- Weekend Weather Forecast
- Notes from the Editor
- Live Music
- Ornithological Notes
- Things to Do
- Coming up soon
- Clarens Country House Photo Competition
- Clarens Village Conservancy
- Pathways to Clarens
- Clarens Connections
- Clarens Shops
- Clarens Restaurants and Pubs
- Clarens Accommodation
- Weddings and Events
- Clarens Property
- To Let
- Clarens Adventures
- Clarens Tours
- Clarens Services
- IMPORTANT NUMBER
Spring Edition – 6 September, 2012
Weekend Weather Forecast
Notes from the Editor
No matter what the weather, there is always fun and good music to be had in Clarens.Following on the phenomenal success of last week’s Johnny Cash Pilgrimage at the Ariichoke, Bruce is welcoming Christian Van Zyl to play at The Artichoke this Saturday (8th September) from 12,30 to 4.30 pm. Be sure to book a table with Claudia on 083 2768096, And what would Clarens be without the late-night vibe at Friends. This friday Slipstream(Denzell, Obi, Rudo and Victor) will be playing from 8.30pm until late. For those who haven’t seen them yet you can get an idea of what they’re like by watching them on You Tube.http://youtu.be/v6TG6kTmtmI. (Great video clip – but not nearly as good as seeing them live.) AND on Saturday night you are invited to sing your heart out at the Friends Karaoke evening. The fun is scheduled to start at 8.30pm. Next weekend its Calvin’s birthday bash and Friends is set to really rock. Bands includinig Slipstream, K2, Van Smith and Bendover will all be there. Read next week’s Clarens News for more information. I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to listening to the Durban City Orchestra (under the directorship of Edrich de Lange) on 29th September. Joining them are the Campus Dance Studio and the Winsome Fuller Studio of Dance. There will be both matinee (12h00) and an evening (19h00) performances to be held on the Clarens Golf Estate. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic baset, chairs and blankets, and there will also be food and drink for sale and a separate area and entertainment for kids Tickets: R100 adults/R90 for pensioners/R50 for children. Info and tickets are available from email@example.com. You can also contact Carol Cochrane (Cell: 082 9666 303) firstname.lastname@example.org. or go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Classics-in-Clarens/481374718541002 and hit LIKE.
APOLOGY The Twitcher has been asked to apologize unreservedly to the proprietors of the Mosaic Pizza Emporium. The disclosure, in last week’s column (Clarens News,30 August) that Woody and Doris, the town’s celebrity Ground Woodpeckers, have been dining for free on Mosaic Pizzas, has led to long queues of itinerant Indian Mynas, house sparrows, Hadeda Ibis, and even a family of merecats, demanding a slice of the action. Mosaic’s owner (name withheld for fear of intimidation) lamented that while he was prepared to provide basic Neapolitan pizzas, the merecats’ demand for extra salami and artichoke hearts was a bridge too far. He said that the angry birds had taken up positions on his Jungle Gym and had threatened to take hostages, while the merecats had gone into hibernation under his bar counter with a bottle of Irish whiskey. Woody and Doris, recognizing that discretion is the better part of valour, have now reverted to ordering take-aways, which are delivered to the north-east corner of the MTN red-light district, under cover of darkness. It is hoped that things will return to normal, although the hatching of 300 woodpecker eggs in the spring may yet threaten civil order and peace in Clarens. The Twitcher PS Early birds and late night revellers will have been startled to see two large cows grazing on the recently reinvigorated spring lawns of the Clarens Square, on Monday morning. The fact that they were neatly tethered suggested they were not Gauteng holiday makers but locals bent on getting their greens. The owner was nowhere to be seen but, when I went to have another look an hour or two later, they were gone, suggesting either that the previous evening’s magic mushrooms had induced a bovine hallucination, or that the Town Fathers had acted quickly and decisively to ensure that no Harley-Davidson or Ferrari would be spattered by second-hand grass.
Things to Do
BOOK LUNCH AT THE GREEN GOOSE Lunch at The Green Goose is a simply must do for Clarens residents, as well as visitors staying in the area. The 93km drive may seem far, but given the stunning scenery, the good road, and the wonderful lunch waiting at the end, every kilometer is well worth the drive. From Clarens, take the R711 to Fouriesburg, then the R26 towards Ficksburg, but turn right onto the R70 (15kms before you get to Ficksburg). You’ll see the sign to the Green Goose on your left, where you turn onto the farm road, drive past the dairy, the fields of contented cows and other farm animals, and the cheese factory to a well sign-posted parking area. (GPS Co-ordinates: S28° 42’42′ E 27°55′ 54′.) The Green Goose is the home the famous Ficksburger cheese, that so many of the Clarens residents are addicted to, but this truly organic farm also produces many other fine cheeses. Lunch is served either under the trees overlooking the farm dam (see photo of the view) or beside a blazing fire – depending on the weather. (The group of Clarens residents who lunched there on Wednesday, started off outside, but then moved inside once the wind started blowing.) All the food – including the delicious home-baked bread – is lovingly prepared in Anneke’s farm kitchen, where, in true organic farming tradition, the ingredients are based on what’s available on the farm, and since this is a dairy farm, you can count on an excellent cheese platter. Special food, needs time to prepare, so you need to book before you go, and remember that this is not the usual run-of-the-mill restaurant, so you need to take your own wine. To book contact Anneke: Cell: 082 925 2770. Tel/Fax: 051 933 5754 Email: email@example.com Visit the website: www.greengoose.co.za
Coming up soon
Clarens Country House Photo Competition
Send your entry to win 2 midweek nights at The Clarens Country House for 2 Entries so far:
Clarens Village Conservancy
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.
