13th June 2013: Ease and grace (with a dash of speed)

Ease and grace (with a dash of speed)


Some things just stay beautiful – no matter what their age. 
It’s the 65th Anniversary of the Jaguar XK mark and members of JCNR (Jaguar Club Northern Region) have hauled their beauties out to purrrrr,,,,, them down to Clarens.
30 members are coming through from all over SA. They expect 15 – 18 cars to be on display on Saturday. (Look out for the Jaguar XK 150 3.8S. pictured above.)  Most of the cars  were manufactured between 1950 – 1961.
The highlight of the display: Jaguar XK  C-type racing car which actually won at Le Mans for several years in the 1950s


The Clarens Village Conservancy:

Thanks to head ranger Damien Coulsen, Clarens News will be running a weekly column on plants of interest found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve. (See the sidebar or go directly to the page on theClarens News website.)
Everyone is invited to enjoy the Clarens Village Nature Reserve – and I think it’s really special that we can take our dogs with us when we go walking in this beautiful environment.  Cyclists must however get a permit (available from Clarens XTreme) and quad-bikes are not allowed.  Trail Maps are available at the Bibliophile, The Old Stone Bottle Store, and The Village Grocer. You can also phone Toni on 082 4492 082 to order maps for your guesthouse, restaurant or shop.
Sadly, however, we still have illegal dumping of rubbish in nature reserve, and this necessitates a huge amount of work being done by the rangers, cleaning up and removing the rubbish.  We can however alleviate the problem if all residents and guest houses  delay putting their refuse out until well after dark the evening before collection or just before leaving for work on the morning of collection……..Read more.


Weekend Weather

Weather this weekend

This week saw night temperatures dropping as low as -8 !   So – looking at the weekend minimum temperatures you could say that it’s warming up.  But, whose complaining – we still have beautiful sunny days.  And to quote Billy Connolly:  “There’s no such thing as bad weather – only inappropriate clothing.

Clarens Country Market   NOW RUNNING FROM 10AM TO 3PM


Temperatures may have dropped but our local farmers Jessie and Helen still have wonderful fresh produce on offer – and winter vegetables are just perfect for soups, stews, and other warming dishes on a cold winter’s night.  Anyone who has read Barabara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, will appreciate just how lucky we are to have access to locally grown vegetables.  The taste is just so much superior to those supermarket offerings which have travelled miles (sometimes even from another continent) and then sat on the shelf for who knows how long before they finally make it into your supermarket trolley.
But the Clarens Country Market is not just about vegetables.  This is where you can find jams, preserves, koeksisters, plants, baked goods, meat,  as well as beautiful wool and knitwear.
Be sure to visit the Clarens Country Market on Saturday. Please note that the market is now starting at 10 am and going on until 3pm –  so there is no need to break ice in order to get there.
The Clarens Country Market is for local people to exhibit and sell local produce, arts and handicrafts. It is held in the front garden of the Bibliophile Bookshop in Church Street, between Van Zyl and Market Streets, every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, weather-permitting.
For more information or to book a stall, contact Debra 083 765 8901 or Megan 082 469 2072.

Live Music

Thursday 13th June:
Street Cafe:  Shamrock –  9pm onwards.

Friday 14th June
Street Cafe:  Bendover –  9pm onwards
The Grouse and Claret:  Ric Schwim and Victor –  8 pm.
Friends: Van Smith from 7.30pm onwards

Saturday: 15th June
Street Cafe:  Slipstream playing from 9 pm onwards
The Grouse and Claret:  Ric and Andre (8pm onwards.)
Artichoke: The Soutie from Toti  (after the rugby)
Friends:  Van Smith from 7.30pm onwards.

Sunday: 16th June
Artichoke:  Denzel & Hensie (lunchtime onwards)


Rugby, Rugby, Rugby!
Stop in at one of the many pubs in Clarens to enjoy the atmosphere.  It’s almost like being at the game. (And if you want to see it on a a big screen stop in  it at Artichoke.)
15th June
Sprkingboks vs Scotland  Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit   kick-off 17.15The Springbok team to face Scotland in Nelspruit (with province and caps) is15. Willie le Roux (GWK Griquas, 1); 14. Bryan Habana (DHL Western Province, 84); 13. JJ Engelbrecht (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 2); 12. Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province, 85);  11. Bjorn Basson (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 7); 10. Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 43);  9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N-Ireland, 64);  8. Pierre Spies (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 51); 7. Arno Botha (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 1);  6. Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks, 13); 5. Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 9);  4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province, 12); 3. Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks, 43); 2. Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain, Toyota FS Cheetahs, 22); 1. Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks, 42) 
Replacements:  16. Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks, 46); 17. Trevor Nyakane (Toyota FS Cheetahs, 1);  18. Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota FS Cheetahs,3);  19. Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 24);  20. Siya Kolisi (DHL Western Province, 0);  21. Piet van Zyl (Toyota FS Cheetahs, 0); 22. Pat Lambie (The Sharks, 21);  23. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls, 1)
The Scotland Team took some time off during the week to do a little sight seeing.  To see what they’ve been up toPRESS HERECricket
14th June

