during the play of a hole. You can “flick” them back, but only for tidying the hole -- not as practice. 8. Decision 18-2A/20 If you make a practice swing on the green during the play of a hole, and you accidentally move the ball with your putter, take a penalty stroke and replace the ball. 9. Decision 13-4/4 It’s OK to touch grass, weeds, etc., in a hazard while making a practice swing provided you don’t ground your club or improve your lie, stance, area of intended swing or line of play.





THE COOK ON THE CORNER SUMMER IS IN THE AIR My favourite season is knocking on the door and I’m so happy to open the door to it. Summer beckons Highveld thunderstorms spurs the renewal of the veld and covers the city in green and purple (hello Jacarandas!). My morning jog is filled with the smells of blossoms and freshness, my favourite being the delight that is a jasmine flower. It’s easier to wake up in summer. It’s easier to convince yourself to go to gym (especially with all the magazines pushing you to have a summer body). It’s definitely easier to entertain in summer – there’s no need for closed doors, lap blankets, lit fires or heaters. In fact, the only reason you’d light a fire in summer is to strike up your braai. I love eating in summer; the produce seems to sing of freshness, juiciness and crispness in the summer months. It makes it such a joy to cook. There are so many beautiful ingredients in season during the summer months that it really has the ability to make your plates of food more vibrant. On the menu for this month’s Intra Muros is one of my favourite things to eat in summer – seafood. Seafood reminds me of family holidays next to the ocean, sourcing fresh fish straight from the harbour. Of course, fresh seafood is harder to find up here in Pretoria, but it’s certainly getting easier, with supermarkets and food stores placing more emphasis on sourcing sustainable, fresh seafood. To make this dish even better, crack open a bottle of crisp Chenin Blanc (or your favourite white wine) and drink it out on your stoep, with the fresh summer air filling your lungs. This dish is super easy and quick to prepare. Serve along with your favourite starch or some crusty bread.

WHITE WINE AND GARLIC CLAMS! Serves 4 Ingredients: 3kg clams (in shells) 100g butter 1 white onion 4 garlic cloves (or 10ml of crushed garlic)

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200ml white wine 300ml fresh cream 200ml fresh parsley 10ml freshly crushed pepper 25ml English mustard Salt flakes, to taste Method: 1. Chop the onion and garlic into fine cubes. 2. Place the butter, onion and garlic into a large, wide saucepan and allow to sautĂŠ gently on a medium heat for a couple of minutes. 3. Bring the heat up high and add the wine. Allow to come to the boil. 4. Add the clams and cover the saucepan with a tightly fitted lid. Allow to cook as such for about 20-30 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, chop the parsley roughly, leaving 1/3 of it on one side for serving purposes. In a new saucepan, combine 2/3 of the parsley, the cream, salt, pepper and the mustard and into a new saucepan and heat until scalding point. 6. Lift the lid up and see how many of the clams have opened. If these are in the majority, you can remove the clams off the heat and add in the heated cream mixture. 7. Serve with the reserved parsley on top, with your favourite starch or some crusty bread.

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One Pot Wonders

In this issue we are looking at dishes that are quick to make, healthy and save you time during this busy time of the year. The sheer joy of these meals is that now you will only be having one pan to wash after enjoying meal. So get cooking.

One Skillet Meal adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 chicken sausages, casings removed 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 large) 1/2 bunch of asparagus, chopped 1/2 yellow summer squash, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/4 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided 4 cups thinly sliced trimmed Swiss chard (about 1 bunch) 4 large eggs

Instructions 1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan. Add sausage. Cook until browned. Remove from pan. Add leek; cook 8 minutes, stirring frequently. 2. Add asparagus, squash and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 3. Add chard; cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cooked sausage back into mix. 4. Use a spoon to push the mixture aside to make 4 egg-size spaces. Crack 1 egg into each space, sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining

1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon paprika over eggs. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until egg yolks are lightly set. Note: Add potatoes, cheese, bacon, broccoli. Whatever you have laying around should work in this recipe.