Last week we promised to send you notes on escape routes from Johannesburg. Unfortunately, our driver is still either still in Johannesburg – or lost somewhere en route. If you have any valuable information to contribute in the meantime, we’d love to hear from you.
Going on an interesting trip? Readers are welcome to share their holiday blog as a way of keeping everyone up-to-date on what they’re up to. Crispian and Elizabeth Trace are barging around France at the moment. Elizabeth’s posts make for interesting reading, especially if you’re planning a barging trip or planning to buy a barge. Even if you’re not, you can share their adventure by clicking onto their blogsite:2oldducksanarascal.blogspot.com
THE HENN’S TOOTH It’s Heeltyd Speeltyd at the Kids Korner in front of the TOYSHOP Clown shows, Jumping Castles, Entertainment
BIBLIOPHILE And as the shadows lengthen what could be better than a good book?
HIGHLAND COFFEE First thing in the morning you can find the Clarens locals congregating around the fresh roast smell of
OLD STONE BOTTLE STORE And for a quiet drink (or a noisy one with friends)
MONA LISA There’s no need to dress up special, but if you want to
BEAN 2 CLARENS And remind everyone where you had the best weekend ever with a souvenier from
MOOI NOOI Classic Free State design and bric a brac
THE CLARENS VILLAGE GROCER For your groceries and treats while you’re here
THE ROCK SHOP No visit to Clarens is complete without a visit to the Rock Shop filled with he most amazing stones and crystals.
Clarens Restaurants and Pubs
MOSAIC PIZZERIA Best Biltong and Feta Pizza in town
FRIENDS Great steaks, live music and Kareoke
CLEMENTINES Fine food, booking highly reccommended – Steak Talliata is amazing
A byword for fine dining in Clarens. This is where you should book at table for that special occasion. Phone Shelley: 082 4537060
XLNT For a truly XLNT breakfast
And while you are at the Willows Centre don’t forget the opening of the Bakery next week
THE HIGHLANDER For a great Clarens meal out of the winter cold
ARTISTS CAFE In the Blue Donki centre on the corner of the Square Great food – all day.
THE NEW GOURMET SHED For Sunday Lunches and special functions.
Luxury Self Catering on the Golf Estate, themed around Herman Charles Bosman and quality home from Home experience Call Toni on 0824493321
Artists workshops and amazing B&B experiences
The 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 Karen
For big groups and conference facilities let Dan be your Man
Just off the square behind the Purple Onion
Weddings and Events
Tel: 084 576 0342 URL: www.weddingsinclarens.co.za
Mark Webber Real Estate Consultant
Mobile Phone 083 613 1079
Office Clarens 058 256 1734
Thinking of selling or buying ? For free market evaluation of your Property call Mark Webber. Clarens Golf Estate from R225 000 + VAT
3 Bedroom townhouse R1,395,000
4 Bedroom character thatch home R2,500,000
(Click on any of the pics to see the property in detail) This just in PRIVATE SALE APARTMENT FOR SALE Newly renovated apartment partly furnished in Larola. Loft Bedroom. Walk in Cupboard. Kitchen with new fridge, stove space for washing machine. Full bathroom. Open plan lounge. Patio with view of Horeb. Under cover parking. Price R399,000 Phone 083 411 2805
Flat for Rent Full bathroom, 1 bedroom and open plan living/kitchen. Under cover parking in Larola. R2,500 excl lights Contact 083 290 9256 House for rent, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, main street. open plan lounge, kitchen. underfloor heating, garage, secure complex. R5000 + electricity. Not furnished, available immediately. Call 0722910685 FLAT FOR RENT It’s one big bedroom with open plan living area, kitchen and one bathroom. Non Smoking, No Pets. We want to Rent it out for R3100 (Incl water+lights, Non Furnished) per month and R3500 (Incl water+lights, Furnished). No more than 2 persons. Shop to Let – see insert in opening section on Maluti Highlands Centre
White water rafting, Abseiling, Quad biking and so much more Have you got what it takes to call Ollie or Detmar? Click below
If you’re going to AfriSki, Khatse Dam or anywhere else off the beaten track, trust Dean to drive you round the bend
“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.” Pharmacy – Gareth has just moved into the new center (which is lovely) call him on 058-2561852 for any medical advice, chronic or acute medication. Don’t weight any longer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Special now on firewood. R40 per bag and braaihout R12 per bag Helen’s Landscaping
LOST / BORROWED Would anyone with cat carriers marked “SHVC”, “Sandstone Hill Vet”, or “Lyne” , PLEASEreturn them to the consulting rooms Mon-Friday, 9-11am. Kat used to have 7 assorted cat carriers and the number has now dwiindled to just 1. Kat is also missing a large powder blue dog carrier with a white door. Your help in this regard would be greatly apprecaited.
Weekend employment: Young dynamic assistant wanted to help in the toy shop, call Craig on 0824493321
For Sale: Honda Deputy 125cc scooter (ANF125), including helmet, padded biker jacket (M), rain suit and lock. Most reliable scooter ever. Great runaround. Low mileage. R7500.00 Call Chris 083 419 3538 Screen Printing My name is Jean and my partner is Pienaar and we work from Bethlehem. We print T-shirts, bags, caps, socks etc. My number is 082 459 8882 and Pienaar is 0828703595 “Chief Professional Nursing Sister available to “live in”, to care for elderly or ailing person at night. Please contact Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens on 083 236 1293.”