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SILVER LAKES SHOAL CREEK 24, SILVER LAKES Tel: 012 809 2787 Fax: 012 809 2583 www.lindabodenstein.co.za

Linda Bodenstein Magnus Bodenstein

082 567 7963

082 294 3962

HAPPY NEW YEAR As one of the most established estate agencies in Silver Lakes we would like to thank the residents of our elite estate for your continuous support and sincere loyalty in 2015. We look forward to another successful year supporting each other.

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CONTRIBUTORS Silver Lakes HOA Silver Lakes Directors

CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2016

Jan de Wet Kathy O’Connor Danie Van Niekerk Sid Pretorius

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Theo O’Neil Corlia Mathews Seline van der Wat Runa Prinsloo Dr Koos Marais Rensche Mari PUBLISHING EDITOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Bianca Romanos Pistachio Designs

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Karin Smith Chané Branders Yolandi Annandale Pistachio Designs

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ADVERTISING SALES info@pistachiodesigns.co.za 012 346 5027

Cornelle van den Berg advertising@pistachiodesigns.co.za 073 172 4664

Silver Lakes 27 Muirfield Boulevard, Silver Lakes, 0081

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PO Box 11106 Silver Lakes 0054 Tel: +27 12 809 0142 Fax: +27 12 809 1119

DISCLAIMER Intra Muros is a monthly magazine of the Silver Lakes Homeowners’ Association (SL HOA). It is intended for the residents of Silver Lakes. It is published on behalf of the SL HOA by Pistachio Designs. Articles printed in the Intra Muros, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SL HOA or Pistachio Designs. Neither the SL HOA, nor Pistachio Designs can be held responsible for the quality of the goods and services advertised in the Intra Muros. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form without prior written permission of the publisher.

HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION

Chief Executive Officer From the Estate Manager From the Liaison Manager From Environment, Social & Ethics Director

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Important Contact Numbers Smalls

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GOLF Mature Golfers Health Benefits of Golf

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FEATURED ARTICLES

History The History of Golf at Gleneagles

Environmental Finding new Feathered Friends

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Gardening Don’t let them bug you this 36 summer The Cook on the Corner Labour of Love

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Psychology Kom ons speel weer!

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FOOD Everyday recipes Scottish Cuisine 34


The History of

Golf at Gleneagles

The history of the Gleneagles Hotel started long before the hotel was opened on 7 June 1924. Donald Matheson, General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company, had a railway line running through the valley. He was on holiday in Strathearn in 1910, which was known as the era of ‘Grand Hotels’. The surrounding countryside in Scotland impressed and inspired him so much so that he had a vision to build a country house hotel in the style of a palace with a golf course to attract the travelling public. Donald described it as a place where “guests will travel on our trains, to stay in our hotel, to play golf on our courses”.

James Braid, known as one of the golfing greats, made Matheson’s vision a reality by designing and creating two golf courses named the King’s Course and the Queen’s Course. Between 1901 and 1910, James Braid had won five Open Championships, but his talent didn’t stop there as he then turned to golf course design as a career. Manual labour was used to create the two golf courses, which were finished long before the hotel. In 1924, when the hotel opened, the two golf courses had already made its name.

The King’s Course and Queen’s Course offered a dramatic landscape change to what existed before them. The courses were built on sand, which made them resemble older golf courses in Scotland. The dramatic change in the landscape after the courses were built resulted in the course holes being isolated from the neighboring holes, giving the golfers the feeling of playing on their own private courses. ‘The Wee Course’ was the third course, opened in 1928 and designed by George Alexander. The name was later changed to the Prince’s Course in 1974. The Prince’s Course was then followed by a fourth Course named ‘Glendevon’ in 1980. In 1990 a course named the Monarch’s Course was built over the eighteen-hole Glendevon’s Course. After the rebuild there were some holes remaining which were then incorporated into the ‘Wee Course’. In 2001 the Monarch’s Course was changed to ‘The PGA Centenary Course’ to celebrate the year that the venue was selected for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Gleneagles courses The King’s Course

The Queen’s Course

The PGA National Academy Course

The King’s Course, designed and built by James Braid, is an eighteenhole course. When you take your first shot it looks like a simple pitch to the raised green, but in actual fact the shot is longer then you think. To have a successful shot you will have to choose the right club. The right golf club is the secret to this course.

The Queen’s Course offers beautiful woodland settings and has hosted some of the top golfers such as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino.

The PGA National Academy Course

The course is not a golfer’s dream, but it has the most beautiful scenery with views from trees all around as well as beautiful mountains to the north and green hills to the south.

Some of the great names in entertainment and sport, like Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Jackie Stewart and the famous Alan Shepard, have also been on this course.

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is an enjoyable course with its own great tests for entry-level golfers. This course is where you learn to play the game as well as to accomplish your goals. Most of this course was built and created by the members and staff using the resources the hotel nursery offers. The idea behind building this course this way was to recapture the spirit of George Alexander’s design.


IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS HOA OFFICE Office hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 until 16:30 012 809 0142

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

CLUBHOUSE Clubhouse 012 809 0281

GOLF Pro Shop 012 809 0430 EMERGENCY NUMBERS

JAN DE WET SILVER LAKES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With 2015 being one of the hottest years on record globally, coupled with the local drought conditions, our Estate gardens and golf course have certainly looked better. The revamped gardens in Pebble Beach Drive were planted during the September 2015 heatwave and took some time to settle whilst the heatwave at the beginning of January 2016 severely affected the golf course. A ground temperature reading by our golf maintenance team on Thursday, 7 January 2016, was just over 60 degrees Celsius! The greens took severe strain during the hot and dry conditions, but the hollow tine process will soon restore them to prime condition.

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

Notwithstanding the good rains during the middle of last month, we still urge residents to use water sparingly and abide by the City of Tshwane’s directives in this regard.

To finish, I would like to encourage residents to communicate with me should there be any issues you would like to bring to our attention.

The Silver Lakes Home Owners Association’s Annual General and Constitutional General Meetings are scheduled for Monday, 22 February 2015. Members of the Association are urged to attend these meetings where the tone is set for the coming year

The CGM will consider the adoption of our Association’s Memorandum of Incorporation as well as amended rules for the Estate. Formal notice of the meetings will be circulated to all members at the beginning of February 2016.

