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Magazine of the FHA • Issue 08 2021

Connecting Our Community

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Raising Teens - The Perfect Storm • Best Lentil Soup • Indoor Scavenger Hunts

FEATHERBROOKE NEWS Magazine of the FHA • Issue 08 2021 Facebook: Featherbrooke Estate Residents Community (Closed Group)

Ed's Note We’re well and truly puffed up with pride over our incredible achievement of the Gold SALI award, recently received for our beautiful parklands. See the full article and spectacular photographs from pg 5.

Shona Jönsson

It’s the last push to the end of the winter season, and then we look forward to the Family day event at the sports facility with action soccer galore. Also on offer for the day: luxury car test drives, obstacle courses for the little ones and heaps of activity to cultivate a fresh spirit of community. Get your soccer teams of 5 together, don yourselves in your winning kit, and we’ll ensure a super successful day and guarantee incredible fun all round. See inside for more details, check Facebook and emails to book your participation. And if you’re not participating, be sure to come and spectate under the shady gazebo’s while enjoying your boerie roll. Don’t forget the regular monthly sudoku, crossword and colouring pages for you to pass some spare time with. Also, a substantially hearty lentil soup recipe for the final cold snaps we know to expect, tips for keeping your lawn luscious, a brilliant guide to creating and hosting a scavenger hunt and a heart to heart around dealing with teen troubles.

Save the Date: Friday 3 September Spring Concert in the Park Bring picnic baskets and blankets and settle your family under the night sky for an evening of ABBA and 80’s entertainment. Band: The Morning After

Saturday 18 September Featherbrooke Family Soccer Day - More information on Page 9

Black Eagle Project Roodekrans Written by Johann Van Den Berg - Black Eagle Project Roodekrans  Photos taken with a trap camera from a long distance

Update on offspring With the help of modern technology, we were able to confirm that two eggs were laid, and that the normal Cain and Abel scenario took place. Makatsa and Mahlori are doing a great job in raising their youngster, and we are starting to see it moving around the nest, and the eaglet feathers are starting to show. We only have a little over a month to wait, and hopefully we will be able to witness yet another juvenile take that “leap of faith”. We are certain the first landing will not be perfect, but as in the past, the juvenile will soon master perfect flight and great landings. Featherbrooke News  08 2021 2

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22 Contents Save the Date Featherbrooke Family Soccer Day.............................................. 9

Features The Perfect Storm: Social Struggles in Girls........................12-14

Lifestyle Featherbrooke Strikes Gold: Award Winning Gardens �����������5-7 Scavenger Hunt Ideas..........................................................16-20 The Best Lentil Soup............................................................22-24 Summer Lawn Care.............................................................26-28

Classifieds & Approved Agents Community Classifieds ������������������������������������������������������30-31 Approved Agents...................................................................... 31

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Featherbrooke Estate Strikes Gold South African Landscape Institute Award By Leon Meintjies – Featherbrooke Parks Director

The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Promotes professionalism and quality in landscaping. Recently, Featherbrooke Estate, together with our gardening subcontractor, FSG, proudly received the prestigious annual accolade of a Gold Award of Excellence for landscape and turf maintenance. The judging was preceded by a site visit from the SALI judges where all aspects of the relevant landscaped areas were inspected according to specific criteria. These include the use of indigenous planting, general maintenance (weed removal, garden and lawn edges, etc.) as well as endeavours to promote a waterwise landscape. A series of professional photographs depicting relevant areas, was submitted along with a write-up of the processes we follow to ensure efficient landscape maintenance of our picturesque parklands. continue on page 6 Featherbrooke News  08 2021 5

Featherbrooke Estate Strikes Gold Continued from page 5

Featherbrooke was especially praised for its use of indigenous planting which we strongly advocate in our estate. Very special thanks to Park committee members, Lisa Staunton, Joanne Shipster and Compliance Manager, Clive Cornelissen for their invaluable input, without which this achievement would not have been possible. Follow this link to see Featherbrooke Estate’s mention of the SALI Gold award for Landscape and Turf Maintenance and the Silver award received for being Water Wise: continue on page 7

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Featherbrooke Estate Strikes Gold Continued from page 6

The FSG Team

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Featherbrooke Family

Soccer Day Saturday 18 September from 12pm 5-a-side teams  Get your teams ready and kit them out to win the best dressed prize Our Sponsors

There is a team for everybody! • Little ones • Dad’s vs lads • Girls teams • Security guard’s vs residents • And perhaps a team to challenge the FHA Board and management

For the rest of the family: • BMW luxury car test drives • Plenty of shade to sit under while you support the teams • Outdoor gym assistance • Obstacle course and jumping castles for the younger ones • Boerewors rolls on sale • Mountains of prizes, loads of good vibe and plenty community fun.