Ingredients 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 lb. chicken breast tenderloins 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. oregano 1⁄2 tsp. thyme 1⁄2 yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 12 oz. mushrooms, sliced 2⁄3 c. sundried tomatoes, chopped 1 (15 oz.) can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed 2 (15 oz.) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 tbsp. sugar Salt and pepper, to taste Parsley for garnish

brown, working in batches, a few minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside. 4. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sundried tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes, spices, beans and sugar. 5. Transfer the chicken back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables over the top of the chicken. Cook, covered on the stovetop until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is bubbling - about ten minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

Instructions 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the chicken and brown for 3 minutes on each side. 2. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. 3. Add the sliced mushrooms in a single layer and



Avocado Pasta Salad

Ingredients Salad 8 oz. rotini or bow tie pasta 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled 1 green onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 avocado, diced 1 teaspoon of lime juice Dressing 1 ripe avocado 1⁄2 fresh lime, juiced 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon of garlic powder 1⁄2 cup buttermilk Salt & pepper to taste Instructions Dressing Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Salad 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water. 2. Toss diced avocado with lime juice. 3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl gently toss with dressing. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. 4. Store refrigerated up to 2 days.

Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Grapes and Olives

Ingredients 8 skin-on bone-in chicken thighs (1.5 kg) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups seedless red and/or green grapes 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 2 tablespoons capers in brine, drained 2 sprigs fresh oregano 1 cup of dry white wine 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups quick-cooking couscous, cooked according to package, warm

Instructions 1. Sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the canola oil in a large, ovenproof highsided skillet over mediumhigh heat until it shimmers. 2. Sear the chicken, skin-side down, until golden brown,

3 to 4 minutes. Then flip and brown the other side, 3 to 4 minutes. You may need to do this in two batches to avoid crowding the skillet. 3. Transfer the browned chicken and any juices to a baking sheet or large plate. 4. Lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, 1 cup of the grapes, the olives, capers, oregano, wine and 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine and cook until the liquid has reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes. 5. Stir in the butter. Add the chicken and any juices back to the skillet, skinside-up. 6. Sprinkle the remaining grapes around the chicken. 7. Continue cooking over medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 70 degrees C, 6 to 8 minutes. 8. Set the oven to broil with a rack set about 4 inches from the broiler. 9. Place the skillet underneath the broiler to crisp the chicken skin, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning. To serve, divide the warm couscous among 4 plates and top each plate with 2 of the chicken thighs and a large spoonful of the sauce. From Food Network Kitchen

for dessert! A 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 5 min Ingredients 4 cups frozen strawberries 3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat) 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice Directions 1. Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. 2. Process until creamy or for about 5 minutes. 3. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.



Make your garden drought tolerant Many of us love growing vegetable gardens to enjoy fresh produce in our organic meals. Gardens need tending though, especially during the summer seasons. This is the last thing you want to worry about while you’re away on holiday. Here are some tips on keeping your garden going when you are away so you don’t return to find your vegetable patch ruined.

1. Water Well and Mulch Just before leaving on holiday, give your garden a good watering and then mulch around the base of each plant to help retain the moisture. Depending on how long you’re gone and how hot it is while you’re away, you might return to wilted plants, but hopefully you won’t lose any. The mulch will also help keep the weeds down.

2. Make Your Garden Drought Tolerant Hopefully you have already chosen plants that can withstand a short period of dry weather. Drought tolerant, or xeric plants, can pretty much take care of themselves, once they are established. It’s much easier to care for a handful of plants than a whole garden.

An automatic irrigation system is a great way to ensure your garden stays well hydrated. Kits aren’t that expensive and are easy to install. The irrigation system won’t solve the problem of your vegetables over ripening on the vines, but it might be easier to recruit a neighbour to come pick every few days if they don’t have to worry about watering, too.

