Monthly Archives: August 2014

29th August, 2014: This weekend

Weatherweather 2

Goodness knows what’s happening with the weather.  Accuweather says nothing about snow, but if the snow report is anything to go by, we may see a few snowflakes this weekend.

Live Music

Friday 29th August,2014

  • Amigos:  3pm onwards:  OB
  • Amigos: 7pm onwards: Deon

Saturday 30th August, 2014

  • Amigos:  2pm onwards :  OB
  • Amigos:  7.30pm onwards –  Live live music (surprise band)
  • Artichoke:  5.30pm onwards:  Deon

Events:

Friday 29th August,2014

The Robert Badenhorst Gallery are having an informal gathering in the Friday night, 29 August, and would love to have all the locals there for a glass of wine and a snack.

Saturday – Sunday 30-31 August

Gerart – Exhibition at Robert Badenhorst Gallery:  For more info go to the events page on our website:

Start getting ready this weekend

Monday:  1st September 2014

Grouse A crossdressing party for the locals on September the first to celebrate Springday. Lots of prizes for the most original,outrageous, convincing costumes etc. Live music.

Rugby

rugby 2     Have a great weekend!

28 August 2014

We  could have some snow soon.

According to the snowreport.co.za forecast:

By late Thursday night, early Friday morning, falls are possible in the Southern Free State, the Eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg and many parts of Lesotho. There still seem to be a strong possibility that snow in the Free State could extend as far as Bloemfontein on Friday.

There is likely to be snow in the KZN Drakensberg and nearby midlands areas by Friday morning. Isolated falls are anticipated to continue through Friday in the EC, Lesotho, KZN, and even some possibilities into Saturday morning.

27th August 2014

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:

Damien Coulson (Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve) has sent us another article on the Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.   This week the focus is on Geranium pulchrum: a very pretty little shrublet that grows in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.    Click here to find out more.   You can read past articles written by Damien Coulson, on the plants found in the nature reserve on our website – just look up the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.

27th August, 2013

Important meeting this afternoon:

The CVC AGM takes place this afternoon.   4.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall.

All residents, business owners and ratepayers are encouraged to attend an important meeting to update and involve the community in some very important developments in the Clarens area.  These issues affect every resident in the Clarens area. We will be sharing how we have utilised our paid-up members’ subscriptions and donations during the last year to contribute to improving our community.  We will also be discussing some future plans for the following year…  For further details visit http://clarensnews.co.za/event/clarens-village-conservancy-agm-2/

Geranium pulchrum

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve:Geraniium pulchrum
photo: Damien Coulson

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Geraniaceae (Geranium) family.

Geranium pulchrum (no common names), is a hardy shrublet that grows to around 1.2m in moist areas (marshland, stream-banks, at the bases of cliffs and near seeplines), as with many geranium spp. This geranium grows at an altitudinal range of 1500-2285 m A.S.L.

G. pulchrum tends to form dense stands in higher altitudes and is endemic to the EMR. The Latin “pulchrum” means “beautiful”, in clear reference to the heart-shaped florets. At first glance it may resemble several local geranium spp., but when in doubt take a glance at the leaves and compare to those of similar spp.

G. pulchrum has stems that are basally woody & silky textured and flexible near the apex. The leaves are fairly large for a geranium and measure 80-120 mm in diameter and have 5-7 deep notched lobes. The leaves are hairy above and appear silvery and silky below (the hairs trap moisture and act as an anti-desiccation mechanism), with stalks longer than the leaves. The inflorescence are moderately sized and singly/occurring per stalk. The 5-heart-lobed flowers are really a small-marvel and grade from a light-deep pink with deeper pink/purple veins leading to the white corona. The flowers measure 20-35 mm in diameter and flower stalks measure approx. 60 mm, appearing silvery.  Flowering occurs from Dec-March.

Uses:

Photography

This herbaceous plant and the art of photography go together well. Be prepared to take your camera into moist areas and make sure of your footing where slipping is likely to occur.

