FREE | GRATIS
PINELANDS COMMUNITY MAGAZINE issue
52 | June 2015
L A I C E P S UR E FEAT E &
H O M EN G AR D
FREE SPIRITED TRAVELLER
THE COST OF CONVENIENCE
SPICEY Heleen BAKED PEARS Meyer
DIVING IN THE Community MALDIVES Travellers
LOURENSFORD Out and ROASTERY About
WELCOME Readers Are Leaders Day with Class 2E at Pinelands North Primary School. Thank you for the wonderful cards you made for us! You took so much time and even drew our magazine cover on the card and you said such kind things about us. Above: Greater Flamingo
WHERE DID ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE GO?
BIRDS IN PINELANDS
The chorus of the Jack Johnson song goes…
One of the more glamourous birds to grace Pinelands is the Greater Flamingo, which can be see along the Black River when the water levels are just right. These pink and white birds are especially distracting when taking the Pinelands / N2 offramp off Raapenberg Road. They feed on tiny crustaceans in the water and travel far to arrive here: the only place they breed regularly in Southern Africa is the Makgadigadi salt pans in Botswana! The smaller Lesser Flamingo sometimes occurs among them but has an all-dark bill and is pinker in colour.
Where’d all the good people go? I've been changing channels, I don't see them on the TV shows. Where’d all the good people go? We got heaps and heaps of what we sow.. We are fed such a rich diet of gloomy news and opinions by the media and people around us that it is easy to believe that the world is becoming darker by the day when that is not necessarily so. (Load Shedding excepted). Things seem worse than they really are because of the constant and extended coverage of any sensational or horrific event. The many, many simple, inspiring, interesting and kind things done by good people every day, everywhere, are not seen as 'newsworthy' so they get little coverage, but they do happen. To answer the question then – I don't think that all the good people went anywhere – they are still here, all around us, but we just don't hear enough about them. From the start of the Muse we have always had a firm determination that it would be a positive publication to help build the village spirit and introduce people to each other. There is an over-supply of high society, sensational and hard-hitting media and we don't think we need to add to it. Picking up on the ending of the chorus, we prefer to sow the small, undervalued news and stories which can grow into heaps and heaps of better things. So, If you know of people whose lives, interests or travels everyone should hear about, please do tell us about them. You could even tell us about yourself! We are always keen to feature positive stories about the wonderful people of our suburb, but we rely on all of you out there to make us aware of them. I hope you enjoy this edition!
Max Schutte Editor Max Schutte Photographer and Writer Glynnis Schutte Regular Contributors Heleen Meyer Freelance Food Consultant Callan Cohen FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Carol Booth Cannons Creek Independent School Sue Torr Crue Consulting
Next Muse Edition: July 2015 Content Deadline: 19 June 2015
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Text and image by Dr Callan Cohen, research associate at UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, bird book author, and director of Birding Africa tours: www.birdingafrica.com.
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Come to the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, between 9am and 2pm where you can buy a selection of crafts, clothing, jewellery, food and much more.
24 June 2015
PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Meet at 7:15pm in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library. The main event will be exhibits by members of material relating to the 2nd World War. An exhibit of post marks by John Horner will also be displayed. One page exhibits will be anything starting with the letter D. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are always most welcome at any of our meetings. Call John 021 531 1954 or Martin 021 689 5050.
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cancer support group for ladies is hosted by cancer survivors Catherine and Yolandi, at Peak Inn Guest House, 20 Peak Drive, at 7pm. Call 073 207 7022 or 072 040 7563.
22 June - 27 July 2015 'READING BEARS FRUIT' AT PINELANDS LIBRARY
Pinelands Library is running its much anticipated annual Reading Programme from Monday 22 June to Monday 27 July.
This year the theme is “Reading bears fruit”. The 5-week programme enables children from 6 to 13 years of age to discover the wide range of wonderful books freely available in the Library and to develop a love for reading. All entrants will be required to have a library membership card to register at the start of the programme. A prize-giving event will take place in August. For more information, please visit the Library or phone 021 530 7160.