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

012 809 0424/5 Boschkop Police 012 802 1087/4 Netcare 911 082 911 Willows Hospital 012 807 8100 Life Medical Centre (near Hans Strijdom Entrance) 012 809 1004 Intercare Medical and Dental Centre (Hazeldean Centre) 012 809 6000 Fire Brigade 10111 Power Failure 012 339 9111 City of Tshwane Call Centre 012 358 9999 Smart Meter Call Centre 012 943 9950 INTRA MUROS FEB 2016 (6) DESIGNED BY

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KATHY O’CONNOR LIAISON MANAGER

REPORT BACK ON GENERAL SURVEY 2015 Maintenance and Look & Feel Entity

Question

ESTATE

Physical facilities are visually appealing

Agreed 54%

Neutral 27%

Disagreed 19%

ESTATE

Staff appear neat

83%

15%

1%

ESTATE

Materials such as fliers, levy statements

68%

27%

5%

are appealing

Estate Aesthetics

In Process - Directional signage will be erected shortly on selected street corners to create a consistent look throughout the Estate. The first of such signage should be up by February 2016. - Work on the Lynnwood Gate roof should be completed in early 2016 after the emergency entrance has been finalised. - All HOA signage will be replaced where necessary. Completed - The main gate has been painted and new signage erected.

Estate Maintenance

In Process - Although the roads belong to the municipality, they are cleaned on a daily basis. In future, emergency pothole repairs will be done by the HOA. Planning - The Silver Lakes Drive Wall has been included in the capital plan for 2017. Entity

Question

CLUB

Physical facilities are visually appealing

41%

24%

35%

CLUB

Staff appear neat

62%

26%

12%

CLUB

Materials such as fliers and menus

9%

62%

29%

Agreed

Neutral

Disagreed

are appealing

Club

Completed - The upgrade to the Clubhouse has essentially been completed. The outsourced operator, Cafe 41, has been running the upstairs restaurant since October 2015 and definite improvements are evident.

Entity

Question

GOLF

Physical facilities are visually appealing

Agreed 62%

Neutral 30%

Disagreed 8%

GOLF

Staff appear neat

60%

37%

3%

GOLF

Materials such as fliers and statements

53%

44%

4%

are appealing

Golf

In Process - A hot summer has created various challenges for the golf maintenance team, but they are doing their utmost to keep the course in pristine condition. Completed - New cart paths have been built on the 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 13th holes and upgraded toilet facilities on the 3rd and 13th holes. - The upgraded cloakrooms at the Club have been completed and the new first tee has been opened for play.

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Attitude Entity

Question

Agreed

Neutral

Disagreed

ESTATE

Staff willing to help

71%

19%

10%

ESTATE

Staff friendly and courteous

83%

8%

9%

Estate

In Process - Appropriate customer service courses will be identified and selected staff sent on training. Entity

Question

Agreed

Neutral

Disagreed

CLUB

Staff willing to help

56%

31%

12%

CLUB

Staff friendly and courteous

70%

21%

8%

Entity

Question

Agreed

GOLF

Staff willing to help

52%

43%

5%

GOLF

Staff friendly and courteous

80%

17%

4%

Neutral

Disagreed

Communication & Action Entity

Question

Agreed

ESTATE

Estate met its promises

49%

Neutral 25%

Disagreed 27%

ESTATE

Genuine interest is shown in solving problems

35%

29%

36%

ESTATE

Staff have the necessary knowledge to assist residents

68%

21%

12%

ESTATE

Staff render prompt service

71%

18%

11%

ESTATE

Estate has residents’ best interests at heart

61%

20%

19%

ESTATE

Staff understand their specific needs

48%

35%

16%

Administration

In Process - An issue ticketing system, which will ensure that reported issues are followed up, is being investigated. Such a system will then be used by the whole organisation.

Environment

In Process - An Environment Plan for the Estate has been drafted and will be circulated to residents. Entity

Question

Agreed

Neutral

CLUB

Club met its promises

43%

34%

24%

CLUB

Genuine interest is shown in solving problems

16%

60%

25%

CLUB

Staff have the necessary knowledge to assist residents

50%

36%

16%

CLUB

Staff render prompt service

46%

36%

18%

CLUB

Estate has residents’ best interests at heart

45%

32%

24%

CLUB

Staff understand their specific needs

40%

39%

21%

Entity

Question

Agreed

GOLF

Club met its promises

41%

47%

12%

GOLF

Genuine interest is shown in solving problems

77%

7%

16%

GOLF

Staff have the necessary knowledge to assist residents

61%

37%

2%

GOLF

Staff render prompt service

55%

40%

5%

GOLF

Estate has residents’ best interests at heart

52%

41%

7%

GOLF

Staff understand their specific needs

46%

44%

10%

Neutral

Disagreed

Disagreed

Compliance Issues of speeding, not removing dog excrement and noise pollution were raised as issues of concern. Inconsistency in terms of rule enforcement was also highlighted. On the golf course, unrepaired divots and pitch marks as well as litter and loud golfers were pointed out as problematic. The HOA continues to encourage all residents to obey the Rules of the Estate. Cooperation is key to harmonious living. Should you feel that the rules are inconsistently applied, please contact the HOA on 012 809 0142 / liaison@silverlakes.co.za. Thank you for completing the survey. The next survey will be sent out in March/April 2016. Please note that there is a formal complaints procedure for the handling of complaints. Should you wish to lodge a complaint, please send an email to complaints@silverlakes.co.za.

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DANIE VAN NIEKERK ESTATE MANAGER

Another year over and a new one just begun

• Construction of new starter hut building & ramps have been completed and they are operational. Planter boxes are still to be landscaped. • Excavations and construction work of new terraces & staircase at swimming pool area are still in process. • Installation of additional new golf cart parking & new golf cart/walkways in front of new starter hut area are nearing completion; however, they are operational. • Some updated images:

We trust all our readers enjoyed a good break over the year end and festive season. The new year, 2016, is on its way…it is full steam ahead, certainly with all its opportunities and challenges. We are thankful to experience and be part of another new year. Herewith our best wishes for the year ahead and may it be a prosperous year to all our residents, homeowners, directors, management and staff. We hope and trust it to be an even better year than last. Keep up your new year’s resolutions, your goals and dreams. Be focussed, be positive and reach for your goals. You may not know what the year holds for you yet. All you have to know is that each new day is a gift from God.

Upgrade of Clubhouse facilities Construction work on the project progressed and stopped due to the year end month builder holiday (December/January) period. Since the previous article, a number of parts of the work have been completed or are nearing completion. • New Kids Play Area adjacent to the external seating area of the restaurant has been completed. • Golf changing facilities (men & ladies) have been completed and are operational. • Upstairs patio is open, covered patio in front of executive bar area as well as new staircase have been completed and are operational. • External seating area of new restaurant has been completed. • New main entrance to new restaurant & external seating area has been completed and is operational. • Landscaping & new walkway in front of restaurant area have been completed and are operational. • New restaurant & kitchen facilities downstairs - Operator (Café 41) still in process with the refitment of the restaurant & kitchen facilities. • New convenient/deli facility downstairs - Operator (Café 41) to refit facilities. • Storm water reticulation has been completed.