Gardening

As far as geraniums go, this one is definitely worthy of the garden and makes an attractive ornamental or hedge-plant.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for G. pulchrum is listed as Least Concern.

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

 

Click here for more articles on the plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

26th August 2014

Power Point Presentation. We’ve been working on a power point presentation to take to the Getaway show this weekend. Have a look athttp://clarensnews.co.za/clarens-power-point-presentation/
All comments or suggestions welcome.

The latest snow report: (snowreport.co.za) : Big snow coming! The first in the series of frontal systems brushed the WC last night, and the second one will arrive this afternoon. By tomorrow morning, we should already see light snow falling on the extreme high peaks around Ceres and on the Cedarberg ranges. The third frontal system will arrive shortly after that, dropping the freezing level down to 1200m in places, with widespread snow expected over most of the high lying areas of the SWC and into the Southern parts of the Northern Cape by Thursday morning. At the same time, the cold front will extend eastwards, dropping snow on most of ranges as it goes.
By Thursday afternoon, widespead light snow is expected over the Karoo, the Southern parts of the NC and all the coastal mountain ranges from Hermanus to Cape St.Francis, as well as inland regions of the Eastern Cape. By late Thursday night, early Friday morning, falls are also possible into the Southern Free State, and the Eastern Parts of the Eastern Cape, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg and Western Parts of Lesotho.We are also starting to see snow into KZN by Friday morning, some falling down in the midlands, with some moderate falls possible in places. Isolated falls are likely to continue through Friday in the EC, Lesotho and KZN, and even some possibilities into Saturday morning in these regions too. We will update again tomorrow as the front makes landfall. The forecast for the Free State and KZN is sketchy at this point, and is likely to change once the front makes landfall, but is entirely possible at this point.

22nd August, 2014: This weekend

WEATHER weatherWe’ve had some welcome rain, the willows are greening, the fruit trees have started flowering, and everywhere are signs of spring.  But, don’t pack away those winter woollies yet, there’s a cold snap on its way.


MUSIC

Friday 22nd August, 2014

Amigos:  4h00 – 19h00 ; OB Amigos: 19h00  onwards ;  Deon The Grouse and Claret:  20h00 onwards:  Hensie and Denzl

Saturday 23rd August, 2014

Amigos:  14h00 – 18h00 ; Deon Amigos:  19h00 onwards :  Hensie and Denzl


RUGBY

Watch it at one of our Clarens pubs – it’s almost like being at the game. Rugby                 Springbucks


RESTAURANT NEWS

Cafe Moulin is closed until the 30th September, 2014

Weekend Specials:

The Grouse and Claret are serving Thai chicken and curry, and Venison pot pie. Have a look at the website Restaurant page to see Clarens Restaurant weekly specials.  The restaurant telephone numbers are also listed on this page.


CLARENS TOURISM FORUM – Reminder

Don’t  forget to drop off your marketing material for next weekend’s Getaway show to Gavin at Mountain Odyssey or Valerie at Bon Appetit.

Diascia integerrima

 

Diascia integerrima.  Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Photo: D. Coulson
Diascia integerrima.  Clarens Village Nature Reserve Diascia integerrima.  Clarens Village Nature Reserve

This week we’re focusing on another member of the aptly named Scrophulariaceae(Snapdragon) family.

Diascia integerrima (Swinspur in English, Pensies in Afrikaans and Leilanenyana in Sesotho), is a slender, erect and tufted perennial herb attains a height of between 200-500mm. It grows in a variety of ecotypes including cliffs, rock faces, dry gritty soil, and along stream-banks. In Lesotho these flowers can become fairly prominent along roadsides. D. integerrima occurs throughout the Eastern Free State, northeastern Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, and grows at altitudes of up to 2865m A.S.L.