PINELANDS STREET CAMERA PROJECT The Section 21 Company Registration: NPC 2015/091736/08 is now complete and has a new bank account. Residents who have been waiting for this arrangement to be finalised now have what they need to contribute to this worthy project. The new banking details at Standard Bank are Account Name: Pinelands Street Camera Project NPC. Account Style: Business Current Account 271 774 738. Generic BC: 051001. Swift: SBZA ZA JJ. Peter Anders says "We have had a few contractual delays with regards to the placement of poles, but are back on track and with a bit of luck we should see the first two camera positions up and running by the end of May, with Morningside, Sunrise Circle, and the rest of the 1st phase being erected in the coming weeks. The mast on Garden City Heights is up and ready, which will relay the Wi Fi to the Pinewatch control room." For more details contact the PSCP secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Positively Pinelands Average Property Prices in Pinelands Escalate Dramatically
The longer a home stays on the market, the bigger the difference between the asking and selling price. Do not price your home out of the market, and remember the old adage of “the first offer is often the best”. How often have we seen sellers reject early offers only to be sorry at a later stage!
If one looks at online portals such as Property24 and Private Property you will notice a lack of homes available in the affordable segment of the Pinelands market, those between R2m
Correct pricing is the single most important thing to get right if you are a serious seller. It is a given that every seller will want a price higher than most buyers will want to pay.
The number of visitors to our show-houses when a property first comes on the market has more than doubled and the amount of enquiries, depending on asking price, via our online portals have increased threefold over that of a year ago. Homes correctly priced and those under R2.5m very seldom go on show or stay on the market for more than 30 days.
and R3m. Last Sunday there were 11 houses on show in Pinelands of which only three were priced below R3m. Some of those above R3m have been on the market for more than 3 months with no takers. So the question that I am asking myself is whether the sellers-market is starting to run out of steam. I hope not, but only time will tell!
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The price of the average home in Pinelands, now at R2.5m, has shown a remarkable increase of more than 17.5% since the beginning of 2014 and a staggering 8.8% in the last 5 months. It is now almost impossible to find a basic 3 bedroom family home for under R2m.
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Finding joy through engaging the body and mind energetically is the ultimate goal of Vista Nova Sport. The dynamic and driven students are offered a wide range of sport opportunities including cricket, soccer, athletics, archery, tennis, swimming, table tennis, athletics, PC sport, chess and Cross Country Athletics – competing against schools from near and far. Cross Country Athletics is a popular sport at Vista Nova Primary and High Schools. Annually we have approximately 15 athletes who participate in the Southern and Central zone of Cape Town. The venues range from the reasonably flat terrain of Pinelands to the ‘mountainous’ Jan Van Riebeeck High School track on Signal Hill. We have a number of athletes who have progressed in the LSEN division to Western 2:37 PM Province and national competitions.
June 2015 | the muse | 4 Our soccer Derby Matches against Tafelberg High kick-started in 1998 when Mr Glen Birtles initiated the soccer program at Vista Nova and the two special schools established a cross league fixture. Tafelberg had the upper hand in the early days but Vista Nova steadily developed to become admirable adversaries. The crosstown rivalry did not let up, even when the WP LSEN Soccer league was established in 2003 or when Tafelberg moved from Sea Point to Bothasig in 2010. The 2015 Derby was held on Friday 15 May at Phillipi Football Stadium for the first time, adding prestige to the performance of our young champions. Load shedding during the early under 14 game and a light drizzle did not put a damper on the enjoyment or quality of the football. The under 14 team scored 1-0 to Vista Nova. The under 16 team scored 2-3 to Tafelberg. The girls team and the under 19s each drew with one and two all respectively. By Lauren Bates, Glen Birtles and Petra Anderson.
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WHAT MAKES OUR CHILDREN FEEL SAFE?
No matter what our social or financial standing, the most important thing that makes our children feel safe is to be loved.
By Carol Booth Principal of Cannons Creek Independent School
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SHOW YOUR CHILDREN YOU LOVE THEM
Our behaviour towards them will illustrate this. We should strive to be cheerful, happy and make their environment a positive one. We need to give them hugs as such a small act is very precious. We need to smile at what they do. We need to react positively to their attempts as even the smallest of tasks is worthy of praise. Constant praise makes them feel good. It gives them the concept of self-worth and that will give them confidence.
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DISCIPLINE QUIETLY AND FIRMLY
When they do something wrong, we should not scream at them or use a ‘nasty’ tone to our voice. We should endeavour to keep calm and quietly and slowly explain that it is their behaviour that is unacceptable and not them. So many times parents admonish their children when their behaviour in public is unacceptable by smacking or pulling them by their arms. This is embarrassing for them as much as it is for you. I am not condoning incorrect behaviour but one must stop, think and direct one's response to children, quietly and firmly and explain that the behaviour is unacceptable. If you state that you will go home, leave the shopping excursion immediately, even if that means that you have to leave a trolley full of goods, then do that! Show your children that you keep to your word and that they are not just idle threats. Do not promise them something if they will just behave – if this is done then they will have the upper hand when you next go out and the behaviour will be repeated.