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7 reasons Cyprus is tops! Owning an offshore property to realise a Plan B is a dream than many South Africans would love to achieve. Europe remains being the preferred geographic location for the majority of investors as not only it is the world’s largest trading block, but the real estate opportunities are enticing. However the choice of where to invest can be intimidating; plus the financial, legal and tax implications coupled with language & cultural difficulties sometimes makes this a barrier to entry. Cyprus, an English-speaking, ex-British colony and full EU member, is an extremely popular destination in Europe. With an erratic health system, huge social problems and the spiralling cost of living in South Africa, more and more families are looking for an alternative – and Cyprus has come out tops.

Here are the 7 reasons why South Africans are buying property in Cyprus:

It's easy to fall in love with Cyprus, especially with the 1st world lifestyle aspects available. But it’s the excellent quality of life on offer that is driving investors in their droves to look seriously at Cyprus as their new home. Making the investment or move across to Cyprus is simpler than you think; and Cypriot Realty has an impressive 13-year track record of assisting many South Africans in exploring what Cyprus has to offer.

Contact us for a confidential meeting to discuss how we can help you realise your and you family’s Plan B in Europe.

1. Owning a property in Cyprus – the 3rd largest island in The Med - means you really are living the Mediterranean dream. 2. You can acquire permanent residency by buying property without having to live in the country. 3. Properties in Cyprus offer excellent value for money when compared to other European countries – especially homes right on or near to The Med. 4. Cyprus’ positive property growth and for long and short-term tenants offers a very attractive investment for the short, medium and long term. 5. Cyprus is a very popular tourist destination so owning an investment property will reap an attractive offshore income. 6. Cyprus has been voted one of the safest countries in the world so your personal safety and property investment is assured. 7. The discovery and imminent exploration of natural gas is already having a positive impact on foreign investment and infrastructural development. Billions of Euros are already pouring into the economy.

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The Perfect Storm Social Struggles in Girls Ref:

When you ask women to recall their preteen and teen social lives, a consistent pattern emerges. There are stories of enduring friendships, but also uncomfortable and often painful social memories. Women share stories of exclusion, drama, loneliness, the desire to fit in, and friendships lost. continue on page 13

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The Perfect Storm Social Struggles in Girls Continued from page 12 The words harsh and change are commonly used to describe this phase. And this rings true for adolescent girls today. While friendship changes and struggles occur throughout life, they intensify and are especially uncomfortable during the preteen and teen years. So what’s going on? What is it about adolescence that intensifies social changes and struggles, especially for girls? The answer lies in a confluence of events that create the perfect storm.

The Perfect Storm When we explore everything going on during this phase, it’s no surprise that girls’ social worlds sometimes feel like a steady rain shower with occasional flashes of thunder. Tweens learn how to navigate complex social groups alongside the physical, emotional, and intellectual changes that go along with puberty. And all of this happens as peer acceptance grows in importance and selfconfidence levels dip.

So what’s going on?

Confidence Drops

What is it about adolescence that intensifies social changes and struggles, especially for girls? The answer lies in a confluence of events that create the perfect storm...

Puberty is a turbulent time for confidence in both genders, but girls experience a much more significant, dramatic drop. Much of this drop is due to newly formed habits such as overthinking, peoplepleasing, and perfectionism. This lack of confidence ripples through girls’ relationships and increases the likelihood of selfdoubt, social anxiety, and risk avoidance.

Increased Reliance on Friends While confidence is dipping, young girls are also in the midst of the developmental phase that shifts their reliance on family to a reliance on peers. During this period, friendships begin to replace family as tweens’ primary source of identity and support. Social conformity becomes a typical response to the urgent need to fit in and be accepted into a new replacement “family.” This process of finding a new “tribe”, is nothing less than a strategy for survival. Cliques and social drama are often anxiety-fuelled behaviours to manage the transition from family as the primary social support to finding a sense of belonging in peers.

Seeking Identity As kids look more to peers to find support and belonging, they need to figure out where they fit in the sea of students, groups, and activities. During adolescence, kids begin to explore their social world, including who their friends are, what they wear, and what activities they do. They start to question, experiment with, and shape their identity. In early elementary school, friendships often form based on proximity, such as being in the same class or the same neighbourhood. Starting in late elementary school and middle continue on page 14

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The Perfect Storm Social Struggles in Girls Continued from page 13 school, friendships begin to form based on shared interests and deeper feelings of acceptance. The pursuit of identity ripples into friendships and prompts changes. “At a time when identity is so very insecure, kids need everything in their lives – shoes, friends, Instagram posts- to project the image of self they’re working so hard to construct. Any deviation is far too dangerous to tolerate.