Observing these flowers in mountainous areas is really a must-see, especially as it often grows among other high-altitude plants in summer, such as Kniphofias, geraniums, aloes and of course the Blue-Scilla. The genus Diascia, is only found in southern Africa and comprises 70 species. Diascia is derived from a combination of the greek “di” or 2 and “askos” or sac, which refers to the 2 oil containing spurs.

The leaves of D. integerrima differ somewhat from its brethren in that they are lanceolate (as opposed to roughly obovate), but may be slightly serrated at the base. Leaf measurements are 13-40 mm long X 1-3mm wide and are usually clumped at the base of the stems with a few smaller leaves towards the top. The flowers are a dull-bright pink, measuring approx. 10mm wide by 20mm long with rounded petal lobes, a raised keel and often show numerous tiny gland dots on the mouth and a yellow and maroon window (concave patch at the flowers centre). The 2 spurs are incurved at the tips orientated vertically with spreading calyx lobes. These are found at the back of the flower, and give rise to the English common name. The stems are square, blue-green and somewhat woody although still touch-soft. This plant flowers Dec-late March

Gardening

This lovely wildflower is also a jewel in the garden as it is relatively hardy and flowers throughout summer.

Ecological service

These flowers are pollinated by specially adapted oil-collecting bees. The bees modified front legs are designed to allow them to scoop oil from the 2 spurs. Several weeks later round seeds form in green capsules, which when brown, split open releasing the ripe seed.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for D. integerrima is listed as Least Concern.

 

Damien1-100x100

Article and photography by

Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Click here for more articles on Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

15th August, 2013: This weekend

 

Weather: According to Accuweather we may have rain tonight and tomorrow, but we should get some sunny weather again on Sunday.   You can always get the latest report from the Clarens News website:   (Easy to access from the Home page.)

The latest snow report indicates:

Light snow is still possible over the extreme high peaks of the KZN Drakensberg and Eastern Lesotho on Friday afternoon and into the evening. Saturday afternoon could see a couple of flurries over the Maluti Mountains in Northern Lesotho, and on Sunday afternoon, we could see some light falls again over the extreme high peaks of the KZN Drakensberg and Eastern Lesotho.

Music:

Friday 15th August, 2014:

Amigos:  OB from 2 – 7pm

The Grouse & Claret:  OB from 8pm onwards

Saturday: 16th August, 2014

Amigos:  Deon from 11 – 7 pm

Sunday: 175h August 2014

Amigos:  Deon from 11 – 7 pm

Rugby:  Grab some of the atmosphere at one of our local pubs.  It’s almost like being at the game.

Rugby

Restaurant Specials:

The Lazy Gecko are serving Old style Fish and Chips for R35 in their back garden.  Click onto the Restaurant page of the website for Restaurant telephone numbers and regular restaurant specials.

Events

Save Our Horses Fund raising ride.  See events page on the website.

Therrese Standten memorial:

Memorial word gehou vir Theresse Standten wat in motorfiets ongeluk oorlede is van amigos word saterdag,16 Augustus gehou. Alle bikers word genooi om 9h00 bymekaar te kom by sias oosthuisenstraat waar daar van daar af na amigos gery gaan word en daarna word daar met motorfietse na die plek waar ongeluk in surrender hill beweeg. Kom ons maak dit ñ spesiale dag vir die familie en vriendin. Meer inligting kontak 0847008558

Robin Williams:

I’m sure that many of us in Clarens are still reeling from the shock of Robin Williams’ death.   Click here to see a special  video clip, as this is the way his family would like us to remember him.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Supply Maintenance

 THE MUNICIPALITY WILL BE DOING MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING OF THE TOWN RESERVOIRS FROM THE 12th AUGUST TO THE 15th AUGUST 2014.