New Kids Play Area adjacent to external seating area of restaurant

New main entrance to restaurant area & Convenient/deli facilities

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New paving & landscaping area in front of new restaurant

New open patio upstairs.

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New starter hut at main staircase

View from Koi-pond

Paved walkway, landscaping and putting green

Golf cart parking in front of starter hut & ramps

New starter hut & ramps (golf bag pull/push trollies)

Golf cart pathways & parking towards the 10th

Terraces at swimming pool area construction in process

Upgrade - roof & new emergency access at Silver Lakes Drive entrance gate Construction work at the gate recommenced and is still in process. The access control (ingress and egress lanes) will again become necessary at times and will be done in conjunction with our security department who will manage the process.

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Reminder, request and apology: We would again like to request all homeowners, residents, visitors and especially children to please co-operate and not to enter the construction sites during the building period as they are out of bounds and are dangerous. We also apologise in advance for all the inconvenience caused by the building operations during this period of construction. Rainfall Update The updated information below has been tabulated over the 20 year period (1996 to 2015) as recorded by a homeowner residing in Phase 1 of the Estate. We appreciate receiving the rainfall data for publishing in the Intra Muros. It is important to note from the figures in the table below that 2015 was an extremely bad rainfall year: Rainfall December 2015

70 mm

20 Year average for December

161 mm

Maximum Year: 2004

Construction work at main entrance gate emergency gate

286 mm

Minimum Year: 2015

70 mm

RAINFALL DATA

06-Jan-2016

MONTH

YEAR MAR

FEB

JAN

TOTALS NOV

OCT

SEP

AUG

JUL

JUN

MAY

APR

DEC

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 23

106 155 123 88 119 179 29 84 121 117 92 57 220 146 42 64 72 123 135 65

215 103 207 216 97 94 156 103 286 81 150 147 176 132 255 182 172 197 172 70

1188 1056 758 692 1093 621 538 686 1152 639 876 671 1099 956 822 999 763 732 942 459

AVERAGE

153

112

118

48

20

10

2

6

20

80

107

161

837

Rainfall • • •

as recorded for December 2015 Phase 1 70mm Phase 2 68mm Phase 3 70mm

Water awareness! All of us (including the fauna and flora) are currently going through a tough time – the heatwave. It is very dry, there has been very little summer rainfall and there are water restrictions. As an estate, we all need to stand together. Be aware of unnecessary excess use of water. Please use water sparingly. Water consumption needs to be limited in order to assist in this regard. Harvesting of rainwater is also something to be considered.

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CORLIA MATHEWS ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL & ETHICS DIRECTOR

ENVIRONMENT NEWS Welcome back to all our home-owners! During the past holiday season and the month or so before, we must have had the most severe drought conditions in a long time… in any case the hottest days ever recorded! We could not water gardens and the golf course… we all had to ‘neglect’ our own gardens and washing our cars etc. for a while… but now – as I am writing – the rain has come. Our streams have started flowing again… the dams are full and the gardens and golf course are slowly coming back to life again!

The most important thing is to streamline the processes and actions that must take place. As we all can appreciate, working with ‘other people’s money’ not only has vast responsibilities but also definite challenges regarding the time frames needed to verify the following questions: which project, is it necessary, why, how, the optimal way, etc… and only then… do we have the money? Therefore, after 2 years of revving and neatening the estate we have accomplished some success. Some other jobs still need time, but we just need to persevere! My mom used to say that one needs people with ‘big bums’, meaning people who can sit (or in our case stand) and do the work. As we say in Afrikaans, have ‘vasbyt’ – perseverance – and obviously to me the most important are pride in the work we do and commitment. We are not all artists who can create beautiful stuff out of ‘nothing’, but we can all work hard and try our best. That is what we are checking on Monday the 18th of January! Did we do our best? Did we make ourselves proud? And if not, what can we do to remedy the situation?

We are ready to go and tackle the new year and its challenges full on. We have our first 2016 ‘maintenance drive-through’ of the estate on Monday 18 January. During this evaluation of our estate we will not only look at what was achieved over the past year but also at the processes, in particular: - can we speed up these processes - can we do what we do better - are there alternatives Please turn over for continued article...

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Now onto a much more positive note!!! We are looking forward to another year of streamlining our maintenance of the gardens. Garden Group has now had the contract for one year and, as you all know, the first year in ANY job is always the year with the biggest learning curve. We trust that the maintenance of the gardens will be streamlined in the next year.

Naturally we have done all of the above of the past two years with only maintenance money. We did not develop any new projects or have big expenses. We did some cleaning up since after 22 years in existence, like anything else in life, our estate needed some tender loving care… some in-depth maintenance and, as you all know from experience, this is a never-ending cycle… and we will continue with this maintenance. But what I was coming to is that the next two years will be exciting years in terms of developing the new projects that we have budgets for outside of the maintenance budget, and we will see the growth of our ‘recycled’ plants in their new flower beds.

Development plan: - We will build and plant the much talked about rose corners.

- We will rethink the entrances, flower beds, gates, signage and the fountains. - We will add to and create new playgrounds for the children at the front of the Club and around the estate. - We will develop the ‘sports and play’ area at the south west corner of the Club by adding tennis courts, specialised active sports areas for the children, soccer and beach volleyball fields. - We will upgrade and develop our maintenance workshop area into a safe and hygienic area. - We will focus our attention on the very big eyesores to our estate – the Lynwood gate entrance and the Silver Lakes Drive wall and sidewalk. A bit more about this entrance to follow.

As you all know by now, we had to stop construction of the Lynwood/ Silver Lakes Drive gate since the original approved plans were retracted because the fire brigade decided they need two entrances into the estate. Solomon Mahlangu gate was originally approved to be the only necessary fire entrance (the reason for the height) since the existing fire station is in Silverton, to the east of Silver Lakes. Adding to the now approved fire entrance, we have received an urgent application from a homeowner that the Silver Lakes Homeowners Association are ‘prohibited from continuing with the erection of a structure purportedly for the purposes of a fire entrance on stand 169’, thus successfully delaying the construction of this gate. We will all have to see what the courts have to say now. I, as the Environmental Director, profusely apologise for the inconvenience caused by the above actions and the ultimate untidy appearance of this gate of the estate since it is now half constructed, but we will get to the bottom of the issue. It may take some time, but I personally promise we will do what we can to make it less of an eyesore. On the same note, the 1.2+km drive up Silver Lakes Drive towards our gate is not a pleasant one. The wall is ugly and our sidewalk looks awful, but at a cost of too many millions we cannot include this project in this year’s budget – it will be addressed in the budget for 2017/18. Until that time we will make proposals.

