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Hout Bay’s Green Faire
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Hout Bay’s Green Faire

Twice a year Hout Bay hosts a Green Faire - a showcase of sustainable living options in an outdoor setting. It's an occasion worth diarising as we've visited the first and the third, the latter having taken place last weekend, and been more than a little impressed. The Green Faire is run by Envirochild Projects, a not for profit organisation facilitating sustainability, self sufficiency, waste reduction, energy efficiency and any other green projects that encourage conscious living. Envirochild also has quite a vision for Hout Bay and is dedicated to uniting the community to form a Transiti...
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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!
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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!

Ficksburg didn't mean that much to me until I visited the pretty little town set on the banks of the Caledon River. It lies at the foot of the beautiful Imperani Mountain in the Free State, for those of you who didn't know, and I had only heard of it before the festival because a school friend of mine hailed from there (and since we were at school in Durban at the time, you can understand how she was regarded with a fair amount of  incredulity). First off let me say that if you're a fan of cherries, then this is the festival to attend. For the last couple of years at least, cherries seem to...
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Gun Run fun …
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Gun Run fun …

After grinding to a halt at the 67km mark of last years Comrades Marathon, I vowed that I would never, ever run again!  Sunday morning however saw my return to running as I very ambitiously hit the pavement for the 94.5 Gun Run 5km event!  It was a spur of the moment decision (hence no pre registration for us) and after roping in two willing friends we found ourselves walking along the Sea Point promenade to the start of the event at Beach Road in Mouille Point. The Gun Run started in 1993 and was originally only the half marathon distance of 21km.  The challenge was to complete the distanc...
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September is Heritage Month
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September is Heritage Month

Not only is September Tourism Month, but this month is also devoted to heritage. Officially, it's an annual celebration of South African culture, both tangible and intangible, so music and language has as much place on the agenda as historical inheritance or the food that we eat. Informally, it's a celebration of 'local is lekker', the quintessential experience of just what makes South Africa so unique ... Every year the government decides on a theme for the month's celebration and this year's theme is  “celebrating our crafts, our heritage”. And what a country in which to celebrate an indu...
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Cape Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower and Garden Show
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Cape Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower and Garden Show

Spring Fever is in the air! Why not visit the Cape Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower and Garden Show? For new information about upcoming shows see: Cape Horticultural Society’s Flower & Garden Show Scheduled for Sat 19th and Sunday 20th September at the Alphen Centre in Constantia, this regular Celebration of Spring features a display of interesting and unusual, as well as common or garden  plants,  all grown by members of the Society in their Peninsula gardens.  Outside stallholders will have many garden related products for sale and there will also be light refreshments available ....
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Womens Day 9 August
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Womens Day 9 August

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Womens Day on the 9th August in South Africa? It has nothing to do with honouring women just because we need another "Mother's Day", this day commemorates the 9 August 1956 when women participating in a national march petitioned against pass laws ... (For anyone who does not know the history - "pass laws" were legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’ during the Apartheid regime). On this day in 1956, over 20 000 women of all races and ages from every corner of So...
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Kuier a while at the Klein Karoo Klassique
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Kuier a while at the Klein Karoo Klassique

Every year the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival is held in Oudtshoorn during August and you will be able to enjoy wines from the Klein Karoo (from as far afield as Montagu), ostrich and game dishes and classical music. And when you order your wine at restaurants and other venues over this weekend you will only be drinking wines from the Klein Karoo region. There will also be wine and port tasting events and many of the local restaurants and cellars will be hosting performances of classical music. The music over the weekend will be organised by the Oudtshoorn Music Society with assistance ...
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What to Do this Weekend
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What to Do this Weekend

