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Stop and sip the rosé<br />

We’re having a little love affair with rosé wines at the moment, and have<br />

fallen head over heels with these... each perfect for a summer romance.<br />

Who doesn’t love an Italian? We’re besotted with VOGA Rosa... a dry-but-fruity rosé with touches of redcurrant and strawberry,<br />

pomegranate and melon (lovely with soft cheeses, seafood and salads). We’re in love too, with the chic, reusable bottle. Simply<br />

remove the label and use the cylinder glass bottle for juices or water. R169 from TOPS and Makro. Details: bottegasa.co.za.<br />

• One of our favourite pink bubblies is the Krone Vintage Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé - a lustrous pink-copper bubbly, it’s<br />

refreshing and fruit-forward, and is delicious with prawns grilled on the coals, with a strawberry cream cake, with rose water<br />

macarons (there’s a Valentine’s meal for you!). Around R150 at your local bottle store. Details: kronemcc.com. • It’s new, it’s already<br />

scooped a double gold award, it’s chic and captivating. We’re drinking the just launched Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé, made in the<br />

famed Robertson Valley of Roses. All gold-pink, rose petals, melon, strawberries and raspberry coulis, it’s perfect with seafood,<br />

fish and light pasta dishes. Around R85 from good bottle stores. Details: zandvliet.co.za. • This “little darling” charms with notes<br />

of watermelon, papaya and strawberry. Gabriëlskloof Rosebud Rosé is a dry, light and deliciously moreish Provençal-style<br />

rosé, with equal amounts of Syrah and Viognier. It’s described as the “little darling” of Gabriëlskloof’s Estate Range, and is lovely<br />

to drink by itself, but also pairs well with light dishes. Buy it online for around R80 a bottle. Details: gabrielskloof.co.za.<br />

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WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

04 Participate in a Secret Sunrise, indulge in<br />

Albert Frost or give a furry friend a furever home<br />

05 Chillax with a few lovely <strong>Feb</strong> reads<br />


06 Light up your life, follow a food truck or<br />

add a dash of sparkle with a ruby grapefruit aperitif<br />

SOCIAL<br />

08 A perfect pairing of bites and bubbly<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 Nelia Venter on living a full life<br />

12 Never a dull moment with adventurous couple<br />

Paul and Michelle Coetzee<br />

BEAUTY<br />

15 Dare to go bare<br />

FOOD<br />

16 Sweet dreams are made of these<br />

ART<br />

18 The art of quilting with Riëtte Dolezal<br />

TRAVEL<br />

20 Oh, those Russians!<br />


24 - 26 Spoil your loved one - or yourself - with our list of<br />

hand-picked Valentine’s indulgences<br />

WIN<br />

25 A bottle of non-boozy bubbly and a summery scarf<br />

32 A custom portrait of you and a loved one<br />


Paul and Michelle Coetzee.<br />

Make-up by - Isabel Franken.<br />

Hair by - Elaine van Putten.<br />

Photographed by - Belinda Erasmus.<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 03

A hot date!<br />

Pencil in these events into your <strong>Feb</strong>ruary diary right now!<br />

If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to jess@lowvelder.co.za<br />