 THE PROCESS SHOULD NOT AFFECT WATER SUPPLY. THIS MAY RESULT IN SLIGHT CLOUDINESS OF THE WATER FOR A SHORT PERIOD BUT WILL REMAIN SAFE AT ALL TIMES

Clarens Village Conservancy AGM

Untitled   

Important Meeting Notice

All residents, business owners and ratepayers are encouraged to attend an important meeting to update and involve the community in some very important developments in the Clarens area.  These issues affect every resident in the Clarens area. We will be sharing how we have utilised your taxes and contributions during the last year to contribute to improving our community.  We will also be discussing some future plans for the following year which will require your participation.  These initiatives require your involvement to be able to be sustained and we urge that your minimum contribution is to at least attend the meeting and provide your input.

Venue: Clarens Methodist Church Hall

Wednesday 27 August 2014 at 16:30

Agenda Clarens Village Conservancy Annual General Meeting

* 1. Chairperson’s report

*2. Financial report

*3. Election of office-bearers for the following year

*4.  Determination of membership fees

*5.   Any other matters

*6.  Clarens Fire Association brief update

*7.   Clarens Ratepayers Association brief update

*8.  General

For further information contact Rodney Wainwright – 083 680 7770

REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE

TO ALL CLARENS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

It is widely accepted that recycling is something which deserves our total support.  Like all responsible citizens we as the Social Concerns Working Group of Combined Churches in Action (CCIA) would like to affirm the well-known call to REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE.

Evon Els, who runs and manages the Clarens recycling plant, is doing a remarkable job, everywhere collecting material which can be recylced, and encouraging all the residents of Clarens/Kgubetswana/Kanana/Phahameng to collect bottles and plastic.  In this way our town is cleaned up and job opportunities are created at the plant.   She is even willing to collect recyclable material on request.

We would like to assist in asking all our householder and businesses to separate the plastic, glass, tin, paper and boxes from the rest of their rubbish and put it out for collection in transparent green (or other coloured) plastic bags… on the same day as you do the black bags for refuse removal.   The municpality has agreed not to pick up these coloured bags, but to leave them for removal by her.   (You are in any case more than welcome to take your green bags down to the recycling centre yourself.)  THIS ARRANGEMENT STARTS AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST 2014.

These green bags are more or less the same price as the black bags, can be bought at your usual shop, but will also be available for sale at the recycling centre and following businesses:  Clarens Village Grocer, Clarens Trading Post, Horeb Butchery, and Old Stone Bottle Store.

Please support this wonderful process, and if you are a guest house owner encourage your guests to cooperate.

For further information contact Evon at 073-708-7832 or Dons at 082-859-1505.

Richard Koch, Chairman

 

4th August 2014: snow report

Latest news from snow report: www.snowreport.co.za. On Thursday, we can see some moisture coming down from the North, and there are some chances of very light snow in Lesotho and the extreme high peaks of the EC Drakensberg from Thursday through to Saturday. At this point, the freezing level is too high to produce any noteworthy falls, but we will update again tomorrow if anything should change on the forecast.

Posted to clarensnews facebook page:  4th August, 2014

1st August, 2014

The Twitcher

Well, it had to happen.  After 72 editions of edifying social commentary from your faithful scribe, the Editor is going modern and taking this august publication into the twenty-first century.  Just like that.  Imagine, no more waiting with bated breath for a weekly dose of truth on a skewer (oh alright, fortnightly more recently).  Instead, you can now trip into the same diet of news and commentary daily, nogaal, courtesy of some clever people who opened up Facebook to an unbelieving world.  So that’s the deal, dear readers.  The Editor, not content with changing the world as we know it, is also putting up posters all over the village, offering the option of pointing your smartphone at what looks to me like a bloody enormous bar code, to take you straight to the Clarens News! Eish!  (And I don’t mean the other publication that a few of you sometimes read). As for me, it’s back to the World Bank, economic conferences, negotiating peace in the Middle East, judging Master Chef and inventing wireless electricity.  A fellow has to work, and this lull in my writing duties allows me to return the world stage a wiser but probably less articulate man.  It’s been fun though.  The haunting terror of having Bigfoot (well, Kaalvoet, as it turned out) stonking around the orchards of the village was an immense experience, not least taking the big lady (yes, she was a girl and oh so passionate) to a dance night at Friends.  David Attenborough messing with our ducks was another capital story, and there is an entire generation of feathered friends who nostalgically recall their BBC-crafted transportation across the ponds of Clarens.  Ah, those were the days.   Libel actions, proposals of marriage, beer tasting when the well-water got lumpy and other salutary experiences have brought tears of joy to my squint eyes.  All in the name of Clarens News. Well, it’s over now so you’ll find me on the third barstool from the end at the Brewery.  Unless of course, the Editor relents and asks me back……………… The Twitcher (retired) Editor’s note:  Follow us on facebook.   I’m sure we’ll find a way to sneak an ornithological note in somewhere.

