Magazine of the FHA • Issue 09 2021
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Upcoming Events • Milktart Recipes • National Braai Day • Gardening in Summer
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Ed's Note We have been spoilt with some amazing weather; warm days and mild evenings at the start of this rejuvenating season that holds the start of Spring and Heritage Day in one month! I found myself getting quite carried away with Milk tart recipes, with a healthier slant, no less. How can one prepare for 24 September without considering a melktert? You’re sure to find an out-of-the-ordinary milk tart treat here, to suit everyone’s fettish and fancy. The humorous National Braai Day article appealed to the part of me that has lived abroad, surrounded by those who know little beyond a sausage barbeque. As a Saffer, we really can resonate with the absolute seriousness of conducting a dinkum braai with sincere intention. Soccer day promises to be a treat for the family. If you’re not getting a team together, then come and spectate, and enjoy your braai’d boerie roll while doing so. Shona Jönsson
Be proudly South African.
Concert in the Park Friday 17 September
Female Voices from Gatsby to Gaga!
Soccer Day Saturday 18 September from 12pm
Concert in the Park Friday 1 October
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27 Contents Events Upcoming Events ....................................................................... 2 Featherbrooke Family Soccer Day.............................................. 5 Event Feedback: ABBA & 80's ................................................... 7
Features Staying Consistant to meet Your Goals.................................9-13
Lifestyle Milktart Recipes....................................................................16-21 National Braai Day...............................................................23-25 Gardening in Summer..........................................................27-29
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Date to Diarise
Have you got your team together? There is something for everyone at this event. Action soccer will consist of 5-a-side teams. Get your team together and kit yourselves out so that you look like a team (due to the nature of sharing bibs, we will not be using these, so teams need to distinguish themselves).
Once you have a team together, contact Donavan (of PhyzzEd Sports) on 076 115 5760 for him to allocate your spot. If you have an opponent team, let Donavan know who that is. If you want to participate, but don’t have a team, Donavan will match you to a suitable team. There is a slot for everyone. Teams can be created along the lines of dad’s vs lad’s. Family’s vs family’s, girls teams, girls vs boys, mom’s teams, little ones having a go, teams in age groups, etc.
Saturday 18 September from 12pm Our Sponsors:
Also on the day: • Supervised Obstacle course for age approx. 3 – 6 years • Assistance from personal trainer for use of outdoor gym equipment • 2 x jumping castles • Plenty of shade under gazebo’s for spectators • Live band with Ricky Faber to entertain • Jessica’s will be braaiing boerie rolls for sale • Snacks from double bubble available at event • Sponsored Bottled water on tap • Prizes galore • AND… BMW will have 4 luxury vehicles that you can book to test drive from 12pm till 5pm on the day. To tackle the BMW 128ti, BMW X3 Mzanzi or BMW X5 M50d or slide in to see the all-new BMW M3 on display. To book your test drive, email: Kazlyn Anthony firstname.lastname@example.org at BMW. Ts & Cs apply.
Live Music: Ricky Faber Band
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Contact Donavan - 076 115 5760
The aim of the game is to have crazy fun, laugh abundantly, and if necessary play fiercely.
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EVENT FEEDBACK ABBA & 80's Performance by THE MORNING AFTER Words and photos by Shona Jönsson
As always, a splendid evening enjoyed together in the warmer temperatures of the season. The Morning After band certainly tantalised the fantastically abundant audience. Festive and uplifting, everything we expected it to be and more!
Next Concert in the Park is on Friday 17 September with Bibi singing female vocals from Gatsby to Gaga. Bibi is outstanding, and we are excited to have her back performing for Featherbrooke again. A perfect family outing.
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Staying Consistant to meet Your Goals Ref: https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Whatever goals you’re chasing, there’s one thing that will make a tremendous difference in whether or not you achieve them: your consistency.
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– Dwayne Johnson
All of us have goals in life. Some of us want to start a family. Others are chasing a better career or trying to build a personal fortune. Others are striving to improve a skill, a sport, a hobby.
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Being consistent in life is all about staying focused on your goals and really committing to achieve them. But more than that? It’s about putting in the work it takes to make it happen. Consistency doesn’t come easy to everyone. For some, keeping a consistent schedule or routine can be a challenge. Some people struggle to remember what they need to be doing each day to achieve their goals. Others simply struggle to find the motivation to do it. Whatever’s holding you back, the good thing is that you can improve. You can train yourself to be consistent and instil selfdiscipline – and ultimately, achieve your goals.
