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A (relatively) rare sighting

The Cape Leopard Trust team show off their new t-shirts at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards.

Spotting a leopard in the wild is a rare and special experience. A sighting apparently almost as rare is to find the entire Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) team in one place! On Thursday, 14 September, this rare occurrence actually happened, when the ten members of the Cape Leopard Trust team met at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. The venue was particularly appropriate, as Leopard’s Leap is one of the Trust’s main sponsors.

The reason for this unusual gathering was to bring together the usually widely-dispersed research, education and administrative teams for a group photo, and to showcase the new t-shirt range. It was also a valuable opportunity for a catch up in person rather than via Skype, and a chance to welcome the newest team member, Ismail Wambi to the fold.  The stylish, new t-shirts are part of a new merchandise range that will shortly be available for sale on the CLT website as part of a green gifting campaign.

The Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation working group with projects in Cape Town, the Boland and the Cederberg. It uses research and environmental education as a tool for empowering conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Since its inception in 2004 it has become an authority on predator conservation not only in the Cape, but also nationally.

www.capeleopard.org.za

Roll out the barrels!

Barrel rolling champions Marchelle Johnson and Keanu Rhode in action at the DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival.

The DStv Franschhoek Bastille Festival on 15 and 16 July, was Franschhoek’s 24th Bastille Festival. On the Saturday the weather was wet and wintery and although the village stalls were poorly patronised, rain did not stop play at the marquee.

Petite and Pretty

Sarah Eichler, Miss Petite South Africa 2018

Sarah Ruth Eichler (8) who lives outside Franschhoek on the R301 was recently crowned Miss Petite South Africa 2018 in Pretoria. In May next year she is invited to attend the Little Miss Universe pageant in Turkey.

This is how it happened. Last year Sarah was selected to represent the Western Cape as a Mr & Miss Junior South Africa 2018 finalist. She was one of nine 7 to 8 year olds from around the country in the Miss Petite age group. At the pageant the contestants were judged in different categories: casual wear, evening wear and interviews, and for fun there was also a themed wear round for which the organisers chose ‘Futuristic Sci-Fi’ as a theme this year. Sarah went as a futuristic ballerina.

Everest oorwin op Franschhoekpas

Franci van der Walt onderweg na sy mylpaal op die Franschhoekpas

Franci van der Walt, ‘n rekenmeester van Kaapstad, het op die naweek van 14 & 15 April 2018 ‘n lid geword van ‘n baie ekslusiewe klub. Volgens die amptelike ‘Everesting’ webblad het hy die 2284-ste mens geword wat ‘ge-Everest’ het. ‘Everesting’ is wanneer ‘n fietsryer dieselfde berg telkemale uitry totdat hy die hoogte van die berg Everest (8848m) geëwenaar het.

Proteas of The Valley Campaign Honours Local Women

The inspirational Proteas of the Valley ladies for 2018 were: From left to right, bottom to top: Simone Pheko, Carol Lakay, Linda Neethling, Lea Coetzee, Marizaan Bredenkamp and Cathy Sias. Mariëtte Jacobs, Moira Adriaanse, Christinne Sonne, Jacqueline Abrahams, Nolubabalo Magocoba, Carin Venter and Annina Marais. Wendy Claasen, Shevon Brymer, Simone Killian, Songelwa Sicuku-Mkita, Aletia Grundling and Jennifer Arendse. Nandi Myburgh, Karin Keys, Alvira Kleinhans, Nomhle Lucy Mbenenge, Elzabé Broekmann, Leigh Reabow, Erica Seas and Esmarelda Patton. Not pictured: Lenie Borrings, Henrietta Scholtz, Mia du Preez and Siena Charles.

August is National Women’s Month and Valcare will once again be honouring the fierce females who make the Cape Winelands a better place. Those inspirational women who flourish and flower despite difficult, dry and harsh circumstances – just like proteas.

We’re talking about the hope carriers, the impact champions and the change agents. The grandmothers, mothers, wives and daughters. The business women, social workers, teachers, entrepreneurs, nurses, volunteers, teachers, administrators and creatives. Every woman who is flowering beautifully where she has been planted.

Between 3 June and 9 July 2019 community members are invited to identify and nominate these women that are somehow making a positive impact in the lives of others; from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington and all the areas in between.

To nominate, please go to www.valcare.org.za/proteas-of-the-valley to complete the online nomination form or collect a printed form from the Valcare office in 10 Verster Street, Paarl, during their office hours.

Festival of Arts 2018

The Festival of Art will be hosting their first art extravaganza on 17 & 18 March at three venues in Franschhoek.

