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Join Quivertree Publications at a pop-up market in Cape Town – with discounted books

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Quivertree Publications will be hosting a pop-up market from 2-3 December 2016 at 147 Main Road, Rondebosch.

There will be a Quivertree Book Shop selling your favourite Quivertree titles at a discount – come and stock up on your Christmas gifts here!

Reuben Riffel, Pete Goffe-Wood and Obie Oberholzer will be around from 3 PM on the Friday afternoon to sign books.

On 3 December, there’s a fun food workshop for children (ages two to six), hosted by experienced clinical dietician Kath Megaw’s Nutripaeds team in the photographic studio. Designed to expose children to sensory experiences, teach them about healthy ingredients, and help them develop fine motor skills, this event costs R120 per child, and prior booking is essential. (Please email or call 021 686 6849.)

But that’s not all, below is a list of stallholders that you can expect to see at the market:

Peta Becker, crochet art
Jackie Knutsen, sojo children’s wear
Dan Wickham, Garagista artisan beer
Janine Davidson, Scarab jewellery
Pete Goffe-Wood, steak rolls
Karen Canning, lis-spa, beauty products and treatment vouchers
Ilse Menck clothing
Nondumiso wine
Ceramics by Louise Gelderblom & Karen Henstra
Skinny laMinx
Amanda and Kathleen from Nutripaeds will host a Clever Cooks children’s food workshop in the photographic studio
Verushka Louw – cakes, biscuits and pastries

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 2 and Saturday, 3 December 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Quivertree Publications
    147 Main Road
    Cape Town | Map
  • Facebook event: Click here for more

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Explore the Beautiful Stellenberg Gardens This Weekend

Stellenberg: The Story of a GardenThe Stellenberg Gardens, established in the 18th century and privately owned, is opened to the public once every year. This year the open days will be on Saturday, 21 November, and Sunday, 22 November.

Stellenberg: The Story of a Garden by Franchesca Watson, with incredible photographs by Alain Proust, tells the story of one of South Africa’s most loved and admired gardens. It’s also the story of a historic and beautiful house, a uniquely preserved example of Cape Dutch architecture.

Stellenberg is one of Cape Town’s oldest estates, and many colourful and important figures have played a part in its history. Tracing the story from the original grant made in 1697, the book opens a fascinating window into the past, brought to life with old photographs, paintings and documents drawn from the Cape Archives.

Entrance to the four-acre grounds costs R50. For a refreshment you are welcome to have tea in the garden at the cost of R30, but note that no pets or picnic baskets are allowed. This year’s open day is in aid of St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children, located in Montana.

See you there!

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Find Out More about Water-wise Gardens and Professional Landscaping Services from Marijke Honig

Indigenous Plant PalettesMarijke Honig is a botanist and the author of Indigenous Plant Palettes: a guide to plant selection, and she is also the co-owner of Beyer Honig Landscaping.

Beyer Honig has been in operation since 2004, and specialises in water-wise landscaping. The team is flexible and gets actively involved in installation.

Read more about Beyer Honig Landscaping:

We share a common interest in creating sustainable landscapes, providing a professional service and having fun in our work. For us the process of interacting with clients and staff, sharing ideas, creative design and the hands-on installation on site is as important as the finished product.

We believe skills transfer and staff empowerment is a key part of our work, and we encourage our team to value and take pride in their work. Our installation team is called Co-Creators.

View some pictures from their gallery:

Read Honig’s eight basic principles of water-wise gardening:

Reduce your lawn area
Lawns guzzle water. So decide how much lawn space you need for outdoor entertaining, children and pets and replace excess lawn with hardy groundcovers or a water-wise flower bed.

Improve the soil
Whatever your soil type, you can improve its water-holding capacity by digging in plenty of compost. This also encourages earthworm activity and soil micro-organisms, which improves soil aeration and water penetration. For this reason we like to use generous amounts of compost during soil preparation.

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Lewis Blackwell’s The Life and Love of Trees Explores the Majesty of Nature

The Life and Love of TreesThe Life and Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell is a book inspired by the imaginings and possibilities offered by trees rather than factual observations:

The book concerns itself more with how we see trees rather than detailing what we see. It collates the work of many photographers, writers and thinkers who have taken their inspiration from the humble tree.

Blackwell writes that trees, the ultimate survivalists, live in harmony with their surroundings and can be found in vast extremes of nature, from the Arctic Circle to the toughest deserts. They have been around since before the current manifestation of humans existed and will no doubt be around long after we are gone.

One decent-sized tree generates enough oxygen to support a family of four. This may go some way to explaining why trees are now recognised in popular culture as a vital and threatened element at the heart of the living world and are seen as potential saviours of our planet.

About the author

Lewis Blackwell has worked as a leading author, editor, and creative director in photography, winning international recognition for his talks, exhibitions, and books. Blackwell is the author of the bestselling The Life and Love of Cats, The Life and Love of Dogs, and Rainforest. He was for many years the creative head of Getty Images, the world’s largest photographic agency, and prior to that was editor in chief and publisher of Creative Review magazine. He now combines his work in the photographic industry with pro bono work in environmental areas.

