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WELCOME Cover image: Dr Louise Wigens and husband Rob Tarr enjoying the sunrise on Lekubu island, found in the Makgadikgadi pans, Botswana. See the travel article on page 6 where Louise describes their camping adventure...

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WHY WORRY ABOUT A BIT OF EXTRA CO2 IN THE AIR?

We may have a laugh at the expense of the British, who are melting as their temperatures reach into the mid and upper 30s, but it is a serious matter. As parts of Europe suffer widespread and frequent wildfires and floods, much like Australia and indeed the Cape have recently endured, my thoughts turned to climate change. As long ago as 1824, French Physicist Joseph Fourier described how the Greenhouse Effect worked – light from the sun, whose wavelength is short enough to pass through the atmosphere, strikes Earth’s surface and warms it up. That heat is re-radiated as infra-red back out towards space. This longer wavelength infra-red radiation is readily absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2), trapping heat in the atmosphere and gradually warming it up. In 1896, Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius concluded that burning coal, thereby producing more CO2, would enhance the natural Greenhouse Effect and increase global warming. Sadly, he thought it would be beneficial for future generations. By 1958, scientists began formal monitoring of atmospheric CO2 at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. At this time, it was 0.031%. You may think this is a very small number to be worried about... The problem is that CO2 is an extremely efficient absorber of heat trying to escape back into space, and it is now accepted that doubling the concentration to 0.06% will lead to an average global temperature rise of 3° to 4°. Currently, the level is up to 0.0415% which will lead to a 1.5° temperature rise. Again, a 1.5° or even 3° increase may seem small but consider this: Polar Acceleration: In high latitudes with ice or snow coverage, a few degrees significantly increases melting. Ice and snow is highly reflective, so without it, more heat radiation strikes the Earth and is absorbed by the land and ocean under it, causing even more melting which sets up a cascading feedback loop, accelerating heat absorption. Loss of polar ice and glaciers is a big deal. Also, weather, ocean currents and atmospheric systems are very finely balanced and extremely sensitive to temperature. A small rise can tip the balance, meaning that oncein-a-century catastrophes start to happen a few times within a decade. Lastly, it is true that dramatic natural climate changes have occurred since prehistoric times, but they have been very gradual, allowing flora and fauna ample time to adapt. This is not true of the current man-made change in progress where we are already seeing wide-ranging disruption of coral, mammals, krill and plant life cycles. This all seems like something we do need to take seriously.

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Commonly known as a tick bird, this small compact egret has a short bill, neck and yellow legs. The adult has buff feathers on its head, mantle and breast. These increase during the breeding season. The bill is orange-yellow. Commonly found around large animals which they use to flush out insects. They roost in flocks and some breeding colonies can be as large as 10 000 breeding pairs, usually in reed beds and trees along with other egrets, herons and cormorants. Featured bird text by: John McFarlane resident at Pinewood Village, Pinelands, has been a keen birder for more than 30 years, and has travelled to most parts of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana following his birding passion. "Being retired makes it easier to get away" he says.

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SUCCESSFUL 2022 DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHESS TEAM AT PINELANDS NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL (PNPS)

It’s Friday - chess match day! ‘Mr Coe, do you think we can win again today? And what if we lose…? by Raymond Coe Gr 7 teacher & chess coach Chess is not only alive and well at PNPS but thriving throughout all grades. The children are so keen and excited to participate in inter-school matches every Friday. To be able to accommodate this enthusiasm we have included extra players to play “friendlies” against other schools whilst the normal team of six are playing, four extra, upcoming, players are given the opportunity to play and gain experience. This is the first chess season in 2 years and we entered the league as a mixed U13 team. So far 2022 has been a great year for PNPS: • Our team has won 6 out of 6 matches played this past term. • Players have played in local regional tournaments and come out on top. • Luke Bell was selected to play in an international tournament in Greece. • The most recent regional tournament was in Worcester. PNPS was represented by Benji Wyatt (Grade 2), Luke Bell(Grade 4) and Arden Janse van Rensberg, (Grade 7). They did exceptionally well: all achieving Western Province colours! Congratulations! Thank you to all our supportive and enthusiastic parents, our coach Shane Willenberg, teachers - Mr Van Schoor, Miss Pereira and Julia White-Phillips. Finally, many thanks to Mr King for your amazing organisational skills and enthusiasm.

