Monthly Archives: February 2014

28th February 2014: Time for a quick breath

Time for a quick breath Clarens Craft Beer Festival

Table of Contents

Time for a quick breath;
Beerfest:  Thanks Clarens;
Thanks to the Beerfest;
Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Plant of interest:  Habenaria falcicormis;
The Twitcher;
Community News: Draft Environmental Management Plan;
Other Community News;
Welcome Madame Butterfly;
Artisanal Bread – Freshly baked in Clarens;
This weekend: Surrender Hill Marathon;
Next Weekend:  Sensational Summer Sizzler – Challenge for Charity – 9th March, 2014;
Next Weekend –  Supper Theatre in Clarens;
Poetry Book Launch:  8th March:  The Turtle Dove Told Me;
It’s super rugby time again;
Classifieds;
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Time for a quick breath

The photo above was taken last weekend at the beerfest.  And what a wonderful weekend it was.  The beers on offer, the food,  as well as the bands were all outstanding, but I think what impressed the most was the wonderful atmosphere.  Quite a few of the festival goers told us that this was their first visit to Clarens and that they were so impressed they’re planning to spend their future holidays here.   Well done to all the accommodation establishments, restaurants, and everyone else involved for making this such a special event.
Also impressive is how quickly the square was cleared and how quickly all the rubbish was carted away.  We are extremely lucky to have such a good municipal team, who together with our recycling angel Evon (see article below)  keep the town clean, neat and tidy,  The beerfest may be over but there are lots of exciting events happening both this and next weekend.  In fact, there’s just enough time for a quick breath before we all need to get into party mode again.


Beerfest:  Thanks Clarens

So the beerfest has come and gone… Phew! what a weekend.From the organisers, thank you very much Clarens for making the most special village in the country available for this event.  We know that many a first-time visitor was blown away by what’s on offer and have joined the swelling ranks of returning regulars.A couple of special thanks:Clarens Security: People who do not know this elite outfit are at a loss!  This is the first year that we’ve had decent security and we will most certainly make use of them again. These guys were super-professional, super-diligent and made our job so easy.  They put all the other companies we have tried to shame, and some of those are very well known in this village. Well done and thank you Daniel & Pitso; you were champions.Working on Fire: once again our boys and girls in blue and yellow served the brewers at the festival and once again, they were very impressed and complimentary. They also contributed hugely to the setup and cleanup operation without which we would have battled. Restaurants and Accommodation: thank you very much to Clementines, the Highlander and Artist’s Cafe for providing several meals for the crew from JHB – they were taken aback by the hospitality. And thanks to Johan Lehman for providing seriously discounted accommodation for them.The JHB team that partnered Clarens Brewery for the event loved being here and are keen to do the 2015 edition with us.  Great news!  If anyone wants to send an e-mail to them (comments, compliments, general thanks) you can mail gavin@shiftsm.co.za, but please copy info@clarensbrewery.co.za

THANKS CLARENS!


Thanks to the Beerfest

Soccer Team Tshepong Clarens

 

soccer team photo[1]

soccer team photo[1]

A big thank you to Natalie, Stephan and the Clarens Brewery team for giving us the opportunity to sell cool drinks at the Clarens Craft Beer Festival this year and for your generous donation of the 2 kegs of juices which sold out! We were able to raise R4000! Which will go towards Tshepong Orphanages soccer team’s end of season function.
Our sincere gratitude,  Sherri Gersh & The Tshepong Soccer Team

Clarens News is planning to bring our readers regular updates on Soccer in Clarens.  Watch this space!