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Plight of the Rhino: Adrian Steirn Uses Incredible Photography to Tell Important Stories

21 IconsAdrian Steirn is known to most South Africans as the creator and portrait photographer of the 21 Icons project. However, his portfolio expands way beyond that.

Steirn is driven by the belief that a good photograph is one that tells a story. This is translated beautifully to his awe-inspiring wildlife photography – a subject he has loved since he was a young boy.

“As a six year old I would beg my mum to ask me questions about wild animals. I memorised books and stared for hours at photographs. I must have driven her mad. It was no surprise to her that 20 years later her son had moved to Africa and followed his heart,” Steirn writes on his website.

Conservation, and the fight against rhino poachers, is another one of his passions. His photograph of Hope, a four year old female rhino who survived a poaching attack, captures the devastation to this species beautifully and went viral last week. Steirn works with Saving the Survivors to bring attention to the plight of rhinos across Africa.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see his work:


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Try a Recipe for Lancashire Hot Pot with Crispy Sweet Potato Topping from The Real Meal Revolution

The Real Meal RevolutionDie kosrevolusieWith the winter chill starting to seep in through all the corners of South Africa the desire for comfort food might make even the most avid banter reach for carbs. However, that won’t be necessary!

The authors of The Real Meal Revolution have shared a recipe on their website for Lancashire Hot Pot with Crispy Sweet Potato Topping.

Feel-good food has never looked this good! This hearty meal will feed four people and can bubble away as you carry on with your day.

Try the recipe for Lancashire Hot Pot with Crispy Sweet Potato Topping:

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F).

2. Season the lamb neck well with salt and pepper.

3. Heat the butter and/or lard in a large, deep frying pan and brown the meat, a few pieces at a time until golden on all sides. Set aside. Do the same with the kidneys.

4. Heat a wide, flat casserole pot. Add a little more butter and/or lard, and slowly fry the onions until golden brown and soft.

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How to Incorporate Local Edible Plants in your Kitchen: An Excerpt from Indigenous Plant Palettes

Indigenous Plant PalettesVisi recently shared an excerpt from Indigenous Plant Palettes: a guide to plant selection by Marijke Honig.

Indigenous Plant Palettes offers a practical approach to gardening with indigenous plants. The book groups plants into 24 palettes according to their use. There is a palette for edible plants, a palette for plants that can act as security, and a palette for just about anything else you can think of, with different plant options for different climates in each palette.

The excerpt in Visi is from the palette that looks at “planting to eat.” Honig speaks about the Khoisan legacy of using wild plants in food, and how to incorporate local indigenous foods in your kitchen.

Read the excerpt:

Can you imagine picking waterberries from your garden and making a delicious cordial? Using wild sorrel, wild rosemary and wild garlic to flavour your food, or adding spekboom leaves to your salads? Making jams and preserves with indigenous fruits and berries? There is a growing interest in foraging and cooking with local indigenous foods. This palette includes a variety of herbs, leaves and fruits that will add new flavour and zing to your food.

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Podcast: Marijke Honig Explains How to Select Garden Plants with Indigenous Plant Palettes

Indigenous Plant PalettesMarijke Honig, master gardener and author of Indigenous Plant Palettes: a guide to plant selection, was recently featured on Tamara LePine-Williams’ show on Classic FM to speak about her book.

In the podcast Honig explains that her book is “an approach to gardening” that encourages people to consider what they want in a garden and how best to achieve this in their climate.

LePine-Williams says that she normally thinks of indigenous plants as spiky and tough, but many of the plants in the book can contribute to a lovely, “blousy” English-style garden.

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Prevent Crime with Natural Burglar Bars: Excerpt from Marijke Honig’s Indigenous Plant Palettes

Indigenous Plant PalettesVisi recently shared an extract from acclaimed landscape designer Marijke Honig’s book, Indigenous Plant Palettes: a guide to plant selection.

Indigenous Plant Palettes, which was launched at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden late last year, is a practical how-to guide for creating your dream garden using local plants.

Plants are not only for beauty, some of them can protect you and your family from trespassers. Read the extract for Honig’s hands-on advice on plants that provide “green armour” for your home:

There are a number of plants with “green armour” – sharp thorns, hooks or spines – that are natural burglar deterrents. If you’ve brushed past any of these, you will know what I mean! Prickly planting is an excellent way to discourage opportunistic crime. Indigenous plants can provide a beautiful but secure barrier that is also a safe haven for wildlife. This palette of plants offers a natural and attractive way to improve security around your property, and add colour and variety at the same time.

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Podcast: A Review of Marijke Honig’s Indigenous Plant Palettes on Fine Music Radio

Indigenous Plant PalettesIndigenous Plant Palettes: a guide to plant selection by Marijke Honig was reviewed on Gorry Bowes Taylor’s Book Choice on Fine Music Radio.

In the podcast, Philip from MapMyWay shares his opinion of the book. He met Honig when she worked on the VoiceMap of the Biodiversity Garden at Green Point Park in Cape Town.

Indigenous Plant Palettes is described as a “comprehensive reference that is at once inspirational, practical and easy to use.”

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