Perhaps creepers or a gravel pathway? If you have any suggestions, please let us know or, even better, join one of our committees and come and assist us in making these pertinent decisions of what to do with the available funds! In the budget for 2016/17 we have been allocated (for the first time in 2 years) about half a million rands for gardens, play grounds, street corners, etc. The list seems endless and if you think about what we spend on gardens, we need to sit and carefully plan what the priorities are… on what we should spend our precious budget.

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Adding to the above, we have traffic congestion at the small island outside our gates in the mornings when a large number of cars try to leave the estate, going to their various jobs and schools. This we cannot rectify ourselves since it is on Tshwane property and we had to hand in an application for a wayleave to alter this island. We will keep you posted on this issue as well and we will follow this up with our engineers and the city council as well.

We have recently had the GEO certifier at Silver Lakes. He scrutinised our practices and evaluated our environmental principles to see if Silver Lakes Golf Estate is worthy of being the 1st GEO certified golf course in Africa. Good luck, Andrew! I am sure you will let us all know when it happens. Related to this visit, I am sure we can organise someone to revive our birding club! More news next month – especially on the overall environmental plan for the estate. Hope you all have a successful and happy 2016! See you at the AGM on Monday evening, 22 February 2016! PLEASE, IF YOU CAN AT ALL ATTEND,DO SO. We need the homeowners to come and see what is happening on the estate – to decide for yourselves what it is that we do and what it is that you want us to do or what we must change. Enjoy – see you in your gardens and at the AGM. Corlia Mathews (Environmental Director)

Committees for the Environmental Portfolio Once again we invite ALL home-owners to join us on the Architectural and/or Environmental Committees. These Committees sit once a month for 10 months of the year : - Environmental Committee – 1st Tuesday of every month - Architectural committee – 2nd Tuesday of every month As you all know, the new developments have gone into the new year – as we all know happens with building processes – and we need to finish this building work as soon as possible. After talking to the various parties, I am sure we will have the restaurant up and running by February and the construction finished at the Club by the end of March. It will also soon be time for us all to move towards using our new revamped Club House and its facilities. As soon as I have more news, I will report it. In the meantime, join us upstairs to taste the new style food that made Café 41 famous.

- These days are fixed unless public or school holidays fall over the same period. If anybody wants to find out more or wants to join one or both of the committees, please do not hesitate to contact Mandy at the HOA offices on 012 809 0142 or mandy@ silverlakes.co.za and me at mathews@iafrica.com or 083 448 9441.

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SILVER LAKES GOLF ESTATE SHUTTLE SERVICES The shuttle is a free service for all Silver Lakes residents’ staff working in the estate. The operating times for the shuttles are from 6h30–9h00 and again from 14h00–17h00 every day, transporting staff to and from the access gates. PLEASE NOTE: NO CONTRACTORS. Our two drivers are Edward Bodibe and John Thokwane, and for ease of reference their names have been brought onto the shuttle doors.

Please remind your staff of the following rules:

No eating or drinking

No slamming of the doors

No smoking

No shouting or swearing

The shuttle routes have been marked out on the map as follows:

John’s route in orange

Edward’s route in green

The yellow dots indicate where the shuttles stop on the route.

For any complaints or compliments, please contact Mike Westman on 072 283 0403 or email mandy@silverlakes.co.za

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Whether you wander across acres of rolling lawns or relax in a sunny courtyard.

No matter the escape, every home is an important home to us. For a free market related valuation, contact: Inge de Klerk 083 700 3911 inge.deklerk@pamgolding.co.za Office 012 365 9000 路 pamgolding.co.za


Finding New Feathered Friends by Koos Marais

Towards the year’s end one tends to be overwhelmed and engulfed by cheap nostalgia and meaningless occasions filled with platitudes and clichés. It seems to drag on until the crowds finally decide to call it a day and depart for busier shores. To discover a new friend in the midst of the madness comes as a pleasant surprise, even if it is of the feathered or furred kind. We, the residents of Silver Lakes, live in a unique environment which we must jealously guard. One of the things we can justly be proud of is the menagerie of avian inhabitants. We have a list of almost 200 bird species that have been recorded in our gardens, fields, trees, shores and waters. The joy of a confirmed sighting of a new species for one’s personal list is only surpassed by the “discovery” of a new species not previously recorded on our official list. South Africa is home to roughly 850 bird species and the greater Gauteng area to 450 or thereabouts. Our list of slightly less than 200 leaves much room for improvement, but it also creates an opportunity for the enjoyment an addition brings to the intrepid birder. Birding or twitching, as it is also known, is an absorbing pastime. The

faithful addicts go to amazing extremes to add just one more bird to their list. One year ago there was a flurry of activity amongst South Africa’s top twitchers when a red-throated pipit was spotted just outside Windhoek. A friend and his family immediately flew to Windhoek and celebrated joyously when they were able to tick off the 756th bird on their list. This was followed by another frantic trip a few weeks later when a snowy white egret made its appearance outside Cape Town. A relatively new addition to the twitcher’s obsession is digital photography. The ease and accuracy of autofocus lenses and quality of high value ISO numbers have combined to give us the wonderful opportunity to capture the beauty and vibrance of birds, even in full flight. The first prize for the majority of birders is a decent image of a new species. Photographers spend small and large fortunes in order to do so. With time one comes to know our estate’s feathered friends. Most of them are, like ourselves, creatures of habit and tend to keep to the same areas. As one moves through the estate, the ringing shrieks of the ubiquitous crested barbets, the hauntingly beautiful duets of the red-collared barbets, the hollow laughs of the hadedas, the scoffing challenges of the grey

A black-eyed bulbul seeking some respite from the summer heat

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louries, the hoarse croaks of the various egrets and herons, the chirps of the swallows and weavers, the shrieks of the lapwings, the rising crescendos of the thick-knees and the sights and sounds of a host of other birds are a comforting reassurance that all is well, that life is chugging along at a healthy pace and that everything is in its place. While the relative boredom of routine is a good thing, it is the lure of the unknown and the excitement of the new that gets the blood moving. It is the sound of an unfamiliar bird high up in a tree or deep in a hedge that sets one’s heart racing and renders the mouth a lttle dry. Is it a new one or just another thrush? Where is it? Oh dear, there it goes, without a positive identification.

Then, suddenly, the bird is gone. I view my images on the camera’s monitor and realise that it is, for me, a new species. Two of the images are razor sharp. From the general appearance I hazard a guess of some or other tern. Later I am elated when I can identify it as a whiskered tern, a new species for the Silver Lakes list. Life feels good. I have added in a small way to the collective joy and beauty of our lives in this wondrous environment.

