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Chillax!

IT’S TIME TO UNWIND & RECHARGE

SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

AUGUST 2019

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GET IT

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Editor Lize-Maré Landsman

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CONTENTS

REGULARS

4 Diarise the Futura Craft Market, join the ladies from

Woman at Work for a Women’s Day celebration or eat, socialise and

be entertained at the Jozi Urban Market

5 Cuddle up with these great reads during the month of August

6 Our August wish list is packed with some recently unpacked goodies

SOCIAL

9 Cheers to the new look and premises of Bodylicious

Beauty and Aesthetic Spa

10 Lazy Sundays at the Ebar at Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa

11 Popular Afrikaans singer, Robbie Wessels in Alberton

PEOPLE

12 Meet Elsa de Wit, the uber talented entrepreneur

and owner of Grandiflora

14 We chat to Damien Bartlett, the friendly optometrist at

Modern Eyes Optometrists

BEAUTY

16 We’re having a bit of a fling with all products in

orange, lemon and lime

FOOD

18 Dine with excellent wine

22 Here’s to a cocktail or two at Turn ‘n Tender

GARDEN

26 Give your garden a seasonal feel with these smart tips

TRAVEL

32 Why don’t you take a coastal escape to Plettenberg Bay

SPOIL

34 Are you feeling lucky? We’re giving away a two-night stay

for two in the Natal Midlands

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If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least one month in advance to albertongetit1@caxton.co.za

A hot date

Diary dates worth keeping

Do you like unique handmade

02 products? Then you should

diarise the Futura School Craft Market

taking place on 2, 3 and 4 August at

Sha-Mani Lodge. Free goodie bags and

sherry for the first 100 visitors on Friday

and the first 100 visitors on Saturday.

Details: Ritha 073 365 5101 or

email craftmarket.futura@gmail.com

An eight piece band will light

02 up the Lesedi stage on Friday,

August 2 and Saturday, August 3 for

the official launch of Steve Dyer’s

latest project: Genesis of a different

world. Details: www.joburgtheatre.

co.za

Eat, socialise and be entertained

04 at the Jozi Urban Market, Gold

Reef City – Casino 5th floor covered

rooftop car park. Taking place the first

Sunday of every month from 10am to

3pm. Gourmet food, craft beer and gin,

unique stalls, spectacular views, live

music and free kids entertainment.

Celebrate Women’s Day at the

09 Woman@Work High Tea hosted

at the Butterfly Hall at Rietvlei Zoo Farm.

Tea and snacks will be available and a

few goodies will be sold. The event will

start at 12:30pm and to support women

wear something pink. Costs are R220 per

person. Bookings are essential. Details:

www.womanatwork.co.za

Get into tip-top shape! Participate

10 in the Rietvlei Zoo Farm Parkrun

5km walk/run every Saturday at 8am.

All ages welcome. Dogs on leads also

welcome. Register on www.parkrun.

co.za and download your bar code - it’s

free. Details: www.rietvleifarm.co.za

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Have you been to one of Café La Plume’s Social Club gatherings yet?

14 From bingo and books, to colourful craft workshops and inspiring guest

speakers not forgetting the delicious eats and wonderful company! Wednesday

mornings are the highlight of our week at Cafe’ la Plume at 17 on Joan. Details:

Tracy on 083 442 2586.

How does the lion fall in love with the lamb? Has the husband lost

22 his mind to relentlessly forgive his cheating wife? The play, Gomeri is

inspired by the Biblical book of Hosea. In a land where there are many prostitutes,

why would this righteous man choose this dirty, sinful prostitute Gomeri?

Well, there’s only one way to find out. Get your ticket, invite a friend and go and

watch Gomeri at The Lesedi Theatre at Joburg Theatre. Tickets cost R120. Details:

www.joburgtheatre.co.za

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On your marks, get set,

go! Don’t forget about this

year’s SPAR Women’s

Challenge on October 6!

Don’t miss out on the fun!

It is an annual race, offering

women of all shapes,

sizes and fitness levels the

opportunity to take part

in a 5km or 10km race.

Visit www.sparjoburgrace.

co.za for info on how and

where to enter. Entry fee

is a mere R100 per person.

The race will start at 8am

at Marks Park Sports Club

in Emmarentia. Online

entries close on September

24 at midnight.

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Book club

Curl up with a terrific read this August

Sheila O’Flanagan’s novels are always

fabulous options for those who

love a little chick lit (don’t we all?).