Community: Get together to celebrate Theresse’s Life: 16th August, 2014

Community:  Get together to Celebrate Theresse’s life: 16th August, 2014

It is a huge lost to everyone who knew Theresse. She will be missed by her family, friends and all of the Clarens Community. To celebrate her life on Saturday 16/08/2014. Everyone is invited but a special request is that all bikers will attend this day with Dave and all family and friends to celebrate Theresse’s life.

Please contact me regarding the arrange with the bikes on 0847008558/Clarens Pharmacy at 0582561852 or clarenspharmacy@gmail.com

Biking oil was in her blood,

Petrol flowing through her heart.

Throttle reving but the flood, Meant their engine Wouldn’t start.

The exhaust sounding rather rough, Its noise as cutting as a knife. The gallant spark not quite enough, To fire their engine into life.

The key was turned, the button pushed, Expecting now a biking roar, But the engine … knackered … bushed, Wouldn’t function any more.

Theresse has died but still, her soul rides onward to the west. Her wheels role onward, vale and hill, She soon will find eternal rest.

So we’ll mount up and onward ride, Remembring well the one who died. Towards the sunset on our road, Our biker friend who’s gone before.

Funeral poem for a biker

© 2010 Dick Underwood

1st August 2014

Photograph by Fred Beck
Photograph by Fred Beck

I’m sure you’ll all agree, that the photograph above is simply stunning.   (Taken by Fred Beck.   Click here to go to Fred’s facebook page)

This is the front cover for the 2015 Cluny Calendar, which features a collection of stunning photographs taken in the Clarens and Fouriesburg area.   The calendars are sold in aid of the Cluny Animal Trust.   Phone (0)58 223 0918 or 
E-mail:  info@clunyanimaltrust.co.za to place your order.   Click here to find out more about the Cluny Animal Trust.

Following last year’s much enjoyed articles which accompanied each photograph from the calendar, Mary Walker, has kindly undertaken to give Clarens News another series of articles.  (Each one inspired by a photograph from the calander.  This week we feature her first article:  Sentinels of the Veld.


Everything you ever wanted to know about Clarens.  Every Day!

For the last 24-months the Clarens News has been updating, entertaining and giving tens of thousands of readers an overview of what’s on in our phenomenal village.  We’ve offered everything from rugby to rock and roll, from missing pets to plumbing services.  And we’ve grown exponentially in terms of reach and influence in this very special community.  But now it’s time for a change!

Social media rules the world, as we all know, and the time has come to capitalise on our success with Facebook, replacing the fortnightly ‘event’ of Clarens News publication with a daily offering on Facebook.  Clarens News and its Website receives literally thousands of daily Facebook hits, often stimulated by specific features and news of relevance to particular communities.  This allows us to play an enhanced role in telling residents and visitors alike what’s on, where it’s happening and when.  People with new ‘smartphones’ can point the device at our posters soon to be displayed in every major site in the village and read the QR code featured there, which will take them straight to the Clarens News page and website.  If you don’t own a smartphone, you can still pick up the Facebook page on your computer by going to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClarensNews

This response to news gathering and dissemination is in line with international trends and will link tourists and residents instantly to the business life of Clarens.  The availability of the Clarens News Website adds a fantastic dimension to our service, allowing visitors to the site to review everything from accommodation and restaurant options, to adventure, tours and sport.  News is about what’s on now rather than what’s happening over the next fortnight, and that’s what the Clarens News intends to provide in a constant stream of important information.