The phone rings. “Come quickly, we are sure we have a pair of black cuckoos just outside the garden.” We grab the cameras and lenses and leave breakfast to go cold on the patio, rushing at the legal speed to our game reserve where our friends are waiting with binoculars and bated breath. As we exit their porch and enter the small gate into the veld beyond, we hear it immediately, unmistakably. First the slow, deep whistle building up in intensity, then the fast, excited shrill, whistling twitter of the black cuckoo. We approach slowly until suddenly we see them, a few metres up in a sweet thorn tree, hunched forward. They spot us and then lazily fly away to a nearby tree. I crawl forward, cradling the big lenses, hoping for a clear shot, but to no avail. They don’t allow us to come closer, preferring to hide behind the foliage. For a few seconds I can see them both clearly, but then they become obscured again. I take a few shots just for the sake of confirming the identity later. After an hour’s tracking them by sight and sound we give up, sans usable images, and return to the cold breakfast, happy to add another tick to the established, semi-official Silver Lakes list.

A common resident of our reed bushes, the southern red bishop

Early one morning, a few days later, we are strolling along the shores of the big dam, cameras in hand, hoping for a sighting of the new blesbok calves and impala fawns that arrived after the first rains. The hazy, lazy days of summer have indeed arrived, inviting us to venture out in the first glowing light of dawn before the scorching heat of midday will drive us back indoors. All our regulars are there, flying, feeding or perching, but suddenly a movement catches my eye. It does not fit the pattern. It is new. I approach the water’s edge, sit down and aim the camera. The bird is flying fast; it dips, rises, dips, rises and then dives into the water, rather shallow, and exits again to continue on its merry flight. My camera’s auto-focus sensor locks on like a radar guided missile and I shoot in continuous mode.

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SILVER LAKES GOLF

MATURE GOLFERS NEWS FROM THE MATURE GOLFERS PLAYING AT SILVER LAKES

SPONSORS FOR THE 2015 ANNUAL GOLF DAY PSG WEALTH FINANCIAL PLANNING

We had an extremely successful and enjoyable day at the

ACKERMANS BUILD IT (Silver ton)

8th annual GOLF DAY on 19 November last year. Thank

THE GARDEN GROUP

you to the Silver Lakes golf course for hosting this wonderful

VS PROJECT MANAGEMENT

event.

McCARTHY VOLKSWAGEN (Silver Lakes) GT AUTO CUSTOMS

A special thanks to all our wonderful and generous spon-

SILVER LAKES GOLF SHOP

sors who are listed separately. Also, thank you to all those

TYREMART AUTOWIEL (Silver Lakes)

golfers, both ladies and gentlemen, who shared the golf day

PICK n PAY (Waverley)

with the Mature Golfers. We had a field of 108 players and

THE LAWNMOWER SHOP (Silver Lakes)

half the field went home with prizes.

SPARKLING AUTO CARE (Hazeldean) SERVEST LANDSCAPING

Congratulations to all the winners with a special mention to

BATTERY CENTRE (Silver Oaks Crossing)

Johan Grobbelaar, who won the first prize for the day with

TALLEDEGA AUTO CENTRE (Silver Lakes)

36 stableford points. The ladies winner was Kriek Grundling

WOW AFRICA GAME RANCH

on 34 points.

RENAULT ROUTE 24 (Rick Scott) UITKYK VLEISMARK (Silver ton)

Prizes were also handed out to those Mature Golfers who

ISABELLA’S

won the various competitions held during the year. Of par-

PROMAC PAINTS

ticular note was our singles knockout champion for the year,

SEAWORK SEAFOOD (Silver Lakes)

Lodewyk de Wet.

DIMENSION HAIR DESIGN DIVINE SKIN & BEAUTY

The photographs reveal some of the proceedings during the

SPAR (La Montagne)

Golf Day as well as during the dinner and prize giving. The Mature Golfers also eagerly donated a portion of their takings

We respectfully urge all to suppor t these sponsors

to the Kungwini Home for the disabled.

as the Mature Golfers do.

The Mature Golfers are planning some exciting events for 2016, so to all those aspiring golfers amongst the old buddies, please join this sociable group for an unforgettable golfing experience. There is no membership fee and green fees are too low to mention. Please note that the Mature Golfers play every Thursday morning at Silver Lakes and all senior male golfers over the age of 55 are welcome to join the group at 06:45 for the draw (tee-off at 07h00) – just phone the Pro Shop (012 809 0430) early in the week if you should want to play. Looking forward to another great golfing year, Theo O’Neil - Captain of the Mature Golfers

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Health Benefits of Playing Golf Whether you want to meet up with friends or close a business deal, a round of golf is just the thing. Golf is not only good for business, but it has some health benefits as well. Played outdoors on a large course, the idea behind this sport is to hit a small ball into a series of holes with as few strokes as possible using a variety of golf clubs. One would think it is common sense that golf is good for your health, but as you read you will see just how healthy it can be for you. Your health will improve physically and mentally, which can enhance anything from your mood to your relationships. Spending a day on the grassy golf course carrying and pulling your golf clubs and swinging the clubs to hit the ball burns more calories than going for a walk anywhere else. The grass is soft and that makes your legs work harder because your legs have to push you upward without you even noticing. Contrary to previous beliefs, golf is a very demanding sport and requires a person to be somewhat athletic. A player also needs strength and endurance as well as strategy and mental toughness to get through a good game of golf. We will only be looking at some of the benefits that golf has like Brain Excersise, Improving Friendships, Benefits of the Sun, Burning Calories and Improving sleep.

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Brain Exercise Playing golf increases your heart rate, which means the blood flow to the brain is better. The blood flow to the brain helps with the stimulation of nerve cell connections. By challenging yourself to continuously better your personal score, improving your strategy and developing your hand-eye coordination, you keep the logical part of the brain active.

Friendship Playing golf with friends is not only very enjoyable and social but it also gives one the time and opportunity to improve existing friendships as well as to meet and connect with new people. Networking is also a great way to close business deals, and with golf there is more than enough time to interact and meet new business opportunities.

Enjoy the sun While enjoying a round of golf with friends, nature and the sun hold many benefits when it comes to your health. The green of the grass and nature around you has a relaxing effect on the body and mind, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. The sun gives the body the vitamin D that it needs to promote bone growth while also reducing depression and some types of cancer.

Go Calories The walking works wonders. While walking from hole to hole, rather than driving with a golf cart, you will burn calories fast and easy. Want to burn even more calories. Carry your own golf clubs and you can burn up to 1000 calories in just one game.