Physiological Changes Bubbling beneath the surface of all of this, the physiological changes that occur in adolescence amplify the intensity of teens’ emotions and experiences. The limbic system, or the emotional brain, ramps up quickly in puberty, while the executive functioning part of the brain responsible for self-regulation and self-control lags. During adolescence, we feel our feelings most deeply, which creates enduring memories. The hormones released in puberty affect our “sensitivity thresholds,” how reactive we are to things that happen to us and what we feel.” To say a lot is going on developmentally with young girls during adolescence is an understatement. It is a period of tremendous change and growth. Decreasing confidence, finding an identity, and identifying a new tribe combined with physiological changes make this a tricky time for many girls and their parents. An enduring pandemic layered on top adds a new level of change to this already complex phase.

By listening deeply and empathizing, parents can help their daughters navigate their emotions and complex social situations...

So what can parents do? How can they help their girls weather the inevitable storms? By listening deeply and empathizing, parents can help their daughters navigate their emotions and complex social situations. Active listening, without judgment, gives girls time and space to process their feelings and experiences aloud, increasing self-awareness, improving clarity, and reducing anxiety. Parents can help their daughters avoid assumptions and gently broaden their perspectives. There is usually more to situations that they may not be considering. If a girl’s social struggles are ongoing and impacting her well-being, parents should consider reaching out to her teacher, school counsellor, or another professional for additional support. There is no way to avoid discomfort during this phase or any phase of life, but parents play an essential role in helping their daughters keep their gaze on the lighthouse and offering ongoing support along their journey to shore.

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Scavenger Hunt Ideas! Ref:

The things you need to prepare really depend on the kind of scavenger hunt you plan to have. In general, you will want to decorate your space as festively as possible in line with your theme so that you can include a wider variety of items in your list. Plus, the more decor you have in and around your space, the harder it’ll be for your players to find specific items.

What’s a Photo Scavenger Hunt?

For the most part, you will need:  Printed lists of specific items for your players to look for  Prepared spaces where players can produce certain items on the list  Cameras if you’re planning to use the photo scavenger hunt format

A photo scavenger hunt is a great way to limit your use of resources, especially if you’re planning to include a few items that aren’t easy to obtain or carry around. Instead of having your players retrieve and collect items around your space, they only need to take photos with their cameras.

How to Get Started? If you’re ready to start your scavenger hunt, you need to set the ground rules and make sure everyone is on the same page. Follow these simple steps to get started on your scavenger hunt.  Divide your guests into groups. For younger players, it might be best to have smaller groups of 3 to 4 members continue on page 17

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Scavenger Hunt Ideas! Continued from page 16

 The entire team needs to be present when the collected items are presented! If any members are missing, then the team will have to wait for them to arrive before they can have their items counted and qualified.

each to make sure that each one is able to enjoy the game and participate in their team’s process. If you’re planning a Christmas scavenger hunt for adults, then bigger groups can be ideal.

 The first team to return to the collection station with complete and correct items will be declared the winner.

 Hand out the list of items that your players need to find. Make sure you discuss items that need to be collected as opposed to special entries that need to be created.  If you’re going with a photo scavenger hunt format, then make sure your players register their devices. This just prevents anyone from trying any tricks and cheats. Only photos that are taken with registered devices will be qualified as entries for the hunt.  Each team can have around 2 to 4 registered cameras.  For items that need to be recreated, teams are not allowed to take photos of creations completed by other teams. For instance, if you have an item that requires that teams take a photo with a snowman they built, other teams are not allowed to take their picture with a snowman created by other teams. This helps make sure that all players exert the same effort into completing their lists.  Instruct your players where they need to go once they complete their list of items. The first team to arrive at the collection station at the end of their hunt will stand the chance to be crowned the winner.

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So, what should you include in your list? The best way to make a scavenger hunt more of a challenge would be to use riddles that your players can decode to figure out what they need to collect or take pictures of. continue on page 18

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Adding Variety What’s fun about scavenger hunts is that they don’t always have to follow the same format. Lots of people have found clever ways to make scavenger hunts more fun and exciting, adding in other challenging aspects to make them more interesting for players. If you want to add a little variety to your game, consider trying these interesting tweaks.

2. Series Cast ie Friends The cast of this popular series is pretty easy to recreate from memory, so to add a touch of fun to your scavenger hunt, you can ask your players to recreate the cast. Recreate with all of your team members in the shot! One person to represent each character, and all the others to take the place of a couch or coffee table etc. Make sure that all members are in the shot. Bonus points for teams who go the extra mile with costumes!

Some would say that having your players collect or take pictures of items in your play area might be a little too easy. So it might add a bit of a challenge if they were to make the entries in their lists themselves. How exactly can you make that happen?

Consider these suggestions:

1. Do you wanna build a snowman?

3. Make Your Own Sugar Cookies.

For this scavenger hunt challenge, give your players instructions on a specific snowman design that they need to reconstruct themselves with creative materials. You can either provide them the items they need, or they can hunt around the area to find the pieces for their snowman.

Sugar cookies can be loads of fun to make, and the process can be fairly straightforward. So to leverage that fact, you can set out a sugar cookie making station where players attempt to recreate a cookie that’s already been decorated.