So gear up and follow us on Facebook for everything you always wanted to know about Clarens, but didn’t know where to ask.


Sentinels of the Veld:

It has been said that the skyline of a Free State dorpie is hardly complete without the spire of an NG Kerk.  It might also be said that the vista of a Free State farmland is equally incomplete without a windmill.  Our photograph this week, taken by Fred Beck of Gauteng, depicts this much loved icon of the veld, adorned in a profusion of summer cosmos.  (Click here to go to  Fred Beck’s facebook page.)

The concept of harnessing the energy of wind is an ancient one.  The Sea People of ancient times discovered its almost magical powers by catching wind in rudimentary sails to propel sea vessels, a skill later perfected by the Phoenicians.  Some historians claim evidence that the ancient Persians and Egyptians in Biblical times used wind to turn crude bladed wheels for various purposes.  Solid evidence exists that the Persians were the original engineers of the earliest forms of the vertical windmill, and these were in extensive use from about the 7th century AD.

Britain and Europe lagged behind, still using animals to turn wheels and cogs, but the Christian Crusaders changed this from around the 12th century AD.  During their religious occupation of the Middle and Near East regions they encountered new technologies that they took back to Europe.  Among these was the windmill.   Read more

 


More about Cluny

Cluny Truck Cluny Animal Trust

The Cluny Animal Trust send their committed team far and wide to come to the aid of animals in need, and hopefully they will soon have the mobile animal clinic pictured above, which would enable them to be even more effective.   Dr Sanit Meintjes reports that the Cluny Animal Trust recently participated  in the WODAC (World of Dogs and Cats http://www.dogscats.co.za/ ) pet exhibition at Gallagher Convention Center, Midrand on 18, 19 and 20 July 2014. Although their stall attracted many visitors the real star was the mobile animal clinic that was parked outside and that drew the interest of many professionals in the animal care industry, as well as the general public. The mobile clinic has been on order for a long time but will hopefully be delivered to Cluny within the next few months. Some cash donations were received but the real benefit was the many contacts that were made in the pet welfare and animal rescue industries. Networking with other people who work to treat or prevent neglect and cruelty to domesticated animals was a real morale booster and the team is more determined than ever to continue with education, preventive medication and veterinary based animal welfare.

Click here for more information on the Cluny Animal Trust, as well as their banking details, should you wish to donate to this worthwhile cause.


Clarens Tourism Forum – Feedback on meeting 29th July, 2014CTF logo

The Clarens Tourism Forum held a well-attended meeting at Mont D’Or on 29th July:  The Way Forward.   There was a lot of healthy discussion and it became obvious that matters could not go on as they were, but that the CTF needed – amongst other things – to find the right person to market Clarens.   It was agreed that the CTF would go ahead and plan the marketing strategy for Clarens, and that they would present the budget needed in order to take these plans forward, as soon as possible.

One of the subjects that came up during the discussion was the need for Training in order to up the levels of service in Clarens, and fortuitously George van der Merwe was there to tell us about The Ash Conference, Training and Event Centre and their programs which will help to address this need.  (See below)


The Ash Conference, Training and Event Centre

The Ash Conference, Training and Event Centre (formerly Cranford Inn) has partnered with the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship (SAIE) in Cape Town to create a Technology and Skills Centre at The Ash. Three local young adults, John Mokoena, Ntsebeng Mokoena and Florence Moloi were selected following a business simulation hosted by SAIE to become the owners of a computer skills training school at The Ash. All the participants in the business simulation received a free training module which is underway at the moment.