01<br />

Join us for the Pediatric<br />

Care Africa Secret Sunrise<br />

at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in<br />

White River. This fundraiser begins<br />

at 7:30am. Bring the whole family<br />

and join in this musical journey with<br />

wireless headsets while you connect<br />

with humanity, nature and yourself.<br />

Dress in blue and orange and get<br />

creative. Tickets cost R120 for adults<br />

and R60 for kids under 13 and are<br />

available via Quicket. Details:<br />

072-530-9795.<br />

08<br />

Take a ride on the wild side.<br />

Cycle Tribe Nelspruit hosts<br />

a Kruger fence MTB ride. Cyclists<br />

will leave from Numbi Gate at 7am<br />

sharp. It is a fairly easy 60-kilometre<br />

route; 45 kilometres are flat and<br />

downhill, but the last 15 are more<br />

challenging. You're responsible for<br />

getting to Numbi Gate - carpooling<br />

is suggested. There will be a braai<br />

afterwards, everyone is welcome.<br />

If you're game, send an email to<br />

mitch@cycletribe.co.za.<br />

14<br />

We just love Albert Frost! This<br />

blues singer/rock guitarist<br />

performs at The Pub in Mbombela.<br />

The show starts at 7pm and tickets<br />

cost R120 per person. There are<br />

loads of specials up for grabs. Details:<br />

Ettienne on 013-755-4861.<br />

15<br />

Keen to make a difference in<br />

your community? Nelspruit<br />

Hospice hosts an awareness<br />

day at The Grove SUPERSPAR in<br />

Mbombela from 9:30am to 1:30pm.<br />

Find out more about the cause<br />

and how you can support this local<br />

non-profit. Donations welcome. The<br />

organisation's well-known delicious<br />

hospice honey will also be available<br />

to purchase.<br />

15<br />

Get ready for live music<br />

with Gerald Clark at Ronnie<br />

Holmes Club in Barberton. The<br />

shows begins at 6pm and there's an<br />

after-party till late. Tickets are R150 per<br />

person and include camping. Bring<br />

your own cooler box. Details: Andrea<br />

on 079-180-1488.<br />

29<br />

The Madness Comedy<br />

Festival is a laugh a<br />

minute. Held at Emnotweni in<br />

Mbombela, the event is from 8pm<br />

to 11pm. Trevor Gumbi, Sista H aka<br />

Emelda, Felix Hlophe, Liyabona<br />

aka Liyanqaba, Chik Aljoy, Luphelo<br />

Kodwa, Simphiwe Shembe and<br />

Madala will have you screaming<br />

with laughter. Tickets are available<br />

through Computicket at R180<br />

per person.<br />

14-15<br />

Love has four paws... Come meet<br />

the love of your life at the SPCA<br />

Nelspruit Blind Date-athon.<br />

It starts on Friday at 10am and<br />

ends on Saturday at 12pm.<br />

Give a furry friend a furever<br />

home!<br />

29<br />

The Gereformeerde Kerk in<br />

Mbombela hosts a fete from<br />

7am to 2pm. This family affair has<br />

everything from delicious food and<br />

drink to odds and ends. A tea garden<br />

and jumping castle will be available.<br />

So make sure you don't miss out!<br />

04 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong>

Book club<br />

Half a dozen lovely reads,<br />

and one delicious rosé<br />

Fiona Walker is right up there at<br />

the top of our list of favourite chic-lit<br />

authors. Big, fat reads crammed with<br />

farmhouses and horses and hankypanky.<br />

Country Lovers is 595 pages of<br />

sheer joy. The perfect Valentine’s read.<br />

Head Zeus, R315.<br />

Old lies. New loves. Double lives.<br />

All set on a island in the Caribbean.<br />

Elin Hilderbrand’s What Happens<br />

in Paradise is just the thing for a<br />

lazy summer afternoon read<br />

on the lounger. Hodder &<br />

Stoughton, R325.<br />

Cathy Kelly’s another fave...<br />

her books are warm and<br />

witty and just wonderful. The<br />

Family Gift is the story of a<br />

big, messy, and wonderful<br />

family, a glamorous and<br />

manipulative ex-wife, a new<br />

house in the country (with<br />

a name, not a number!)...<br />

and of Mildred (that<br />

nagging inner critic<br />

who tells us we’re<br />

not good enough).<br />

Orion, R285.<br />

A movie goddess with two Oscars,<br />

four husbands, a whole string of<br />

lovers, and a story to tell. Add a loving<br />

stepson, a beautiful and talented<br />

ghost writer and a few dangerous<br />

secrets and you’ve got Nora Roberts<br />

at her best. Genuine Lies is a reprint<br />

of her thriller-cum-love-story... and it’s<br />

fab. Little Brown, R195.<br />

In Bruce Holsinger’s The Gifted<br />

School, a group of close friends and<br />

their children are living harmoniously<br />

in a peaceful, privileged community.<br />

But when a gifted school, with just<br />

a few prestigious places, opens,<br />

there’s suddenly fierce competition...<br />

and things quickly turn sour.<br />

Headline, R325.<br />

Lies Lies Lies. Adele Parks’ latest<br />

novel is all happy families and perfect<br />

marriages. On the surface. But add<br />

alcohol, secrets and lies, and you’ve<br />

got a disaster just waiting to happen.<br />

Dark and moody and a fabulous twist.<br />

HQ / Harper Collins, R318.<br />

RM-VI190607NH<br />

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jewellery<br />


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jewellery<br />

C U SST TO M<br />

The prettiest, pinkest, most delish rosé is what we’re wanting this<br />

Valentine’s Day... and we found it. The 2019 vintage of Perlé de<br />

Jean is all ripe, fresh berries, citrus zest and melon, and a froth of<br />

tiny bubbles. It’s magnificent with prawns (our meal of choice on<br />

the 14th), but lovely, too, with chicken and summer salads. You’ll<br />

find it for around R69,99 at Checkers, Makro, Food Lover’s Market<br />

and selected SPAR and TOPS at SPAR stores.<br />

Shop 69UG I’langa Mall Mall<br />

Shop 73A 73A Crossing Centre<br />

013 013742 742267<br />


Wish list<br />

Brighten up your desk or follow a food truck!<br />

Pops of colour to inspire<br />

Nobody wants a dull, grey space to work in, so why not liven up your work<br />

area and increase your productivity by adding a pop of colour? The Monty<br />

range of desk lamps (R399) is the perfect accompaniment, and will<br />

give your desk that added joie de vivre we all need. Available from<br />

The Lighting Warehouse, they retail from R399 and come in Black, Ivory,<br />

Red, Duck Egg and Blue. Details: www.lightingwarehouse.co.za.<br />

Add a dash of sparkle<br />

Spoil your valentine with Pampelle, a delicious aperitif<br />

from the French island Corsica, now available in South<br />

Africa. The hero of this complex aperitif is the star ruby<br />

grapefruit that gives it its bitter-sweet taste. Pampelle<br />

and tonic is delicious, and no special tonic is needed,<br />

as the fresh burst of grapefruit really comes though.<br />

Alternatively, you could have it as a spritz. This artisanal<br />

contradiction of bitter-sweet citrus and natural<br />

botanicals is also delicious in a signature cocktail,<br />

topped with champagne and a little soda water.<br />

Available in 750ml for R399 at all premium bottle<br />

stores nationwide. Details: www.pampelle.com.<br />

Full steam ahead!<br />

Brad Innes is a passionate<br />

foodie with over a decade of<br />

experience as a chef in the<br />

retail and hospitality industry.<br />

In 2019 a small idea became<br />

a big dream overnight, and<br />

Steam Street Cafe was born.<br />

Now a full catering service<br />

with an event tuk-tuk to boot,<br />

this is a must-see and sample<br />

in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. Follow Brad on<br />

his foodie adventures on<br />

@steamstreetcafe, steam_<br />

street_cafe, or contact him on<br />

072-261-5543.<br />

New kid<br />

on the<br />

(sun) block<br />

CF SPF25 Mist is<br />

a refreshing setting<br />

mist that allows you<br />

to reapply SPF over<br />

your make-up. Infused with<br />

antioxidant-rich cucumber<br />

and aloe, this weightless spray<br />

locks in your morning makeup,<br />

controls natural oils, and<br />

evens the complexion while<br />

the calming active ingredients<br />

reduce redness. R230 per 100ml.<br />

Available from CF Suncare<br />

on 012-804-0980.<br />

06 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong>

Roodeberg Rosé - your seductive valentine<br />

Woo your beloved this Valentine’s Day with the delightful<br />

Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2019 - it’s the ultimate summer<br />

sip and will work its magic over an intimate dinner. This vivacious<br />

wine shows subtle aromas of strawberry, candy floss and raspberry<br />

intertwined with hints of rose petals and Turkish delight making for<br />

pure indulgence. With a gold medal from the 2019 Michelangelo<br />

International Wine & Spirit Awards, the captivating Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon driven wine is best enjoyed in good company.<br />

The Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2019 is available at leading stores<br />

countrywide, selling at R89 to R95 a bottle. Catch all the action<br />

by joining the Roodeberg community on Facebook or follow<br />

@Roodeberg_Wine on Instagram and Twitter.<br />


Celeste Gebhard, Denise Greyling-Coetzer<br />

and Lezel van Niekerk<br />

Ryan McCarthy and Claudia Harris<br />

The perfect match<br />

Out on the Sabie Road lies a restaurant with an exceptional<br />

view, and with extraordinary food. The first-ever sparkling<br />

wine tasting held at Zest consisted of a six-course gourmet<br />

meal, each course paired with a specially chosen sparkling<br />

wine provided by Meridian Wine Merchants. Each meal<br />

was plated and eloquently paired with a sparkling wine.<br />

The atmosphere was warm and charming, and the evening<br />

could not have gone better.<br />

Each of the six sparkling wines was paired with a course<br />

Caeden Bartosch, GT Lundie and Paul Spies<br />

WJ Coetser, Werner Pakendorf and Harry Wiltshire<br />

Hot smoked Norwegian salmon,<br />

prawn, mango and black rice salad<br />

with a coriander peanut salsa<br />

08 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong>

The welcome drink for the evening was Leopard’s<br />

Leap Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir<br />

Monique van der Walt and Tiffany Hulley-Miller<br />

Life Ndlovu, Fanie Sithole, Doubt Mpofu,<br />

Winter Ndlovu and Jabulani Mashabane<br />

Beetroot and spring onion risotto topped<br />

with heirloom tomatoes and goat’s cheese<br />

Zani Bence and Adriaan Duvenage<br />

Lonny and John Larsen<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 09

Nelia’s friends gifted her with a hat which displays a pin with specific meaning to each of them.<br />

Since her hair started falling out, the hat has become her crown of strength.<br />

Living a full life<br />

With friends and family offering endless support, Mbombelan Nelia Venter has<br />

triumphed in the face of hardship. Living life to the full, there is no stopping this<br />