In Her Husband’s Mistake, perfect

couple Roxy and Dave McMenamin

first kissed when Roxy was 16, and

they’ve been in love ever since.

They have a great marriage and a

wonderfully happy life. Until the

morning after Roxy’s father’s funeral,

when she walks in on Dave in bed

with their next-door neighbour. Time,

it seems, for Roxy to make some

big life-changing decisions. Lovely,

warm, funny ... a wonderful book for a

weekend read. Headline UK, R325

Also look out for the best

Jack Ryan thriller yet!

Tom Clancy’s Oath of Office, written

by Marc Cameron, is a roller coaster of

heart-stopping action ... a thriller that

will get your adrenalin going from

the first chapter to the last. When

US President Jack Ryan asks his new

Secretary of Homeland Security what

frightens him, Mark Dehart answers

‘Three things’. Which three? ‘Any three.

If they all happen at the same time.’

From a quiet beach in Portugal where

a beautiful woman kills a French

arms dealer, to protests against the

oppressive regime in Iran, to the

Russian troops and ships massing

on the borders of the Ukraine, across

the world a conspiracy is brewing ...

one so darkly brilliant that no one has

joined the dots. There’s a madman

with a plan ... a plan more devastating

than President Ryan can imagine.

This is the latest (and may well be the

best) in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series.

Penguin, R275

Oh. A new Catherine Alliott novel.

Yay! Just the thing for a chilly

weekend curled up on the sofa

with a box of biscuits. In A Cornish

Summer, Flora’s been in love with her

husband, Hugo, for two decades. Just

a small problem ... for 15 of those years

he’s been married to someone else.

Now she’s been invited to paint her

ex-father-in-law at the family home in

Cornwall. It promises to be a blissful

summer ... except for her awful exmother-in-law,

and ... oops ... it appears

her ex-husband and his (admittedly

lovely) second wife are going to be

there too. Not so blissful after all. A

few lovely twists, great characters,

many laugh-out-loud passages and

you’ve a brilliant chick-lit read. LOVED

it! Penguin, R290

A nine-month-old baby is hard work. Sleep-deprived Carolina and

uncommunicative Aksel are having a tough time but know things will get better.

One evening they go to sleep, Carolina thinking ‘we have thousands of days

ahead of us’ ... but they don’t. Aksel dies in his sleep, leaving Carolina’s world

upside down. Based on author Carolina Setterwall’s own experiences, Let’s Hope

For The Best is all about life’s small moments. It’s about motherhood and family,

love and death. An emotional, honest, unforgettable read. Bloomsbury, R295

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Wish list

Here’s to a marvellous August

This month we’re drinking

Auchentoshan whisky (pronounced

‘OK-Ken-TO-Shan), a single malt with

a twist. Triple distilled and matured

solely in American bourbon casks, it’s all

sweet notes of vanilla and caramelised

sugar, and a tiny bit of spiciness.

Boasting that it’s the perfect easydrinking

Scotch for novice drinkers

while complex enough for seasoned

fans, you can enjoy it on the rocks,

but a preferred mixed as a ‘hauf an’ a

hauf’ (a whisky and ale), which is an old

Scottish favourite. The spirit’s sweet

aroma of citrus zest and bold nuttiness

pairs perfectly with the crispness of

chilled beer. Try this Auchentoshan &

Ale … we love it.

Mix 35ml American Oak with 25 ml

honey and 25ml fresh lemon juice.

Add an Ale with citrus notes and

garnish with a lemon wedge. You’ll find

Auchentoshan at good bottlestores for

around R349 for the American Oak, and

R429 for the 12 year old. Details: www.

auchentoshan.com

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Brighten your space

One of the best ways to

brighten up a room is to add

a bunch of flowers to a work

surface or on the dining room

table. Flowers can instantly add

life to a room and believe it or

not it can also lift your mood.

So next time when you are

looking for a quick and

affordable update before

your guests arrive, add a fresh

bunch of Pincushions. From

R120, Woolworths.

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The Nimue - Super Hydrating Serum is

perfect for this time of year. The powerful

serum provides intense hydration for

dry and dehydrated skin. Improving skin

comfort, suppleness and the appearance

of fine lines and wrinkles. Suitable for

all skin classifications and ideal for use

during seasonal changes. From R1 053.

Details: The Laser Beautique, Comaro View

Shopping Centre, 011 682 1795.