Sleep Tight After a game of golf your body is tired from all the exercise and will beg you for that well-deserved rest. You will fall asleep faster and easier than ever before, and you will also sleep longer and deeper, giving your body a good rest.

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YOGA vs PILATES

PILATES Studies show a great strengthening in the abdominal muscles, which are effective at tightening up the hard to reach places. Flexibility is slightly improved throughout the work out.

BONUS BENEFITS

MANY PEOPLE ARE CONTINUOUSLY SAYING HOW EITHER YOGA OR PILATES CLASSES HAVE BEEN A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE. THEY FEEL YOUNGER, STRONGER, LIVELIER OR MORE FLEXIBLE; HOWEVER, THE MIND IS A POWERFUL THING. SCIENTISTS HAVE DONE IN-DEPTH RESEARCH TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT THESE ACTIVITIES CAN – OR CANNOT – DO FOR THE BODY. HERE IS WHAT THEY DISCOVERED. Written by Demi Moolman

YOGA Yoga has been shown to lower your stress levels, as it is a form of meditation allowing you to clear your mind and find inner peace. It has also been proven to slightly lower the intensity and frequency of hot flushes. Yoga has been proven to help some individuals combat depression, anxiety, chronic back pain, diabetes, stress, and fatigue.

HEART HEALTH YOGA Depending on the level between beginner and pro, the person benefits from cardio depending on a slow walk or a very brisk stroll.

PILATES As with Yoga, the cardio and heart benefits depend on the level you have reached in the class. The cardio benefits will range between that of a slow walk or speed walking.

PILATES Pilates is very good for improving your posture, as you are strengthening your back and abdominal muscles. Pilates helps with asthma and rickets. It is one of the best types of exercise for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease. It has also been said that Pilates can help strengthen the immune system.

WEIGHT LOSS

BREATHING TECHNIQUES

YOGA

Burning between 145 and 250 calories in a 50-minute session, Yoga is generally not intended for weight loss. Scientist’s suggest jogging or more intense workouts if your sole purpose is to lose weight.

Breathing techniques in Yoga are used to help you achieve absolute relaxation. During your session, you concentrate on how you breathe, and then sending the breath to areas that may be tight or are holding stress. This can help to relax these specific muscle groups in your body.

PILATES

PILATES

YOGA

Weight loss is easier with Pilates than with Yoga. In 50-minute workout, you can lose between 175 and 375 calories. However, to burn weight you would need to do about 4 advanced routines a week.

Pilates uses breathing techniques to provide the muscles with the energy they need to achieve the session and improve breathing technique in general. The technique allows you to concentrate on the quality of oxygen being inhaled.

BODY STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY

TONING YOGA

YOGA Many studies have been done to determine a reliable result when it comes to the improvement of strength and flexibility from yoga. The results showed that there is a direct link to the increase of strength and flexibility based on how often and how regularly you do a Yoga session. This can allow the body to become up to 24 percent more flexible.

With Yoga, toning can be achieved. Yoga allows you to tone your whole body while it allows you absolute relaxation.

PILATES Pilates intensity allows you to achieve toning much faster. Frequent Pilates exercises can give a flatter and firmer stomach very quickly.

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The importance of getting

good advice!

Good financial advice from a qualified professional can significantly improve your peace of mind and chances of success as you battle through economic challenges this year.

future expenses, such as school and university fees.” This is where your financial adviser can be indispensable. Marius Spies and Johan Brits, Sanlam Financial Planners at BluCrestBlueStar Financial AdvisoryServices in Lynnwood,

South African consumers are under pressure. Electricity hikes, petrol price increases, rising property valuations and soaring food prices are taking their toll on our monthly budgets, and we struggle to cope from day to day, let alone trying to save for a rainy one. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Financial adviser at Sanlam, says the good news is that you don’t have to battle the financial landscape alone. “Professional financial advice can give you a different perspective on your financial challenges and on how to achieve your financial dreams – so that you can make practical decisions taking into account your short-term and long-term realities and goals.”

say you should insist on a comprehensive financial analysis before considering advice on your money affairs. This analysis enables an adviser to determine your specific needs and hopes, identify areas of risk and pinpoint any gaps you may have. It puts an adviser in a position to give you personalised guidance tailored to your particular financial needs and goals. A financial adviser worth his or her salt will take the time to fully understand your current situation and any aspirations or concerns you may have for the future. With your input, your adviser should explore every aspect of your financial plan and walk you through the solutions that are best for you in terms of risk cover, income protection, long- and short-term savings, investments, retirement and estate planning and then put those solutions in place and review them regularly.

Apart from assistance with budgeting and advice on how to reduce your debt, a qualified adviser can guide you to plan for unforeseen events and help you put a plan in place to protect yourself and your family from financial ruin when disaster strikes. Consider how critical it is to ensure that your assets are protected and that your family is financially secure in the event of your death or disability.

One of the best financial decisions you can make is to partner with the right financial adviser. Find one that can guide you on your journey to financial independence, giving you the peace of mind to focus on the important things – your family, health and career.

We all need to strike a balance between our daily living expenses and our medium- and long-term financial goals. “With the rapidly escalating cost of living, South Africans have to start saving earlier and smarter to ensure financial independence at retirement. They have to acquire and manage assets carefully and plan ahead for

For professional financial advice, contact them at BluCrestBlueStar Financial Advisory Services on 012 470 0850 or support@blucrest.co.za.

We understand what it took to earn your wealth. We also understand your need to talk to an accredited financial adviser about protecting your earning ability and making sure life’s setbacks do not ruin your future financially.

Your financial future is our priority.

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For professional financial advice, contact our office on 012 470 0850 or support@blucrest.co.za.

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THE COOK ON THE CORNER A LABOUR OF LOVE... Unless you’re a chef, nobody really seems to enjoy cooking. Moms, wives and partners across the globe cook more out of necessity that out of sheer desire. However, cooking is a labour of love – after all, we cook because we need to eat to survive. Or so they say, at least. This concept of cooking being a labour of love was really made apparent to me when I was younger and my mother used to cater for us for every breakfast, lunchbox, lunch and dinner. It was only once I grew up (and am now cooking for myself at University) that I realised how much of a sacrifice it was to prepare 4 meals a day for 5 people with such varying tastes and fetishes! Yet she always personalised our meals to make sure we were all getting the things that we loved and enjoyed. That is love. Luckily, nowadays, there are so many ideas around – from cookbooks to food magazines and food blogs. You really don’t have to put any time into figuring out menus and shopping lists anymore; it’s all available at the click of a button! I think that this prevalence of information is what has created the new wave of foodies who actively enjoy being in and around the kitchen. Food has become fun again; it needn’t be complex. The recipe I’m sharing with you this month is just this – super delicious but not complex. It is perfect for the month of love and can be made as a gift or served as a midnight treat or dessert at a special dinner. It is taken from my recipe book, ‘TWO by Seline and Leandri’, which is available nationwide. This recipe is for red wine laced chocolate truffles, which plays off the beauty of combining red wine with chocolate. How yummy… You can control the undertones of your truffles depending on the wine that you choose. For a gentle, fruity taste choose a Cabernet Sauvignon or for a more spicy, fruity taste choose a Syrah or Shiraz.