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SUCCESSSFUL DANCE CO TOUR TO ITALY "The beauty of dance, travel and competition broadens the mind – providing priceless education" This annual event organised by Viv Pullin gives students plus many parents the opportunity to experience Italy with its traditions, food, language and culture which are so different from home. Students, who work very hard leading up to the tour, are selected for participation in the World Dance Movement, Italy. This takes place in a small town in Puglia called Castellana Grotto. A week is spent touring - going to Rome and Sorrento / Amalfi Coast and then down to Castellana Grotto to participate in dance workshops and competitions with other students from all over the world . Dance Co achieved a 2nd place overall. Congratulations! Themba Wisani placed 3rd at World Dance Movement competition.

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WINTER MUSIC RECITAL AT CANNONS CREEK CANNONS CREEK Early in June, 30 Music students shared learnt during the year. "Well done to all SCHOLARSHIP WINNER their talents at the Cannons Creek the performers for doing the best you can, Primary School Winter Recital. There were instrumental performances from pupils on the recorder, flute, guitar, piano, and violin - showing the culmination of skills

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BEAUTIFUL BOTSWANA Text and images by Dr Louise Wigens, West End Medical Suite, Mutualpark

On a chilly day in Cape Town during May I flew to Maun airport, where my husband, Rob Tarr, picked me up in our 4x4 which he had driven to Botswana. The decision to fly enabled me to spend more time at my medical practice with my patients, and still enjoy the wild places of Botswana with Rob. We set off in our Fortuner, pimped up with a long-range fuel tank and rooftop tent, to Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. We had sufficient fuel, water and food for three weeks on board. The first thing that struck me about Botswana (other than the heat) is that most of the roads are dirt roads. There are no fences, and wild animals have the freedom to roam not only in Botswana but also across the borders into neighbouring countries. Mindblasting! Third Bridge Moremi was a spectacular Delta experience. Using GPS we negotiated a few river crossings en route, with detours where bridges were impassible due to the annual water from Angola flooding the area. From our campsite we set off for an Okavango sunset boat trip through the channels. Birdlife in abundance flitted from one bank to the other, the tall seeded grasses rustled in the breeze, water-lilies flowered prolifically and leguaans sunned themselves on the rocks. We journeyed northwards to Khwai where we camped next to a swamp area, and could see elephants feeding all day thrashing grasses and reeds in the water to clean the roots. One large elephant bull

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strolled across our campsite, metres away, tugging on a few branches of our shade tree and then moving past. Our most adrenaline filled moment of the trip was here. Having heard that a male lion had been seen crossing the river we set out to do the same. Almost a complete misjudgment on our part - low range engaged, second gear and off we went. Just before half way the car nose-dived into a deep hole – Rob was saying “I just have to keep going, can’t stop now”. The water swooshed up and over the bonnet of our car, and even sloshed in through the open windows, soaking us and my camera in the footwell. My heart was in my throat! We kept moving and got to the other side feeling somewhat shaken. When we needed to return later, Rob stripped down and waded through the almost hip deep water looking for a slightly shallower route, keeping an eye out for crocodiles. We then went into Chobe Game Reserve and spent four days in the Savuti area. Savuti is renowned for having several lions that have mastered the art of bringing down an elephant. We were fortunate to see two lions on their elephant kill having their last meal before moving off and making way for the jackals, hyenas and vultures. Over three days we were privileged to observe nature and this cycle of life. Flies laid eggs and maggots crawled out. Starlings and even a jackal ate this protein rich food as they wriggled their way through the soil.