Pop of colour

If the gorgeous mustard

colour isn’t enough to convince

you, the super chic design will have

you adding this beautiful purse to your

shopping basket. From R250, Woolworths.

We’ve got a winner

It is no secret that Turn ‘n Tender in Bassonia is a well-loved Jozi South establishment. They

came out top in Turn ‘n Tender franchise of the year. The restaurant prides itself in formulating

the most delectable dishes including a variety of steaks, beef ribs, chicken, ostrich, lamb and fish.

Through word of mouth and providing outstanding food and service, Turn ‘n Tender has built

a reputation of being one of the most outstanding steak restaurants in South Africa. The menu

caters for all types of taste and promises to woo its audience of eaters. Perfect for a date night

or an intimate dinner with the girls, pretty much everything on the menu is to-die-for, from the

Trinchado starters, to the sublime steaks and fabulous cakes and desserts. Just be sure to book well

in advance, as this popular dining spot is often fully booked. Details: Comaro View Shopping Centre,

corner Comaro and Soetdoring Streets, Bassonia, 011 432 4884.

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MARKS PARK SPORTS CLUB



SUNDAY

6 OCT 2019

START TIME:

8AM

DROP

OFF A PAIR

FOLLOW US ON




the JOBURG SPAR Women’s Challenge forms p art of the

SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km Grand Prix Series

Enter online www.sparjoburgrace.co.za | Enquiry line: 087 097 0011

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Champers, shop

and be social

Bodylicious Beauty and Aesthetic Spa held a “bubbly” afternoon

to launch their new look salon for their loyal and new clients.

Laurette Marais and Tina Dos Santos

Geraldine Kyriacou, Tina Dos Santos,

Irene Stewart and Carmen Booth

Chandrea Strydom, Tina Dos Santos,

Jeanette Geduld and Sibusile Motha

Vanessa Gomes and Madelein Schmidt

Allister, Jackie and Tracey Owgan

Laurette Marais and Tina Dos Santos

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Sonja and Kobus Bosch

Lazy Sundays

Christian Heath

Live music with Christian Heath was enjoyed by patrons

of the E.Bar at Thaba Eco Hotel recently. This was the

first of many “live” music afternoons which will be held at

the E.Bar on the first Sunday of each month.

Matimba Bila and Sophie Thokoane

Ashika and Chetam Bhoola

Brenda and Johan De Lange

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André Nel and Vincent Swart

Stephan Richards, Jaco Richards and Christo Kiesser

One for the guys

Popular Afrikaans singer Robbie Wessels entertained the guys at the recent

annual Laerskool Randhart men’s evening hosted at Alberante Motors.

Darryl Paton and Gerrie Ferriera

Ewalt Kriel, Wiehan Burger, Rhyno Fourie and Shaun van Wyk

Anton Botha, Riaan Nel and Barry Dalgleish

Johan Classen and Stef Duvenage

Dawid Viljoen and Johann van der Westhuizen

Ian Niewoudt and Mark McPherson

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Elsa has fond memories of her

childhood, growing up in the

small town of Klerksdorp. “I was a

real tomboy and I loved spending

time outdoors, going on little

adventures. I grew up in a home

with a very creative mother who

was always making something look

pretty. Her biggest passion was for

entertaining and spoiling her guests.

Unfortunately, I did not inherit her

love for entertaining, but my sister

certainly did - she is a real master

chef and also creative. Funnily

enough, I landed up with a very

successful coffee shop, The Flower

Cup, even though I can hardly fry an

egg.

“I’ve always been a business woman

with a dream to retire at the age

of fifty. At this stage, it seems like

I will never retire though as I keep

taking on more and more! There is

something about the adrenaline in

the business world that lights me

up. I have been working in business

in one way or another since my first

born was six months old and he is

now 22, so that says it all! I started

as a Sales Assistant at Grandiflora

selling and hiring out wedding

dresses. From there, I became the

proud owner of a successful bridal

boutique, GF Bridal Couture. A few

years later I opened a Men’s store,

also in the Multiflora building and

another bridal boutique in Fourways.

At the time we were the leading

bridal boutique in Gauteng. But as

Rich Dad, Poor Dad says, after five or

six years it’s time to sell the business

because once you reach that ceiling,

you will just stagnate.

“As owner of the Multiflora centre my

husband, André de Wit, understands

the industry. The two of us make a

great team and, of course, we both

are workaholics. Sometimes I don’t

know if it’s a good or bad thing.