young-at-heart granny of six.<br />

Text: LINDI BOTHA<br />

Nelia’s struggle with cancer began<br />

in 2008 when she was diagnosed<br />

with breast cancer. The tumour<br />

was removed and she underwent<br />

radiation therapy, only to be<br />

diagnosed with mesothelioma two<br />

years later. Although they removed<br />

her lung lining, this kind of cancer<br />

can’t be treated. “The doctor gave<br />

me two years, but God has given<br />

me seven - and counting!” she<br />

smiles. “I’ve been able to watch my<br />

grandchildren grow and spend time<br />

with them riding bikes and having<br />

plenty of fun.”<br />

But shortly after the mesothelioma<br />

diagnosis, it was discovered that<br />

Nelia had a tumour on the T5<br />

vertebrae of her spine. Before they<br />

10 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong><br />

could even get the results from the<br />

biopsy to determine what kind of<br />

cancer it was, the whole vertebrae<br />

collapsed, as it had been eaten away<br />

by the disease. Mercifully the bone<br />

marrow was not affected, or Nelia<br />

would have been paralysed. The T5<br />

vertebrae was then replaced with a<br />

titanium version.<br />

“After that operation the cancer<br />

just started spreading all over my<br />

body and, despite a few very good<br />

years after the first diagnosis, the last<br />

while has been difficult. Before that<br />

everything was manageable and I<br />

could carry on normally with my life,<br />

even though I was never in remission,”<br />

Nelia explains.<br />

But illness has not stopped her and<br />

she continues to work and enjoy<br />

life to the fullest. “I enjoy working<br />

with people and keeping my brain<br />

busy. Being at home all day can<br />

be extremely unstimulating and<br />

eventually you don’t even have<br />

anything to offer in a conversation. So<br />

I have continued to work, although I<br />

will be retiring at the end of this year<br />

due to my health.”<br />

Sitting still is not on the cards, as<br />

Nelia points out that while she does<br />

not have any hobbies, she has six<br />

grandchildren. “They keep me busy!<br />

There are five boys and one girl,<br />

so I have been richly blessed. It is<br />

the most wonderful privilege and<br />

blessing to be a grandmother. I try<br />

to be a young gran, doing as much

as I can with them and enjoy every<br />

moment with my grandkids.”<br />

Nelia’s lust for life has seen her<br />

take on many adventures with her<br />

husband, Charles. As members of the<br />

Mavericks Motorcyle Club, breakfast<br />

runs on a Sunday morning after<br />

church are the norm and an annual<br />

trek of over 1 000km. “The last trip<br />

was from Mbombela to Van Reenen,<br />

then up to Kimberly, and back. But<br />

I have started driving the backup<br />

motor vehicle, because it’s far more<br />

comfortable than being on the back<br />

of a bike!”<br />

A more recent trip, sailing in Croatia<br />

last September, saw Nelia and her<br />

husband board a boat where the<br />

age group ranged between 19 and<br />

33. “And there we came along, in<br />

our mid-60s and joined the group of<br />

partygoers. The captain looked really<br />

surprised when we arrived, but we<br />

had so much fun!”<br />

Nelia’s circle of friends has been<br />

instrumental in keeping her spirits<br />

up. She motions to the hat she is<br />

wearing, adorned with different types<br />

of brooches. “This is the first time my<br />

hair has fallen out from the cancer. So<br />

a group of my friends got together<br />

to buy the hat and each brought a<br />

brooch with a specific meaning that<br />

they pinned onto it. So it’s a very<br />

special, encouraging hat to wear.<br />

“I have a friend who has taken me to<br />

my chemotherapy treatments every<br />

single session since 2008. It’s not as<br />

if you need someone to drive you,<br />

but she does it out of support and<br />

sits with me for the whole five hours.<br />

Sometimes it can be a bit grim sitting<br />

there receiving treatment, so we sit<br />

and talk and laugh and eventually<br />

everyone in the room laughs along.<br />

“And if it’s not friends who are<br />

showering you with love, then it’s<br />

family. Through all the prayer groups<br />

and all the people who have carried<br />

me emotionally, I have been very<br />

blessed. God has been with me all<br />

the way.”<br />

In 2019 Nelia and Charles celebrated<br />

their 44th wedding anniversary.<br />

She notes that to achieve so many<br />

years together takes compromise<br />

and a willingness to change for the<br />

better. “At some point you also realise<br />

how many things are just not worth<br />

fighting over. I’ve always been a very<br />

independent person and I’m used to<br />

doing my own thing. But the illness has<br />

also brought changes in our marriage<br />

and I lean a lot more on my husband for<br />

help now. He, in turn, has started faffing<br />

more around me, which is actually quite<br />

nice,” she laughs.<br />

Although Nelia retains her vibrance, she<br />

admits that she can feel she is getting<br />

weaker by the week. “We all need to<br />

walk this road sooner or later. I have at<br />

least been given an extra seven years.<br />

One of my grandsons was only a week<br />

old when I was first diagnosed with<br />

cancer. Now, I have had seven years<br />

with him. It’s not easy, but you need to<br />

think positively and not focus on being<br />

ill, or you end up feeling worse than you<br />

actually are.”<br />

Reflecting on life’s lessons, Nelia says<br />

above all, she believes that giving love<br />

is of utmost importance. “Love can fix<br />

so many things that are wrong in this<br />

world - even more so than money.<br />

Positivity is also crucial and has been<br />

what has kept me going. When things<br />

are going well it is easy to stay positive,<br />

but when it’s going bad it can be hard.<br />

But that is when you need friends who<br />

can pick you up and offer words of<br />

encouragement.<br />

“Walk a path with God - He is<br />

responsible for everything and has<br />

carried me through so much. When<br />

there was no hope and nothing left,<br />

He carried me. So I live surrounded<br />

by His love and that of friends and<br />

family, relishing every day that is being<br />

granted.”<br />

Nelia with her grandchildren: Charli,<br />

Karli, Schalk, HC, Dian and Werner<br />

Charles and Nelia Venter<br />

In her younger days<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 11

Never a<br />

dull moment<br />

12 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong>

Watching Mbombela’s Paul<br />

and Michelle Coetzee together<br />

is a delight. This beautiful<br />

couple look at each other as if<br />

they met yesterday, and their<br />

playful banter shows just how<br />

strong their bond truly is.<br />


M<br />

ichelle was<br />

studying<br />

speech<br />

therapy and<br />

audiology,<br />

and Paul was<br />

a medical<br />

student at Tygerberg Hospital in<br />

when they first met. Paul, a musical<br />

maestro who plays guitar, piano,<br />

trumpet and ukelele, was performing<br />

at a newcomer’s concert. “That was<br />

the first time I saw him. He played ‘N1-<br />

roete’ by Lucas Maree. And he gave<br />

me butterflies!” says Michelle, herself<br />

an adept clarinet and piano player.<br />

The couple started dating a few<br />

months later and have never<br />

looked back. “Just after that I did my<br />

community service in Port Elizabeth<br />

in 2003, and then went to work in the<br />

UK in 2004. We got engaged in Paul’s<br />

final year, and then tied the knot<br />

at the end of 2005.” The Coetzees<br />

recently celebrated their 14th<br />

anniversary in Mauritius, and after a<br />

whirlwind holiday are ready to settle<br />

back into daily life.<br />

Paul, an anaesthetist, is quite the<br />

romantic, according to Michelle. “It is<br />

not unusual for him to arrive home<br />

with a bunch of flowers, a bottle<br />

of wine and distinctive ingredients<br />

and prepare a gourmet dinner. He<br />

makes an event of every occasion<br />

and makes me feel very special.<br />

He is a brilliant cook, and does the<br />

majority of cooking at home. He loves<br />

experimenting with new flavours,<br />

and I love tasting the dishes and<br />

learning from him.” The couple’s sons,<br />

Paul and Louis, also love these foodie<br />

experiments, and Paul, the elder of<br />

the two, has inherited his dad’s taste<br />

for adventurous food while Louis has<br />

a somewhat more conservative taste.<br />

“A lot of our time together is spent<br />

Jens and Paul Jr<br />

‘We believe the more we release<br />

each other to do what we love,<br />

the stronger we are when<br />

we are together’<br />

The Coetzees<br />

in the kitchen, and the boys also get<br />

involved with the cooking process,”<br />

says Paul. “I end up playing the guitar<br />

and singing on most evenings and<br />

we often eat by candlelight. We<br />

always eat as a family around the<br />

dinner table; it is a precious time<br />

together for us. And when we do<br />

go out for dinner, the kids always<br />

go with. us”<br />

In fact, the family are inclined to do<br />

most things together, and a typical<br />

weekend means spending quality<br />

time relaxing at home. Paul and Louis<br />

are the best of friends and get along<br />

famously, obviously joined by Jens,<br />

the family’s gorgeous black Labrador.<br />

Paul’s work between hospitals means<br />

he tends to have a busy schedule,<br />

so they plan weekends around<br />

it. Michelle handles most of the<br />

household and everyday issues that<br />

arise, and there is a strict no-work<br />

policy (including no homework for<br />

the boys) in the evenings. If Paul<br />

comes home early he’ll often take<br />

the kids cycling in the area, which<br />

is something all of the Coetzees<br />

have a bit of a passion for. Saturday<br />

mornings start bright and early, with<br />

Paul cycling and either parkrun for<br />

Michelle and the boys, or a mountain<br />

biking event for the family. It is her<br />

dream to complete her first MTB race<br />

with her husband, the K2C in July.<br />

These go-getters are also firm<br />

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elievers that weekends are for<br />

resting, so the afternoons are<br />

downtime for everyone. If the<br />

weather allows it, Paul and the kids<br />

love to fish at the dams on The Edge<br />

Estate, where the Coetzees reside, or<br />

take a long walk together before the<br />

evening’s cooking commences. The<br />

family love the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. The weather<br />

is perfect for their active, outdoorsy<br />

lifestyle, and Michelle especially loves<br />

to spend time in her beautiful garden.<br />

“The fact that the weather allows for<br />

the boys to play outside almost every<br />

day, not having to raise them in a city<br />

or spend a lot of time in the mall is a<br />

blessing,” the couple agree.<br />

On Sundays the family attend church<br />

in the morning and often spend<br />

the afternoon at Mankele Bike Park,<br />

their favourite place in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>.<br />