Here are some instruction that you can try to apply: Build a snowman at least 30 cm in height He must have: buttons for eyes, an ice cream cone for a nose, and two arms made of wood Dress him up so that he looks like he’s going to work Take a picture next to your snowman to prove his height!

Recreate the cookie set out in front of you with the tools and colors available. Make sure it’s as accurate as possible! You should have three decorated cookies to bring to the finish line to be declared the winner! continue on page 19

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without making any mistakes, and if they were the first ones to return, then they’re crowned the winner. But if they made a few mistakes, then you have to wait for the next team to return.

A scavenger hunt can take around an hour or more to complete, depending on the extent of the hunt that you’ve prepared for your players.

But your focus really shouldn’t be on limiting their time, but on encouraging teams to complete the challenge as fast as possible.  Designate an area where your players will proceed once they collect all the items on the list.  If you’ve prepared a traditional scavenger hunt, they should be able to present all the items the collected throughout the game.  If you’ve prepared a photo scavenger hunt, then they should have completed the list by taking photos of all the items in the list. Inspect all of the items in the list and compare them with the items retrieved by your players. If they were able to collect everything

If the second team returns and all of their items are correct, then they are announced the winner despite not returning first. However, if they also made mistakes, then it comes down to the number of errors that the teams made. The winner will be the team or player with the fewest errors.

Easy scavenger hunt riddles Scavenger hunt clues are questions, riddles, puzzles, and hints that lead players to objects during scavenger hunts. For example, “if not for me, the birds would live in a hole in a tree” leads treasure hunters to a birdhouse. The purpose of these prompts is to make these games more challenging and fun. 1. If you go out of town, I don’t need a sitter, just someone to leave me food and change my litter. (Cat) continue on page 20

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Scavenger Hunt Ideas! Continued from page 19

Clues for kids 1. If you want to eat, then take a seat! (Dining room chair) 2. Most have clothes on the outside, but I have clothes inside. (Closet) 3. The rubber duck is at home here. (Bathtub) 4. I may be a bear, but there’s no need to be scared. I won’t eat you– I can’t even eat! (Teddy bear)

2. I have a bark, but I’m not a tree. When you ask, “who’s a good boy?” the answer is me! (Dog) 3. One of me per day keeps the doctor away. (Apple) 4. You visit me at night to sleep tight. (Bed) 5. Use me once in the morning and once at night, and I’ll keep your smile nice and white. (Toothbrush) 6. Which came first? The chicken or me? (Eggs) 7. I let the outside in, and wear nothing but curtains. (Window) 8. Am I half full, or half empty? Either way, I’m not entirely empty– you’ll find the next clue in me! (Glass) 9. I’m a shape and an instrument. (Triangle) 10. Which came first? The colour or the fruit? (Orange) 11. You can run with the clues, but don’t run with me! Rock beats me every time. (Scissors)

5. I can’t mix batter, but I can bake a cake. (Oven) 6. Are you digging this hunt? No? Maybe I can help you dig it. (Shovel.) 7. I can’t be-leaf how many clues you’ve found. Maybe this hunt’s knot hard enough. This next clue should be a real stumper. (Tree or tree stump) 8. When the snow comes down, I help you go down snowy hills! (Sled) 9. I’m a paste that doesn’t glue. How many times a day do you use me? Two! (Toothpaste) 10. I come in pairs, I’m easy to lose, I go between your feet and your shoes. (Socks) 11. You carry me to a picnic, and I carry everything else! (Basket)

Clues for teens 1. Until you get your license to drive a car, I’m your best means of traveling far. (Bicycle) 2. I go up and down, but I never move. (Staircase) 3. You might say I’m popular– I always have the most dates. (Calendar) 4. I’m here to wake you up, but just hit snooze and I’ll shut up. (Alarm clock) 5. Bored? Play me! I have a board, but I’m not boring! (Board game) 6. Nobody ever sees my waves, but I have other ways of grabbing attention. Most often, a loud BEEP! (Microwave) 7. If you’re craving takeout, take me out to help you decide. (Takeout menu) 8. Easy killer. There’s no prize at the bottom of my box, but that is where you’ll find the next clue. (Cereal box) 9. I’m shaped like a donut or bagel, but I prefer soundbytes to mouth bites. (CD) 10. Is this scavenger hunt too intense? Here’s a hint– your next clue is camping out nearby. (Tent) 11. Stay tuned for this next clue. I have strings that can’t be tied. (Guitar) 12. My basket can’t carry a thing, because it has a hole in the bottom! (Basketball hoop) 13. I can carry much more than books. The next clue is in my front pocket, take a look! (Backpack)

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The Best Lentil Soup Ref:

Lentils are edible pulses or seeds that belong to the legume family. These mostly consist of two halves covered in a husk. Both the seeds are lens-shaped, which is probably why they are named Lens culinaris in Latin. They are also one of the oldest known sources of food, dating back more than 9,000 years. continue on page 23

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The Best Lentil Soup Continued from page 22 Lentils can be consumed with or without the husk. Prior to the invention of milling machines, they were eaten with the husk. The husk contains the highest amount of dietary fibre. After the milling process was invented, the husk or skin was removed and the dietary fibre in lentils disappeared. The popular kinds of lentils include black lentils, red lentils, brown lentils, mung bean, yellow split peas, yellow lentils, macachiados lentils, French green lentils, black-eyed pea, kidney beans, soya beans, and many more varieties. Each country has its own group, which is more or less similar and provides the same benefits.