Benefits of being consistent And meeting goals Being consistent in life and meeting your goals can bring a lot of benefits. First, consistency is good for your mental wellbeing. Humans, generally speaking, like routine. Your brain finds comfort in knowing what is supposed to happen and following a plan. You’ll feel less stressed and more at ease overall if you follow a consistent routine. Another benefit of consistency? You’ll be able to do more throughout your day while spending less energy. A consistent routine can become almost automatic. When it becomes a habit, your brain enters this ‘autopilot’ mode and you can reserve more energy for big problems and tougher challenges – not the day-to-day stuff. Meeting your goals is also beneficial for a few reasons. First, achieving a goal you set out to accomplish is a great way to instill a sense of personal pride and accomplishment. It gives you a reason to celebrate and signifies your personal growth and development. And depending on what your goals are, could benefit you in other ways, too. Meeting a big financial goal could mean you’re ready to make a big investment or take a big vacation. Accomplishing a significant physical goal could literally add years to your life. Don’t have goals to work on yet? No worries, now is always a great time to set new goals!
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How to train yourself to be consistent How do you overcome a lack of consistency? Where do you even begin when it comes to learning how to be consistent and disciplined? Recognizing that you want to be more consistent is a great place to start. If you don’t want to make a change, you’re really going to struggle to make it happen. Beyond that, there are a number of tools and techniques you can use to learn how to stay consistent and work toward your goals.
1. Use technology to be consistent and meet your goals We benefit from technology in so many ways throughout our daily lives. It’s no surprise to learn that technology can help us be more consistent and meet our goals. There are multiple apps available for Apple, Android, and other devices that you can use to become a more consistent person and work toward your goals. There are goal-tracking apps that encourage you to set goals and log your progress toward them. You can also find habit-building apps, which you can use to track your water intake, nutrition, sleep, or virtually any other element of your life you’re hoping to improve. Apps can even help you learn how to achieve your goals. If your goal is to learn how to meditate, you can download an app with guided meditations to help you get started. Other apps can help you save money automatically, track your diet, and otherwise make consistent progress toward your goals.
2. Track Your Habits on Paper While apps can be helpful for some, others prefer tracking their habits on paper. If you are a pencil and paper person, I created a free habit tracker for you to track your progress! Fill out the form below and the habit tracker will be emailed to you right away. The act of tracking your habits will help motivate you to be more consistent.
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3. Find ways to organise and be systematic Now that you’re tracking your goals, you can also add other ways to organise your life and put systems in place to stay consistent and reach your goals. Use a whiteboard in your kitchen, home office, or elsewhere to keep you focused on your progress and goals. You can join groups, in person or virtual, for others with similar goals to hold each other accountable. Have a physical notebook to record your activity toward your goals, or set alarms to encourage consistency around whatever behaviours you are trying to build.
4. Have a visual reminder to keep disciplined You’ve heard the old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind!” If you’re trying to be more consistent and disciplined, it’s time to say goodbye to that saying. Instead, keep your goals front and center. Write them on a Post It note and stick them on your computer. Make a list of goals for your phone background. Put your goals on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or anywhere else you can. Frequent visual reminders can keep your goals top-of-mind and encourage you to make consistent progress toward them.
“Habit tracking provides visual proof of your hard work—a subtle reminder of how far you’ve come. Plus, the empty square you see each morning can motivate you to get started because you don’t want to lose your progress by breaking your streak.”
Focus on consistency, not the goal Too often, we discourage ourselves by focusing on our goal and realizing just how far away it feels. Instead of doing that and getting disheartened, focus on the process of staying consistent. Knowing that every bit of effort you put toward reaching your goal is making a difference can be a powerful motivator in your quest for consistency.
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- James Clear
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Don’t let self-doubt keep you from being consistent Some of us could be more consistent if we didn’t sabotage ourselves every chance we could! One huge way many of us hinder our own abilities to achieve our goals?
Self-doubt. Kick self-doubt to the curb and embrace a can-do attitude, and you’ll be amazed to see just how much easier it is to be consistent and disciplined and make progress toward your goals. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, you’re definitely going to struggle – but if you know you CAN accomplish it, half of the hard work is already done. A positive mindset can make all the difference when it comes to consistency.
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” - Mary Kay Ash
Don’t get overwhelmed It’s important to keep some perspective when you’re pursuing your goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you’re not going to reach your goals overnight. Whether your goals are attainable in a month, a year, or an even longer span of time, that’s OK – you have all the time in the world. Don’t let the enormity of your goals get you overwhelmed. Instead, take comfort in the fact that you aren’t racing toward a deadline to accomplish your dreams. Pursue your goals consistently at your own pace, and you can keep yourself from getting too overwhelmed.