 Clarens Village Nature Reserve:

 Plant of interest:  Habenaria falcicormis


Clarens Village Nature Reserve Habenaria falcicornisDamien Coulson head ranger Clarens Village ConservancyDamien Coulson

 

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Bi-weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a member of the orchid family Orchidaceae, from the widely distributed Habenaria genus – sometimes referred to as “bog orchids”.Habenaria falcicornis is one of only a small group of wild-flowers that have featured in the bi-weekly Plant of Interest columns without an English common name. One could only surmise that the very reason for this upset is that the plant is really not all that common –at least not to the casual observer, and for that it earns its place as one of our “interesting” plants. It does however have a Sesotho common name: uklamkleshe. This not-so commonly observed wild-flower may be found in marshy or waterlogged grassland areas at altitudes of up to 2900 m. A.S.L., and its range extends from the Western Cape all the way through to Zimbabwe.Read more


The Twitcher

There are times when birds simply don’t feature in a Twitcher’s life, overshadowed perhaps by events of apparently great public consequence: a riot; an earthquake; birth; death; or a beer festival.

In and of itself, the Clarens Craft Beer Festival was what you might expect.  Four and a half thousand thirsty visitors, more food of generally good quality than you can shake a stick at and the happiest little village in the Southern Hemisphere.  Oh, and seventy-two pregnancies, sixty-nine of them unplanned and one uncertain; the balance involved a twin-conception for a pair of lovelorn accountants from Parys who managed the feat in the toilets of the Highlander.  In short, it was a runaway success and confirms that people of all three genders will travel clear across South Africa to sample their favourite cup of foaming brew.  God knows what next year will bring, but odds on five thousand five hundred are pretty short.  So brace yourselves, Clarenites, and practice your dance steps.   Read more


 

Community News: Draft Environmental Management Plan

In terms of s. 39 (2) of the National Environmental Management:Protected Areas Act, No. 57 of 2003, the Clarens Village Conservancy (CVC), being the appointed management authority in terms of s.38 (2) for the Clarens Nature Reserve, hereby submits a DRAFT Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to the public and relevant authorities for consultation. This draft EMP is compiled in reference to, and should be read with, the Dihlabeng Spatial Development Framework which was approved in 2013.

Hard copies of the draft EMP are available at:

– the Clarens public library in Bester street, Clarens,
– the Book Nook, above the Methodist Church Hall in Clarens (Tue 10h00-12h00 and Thu 14h00 – 16h00),
– Clarens Xtreme Adventure Company, Swart street, Clarens,
– Tshepong public hall in Kgubetswana,
– the Dihlabeng Municipal Office in Main Street, Clarens,
– the Village Grocer in Main Street, Clarens.

An electronic copy of the draft EMP is available for download at:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hs2nvg2xhcaqwvw/EMP-draft%20SM2.docx

All comments and suggestions to improve the draft EMP, and all requests by individuals or organisations to be registered as Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP’s), should be submitted to the CVC on the forms provided with the hard copies, or electronically to cvc@webmail.co.za, or in any format to any one of the CVC committee members listed in the EMP (and whose contact details are also available on the CVC website) by 28 March 2014, please.


 

Other Community News

Bird Interest Group:  
Interested in being part of a Bird Interest Group?   Clarens News invites interested persons to contact us (editor@clarensnews.com) with their input and ideas.  We’ve had very few responses so far – come on Clarens residents.   Just think you may even get to meet the Twitcher!

Community Notice Board
Please note that we now have a Community bulletin Board on the website:  To view Click here


 

Welcome Madame Butterfly

Shops in Clarens Madame Butterfly

Nadine Grobler  opens her new shop Madame Butterfly in the On the Square Centre in Clarens, on 1st March 2014.  Nadine is looking forward to opening her shop in Clarens and says that this has been her dream for a couple of years.  Both Nadine and Jan Albert  see themselves as part of a new young generation of entrepreneurs inspired to teach others. Nadine certainly knows how to walk the talk, and has taught a number of young ladies in Johannesburg who started out with no sewing skills and a point where they are now employed as seamstresses. Following on this experience, Nadine is looking forward to starting up sewing and knitting classes in Clarens, and believes that this would be a way to make a significant contribution to the Clarens community.  Click here  to see some of the gorgeous outfits that Nadine has made.


 

Artisanal Bread – Freshly baked in Clarens

Artisinal Bread in Clarens

OH MY –  A tummy rumbling experience:  getting a pic of  Natalie Dell checking on a batch of Ciabatta loaves about to come out of the Mosaic Pizzeria oven.