Lentils with a high protein content are considered an inexpensive source of protein. They are a rich source of essential amino acids like isoleucine and lysine. They are also a good source of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Lentils are consumed much more often in Asian countries, particularly India. India has the largest number of vegetarians and lentils can be a substitute for meat in supplying the required protein. One very good way to have lentils is after they have sprouted because they contain methionine and cysteine. These two amino acids are very significant in muscle-building and strengthening of our body. Methionine is an essential amino acid that is supplied through the food, and cysteine is a non-essential amino acid that can then be synthesised.

The Recipe Ref.

This lentil soup is made with mostly pantry ingredients but includes hearty greens and a squeeze of lemon for bright, fresh flavour. It’s seasoned with a few of my favourite spices and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Five reasons to love this recipe: 1. The recipe calls for seasonal vegetables and affordable pantry ingredients, but tastes gourmet. 2. This lentil soup has an amazing hearty texture that’s lightly creamy (yet there is no cream). The trick is to blend up a portion of the soup once the lentils are tender, and then pour it back into the pot. It’s like magic. 3. This nutritious, well-balanced soup counts as a meal if you enjoy a generous portion. Lentils are rich in protein, fiber, iron and folate. 4. Lentil soup packs well for lunch in a leak-proof container, and it tastes even better the next day. 5. This soup freezes and defrosts well. Make soup now and enjoy it later!

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How to make the Best Lentil Soup Continued from page 23 This simple vegan lentil soup recipe comes together quickly with mostly pantry ingredients. Be sure to have your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cooking! Recipe yields four large bowls of soup, or six more modest servings.

Ingredients ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon curry powder ½ teaspoon dried thyme 1 tin diced tomatoes, lightly drained 1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed 4 cups vegetable broth 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste Pinch of red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped fresh collard greens or kale, tough ribs removed 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (½ to 1 medium lemon), to taste

Method 1. Warm the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. One-fourth cup olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup. 2. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes. 3. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder and thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Pour in the drained diced tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often, in order to enhance their flavour. 4. Pour in the lentils, broth and the water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape. 5. Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a blender. Securely fasten the lid, protect your hand from steam with a tea towel placed over the lid, and purée the soup until smooth. Pour the puréed soup back into the pot. (Or, use an immersion blender to blend a portion of the soup.) 6. Add the chopped greens and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the greens have softened to your liking. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Taste and season with more salt, pepper and/ or lemon juice until the flavours really sing. For spicier soup, add another pinch or two of red pepper flakes. 7. Serve while hot. Leftovers will keep well for about 4 days in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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Summer Lawn Care By Chris Williams  Catscapes  083 225 7451 Ref:

The Summer is a highly stressful time for all lawns, and it’s the things done during the Summer which will determine the overall health and appearance of our lawns and gardens. Generally speaking, we need to prepare the lawn to withstand the heat of Summer by ensuring it is in the best health and condition prior to the onset of the heat, as well as to avoid any sudden shock to the lawn. continue on page 27

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Summer Lawn Care Continued from page 26

Deep Watering and a Deep Root System Our aim here is to create a root system which is much deeper than what the lawn would otherwise have under normal conditions. With a deeper root system, the roots of the turf are less likely to dry out and die on hot Summer days, or at times of drought or low water usage. The way this is done is to water the lawn less often, and more deeply. Aim to reduce watering frequencies to half of normal or even less, and when the lawn finally begins to start looking slightly wilted, it’s time to give the lawn an otherwise larger drink of water than what we may normally do. In this way, the lawns roots will continue to travel deeper into the soil profile.

Lawn Scarifying Watering a heavily thatched lawn will result in a lot of the water being applied then being left to sit in the thatch layer of the lawn, with the end result that less water reaches the soil to maintain the health of the lawn, and instead… simply evaporates away in the heat of the day. This problem is further compounded when the lawn is being watered at night, which provides a perfect breeding environment for lawn diseases. Lawns, and in particular Kikuyu and Bermuda should be dethatched (scarified) whenever is necessary.