“It’s our special place, my happy<br />

place,” she says. “Camping is our<br />

favourite activity as a family and we<br />

try to camp at least once a month at<br />

various camp sites in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>,<br />

especially when there are trails to<br />

explore by foot or MTB. We do it old<br />

school with a tent and a gazebo and<br />

everyone has a specific job to do.<br />

During the winter holidays we usually<br />

plan a longer trip, and recently had a<br />

fantastic two-week camping holiday<br />

in the Richtersveld.”<br />

This marriage works because both<br />

parties understand the importance<br />

of giving each other space, and the<br />

freedom to pursue their individual<br />

dreams. Paul’s idea of the perfect<br />

getaway would be to cycle, hike<br />

and eat at a great restaurant, while<br />

Michelle would love to spend the<br />

day at a quiet, secluded beach.<br />

They both love to travel and explore<br />

nature. This stay-at-home mom is also<br />

passionate about parent-and-child<br />

interaction from a young age and<br />

how it can influence most aspects<br />

of their lives. “All your kid needs is<br />

you,” she says, and dreams of one day<br />

creating a platform to expand on the<br />

importance of a solid foundation and<br />

upbringing.<br />

While being together is an important<br />

part of the picture, the couple<br />

also believe in the importance of<br />

individuality. “It is crucial to not lose<br />

sight of your own identity, but to<br />

always remain true to who you are,”<br />

they agree. “We believe the more we<br />

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Celebrating in Mauritius<br />

Michelle and Paul at Mankele<br />

release each other to do what we<br />

love, the stronger we are when we<br />

are together. And to always see the<br />

humour in a situation and never stop<br />

laughing together.” Michelle adds<br />

that Paul is her rock. “He maintains<br />

perspective when my emotional<br />

side wreaks havoc. Oh yes, and I am<br />

definitely the biggest fan of his dry<br />

sense of humour,” she adds with a<br />

smile.<br />

Today’s lifestyle has become so fastpaced<br />

that we often lose sight of<br />

ourselves and our significant others,<br />

Louis loves to cycle<br />

and making time for each other is<br />

something that has to specifically<br />

concentrated on. “Sometimes life just<br />

gets too busy and days pass without<br />

you having a decent conversation,”<br />

says Michelle. “You start to lose touch<br />

with each other and that is not a<br />

safe place to be.” The Coetzees firmly<br />

believe that good communication<br />

over a cup of tea, and with lots of<br />

chocolate, is an important part of<br />

a happy marriage. Looking at their<br />

relaxed warmth and easy intimacy,<br />

you can certainly see that whatever<br />

they are doing, it works.

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Sweet dreams<br />

are made of these<br />

Light fluffy doughnuts drenched in<br />

Belgian chocolate, rose-flavoured ice<br />

cream, toasted marshmallow coffee<br />

and French macarons. If your sweet<br />

tooth is aching with desire then head<br />

over to Ella&Karl to step into a world<br />

of sweet fantasies.<br />

Odette and her mom, Tia Goldschagg,<br />

who assists with the business<br />

O<br />

dette van Aswegen, creator of<br />

Ella&Karl Whimsical Donuts, could<br />

be on a sugar rush. Surrounded by<br />

sweet decadence at her dessert<br />

stand in i’langa Mall, one can’t<br />

blame her if she spends her day<br />

working her way through the<br />

doughnut pops and chocolatecovered<br />

rings that adorn the<br />

glass cabinets.<br />

But it’s not a spike in blood sugar that has this<br />

Mbombelan giddy with excitement - it’s the world<br />

of possibilities that has opened up as a result of the<br />

runaway success of her gourmet doughnuts.<br />

Treat your valentine with custom-made gourmet<br />

doughnuts from Ella&Karl<br />

16 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong><br />

Text: LINDI BOTHA<br />

“The idea is to create something that you don’t get<br />

in Mbombela – not a mass-produced product, but<br />

something novel and gourmet, using only the finest<br />

ingredients. Our Belgian chocolate doughnuts are by<br />

far the most popular, but then we thought, why should<br />

you choose between that and ice cream? So we came<br />

up with a loaded doughnut that combines doughnuts<br />

with ice cream, chocolate sauce and Whispers sprinkled<br />

on top!” smiles Odette.<br />

And while the focus for now is mostly on doughnuts,<br />

she has a myriad of plans and ideas to implement. “We

started with black ice cream on Black<br />

Friday last year and will do a unicorn<br />

ice cream one week and rose or<br />

nougat the next, changing flavours<br />

weekly.”<br />

The i’langa Mall stand opened in<br />

October last year and Odette shares<br />

that many of her customers are<br />

Gautengers who stop for dessert on<br />

their way to the Kruger National Park,<br />

after seeing her posts on Instagram.<br />

“Social media has played a major role<br />

in our marketing and popularity. We<br />

don’t do paid posts, because we get<br />

so much organic marketing. We have<br />

a lot of people who come and take<br />

photos that they post on Facebook<br />

and Instagram and that has really<br />

helped spread the word.”<br />

Odette’s foray into the dessert world<br />

started in less happier circumstances,<br />

when her three-year-old son was<br />

diagnosed with epilepsy in 2018. “I<br />

was so scared to leave him alone, I<br />

just sat by his side the whole time. At<br />

night I started making sugar cookies<br />

just to keep busy and then decided<br />

to start selling them at a market. But I<br />

only sold two cookies!<br />

“Then my father died suddenly in<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary last year and my mom and<br />