One day he asked me to help out

at Grandiflora and that year, the

shop had the highest turnover in

eight years, marking the beginning

of my time at Grandiflora. I am so

passionate about this business that

I branched out to help with the look

and feel of the nursery and started

g

The

Passionate, creative and a workaholic– meet successful

entrepreneur with an eye for beautiful things, Elsa de Wit.

The Flower Cup coffee shop.

“The best part of my work is I get to

be creative. It allows me to stretch

my mind, do and buy new exciting

things, and to engage myself in a

way which takes me one step closer

to reaching my full potential. And,

of course, travelling overseas to do

the buying is utterly the best! I was

privileged to visit Messe Frankfurt,

the biggest World Trading Show

connecting 23 000 suppliers with

1.4 million potential customers all

over the world. They talk about the

latest trends in décor and introduce

colour palettes for the year. I can

reveal shades of dark pinks and

maroons and also your Tiffany blue

with antique golds and rose gold

are trending along with black, gold

elements and geometric pieces. On

the tropical side, you’ll find lots of

greens, hanging botanical baskets

with ‘feature’ birds a must. Of course,

the vintage look is here to stay,

combined with blue traditional delph

ginger jars,” Elsa said.

She went on to say, “To be a retail

buyer is not easy because you are

responsible for planning, selecting,

and purchasing large quantities of

goods and then merchandising them

to make sure they sell. I permanently

rand

LIFE

need to source new goods to ensure

my products remain competitive

and timeless. Someone once said to

me, ‘Elsa sometimes your love speaks

best through your hands’.

“Last year, I began importing two

containers and this year, by the Grace

of God we stand on 13 containers

so far. My vision for Grandiflora is to

see it grow, to have agents all over

South Africa and to become a wellestablished

and recognised onestop-shop

that is known for the best

pricing and exclusivity.

My motto is, ‘Get closer than ever to

your customer. So close you tell them

what they need, well before they

realise it themselves!’

“Working six days a week, I try to do

as little as possible on a Sunday. If I’m

at home I enjoy a braai, sipping a gin

with pink tonic, and treasuring time

with my husband and my two boys,

FC and Reghardt.

“On Saturdays or during their school

holidays the boys occasionally help me

out at Grandiflora or The Flower Cup and

I have always taught them the effort you

put in is what you will get out at the end

of the day! Nothing in life that is worth it,

will come easily. Looking back to when

it all began, none of it actually did come

easily but it’s all been worth it!“

Text: Lize-Maré Landsman. Photos: Jenna-Leigh Storey.

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I can see

clearly

Meet the dynamic

optometrist Damien

Bartlett. We sat down with

him and chatted about

the rewards of watching

someone smile when

they receive their first pair

of spectacles or contact

lenses.

“At the age of 11, I received

my first pair of contact

lenses after battling with

an eye condition known

as Keratoconus, which

had gone undiagnosed

from a young age. I was

very myopic but assumed

my vision was normal. My

case was rather unusual for

someone of my age and I was

referred to many optometrists.

Eventually, after feeling I’d

never be able to see properly,

I went to Cape Town where

I was fitted with specialised

contact lenses in the back room of

a contact lens manufacturing lab.

The two optometrists and a lens

manufacturing technician called

Wendy Wilmot, changed my life and

I went home with my new contact

lenses in. I just couldn’t believe what

vision I had missed out on and that

day I made the decision I wanted to

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now

become an optometrist.

“In 2008 I qualified and graduated

with a B.Tech Optometry degree

from the University of Johannesburg

and began working part-time in one

of the largest optical laboratories in

the city. After this I embarked on student

optometric work at a prominent

practice gaining valuable practical

experience. When my professional

career kicked off I had the ability to

give patients professional and personalised

eye care.”

His practice philosophies have remained

unchanged, as he continues to provide

individualized eye care at ModernEyes

Optometrists working with state-ofthe-art

digital and automated optical

diagnostic equipment, ably assisted by

a professional support team. Optometry

is a rewarding field, we make a difference

in people’s lives, watching a young

I just couldn’t

believe what

vision I had

missed out on

person smile when they receive their

first pair of spectacles or contact lenses

as they finally realise what it’s like to see

clearly for the first time.

“I love working with people and I see

myself as a problem solver. I enjoy a challenging

case, be it a complex contact

lens fit on a patient with corneal diseases

to assisting and rehabilitating a patient

with low vision caused by various eye

conditions.”