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EXPECTATIONS IN PUBLIC PLACES
If poor behaviour happens in a restaurant, remove the child. Yes, it may mean that one of the parents will not eat their supper whilst it is hot but the more important lesson is that you will remove your child from the venue if their behaviour is incorrect, and they too will have to eat cold supper. When you attempt the next outing to the restaurant, go through all the expectations that you require and will insist on, before going out. Explain the consequences so that they know what will happen. There is nothing worse than a badly behaved child at a restaurant where the public are attempting to enjoy a dinner out, even if it is a child friendly restaurant.
One always needs to look at the circle of our so-called freedom. It is only our freedom to do as we wish if that circle does not cross the boundary of another person’s freedom. If it does, then we cannot encroach on theirs. Once your child knows the rules and what is expected of them, they will surprise you!
SECURITY ENCOURAGES CONFIDENCE AND GOOD SELF ESTEEM
Contrary to what we think, children need to have boundaries. It makes them feel safe as they know what they are allowed to do. It is also good to have routines and we should try to adhere to them as much as possible. If there is a special event, by all means change the routine but return to it as soon as possible. It gives children a sense of security and when they feel secure and know what to expect whilst receiving the love with hugs, words and praise, we have confident children who have good self-esteem.
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FINANACIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS Many home buyers and current new home owners are unaware that first time home buyers may qualify for a housing subsidy under the FLISP grant. FLISP stands for “Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Plan” initiated by the Government to assist first time home owners in acquiring their own homes. It is available to all first time residential home buyers who earn between R3 501 - R15 000 per month and whose home loan has been approved, (as a pre-requisite) as well as current first time new home owners (who have already taken transfer). Current new home owners must apply for the assistance within 12 months of taking ownership. If first time buyers do not investigate and make use of the opportunity they may be losing thousands of rands by not claiming the FLISP subsidy, and also losing out on reducing their bond repayment and term of their bond.
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READERS ARE LEADERS AT PNPS The annual PNPS Readers are Leaders Day held during Book Week was a complete success, thoroughly enjoyed by the children who were read to by various invited guests from the community. This year the Grade 7's were able to listen to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, who read extracts from Nelson Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom. After the readings, the children were given the opportunity to ask the readers about their occupations and favourite books. The emphasis is on the importance of reading and why it is an integral part of their future success. A few of the guests did a lucky draw where some learners won books and other prizes. Max Schutte took the Grade 2's through the construction of a story of their own making, and how illustrating with pictures adds to the story. The school also has a dress up day where children dress up as their favourite book characters; and another day where parents come and read to the classes.
Above - Invited Readers from Left: Candice Botha, Ryan Termorshuizen, Tracey Fraser, Sean Fraser, Lucy O’Connell, Gill Haiden, Brandan Reynolds, Patricia de Lille, Glynnis Schutte, Rose Casserley, Max Schutte, Kosma Von Maltitz, Rustum Fortune and Twala Ngambi. Below - The mayor with school staff From left: Ann Morton, Patricia de Lille, Sarah Holman and Valentine Nefdt.