Natalie lived in Clarens 20 years ago, but went off to Johannesburg seeking fame and fortune – but says all she got was a “burnt out husk of a person.”  So now she’s come home to Clarens, and she’s brought her bread making skills with her.  Natalie specializes in artisanal wood-fired bread, and is baking Ciabatta loaves, Ciabatta rolls, rye bread and brioche in Mosaic’s pizza oven.

Stop in at the Farmer’s Market (outside Bibliophile) to buy some of her fabulous bread.  (Get there early – I hear she sold out last week.)  If you can’t get to the Farmers Market (or  if you get there too late) you can also find her bread at the Village Grocer, or phone and order directly from her on 083 608 1441.   Natalie is calling her  business #goodstuff.  (What a great name!) and can also be contacted by email:  nataliedellsawyer@gmail.com


 

This weekend: Surrender Hill Marathon

 

Welcome to all the participants and their supporters.

The race starts tomorrow (1 March 2014) at The Base, 530 Sias Oosthuizen Street.  (And this is also where the race will finish.)  Starting time:  06h00.
There’s still time to enter:   Late entries will be accepted at The Base tonight (17h00 – 20h00) and tomorrow morning from O5h00-06h00.  (And – there’s also pasta available at The Base tonight, for all those still in need of some carbo-loading.)

Click here to find out more about the race


 

Next Weekend:  Sensational Summer Sizzler – Challenge for Charity – 9th March, 2014

Sensational Summer Sizzler Challenge for Charity - Clarens

Want to know more about this event?   Click here to read Tammy Hancock of the Clarens Tourism Forum’s letter about how it all works.

Not sure who you should donate your money to?  Click onto the Clarens News website link to Organisations in Clarens     as from tomorrow (the list is being updated right at this moment.)  You’ll find a list of organisations – all of whom contribute in some way to our Clarens Community, and who could do with your help.


 

Next Weekend –  Supper Theatre in Clarens

Supper Theatre in Clarens

For further details Click here


Poetry Book Launch:  8th March:  The Turtle Dove Told Me

Bibliophile book launch Clarens - Thandi Sliepen

Join Debra and Thandi  for a glass of wine and an easy afternoon at the launch of local poet and artist, Thandi Sliepen’s book, The Turtle Dove Told Me. There will be an exhibition of Thandi’s art and all are welcome to this special event.


 

It’s super rugby time again

Watch all the action at one of our local Clarens pubs (and if you want to watch it on a big screen go to Artichoke).  The atmosphere is great –   almost like being at the game!

This weekend we have two South African teams playing down under.




 

Classifieds

Do you have a house you want to rent out?  Need a job? Want to open a restaurant?  Remember to check out the classifeds section.

Advertising on the classifieds section of Clarens News is free.  All you need to do is to email  your advert to:
editor@clarensnews.com


 

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14th February 2014: Happy Valentine’s Day

Mushroom rock Clarens

Table of Contents

Mushroom Rock;

This weekend: Happy Valentine’s Day;
Let the cameras roll – Feature film to be shot in Clarens;
Hosa Treasure Hike Competition;
Clarens Village Nature Reserve:  Plant of interest:  Ranunculus multifidus;
The Twitcher;
Other Community News;
The end of an era – Simon and Megan are saying goodbye;
This weekend:  Regional Festivals –  Rosendal Festival;
This weekend:  Regional Festivals –  Bieliemieliefees;
This week:  Gosto:  A Taste of Portugal;
This week:  Get the beer taste-buds going;
Next weekend –  The Clarens Craft Beer Festival !!!!;
More Coming Events –  Supper Theatre in Clarens;
It’s super rugby time again;
Classifieds;
Not on the mailing list?

 

The landscape around Clarens abounds with mushroom rocks and the one photographed above can be clearly seen from the Clarens-Fouriesburg road.  (Stop at the St Fort turn off if you want to take a photograph.)   Hopefully, we will not become known as a town of mushrooms (ie people who are kept in the dark and fed on shit.)  But no need to worry, the editorial staff at  Clarens News will continue to keep you updated as to what is happening in and around Clarens with our newsletter (now going out every second week) as well as our facebook page. Then there’s always the website – which is continually updated and changed as we strive to build a website worthy of Clarens.  As to what’s happening in the rest of the world………well one sitting through any news bulletin shown on TV should not only keep you reasonably informed (even if you get the feeling that you’re being treated like a mushroom) but probably re-affirm why Clarens is such a special place.