From here we spent two days on the Linyanti river in one of the most scenic campsites of our trip, then headed north to the Chobe River where we set up camp at Ihaha. Never in all my years of visiting game parks have I seen such large herds of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. A feast for the eyes! Spending an afternoon on a small private boat charter on the Chobe River was the cherry on the top – allowing us both to fully enjoy the photographic opportunities available. We then started to move south from Kasane, down the eastern border of Botswana, and encountered tar roads for the first time since leaving Maun. Our destination was Lekhubu island which is found in the Makgadikgadi pans. Millions of years ago Makgadikgadi Lake was one of the largest lakes in the world. It has now become over 30 000 square kilometres of salt pans – the largest in the world - with the occasional outcrop or island. Kubu island is a unique, magical place peppered with ancient Baobab trees. It has an interesting history relating to migrating central African people who built a stone wall complete with small lookout windows. The area was also used for ritual circumcisions for boys transitioning to adulthood. A sacred cave, found on the top of the island, is still used for prayer by the local village people. We traversed the Magadigadi pans to Khumaga and then with sadness returned to Maun for my flight to Cape Town. 

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, showing one of the three volcanic cones called Kibu

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Pinelander Duncan Souchon is both a mountaineer and songwriter. Author of the book Mountains of Africa, Duncan takes us through his climbing and writing journey, including how he and his family came to live in Pinelands. Inspiration for climbing I was born in Johannesburg and attended schooling in Kwa-Zulu Natal. We could see the Drakensberg from the school, and it was there where my passion for African mountains began. I soon learnt to hike, carry loads up the escarpment passes, take in the fresh mountain air, tackle storms and scale peaks using technical gear. I fell in love with these high places, and would burn up in class waiting for the next weekend to get back out into their world of beautiful, vast and vertical landscapes. Recovering at sea level and meeting Gosia - another mountaineer! After school I focused most of my energy on climbing Mount Kenya and other peaks around the globe, and almost met my end (at the tender age of 23) high in the Andes after a bout of pulmonary and cerebral oedema. On return to Johannesburg my doctor sent me to sea level to recover, and that is how I came to the Cape where I met

my wife Gosia, who is also an accomplished mountaineer and a star rock climber. Together we have climbed many mountains including Mount Lyall, the highest point in Yosemite, California. In 2017 we had our first child Benjamin, and in 2019 moved to Pinelands before our second child Eva was born. We love our home, with it's beautiful garden and natural surroundings, and we love travelling to high and remote places in search of adventures, from Table Mountain to the Alps, even if we only trek and scramble with our kiddos, sharing with them the world we love. Travelling through Africa in a restored 1969 Land Rover In 2005 I published my first book called Serpent Spires (Jonathan Ball), which focused on all the technical peaks in the Drakensberg, with stories by mountaineers describing their adventures (and misadventures!) scaling them. In the same year I left Cape Town in a 1969

Series 2 Land Rover (that we had spent 18 months rebuilding and kitting out for an expedition) with photographer Michael Walton, with the intention to live on the road, travel to African mountains throughout the continent, document them photographically and interview the people who lived beneath them, learning about what their mountains meant to them. A new book and a new aspect to life Having been granted the opportunity to write a book on African mountains by Struik in 2004, my library-based research on African mountains had mostly heralded a colonial perspective, which was limited to a particular set of narratives. Looking for a more holistic point of view, and fuelled by a sense of social justice, being young and poor didn't worry us, time was on our side and for less than $10 a day, we drifted across the continent for more than a year discovering high places, meeting the most fantastic people and hearing about what

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PINELANDER (CONTINUED) the mountains represented for them and their peoples. I came back not only with a book, but a whole new perspective of community, the power of relationship and the wealth of knowledge about how we as humans make sense of our world through our surroundings. Are you planning any more books? After two books, which are real labours of love, I am not sure I'll need to write any more, but who knows. I did stop writing as a journalist some time ago (I wrote for SupersportZone, Go, OutThere, SA Mountain Magazine et al), and moved into the non profit sector, firstly in youth development and now currently in Basic Education. I consult to the Western Cape Education Department on policy