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It’s a marathon, not a sprint Being consistent and disciplined in life doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a skill that’s built up over time. Make it your mission to be more consistent, and you’ll be amazed to see just how much progress you can make toward your dreams.
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FB Kitchen Heritage Day on 24 September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day. Ref: https://www.gov.za/HeritageDay2021
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Milktart Recipes Milktart is a South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a custard filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs. The ratio of milk to eggs is higher than in a traditional Portuguese custard tart or Chinese egg tart, resulting in a lighter texture and a stronger milk flavour. Main ingredients: Pastry crust, milk, flour, sugar, eggs and cinnamon (for dusting). Ref: wikipedia.org
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Ingredients Base ½ cup wholemeal flour ½ quinoa flour 1 tbsp coconut sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 /8 tsp salt 1 1/3 cup plant based milk 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla essence
Healthy Milktart Crepes Ref: http://lifeinthesouth.co/healthy-milktart-crepes/
1 cup plant-based milk or coconut cream ½ tsp vanilla essence 1 Tsp custard powder 1 tsp cornstarch Pinch of salt Cinnamon
Method 1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add the milk, melted coconut oil and mix well till batter is nice and smooth. 2. Heat up a pan on the stove, add a bit of coconut oil and then scoop out a few spoons of batter into the pan. 3. Spead out the batter with a spoon and let it cook 2-3 minutes on each side. 4. How to make the Milktart filling: heat up the milk till boiling and then make a paste with the custard powder, cornstarch, sugar and a bit of milk. 5. Add this to the boiling milk and whisk well, add the milk mixture back in the microwave for a few minutes stirring every now and again until thickened. 6. Scoop the slightly cooled filling into the crepes, add extra coconut cream, sugar and extra cinnamon on top. continue on page 18
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/3 cup corn starch 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 /3 tsp salt 2
Topping /3 cup coconut sugar or white sugar 1 tbsp ground cinnamon powder 1
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. 2. Place the dry ingredients for the base in a food processor and blend until fine, gradually add in the coconut oil, agave, vanilla extract, and the salt and pulse until the base ingredients come together. 3. Press flat into a tart base lined with parchment paper, press flat with the back of a tablespoon. Dip the spoon in warm water to smooth the base out evenly. 4. Bake the base for 10-15 minutes until brown and leave to cool until the filling is ready. 5. For the filling, place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
Creme brûlée Milktart Ref: http://lifeinthesouth.co/creme-brulee-milktart/
6. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium, stirring continuously until the filling thickens. 7. Pour on to the cooled tart base and tap the rim of the base to get rid of extra air bubbles. 8. Place in the fridge to set for at least three hours. 9. Remove the milktart from the fridge and then carefully out of the tart mold. 10. Sprinkle on the sugar and lightly start to burn the sugar until caramel with a kitchen blow torch.
11. Lastly sprinkle over the ground cinnamon, slice, and serve right away.
Base 2 ¾ cup quick oats ¾ cup almond flour ¾ -1 cup coconut oil melted ½ cup maple syrup or agave 1 tsp vanilla essence ½ tsp salt
12. Save the rest of the tart in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Filling 1 cup cashews soaked in water for at least two hours 2 ½ cups plant-based milk (I used soy) ½ cup coconut cream 2 /3 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
• You can sub the oats for buckwheat groats for a gluten-free version. • The almond flour can be subbed for coconut flour in the base. • Coconut milk can be used instead of soy milk for a coconuty milktart. • I prefer Agave instead of maple syrup as a sweetener just because it’s lighter in colour for this tart. continue on page 19
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Milktart Granola Ref: http://lifeinthesouth.co/milktart-granola/
2 cups rolled oats 1 cup shredded coconut 1 tbsp coconut flour ½ cup quinoa pops (sub with rice pops) ½ cup buckwheat groats (sub with sunflower seeds) 1 /3 cup almond flakes 1 /3 cup coconut oil 1 /3 cup liquid sweetener of choice-honey, agave and maple syrup works best 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ pinch of salt
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. 2. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl, in another bowl mix the coconut oil, liquid sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and pour the wet into the dry. 3. Mix well and scoop onto the baking tray and place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, tossing every now with a wooden spoon so it does not burn. 4. Once toasted, remove to cool, and then pace into a glass container and enjoy!