Wetting Agents Wetting Agents are a wonderful invention for every lawn and garden owner around the world. As many soil types begin to dry out in the heat of Summer, they also tend to become more water repellent too. Meaning water will be more likely to run off the soil, and the soil will not hold onto the water for a very long period of time.(hydrophobic) Wetting Agents soak into the soil and coat the particles with a water attracting agent which breaks down any greasy coating on the surface of the soil particle. This allows soils to hold onto water for longer periods of time, as well as allowing dry soils to soak up much more water than would otherwise be the case.

Lawn Mowing The first change to lawn mowing should be with mowing heights, if the lawn is in excellent health and water is not an issue, then lawn mowing heights can safely be lowered, as this time of year continue on page 28

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Summer Lawn Care Continued from page 27

is peak growing season and the lawn can easily cope and repair with a shorter leaf. The shorter the lawn the more frequent the cut. If the lawn is subject to heavy water restrictions and may experience drought-like conditions, then the lawn mowing height should be INCREASED. This will allow the lawn leaf and thatch layer to insulate the soil against heavy water loss from evaporation, and the end result will be greater lawn health – using less water, as the Summer progresses. Lastly, mow the lawn regularly during the Summer. Healthy, properly watered lawns will benefit from less weeds and more green leaf with less invasion of the grass into surrounding garden beds. Regular mowing will also ensure the lawn is not scalped by removing too much green leaf in a single mowing, as this can easily kill sections of lawn which are under the stress of Summer heat.

Emergency measures If you’ve found yourself with a string of very hot days and the lawn looks to be under extreme stress and at risk of possibly dying, then the very best thing to do is to give the lawn a very deep watering the next morning. Also ensure the lawn receives and application of Wetting Agents at the next available opportunity, which will allow for the best use and distribution of water in the soil.

Lawn Care on The Hottest Summer Days The hottest days of Summer are the most stressful of all for any lawn variety. On these days it’s important not to put the lawn under any further stress whatsoever, otherwise the results can become damaging to the lawn for a long time to come.

Weed Sprays All chemical treatments should be completely avoided unless they are being applied by a licensed and trained professional. These include weed sprays, insecticides and fungicides.

Fertilising As a rule of thumb, all fertilising should also be avoided on the hottest days, as the results can be devastating to the lawn if the fertiliser is not watered into the grass thoroughly and completely, and done immediately after application. Let Catscapes landscapes take care of your lawn and let us create the garden of your dreams Some text courtesy of the lawn guide Australia

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August 2021 Featherbrooke News

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS Terms & Conditions as per FHA: NEW RULE: Going forward adverts will not be duplicated in multiple languages - all adverts to be in English only  The Classifieds are free to residents only  Only 2 classified per resident  Please keep classifieds to a maximum of 30 words only  Classifieds should be submitted strictly by the 15th August 2021  Classifieds will not be carried over monthly and should be mailed every month if you wish them to be repeated  Only Classifieds with a stand number will be used  Residents may advertise their businesses in the classified as long as the business premises are within the Estate. If a resident owns his business but the offices are not on the Estate grounds, classifieds do not apply  Only Employment Classifieds will be placed if a general worker is employed by a resident of Featherbrooke Estate.

EMAIL ADDRESS Please email Jaco with your Classified at this address -



Jackal Hill Bush Lodge - Upmarket self-catering lodge, set on the hill tops overlooking the beautiful Magalies Mountains. Only 45 minutes away. 3 spacious chalets sleeping 4 – 6 people each. Jason 083 659 5427 - Stand 1202

Psychologist – Therapy (Adults and Children), Assessments, Career counselling, Parental

Cape Town two-bedroom stylish apartment, walking distance from the V&A Waterfront in trendy De Waterkant area, with its many restaurants and shops! Contact Martie on 079 125 5399 to check availability - Stand 782

Achilles tendonitis, disc problems etc. Dry needling, soft tissue therapy. Safe and effective. Dr.Morne Du Plessis 011 768 2404 – Stand 191

Fleur de Lis, a modern 2 bedroom guest house now open in Featherbrooke Estate.

Breakfast included. Visit our website on or contact Hester Meyer on 083 641 9828 - Stand 447

BEAUTY, HEALTH & FITNESS Ultimate Pilates - Professional modern studio next to the Clubhouse. One of the

guidance. Dr.Duif at 083 324 5977or - Stand 171 Vink Se Nes

Chiropractor in Estate – All sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, shoulder injuries, Music therapy for ADHD, ADD, dementia, stroke and mental health needs. Estine Brown 084 722 0937. HPCSA registered Music Therapist – Stand 1242 Crow’s Nest Infant Massage classes – Come and enjoy the wonderful benefits of Infant Massage -

bonding, colic & pain relief, stimulation, relaxation and improved sleep. Weekly individual or group classes given by a certified instructor. Joanne 083 654 4402 - Stand 330


few studios in South Africa with a variety of imported equipment. We offer individual, duet, group equipment, mat and stretching classes. Instructors are internationally BASI qualified. Madelein (owner) 082 904 8352 - Stand 36/965