About me

“Growing up in Brackenhurst and attending Alberton High School,

I enjoyed life in the south and had a great group of friends.

I’d say I’m a collector of friends

and I’m still in close contact with all my school and varsity pals.

I have a close bond with my two younger brothers. My middle brother runs

his own trailer engineering and manufacturing business

and my youngest brother is currently in matric at St David’s in Inanda.

Family is important to me. I’ve been married for four and half years to my high

school sweetheart and best friend, Sheri. We haven’t begun

a family yet, but we are definitely in the ‘thinking about it stage’. Presently our

two dogs, a Jack Russell called Gunner and a mini dachshund named Poppy,

fill a little space in our lives but as much as we enjoy them, having children is

something we are both really looking forward to. We love travelling and try

to visit a different country each year, enjoying spending some valuable time

together. I enjoy a glass of good whisky and an occasional poker game with

friends, watching cooking shows on TV and then trying out the recipes. Other

than that I’d say I’m your regular kind of a guy, with a passion for life and looking

forward to making many more wonderful memories.

Dr. Anjana Bhana @thebeautydoc365 Dr Anjana Bhana

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From the wellrespected

Dr

Hauschka range, this

Quince Day Cream is

a light daily moisturiser

for healthy, toned skin.

R629 from Woolworths,

Wellness Warehouse stores

and tocara4.co.za • Vitamin C

stimulates collagen production,

reduces melanin production, acts as

a powerful anti-oxidant to neutralise

free radicals and has anti-wrinkle

properties, improving skin texture

and complexion. And Laboratoire

SVR Hydracid C50 is a micro peeling

foam mask described as pure vitamin

C in a can. R600 from Clicks and

Absoluteskin.co.za

What about a little Sunset Orange on your

nails ... one of our fave shades from Mavala

Mini Nail Colour. R87 from Dis-Chem,

Clicks and Woolies

Freshest fragrances

EVER ... this sensational

Solinotes range

includes Pomelo

and Oranger.

LOVE! R298

from Foschini

A shot of

VITAMIN C

We’re having a bit of a fling with

all things orange, lemon and lime

New INOAR 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel comes in a whopping one-litre bottle, is 100 per cent vegan and has a

relaxing orange flower scent. R320 from inoar.co.za • This Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil is an exceptional product and so

well priced. R36.99 from PEP • Get a citrus and ginger kick with Earthsap Body Wash. R79 from faithful-to-nature.co.za •

All pink grapefruit and mandarin, the Superfruit Collection Exfoliating Shower Gel is a sharp, smart option for a wakeup

shower. R70 from Checkers • We keep Morlage & Yorke Lemongrass and Verbena Handwash in our bathrooms and

kitchen ... love the sharp, fresh scent. R89 from @Home

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Lamelle’s Correctives Vita C Lipid Serum offers the ability to deliver the age-reversing

properties of vitamin C to skins that cannot tolerate products containing ascorbic acid. An

exceptional product with 20 per cent vitamin C, plus jojoba seed oil and ginger root extract, it

can be used on sensitive and dry skin with no need to acclimatise. R849 from lamelle.co.za

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, made from 100

per cent plant extract, tones and restores radiance to your

complexion. R590 from your local Clarins stockist.

KIEHL’S Cilantro & Orange

Extract Pollutant Defending

Masque works on three levels ... it

fights skin damage, strengthens

skin and shields against pollution.

Not much more you need, really.

R695 from Edgars.

SoyLites Lip Balm with lemon essential

oil is fresh and leaves your lips feeling as

if they’ve just been kissed by nature. R55

from www.soylites.co.za

We can’t live without essential oils, and

SOiL has some of the best. These Sweet

Orange (R30), Lemon (R40) and Lime

(R65) are fresh and gorgeous. All from

Dis-Chem or www.soil.co.za

Love the packaging. Love the scent.

Love the product. Mies Bubble Tub

with scents of lemon and tangerine.

Yum! R250 from miesetc.com

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Wine and dine

Delheim Pinotage Salted Chocolate and

Berry Ice Cream

Too cold for ice cream? Never! Once you’ve tasted this

delicious Delheim Pinotage ice cream, you’ll be yearning for it

through winter and summer! It is super easy to make and you

will get goosebumps with every bite.