Rensche Mari Photography

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RED WINE LACED CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES Ingredients: Makes approximately 40 300g dark coverture chocolate (70% or more cacao solids) 140ml good quality red wine 70ml fresh cream pinch of salt 125ml cacao powder for dusting the truffles

Method: 1. In a medium saucepan heat the red wine and the cream until scalding point (this means that it is just below boiling point). 2. Meanwhile, cut the chocolate up into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Add the pinch of salt to help bring out the natural flavours of the chocolate – it might sound strange, but it really works. 3. Pour the scalded wine and cream mixture over the chocolate and let it stand without mixing for at least a minute. This will allow the chocolate to start melting gently and by not mixing it yet you have a smaller chance of the mixture seizing. 4. After a minute, slowly start mixing the chocolate and cream together with a spatula until the chocolate is all melted. You might have difficulty with this in winter due to the external temperature, in which case you can just place the bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time, mixing in between, until the chocolate is melted. 5. Cover the bowl and allow the mixture to set hard in the fridge. 6. Using a little scoop or melon baller, scoop chocolate balls out of the set mixture. Quickly shape them into neat balls with your hands before rolling them through the cacao powder for dusting. 7. To store, line a sealable container with wax paper and place the truffles in it. Store in the fridge, but remove 30 minutes before serving.

ANY IDEAS FOR 2016 ? Email or call Corlia Mathews (Mathews@iafrica.com or 083 448 9441) or your nearest representative at the Home Owners Association. Looking for a perfect VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON? Buy them MY cookbook, TWO, and watch them go from home cook to MasterChef! Available at bookstores country wide at around R300, or as an eBook online.

Keep in contact with me on Twitter and Instagram (@SelineVW) or by visiting my website www. EsBySeline.co.za or my MasterChef South Africa page on Facebook.

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Scottish Cuisine

With Valentine’s day on the way, what better way to tell your loved ones just how special they are to you than to cook them a lovely meal. Starting the day with an English breakfast and ending the day with some of these recipes might just be better than the perfect date!

STOVIES

KIPPER

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 cup milk 1 tbsp butter 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 (12 ounce) can corned beef, cut into chunks salt and pepper to taste

6 rashers streaky bacon, fried until crisp 500g/1lb 2oz fresh potatoes, cooked and halved 350g/12oz spinach, washed and dried 3 kipper fillet, bones removed, flaked

Method: 1. In a saucepan, combine potatoes and milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. Takes about 30 minutes. 2. While potatoes are simmering, melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Sauté onions until soft and translucent. 3. When potatoes are soft, mix in sautéed onions and corned beef. Cook an additional 10 minutes, or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

For the dressing: 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 tsp wholegrain mustard salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 free-range eggs, poached, to serve

Method: 1. Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl and gently stir. 2. Place all of the dressing ingredients into a separate bowl and mix well. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to coat the salad ingredients. To serve, place the salad into a serving dish and top with the poached egg.

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CRANACHAN

ATHOLL

TABLET

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp medium oatmeal 300g fresh British raspberries a little caster sugar 350ml double cream (we used Jersey double cream) 2 tbsp heather honey 2-3 tbsp whiskey, to taste

Method: 1. To toast the oatmeal, spread it out on a baking sheet and grill until it smells rich and nutty. It will not darken quickly, so use your sense of smell to tell you when it is nutty enough. Cool the oatmeal. 2. Make a raspberry purée by crushing half the fruit and sieving it. 3. Sweeten this to taste with a little caster sugar. Whisk the double cream until just set and stir in the honey and whisky, trying not to over-whip the cream. 4.Taste the mixture and add more of either if you feel the need. 5. Stir in the oatmeal and whisk lightly until the mixture is just firm. Alternate layers of the cream with the remaining whole raspberries and purée in 4 serving dishes. Allow to chill slightly before eating.

2 1⁄3 cups scotch 1⁄2 cup steel-cut oatmeal 2⁄3 cup heavy cream 1⁄4 cup honey

900g (2 lb) caster sugar 125g (4 1/2 oz) butter 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 150ml (1/4 pt) milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method: 1. Stir scotch and oatmeal in a bowl; cover with cheesecloth. 2. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for two days. Strain into a 1-qt. saucepan. 3. Add heavy cream and honey; bring to a simmer. Serve in heatproof glasses.

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Method: 1. In a large deep pot place all ingredients except vanilla over medium heat until all melts, stirring frequently. 2. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring now and again. 3. Bring to a boil, add vanilla and remove from the heat while stirring all the time; be careful. 4. Electric whisk mixture for 5 minutes; mixture will thicken. 5. Spread mixture in a flat tray and leave to cool for at least 1 hour. Cut into squares and enjoy.


Don’t let them bug you this summer As the temperature rises, our multi-legged friends crawl out of their homes into ours. Summertime is well known for its infestation of critters such as bees, mosquitoes and many more. There is no need for harsh pesticides that will leave your lawn yellow. There are many natural and organic ways to repel pests, or better yet, plants. Be prepared this summer by following these few easy gardening hacks and tricks for a buzz-free environment.

Marigolds

Chrysanthemums

The pungent scent of Marigolds is a surefire to keep insects out of the garden. Keeps aphids and mosquitoes away.

Pyrethrins is a compound that is found in this flower and used in commercial insect repellents. Keeps Roaches, ants, lice, fleas, ticks, beetles, spider mites away.

Pennyroyal

Lavender The same scent that calms us with its aromatic smells disgusting to critters. Keeps fleas, flies, moths, mosquitoes away.

The Pennyroyal flower is a natural mosquito repellent. It also keeps fleas away.

Petunias

Geranium

These joyful beauties must be planted in a sunny spot or window box. Keeps beetles, squash bugs and tomato hornworms away.

This is a beautiful flowering plant that will help repel mosquitos. These blossoms will keep away any biting insects.

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Allium family

Basil

(chives, onions, leeks, shallots) They help protect other veggies and the rest of the garden against slugs, carrot flies and cabbage worms.

Basil contains oil that kills mosquito eggs. Plant it in pots in gathering areas. Keeps away houseflies and mosquitos.