South Africa v West Indieas:  Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.    11.30amJune 16th  –   Fathers Day.
Clarens News would like to wish all dads everywhere a very happy father’s day.
We will also be thinking of South Africa’s own special “dad”.  Happy fathers day, Madiba.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

June 16th – Youth Day
And June 16 is also Youth Day – which is why June 17th is a public holiday.  (Just in case you didn’t know.) Youth day (previously known as Sowetho Day) commemmorates the events of June 16, 1976.

Mid-week wining and dining
The feasting continues:   Monday madness at the Phatt Chef and the Wednesday Winter Warmer at 278 On Main  are events not to be missed. Where else can you get a  three-course meal and glass of wine, beautifully presented in a wonderfully warm atmosphere for just R60?
Monday:  I think Simon has some surprises in store for us: “Kick back from a busy long weekend and lets de-brief each other on best / worst customer, fun event of the weekend etc!!
The Phatt Chef will be serving Amuse Bouche to start the evening off followed by Pepper Steak Pie & Lumpy Mash & Gravy followed by Espresso Chocolate Cake
RSVP like non-children on phattchef@gmail.com, FB or SMS 082 469 3832

Wednesday: Sue at 278 On Main is also working on something special (we don’t know yet, but I’m sure it will be scrumptious).   She has however, told us that the mains will be chicken and chips.
Tuesday and Thursday:   Clarens sushi.  To see whats on offer go to:  Clarens sushi
Locals breakfast: Clarens locals (Clarenites ?) can also visit The Posthouse for breakfast, where being a local means that you can enjoy a good breakfast for as little as R16 – R20. (Being a local really is lekker!)
And ofcourse – we still have all the other fabulous Clarens Restuarants, as well as a wonderful selection of delis – so we really are spoilt for choice.  Visit our website – there’s quite a selection.

Plant of the week

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to the first of many “Plant of the week” snippets.
This week we introduce  Euphorbia clavaroidescommonly known as Lions Spoor, Melkpol or Fingerpol – a cryptic succulent species that appears from a distance to resemble the smoothed sandstone rocks that are typical to the eastern Free-State area. This plant is only revealed from afar when it is in flower with many small yet spectacular bright yellow flowers. This plant although small, is important in the ecosystem and to humans due to its many uses.     Read more

In Clarens

8th Clarens Quilt Festival 
26-28 June 2013
Quilt in Clarens is the only annual quilt festival in the Free State, and over the last eight years has grown from 7 to 261 participants.  The festival offers small classes (7 per day) and personal attention, as well as courses (both novice and advanced) in quilting, creative knitting, crocheting and embroidery. The festival offers ann ideal opportunity for all those who want to quilt in a relaxed environment.  For more information contact the organiser Alae Grabe on 082 5772232 or email quiltinclarens@gmail.com

Clarens Country Market:  Car boot sale.
29th June 2013
Everyone is invited to clear out the garage – and turn all those unwated items into cash.   For further details please contact Megan  Megan 082 469 2072

Chrismas in July
12 -14 July right here in Clarens.
Those of you who can’t wait for Christmas will be happy to know that it’s only a few months away. We will soon be able to celebrate Chrismas right here in Clarens.
The Tourism Forum are working on a varied program:  music, huskies, and lots, lots more. To see the draft program PRESS HERE


Fouriesburg Polar Bear Plunge
29th June  (2pm)
Meet at the Arpa Dam (at Arpa Adventure Farm S325 off the R711, 7km outside Fouriesburg
Swim 50m in the dam. Change   rooms available.  Bring your own blankets!
R100 perentrant (includes a T-shirt “first come first served”- and a boerewors roll.
Boerewors rolls, pancakes and cooldrinks for sale at the dam before, during and after the plunge!
Entra free to spectators!!!
In aid of Cluny Animal Trust.

Afriski – Lesotho
July 11 – July 14  A ski slalom and giant slalom race 4 children , juniors, seniors and masters. For accomodation and details contact Stephan at Gone skiing 0861754669
Ski racing is a fun way to improve your skiing.


BUT WHY WAIT until then to visit Afriski, when you can have fun in the snow NOW.  Phone Dean: 072 133 9615/082 921 3894
Remember to bring your passport.

Other news:


2005 Citröen Picasso 2.0 diesel in exceptional condition.  
One owner from new with full service history, available in Clarens.
Excellent value at R62,500.  Contact Peter on 0828510484 or 
Email peterbw@eastcoast.co.za