Come and join us for a creepy-crawly walk led by one of South Africa's leading experts, Jonathan Leeming.
Jonathon is the author of "Scorpions of South Africa" and co-author of numerous other books and publications.
The walk will take about three hours during which we will uncover some of our smaller creatures with lots of legs - or no legs at all!
Date: Sunday 5 April 2009
Time: 08H30 for 09H00
Bring: a jar, and a passion for Creepy-Crawlies
The walk will not be strenuous but please remember to bring along some good walking shoes, water, a sunhat and something to nibble on.
Place: Waaigras, Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy.
Cost: RNC members R50
Lunch: You are welcome to bring a picnic
Please come and enjoy this special event and support the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy.
Pom Pom is a troublesome invasive alien plant. During a recent visit, DWAF officials asked us to map the area – listing which property owners have cleared the weed and indicating where it is still growing.
The good news is that those who have made an effort, will be assisted with free herbicides in the next “season”, starting October/November. (At a cost of R170 per litre for Access, for example, this is indeed good news.)
Please report your “status” as follows:
If there is no reply from you, the property will be listed as “Still infested”.
Application for 65 houses on 4½ ha on the Jukskei River. According to the consultant the project “is on hold till further notice, while water and sanitation options are being investigated.”
When Vijay Loosen was asked how many people had booked for the Valentines Dinner on 16 February at Loosens Lodge in Roodekrans, her answer was “58 locals and 12 aliens”.
This strange mix turned out to be perfect for a rip-roaring party. The food was superb, the view stunning, the music hot and the dancing got livelier by the hour. The “aliens” were entertained with country tales, half of which they refused to believe.
There were fun prizes too – Larry and Zelda Simon won “most elegant”, Jeanette Horn got “most creative’ and the Duigans were voted “most romantic” – probably because Anthony agreed to wear the same huge red heart-shaped earrings as the wife! Dave and Shan Muller got a gift to say thank you for what they contribute to the security of the area, and Howard Williams walked off with a booby prize (a huge feather duster) for having let the Loosens dogs into the ostrich enclosure, which left the ostrich flustered and featherless.
When’s the next party!?
The first event in the RNC’s Conservation Calendar – the Grass Walk - set off under sunny skies in Hennops earlier this month.
Led by Sharon Bernhardt on the Janovskys’ farm, the group identified a variety of Highveld grasses. Grass is obviously not just “grass”. As Sharon pointed out the different characteristics we slowly came to appreciate the extraordinary detail in a tuft of grass. The names were fun too: Spider Grass, Saw-tooth Love Grass, Spear Grass…For those who were that way inclined, the Latin names were given, but after contemplating Aristida congesta barbicollis, I chose to stick with Spreading Three Awn. (Selfs dit is ‘n taamlike bekvol…)
The R50 per person payment for the course went to the RNC.
“Phone calls don’t work, letters aren’t answered, so I decided to confront Telkom in their customer care centre,” says Jeanette Horn of Hills and Dales. “I sat in the queue in Randburg – a very long, not-cared-for customer queue and when my turn came I smiled sweetly and inquired as to when my phone would be fixed.”
“Telkom won’t fix your line because it was stolen,” I was informed. “I know it’s been stolen – that’s why I don’t have a line and that’s why I’m here, to find out what Telkom is going to do about it,” I replied, not so sweetly anymore.
“Your line has been stolen 52 times and if a line gets stolen more than three times, we don’t fix it again.” It seems someone obviously did not get this directive because they must have replaced it 49 already times in my case. Would once more really hurt Telkom? My view is that 50 is a much neater number than 49.
I took a deep breath. “So,” I enquired brightly, “what are you going to do now?” I get a shrug and the “next customer, please” tone creeps in. “I don’t know – they’re working on a plan – perhaps radio phones…” “Oh!” I said, “When?” Another shrug. “Maybe three weeks, maybe four – they’re working on it.”
Invite to a book launch
Margaret Roberts has written a delightful childrens book, "The Forest Fairies and the Great Battle" and local artist, Jeanette Horn, illustrated it.
“There are 150 illustrations - which I thoroughly enjoyed doing, and which took me a full year to complete” says Jeanette. “The story is about the struggles the fairies have with some annoying developers! It is often quite hilarious - and the kids love it!”
The book should be on the bookshelves by the end of February and a book launch is planned for Saturday afternoon 8 March at 2pm in Margaret’s famous Herbal Centre on the slopes of the Magaliesberg. The whole day will be devoted to fairy things. Plants, soaps, tissue salts, books etc will be on sale.
You can find out more about the Herbal Centre at where you can also download a map and/or directions to find the Centre.