Duncan and Gosia at Toverkop summit, Klein Swartberg

development, with particular emphasis on operational development, systems and process mapping. So still quite a lot of writing I suppose! Any hobbies other than climbing? I continue my love for restoring old cars, and am currently restoring a 1972 Alfa Romeo Spider (Italian racing red, of course!) What is important to you for Pinelands, South Africa and the World right now? 1. A road and bridge between Langa and Pinelands to end the decades of apartheid geo-spacial planning, and bring these two communities together. 2. Accountability measures in Basic Education at a national level, with the idea to put the learner first and improve learner outcomes as the primary goal,

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particularly in reading for meaning and numeracy. 3. Many of the glaciers on the African high summits I climbed 15 - 20 years ago are now completely gone, or significantly smaller. Climate change is now our greatest immediate challenge as a global community. Duncan Souchon has just released his LP album Innosense produced with Pinelander Dave Langemann – but that's a story for another edition. See Duncan perform with violinist Rayelle Goodman at the Alma Café on the third weekend of August. Look out for Mountains of Africa at Bargain books. 

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MEERENDAL COLLECTS FOR A GOOD "CLAWS" Celebrating and recognising a Pinelands legend, Meerendal pre primary dedicated their efforts for celebrating Mandela Day by collecting items that local animal rescue hero, Margot Wilke, needs to keep her animal sanctuary going. Along the way Margot treated the children to some close-up and personal education and caring for some of her favourite creatures. by Vanessa Graham, Principal, Meerendal Pre Primary School

Children holding the tenrec

Margot Wilke holding the liguaan

Meerendal Pre Primary school were able to share some love with the animals in need this Madiba Day. It seemed fitting this year to honour and support the work that our local Pinelands legend, Margo Wilke has been involved in for decades. Lifelong passion for animals in need Margo or the “Bird Lady” as she is often called has been rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife for over 55 years. She cares for sick and injured animals from far and wide and accepts all kinds of creatures such as a wide variety of birds, bats, snakes, lizards, buck, tortoises and turtles. She will care for pretty much any animal (other than dogs and cats) which are in need. She even has a basket outside her home to receive critters at any time of the day or night. Meerendal collection for the sanctuary The Meerendal Pre Primary families recently collected blankets, face cloths (to keep baby birds warm), ideal milk, dog food, Pronutro and eggs to help Margo in her amazing challenge. We loaded up her bakkie with these “treasures” and know that many a desperate animal will benefit from her dedicated care. The shy little tenrec Margo arrived at Meerendal with a little surprise to inspire the children. The first visitor, a tenrec, is a small Madagascan mammal that looks a lot like a hedgehog. Tenrecs are shy, nocturnal animals that spend their life foraging for insects. In their

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natural habitat, tenrecs live in burrows, so Margo, keeps them safely tucked under warm blankets to emulate their environment and keep them safe. The little spiky visitor was very patient with all our nosy hands and let all the children meet him and feel his pens before scurrying back to the safety of his blanket. The scaly leguaan A second visitor was a leguaan rescued from certain death after his skull was crushed by a car. This reptile is now a permanent resident at the sanctuary as he is no longer able to survive in the wild. It was an amazing experience for the children to feel his scaly skin and see firsthand how the molting process takes place. The leguaan was pretty interested in the children too and his tongue was darting in and out smelling his new friends. Thank you Margot The children loved to meet and learn about the animals and it made the experience of giving a very real and meaningful one. Thank you, Margo, for all you continue to do for the forgotten creatures. We think you are incredible. Margo can be reached on – 082 480 5077. She is always in need of the following items and would welcome your donations of: • Newspaper • Dog food • Blankets • Eggs • Face cloths • Ideal Milk • Pronutro

Meerendal teacher Lara Rule with the tenrec

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MONEY MATTERS

Creating and protecting your wealth

Tax liabilities in your deceased estate Understanding what taxes your deceased estate will be liable for is a critical part of the estate planning process and failing to account for your tax liabilities can detrimentally affect the liquidity in your estate and, in turn, the financial legacy to your loved ones.