4. Put a Timer on your Soaker Hose or Sprinkler If an irrigation system is too high-tech for you, it’s even easier to install a timer on a soaker hose or sprinkler. Again, you’ll still have to recruit a picker, but at least your garden will be watered.

5. Make Self-Watering Jugs

If you haven’t incorporated the concept of xeriscaping or

Save up your milk and water jugs before your holiday.

water wise gardening, it is well worth looking into. You’ll

Water your garden well just before you leave, then

be surprised how many plants are considered somewhat

poke a few holes in the bottom of each jug, fill with

self-sufficient, whether facing drought or a rainy season.

water and place around your garden with the mouth of each jug pushed several inches into the ground.

3. Install an Automatic Irrigation System

The water will slowly drip out of the jugs while you’re gone and keep the soil moist.

6. Time your Harvest This takes a bit of planning, but if you have enough advance notice of your holiday plans, you can try to time your gardening to occur before you leave. Most seed packets list the number of days to germination and days to harvest. Count backwards from several days before you will be leaving (to give you time to eat, can or freeze your harvest before you go) to figure out when you need to plant. Start your seeds indoors if you need to get a jumpstart. Alternatively, time things so your vegetables won’t be ready to harvest until after you return. This will allow you more time to can or preserve your bounty once you get back home.

7. Time your holiday Of course, this whole issue can be avoided if you go on holiday in the winter. Why leave your beautiful home in the summer anyway when everything is blooming, it’s warm and sunny and you have a glut of fresh produce to eat? Go away in the dead of winter instead when you need a break from the cold! Each of these tips is good on its own, but combining a few can be effective to help your garden get through your absence. Remember to cage or stake any plants that will need that extra support while you’re gone ... and enjoy your trip. INTRA MUROS NOV 2015 (39) DESIGNED BY


GET INTO THE SWING If there’s one piece of fitness equipment that delivers a fun, ridiculously effective full-body workout, it has to be the kettlebell. This cast-iron weight resembling a cannonball with a handle was developed in Russia in the 1700s primarily for weighing crops, according to Wikipedia. Kettlebell exercises combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training and has been used by the Soviet army as part of their physical training and conditioning programmes in the 20th century. According to a study by the American Council on Exercise, the average person burns 400 calories in 20 minutes doing kettlebell exercises. Results also conclude that kettlebells provide a much higher-intensity workout than standard weight-training routines and offer superior results in a shorter time. Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell’s centre of mass is extended beyond the hand – facilitating ballistic and swinging movements. Its unique shape provides an “unstable force” for handling, which plays a major part in the effectiveness of these exercises. This activates more muscle groups, core muscles, which ensure stability, and smaller stabiliser muscles to control the swing. “Kettlebell exercises work the entire body and are great for building strength and endurance simultaneously,” says Henry Green, owner of The Personal Trainer Company. “Movements are done at lower loads with more repetitions over a longer period of time, which makes it an excellent cardiovascular and musculoskeletal training programme. It has also been shown to benefit muscular endurance, maximal strength and explosive power.” “These exercises are also highly beneficial for your joints as repetitive,

ballistic movements are performed at lower loads and natural movement is encouraged,” says Henry. Strengthening the hip abductors (Gluteus Medius) and the hip external rotators can bring major pain relief in knees, for example. The orientation of the knee is controlled by the muscles of the hip and a good directional pull from the knee muscles encourages good movement at the knee joint itself. Good movement decreases stress forces, which then can decrease wear and tear and subsequent pain. Some people go so far as to say that if you should pick only one exercise to perform indefinitely, pick the kettlebell swing. Kettlebell exercises are, however, a little more complicated than lifting a set of dumbbells because of the dynamic movements, so it is important to find a coach or qualified personal trainer to teach you proper form and technique.

