Sicily Cooking Tour – Limited space still available!
On this 8-day tour we discover Sicily through food! The largest of the Italian islands, it boasts beautiful landscapes and a fascinating past. Sicilian cookery is very much embedded in the history of the island. Various civilizations – Greek, Roman, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, and British – have left their mark. From a gastronomic point of view, the influence of these invaders is still very much in evidence today.
On this tour you will learn to cook like an Italian from a passionate local chef and completely immerse yourself in the flavours of Sicily. You will be based in the south east of the island, in a region famous for its gastronomic specialities: Pachino grows juicy tomatoes, Avola produces almonds and wine, Ragusa is famous for Caciocavallo cheese and Modica for chocolate made from an ancient Aztec recipe.
Join South African radio presenter and “foodie”, Martelize Brink, from 24 September to 31 October 2017 on this fascinating culinary exploration.
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Over the past month, bird lovers have travelled great distances to be able to tick the rufous-tailed scrub robin off their must-see bird list. The bird was first spotted in the Zeekoevlei at the False Bay Nature Reserve last month. This small scrub robin does not usually occur any closer to South Africa than Kenya, but found the habitat provided at the City’s reserve to its liking. Read more below:
To date, more than 900 birders have flocked to view the rufous-tailed scrub robin spotted by Peter Steyn and André Demblon on 17 July. A month later this rare bird, which has never been recorded in South Africa before, continues to be the centre of attention, drawing twitchers from all over the country to the City’s False Bay Nature Reserve. It is likely that the bird arrived around May and will depart around September. The False Bay Nature Reserve is one of the City’s three identified Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, is a site of global significance for bird conservation, and is the City’s only Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance).
‘Many birders have traveled from as far afield as Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Some bird enthusiasts even came from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to view this vagrant bird. Vagrant birds are basically lost individuals that turn up well out of range and it is for this reason that we are very excited that the rufous-tailed scrub robin chose to make the False Bay Nature Reserve its temporary home as we continue to build on the reserve’s status as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and a Ramsar site.
We would like to encourage residents to take part in our Spring Photo Competition, which will run from 5 September to 31 October.
We’re looking for photos that capture the spirit of Spring!
This photography competition is open to all Residents of Atlantic Beach Estate, and we’ll select a photo-of-the-week to win a prize sponsored by Pam Golding Properties.
This competition is open to all Residents of Atlantic Beach Estate.
Competition runs from 5 September to 31 October 2016.
HOW TO ENTER
Email your photo submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may enter as many times as you wish.
All entries will be viewed by a panel of three judges and put to a vote. One winner will be selected per week and announced via the Atlantic Beach Estate official Facebook page on a Tuesdays.
We will announce one winner per week (over eight weeks). Each of the eight winners Will receive a prize sponsored by our property partner, Pam Golding Properties.
The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be contacted personally and Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. Prizes will be selected at random and winners will have no say in which prize they receive.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, each entrant grants Atlantic Beach Homeowners Association NPC unlimited consent to make use of his/her image towards the promotion of the Atlantic Beach Estate.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Atlantic Beach Homeowners Association NPC, not Facebook. Note that Facebook cannot be held liable for anything relating to this competition.
Melkbosstrand Police’s Mandela Day activities started with police officers conducting a licence inspection at Kreeftebaai in conjunction with the Melkbos Neighbourhood law enforcement officers from Big Bay. They also handed out pamphlets explaining the Batho Pele principles which explain that service delivery has to be transparent.
Thereafter it was time to head for the informal settlements on Varkplaas, 4x 4 and Melkbosch Farm, and hand out gifts.
At 1.30 pm the grounds of the police station became very busy. The Atlantic Beach Homeowners Association had sent over a team of gardeners to clean up and upgrade the grounds of the police station. This was Phase 1 of the work on the garden, explained Tarryn Nel, the Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator for the estate. Also on today’s agenda were painting the flower pots, moving a heavy stone bench to a spot near a door to make a visual statement and composting soil. The next phase will include planting the flower beds.
Upgrading the garden is part of the estate’s Mandela Day activities. “I want to thank you,” station commander Captain Ronita van der Toorn said. “Our gardener, whom we call ‘Ore’ is very sick with cancer and he might not make it to the end of the week.”
Article Source: http://melkbos.net/snapshots-from-a-police-station/
If you’re planning on visiting Mozambique on your summer holidays, be sure to include Maputo in your itinerary. With its eclectic architecture, seaside setting and wide avenues lined with jacaranda and flame trees, Maputo is easily one of Africa’s most attractive capitals. It’s the most developed place in Mozambique by far, with a wide selection of hotels and restaurants, well-stocked supermarkets, shady sidewalk cafes and a lively cultural scene.
- Explore the lively Fish Market where you can choose from an array of fresh fish on offer, then have it grilled at any of the open-air cafés.
- Buy African batik fabrics at the inspiring Casa Elefante shop situated opposite Mercado Centrale market
- Marvel at the iconic Casa de Ferro (Iron House) designed by Gustav Eiffel. Made entirely out of iron walls and a steel roof, it was intended as the Governor’s House but proved unsuitable for tropical conditions.
- Visit the incredibly beautiful Central Train Station. Go on a Friday or Saturday evening to enjoy jazz sessions in the historic railway bar.
- End the perfect day with sundowners and sushi at the Polana Serena Hotel’s Aquarius Bar, perfectly positioned to watch the sky change into a multitude of brilliant colours over the Indian Ocean.
Clive Snyman (33) is fascinated by Martial Arts and dreams of one day travelling to China to master the art of Kung Fu, under the traditional training of Shaolin monks.
“When you watch Bruce Lee movies and he takes on three or four guys at the same time – I would like to do that!” he chuckles.
He’s been working on the Estate as a security officer for almost 18 months after seven years at Augusta Place in Sunningdale. What’s the best part of his job? “Keeping people safe!”
Clive is studying supply chain management on a part-time basis and he’s aiming his ninja stars at a bookkeeping course next with the goal of achieving financial stability before settling down with a family of his own.
An Atlantis resident, Clive enjoys healthy cooking, going to the beach and watching movies – especially the Karate ones! He also enjoys his role as the nippy scrumhalf in his church’s rugby team.
Clive’s mind is as sharp as his roundhouse kick, as evidenced by his formidable chess game. “I used to do school tournaments, but now only have the time to occasionally play at the library. I love the concentration and strategic thinking that is needed to make decisions, especially in recovery and retaliation.”
Slammert Blom wakes up early on Sunday mornings to pray, and then the 49-year-old cooks up a storm before heading to church. Also an accomplished baker, Blom’s speciality is a decadent chocolate cake.
He was taught how to cook, bake, clean, iron and more, by his late mother whom he describes as being “an amazing, strong, hardworking woman.”
Blom was born in Richmond, a town in the central Karoo, and is the youngest of eight siblings. He came to Atlantis in 1984 to complete high school, and this is where he met his wife Moira – who inspires him with her unwavering devotion to the Lord.
Before coming to ABE two years ago, Blom worked as a machine operator in a factory and as a building maintenance assistant. While he enjoys his job on the Estate, as his love for gardening harkens back to his youth in the Karoo, Blom finds purpose in his work for God in the community.
Married for 27 years, Moira and Blom have four bright children – two girls and two boys. His youngest son of 14 is musically-gifted and is thriving at school.
In his younger days, Blom was quite the sportsman. He earned provincial colours in athletics, competing in the 100m and 200m, and used that speed on the rugby field too.
His dream is to see his children and grandchildren gain financial independence, and he prays daily for a bright future for them all.