…… the ‘Flockers’. Just a reminder to the Flocktober Festival next weekend in our village and don’t forget the international Bird Fair with ornithologists of fame from all over. The Bird Fair starts this weekend and ends 6 October. More info via the local tourism bureau (Stanford Info)
from the Platbos labyrinth
Just outside our village something out of the ordinary is going on and that makes it all very intriguing. Eight or so people/couples each have a share in the Blue Moon community and all of these are extra-ordinary people with social engagement. Alternative energy sources and energy uses are experimented with, film- and theatre- decors are made (including those for US-movie makers who film on location in South Africa) and there is ….. The Last Resort. If you want to get rid of your kids for one or more days Craig and Cathy will not only look after them but will keep them so busy that you don’t have to look after them for a while when you collect them. We were there last Friday during a school outing of a pre-primary school. With simple means (no Nintendo or computer games, etc.) and in a nature concious/exploring way children are kept engaged with play, treasure hunts, camping (yes there are overnight facilities), etc.
Or as they state in their Facebook page: “We are a multi-functional venue with a heart. We do children’s parties ; children’s camps and live music concerts. Also available for private functions. We have a large sturdy stage with good lighting ; a dance area ; shaded areas ; a large, living labyrinth and a comfortable tipi. Also a lovely dam and within walking distance to the village of Stanford. Blue Moon Community Farm is also home to an accomplished potter ; an alternative technology enthusiast and a vermiculturalist organic landscaper, amongst other interesting people“.
Craig sees also another market: “Stanford is more and more becoming a true nature destination. Parents who want a quiet holiday without their youngsters can drop them here and go to whatever accommodation in this area“.
Many privileged South Africans live very secluded behind big walls and steel bars. In our village there is no more crime than in similar villages where-ever in the world and the fencing looks more friendly. Occasionally even eco-friendly as this fence of woven myrtle wood. The owner recently erected this fence to keep his dog inside and he planted some creepers that have to cover the wood in due time.