Looks like a tea kettle, swings like a church bell “The Russian kettlebell swing is one of the foundational kettlebell exercises, one of the most effective to strengthen your entire body, and burn tons of fat,” says Henry. It develops tremendous power in your hamstrings, glutes and core, which will improve other lifts like the squat and deadlift. It’s also a powerful cardio and lung exercise which boosts the metabolism because it repeats so quickly. Kettlebell swings boost your metabolism, and aerobic and anaerobic capacity. These swings also work your entire posterior chain, the most important set of muscles in the body – every muscle down the back



of the body, from the base of your neck to the bottom of your feet. Training these muscles corrects posture, imbalances and reduces lower back pain. A well-performed swing is ballistic in nature and should be thrust forward by the hips, not pushed slowly into place by squatting the weight up, or lifting it up with the arms. Contract the glutes, abdominal muscles and lats. Hold the kettlebell handle with straight arms, knees relaxed and hips to the back. Keeping the arch in your lower back, bend your hips back until the kettlebell is between and behind your legs. Squeeze your glutes to extend your hips and swing the weight up to chest level. You use your hips and glutes to drive the kettlebell upwards, not your arms. Another thing to keep in mind when doing the swing is breathing. On lifting you want to exhale sharp and short, like you’re trying to blow out a candle from far away. This activates the abdominal muscles, and when your stomach is strong your spine is better protected. When the brain perceives that the spine is stable it allows you to create more power. The more tension you create in your abdomen, the stiffer the spine and the more force you can generate. Kettlebells for Africa advises the following to consider when buying a kettlebell: • A quality kettlebell is weighted in the middle, not in the bottom. This starts to get important when you’re doing exercises like windmills, snatches or cleans, where balance is important. • There should be no gaps between the joints of the handle and the bell. • Check the distance from the handle to the bell. Too large a distance and the bell will rest on your elbow. Too short a distance and it will ride high on your wrist. • The handle finish should be smooth and round with no blemishes. Don’t let the kettlebell be the un-swung hero in your training programme – swing into action and start reaping the benefits of super

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MAKE YOUR OWN WHAT YOU NEED: Wooden clothes pegs Tuna cans Plant / Candle


Centerpiece out of pegs

Our planet is a living organism that has to be taken care of as much as we take care of ourselves. Recent years have seen us leave an increasingly negative impact on it, which is why ‘Going Green’ has become one of

Step 1 Start by cleaning your tuna cans really well. Soak them in bleach to remove any fishy smell you don’t want at your outdoor party!

the top phrases in 2015. With this in mind, it is important for all of us to

Step 2 Once your tuna cans have been cleaned and dried, cut off the lid and smooth out any sharp edges that may be sticking out.

way than to embrace the fact that outdoor gatherings call for nature-

make sustainably conscious decisions in the products we buy and make. So while ‘going green’, why don’t you try this DIY. It is a great way to recycle and save time. You don’t even need glue! And what better inspired, easy-to-assemble arrangements.

Step 3 Now choose out the best pegs you have, ensuring there are no stains or marks on the wood. This is where the fun starts! Start by pegging each peg down over the edge of the tuna can. It’s as easy as that! You can paint your pegs a bright colour to match your table placement, or you can leave it with a more organic feel with the original wooden texture of the pegs. Step 4 Once you have pegged all the way around and filled the space, you can place a candle or plant in the centre of your project. Now place it among your table arrangement, pour yourself a drink and get on with the party.






STIMULEER JOU BABA SPEEL-SPEEL WAT IS STIMULASIE? Nuwe vaardighede word deur jou baba aangeleer as hy voorwerpe of speletjies so hanteer dat hy iets daaruit leer. Deur oefening en herhaling word sy brein gestimuleer en word die spesifieke taak of mylpaal vir hom al hoe makliker.