If you haven’t made any plans yet for the weekend and are wondering what to do, here are a few suggestions of events to attend, What to Do this Weekend, places to go and things to do … In the Cape “Brides to Be” in the process or arranging their big day should take a leisurely drive out to the Cape Winelands to attend the Paarl Mall Bridal Fair. The Bridal Expo will feature a variety of professional exhibitors including wedding service providers (photographers, wedding gowns, flowers etc) as well as wedding venues who will be exhibiting and ready to discuss requirements with engaged coup...
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Prefer life in the slow lane? Take a Chilled Trip to Robertson
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Prefer life in the slow lane? Take a Chilled Trip to Robertson

Do you prefer life in the slow lane? If so then take a chilled trip to Robertson for their third annual Robertson Slow. This year the festival will be held from 7 to 10 August 2009. Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson in collaboration with 28 wineries and Guest Houses from these areas welcome you to the Robertson Wine Valley and invite you, the visitor, to enjoy food and drink at their tables. Traditional fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, Karoo venison, tripe and organic meals will be on offer at the homes of the Valley’s winemaking families. Here you will be able to meet with...
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time

In an effort to celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy the Nelson Mandela Foundation is urging the globe to join together in their bid to create an official Mandela Day (18 July). This day will not only be symbolic in celebrating the man who changed South African history, but will enable and encourage individuals to improve the circumstances of those around them. This global movement for positive change will only be made possible by individuals giving of themselves ... The 67 minutes campaign that will be taking place globally on 18 July 2009 asks that participants give 67 minutes of their t...
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Wine Events in July
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Wine Events in July

Just because you can't make it to the Cape Winelands in July doesn't mean you can't celebrate South Africa's great wines a little closer to your intended destination (or home if you are local). There are a few excellent events being held around the country that celebrate South African wines. Here's a quick round up of a few "Wine" events taking place in July: In East London head to the 14th annual Wine Fair from the 1st to the 3rd of July, With over 45 estates, the Wine Fair brings a wide variety of the best tasting wine to your doorstep. Superb local restaurants and eateries always acc...
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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh
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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh

It's Winter in the Western Cape and Tulbagh is celebrating Christmas early by welcoming one and all to visit their town for a host of wonderful winter warmers this Saturday and Sunday (27-28 June 2009). Father Christmas will be there and you may even be able to take a trip with him down Church Street to hand out edible delights to the young children. The town will be decorated with Christmas lights and trees with all the trimmings while local restaurants will be serving up traditional Christmas dinners. Spend the day browsing through some of the arts, crafts and photographic exhibiti...
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Back from Rocking the Daisies
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Back from Rocking the Daisies

Starting just three years ago, the folk and rock festival, Rocking the Daisies, has fast become one of the best music festivals in South Africa. It takes place on a farm in Darling, on the West Coast, and is one hours drive from Cape Town, making it a pleasure to attend for most locals. Combining eco, green and live music themes, it constantly aims to educate followers on living more consciously, giving back to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. Although messages are difficult to get across to loud and drunk revellers, the organisers pull out all the stops to be consistent...
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Festivals in the Cape
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Festivals in the Cape

The amazing variety of festivals in the Cape is evidence of the fact that Capetonians like to celebrate. Having recently experienced the epic, eco-friendly Rocking the Daisies music festival in Darling, I can attest to the fact Cape Town’s party spirit is alive and well. Capetonians don’t just rock ‘n roll however. From the Whale Festival in Hermanus, celebrating the town’s status as one of the whale watching sites in the Southern Hemisphere, to the Cape Town International Jazz festival, bringing the best performers from all over the globe, it seems every taste is accommodated. The C...
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus

There is something so exciting about this time of year. Yes, it rains a great deal in the Western Cape (who’s complaining, it’s not like we get a lot!) but it’s also the time of the coming of the whales to our shores. I love the whales. These beautiful, gentle, giants show utter trust in humanity when they enter our bays to produce their young. I wouldn’t trust human beings with quite the same level of humility and grace (hey, I know what they’re capable of!) particularly when you take a step back and reflect on the current state of the environment. Yet people flock in their thousands to...
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