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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Milktart Rusks Ref: http://lifeinthesouth.co/milk-tart-rusks/
Ingredients 2 cups self-raising flour 1 cup shredded coconut 1 ½ tsp baking powder 1 ½ tsp baking soda 1 /3 tsp salt 1 cup coconut sugar or castor sugar ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 400ml coconut milk or full-fat coconut cream 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 /3 cup olive oil 1 tbsp cinnamon
2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, add in the coconut, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and mix with a wooden spoon. 3. Add the apple cider vinegar into the coconut milk and leave to curdle for five minutes, add in the maple syrup, vanilla, and the olive oil or coconut oil. 4. Pour the wet into the dry and mix well, then scoop into a pre-smeared bread tin of choice, and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden on top. 5. Once baked, remove to cool in the pan completely before slicing into fingers, place on a baking tray, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and then dry out in the oven at 100°C for about two to three hours depending on your oven.
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Method Base 1. Place the shredded coconut, nuts, and oats in a blender or food processor and then blend till smooth texture. 2. Mix together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup and add this to the base mixture. 3. Add the rest of the ingredients and press this base flat onto a parchment paper lined cake tray (about the size of a small to medium sized cake tin) 4. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180°C until brown.
Vegan Coconut Milktart Ref: http://lifeinthesouth.co/vegan-coconut-milktart/
1. Mix together the coconut milk and almond milk and heat up in the microwave for about 15-20 minutes until it reaches boiling point. 2. Whilst the milk is heating, mix the cornstarch, a bit of almond milk, vanilla, coconut oil and the maple syrup together until it forms a paste. 3. Remove the milk from the microwave and then add this paste mixture little by little while whisking. 4. Then add the vanilla essence and a pinch of salt before placing it back in the microwave.
Ingredients Base Two cups of shredded coconut 1 cup of oats 2/3 cup soaked cashews or roasted almonds 1/3 cups of maple syrup or coconut sugar 1/3 cups of coconut oil pinch of salt
5. Microwave again at 100% power for about another 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. 6. Once it has thickened, pour onto the cooled base and then place in the fridge until it sets. 7. Remove before cooling and then sprinkle over some cinnamon. 8. Serve with fresh figs or any other seasonal fruits. 9. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
Filling 2 cups of almond milk 2 cups of coconut milk 2 tbsp Maizena/cornstarch or arrowroot 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp of maple syrup 5 ml vanilla essence pinch of salt Cinnamon Fresh figs (optional)
Notes: • This recipe can be modified by the seasonal fruit that you can serve with it. • Fresh berries, whipped coconut cream, and roasted coconut would work very well too.
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National Braai Day The Art of Braaing
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A South African’s outdoor entertainment area is different. It’s a reflection of how we live our lives – no half measures.
Life in Africa is brimming with opportunity. The people, personalities, and business opportunities are as colourful as the zigzag patterns on the beaded jewelry sold at every tourist stop. The cheerful faces are contagious, it makes you wonder if the golden sunshine is what charges the spirits of the people. Living in South Africa comes with its own unique quirks. To live a truly South African lifestyle, you have to equip your home with a few essentials, in order to immerse yourself fully in all the best aspects of our culture. It’s all in the lifestyle. continue on page 24
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We don’t barbecue. Ons braai. What makes the South African “braai” so different from barbies? When a South African cooks meat on a fire, there’s no child’s play involved. Barbies are kept in your daughter’s room. We don’t do quick start setups. We don’t do makeshift (although a true South African can conjure a braai out of anything, at any time). Our homes are kitted with an outdoor entertainment area so that we are ready to braai at the drop of a hat. Our outdoor entertainment areas revolve around this rich cultural event. They’re usually built from stone, brick, or concrete. Our braai area contains a drawer or a closet or a box that is closed to protect our charcoal and wood from drawing moisture. We have an area that houses the fire. There is a space to store our cooler, or we have an outdoor fridge to keep the drinks cool, while the fire crackles. We have a basic wash-up area and a neat drawer or cupboard to store our cooking implements.
For the true South African braaier, there are a set of rules to follow when it comes to preparing meat and hosting guests in the outdoor entertainment area...