I just had to stay busy. So we started<br />

doing more markets, but this time<br />

with a dessert table with brownies,<br />

doughnuts and the cookies. We<br />

decided on the name Ella&Karl<br />

because they were our grandparents.<br />

The cookies and the ouma and oupa<br />

concept worked well together, so we<br />

stuck with that as an ode to them.<br />

“The doughnuts sold out at our<br />

first market, and then the next. So I<br />

decided to focus on the doughnuts<br />

and see if I could get a retail premises.<br />

But no one wanted to give me space,<br />

because they said I wouldn’t make<br />

money. I then went another route<br />

and got a food truck with which I<br />

could do corporate events, weddings,<br />

markets and birthday parties. That<br />

became really popular and soon the<br />

shopping centres were phoning me<br />

to offer me retail space!”<br />

In addition to the sweet treats,<br />

Ella&Karl offers flavoured coffees with<br />

imported syrups from France. Odette<br />

believes in quality above everything. “I<br />

A world of possibilities has opened<br />

up as a result of the runaway success<br />

of her gourmet doughnuts<br />

don’t want chemical-tasting, scented<br />

flavours... so I believe in using the best<br />

ingredients I can find.<br />

“Our doughnuts are priced higher<br />

than what you would get in a<br />

supermarket, but we sell gourmet,<br />

high-end products. Our macarons<br />

are imported from France and we<br />

only use Callebaut chocolate on our<br />

doughnuts, which also needs to be<br />

imported. If we use cheaper, local<br />

ingredients it defeats the idea of why<br />

we opened.<br />

“When we started, we purposely<br />

decided not to go the massproduced<br />

route of cheaper<br />

doughnuts that sell for R10 each. We<br />

are not in competition with Krispy<br />

Kreme or anyone else. Our mission<br />

is not to be average. Many people<br />

said this concept won’t work here,<br />

because it’s not Joburg or New<br />

York. But why must we tone done<br />

everything because it’s the <strong>Lowveld</strong>?!”<br />

She enthuses that the retail<br />

environment gives you a platform<br />

to go with the seasons and the<br />

trends. “It’s Christmas, then Valentine’s<br />

then Easter - there is always some<br />

campaign running that prompts<br />

us to change and innovate. I am an<br />

interior designer by profession so I<br />

am creative by nature. I scaled down<br />

when I had children, but still needed<br />

a creative outlet and now Ella&Karl<br />

fulfils that.<br />

“For the most part I have free<br />

range, so I can really let go with my<br />

creativity. I don’t copy what I see<br />

online, so I stay away from Pinterest<br />

and looking at ideas online. I want to<br />

come up with completely different<br />

ideas on my own. When someone<br />

says they need pink doughnuts, do<br />

what you like - that’s the best. Then I<br />

am not confined by anything other<br />

than colour.”<br />

The Ella&Karl Whimsical Donuts stand<br />

is just the beginning and Odette<br />

is waiting for a store to go open in<br />

the mall to launch her dessert bar.<br />

“Then we can really go all out! We<br />

want to focus on mini desserts, like<br />

mini birthday cakes and individual<br />

portions. There are so many amazing<br />

things that a person can play around<br />

with. The possibilities are endless. It’s<br />

also a quick turnaround, so whatever<br />

you dream up today you can put into<br />

action tomorrow.”<br />

Details<br />

076-892-8690, or follow the team on<br />

Facebook and Instagram<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 17

THE ART<br />


Riëtte Dolezal has a passion for quilting, and her artworks are really something<br />

to behold. Get It visits her at her home in White River to find out more about<br />

this fascinating pastime.<br />

Text: LIEZEL LÜNEBURG. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS<br />

Riëtte retired a while ago, and has since taken<br />

up quilting. “Quilters must be mad,” she jokes.<br />

“They buy pieces of expensive fabrics, cut it<br />

into small pieces and sew it back together<br />

again.” Well, that is certainly one way to look<br />

at it! Her quilts are exquisite works of art and<br />

the skill she has developed in such a short<br />

time is astonishing.<br />

“This is what I enjoy most about it: the fact<br />

that every quilt, every single block, is an<br />

artwork,” she says. “The art does not only lie<br />

in choosing a pattern or ‘picture’, but also in<br />

selecting the right fabric and even the colour<br />

of the thread.”<br />

Most of Riëtte’s quilts feature vibrant coloured<br />

blocks and patterns set against a white<br />

background and extremely fine quilting. It<br />

is evident that every single piece of cloth is<br />

chosen with a specific end product in mind,<br />

much like an artist choosing and mixing<br />

paint colours. It is not only about piecing<br />

together fabric blocks, and many quilts also<br />

feature appliqué work. But the greatest skill<br />

probably lies in the quilting itself and Riëtte<br />

certainly knows what she is doing: she literally<br />

utilises the needle as a fine artist would use a<br />

paintbrush.<br />

Her studio is any quilter’s dream and boasts<br />

a selection of hundreds of pieces of material<br />

in different colours and patterns. It is exciting<br />

to envisage the endless possibilities to mix<br />

and match and it is acutely evident that she<br />

really is passionate about colour. She has<br />

also treated herself to a sturdy quilting frame,<br />

which is a large structure that holds and pulls<br />

together the back, batting and top parts to<br />

ease the whole process.<br />

Although South Africa boasts a huge quilters’<br />

community and the competition is quite<br />

Riette Dolezal<br />

18 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2020</strong>

extreme, one of Riëtte’s beautiful pieces has won an award at the 2019 South<br />

African National Quilt Festival. This led to her being named a master quilter by<br />

the South African Quilters’ Guild. According to the guild’s website, the award<br />

is a “reflection of the outstanding workmanship that the quilter has produced”<br />

and this is certainly no insignificant feat. But nothing comes without hard work<br />

and one could well imagine the enormous amount of time going into just one<br />

piece. According to Riëtte, she starts at about 4am and quilts through the day.<br />