The unique ethos of this festival makes it stand out. When asked, the organizers had this to say: “Our goal is to provide a platform for undiscovered local artists where they can exhibit their work in a creative, relaxed and beautiful environment. We have received an incredible variety of work from all sorts of artists – the only prerequisite was that they live in SA. Amongst those, sixteen underprivileged artists were sponsored by Festival of Art with stands and supplies to assist them in exposing their talent. They teamed up with a community outreach programme Outliers (outliers.org.za) that assists more than eighty volunteer-driven initiatives in townships where adults help children after school assisting with homework and teaching them therapeutic coping skills such as creating artwork”.

The venues hosting the Festival of Art each have their own style and character. Each picturesque location will feature a celebrated South African artist – Selwyn Pekeur at Bridge House School, Nanette Ranger at Eikehof and Ronald West at La Bri.

A look at the Festival of Art’s website (www.festivalofart.co.za) will get you picturing the festive scene; an art in the park extravaganza set in and amongst shady trees and rows of vines.

For entertainment there will be street performers, buskers and musicians constantly delighting all and sundry. One of the highlights for visitors will be that many artists exhibiting their artwork will be working on pieces during the festival. Who doesn’t love watching an artist’s process and connecting with where the artwork comes from?

With everything set for what promises to be two wonderful art-filled days, art cognoscenti and novices alike should not miss this!

Book your ticket at: www.qkt.io/foa

Stuart and Leigh greet PnP

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage purchased the ‘Co-op’ in 1997. This photo dates from the mid-1990s.

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage laid down the reins as owners of the PicknPay Franschhoek stores in May 2018, after 21 busy years in the Franschhoek retail sector.

Their retail journey together started in 1996, when their paths crossed at the then Franschhoek Verbruikers Ko-operasie in the centre of the village, or the ‘Co-op’ as everybody knew it.  They purchased the business and, in 1997, established the Village Supermarket.  In 2003 they joined the Pick n Pay family. A Pick n Pay Liquor store was added to their business in 2009 and a Pick n Pay Daily store in 2010.

March Cinemagic in the Franschhoek Valley

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is a fantastic opportunity for family fun.

There are only two months left of the Galileo Open Air Cinema’s current season. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are two screening in the Franschhoek Valley during March.

On Saturday, 2 March, La Paris Estate will host a screening of Pretty Woman and on Saturday, 16 March Anna Karenina will be screened at the Huguenot Museum.

Exquisite views, tranquil settings, interactive games, a fabulous selection of vino and gourmet market goodies are just a few of the “extras” you can look forward to when doors open at 17h00. Once you’ve drooled over the magnificent sunset and nestled up to your partner, friends, or even just your bottle of pinotage, the stars come out, and the movie begins.

Visit www.thegalileo.co.za to book your tickets, or to check out their full movie schedule which also includes weekly screenings around Cape Town.

Ticket prices:

Standard: R89

Warm: R97 (plus blanket)

Comfy: R105 (plus backrest)

Warm & comfy: R110 (plus blanket and backrest)

VIP: R175 (Reserved premium seating, blanket, backrest, popcorn, Coca-Cola and Frey chocolate)

Snuggle: R320 per couple (Reserved area with mattress, blankets x2, pillows x2 and Frey chocolate)

Friday Braai Lunches at Miko Restaurant

Mont Rochelle Hotel’s Miko Restaurant is firing up the braai for summer. Every Friday lunchtime from 12h00 they are serving up a barbeque feast.

Whatever your dietary preferences there’s something for everyone: expect steak, boerewors, line fish, chicken thighs and more from the barbeque. Then help yourself to a selection of beautifully prepared salads from the salad table. Honey roasted carrots with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds and balsamic vinegar; Baked beetroot with orange segments and basil pesto; and Grilled aubergine with feta and marjoram dressing are just three of the many options.

Remember to try one of the traditional griddle cakes and to leave room for dessert! Choose from Grilled pineapple with coconut ice cream and Traditional malva pudding with Amurula cream. If you can’t make up your mind… try a bit of both!

Add some wine from the farm, or a little further afield, combine with great company and you have a recipe for a very ‘lekker’ local lunch.

R320 per person or R375 per person including ½ bottle of Little Rock Wine.

Available on Friday for lunch until 29th March 2019.

To find out more or to book a table, please call: 021 876 2770

Vivino users rate Bellingham Chenin highly

Digital-savvy wine lovers have voted in the annual Vivino Wine Style Awards and reviewers have recognised Bellingham’s The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc as one of the top 10 Chenin Blancs from South Africa.

Vivino is the world’s largest wine application (app), allowing a global wine community to buy, rate and review wines. This popular wine app has more than 20 million wine lovers, worldwide, who use the app to grow, and share, their love for wine.

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