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8 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 12, 2018 Bathurst Agricultural Show delights locals and visitors ROB KNOWLES THE 110th Bathurst Agricultural Show took place at the weekend with thousands of visitors travelling all the way to the typically sleepy hamlet, making it alive with a host of animals, tons of entertainment for the entire family, opportunities to purchase anything from a combine harvester to a new motor vehicle or even a hand-crafted item from the almost 200 stall holders. Organising the event, the Bathurst Agricultural Society, with chairman Danny Wepener, went out of its way to ensure the show met and even exceeded previous shows in terms of variety and visitor satisfaction. In total, there were more than 8000 people through the gates with Friday figures doubling those of last year. Saturday was also a very busy day with at least 2000 more people visiting than last year. Sunday, however, was a bit quieter, giving the staff and volunteers a bit of respite after the bustle of the previous two days. The stands where vendors sold their wares – from sweets and drinks to arts and craft – were particularly busy this year. “Vendors began booking for next year even before the show finished on S u n d ay, ” reported Louise Hepburn from the showgrounds’ of f i c e s . On Friday, the first official day of the show, the ever-popular equestrian show began with horses and riders from around the country competing to take top honours. More than 80 horses competed and the riders were most complimentary about the arenas and national panel course designer Brendau Kok said they were first-class. “The new format was generally very well received with good entries in most classes. The Remax Derby had the most horses with more than 30 competing against the clock over a testing course using the whole arena. S at u r d ay evening’s power jump over the Pig and Whistle triple bar resulted in a three-way tie as the judge decreed that jumping 1.6m was enough for any horse,” equest rian event organiser Chrissie Marshall said. Supreme show horse was The Mediator and rider Amy Whitehead. Power jump winners (at 1.6m) was a three-way tie between Robyn Gerber from Grahamstown, Rosslen Wilhelm Kenton on Sea | R2 500 000 Hidden gem opposite the Joan Muirhead nature reserve Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Garage 1 | Outside dorm room ŽŶĂŝŽīĞĂŶŽĞŶůĂŶůĞĚůŽŶŐĞĚŝŶŝŶŐŽŽŵ ŬŝĐŚĞŶΘĐůůĞďĞĚŽŽŵΘďĂŚŽŽŵŽĨŚŝĐŚ ŝĞŶŝĞĂŝŚĂĂĨŚĞďĞĚŽŽŵΘĂĨůů ďĂŚŽŽŵŝĚĞďŝůŝŶďĂďĂĂŝůĂŶĚŽŽŵΘŽŝůĞ WEB REF 463092 MIKE BAILEY | 082 899 8103 | ŝĞďĂŽŝŶŵĞŶŽĂůůŽĞŶĂůŶĞĞĚůĞĂĞĐĂůů ŝĐŚĞůůĞ PONY EXPRESS: Entertaining the crowds in the main arena at the Bathurst Show on Saturday were the Welsh mountain ponies driven by Jack Gilfillan and his daughter Elizabeth Ford Pictures: ROB KNOWLES from Enoch Equestrian, in East London and Brendau Kok. In the evening there was the perennial cattle auction by Hobson &Co auctioneers, who have supported the Bathurst Agricultural Show for many years. The general consensus was that the quality of cattle in this year’s auction was second to none. Dispersed among the usual and very popular events there were the visitors’ favourites such as the baby competition, ballroom dancing demonstrations, Welsh mountain ponies, a cannon roll, belly dancing and more. And, with so much free entertainment available each day and into the evenings it was little wonder that visitors spent some extra time at this year’s show. As usual there were lots of prizes to be handed out at the show – from home industries awards to the best stands. 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We really appreciate your support,” he said. MYHOME ... with Simon Oliver EARLIER this week I went to a funeral of a remarkable man, someone who had given generously, passionately and successfully his whole life to teaching. He will be sorely missed. While listening to the service, the formalities, the eulogies and the readings I got to wondering what a special part of our lives funerals are. They are designed to celebrate the life of someone special and to lend support to each other at a time of loss. “The stock section was fantastic and the poultry was magnificent with close on 500 birds. Well done to the team. The horses were spectacular and the stallholders were hopefully smiling all the way to the bank. So many visitors, and the pubs were even beginning to run out of booze. There are two aspects of this ceremony that I would like to focus on. The first is that I have never been to a funeral of a bad person! Isn’t it wonderful that irrespective of whom the deceased is, we find something special to say about them. I do believe that everyone has some redeeming feature. I quote from a very beautiful poem read at the funeral: “... Our memory, suddenly sharpened, Examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, So, it was a good show. “Thanks to the ladies from treasury, thanks to the office staff, the labourer staff and the cleaning team. Thanks for the perfect weather.” Wepener finished with the show’s slogan for this year. “Eaten today? Thank a farmer”. Funerals have a special place in our lives Promised walks never taken ...” Why do we allow prejudice and procrastination to stop us from saying kind words and doing loving deeds to the living? It is not only for the receiver of these words and deeds that we should do it but for ourselves. The second aspect is that a funeral brings together an eclectic group of people; some we know intimately, some casually and some not at all. They all tell a part of the deceased’s story. The funeral somehow connects and sometimes reinforces a friendship with them, through sharing a common love. Once I have overcome the pain of loss experienced, especially of those close to the deceased, I enjoy the sense of renewal I feel and the reminder to be more caring for those around me. I would love to hear your thoughts. Please contact me on s i m o n . o l i v e r @ s e e f f. c o m or 082-653-5643.