The new Delheim Pinotage 2017 is a medium-bodied wine

with rich, crimson hues. It is all cranberry and plum that’s just

the ticket for a variety of dishes. Details: around R145 to R150.

www.delheim.com

Ingredients

500ml fresh cream • 1 tin condensed milk • ½ cup Delheim

Pinotage • 2 tbs berry jam • 200g dark chocolate • 5ml Maldon

salt

Method

Pour the wine in a saucepan and simmer until reduced by

half. Let it cool. Melt the dark chocolate, spread it out onto

baking paper and sprinkle the Maldon salt over. Leave until it

hardens and break up into pieces.

Whip the cream in a stand mixer until stiff peaks form.

With the mixer still running, slowly pour in the sweetened

condensed milk.

Gently stir in the Delheim Pinotage, berry jam and salted dark

chocolate. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer-safe container

and freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Serve in an ice-cream

cone with chocolate sauce.

Pork & Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (serves six)

Love meatballs? We do … and we really

love this new recipe from Spier, who

suggest (quite rightly) that we enjoy them

with their new Seaward wine. Serve these

hearty nuggets with pasta, mashed potato

or crusty bread. They pair wonderfully with

Spier Seaward Shiraz 2017. This lovely rich

wine has beautifully layered aromas of

mulberry, violets and plum. Details: R110

spier.co.za/wine/wine-ranges/seaward

Ingredients

For the sauce: 45ml olive oil • 3 cloves

garlic (crushed/grated) • 2 cans (800g)

whole Italian tomatoes (blitzed to a

smooth pulp) • 10ml (2 teaspoons) sugar •

salt and pepper to taste

For the meatballs:

30ml olive oil • 1 onion (finely chopped)

• 1 fennel bulb (finely chopped, and save

some of the fronds for serving) • rind of a

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small lemon (finely grated) • 10ml smoked

paprika • 1kg pork mince • salt and pepper

to taste

Method

Prepare the sauce: Fry the garlic until

golden. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt and

pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer about

15 minutes or until reduced by a third.

Prepare the meatballs: In a wide pan,

heat the oil and fry the onions, fennel and

lemon rind until they are soft and fragrant.

Remove from the heat and transfer to a

mixing bowl, adding the smoked paprika,

mince, salt and pepper. Mix well. Shape

into balls (about 4 to 5cm in diameter).

Using the same pan as before, add more

olive oil and fry the meatballs on all sides

over medium heat until just cooked. Serve

with the warm tomato sauce. Optionally,

serve with pasta/starch of your choice.

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SHOP 15 A

Jaimee H – Exclusive Ladies

Boutique

• In House Designer • Alterations

• Evening • Wedding • Day Wear

• Sizes Small to Plus Size

* We also design and make men’s

clothing

011 867- 6421 • 076 023 4194

info@jaimeeh.co.za

SHOP 20

Hello Gorgeous!

• Massages

• Manis

• Pedis

• Waxes

• Facials

• And More

011 867-3719 • 072 948 1320

meyersdal@sorbet.co.za

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SHOP 24

Brackenwest

Hardware & Hire &

Meyersdal

access scaffolding

We hire out all light construction

equipment, props, kwikstage

and aluminium access

scaffolding.

011 867- 6624/5/6

brackenhire@mweb.co.za

SHOP 12 B

• Building of new houses

• Project management

• Building packages

• Alterations

COENBUILD

BUILDERS cc

011 867-7743 • 084 444 7884

coen@coenbuild.co.za

SHOP 12 B

We utilise industry-leading

techniques and equipment

along with the highest grade

materials to produce the best in

Granite and Quartz worktops.

Services:

• Granite • Quartz • Marble

076 276 0584

info@graniteandquartz.co.za

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Cheers!

Women’s month is all about women and what better way to celebrate than

inviting a few ‘girl’ friends over and shaking up a few cocktails. Or better still let

Turn ‘n Tender do it for you. Just don’t forget the ‘girls’!

Peach Bellini

Ingredients

• 50ml southern comfort

• 50ml krone brut sparkling

wine • 25ml peach liquer

• 100ml crushed yellow

peaches • 100ml ice

Method

Blend all ingredients

with ice in a ice blender

until mixture is at your

desired slushiness.

Pour into a martini glass

and garnish with a moat of

sweetened sangria.

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Flower power

Amazing ideas for seasonal colour.

We’re planting… Osteospermum

ecklonis ‘Purple Sun’, a new variety with

vivid flowers that announce the beginning

of spring. The blooms feature several

shades of orange that fade into a deep

purple ring at the centre of the flower.

