Ornithological News Flash! Woody takes a Mate! (Clarens News 31 August 2012) The Clarens News has been inundated with requests for more information on Woody, the itinerant woodpecker who blunted his beak and ego on the town’s MTM mast and is now courting a chick called Doris (Clarens News, 23 August). Speculation about Woody’s origins and background have been resolved by hours of careful observation from the hide atop the Bibliophile bookshop: Woody is confirmed to be a member of the genus Geocolaptes olivaceus, or Ground Woodpecker, endemic to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. It has a highly specialized diet, and eats only Mosaic pizzas with extra anchovies and olives, licking them up with its sticky tongue. Woody and Doris have apparently concluded their courtship and nuptials as further observation confirms that they are digging a tunnel and egg chamber underneath the new, graffiti-free MTM battlements around the aforementioned mast. The tunnel is likely to hold 200-400 eggs, judging from their strenuous conversations, which may explain why this sandstone fortress is now listing dramatically to starboard. Coming issues of the Clarens News will feature pictures of the chicks being fed regurgitated pizzas, at least until the next breeding season. Contestants and guests at the Cluny Potjie Competition at the Bibliophile this Saturday are advised to hang onto their food and wear hard hats, as the Geocolaptes olivaceus will stop at nothing to get a beak-full of braised Moroccan lamb. Stay posted for the next chapter in life and times of Woody and Doris.
Ornithological News Flash: Woody Takes a Mate!(CLARENS NEWS: 24th August 2012) For those of you who have been following the heart-warming tale of Woody the eccentric woodpecker, you will be delighted to hear that he has found a mate (apparently on the dating service provided by local meeting place, Friends). Woody and Doris (yes, really) have set up home in the luxuriant foliage of the town’s splendid Cellicia Emteenus Africanus tree. This is entirely fitting, since it was Woody’s misguided assault on the steely bark of this landmark tree that first brought him to the attention of Clarens bird-fanciers. His replacement titanium beak is working well, and he has managed to make a 1mm indentation in the trunk of his new home. Judging from the chirps of contentment emanating from the highest branches, he and Doris are more than a little turned on by the 8000watt red light that now casts a romantic glow over our nocturnal activities.
Weekend Weather Forecast
Notes from the Editor
Mosaic Photo Competition
As we enter the second week of this month’s photo competition, (with the first prize from Mosaic Pizza – dinner for 2) I feel a bit sorry for the earlier entrants, since the snow came I have been inundated with great snow shots. I personally reccommend the biltong and feta pizza, but it will be your dinner entirely. Good luck to all, and please don’t forget to voteClarens AutumnCigar smoking ApacheInsert Woman Driver Joke hereWhen the coffee wears offGuinea Fowl in the snowMount Horeb in its winter coatEnd of the RoadOdysseus in Clarens top
Think you’re Hard? MTN Tour of Legends
Only the first 50 paid team entries paid by credit card will be taken, thereafter we will not take anymore entries whatsoever. You will be given time till Sunday 12th August 23:59 to confirm your entry. Get ready for a 3 day mountain bike stage event with a difference, one that’s on a different level! Online entry: http://www.touroflegends.co.za
Clarens Village Conservancy
or Pat Raubenheimer – 058 256 1123 If you are not already a member you will still be welcome, and we all promise not to ask you why you haven’t joined yet. And the new maps are almost done! Should be available for this weekend. In the meantime, here is the route up to the top of Titanicclick on the map to go the webpage
Please remember this is the time of year when fire is the biggest risk to our area. We ask anyone seeing a fire of any sort to please phone Rodney Wainwright on 0836807770 immediately.
TOWN OF THE YEAR
CLARENS, FINALIST IN KWELA & RAPPORT TOWN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
REGIONAL WINNER / STREEKSWENNER
Adventure of the Week
Snow fell in buckets on Tuesday, we all had the adventures of our lives… Top
COOKING FOR CLUNY
1st September.Are you up to the challenge of cooking an amazing potjie and taking the floating trophy from Garth Brook? There’s no entry fee. You bring along everything you need to cook us a potjie of food, including your heating, and serving spoons and a starch to soak up the gravy (bread, rice, pap, etc) unless your potjie has starch included. All this and your time and expertise make up your donation to Cluny Animal Trust. We then sell tickets for the food by the portion to raise funds. Easy and fun! Please contact us at email@example.com to tell us that you will be participating. Thank you! http://www.clunyanimaltrust.za.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cluny-Animal-Trust-PBO-No-930039295/216618095031530
Bethlehem Airshow 1st September: go to http://www.bethlehemflyingclub.co.za/air-show/ to find out more about what promises to be a great event. Bethlehem Veteren Car Club is also holding a festival from the 6th to the 8th October, check out http://www.bethlehemveteraanmotorklub.co.za/bethlehem%20fees.html to see their offering
Clarens handmade craft market on saturday 4th and sunday 5th of august. Behind Valley Cats on Church Street side. Come and have a look at what locals have on sale, and purchase a unique handmade gift. We will have crochet items, household decor, kiddies toys, photographs and a few bits and bobs. All made with love from us locals:)
Golden Artist Colors – Workshop Written by Valerie Daniel DATES: 24th – 28th September 2012 Nicky Thomson and Karen Dennyschene have recently returned from Slovenia where they underwent extensive career development training in Golden Artist Colors. Golden Artist Colors was founded in 1980 by Sam Golden who saw the potential of creating new acrylic materials to meet the growing faster and freer painting styles for artists. The beauty of these acrylics is that they do not dry as quickly as the normal run of the mill. The workshops are for advanced artists as well as beginners. I (a beginner) had the joy of attending a workshop inJohannesburg last week and was so impressed by the vast range of pure pigment colours and techniques. The paints are exceptionally smooth and buttery in consistency. We had such fun trying out the fluorescent and phosphorescent shades painted on to various pastes, gels and even fine glass beads. The happy participants took their paintings home and we all agreed that they would make delightful gifts. The general consensus was that we cannot wait for the next workshop. With the majority of people now concerned about the environment it was good to learn that the company has a deep concern for the environment and they take the impact of their products very seriously.They will be holding workshops in this technique here in Clarens, here are some pieces of their work.