The importance of the implements in your outdoor entertainment area For the true South African braaier, there are a set of rules to follow when it comes to preparing meat and hosting guests in the outdoor entertainment area. It is an unspoken set of guidelines that everyone understands and adheres to. The implements held by each guest and the host represents the designated hierarchy around the fire. 1. The host usually holds the tongs. He is at the top of the hierarchy and everyone else implicitly trusts the host with their meat. If you are not willing to entrust this task to the host, it is best to decline the invitation. 2. The next in line, often a brother, cousin, or best friend, will ensure the tong-master is always well hydrated with his choice of cold beverage. He will also ensure there are trays handy to keep meat in as it comes off the fire. He will also assist, as requested by the host, with the basting of the meat.
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3. The next in line is the guest who will help to carry communication via the host and his wife in the kitchen. He will also assist with any other needs that may arise. 4. Should the host need to excuse himself to attend to any (emergency) events that pull him away from the fire, everyone is promoted temporarily and must assume his superior’s duties, until the host arrives back. continue on page 25 Featherbrooke News 09 2021 24
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The importance of the drinks The drinks lubricate joints as the important tasks of manning the fire and cooking the meat are observed. It ensures our tong-master is comfortable. It is essential that the drinks be ice-cold (although the true South African will drink what is available, especially if they are out in the bush, without complaint, in reverence of the sacredness of braaing). Typical drinks include lagers and brandy, but any drinks are welcome. They should be stored in the outdoor entertainment area, easy to get a hold of.
Serving dinner There is only one way to serve steak. Crusty and well browned on the outside, pink and flavourful inside. There’s no debate here, finished en klaar. Other traditional braai meats include pork chops with the crackling harvested a little early and enjoyed around the braai casually, as a starter. Boerewors bursting with flavourful juice and browned to perfection. Braai-brood is made from dough that is plated onto a skewer stick and roasted on the fire. The ladies are appreciated for their wit, their radiant presence, and their abilities to conjure up the salads, the pap, and any other sides the hosts may have decided to provide. It is often observed that the ladies tend to congregate in the kitchen, making a beautiful conglomerate of giggles, stories, and salads. Ladies are always the guests of honour and at dinnertime, the well-mannered men will always thank the lady for her magnanimous hosting before commencing with eating.
Dinner should be enjoyed outdoors under the warm African night skies. For this reason, hosts with a comfortable outdoor entertainment area are always the most-frequented homes. Their homes are respected but always seen as the gathering point for great conversation, the swapping of epic bushveld stories, and fantastic food.
Kitting out your home for the ultimate entertainment area It takes a true South African to master this art, naturally. It also takes a very particular home – or a very particular entertainment area. We don’t do Europe – we do Africa. Here’s a checklist of outdoor entertainment area must-haves.
A herb garden This is not for pansies. A real man knows how important fresh herbs are. Wives are full of infinite wisdom. The skilled tong-master listens and learns from her. Herbs to include are Rocket, basil, thyme, coriander, baby spinach, chillies, and capers. Make it creative – grow it as part of the decor. That way, it’s handy when you need it and adds to the atmosphere.
Workspace You need a surface for cutting and preparing. Make sure your braai has a smooth, clean, and spacious surface on either side of it. This will help to keep your utensils in order and prevent running in and out of the house in search of essential cooking items. A man is only as strong as his workspace, make sure yours is neat and easy to function in.
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We don’t do Europe – we do Africa...
A braai area shouldn’t be separate from your home, it should be an extension of your living/dining area. This way, it’s comfortable, with easy access to indoor facilities and ablutions, while keeping those who are indoors, close.
Storage facilities Your braai area should have a drawer or a box built into your countertop to house your charcoal, wood, firestarter and other miscellaneous items. That way, these items won’t draw moisture.
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Cooling facilities A cooler box filled with ice will suffice unless you’re a true braai master. In that case, have a fridge built into your outdoor unit. Keep it stocked and cold. It should have locking abilities and if it’s built-in, it won’t be at risk of being nicked. If you’re a hunter, an outdoor freezer with your meat will ensure the missus doesn’t have to contend with clutter in her fridge/freezer in the kitchen.
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Gardening in Summer By Chris Williams Catscapes 083 225 7451 Ref: https://www.catscapeslandscapes.co.za/
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Summer means different things to different gardeners. But for all of us, summer brings common challenges, such as dividing time and effort between keeping our gardens in good shape, and enjoying them during the summer holidays. continue on page 28
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Take care of budding plants Does your camellia drop its buds and flowers? As camellias initiate budding in summertime, sudden loss of buds and flowers is often a consequence of the plants drying out, particularly when they are growing in containers. Mulch and water deeply once or twice weekly during hot, dry weather to limit this common and irritating problem.