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ANNUAL TEA AT KELVIN GROVE
Celebrating the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital ‘Legacy of Excellence’, guests at the annual Circle of Life morning tea held at Kelvin Grove on 12 May were treated to more than tea and cake. Legacy supporters were entertained by three esteemed speakers: Georgina Harwood, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, kicked off proceedings with a video showing her jumping out of a plane to mark her turn of the century. She described growing up during World War II and witnessing the war veterans dedicating their salaries to build the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in 1946. She said, “It is a beautiful building, I am proud to be a South African and I am proud to be here.” One of the founding trustees of the Children’s Hospital Trust, Professor David Beatty, spoke to guests about the Trust’s phenomenal track record of completing all projects on time and within budget as well as the fact that 100% of money raised by the Trust goes directly to the projects and programmes that it fundraises for. He also spoke of how the Trust’s inception in 1994 saved the Red Cross Children’s Hospital from shutting its doors, providing much needed funding for building projects and affiliated programmes. One of the world’s most sought-after strategic analysts, Clem Sunter, then took to the stage, describing trends and gamechanging events that could affect all South Africans in the future. He said that in today’s society, ‘pockets of excellence’ were crucial. “This Hospital is a world-class facility and the work that the Children’s Hospital Trust does is an example of excellence,” he said. Sunter added that by supporting causes such as the Trust, people were making a most significant difference. Leaving a Legacy: The aim of the Annual Circle of Life morning tea, this year, was to truly celebrate the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s ‘Legacy of Excellence’. Head of the Circle of Life Legacy programme, Liz Linsell, invited guests to be a part of the Circle of Life programme so that they too could leave a legacy of excellence. Special Guests: A crowd of over 100 steadfast supporters joined the Children’s Hospital Trust at the Annual Circle of Life morning tea this year. Guests were entered into a special raffle, with the first prize consisting of a two-night stay at the Rovos Rail St James Guesthouse worth R8 000. Marilyn and Martin Crawford, who have raised over R250 000 for the Trust, walked away with the main prize. If you wish to donate or would like further information call 021 686 7860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Image by Regine Lord who also captures the essence of the day perfectly in a post on her blog: namibsands.wordpress.com. Follow the Children’s Hospital Trust www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za
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LITNUM AWARDS FOR PINEHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL From left to right are: Mrs C Gleeson-Baird
(Head of English and Intermediate Senior Phase)
Mrs D Berndt
(Head of Foundation Phase)
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On Wednesday 22 of April the awards ceremony, hosted by the Western Cape Education Department was held at Oaklands High School. At this ceremony schools who received outstanding results in the systemic tests were honoured. Pinehurst Primary School was awarded certificates of excellence in literacy and numeracy for Grades 3 and 6. They were one of only two schools in the Central District to receive this accolade and came among the top 3 schools in both grades. Congratulations to the teachers and pupils of Pinehurst, who work with dedication throughout the year in order to receive such outstanding awards.
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On Tuesday evening, 21 April, the annual FACETS (Festival of Arts, Culture, Exhibitions, Technology and Science) competition took place at Sans Souci Girls High School. The Pinehurst Primary School senior choir took part in the category for primary school choirs. This year they competed against the choirs of Rhenish Girls (Stellenbosch), St Anneâ€™s, Zwaanswyk Academy and Rondebosch Boys Junior School. The adjudication was done by Mr Louis Fouche who, with very good feedback, announced Pinehurst Primary Senior Choir the winners of the evening.
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PINELANDS HIGH LITNUM AWARDS - GRADE 9 Pinelands High School received two awards for excellence at the Metro Central Litnum Awards. They were for Excellence in English and Mathematics in Grade 9 (2014). These results are taken from the WCED's Systemic Tests that were written near the end of last year. PHS staff – Litnum awards: Mrs Fiona Autagavaia (Cohead of GET English), Mrs Joanna Reynolds (Co-head of GET English) and Mrs Jessica Ballantyne (Head of GET Maths).
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The cost of convenience By Sue Torr Director at Crue Invest
THE NEITHER NOR GENERATION
Pope Francis has once again been urging financiers and economists to help reverse the current “throw away” culture by putting people at the centre of monetary strategies. In our market-driven economy, too many people are forced to work in unbearable conditions because they are perceived to be both dispensable and replaceable. High unemployment rates for young adults have created a “neither-nor” generation of young people who neither study nor work, and are considered a burden to society in what should be their most productive years. The baby boomer generation, the most hard-working and productive of the 20th century, now poses America with a retirement crisis characterised by too many people being too old to work, but too poor to retire.
THE THROW AWAY GENERATION
Through our obsession with “best before” and “sell by” dates, we have been powerfully persuaded by retailers to trade our money for convenience, resulting in people who want everything, but keep nothing and value little. Manufacturers have traded product longevity for product innovation, with the latter being packaged as convenient ‘time-savers’. Creating products that aren’t meant to last is a viable business strategy that is toxic by design – most significantly to our environment, but also to our ability to save. Everything from razors to radios, pantihose to play stations, cell phones to snap-chat, is designed to be discarded and replaced. Even the gaming industry is built on the theory of “planned obsolescence” dependent on buying the next instalment.
THE INFORMATION TRADE OFF
Sadly, shortened longevity appears not only to be confined to the shelf-life of products. Our attention spans, too, have become limited to sound-bytes of information drip–fed by the likes of Twitter and Instagram, forcing us to trade the substance of information for instant information.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF DISPOSABLE
The amount of waste that we produce characterises our market-driven economy, and our “throw away” economy is
tiresomely challenging our earth’s geological limits. Recognising that “what we do to our earth, we do to ourselves”, this generation is thankfully abuzz by renewed and far-reaching efforts to protect and preserve the earth’s bounty – so much so that it appears the “throw away” economy will soon be relegated to the trash heap of history. There are frantic global efforts to deal with the fall-out of a generation insisting on everything disposable – from cameras to contact lenses to coffee pods. The financial implications for hard-working individuals are huge – with land-fill dumps and rubbish heaps standing as monuments to our inability to save.