This weekend: Happy Valentine’s Day

We can’t think of a more romantic destination than Clarens, and many of our Clarens restaurants are going the extra mile to make sure that this Valentine’s Day is specially romantic.


Restaurants with special Valentine’s Day menus:

278 On Main
Artichoke
The Courtyard
The Grouse & Claret
Cafe Xlent
The Millery @ The Base


Let the cameras roll – Feature film to be shot in Clarens

Bianca Isaac, film Producer based in Johannesburg. I am currently working on a feature film called:‘The Jakes Are Missing’, which she would love to set in Clarens. Since arriving here last year in search of the perfect location – I fell in love with Clarens immediately (and that was in winter:). It looks more beautiful every time I visit.
Bianca recently wrote to Accomodation owners in Clarens, giving details of the plot, and also outlining the Clarens community involvement in this project.   It seems that she is also going to need extras – and there are even some speaking parts up for grabs.   Click here to read her letter


HOSA Treasure Hike CompHiking Organisation of Southern Africaetition :

The Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa – HOSA – is running a fun event named TREASURE HIKE (based on the Geocaching concept), to be held for six (6) months – from  01 January to 30 June 2014.

For this kick-off project, only certain trails in South Africa will be involved. Only Green Flag Accredited trails, who are also HOSA member trails, will be participating. A list of these trails will appear on the HOSA website (www.hosavosa.co.za).  And guess what – two of these trails are right on our doorstep:  Cannibal at St Fort and Ribbok  in Golden Gate Highland Park. 
Read more


Clarens Village Nature Reserve:

 Plant of interest:  Ranunculus multifidus

Clarens Village Nature Reserve Rananculus multifidus Damien Coulson head ranger Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Damien Coulson
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a wild flower that seems unremarkable, yet as always when dealing with nature – there’s always something of interest to be discovered.

Ranunculus multifidus (Common Buttercup in English, Botterblom in Afrikaans and hlapi in Sesotho), is an erect perennial herb that grows to around 150 – 300 mm in height, is commonly found in damp ground near streams or wetland areas at altitudes of up to 2900 m A.S.L., and is widespread throughout S.A. It should be noted that a dwarf variety (at just 70 mm) of these species can be found at the upper reach of its eco-band/altitude.

R. multifidus may or may not have hairy leaves. One could deduce that the hairy leaves function as to trap moisture thereby retarding desiccation. If so, it is more likely that one would observe the hairy variety at higher altitudes where moisture is harder to come by. The leaves are a bright green with 2 – 3 pairs of deeply divided leaflets with heavily toothed margins. The inflorescence is branched and stems are hollow. Solitary flowers may be observed on small plants. The flowers are 15 – 25 mm in diameter and the 5 petals are a glossy mustard/rich butter-yellow colour. Flowers October – early Feb.   Read more


The Twitcher

Wouldn’t you know it: Valentine’s Day has come around again, much the same time as last year.  And the year before that.  In fact, checking my old diaries, it seems to be a perennial feature of life in the romantic lane.  As a social phenomenon, it stretches back centuries and has attracted the interest and witticisms of many a writer, professional and amateur.  The key difference of course, is that the amateurs don’t get published much, but probably score more dividends than all the pros put together.
Aberjhani, author of The River of Winged Dreams, waxed lyrical about love, saying, “What a lover’s heart knows let no man’s brain dispute”.  This suggests that idiots can function just as well as academics, although there are generations of respectable ladies who would put their money on a romp with a car mechanic in preference to a professor of Ancient Greek.  Ah well.  The same erudite author ventured that “This is what our love is––a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds”.  Confusingly, this may be more reminiscent of the public loos of Clarens than an ode to love.   Read more


Other Community News

Clarens Pharmacy change in trading hours
Wednesdays pharmacy will close at 15h00
Sundays closed for emergencies call 084-700 8558.
We will only be open on the busy Sundays like with the beer festival, long weekends, harley weekend etc.