The computer training modules will be available to staff from restaurants, guesthouses, art outlets, etc from August 4. Attendees will be able to attend session in the morning, afternoon or evenings. The aim is to improve computer literacy and teach basic word processing, spread sheet and presentation programmes initially. More programmes will follow, as the need arises.

Contact:  George van der Merwe: phone 082 466 5410/058 256 1076  email:  www.theash.co.za


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Alecta pumila Damien1-100x100 Article and photography by Damien Coulson Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve   Alecta pumila Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Monthly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragon) family. Alecta pumila (seona in Sesotho), is dwarf haggard appearing herb of 40-80 mm tall found scattered in grasslands, usually at higher altitudes on cliff faces and proximate to rocky areas. This herbaceous spp. is endemic to the Eastern Mountain Region and grows from the Eastern Cape to Botswana at altitudes of between 1650 – 1980 m A.S.L. A. pumila is a hemiparasitic herb meaning that it survives through 1 of 2 strategies: reliance on a grass host for nourishment or alternatively through photosynthesis as most plants do. The Latin Alektor (from which Alectra is derived), means rooster or cock, in reference to the yellow-orange colouration of the inflorescence often observed on the birds plumage. Members of the genus turn dark purple or black if bruised. Pumila is Latin-derived for small, puny or tiny, in testament of the dwarfish stature of the plant. The photo below was taken along a section of the Leucosidea trail, and is the only known specimen to have been recorded in the Clarens Nature Reserve.   Read more Click here to learn more about the Clarens Village Nature Reserve Click here to become a member of the Clarens Village Conservancy


The Twitcher

Well, it had to happen.  After 72 editions of edifying social commentary from your faithful scribe, the Editor is going modern and taking this august publication into the twenty-first century.  Just like that.  Imagine, no more waiting with bated breath for a weekly dose of truth on a skewer (oh alright, fortnightly more recently).  Instead, you can now trip into the same diet of news and commentary daily, nogaal, courtesy of some clever people who opened up Facebook to an unbelieving world.  So that’s the deal, dear readers.  The Editor, not content with changing the world as we know it, is also putting up posters all over the village, offering the option of pointing your smartphone at what looks to me like a bloody enormous bar code, to take you straight to the Clarens News! Eish!  (And I don’t mean the other publication that a few of you sometimes read). As for me, it’s back to the World Bank, economic conferences, negotiating peace in the Middle East, judging Master Chef and inventing wireless electricity.  A fellow has to work, and this lull in my writing duties allows me to return the world stage a wiser but probably less articulate man.  It’s been fun though.  The haunting terror of having Bigfoot (well, Kaalvoet, as it turned out) stonking around the orchards of the village was an immense experience, not least taking the big lady (yes, she was a girl and oh so passionate) to a dance night at Friends.  David Attenborough messing with our ducks was another capital story, and there is an entire generation of feathered friends who nostalgically recall their BBC-crafted transportation across the ponds of Clarens.  Ah, those were the days.   Libel actions, proposals of marriage, beer tasting when the well-water got lumpy and other salutary experiences have brought tears of joy to my squint eyes.  All in the name of Clarens News. Well, it’s over now so you’ll find me on the third barstool from the end at the Brewery.  Unless of course, the Editor relents and asks me back……………… The Twitcher (retired) Editor’s note:  Follow us on facebook.   I’m sure we’ll find a way to sneak an ornithological note in somewhere.


PLANNING AN EVENT?

Natalie received a letter from the SAP addressed to all Event Organizers and Venue Owners in the Free State calling for a schedule of events to be submitted 6 months in advance !   (Click here to see the letter.)  If you have something planned, please contact Natalie to avoid losing out on event due to red tape.  email:  info@clarensbrewery.co.za

Both Garth Brook and Mandy Prior have been in discussion with the relevant authorities, and are following up on this matter to establish exactly what kind of events need to follow all this red tape.  (It seems that if your event cannot host more than 2000 people these regulations do not apply). We will keep you informed as and when we receive further information.