Garlic

Mint, rosemary

Although eating garlic does not repel mosquitos, it protects your flower beds against them. Also keeps aphids and whiteflies away.

These herbs will help protect your vegetable plants from infestation and helps repel biting insects like mosquitoes.

Lemon Thyme

Dill

Lemon Thyme keeps whiteflies, maggots, tomato hornworms and cabbage loopers away.

Dill is the perfect companion plant. It keeps away squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms.

Tip for the kitchen: There must be a few jam jars in the cupboard? Make a small window jam jar herb garden with basil, thyme and rosemary. This will help keep away the annoying critters buzzing around the kitchen at dinnertime.

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KOM ONS SPEEL WEER! Speel is ‘n baba se heel belangrikste aktiwiteit! Moedig

Onthou die volgende:

jou baba dus aan om te leer terwyl hy speel. Babas begin speel uit blote nuuskierigheid – met ‘n leë koeldrankbottel, mamma se krale of pappa se selfoon. So leer en ontdek jou baba die wêreld om hom. Deur te speel ontdek jou baba ook sy eie liggaam en vermoëns. Hoe kan ek speel nog meer pret maak vir my baba?

in. As jou baba nou wil blokkies bou is dit NIE die tyd om die 6 stuk legkaart saam met mamma te bou nie! • Maak tyd om saam met jou baba te speel - nie noodwendig met duur aangekoopte speelgoed nie, maar sommer iets soos ‘Waar’s hy? Daar’s hy’ met die spoegdoek. • Laat jou baba in ‘n veilige omgewing leer om saam

• Laat hom sy omgewing met al sy sintuie waarneem: Ruik aan die blommetjies, hoor die vliegtuie, sien die miertjies loop, voel die droë herfsblare, proe die lemoen. • Gee aan hom die vryheid en onafhanklikheid om sy omgewing te verken.Gaan stap saam of hou lekker piekniek op die gras – verkieslik kaalvoet! • Gee hom die geleentheid om nuwe voorwerpe, teksture

met ander babas te speel. Leer ook jou baba wanneer sy gedrag nie aanvaarbaar is nie, soos byvoorbeeld: ”Nee, moenie die maatjie se hare trek nie!” • Herhaal speletjies waarvan hy hou - dit gee jou baba ook ‘n mate van bevrediging en sal hom motiveer om aan te hou speel. • Prys jou baba as hy iets regkry terwyl hy speel. Klap hande en beloon hom met ‘n soen! • Kommunikeer terwyl julle speel. Sê byvoorbeeld vir jou

en maatjies te ontdek. • Hou die balans tussen uitbundig speel en ontspan. Babas het net soos volwassenes ook tyd nodig om te ontspan en rustig te verkeer.

• Hou jou baba dop - kyk hoe hy speel en val dan daarby

baba: “Jy speel nou met die blou bal en die sagte beertjie”. So leer jy jou baba woordeskat en moedig jy spraak aan.

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Speel moet vir beide kinders en babas pret wees. Koester elke oomblik saam met jou baba en begin weer SPEEL! Groete Lani Mentz 0798116260 silverlakes@pienkvoetpret.co.za

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SMALLS DOMESTICS Lindiwe has been my domestic worker for the last few years. As we are moving overseas she is looking for work one day a week. She speaks and writes fluent English. She is also trained as a pre-school teacher. Contact her on 073 51 661 87. I can warmly recommend Lindiwe with her great attitute, clever management and her nice sense of humor. For a reference you may e-mail me on ramona.schweer@gmail.com. Wilhemina Matea is a ver y reliable and trustworthy domestic helper who requires work MondayFriday, immediately or from 16 Januar y onwards. She did an amazing job in our home and we would like to ensure she gets placed in a good home. For a reference kindly contact Johan on 0833245459 or you can speak to Wilhemina directly on 0713227002. Lussy Magolego is looking for employment in Silver Lakes. She is hardworking, reliable and honest. She is good at taking initiative and also at following directions. Please contact her at 0738442978. For a reference, please contact 0824429799. Bessie Langa is looking for domestic work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She is hard working, friendly and accommodating. She is also excellent with dogs. I would gladly recommend her to anyone. Please phone Bessie on 072 558 6873 or for a reference phone Corli on 082 334 4521. Arthur is looking for gardening work for Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He is a very hard worker. Please call Arthur on 073 953 4595. For a reference please call Clive Long on 082 460 3722.

COOKING SCHOOL For Domestics We offer cooking classes to teach your domestic worker to cook a variety of dishes. Classes are presented to small groups and offer a hands-on approach. Location - Silver Lakes Golf Estate. Contact Jeanne at 0832368312 or jeanne6409@gmail.com for further information or follow the link www.ukutya.co.za or www.facebook. com/ukutyacooking.

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SMALLS SERVICES OFFERED

We are 2 Tuks students, residing in Silver Lakes. We have our own transport and are looking for job opportunities in this area. Contact: Elizabeth 084 4979 057 lulubelbarclayloggie@gmail.com. Grant 076 4760766. gwshorten@gmail.com

We, a couple staying in Silver Lakes Golf Estate, are seeking

T HE OWL COT TAGE S E L F- CATE R I N G FERNRIDGE, GEORGE Secure nature lovers’ cottage. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Huge living area with fireplace and kitchen. Tiled baby-proof deck above carport. Spacious, luxurious, affordable. Botanical Garden, 200 metre south. Mountain reserve, 200 metre north. Details & photos: conradie.t@mweb.co.za. Tel: 083 276 0536

work looking after people’s houses or pets when the owners have to go on business trips or holidays and need someone to take care of things. We did this in Chicago, USA. We can also look after kids if parents have to go on business trips, for which we have good references. Recently we looked after a house in Mosselbaai for a long period when the owners went to Australia. On request we will provide references. Phone 0128093864, whatsapp 0822245984 or cel 0824252895.

Pet sitting services: I am a 27-year-old female available to walk and feed as well as give your dogs love and care while you are away. I stay in the estate and I have a valid driver’s license. I am also a dog owner and a dog lover. Feel free to contact me, Helen, on 082 552 3418.

Passionate student offering piano and music theory lessons in the comfort of your own home. Please contact Alexis Efstratiou on 0834132032 or email alexisefstratiou95@gmail.com.

Private Yoga sessions in the comfort of your own home taught by experienced and registered Yoga teacher residing in Silver Lakes. Beginners to advanced students welcome. Contact Eon on 082 4400 285.

Guitar, Bass and Drums lessons in Silver Lakes. All Styles. All ages.18 years experience. Young, Energetic and Fun. Please call Joel on 082 462 9620

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