Plants form a compact, well-branched

plant, 25cm high and 40cm wide, with

an abundance of flowers. Grow ‘Purple

Sun’ in full sun and in ordinary garden soil

that’s been well composted. They also look

good in containers and hanging baskets.

In coastal gardens, plants should be

sheltered from the wind. Fertilise in spring

and again in autumn. Water regularly but

don’t over water as the plant can tolerate

moderately dry soil.

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1.5l Galvanised

Watering Can,

R149.99,

Woolworths

Indoor/ patio

plant of the

month…

is the beautiful

indoor mini-arum

lily (Zantedeschia)

that is now available in

sizzling shades of pink,

deepening into burgundy.

The trumpet-like flowers

are available in eight

different colours and

many varieties have shaded

or speckled leaves. They enjoy a

warm, sunny room as plants can

take some morning sun. Water the

plants as soon as the soil’s surface is slightly dry.

During spring and summer, add liquid fertiliser

to the water about every two weeks. The leaves

are toxic to cats and dogs so keep the plants

out of reach.

Wildflowers of Kenya and northern

Tanzania – Anne Powys

A compact guide featuring nearly 400

wild flowers of Kenya and northern

Tanzania, grouped for ease of use according

to colour. The book includes

the most widespread and commonly

encountered species as well as some

unusual flowers found in more remote

areas. R200, Penguin Random House.

Johannesburg South Garden Club August meeting

On Tuesday, August 27 Johannesburg South Garden Club will hold its meeting

at 10am at The Geelhout Room, Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre, Peggy

Vera Road, Kibler Park. Guest speaker will be Charles Barnhoorn from Hadeco,

talking about Beauty from Bulbs – summer edition. There will be bulbs for sale

at the meeting. Visitors welcome. For more information please phone, Dennis

Boddinton on 083 642 1967.

GARDENING TASKS FOR

AUGUST

• August is a windy month; secure

climbers and stake newly planted

trees. Check the ties of standard roses

and all other standard plants that are

supported by stakes.

• In very cold areas delay winter rose

pruning until the middle or end

of August.

• Increase watering to once a week for

most plants.

• Fertilise all plants. Flowering plants

should get 5:1:5 or 3:1:5 and shrubs

and trees 2:3:2 (or their organic

alternatives). Fuchsias like a nitrogenrich

fertiliser at the beginning of the

season.

• Remove the spent flowers of primulas,

petunias, pansies and violas to

encourage them to keep on flowering.

• Give the lawn its spring treatment.

Rake out all the dead grass and then

cut the lawn with the lawnmower on

its lowest setting. Compacted ground

can be spiked with a garden fork or a

hollow tine fork. Apply lawn fertiliser

and water in well.

• If the lawn has hollows, is uneven or

there are dead patches, level it with

lawn dressing. Fertilise and water well.

• Remove leaves from gutters and

fix any broken ones. Why not call in

a plumber to set up a system that

diverts rainwater from the gutters into

a tank.

• Clean the garden furniture and treat

any wooden garden furniture. Check

with your paint shop for suitable

products.

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Coastal escape

Plett ... still (and always will be) the perfect

destination for a mid-year coastal break

With its plush boutiques and

smart complexes, Plettenberg

Bay is hardly a sleepy seaside

village getaway. But, in spite of the

dramatic development that has

taken place in recent decades, the

town remains a shrine to nature’s

bounty. And there’s nowhere

better to enjoy the view than

at the Sky Villa Boutique Hotel,

part of the Cape Summer Villas

Collection.

‘Plettenberg Bay always has the

most wonderful sunrises,’ my

mother tells me, reminding me

of how we used to sit, hands

wrapped round steaming mugs of

coffee, watching a small red ball

slowly climbing the horizon. That

was back in the nineties, when

Plett was our family holiday spot.

And, although much has changed

since then, the grandeur of the

sunrise certainly hasn’t. That’s

what I’m thinking as I watch that

same red ball from my balcony, its

rays refracted in a golden splash

on the surface of the lagoon. Just

beyond this gilded spectacle, the

beach beckons…

It’s no wonder that Plett’s

legendary scenery draws legions

of holidaymakers, local and

international alike. But the same

craggy beauty which makes it

a joy for the eyes also makes for

outstanding exploring. While it’s

tempting to sit and take in that

balcony view, I know there are

even greater splendours beyond

the hotel.

There’s the famed Robberg hike,

for instance – a favourite way for

locals to spend the weekend. The

walk takes you from rocky dunes

(watch out for the views of seals at

play) to a wave-splattered beach.

