Weekend Greetings from the Greyton Art Walk

Southernmost Lighthouse of the African Continent ….

… is in Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape, South Africa.

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Yesterday evening one of the top real estate chains in South Africa opened it’s office in Napier. Grande opening and guess who did the photography 😉

Annual Succulent Plant Sale

SATURDAY 4 JULY between 10AM and 2PM: Annual succulent plant SALE at The Green Cathedral of South Africa: from R 15.00 to R .,000.00 including large cacti and cycads (with permit). 26A De Bruyn Street , Stanford (between Church & Caledon str).

Many indigenous  (South) African succulents next to some exotic cacti. All ‘descendants’ of the historical garden we restored  between 2000 and 2011 before our move to Stanford. Click on the link for cultivation guidelines; look under ‘Categories’ (in right column) for desired subject and click on it. For example ‘cultivation‘. Another link is the FB-page of The Green Cathedral of South Africa.

 

Smoke

Winter in South Africa. It’s cold and in the countryside many on the farms make a fire to keep warm while working on the land. Seemingly unaware of the effect: smoke stretching for about 15 kilometers between mountains and river/lagoon before disappearing above the ocean.

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Viva Art Fest

(text copied from Viva Art Fest FB-page)

Viva Art Fest Stanford 2013

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With great joy and a surprising success we, The Viva Foundation of South Africa, created the world’s first Living Art Gallery in Mamelodi, Tshwane, by transforming actual shack-homes into works of art, with the aim to attract tourism and business to the community. And it worked. We had great media exposure and people are coming all year to see the artworks and to enjoy the hospitality of the community. And now this initiative is coming to Stanford!

How does it work?
We are a non-profit organization and we believe in the wealth and talents of the local communities, we want to support.
In Stanford this community is battling with unemployment, drugs and young people without hope. Green tourism and Stanford as an Art Route Destination is one answer.

The painted houses of the living art gallery have a dramatic effect, not only aesthetically, but also in the general attitude of the community. Known local and artists form abroad specializing in different art-disciplines, contribute and volunteer their time and resources in this project. They create a lasting art work to enjoy.

In partnership with the Stanford Community Police Forum, the David Krut Foundation, the Tourism Office and many small and powerful local initiatives the first Viva Art Fest Stanford will take place this year (after the first Viva Art Fest in Zwelihle that created a stir in the communities and will bring tourism and prosper local businesses).

Time: Saturday 2 Nov 2013 ALL DAY 8am to 7pm
What: Local is lekker Food stalls! Kids activities and local Music entertainment ALL DAY!
Place: Die Skema, Stanford, Rugby Field and around (walls to be painted nearby)
Entrance: Free
Together: You are most welcome to join as an artist creating an artwork (we sponsor materials), as a volunteer assisting the artists and with kids activities, or just to spread the word an come with all friends and family.

Contact: Regina (076) 3757116 • Wilhelm, CPF, (076) 8108908 • Nikki Miles (074) 4378080 • Sven Lager (072) 828 4727 sven.lager@gmail.com
Check out Viva Foundation South Africa on Facebook

Yes; we do like our wines

Stanford is within South Africa an insignificant role player in the wine industry but abroad the wines can virtually only be found in upmarket restaurants and specialized liquor stores/wine-boutiques.

That has a reason; don’t you think?

Yes, we don’t only like our wines; we love them!!!

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And it doesn’t cost you a penny…

It doesn’t cost you a penny but it’s a great idea: starting your own Local Food Heroes in you area. Initiated  in Stanford, South Africa, with the idea that this movement should go accross the globe.

Buy only fresh locally produced food. Get a group of mindliking producers in your area together and start your own Local Food Heroes. Look into the link (mentioned above) and see that it works. Here in our village it’s a great success with the local supermarket selling less and less pre-processed food and plastic wrapped veggies from all over (except from the own area).

And the meat is sourced from free ranging animals without adding conservatives!

And that’s what you taste!

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(Solar) Power to the People

At last; after one year in Stanford we found a reliable supplier/installer (SolarMax in Kleinmond) for a solar heating system. A week ago they installed the panel etc. and despite the merely cloudy/rainy weather we only needed 8.5 hrs of electricity from the grid for heating the water during the first 7 days. If the sun shines between 10 AM and 2 PM we don’t need any electricity to heat the water. And this in the South African Winter.  We expect a return on investment within 4 years at the most but more probably within 2-3 yrs. As soon as Eskom (South African power supplier) opens the grid for ‘two-way power traffic’ we’ll invest in photovoltaic panels.

GRAZE revitalised

When Catch and Gero decided to stop their sidebusiness because their clothing business (core activity) went booming it was a great loss for Stanford, South Africa, and its visitors. And for us as well for GRAZE was THE Place to have our Saturday morning coffee. Patience is rewarded; after several months of non-GRAZE we were delighted to hear that our friends Tabby and Alex opened the business again this weekend. They stick to the old opening times; Friday evening (dinners) and Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Tabby(original a Chef in the UK and Cape Town) and Alex also cater for functions and other special occasions. The cappuccino this morning was delicious!