Estate Duty

Estate duty is essentially inheritance tax payable by the deceased’s estate for the transference of assets from his estate to his heirs or beneficiaries. In accordance with Section 4A of the Estate Duty Act, an abatement of R3.5 million will be deducted from the net value of the deceased’s estate meaning that an amount equal to this rebate will not be subject to estate duty. If you are married, you are able to roll your R3.5 million abatement over to your surviving spouse who will then have an effective R7 million abatement in the event of her passing should your spouse be the sole beneficiary of the estate. As it currently stands, your estate will be liable for estate duty to the extent that the net value of your estate exceeds this abatement at a flat rate of 20% on the first R30 million, whereafter estate duty will be levied at a rate of 25%. Your executor will be responsible for calculating your estate duty liability by adding up the value of your property and deemed property, and then deducting the allowable expenses and exclusions taking into account those assets situated both locally and abroad. From the value of your gross property, your executor will be entitled to make certain deductions such as funeral, tombstone and deathbed expenses, the costs of administration, and debt. Once the net value of your estate is established, your executor can deduct the above-mentioned Section 4A abatement to determine the dutiable amount.

Income Tax

A key function of your executor will be to settle your tax affairs with SARS including any previous tax years where your affairs are not in order. For income tax purposes, your worldwide income will be subject to income tax in South Africa. Remember, with effect from 2016, your executor will be required to file a pre-date of death assessment as well as a post-date of death assessment. The pre-date of death assessment will include all dividends,

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interest and rental income earned by your estate up until the expiration of the liquidation and distribution account advertisement. Any income earned by your deceased estate thereafter up until the finalisation of your estate must be filed in your post-date assessment. In determining the income tax payable by your estate your executor must take into account all local and foreign income, investment and rental income, income generated through trading and farming, as well as trust income. Professional accounting fees incurred by your deceased estate in completing your income tax returns can be considered an allowable deduction.

Capital Gains Tax

Capital gains tax is another form of tax that must be taken into account because, importantly, your death will trigger a capital gains event. In the event of your passing, you will be deemed to have disposed of your assets for an amount equal to their market value on the date of your death. Remember, capital gains tax is charged on the gains made from the sale or transfer of an asset that is deemed to have taken place on your death. CGT is regulated by the Income Tax Act and all tax owing to SARS by your deceased estate must be paid before the executor can distribute any inheritance to your heirs. That said, Section 4 of the Estate Duty Act makes it clear that any debt owing in your estate (including any debt owing to SARS) is deductible for estate duty purposes. The Income Tax Act makes provision for a onceoff CGT exclusion of R300 000 in the year of your passing, which means that the first R300 000 of gain realised in your deceased estate will not be taxed. Any gains realised above that amount will be included for CGT purposes at a rate of 40% and will be taxed at your marginal tax rate, subject to certain exclusions. Keep in mind that your executor will effectively be your representative when it comes to finalising the tax affairs of your estate and, as is evident from the above, this can be a complex process. Our advice is to undertake a careful tax planning exercise as part of your estate planning to ensure that your executor is not unnecessarily burdened with incomplete tax affairs and complications. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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PINEHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES ACHIEVERS!

MATHS ACHIEVEMENT

Two Grade 7s, Ryan Gibbon and Neo Goodall, competed in the Horizon Maths Competition and placed in the Top 100. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

WESTERN PROVINCE RUGBY TEAM

SOUTH AFRICAN BASEBALL TEAM

Sean Cupido has been selected for the South African u12 Baseball Team. They will be traveling to the u12 Baseball World Cup taking place in Taiwan at the end of July. This is an excellent achievement to be able to represent his country at such a young age. It will be interesting to hear all about his experiences on his return from Taiwan.