Then there’s cruising down the

Keurbooms River, where shadow

plays on fynbos-festooned

mountains and amber-coloured

water laps at private beaches. If

ever there was a place that called

you to spread out your towel and

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turn off your phone, this would be

it – but, then again, that would be

a wasted opportunity. The smooth,

calm waters also make this an ideal

spot for trying out your stand-up

paddling skills. But if that idea

doesn’t grab you, perhaps the

thought of cruising slowly down

the river, bubbles in hand, will.

Plett’s beaches are also a favourite

party spot for whales and

dolphins. We played tag with them

out on the ocean, and although

the dolphins proved somewhat

shy and elusive, nothing could

beat the exhilarating sensation of

streaming over azure blue waves.

Then there are those boutiques

and bakeries. Those

who love browsing

through interesting

stores will find time

flies as they meander

down Plett’s high

street, refuelling

occasionally with a

flat white and slice

of buttery cake.

As much as all these activities are

food for the soul, there’s just as

much fulfilment to be found at

the hotel itself. It’s as though every

angle and corner of Sky Villa has

been carefully designed to make

you stop and stare – inside the

hotel, a luxe palette of metallics

is offset by moody wallpapers

and floral fabrics. Clearly, this

establishment hasn’t been created

merely as a place to relax; it’s also

intended as a treat for the senses.

The hotel’s gardens are even more

pleasing. Flurries of fynbos make

for a smudgy pastel landscape,

while the vista rolls all the way

down to that sapphire

sea. You can’t blame a

girl for wanting to take

it all in – which is why I

spent much of my stay

at the heated pool on the

rooftop bar. The espresso

martini I’m sipping certainly

doesn’t hurt, either.

The panorama from the

restaurant is similarly

spectacular. That might be the

reason the hotel is fast gaining a

reputation as a favourite breakfast

destination, although it’s the

dinners that really got my mouth

watering. The menu draws on

Mediterranean influences, so

expect plenty of fresh, bold

flavours that pair perfectly with

your coastal location. My all-time

hero dish is Live By Chocolate, a

chocolate experience so densely

delicious it will take care of all

cravings for the next week: think

a duo of mousse, lashed with

butterscotch sauce and finished

off with a dollop of home-made

ice cream. Of course, life isn’t

just about dessert (would that

it could be). I also loved the

avocado and salmon tartare,

with a liberal drizzle of sesame

oil complementing the Asian

complexity of the dish, while the

pork belly received lavish praise

from my companions. A word

of advice – go hungry! Sky Villa’s

portions are generous, to say the

least, and you’ll definitely want to

do them justice.

After just one weekend here, I feel

cosseted and cocooned – and

more than ready to tackle life

below the clouds.

Info ...

Rates (per room on a bed and breakfast basis) range from

R2 200 for a standard mountain-facing room in low season up

to R9 900 for the presidential suite in high season.

Details: Sky Villa: Capesummervillas.co.za; Ocean Blue

Adventures (whale and dolphin watching): oceanblueadventures.

co.za; SUP Keurbooms (stand-up paddling and champagne

cruises): standuppaddling.co.za

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Spoil

August

A two-night stay for two

in the Natal Midlands

If you’re jolly lucky, you’ll have already visited Brahman Hills in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

This spot, in the 1000-hectare Blue Crane Reserve, has for a while been a top choice for weddings,

conferences and idyllic country escapes. Now the 4-star destination has just added a new option we can’t

wait to experience ... Springholm Cottages. Just four and a half km from the hotel, these cottages are selfcatering,

but you’re close enough to the main venue to enjoy, if you wish, the extensive facilities - we’re

talking two great restaurants, two lovely chapels (the Glass Chapel overlooking a lake, and the new Valley

View Chapel, built partially underground), a purpose-built venue for conferences and private functions,

and a state-of-the-art spa (trust us, you’ll want to book something relaxing and pampering here). If

you can bear to leave, you can visit the Midlands Meander and the neighbouring The Windmills Kitchen.

Details: brahmanhills.co.za or 033-266-6965. We’re giving one reader the chance to take a partner for a

two-night midweek break in one of these new self-catering Springholm Cottages at Brahman Hills. The

prize, on a bed-and-breakfast basis, includes a dinner at 89 on Copper. To enter, simply visit Get It National

Magazines on Facebook, like our Springholm Spoil post, and tag a friend. Entries close August 25.

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