Bird Interest Group:  
Interested in being part of a Bird Interest Group?   Clarens News invites interested persons to contact us (editor@clarensnews.com) with their input and ideas.

Community Notice Board
Please note that we now have a Community bulletin Board on the website:  To view Click here


The end of an era – Simon and Megan are saying goodbye

Kerr family in Clarens

The Kerr family –  Simon, Megan, Melissa, Jenna and Cameron – are saying goodbye after 14 years in Clarens – and trekking back to Natal.  Fortunately, they won’t be totally out of touch, and their Clarens friends will be able to pop in and visit them whenever they are en route to Natal, especially once the road over Oliviershoek pass has been fixed.  (There are promises that the road repairs will be completed by 1st April – THIS YEAR!!!!)   Their new location known as The Phatt Chef @ The Border Post is sited where the Caterpillar and Catiish used to be.  Their B&B and restaurant will be open from mid-March onwards, and I can see many of us popping in to enjoy their special Sunday lunch buffet menu (even when we’re not en-route to Natal.)  Should you wish to contact Simon or Megan you can still use their existing cell phone numbers (Simon: 082 469 3832; Megan: 082 469 2072.  email: thephattchef@gmail.com)

Join Simon and Megan for a beer or a cider at the Clarens Brewery on Sunday 16th February from 13h30 onwards so that they can wish their friends goodbye, collect outstanding IOU’s and just generally have a good old time Clarens Sunday afternoon.  


This weekend:  Regional Festivals –  Rosendal Festival

Rosendal Festival

Click here for more information

This weekend:  Regional Festivals –  Bieliemieliefees

 

Bielemielie fees Reitz                     13 – 16 February 2014.  Reitz

FEES MET GEES

For  more info:
 https://www.facebook.com/bieliemielie

 

 


This week:  Gosto:  A Taste of Portugal

Hot off the press:  The first Portuguese restaurant in Clarens opens next week, in time for the Beerfest!
Situated in the new On.The.Sauare centre at 328 Market Street, Gosto brings the real taste of Portugal to town.
Call Carol on 082 4163687 to book – and remember Super Theatre on March 7 and 8:  The Way we were with Cat Simoni in this fabulous Barbara Streisand show.


This week:  Get the beer taste-buds going

Clarens Craft Beer Food Pairing


Next weekend –  The Clarens Craft Beer Festival !!!!

News for locals: 
Tickets to the next week’s Craft Beer Festival are selling fast and to ensure that you have a chance to get yourselves some should you want to, we will be selling tickets at the Clarens Brewery on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 Feb. Prices will be the same as on the web, R100 for a 1-day pass and R150 for a 2-day. Cash only, please.

Clarens Craft Beer Festival


Welcome to all the breweries:
Clarens is looking forward to welcoming all those breweries represented at this year’s beerfest: Copperlake Breweries, Robson’s, Chameleon Brewhouse, That Brewing Company, The Cockpit Brewhouse, Black Horse Brewery, De Garve, The Dog and Fig Brewery, Kaya Craft Beer, Mtunzini Brewery, Porcupine Quill Brewery Co., Smack Republic, Pale Ale, Brauhaus am Damm, Old Main Brewery.  And of course – Clarens Brewery will also be on the square over the beerfest weekend.On- line tickets:  Visit the Clarens Craft beerfest webpage.   

Entertainment:  The organisers have put together a fantastic musical line-up for the festival, and have been thoughtful enough to cater for non beer-drinking music lovers wanting to attend the festival simply to enjoy the music.   Should you fall into this group you can buy a “designated driver” ticket for only  R40.
Click here to see the program

Accommodation:  Accommodation in Clarens over that weekend has pretty much been booked, but there is still accommodation available nearby and a list is available on the Clarens Craft beerfest webpage. Should you have problems opening the page  –  click here 

 


More Coming Events –  Supper Theatre in Clarens

Clarens Theatre On The Square

For further details Click here

Have a look at the Clarens News website Coming Events page.