Help pots to stay cool Potted plants, especially those in terracotta pots, are vulnerable to overheating. Lightly mulch and, where possible, position them out of hot western sunshine. Remember that standing potted plants in saucers of water encourages root rot and mosquito breeding.
Water early to avert mildew Water in the cool of the day. The best time is morning but, if you water in the afternoon, allow enough time for foliage to dry out before sunset. This reduces the risk of mildew and other fungi attacking leaves. Mildew frequently attacksroses, pumpkin, melon, zucchini and cucumber. Spray plants weekly with a solution made from one part cow’s milk to 10 parts water. Repeat after heavy rain or irrigation.
Add nutrients to the water If you can only water occasionally, try to water plants deeply and use that opportunity to simultaneously feed and correct mineral deficiencies. Apply a soluble fertiliser with added seaweed. Water in potassium around the base of fruit trees, especially citrus, banana and lychee, to improve fruit flavour and juiciness. The potassium is important for controlling anthracnose disease of avocado and mango, and it generally helps to improve plant vigour and resistance to foliar fungi.
Keep the lawn long and lush
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Brown, bare, weed-infested lawns are symptoms of scalping, which means cutting lawns too low. It’s a misconception that cutting lawns low reduces the cutting frequency. Instead, mow lawns as high as your mower permits. Longer turf wears better, but most important of all, a thick sward suppresses pernicious weeds such as oxalis. Should you wish to cut lower cut more frequently. Let Catscapes landscapes scarify your lawn should it be thick. Let Catscapes landscapes professionally fertilise your lawn using their special blends. continue on page 29
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Keep the water flowing Check that hoses and irrigation systems are free of leaks, and unblock the nozzles. Clear debris from gutters so that every shower funnels extra water into your rainwater tank. Do you need another, bigger rainwater tank? Use mosquito mesh to stop mosquitoes and frogs from entering tanks and pipes. Let Catscapes landscapes take care of all your irrigation and water harvesting needs.
Do hard work when it’s cool It’s safer, and you’re more likely to do a better job, if youlete energetic work such as mowing in the cool of the day – either before 10am or after 4pm.
Protect new plantings Freshly planted vegetable and flower seedlings are likely to need a bit of sun hardening. Shelter them with 50 per cent shadecloth, old net curtains, dead palm fronds, or leafy branches for a week or two. This helps them establish without harm.
Plan shade strategically Northern boundaries may benefit from some extra shade, but will this make a solar panel or hot water system inefficient? Strategically placing a deciduous tree, vine or some clumping bamboo to shield your house and garden from searing western sunshine is often a better option. For more information on using plants to shade exposed areas of your home, let Catscapes landscapes advise you
Boost trace elements Magnesium encourages robust growth and the production of energy in plants. Gardenias and roses in particular benefit from supplementary magnesium in summer. Also apply it to cymbidium orchids to help initiate flower buds. 1 heaped tsp of Epsom salts to 4.5L of water. Either spray the foliage, or water it in at the roots. If the leaves of citrus, banksia, grevillea, camellia or azalea become stunted and mottled yellow, now is also the time to boost the iron content of soil by applying iron chelates. This acidifies soil and adds iron necessary for healthy growth.
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Let Catscapes landscapes take care of all your landscape requirements from design to rejuvenating your garden; from irrigation to lawn care.
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FAMILY THERAPY & HEARING CENTRE In August of 2014, The Family therapy and Hearing Centre opened its doors. This one-stop family therapy center proudly boasts with a Speech-language therapist, Audiologist, Remedial Therapist and Educational Psychologist. It’s here where the therapists use their passion to make a difference in the life of every patient that walks through their door. Cordelia Fairlie, a well-known Speech-language therapist and Audiologist, is the owner of this wonderful one-stop therapy centre. You immediately feel welcome when you set foot in this warm and loving practice. Cordelia’s love for her job is clear when you have a conversation with her. The love and care for every patient is unmissable, you experience her passion for what she does with every patient that she welcomes to the practice. Cordelia has been in private practice for over 16 years. She obtained her Master’s degree in Early intervention and that is also what she specializes in. Daily, she applies herself so that communication and any hearing problems can be identified as early as possible and appropriate intervention can be done.
The good news: The Family therapy and Hearing Centre will be at Featherbrooke Business Park as of 1 September 2021 - Suite 5, Eagle Street Ruimsig Pop in for irresistible promotions. And SERVICE!
Cordelia states: “All communication and any hearing problems influence the individual’s ability to function optimally in their environment, and that is what we want to avoid.”