THE COST OF CONVENIENCE
In a “throw-away” economy, our limited supply of money is expected to keep up with an endless supply of upgrades – a nonsensical mathematical equation designed to quietly erode our retirement savings. While we’re busy buying convenience - which is sold to us on the hypothesis that our time is either too precious or too scarce or both – we’re short-changing the comfort of our own retirement for the ease of ‘heat-and-eat’ meals. The treadmill that is the disposable economy is both cyclical and unforgiving: we work hard to earn money, and therefore have less time. Because we have less time, we buy convenience, which costs us more money. We then need to work harder to pay for the increasing number of conveniences we require, which results in even less time, more purchased conveniences and even less money. Pause and repeat.
The “throw-away” economy is the breeding ground of instant gratification and the greatest enemy of long-term investing. It blurs our ability to discern what we want now as opposed to what we want more. It is the harbinger of an under-invested, over-indebted society with poorly funded retirement plans. Let’s collectively refuse to compromise our long-term savings in futile pursuit of the next must-have convenience under the pre-text that “our time is money”. It’s not. Our time is far more precious than that.
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HOME & GARDEN
BALANCING SECURITY AND HOME SAFETY The prime concern in most people's minds is to keep their families and homes safe from dangerous intruders. The security market offers a plethora of alarms, burglar bars, and security gates, strong enough to keep the toughest criminal out.
FIRE IN THE HOME
What happens though if there is a fire within your home and you need to get out in a hurry? Follow the advice recommended by fire departments and home safety organisations around the world. Be prepared – finding your way out through smoke can be confusing and lessen your chance of escape.
FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Make sure you, your family, and guests in your home know how to evacuate if there is a fire within the house.
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There should be two exits from every room. If one of the exits is an outside door, the keys for the safety gate and the door should be kept in an accessible place near the door. If possible there should be a master key that can open all doors and lockable window bars. Make sure the security solution on your windows can be opened for quick escape. Have a torch handy if the electricity is out and if there is a lot of smoke, try and crawl as low down as possible underneath it. If there are elderly or disabled members in the house install good hand rails at exits, and apply non stick strips on the steps. Smoke alarms are invaluable as an early warning system.
Do you have the necessary compliance certificates for the gas installation, and the recommended safety blankets or fire extinguishers? Know how to use them.
IS YOUR HOUSE NUMBER VISIBLE?
Outside lights are a good intruder deterrent and in the time of a fire could help you to see where you are going - have your glasses handy and invest in garden solar
lamps in case the electricity is out. Have the fire station numbers handy and make sure that your house number is visible day and night! In the case of fire get out first and then call the fire department.
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HOME & GARDEN
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TIPS FOR WINTER POOL MAINTENANCE
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Remember to turn down the output for winter if your model is fitted with this feature. If you are covering the pool during winter turn it right down. The additional rain water will dilute the salt more rapidly and you might need to add salt more regularly. When the water is very cold the salt water chlorinator cannot produce an accurate reading. Do have the water professionally checked before adding salt based on the chlorinator unit indicators.
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A disposable chlorine floater will last up to six weeks during winter and is a good way to maintain the pool and save the chlorinator electrode (expensive to replace).
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During summer a weekly maintenance program is required, but in winter this can be reduced to fortnightly or even monthly. Periodically check the skimmer basket and remove leaves and debris as needed. Also, make sure to check and clean your pool pump basket to keep it free of leaves and debris as well. The pool may overfill with rainwater so it is important to keep a watchful eye and to reduce the level as required. Use this water for a really good backwash and then skip the next maintenance backwash.
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Run the pump for around 4 hours a day. Water circulation helps keep pool water free of algae, bacteria, mosquito breeding and other harmful occurrences when pool water is left stagnant.