Joshua Philander has been selected for the u13 Western Province Rugby Team. The interprovincial Craven Week Rugby Tournament takes place in Krugersdorp during the school holidays. Joshua has played rugby at Hamiltons Rugby Club since u9 and Pinelands Primary School is really proud of all the effort he has invested over many years to make this achievement possible. Wishing him all the best for the Craven Week Tournament.

WESTERN PROVINCE ANGLING TEAM

Brynn Deitchman has once again been selected for a Western Province Angling Team. What makes his achievement even more special is that he has been selected for the u19 B team, yet is only 12 years old.

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REGIONAL CRICKET TEAM

Cameron Jeffery was selected for the Central Disas Cricket Team to participate in the Western Province Cricket Association’s regional cricket festival. Well done!

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WESTERN PROVINCE HOCKEY TEAM

Samuel Redfern has been selected for the u13B Western Province Hockey team. He will be participating in an interprovincial tournament in July. Pinehurst Primary School is very proud of him and wish him all the best for the tournament.

Cameron Parker and Cameron Jeffery have been selected for the u11 Seals PSI Indoor Hockey team to attend the National Tournament in Cape Town in July. Zach Parsons was selected as a reserve for the u12 Sharks PSI Indoor Hockey team to attend the National Tournament in July in Cape Town. Wishing them all the best for their tournaments.

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TRAVELLERS

by Ann Morton When the Governing Body of Pinelands North Primary, decided to send me to learn more about the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning, I booked a flight to Marconi Airport, Bologna, Italy, stopping there on the way to Reggio Emilia and also on my return. My running partner and fellow Pinelander, Julie Tobiansky, met me there on my return journey. Bologna is known as the city of the fat (food), the red (the buildings with red roofs) and the learned (it has the oldest university in Europe) and it made itself very clear that this was true, right from the outset! Bologna has red brick buildings and 38 km of porticoed streets. There are many beautiful churches such as San Petronio, founded in 1390 which planned to be greater than St Peters in Rome but only half finished as they ran out of money! The Basilica di Santo Stephano is a complex of four medieval churches, each really small but awe inspiring. We visited many medieval buildings. Two of the twenty towers built in medieval times are known as Due Torri: Garisenda is the smaller leaning tower and the Asinelli Tower is 97 metres high. It costs five Euro to walk up the 498 wooden steps to the top, where you can see the whole of Bologna laid out as the Roman city it once was. Although it was 35 0C that day the climb was worth the view.

Looking down inside the Asinelli Tower

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The University of Bologna stands in the Historic Centre, surrounded by the Botanical Gardens. There are many lovely parks, and early one morning we ran to Santuario di San Luca along 4.5km of covered porticoes to a hilltop above the city. The church there was built between 1723 and 1757 and there are breathtaking views over city and over the surrounding hills. (There is a bus to take you to the top if you aren’t a runner or walker!) Even the library is worth a visit: walk into the library for free and walk downstairs into an archaeological site of a Roman villa! There are loads of walking and eating tour options in the city but everything is very accessible if you are a walker or there is public transport. Choose a hotel close to Bologna Central Station and use their super-efficient rail network to access other northern Italian cities. We visited Parma and spent hours in the Farnese Museum Complex. This was the best value for money museum we visited as it has lovely paintings, great architecture, a good history story and a theatre made entirely of wood. Parma also has a pink marble cathedral! We visited Ravenna, a town known for its beautiful mosaics. Ravenna has eight UNESCO Heritage Sites and we visited five of them in one day. Highlights of the day were: • the flooded crypt in a 10th century church, with goldfish swimming in the dark, • the Basilica di San Vitale which was completed in 548 and decorated with mosaics from the Byzantine Era • and then just as we were about to leave the town we serendipitously arrived at the Tomba di Dante (the Tomb of Dante) to hear Dante’s poem read in Itailian!