Cordelia says that she is blessed with a wonderful team of therapists. This makes The Family therapy and Hearing Centre special, unique and one of a kind. It is here where individuals that struggles to hear can get the opportunity to experience sound and parents that feel like they have nowhere else to turn, can feel comfortable knowing that their children are in good hands with loving and compassionate therapists.
Hearing Aid Batteries FOR ONLY R35.00
Patients that approach the practice are patient with hearing loss or hearing aid needs, children with speech- and language delays, auditory processing problems, developmental delays, emotional difficulties, and academic struggles, but to name a few. The therapists visit nursery schools, primary schools, and retirement villages where they also offer their outstanding services. “We are a group of therapists, but also women and moms. We reach out to our patients with a caring heart. Our patients become our family. My job keeps me humble and grateful. I realize that every person experience pain or worries in his or her heart, and that is why we should treat each other with more love and respect. I enjoy the honesty and innocence of children. It reminds us to live honestly without pretense. I still believe, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life” And that is what people experience when they visit this unique centre.
Come visit us at the NEW PRACTICE for fantastic promotions and giveaways during the month of September. 50% Pensioners discount on a hearing test R1000.00 discount on a new set of hearing aids. Have your child’s hearing tested for only R250.00 10% Discount on a speech assessment.
For any enquiries, feel free to contact The Family Therapy And Hearing Centre on 011 954 0856. You can also visit our website www.familieterapiesentrum.co.za or follow us on Facebook.
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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 September 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION / TO LET IN THE ESTATE 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
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 Granietkop Game Lodge - A fantastic short break getaway, whether it’s to enjoy the great
outdoors, game viewing, bow hunting or just to relax. 30 km from Brits. Accommodation for up to 26 pax. www.granietkop.co.za or Helena 082 337 1282 - Stand 1039
Fleur de Lis, a modern 2 bedroom guest house now open in Featherbrooke Estate.
Breakfast included. Visit our website on www.fleurdelis.co.za or contact Hester Meyer on 083 641 9828 - Stand 447
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 email@example.com – Stand 385 Coucals Nest Pre-Paid Eskom Electricity – best time to buy is 1st day of month. Also Pay
Fines, Dstv and All Pre-paid Airtime. Available before Curfew. Call 065 874 2580 – Stand 50 Lyster
Brands Available - Adidas, Nike, Sneakers, Tracksuits, T-Shirts, Perfume and many more at discounted prices. Call 065 874 2580 – Stand 50 Lyster
MEDICAL Psychologist – Therapy (Adults and Children), Assessments, Career counselling, Parental
BEAUTY, HEALTH & FITNESS
guidance. Dr.Duif at 083 324 5977or firstname.lastname@example.org - Stand 171 Vink Se Nes
Ultimate Pilates - Professional modern studio next to the Clubhouse. One of the
Chiropractor in Estate – All sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, shoulder injuries,
Achilles tendonitis, disc problems etc. Dry needling, soft tissue therapy. Safe and effective. Dr.Morne Du Plessis 011 768 2404 – Stand 191
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
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
Annique Products - Skincare, Healthcare, Cellulite, Face Facts (Teenagers), Baby
Infant Massage classes – Come and enjoy the wonderful benefits of Infant Massage -
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 email@example.com - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited space contact ASAP - Stand 844
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
PETS Critter Sitter – Pet Sitting Services for all pets. Adding peace of mind while you are away. I provide personalized care custom tailored to your pet’s needs. Kaylee 076 362 9395 - Stand 8 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. email@example.com or call Kristen 071 361 1465 - Stand 870
EMPLOYMENT Looking for part time work for my domestic worker Martha Mokwena 067 226 5097 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. She has worked for me since 2016. Mrs van der Westhuyzen 083 278 9235– Stand 1123 Plovers nest
Memory is a young, lady looking for domestic/au pair/baby sitting work in
Featherbrooke. She is very friendly, honest, reliable, and amazing with young children. We can highly recommend her. 061 322 6911 – Stand 856
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
I recommend Harry who is a very reliable and hardworking gardener looking for
work opportunities in FB on Fridays – please contact Harry at 078 627 5064 or his brother Mahala on 061 601 3592 to engage – Stand 1152 Plovers Nest
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 alterations, rooves and tiling, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Stand 1159 Let us create the garden of your dreams - Garden clean-ups, redesigns,
FOR SALE / TO LET / WANTED
irrigation, scarifying and lawn care. Qualified horticulturists. Chris 083 225 7451 – Stand 1200
Various health foods incl “Soaring Free” Superfoods, organic cold pressed
coconut, olive and other oils, nut butters, tahini. Clean protein powders and pharmaceutical grade supplements. Excellent prices. Peter 082 923 6552 – Stand 1196
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
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FOR A (Friends of Rescued Animals): Any unwanted items found as you spring
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
We Supply Install TV’s, Security Cameras, Home Theatre, Amplifiers & Sounds Systems, DSTV and projector services. Luca 082 890 5515 or email@example.com - Stand 1177
Appliance Repairs done at your home - M&F Washing Machines established 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 www.cottagemontessori.co.za – 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
APPROVED ESTATE AGENTS
clean. Heather Clough in Featherbrooke on 011 662 2345 or 083 416 8248 will gladly collect and deliver for you - Stand 18
PIANO LESSONS - Offered at your home on your instrument for your convenience.