There’s always something to look forward to.  It may still be a couple of months away but you need to diarize the book launch on 21 March 2014:  Soweto Burning by local resident Don Emby.Sorry – no information on forthcoming cricket events in Clarens………but watch this space: it could be happening soon.  (Read the Twitcher in last week’s issue  to find out more.)


It’s super rugby time again

Watch all the action at one of our local Clarens pubs (and if you want to watch it on a big screen go to Artichoke).  The atmosphere is great –   almost like being at the game!


Classifieds

Do you have a house you want to rent out?  Need a job? (There’s a good job going at The Grouse and Claret at the moment).  Remember to check out the classifeds section.
Advertising on the classifieds section of Clarens News is free.  All you need to do is to email  your advert to:
editor@clarensnews.com


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14th February 2014

Wouldn’t you know it: Valentine’s Day has come around again, much the same time as last year.  And the year before that.  In fact, checking my old diaries, it seems to be a perennial feature of life in the romantic lane.  As a social phenomenon, it stretches back centuries and has attracted the interest and witticisms of many a writer, professional and amateur.  The key difference of course, is that the amateurs don’t get published much, but probably score more dividends than all the pros put together.

Aberjhani, author of The River of Winged Dreams, waxed lyrical about love, saying, “What a lover’s heart knows let no man’s brain dispute”.  This suggests that idiots can function just as well as academics, although there are generations of respectable ladies who would put their money on a romp with a car mechanic in preference to a professor of Ancient Greek.  Ah well.  The same erudite author ventured that “This is what our love is––a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds”.  Confusingly, this may be more reminiscent of the public loos of Clarens than an ode to love.

Lisa Greenwald, lesser known author of Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes, states the obvious in her own simplistic way: “Today’s Valentine’s Day.  There’s a whole day devoted solely to love.  Does that make any sense?  Nah.  Love makes us all crazy.  But it’s fun too”.  Point taken, but Ernest Hemingway has a strange sense of irony in his 88 Poems, saying “If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree”.   Jarod Kintz, in 99 Cents For Some Nonsense, gets right to the point and says “Why send roses?  Wouldn’t it be more romantic to deliver a dozen orgasms?  For only R99.95, I’ll deliver them to your woman any day of the year.  But be sure to book early for Valentine’s Day”.

Hardly surprising that Rae Hachton, in Frankie’s Monster, warns “Run, sweetheart, run”.

Then there is good old common sense:  “If every lover was treated like they matter — everyday – Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be so special”, according to philosopher Mokokoma Mokhonoana.  Well yes, although another philosopher, Mehmet Murat Ildan injects a note of advice to the occasion, saying, “The best thing about Valentine’s Day is that if you don’t have a lover, you badly remember to get one!”

Ooops, almost forgot the gender issue (which is somewhat buggered by the need to avoid specifying the gender of the parties involved).   “In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels”, said that arch cynic, Jane Austen.  And the French, in the form of Honoré de Balzac, wryly note that “First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time”.  Samuel Johnson, with history on his side but pursuing the same theme, argues that “A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.”

And in a punt for that timeless illustrated tome, The Kama Sutra, Elizabeth Barrett Browning asks, “How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways”.

Self-avowed genius Oscar Wilde said of love, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever”, but covered his back (?) by adding, “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”.  American comic and occasional philanderer Woody Allen confirms his reputation for the obtuse by musing, “To love is to suffer.  To avoid suffering, one must not love.  But then, one suffers from not loving.  Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer.  To be happy is to love.  To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy.  Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness”.  On a more positive note, Woody added, “Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences go, it’s one of the best”.

And the last word goes to a tall anonymous blonde who waxed warmly in the Grouse & Claret about her hopes for Clarens on this Special Day: “Give me Bruce; a picnic beneath a full moon and iridescent stars; black olives; cherries; dark things; a canoe on Lake Clarens…that’s romance”.

Oooh.

The Twitcher