COVER UP FOR WINTER
Consider a pool cover; it will reduce your cleaning time, chemical usage and filtering demands even further. Be sure to have a way of removing the water that collects on the cover if you opt for a solid cover and keep the cover clean. Keeping your swimming pool in great condition over the winter months is not only easy but will protect your investment and make start-up for summer a breeze! Article by Tom Botha of Peninsula Pool Renovations and Mantenance
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HOME & GARDEN
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GENERATORS VS INVERTERS LOAD SHEDDING IS HERE TO STAY
As time goes by and we have invested in rechargeable lights, powerbanks for our cell phones and gas in the kitchen the realisation dawns that load shedding is becoming a way of life and not just a transient nuisance. Households or home businesses may want to look at being able to keep certain appliances functional during a power cut.
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A walk taken during a power cut near the Howard Centre last weekend was greeted with the roaring rumble of a couple of generators in the area and the question arises "what can we do at home".
WE ARE NOT ALONE
Natural disasters such as hurricanes and severe weather storms have prompted people in the United States to install inverters to run small appliances such as fridges or televisions, computers, modems, and microwave ovens – for short periods of time. So it is not uncommon in the world to have to look after yourself when you cannot get power off the national grid.
GENERATORS VS INVERTERS
What exactly are the differences between generators and inverters? A generator uses fossil fuel such as gas or petrol to propel a rotary shaft to produce AC power much like an hydroelectric dam would. An inverter transforms stored DC power (which is stored in deep cycle batteries) into AC power that can be used by the appliance.
PROS AND CONS
Both systems have their strong points. A big generator can run a much heavier load for a long time, but it is noisy, produces
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pollution and requires constant top-ups with fuel. The inverter is able to run light to medium loads for a set period which is determined by the size of the load as well as the size of the battery – and then the batteries are regenerated when the national power returns. Generally the appliances are attached to the inverter which is constantly on the main line. It will start supplying power to the various units when the grid goes down - a "connect and forget" arrangement. Inverters use deep cycle batteries which are well suited for this application. The type of equipment that you can run depends on the Wattage capability of the Inverter. On a 1000W Inverter you cannot exceed a 1000W output or the inverter will overload and shut down. The amount of time the Inverter will supply power to the connected appliances is determined by the size of the battery connected to the inverter. If one battery does not last long enough then a second battery or a bank of batteries can be connected to extend the time required.
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HOME & GARDEN
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The winter chill slows down growth in the garden and leaves turn beautiful colours and then fall, signalling that it’s time to prepare to prune fruit and nut trees.
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without damaging the bark. Buy a good tree sealer so that disease doesn’t gain entry through the fresh cuts. Have a strong solution of vinegar and water (or bleach) handy in which to dip your tools and wipe them down in between pruning each tree so that you don’t transmit diseases from one plant to the next.
REMOVE DEAD BRANCHES FIRST
Start by taking a good look at your tree to see what it needs to promote the desired shape. First cut out the dead and diseased wood (this must be burned, not composted), then remove branches growing into each other. Take another look and prune selectively for shape. Always cut back to no more than 5cm above a growth bud.
SEALING AND FEEDING
Seal the cuts with tree sealer. Feed and mulch well in time for spring’s growth spurt. Roses will need similar treatment, but wait until July. By Garden Coach Marion Whitehead.
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Pinelander Peter Edge is a free spirit who can safely say that he has 'been there and done that', having fulfilled his love of travel and seeing new places. He shares a few memories with us. THE AERIAL SURVEY TEAM – AGED 9
When Peter was a year old his family left Port Sunlight, where he was born, to find 'a place of sunshine' in Africa. They lived in a large house in the countryside of Chingola (Northern Rhodesia), and one day when Peter came home from school he saw a DC3 aeroplane parked in the field next door. After befriending the pilot he obtained permission from his parents to accompany the crew on one of their survey flights – to Ndola, followed by a few more trips that he arranged for school pals as well!
BOAT TRIP ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
The travel bug, however, was ignited when the family moved to Peru. Peter enjoyed the boat trip on the Reina Del Pacifico, but the experience in Peru was not ideal for the family who found living at 12 000 feet above sea level in a barren mountainside disappointing. So they returned to Northern Rhodesia and subsequently moved to Cape Town in 1964.
MERCHANT NAVY IN PORT SUNLIGHT.
After joining the HMS Conway in the UK, Peter moved on to the British Merchant Navy. On his return to South Africa he worked for the Marine Diamond Corporation mining diamonds south of Luderitz – a dangerous job as the barge worked in the surf of the rough Skeleton Coast seas. In the 70's he took up a position at the Caltex refinery and lived in a beach house at Clifton – 1st beach for R32/month!
LET'S GO HIKING.