However, it is not all work and no play for her. She loves the Kruger National Park<br />

and regularly packs her trusted camper to go camping for a few days! Now we<br />

wonder whether she takes some time off from quilting to rather enjoy what the<br />

park has to offer.<br />

“Quilting is a passion and I really cannot help but pack something to keep my<br />

hands busy,” she says. “I sometimes take handwork and other times I load my<br />

Bernina machine to sew a few blocks after a long game drive.”<br />

Riëtte also loves playing golf and this is one of the reasons she moved to White<br />

River Country Estate six years ago. “Golfing really is fun, especially when it is<br />

played with good friends and on a lovely course. It is also good to spend some<br />

time in the sun and the picturesque <strong>Lowveld</strong> surrounds.”<br />

Details: Riëtte at riettedolezal@gmail.com<br />

Members of the <strong>Lowveld</strong> Quilters’ Guild get together once<br />

a month at Macadamia Village in White River. Quilters from<br />

all over the <strong>Lowveld</strong> join in the fun and the gathering boasts<br />

demonstrations and vendors selling all things quilt. It is<br />

an opportunity to engage with like-minded people and<br />

members can also indulge in an extensive library featuring<br />

quilting books. Anyone interested in joining the guild is<br />

more than welcome to contact the chairman, Cathie Kotzé,<br />

on 083-626-4431.<br />


Oh, those<br />

Russians!<br />

The Peterhof fountains<br />

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Being the largest country in the world, a phenomenal<br />

17,1 million km², Russia occupies one-tenth of all<br />

land on earth. To experience a true Russian adventure<br />

requires a lot of research, as the country has so much<br />

to offer in the way of art, history, architecture, nature,<br />

music and culture. One lifetime would never be<br />

enough to encounter all of that.<br />

Danie and Cecilia Ciliers on Kizhi Island<br />

Catherine Palace<br />


Danie and Cecilia<br />

Cilliers, owners<br />

of the Talisman<br />

franchise in<br />

Mbombela,<br />

are keen<br />

travellers.<br />

“It’s an illness,”<br />

Danie laughs,<br />

as he jokingly<br />

explains the urge to go on yet<br />

another adventure. Last September<br />

the couple had the opportunity to<br />

travel the Russian waterways from<br />

St Petersburg to Moscow on a<br />

luxury four-deck vessel, a distance<br />

of 1 321 kilometres.<br />

Cecilia explains that Russia has<br />

always been one of the places they<br />

planned to visit as there are so many<br />

things to see and do. After doing a<br />

lot of research, she found a Londonbased<br />

company that specialises in<br />

all-inclusive Russian river cruises.<br />

Danie wanted to experience another<br />

Oktoberfest in Munich, and a trip to<br />

Russia in the middle of September<br />

gave them the opportunity to stop<br />

over in Munich on their way back<br />

home. But first the Russian adventure<br />

awaited them!<br />

Their trip started in St Petersburg,<br />

situated on the Neva River just off the<br />

coast of the Baltic Sea. It was founded<br />

by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Just<br />

outside St Petersburg is the Peterhof<br />

Palace that was built to serve as the<br />

Tsar’s country home, but had to be<br />

no less spectacular than the Palace of<br />

Versailles of Louis XIV of France. A visit<br />

to Peterhof stands out as one of the<br />

highlights of their tour, says Cecilia.<br />

What makes this palace so impressive<br />

are the numerous fountains in the<br />

gardens that draw millions of visitors<br />

every year. The Grand Cascade on<br />

the northern façade is formed by<br />

64 different fountains and over<br />

200 bronze statues. The Joke<br />

Fountains were specially designed to<br />

catch unwary passers-by with a spurt<br />

of water, and is quite fun!<br />

The Hermitage Museum took their<br />

breath away. This is the secondlargest<br />

art museum in the world.<br />

Empress Catherine the Great<br />

established it in 1764, a mere<br />

112 years after Jan van Riebeeck<br />

stepped onto Cape soil. This museum<br />

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has a magnificent collection of art<br />

from various eras worldwide, and<br />

collections from a variety of old<br />

masters.<br />

One of the most interesting things<br />

about travelling from St Petersburg<br />

at sea level to Moscow at 161,75m<br />

above sea level, is the various locks<br />

that are used to make the journey<br />

possible. A lock is used to lower<br />

or raise boats and ships travelling<br />

on the rivers or canal waterways.<br />

Entering the lock, with the water<br />

streaming in to raise or let out to<br />

lower their vessel, was so exciting.<br />

They also crossed Lake Ladoga, the<br />

largest freshwater lake in Europe,<br />

and with the waves reaching a<br />

swell of more than 3m it was an<br />

unforgettable experience.<br />

‘When you<br />

walk on the<br />

Red Square,<br />

it is as if you<br />

walk back in<br />

time’<br />

Peterhof Palace<br />

On the way to Moscow they stopped<br />

at various small towns and places<br />

of interest. Danie explains that the<br />

countryfolk are still extremely poor as<br />

a result of the communistic regime<br />

that only came to an end in 1991<br />

with the collapse of the Soviet Union.<br />

“Some of the towns were just<br />

incredibly beautiful. We really had<br />

the chance to see the Russian<br />

countryside, with small towns<br />

similar to our own Pilgrim’s Rest, but<br />

beautifully preserved. The country<br />

is full of the most magnificent<br />

churches and it was very interesting<br />

to visit places like Uglich, a town that<br />

originated back in 937, and the island<br />

Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,<br />

where you find the most fabulous<br />

examples of Russian architecture,”<br />

says Cecilia. For Danie, a visit to the<br />

Kremlin in Moscow was a personal<br />

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow<br />


highlight. This is the fortified complex in the centre of the city<br />

and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, Kremlin Wall, Kremlin<br />