HOE VIND STIMULASIE PLAAS? • Jy as ouer of oppasser kan vir jou kind stap vir stap ʼn taak aanleer bv. hoe om ʼn bal te vang, skop, slaan of gooi. • Jou baba leer op ʼn informele wyse deur speelgoed of voorwerpe wat vir hom neergesit word. Sy vaardighede kan wel verbeter word sonder leiding, maar met spesifieke leiding deur die ouer of oppasser, gebeur die proses net vinniger en meer doeltreffend. • Babas word ook gestimuleer deur ander dop te hou, hul voorbeeld te volg en hul dan na te boots. Dink byvoorbeeld aan die manier hoe hul ʼn taal aanleer. Klanke, en later woorde, word herhaal. Ongelukkig is ouers se tyd deesdae baie beperk. Almal wil egter graag hul kinders so doeltreffend moontlik stimuleer. Skep dus vir jou kind ʼn stimulerende omgewing waar hy vaardighede kan ontdek, aanleer en gereeld kan herhaal. Dit maak hom ook kreatief, en leer hom om ook op sy eie te kan speel.

HOE LYK ‘N STIMULERENDE OMGEWING? Jou baba se omgewing moet aan hom die geleentheid gee om te leer. As hy heeldag op ʼn kombersie lê of in ʼn waentjie sit sonder enige speelgoed, voorwerpe of musiek in sy onmiddellike omgewing, kan stimulasie nie plaasvind nie. Sy omgewing moet ook veilig en vriendelik wees sodat hy die vrymoedigheid sal wil hê om aan die leerproses te wil deelneem. Sy omgewing moet ook al sy sintuie prikkel bv.: • Gesig: Sorg vir genoeg kleur, vorms, beweging en dimensies in sy omgewing. • Gehoor: Stilte is nie stimulerend nie. Jou baba wil asseblief rympies, liedjies, stories, ritme, geluide, stemme en taal hoor.



• Tas: Stel jou baba aan growwe, gladde, harde, sagte, taai, nat, koue, en warm teksture bekend. Laat hul dit ook met hul monde ontdek. En onthou, jy kan jou kind nie genoeg aanraak, streel, kielie, vashou of vertroetel nie. • Smaak: Stel hul bekend aan bitter, suur, soet en sout smake van kos en voorwerpe.

uitwys. Jellie in bakke is ook ʼn treffer vir kinderpartytjies.

SKEERROOM ʼn GROOT wenner! Spuit vir baba in ʼn bak, skinkbord of op groot velle borrelpapier. Laat hul dit smeer, vryf en voel. Strooi nou bietjie poeierverf oor sodat hulle hul eie reënboogkleure kan maak. Groot pret!

SKOTTELS VOL PRET • Reuk: Leer jou kind hoe ruik gras, grond, modder, ʼn hond, laventel, skeerroom, koffie, kruie, vanilla ens. ʼn Lekker uitstappie in die tuin. • Motories: Beweging, swaai, hang, rol, klim en klouter moet alles ingeoefen word. Loop op ʼn plank om jou balans te hou. Doen kruiwastoot met jou baba. Laat hy ryg, knip, verf, teken en met klei speel.

Varieer elke week groot skottels of bakke met die volgende teksture: Voëltjiesaad, mieliemeel, droë rys en boontjies, afvallappies, sponsies, polistireen ‘chips’, ontbytpappe, gaar gekleurde spaghetti, ens. Sit die skottels op die gras en dit wat gemors word sal die voëltjies kom oppik A. Prinsloo & L. Mentz

ʼn PAAR IDEES VIR STIMULERENDE BUITESPEL: Wat ʼn voorreg om in sonnige Suid-Afrika te kan woon. Kom ons skakel bietjie die televisie en Ipads af en neem ons kinders na buite waar hul na hartelus kan speel. Trek maar gerus jou kind se skoene uit! Laat hy die gras, grond, klippies en plaveisel onder sy voetjies voel.