Latest news from the Clarens Golf Club
It’s Heeltyd Speeltyd at the Kids Korner in front of the TOYSHOP Clown shows, Jumping Castles, EntertainmentAnd as the shadows lengthen what could be better than a good book?First thing in the morning you can find the Clarens locals congregating around the fresh roast smell ofLocal and Imported Delicatessen and Kitchen accessories. Fresh bread on Thursday and Saturday as well as lovely buns. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 4.30pm and till 4pm on Sunday. Free tastings!And for a quiet drink (or a noisy one with friends)And while you’ve got the courageThere’s no need to dress up special, but if you want toAnd remind everyone where you had the best weekend ever with a souvenier fromClassic Free State design and bric a bracAnd if you don’t make a turn past the Blanket Shop the Ladies will never forgive you… For your groceries and treats while you’re hereTop
Clarens Restaurants and Pubs
Best Biltong and Feta Pizza in townGreat steaks, live music and KareokeFine food, booking highly reccommended – Steak Talliata is amazingFor a truly XLNT breakfastAnd while you are at the Willows CentreFor a great Clarens meal out of the winter coldIn the Blue Donki centre on the corner of the SquareTop
Luxury Self Catering on the Golf Estate, themed around Herman Charles Bosman and quality home from Home experience Call Toni on 0824493321Artists workshops and amazing B&B experiencesThe Golf Estate has many options for a great stay go to http://www.clarensgolfvillas.co.za to see your dream weekend.Home cooked breakfast and top quality service
When style is everything call KarenFor big groups and conference facilities let Dan be your ManJust off the square behind the Purple OnionTop
Weddings and Events
For property and business advice, if you’re considering moving to Clarens, you should speak to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also advise you on plots on the Golf and Trout Estate, ranging from R240 000 upwards.Some of this week’s fine offers include:A 10 bedroom farm and guest farm in Clarens R8 200 000A 5 bedroom House in Clarens R4 200 000Secure 4 bedroom on the Golf Estate R4 000 000 Click on any of the pics to see the property in detail
White water rafting, Abseiling, Quad biking and so much more Have you got what it takes to call Ollie or Detmar? Click belowTop
“If it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for you” Frozen meals, deserts, confectionary & bakes.
Contact: Phone 058 256 1734 Mobile 079 934 4362
Range of home made frozen meals delivered to your door in Clarens & surrounds. Phone or email for a price list.
Catering for small & family functions by arrangement. Special quotes on application.
Medical Issues “Please note that Chief Professional Nursing Sisters, Henriette Hohne and Antoinette Earle of Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens are now situated in the Clarens Medical Centre, (opposite Protea Hotel), Corner Main and van der Merwe Street, Clarens. 24 hour emergency service, on cell numbers 082 327 1035 and 083 236 1293.” “Does anyone have an old laptop computer and printer that they no longer use, and would like to donate to us, if so please contact Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens on 082 327 1035 or 083 236 1293.” Pharmacy – Gareth has just moved into the new center (which is lovely) call him on 058-2561852 for any medical advice, chronic and acute medication.
Ansje’s housekeeping and laundry service – The upkeep and maintenance of your guest house. I do the pre and post clean on your guest house for your peace of mind that your customers will enjoy their stay. I also service various restaurants laundry. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or email@example.com Pro Cut Clarens – problem and/or unwanted trees on your property? I render a professional tree felling service to the Clarens community for the last 15 years. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or firstname.lastname@example.org Special now on firewood. R40 per bag and braaihout R12 per bag Helen’s Landscaping
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Ornithological Update (CLARENS NEWS: 8th August 2012) Since last week’s publication the editor of this magazine has been inundated with requests from local farmers for more information with regards Woody’s prosthetic replacement. It is with everlasting regret that we must retract the previous article as an ill-conceived hoax, and extend a sincere apology to the Cluny Trust and Kat Barker for any inconvenience it may have caused. We would also like to report that Woody is doing very well and will continue to feature as an ongoing recipient of this magazine’s care and best wishes. Ornithological Update (CLARENS NEWS: 2nd August 2012) Clarens News (21 July 2012) reported that a very cute but demented woodpecker had bent its beak trying to bore a hole into the new MTN mast on the square. Hundreds of letters and emails of concern followed, expressing concern about this concussed visitor to our treetops. Clarens News can report that local veterinary hero, Cat Barker, has fitted a prosthetic beak to ‘Woody’ and that he is back trying to burrow his way into the local network. Stay connected for further news on this heart-warming tale, and send donations to the Cluny Animal Trust to cover the cost of Woody’s titanium pecker.