Towers and the Red Square.<br />

“When you walk on the Red Square, it is as if you walk back<br />

in time; the history of Russia and its people engulfs you. In<br />

Moscow we also had the opportunity to travel on the Moscow<br />

Metro, the underground railway system with 12 lines and<br />

223 stations. It almost feels as if you walk into an art museum<br />

when you enter these stations, as they have the most beautiful<br />

chandeliers and works of art on display,” says Danie.<br />

For this couple this cruise was one of the most interesting<br />

and impressive holidays they had ever had. A whole new<br />

world opened up. The boat had wonderful meals, luxury<br />

accommodation, entertainment and cultural activities. All the<br />

excursions were an adventure on their own, and gave them<br />

the opportunity to experience this country’s culture at its<br />

best. “We have travelled to many places and this was our first<br />

Russian experience,” says Cecilia.<br />

“When we departed on the trip, we knew nothing about<br />

Russia, but our minds were blown away. They preserved their<br />

buildings, their history and their art in such a magnificent way.<br />

My best advice for anyone is to go to this magnificent country,<br />

to experience a tiny portion of its magnitude. This certainly<br />

will be a trip to treasure; one we will remember for the rest<br />

of our lives.”<br />

The Hermitage Museum is full<br />

of the most beautiful art<br />


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It’s <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, which means it’s time to spoil that<br />

special someone who ignites a spark in your life,<br />

even if that person is you! We have rounded up a<br />

few fabulous goodies which will put a smile on<br />

your face and a lilt in your step, from<br />

yummy dinners and drinks, to prized<br />

perfumes and exquisite<br />

embellishments.<br />

Win!!<br />

To stand in line to win a<br />

bottle, along with a<br />

summery scarf, send your<br />

details to competitions@<br />

getitlowveld.co.za<br />

to reach us by<br />

March 2, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Good Luck!<br />

All the bubbles with none of the alcohol<br />

There’s a massive trend globally towards a healthier lifestyle and “mindful<br />

drinking” - choosing low or no alcohol drinks for health and social reasons.<br />

Today it’s all about having a choice and it has become socially acceptable<br />

and increasingly trendy to opt for a non-alcoholic drink in any situation.<br />

So this month we’re celebrating love with a bottle of Robertson<br />

Winery Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White... a refreshing bubbly that’s not<br />

too sweet, and is alcohol-free. It tastes sensational... delightfully dry with<br />

gorgeous notes of pear and mandarin, orange blossom and honeysuckle.<br />

You’ll find it for around R50 to R55 at your local bottle store.<br />

Details: robertsonwinery.co.za.<br />

Scent of a woman... or man<br />

No one says no to perfume... spoil your<br />

beloved with a heavenly scent from Mopani.<br />

Tom Ford Black Orchid 100ml EDP, R2 695.<br />

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid 100ml EDP,<br />

R2 695. Details: 013-755-5500.<br />

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While away the hours<br />

Spend a relaxed weekend at Greenway Woods exploring<br />

the scenic beauty of the stunning <strong>Lowveld</strong>, or simply<br />

indulge in time away. Details: 013-751-1094.<br />

Sublime sip<br />

Spoil yourself with a<br />

jam jar from GumTreez!<br />

A variety of flavours<br />

is available. Details:<br />

013-750-0334.<br />

Timeless<br />

Never be late with a<br />

gorgeous his or<br />

hers timepiece<br />

from Nelspruit<br />

Watchmakers.<br />

Details:<br />

013-752-6539.<br />

Revel in luxury<br />

Face to the Wind is<br />

offering a Valentine’s special<br />

of a 30-minute back-and-neck<br />

massage as well as a pedicure,<br />

for two, for R800.<br />

Details: 072-480-6688.<br />

Two for Tuesday!<br />

For the month of <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, Bodycure is<br />

offering 15% off select treatments for you<br />

and a friend (same treatment only). Enjoy a<br />

pedicure, massage, facial or facial peel (among<br />

others) while chatting with your bestie.<br />

Details: 013-752-3739.<br />

Bedazzled<br />

Surprise your<br />

valentine with a<br />

stunning piece of<br />

crafted jewellery<br />

from Violet & Rose.<br />

Detals: 013-742-2267.<br />

Say it with flowers<br />

Nothing says I love you quite like an<br />

exquisite bunch of blooms. Spoil her<br />

with a stunning arrangement of her<br />

favourites. Details: Flower<br />

Market on 073-802-5576.<br />

Scrumptious!<br />

Spoil your loved one with a delicious Valentine’s dinner<br />

on <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 14 or 15 at Orange Restaurant. Details: 013-744-9507.<br />

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Whether you decide to spend your<br />

Valentine’s Day pampering yourself with<br />

an indulgent massage or glass of bubbly;<br />

or surprising your beloved with a lavish<br />

flower arrangement and decadent Irish<br />

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SpoilA portrait of you<br />

with the one you love<br />

A love-ly spoil...<br />

Instead of the snap-we’ve-seen-it-before<br />

photo, we’re loving these custom pen and<br />

acrylic portrait paintings. Paintings<br />

of families, friends and pets...<br />

not drawn realistically, but perfectly<br />

capturing the unique and<br />

quintessential essence of<br />

each person. It’s so easy...<br />

Kaatjie Produkte works off<br />

your favourite photo, which<br />

you send via WhatsApp or<br />

email, then wait for your<br />

artwork to arrive. It can<br />

take up to two months,<br />

but it’s well worth the wait.<br />

They make amazing gifts...<br />

so if you know of anyone<br />

with a special birthday<br />

or anniversary coming<br />

up, this would be lovely!<br />

Sizes from A5 to A2, from<br />

around R600 to R1 200.<br />

Details: WhatsApp on 083-532-5483 or<br />

email kaatjieprodukte@gmail.com<br />

One reader can win a<br />

portrait... with either your<br />

pet or someone you love.<br />

Simply like our Get It<br />

National Magazines page<br />

on Facebook, tag a friend<br />

and you’ll be in the draw.<br />

Entries close on<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 20.<br />

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