CS Properties Cheralee Saby
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
After hours and weekends. Jacques 084 815 9505 - Stand 1261
Architectural VISUALISATION - Product renders. Interior and exterior design and renders. Day or night scenes. Jacques 084 815 9505 – Stand 1261
Camryn Becker Vanessa Bentley
Self-Storage - My Place Self Storage Randfontein. Safe and secure storage units.
082 522 8545
072 235 7794 074 352 2226 084 479 5550
Keywest Property Experts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – Stand 1177/40
083 656 2227
Leapfrog Property Group
Music Lessons - Piano, guitar, flute, recorder and voice. Unisa, Royal Schools and Trinity examinations. Estine Brown 084 722 0937 – Stand 1242 Crow’s Nest
Charmaine Coetzee Juan Smit
We buy and sell any items of value. Howard 082 410 6082 & Rudi 076 877 1915 - Stand 1038
083 327 5591 079 980 2911
Pam Golding Properties
AIR-CONDITIONING – We install and maintain all the major Air-Conditioning
Estelle Smit Marelize Bruwer
brands with references from top residents in Featherbrooke Estate. Established in 1989, 31 years’ service excellence. Jaco 083 444 7452 or email@example.com – Stand 1179
083 231 9691 082 578 9161
SandArt 4 U! Keep the boredom at bay with SandArt’s Range of Educational
Suzette von Benecke
Products designed for learning through play! Can be done anywhere, anytime. Samantha 072 904 7844 - Stand 25/1177
083 459 3279
Richardson Attorneys Inc. (3%.com Properties)
Ironing Beads 4 U! – Keeps kids busy 4 hours! Assorted template designs for all ages, once you start – you can’t stop! Ideal for the Holidays and Birthday Parties! Samantha 072 904 7844 - Stand 25/1177
Electrician - We install UPS and generators with changeover switches. Install
082 857 5834
pool pump control boxes, fix broken water features. All standard electrical work. Edmund 079 498 7357 – Stand 42 Toscana
Antoinette Carstens Brian Franklin Shirley Collins
AFRIKAANS IS LEKKER, is a tutor centre that assists learners in improving Afrikaans language and reading with comprehension. First Additional Language, gr 4 to 10. 31 years experience. Online classes available. Anine 082 856 8898 – Stand LM59
Life Coach: Sometimes, speaking to a stranger is easier than speaking to a friend. For authentic conversations, call Life Coach, Greg, on 082 603 8336 – Stand 71 LM
082 349 6882 082 888 2621 084 313 7097 082 802 0768
Sotheby's Realty Letitia Kotze Mareli Coetzee
My name is Zelda I am 44. I live on the Estate. I`m looking for extra work part time or full time. I`m currently teaching English online twice a week. I`ve done my TEFL Level 5 and have an educare diploma. Zelda 061 407 6897 – Stand 36 Toscana/Starlings nest
071 677 4746 082 498 2372
The 5 House Company Mandi van der Westhuizen
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. firstname.lastname@example.org - Stand 986
083 687 6781
CompTIA certified IT technician – WE fix all your computer and network problems. With a flat rate of R300 per hour, Available after hours. 083 700 3554 or office 011 660 6600 – Stand 199
GriefShare support group/bereavement. Loss of a loved one? Join our small GriefShare group on Wednesdays @ 10:00. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Elsa 082 739 8959 - Stand 51
LCA LIFE - Life coach and counsellor, specialising in woman under 40, young adults and teenagers. Linda Atouguia 060 695 1847 or email@example.com & website www.lcalifecc.com – Stand 25 L'Aquila
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, aluminium frames, woodwork.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
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