April 12, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 9 Port Alfred’s clivia queen BOB FORD FROM the glory and excitement of playing international and provincial sport to the more subdued life of growing clivias, it is always a busy life for well-known Port Alfred resident, Annie de Wet Steyn. In only 18 months, De Wet Steyn has become one of the biggest collectors and breeder of clivias in South Africa. “I decided on clivias because they are indigenous to South Africa and are such rewarding plants to grow. They are hardy, don’t need much water and there is a huge demand for them overseas,” she said. Without realising it at the time, Port Alfred is one of the best areas in South Africa to grow these beautiful flowers. Her nursery is situated on Riverview Farm on the outskirts of Port Alfred, which her husband, Justin, bought from the late Trevor Reed. In a remarkable coincidence, the couple then discovered that the very first clivia in the world was found in the veld on Riverview Farm. Britain’s Duke of Northumberland heard about this and sent William Burchell out to Port Alfred to identify the plant way back in September 1813. This fact was later confirmed in a publication by the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. De Wet Steyn added, “Coincidentally, it is fitting that I established my nursery here on the land where clivias o r i g i n at e d . ” Burchell, of course, also became well-known in wild life when he had a species of zebras named after him. De Wet Steyn hastened to add that she was given a good start in her new venture as she received tremendous support from husband Justin. As a result she bought her first stock from two other collectors in the country. These arrived by truck and she was faced with the huge task of identifying many of these and placed in pots. She had to wait until they flowered to enable her to do this accurately. She explained that clivias grew better in shade, which she provided by putting up shade cloth. Today she has A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: An example of the beautiful clivias grown by Annie De Wet Steyn in her nursery on the outskirts of Port Alfred Picture: BOB FORD more than 65 000 plants under 7000m² of shade cloth. She set out to enlarge her gene pool and did this by importing seed from China, where the best clivias in the world are grown. The result has been that she now has one of the best collections in the countr y. “I have some colours here that you won’t get anywhere else in the world,” she said. De Wet Steyn pointed out that there were only six different species of clivias available, but she inter-breeds to get the different colours. It is, however, a slow process. She explained that it took only seven days for the seeds to germinate and then one had to wait for four years before they flower. She added that once cross-pollination had been done, one had no idea what colour flowers they would produce. She said she and her staff of four, with additional help, pollinate the plants themselves, doing between 10 and 15000 in an 18-hour day. De Wet Steyn said she had Facebook friends growing clivias all over the world – there are growers in 46 different countries – with China being the largest. Many of these people are in daily contact with her, ordering seeds from her vast collection. Though still relatively new in the business, De Wet Steyn entered in both the Eastern Province and Border annual shows last year for the first time. This proved highly successful and she came home with many awards. A member of the South African Clivia Association, she is looking forward to attending the world conference at Muldersdrift in September. But more exciting is that the couple have planned a trip to China and Japan next year to meet growers and collectors in those countries. De Wet Steyn said her website would be completed in about a month’s time and she plans to have “open” days in the future. OLD DAYS: A historic photo of the old John Bell General Dealer building in Park Road, Port Alfred Postcard distributors WHILE this is possibly a repeat story, as in all historical research, one often finds additional snippets. Having spent hours online, searching through files, I found the old John Bell General Dealer building in Park Road. Little has changed, yet it is in excellent condition. However, the most exciting information is that the family were known as one of the busiest and renowned, postcard producers, relating to historical photographs of our Lower Albany region. SERENDIPITY ... with Bev Young The art or passion, for postcard collecting, is known as deltiology, from the Greek word of diminutive – deltos (writing a tablet letter). VEHICLE VENDORS: Richard Tsana, from left, Whitey Hani and Matthew Veto visited the Bathurst Agricultural Show with their new Isuzu and Toyota vehicles last weekend Picture: ROB KNOWLES ,

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