Peter's next adventure was the brainchild of his German girlfriend who managed to persuade the captain of a ship to give them passage from Cape Town to Santos in South America. They arrived with sleeping
Peter with his heavy duty rig.
bags and tent and much to Peter's chagrin camped the first night on a school field. Their ambition was to make it from Ushuaia, a resort town on Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, to Alaska. "It was freezing," says Peter. Once back in Germany they planned to hike to Australia, but Christine became ill at Chang Mai. For her, the trip ended, but Peter continued to Kathmandu.
NEPAL - KATHMANDU
He spent the winter months driving for Encounter Overland from London to Kathmandu, passing through Salzburg, Greece, Turkey, Istanbul, over the Hindu Kush Mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran, India and finally Kathmandu in Nepal. He was a river raft guide on the Sun Koshi River, and a trekking guide to Annapurna Base Camp. The area was sparsely populated as compared to today. It was clean, there were no drug problems or interference from the Kurdish Nationalists. Peter's thoughts go out to the Nepalese who are currently struggling with the devastation of the recent earthquakes.
While in Germany Peter hitch-hiked with a truck driver travelling from Istanbul to
The Thorpe Park Roller coaster
Tehran. He recognised that driving big trucks was a wonderful way to travel and see places. It provided a place to sleep and was well paid. So he obtained his licence to drive heavy rigs and experienced the sights and sounds of Europe including glaciers in Switzerland, beautiful cities along the Rhine in France, Switzerland and Germany, and the erection of the Swiss built roller coaster at Thorpe Park, west of London.
SEMI RETIREMENT AND HOME LIFE
He realised when he met his wife Ann that he could no longer live on his boat called Mayet in St Martin, in the Caribbean (yes he did that too!) He sold his boat and settled down with Anne and as he says "we are still together 22 years later!" Nowadays trucking is a thing of the past. He recently sold the motorcycle that he rode from the UK to Cape Town – but he still satisfies his need to be out and about by leading tour groups around the Peninsula and the Cape winelands. His favourite tour guide experience is the overland trip in a 10 seater Land Cruiser to Victoria Falls, stopping at Chobe and Okavango on the way. As much as Peter loves travel he admits that there is nothing as sweet as being back in your own bed at night.
The Corinth Canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea
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MALDIVES Left: Turtle swimming along the reef. Right: Toks Viviers in the warm water of the Maldives. A smaller boat called a dhoni takes the divers and the compression equipment to the dive site where scouts know there are beautiful tropical fish, coral reefs or turtles to be seen. The owner of the Ocean Divine, David Mesnard has been in the Maldives since 1989 - and the story of owner building his boat which survived the 2004 Tsunami is interesting. He now lives on the boat with his wife Gaëlle and 4 year old daughter Dune, running diving tours from November to May. Every day there are two more dives – one before lunch and another before dinner. "Can you imagine 29 dives in ten days? Fantastic!" says Jackie! "It's like swimming in a huge aquarium, getting close to fish you can only imagine in your dreams". Because the water is so lovely and warm at 30 0C there is no need for wetsuits. One can do a Padi open water diving course on board too. During the boat trip back to Malé, there are a variety of dives including free diving without tanks. Both Toks and Jackie found that they could hold their breath underwater for a lot longer by the end of the holiday. On one of the channel dives Magnificent whale shark
Jackie Tosh on the lounge deck of the Ocean Divine
Jackie notes how they could see a sailfish floating by above them. The channels connect the lagoons around the island to the Indian Ocean and the larger fish will use the channels to feed on the plankton which is funnelled through the channels by the local currents. Here, there is the opportunity to see stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, tuna, and barracuda. "We didn't see many dolphins", says Jackie, "but we enjoyed seeing the surgeonfish playing in the bubbles from our diving equipment". On the shallow dives around the thila one can see sweet lips, parrotfish, groupers, snappers and turtles. The colours of the coral and tropical fish are amazing, and it is a wonderful experience to be in the sea with them. Meals on board are prepared by a local Maldivian chef - often fresh fish from the ocean. Evenings are your own to relax on the lounge deck, socialise, marvel at the day's photography - or simply to get an early night. Jackie has been 6 times – obviously a fan. Would Toks go again? "Definitely!"