Also accessible from the main station in Bologna are Rimini coast, Ferrara and Marconi Airport via the crazy little Marconi Express which is actually a rollercoaster masquerading as a shuttle! We were blessed with glorious weather… no rain, an average 350C daily but as hot as 400C on one day. 320C at nine in the evening took a bit of getting used to! The food is northern Italian: Mortadella, Parma ham, tortellini, pizza and cheeses like parmesan and pecorino cheese. We both love Italian food so every meal was a local variety: usually platters of cheese and meats with local breads and spreads, or tortellini with pumpkin, sage and butter sauce or pears with Gorgonzola! Prosecco and Aperello Spritz are the drinks of choice. There are loads of Gelato stores, food markets and good beer! Local breakfasts in Italy are usually sweet cake, croissants, cheese and cured meat and some hotels just provide these at breakfast time so check with your hotel before booking. We stayed in the Star Excelsior which is directly across from the station and provided a full European breakfast including a large variety of nuts, to my delight! Bologna really makes for a perfect holiday destination – small enough for everything to be in walking distance, with a rich history and delicious food. We loved it! Julie enjoying an Italian food platter

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FOOD FROM THE HEART By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the Heart, and Make five/Maak vyf.

Portrait and food shot: Adel Ferreira Food shot: Courtesy of LiG magazine

Hearty barley soup with sausages Recipe from Food from the heart Serves 6 – 8 20 ml (4 tsp) olive oil 5 pork sausages 2 onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2-3 celery stalks with the leaves, sliced 4 carrots, coarsely grated 4 baby marrows, coarsely grated 1 medium sweet potato or potato, grated 2 litres (8 cups) chicken or vegetable stock or use half Rooibos tea 2 bay leaves 30 ml (2 tbsp) dried origanum or mixed herbs 150 ml uncooked barley 1 x 410 g tin chopped tomatoes 125 ml (½ cup) sour cream extra sour cream for serving salt and black pepper to taste fresh origanum leaves to garnish 1. Heat half of the oil over a medium temperature in a large pot and fry the sausages until golden brown and nearly cooked. Spoon out and set aside. 2. Heat the rest of the oil in the same pot and sauté the onions, garlic and celery until golden brown. Add carrots, baby marrows and sweet potato or potato and sauté for a few more minutes. 3. Add the stock or Rooibos tea, bay leaves, dried herbs, barley and chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil. Stir through and reduce the heat. Simmer gently with the lid for 1-1½ hours or until the barley is cooked. 4. Cut the sausages in thin slices or cubes and stir into the soup with the sour cream. Simmer for another 5 minutes, season to taste and garnish with dollops of extra sour cream and fresh origanum. This soup is a meal-in-one as the barley makes it really filling, so don't be tempted to serve it with bread as well.

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Winter warmer

Soup is a fantastic one pot meal and just what you need on a cold winter’s day. There are so many different soup recipes and ways to make the most of veggies, pulses, meat and more. If you are also a lover of soups, you probably have family favourites that are made time and again. I fondly remember some soups from my childhood, like a hearty bean and meat soup, chicken soup with small pasta alphabet letters or a thick and aromatic butternut soup with orange juice, curry powder and cinnamon. Over the past few years, as a recipe developer, I have created my own list of favourites. A filling goulash soup, delicate seafood soup with saffron, roasted tomato soup with chorizo sausages and a modern version of butternut soup, with roasted chunks of

butternut and spiced, roasted chickpeas. It’s hard to choose a favourite. Another recipe that I can definitely add to the list, is this comforting barley soup with pork sausages. The barley adds thickness and a lovely creamy texture, but if it’s too thick for your liking, just stir in more stock or water. The pork bangers add a delicious flavour, and a touch of sour cream brings it all together. You can substitute the sour cream with plain full-fat yoghurt if you prefer. If you use low-fat yoghurt, only spoon that onto the dished-up soup, as it may curdle in the hot soup. The pork sausages can also be substituted with another sausage of your choice. A spicy sausage like chorizo, will also work very well with the barley and veggies. Or if you don’t want to add meat, just serve the soup with grated pecorino or matured white cheddar.

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