SANDPUT TOE Indien daar nie genoeg spasie in jou tuin is vir ʼn sandput nie, maak sommer ʼn groot plastiese skulp, opblaas swembadjie of skottel vol gewaste, behandelde speelsand. Jou baba sal ure se plesier daar hê. Gee genoeg bakkies en lepels om mee te skep en te roer. Steek sommer vir hom plastiese diere weg wat hy moet soek.

JELLIE IN BAKKE Maak ʼn paar pakkies jellie in verskillende kleure aan. Gooi dit in ʼn groot skottel. Trek sommer jou baba uit en laat hy in die jellie sit. Baba kan nou vat, voel en sommer eet ook. Laat hy ook die verskillende kleure aan jou



Each of the ratings had a truncheon (called a belaying pin in the navy). As they were entering the City Hall, all the patrons were streaming out, either in panic or in bemusement. As the naval patrol approached the stage, 4 of Just Nuisance’s friends have restrained him already and have helped the girls to ‘escape’.


- Just Nuisance As you all know from last month’s Just Nuisance story, he did not much like women whether they were Navy or not. Only 2 women could really make it into his dog heart: Girlie Baker and the waitress who cured him of his hangover. As I mentioned last month Just Nuisance sometimes popped into the theatre, or more to the point, the Cape Town City Hall where programs of music and dance were performed to entertain the servicemen visiting the mother city. On this particular evening, Just Nuisance, as he was his custom, entered the City Hall with some servicemen and as he had been there several times before, he already had his ‘place’ in the audience. Right in the centre aisle, level with the front row. He would lie with his snout facing the stage and the performers and if something did not please him or was boring, he would give a big yawn, breathing out with a loud whistle sound. If he enjoyed an act he would sit up, his ears turned up and attentively forward and at the end - to him muted - give a little bark drowning out the applause. On this particular night, a troupe (group) of eight dancing girls appeared on the stage to perform a ballet routine. This was the first time Just Nuisance had seen an act with so many women in it.

The petty officer of the patrol was a very stern man and wanted to know exactly what had happened and who should be arrested for the pandemonium. Luckily the one friends was a kellick, fast thinking on his feet and replied that Just Nuisance saw a rat on the stage and went after it, which was bad timing since it was ‘exactly at the same time the girls came onto the stage’. He also mentioned that if there were fewer girls, Just Nuisance would have caught the rat. The rest of them agreed with this rendition of the story. The face of the Petty Officer showed that he did not believe them, but he waved them away with a sigh. The matter did not end there. The next day, there was a notice pinned to the City Hall notice billboard, signed by the manager that from this day forward Just Nuisance was barred from the City Hall. There was such an outcry from the ratings and the citizens of Cape Town and surrounds as well as a memo from the CO of Afrikander 1 to the management that the note was taken down. A new note stated that Able Seaman Just Nuisance was welcome to every comfort and facility the City Hall could provide. This finally confirmed the admiration, affection and respect - almost amounting to reverence - in which Just Nuisance was held by the servicemen and the citizens of the Cape Peninsula. Story by Corlia Mathews, form the book Just Nuisance AB, His Full Story.

It seemed this was too much for him. His rose on all fours, jumped onto the stage and chased the terrified girls around the stage. Luckily, there were a few of Just Nuisances’ friends from Simons Town in the audience and they clambered onto the stage and tried to restrain the big dog. Some might say their act was more one like trying to get Just Nuisance out of trouble, rather than being gallant towards the girls, but one will never know. Pandemonium reigned for quite a while, while Just Nuisance really enjoyed the ‘game’; running between his mates legs and bringing them down on the stage, falling all over with girls screaming and scampering back and forth with the Great Dane blocking their attempts to go back stage. Just Nuisance really got into the swing of things, barking on top of his voice. They say it was heard all the way up Adderley Street. Luckily, a group of 6 naval patrol ratings in charge of a petty officer made their way to the City Hall to go and help. They all wore white gaiters and belts with NP (Naval Police) printed on.








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