Recreate with upcycled itemsWhile most may look at a beaten, worn-out suitcase and perceive only worthless waste, Katie Thompson (founder of Woodstock-based repurposed furniture store Recreate) sees only an exciting opportunity to reconceptualise, refurbish and reinvent.
As one of the respected champions of the upcycling movement in Cape Town, this gifted designer is at the forefront of the burgeoning trend that calls for the innovative redesign of those objects that are regarded as 'junk' or are no longer used for their original function.
Artists, like Katie, who've taken the fresh aesthetic by the horns, are making use of discards to develop something different, something novel, something of higher value (hence the term 'up') and renewed worth - a clock created from an old kitchen scale, a lamp from a tossed-out jar, for instance.
Not to be confused with 'vintage', repurposing (as upcycling is also known) is not simply about reusing an item, but about finding a fresh, unexpected and inventive application for it. So, whereas a vintage collectible (granny's 1950s frock, for example) still has inherent value in its original form and role, an upcycled product has been altered from its purposeless state to give it new life and worth.
Researchers developed a 20-item survey to find out when young children are first exposed to mobile media and how they use devices. The questionnaire was adapted from the "Zero to Eight" Common Sense Media national survey on media use in children.
In their results they found that children younger than 1 year of age were exposed to media devices in surprisingly large numbers: 52 percent had watched TV shows, 36 percent had touched or scrolled a screen, 24 percent had called someone, 15 percent used apps and 12 percent played video games.
By 2 years of age, most children were using mobile devices.
Results also showed 73 percent of parents let their children play with mobile devices while doing household chores, 60 percent while running errands, 65 percent to calm a child and 29 percent to put a child to sleep.
Time spent on devices increased with age, with 26 percent of 2 year olds and 38 percent of 4 year olds using devices for at least an hour a day.
Finally, only 30 percent of parents said their child's pediatrician had discussed media use with them.
The Sonderend river that runs through Oewerzicht farm is the focal point of most leisure activities, i.e. swimming, fishing (blue gill or bass, on a catch release basis), tractor tubing, canoeing, etc. The farm has a couple of hiking & cycling trails and is also ideal for bird watching and more. There is a challenging 25km mountain bike trail for those who enjoy physical adventures.
One of the features of the farm is the suspension bridge over the Riviersonderend river - this is the only way, other than a boat or float, that guests can get from the main farm area to the safari tents on the banks of the river.
Lit up at night with fairy lights in the event of a wedding under a Bedouin stretch tent, the suspended bridge creates a sense of wonder and delight to all that use it. The stone lapa is a great location (overlooking the river and the bridge) to hold a small party or conference.
They also have a camp site with 26 sites on a large lawn next to the river (swimming, tubing and fishing), and 6 furnished Safari style tents on the banks of the Sonderend River. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and is equipped with a bar fridge, kettle, a fan, a heater for winter time and its own braai facilities. All tents use a fully equipped communal kitchen.
On the opposite side of the river (same side as the stone lapa) are 3 farm style cottages (about 50 meters from the river) Bergzicht, Welgelee and Citrus. Bergzicht and Welgelee are semi-detached and both have one bedroom with a double bed and two single beds in the living area. Both these cottages have an indoor and outdoor braai area, as well as a lovely and spacious veranda. These cottages accommodate 4 people each. Citrus (sleeps 8) has a queen size bed in the main bedroom, and two single beds and a double bed in the second room, all sharing a bathroom. The cottage has a fireplace, an outside braai area and a nice-sized veranda for entertaining.
They also have 4 Uitsig Cottages on a hill with panoramic views of the Rivier sonderend mountain range, that are situated 300 m from the river (opposite the campsite). Each of the Uitsig cottages has a living room, two bedrooms (one with a double bed, one with two single beds), a separate bathroom and indoor as well as outdoor braai facilities. The Uitsig cottages have a communal plunge pool.
Set in a restful location, this is the perfect place to go to enjoy the true beauty of nature!
For more information on the Oewerzicht Farm
Keep your eyes on the TV around mid May, as Cheral Kennedy, owner of Living Matter, will be a featured guest on one of the afternoon broadcasts of a new show on SABC3 (the new afternoon show starts its broadcast in early May).
Dodonaea Viscosa var. Angustifolia
Description :Small tree to 5m.
Flowering time :Autumn / Winter
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Create an interesting feature of your pergola in your outdoor entertaining space. Different sizes and shapes of wood, work well with the gaps in between to create a unique feature of dark and light, space and coziness.
Oak Leaf lettuce
Seeds can be sown or plants can be planted for the following herbs and veggies this month:
View our full planting plan in our resources section of our website.
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