InHomePetz - Need a pet sitter? Rely on me to take loving care of your fur babies in the comfort and convenience of your own home. or call Kristen 071 361 1465 - Stand 870

Annique Products - Skincare, Healthcare, Cellulite, Face Facts (Teenagers), Baby

Critter Sitter – Pet Sitting Services for all pets. Adding peace of mind while you

Care, Slimming, Zerotox (Heavy metal remover) all containing Rooibos extract. Become part of the successful Annique team. Dalena Stulting 011 662 2256 or 082 416 2351 or - Stand 1159

Be Balanced Pilates – Professional Studio in a tranquil setting offering several small group classes. Private classes for individuals on equipment. Strengthen your core while improving flexibility and stamina. Ebeneze 082 804 1556 – Stand 1247 Dr. R. Kruger for Botox, Fillers, Chemical peel, Slender Wonder, medical weight loss, Dermapen for scars. Maureen 011 662 1464 - Stand 494

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons/submission grappling for self-defence and great fun! For classes and fees call Luke on 062 196 2738 or Limited space contact ASAP - Stand 844

are away. I provide personalized care custom tailored to your pet’s needs. Kaylee 076 362 9395 - Stand 8

SERVICES Clothing alterations - Rina 073 151 5751 - Stand 670/12 I provide the following services - Tree felling and pruning, Palm tree cleaning, topping of trees, furniture removing, rubble removal, irrigation services, building alteration work, roofs and tiling, any waste bag removal and painting of house numbers - Willie 082 333 7499 - Stand 393

I pick up stuff for less privileged people. All donations go to a charity called

Jam – they appreciate everything. Willie for free collections on 082 333 7499 – Stand 393

EMPLOYMENT Nofika, who has been working for us for more than 6 years, is looking for work on

a Tuesday and Thursday. She is hardworking, trustworthy and has never let me down. Nofika 078 026 9836 - Stand 430 Lyster

We are relocating and my great domestic worker for the past 17 years is looking for work. She is available Monday to Friday or part time. Call 083 265 1371 Stand 339 Edward our gardener is hardworking and trustworthy. He is available for work on Fridays and Saturdays. Edward 078 327 6473 – Stand 1005.

Video Productions - For Weddings, School Productions, Promotions, Video to DVD, editing and training in Video Production. Chris Stulting 011 662 2256 or 082 695 9435 or - Stand 1159 Let us create the garden of your dreams - Garden clean-ups, redesigns, irrigation, scarifying and lawn care. Qualified horticulturists. Chris 083 225 7451 – Stand 1200

AIM Nutrition – Natural, organic, bio-available health supplements, protein

etc. For the full range of products at wholesale prices contact Chantel Bester 082 925 5699 Stand 237

FOR A (Friends of Rescued Animals): Any unwanted items found as you spring

FOR SALE / TO LET / WANTED Miglio interchangeable Designer Jewelry! Stunning for corporate gifts, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Men's gifts, Alessi products, Caramia Italian, bar collectables, clothing, Italian leather bags, Teddy bears & more. Estella 011 662 2270 or 082 954 4439 or – Stand 385 Coucals Nest

clean. Heather Clough in Featherbrooke on 011 662 2345 or 083 416 8248 will gladly collect and deliver for you - Stand 18

Girls! Choose your fabric & we will create your dream outfit for that memorable

occasion. Specialising in custom, made-to-order clothes for that designer fit. Advice and fitting service offered. Charmaine 083 352 6648 - Stand 852

Pre-Paid Eskom Electricity – best time to buy is 1st day of month. Also Pay

We Supply Install TV’s, Security Cameras, Home Theatre, Amplifiers &

Brands Available - Adidas, Nike, Sneakers, Tracksuits, T-Shirts, Perfume and

PIANO LESSONS - Offered at your home on your instrument for your convenience. After hours and weekends. Jacques 084 815 9505 - Stand 1261

Fines, Dstv and All Pre-paid Airtime. Available before Curfew. Call 065 874 2580 – Stand 50 Lyster many more at discounted prices. Call 065 874 2580 – Stand 50 Lyster

Sounds Systems, DSTV and projector services. Luca 082 890 5515 or - Stand 1177

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Architectural VISUALISATION - Product renders. Interior and exterior design and renders. Day or night scenes. Jacques 084 815 9505 – Stand 1261 in 1963. Repairs to all makes of washing machines, tumble dryers and dish washers. Speed Queen specialists. Cedric/Shirley 083 279 8688 or 083 417 7410 - Stand 78

Authentic Montessori Pre-School in the Estate, right next door to the Clubhouse. From 18 months to grade R. Janet 082 448 3829 or – Stand 268 EduA homeschool and Tutoring Centre - Angela offers tutoring sessions in all subjects up to grade 9, specializing in Afrikaans, English, Math, science, biology and business up to Gr.12. Ensure success. Angela 083 268 2843 - Stand 74 Cuckoo’s nest