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Whale shark, turtle and stingray: Geoff Spiby Underwater image Toks Viviers: Jackie Tosh
Toks Viviers, the Pinelander renowned for his ice water swims, shares his experience in the warmer water of the Maldives. Persuaded by underwater hockey enthusiast Jackie Tosh, they joined 12 South African friends on a ten day "live-a-board" diving trip in April this year. Their flight to Malé, the capital of the Maldives, was followed by a shorter flight to Ghaafu atoll where they boarded the luxury Ocean Divine which would be their home for the next ten days, exploring the southernmost atolls of the Maldives. Shoes were packed away and they looked forward to the three dives a day among the islands and channels of the Maldives - a country made up of 1 192 islands, of which only 192 are inhabited, and the highest point only 2.4 meters above sea level. The first night the divers were rewarded with a visit from some magnificent whale sharks. Spotlights from the boat lit up the sea where the huge fish drank in the plankton from the surrounding water. Jackie explains that the whale shark does not pose any danger to the divers who were floating in the water with them. The first dive of each day is at 7:30am.
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BUYING and SELLING
IN PINELANDS AND THORNTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS
The apple tart and freshly brewed coffee combo was delicious and well priced at R27. Perfect for a chilly winter morning and suitably enjoyed in the relaxed comfortable atmosphere of the The Coffee Roasting Company at Lourensford Wine Estate. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm – you can watch coffee being roasted, learn about coffee, and buy freshly roasted ground coffee to take home. The Lourensford wine estate is a 45 minute drive from Cape Town on the N2 going to Somerset West. Take Exit 43 and at the intersection at The Lord Charles turn right into Main Road Somerset West. At the fourth traffic light turn left into Lourensford Road. After 4 km turn left, after Erinvale Golf Estate and follow the signs to Lourensford Estate. GPS Latitude:-34.07197 Longitude: 18.88863. The estate is dog friendly and hosts an all weather covered harvest market on Sundays from 10am to 3pm. Here you can enjoy live music, freshly prepared delicious food, fresh produce, clothes and crafts. There is something for everyone - art galleries, wine tasting (of course), Healey
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FOOD FROM THE HEART By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the Heart, and the new Make 5 /Maak 5.
Food Image: Heleen Meyer Portrait: Neville Lockhart
BAKED PEARS WITH PORT AND CINNAMON Recipe from Kos is op die tafel!
6 ripe, firm pears (Packham or Bon Chretien), quartered and core removed 250 ml (1 cup) good quality port or muscadel 30 ml (2 tbsp) honey 45 ml (3 tbsp) soft brown sugar 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces 2-3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed 1. Preheat oven to 180 °C. Place pears, cut side up, in a large oven dish. 2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the pears. 3. Bake for 20 minutes and spoon the sauce over the pears. Bake for another 10–15 minutes or until the pears are soft, but not mushy. Spoon the sauce over again. 4. Serve pears hot or at room temperature on their own, or with ice cream, custard, Greek yoghurt or even crème fraîche. Tips 1. Use a vanilla pod, split open and scrape the seeds out – add both the seeds and pod to the liquid. 2. Apples can be baked in the same way or combine the two fruit for a delicious alternative.
Flavours for winter Winter is upon us and with that we enjoy warmer, comforting foods and flavours. There are lots of aromas I associate with the colder months of the year, but warm roasted spices like cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and mixed spice are firm favourites. I love to cook with seasonal ingredients and every season presents its own exciting options. Certain dishes immediately come to mind when you buy seasonal produce, but I enjoy preparing something different and interesting, especially with fresh fruit and veggies. Although the range of fresh goodies is slightly less during autumn and winter, compared to spring and summer, there are wonderful things with which you can cook up a storm. The humble pear is one of these. It is so often enjoyed as a snack or as part of a fruit salad, but I love them in a fruity dessert. And if I can add some whole spices like cinnamon and
cardamom, I’m in my element. These baked pears are always a hit and even more so with those who don’t enjoy cakey or batter-based puddings. It’s such a simple recipe, yet the flavour combination is divine. If you use muscadel, the end result is soft pears in a rich golden, syrupy sauce. If you use red port, the sauce becomes a deep maroon, similar to the colour of the year, a wonderful marsala. Serve these warm on a cold evening with a dairy of your choice. I prefer the slightly tart flavour of a good dollop of Greek yoghurt and if you season that with a touch of vanilla seeds, it’s a taste sensation fit for a queen.
Cook up a storm with Make five Heleen’s latest recipe book Make five/ Maak vyf inspires us all to use everyday ingredients in five interesting and delicious ways. Not only are the recipes easy and versatile, but there are lots of practical tips on how to cook good food
that is good for the whole family to enjoy. It includes lots of ways to live greener as well. To order your own copy of Maak vyf/ Make five or for more information on any of her books, visit www.heleenmeyer.co.za or email her on email@example.com.
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