THIS WEEKEND:

Music: 1st August, 2014: Amigo’s Restaurant:  (evening)Denzle and OB 2nd August 2014: Amigo’s Restaurant:   (afternoon and evening) OB Artichoke:  (evening) Ric and Vic   Art: Robert Badenhorst Gallery: Exhibition and painting demonstrations by Ryan and Jodie Loubser Go to the Events page on the website to see samples of their artwork.     Rugby: rugby


Restaurant Specials

Artichoke:  A great new speciality: LARGE savoury pancakes with chips and salad (or two sweet pancakes)  from 11 to 5 o’ clock daily.

Monday:  Protea Hotel: 17h00 – 19h00:  Soup and Sherry specials (R35) includes assorted breads and and the 1st sherry free.We also have periodic cake specials at R35 for cake and coffee/hot chocolate/cuppachino.Monday – Friday:  The Posthouse breakfast! Sart the day on the right note.  The Posthouse Breakfast ranges from R22 – R30, and includes tea and coffee.

Wednesday:

Friends Happy Hour from 20h00 to 21h00.  Live music.

Wednesday:  Brambleberry @ The Ash (Old Cranford):  Burger and Pizza Specials

Thursday:   Golden Age Day at Bon Appetit Bistro: (Rosemary Centre) Every Thursday (except Public Holidays) is now “Golden Age Day” @ Bon Appetit Bistro. If you are in the Golden Age (over 65 years old), come enjoy Breakfast (served all day), a light lunch, tea, coffee or cake and get 10% discount on your bill.  Open from 9.30am till 4.00pm.

Thursday:  Brambleberry:  Happy Hour 17h30 to 18h30 followed by two-course meal special

Friday:  Courtyard: Specials at the Cafe every friday from 12 noon, and at the Restaurant every friday evening from 18h00

Friday:  The Highlander: Happy Hour from 17h30 to 18h30. Need to make a booking?   Click here for a list of Restaurant telephone numbers

SundayProtea Hotel:  First Sunday of every month, carvery at the Protea Hotel. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Price R125  (Ph: 058 256 1212)


Community:  Get together to Celebrate Theresse’s life: 16th August, 2014

It is a huge lost to everyone who knew Theresse. She will be missed by her family, friends and all of the Clarens Community. To celebrate her life on Saturday 16/08/2014. Everyone is invited but a special request is that all bikers will attend this day with Dave and all family and friends to celebrate Theresse’s life.

Please contact me regarding the arrange with the bikes on 0847008558/Clarens Pharmacy at 0582561852 or clarenspharmacy@gmail.com

Biking oil was in her blood,

Petrol flowing through her heart.

Throttle reving but the flood, Meant their engine Wouldn’t start.

The exhaust sounding rather rough, Its noise as cutting as a knife. The gallant spark not quite enough, To fire their engine into life.

The key was turned, the button pushed, Expecting now a biking roar, But the engine … knackered … bushed, Wouldn’t function any more.

Theresse has died but still, her soul rides onward to the west. Her wheels role onward, vale and hill, She soon will find eternal rest.

So we’ll mount up and onward ride, Remembring well the one who died. Towards the sunset on our road, Our biker friend who’s gone before.

Funeral poem for a biker

© 2010 Dick Underwood


EVENTS

Visit the website Events page for further information

Women’s Day: 9th August, 2014

Mountain Breeze event


CH2 at Bon Appetit: 10th September, 2014CH2 Event


Macnollie:  26-27 September, 2014

 

macnollie_email_ad_2-01 (4)

  As with last year the events main sponsors are BETHLEHEM NISSAN, WELKOM NISSAN, AND UD TRUCKS (WELKOM NISSAN) Have a look at the Events Page on the website or click on the links below. 26th September, 2014: Clay pigeon shooting (Clarens Golf club) 27th September, 2014:  Macnollie Challenge


Events:  Further afield:

Events