Self-Storage - My Place Self Storage Randfontein. Safe and secure storage units. R800 per month for 18 sq metre & R550.00 per month for 9 sq metre. Heather 082 416 2048 or 011 412 4247 or email – Stand 1177/40

Music Lessons - Piano, guitar, flute, recorder and voice. Unisa, Royal Schools

and Trinity examinations. Estine Brown 084 722 0937 – Stand 1242 Crow’s Nest We buy and sell any items of value. Howard 082 410 6082 & Rudi 076 877 1915 - Stand 1038


Appliance Repairs done at your home - M&F Washing Machines established

My naam is Zelda ek is 44 en ek is opsoek na eksta werk. Ek gee tans aanlyn Engels klas vir kinders van 6-12 jaar oud in China, twee keer n week. Ek het 'n diploma in edu-care en my TEFL 5 diploma. Zelda 061 407 6897 – Erf 36 Starlings nest Toscana AFRIKAANS IS LEKKER, is a tutor centre that assists learners in improving

CS Properties Cheralee Saby

082 522 8545

Dynasty Property Group Paul Smulders

076 758 0586

Earlgrey Properties Catherine Scheepers

082 522 8545

Eden Estates Featherbrooke Riaan Joubert

082 441 5319

Global Estates West Rand Hentie Crous Lelanie Booysen

083 377 6624 083 271 1469

Harcourts Rhino Ryan Kourie

072 235 7794

Jawitz Properties Camryn Becker Vanessa Bentley

074 352 2226 084 479 5550

Afrikaans language and reading with comprehension. First Additional Language, grades 4 to 10. 31 years’ experience. Enrolments for 2021 now open… Anine 082 856 8898 – Stand LM59

Keywest Property Experts

SandArt 4 U! DO YOU want an activity for your child that is educational,

Leapfrog Property Group

Ironing Beads 4 U! Keeps kids busy 4 hours! Assorted template designs for all

Charmaine Coetzee Juan Smit

stimulating + is loads of FUN? Then look no further! Samantha 072 904 7844 - Stand 25/1177

ages, once you start – you can’t stop! Ideal for the Holidays and Birthday Parties! Samantha 072 904 7844 - Stand 25/1177

Nova Anderson

Estelle Smit Marelize Bruwer

Tappan’s Electrical – over 45 years electrical experience - C.O.C/Inverter/ solar/battery? Master Electrician and Trainer in this field right at your doorstep, also Vice-Chairman of the ECA(SA) West Rand! Get informed before you buy. - Stand 986

Remax Masters

AIR-CONDITIONING – We install and maintain all the major Air-Conditioning

brands with references from top residents in Featherbrooke Estate. Established in 1989, 31 years’ service excellence. Jaco 083 444 7452 or – Stand 1179

LCA LIFE - Life coach and counsellor, specialising in woman under 40, young

adults and teenagers. Linda Atouguia 060 695 1847 or & website – Stand 25 L'Aquila

Accounting, Payroll, Compiling AFS and Tax Services - Take charge of your financial and tax matters! Balance Ur Act provides personal dedication to your financial services for SME's. Welma 083 291 7721 - Stand 260

BUIILDING AND RENOVATIONS (NHBRC REGISTERED) - Building extensions, kitchen and bathroom revamps, cupboards, plumbing, geysers (Insurance), electricity, leaking roofs, damp problems, ceilings, painting, tiles, carpets, steel work, aluminum frames, wood work. Eckard 082 820 4999 - Stand 73

GENERATOR SERVICES AND SILENCERS - Repairs and services done at your

premises. Installation of generator enclosures, with cooling fan, and silencer exhaust, to reduce the sound of your generator. Canvas rain covers. Eckard 082 820 4999 - Stand 73

Remedial Education based on Maths and Afrikaans for Primary School Learners.

083 327 5591 079 980 2911

Pam Golding Properties

Life Coach - Sometimes, speaking to a stranger is easier than speaking to someone you know. If this is how you feel, call qualified Life Coach, Greg, on 082 603 8336 – Stand 71 LM

083 656 2227

Suzette von Benecke

083 231 9691 082 578 9161 083 459 3279

Richardson Attorneys Inc. ( Properties) Susan Richardson

082 857 5834

Seeff Antoinette Carstens Brian Franklin Shirley Collins

Silvertree Estates

Diane Garcia

082 349 6882 082 888 2621 084 313 7097 082 802 0768

Sotheby's Realty Letitia Kotze Mareli Coetzee

071 677 4746 082 498 2372

The 5 House Company Mandi van der Westhuizen

083 687 6781

Identification of problem areas is done through testing and evaluation, followed by a remedial program. Engela Doman 082 636 2190 - Stand 794

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