Spring Gardening Tips - attracting butterfliesBrightly coloured butterflies can be a welcome addition to your wildlife garden, not only because of their beauty, the timeless entertainment they provide for the kids and adult nature lovers, but also because of their usefulness in the pollination of your garden flowers.
His then soon-to-be-wife Antonia accompanied him on his shoots, assisting and giving creative direction and learning on the job. Her overflowing enthusiasm for anything creative and Desmond's knack for making any situation into an beautiful photo soon got clients lining up for a space in their calendar. Added with Desmonds' sunny disposition and Antonias' skill for PR, dna photographers has really taken off and is doing very successful in the already saturated photographic market.
They have just recently completed some creative shoots in Norway and Germany, and are presenting at the Cape Town Creative Showcase at the Biscuit Mill on 3 November 2012.
Member companies who submit entries for Technological Breakthrough of the Year are required to make a presentation and be judged by a distinguished panel of technical experts. Submissions for this award are judged on the following criteria: the innovation must have been created in the previous year, must be original and must have the potential to move the industry ahead as a whole.
The 2012 FiFi Technological Breakthrough of the Year category was broken down into three sub-categories: 1) Fragrance Ingredients, Formulation & Testing 2) Packaging Technology & Delivery Systems and 3) Information Technology.
Fragrance Ingredients, Creation & Testing
Includes innovations in production, formulation & testing; methods of ingredient extraction; new ingredients; sustainability efforts as they relate to ingredients, formulation & finished fragrance; and basic research as it relates to formulation, product application and stability.
Packaging Technology & Delivery Systems
Includes innovations in fragrance delivery systems; fragrance sampling technology; controlled release technology; design/manufacture technology re packaging components (e.g. glass, pumps, caps, cartons) and sustainability efforts relating to packaging materials.
Includes tablet and smart phone apps; computer-assisted programs that provide data analysis designed to assist companies with fragrance development and creation; and interactive information technologies geared to educate and assist consumers with selecting fragrances.
In this competitive industry, where celebrities are bringing out their own fragrances and the demand for new fragrances and a competitive edge in packaging is on the increase, this type of competition is a great idea to push the boundaries further and to incentivise artists in the fragrance industry to think out the box.
Source: FiFi Awards 2012
The unique clay body of a clay pot or fireplace has been scientifically formulated to achieve a coefficient of thermal expansion of zero i.e the initial firing takes place at a very high temperature and thereafter the clay does not expand or contract at all. The ceramic body therefore won't crack or rust, smoke or smell.
The latest in outdoor braai's - the Big Green Egg - is designed to function as a complete outdoor-kitchen-in-one and is as versatile as your indoor oven. Thanks to a number of really great features - namely its airtight ceramic cooking shell, infinitely adjustable airflow and precision thermometer - you can grill, smoke, roast, slow cook or bake. It's perfect for anything from pizza to ribs, Sunday roasts to desserts.
Modeled on and derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a "kamado" (the clay cooking vessels used by the Chinese 3 000 years ago), this ceramic braai is designed to withstand enormous temperatures and insulate far better than other open top or kettle braais.
As air is drawn through the base and out through the lid, the charcoal lights quickly and is ready for cooking in about 10 minutes. Plus, its thick ceramic walls hold heat so well that about 80 per cent of the charcoal remains intact after cooking and can be reused. It is also rustproof, easy to clean and the grill is designed to fit inside most dishwashers.
Grilling or searing the perfect steaks, pork chops or burgers can be easily done by using the two dampers for accurate control, lowering the heat to a more moderate temperature for other grilled foods. Fish and seafood turn out moist and tender with a flavour-packed taste unmatched by other grills.
Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa and has many interesting cultural-historic features. One of them being the Marloth Nature Reserve, named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents in 1928 petitioned the Minister of Lands and Forestry to set aside a part of the mountain (190 ha) as a nature reserve.
The reserve itself lies in the majestic Swellendam mountains, between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The reserve is 14 123 ha in extent and is managed together with another 16 532 ha of privately owned proclaimed mountain catchment land. During 1981 the reserve was enlarged to include the rest of the State Forest land and the Swellendam Hiking Trail was opened.
Beneath a spectacular kloof in the Marloth Nature Reserve and within walking distance of historic Swellendam, lies Gaikou Lodge, an upmarket country lodge that offers the perfect location for a family holiday in Swellendam within easy access to the N2, Overberg and the Garden Route.
Their family villa consists of 2 bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other bedroom with 2 single beds. Air conditioning and heating facilities, coffee and tea facilities, electronic safe, fine linen and luxury towels, DVD player, hair dryer, mini bar, satellite TV and a private veranda are some of the luxuries one can enjoy while staying there.
Each of their large B&B rooms also offer either king size beds or twin beds and enjoy full ensuite facilities. The B&B rooms offer air conditioning and heating facilities, coffee and tea facilities, electronic safe, fine linen and luxury towels, DVD player, hair dryer, mini bar, satellite TV and a private veranda with breathtaking views of the mountains, river and forest.
Guests can soak up the natural beauty around the swimming pool and enjoy hiking and walking trails on foot or on horseback at Marloth Nature Reserve, which adjoins Gaikou. There are two attractive dams at Gaikou; the lower pond stocked with fish and surrounded by indigenous flora. Guest will be able to indulge in lure or fly fishing a pace away from their villas, and there is a river trail on the property.
Tranquillity and fresh air in an artfully landscaped setting will ensure that you will want to linger longer than just a quick weekend away.
For more information visit the Gaikou Lodge website.
Syzygium cordatum (Water Berry) is 2012's Tree of the Year.
Description :Indigenous shrub to 3 m with white fragrant flowers.
Flowering time :Spring
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Jacques Bruere Cuvee Brut Rose MCC 2006
Winemaker : Jacques Bruwer
Description :A newly released classic blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay with a delicate salmon pink hue and fine creamy mousse.
Aroma : Enticing aromas of raspberry and lemon with hints of toasted brioche.
Palate : The nose leads onto a rich and expansive palate with fresh, generous berry flavours and a silky richness followed by a long elegant finish.
Winemaking : 2 hours of skin contact gives the beautiful colour with 8 months lees contact providing the perfect balance between fruitiness and complexity. Laid down for 48 months and an additional 9 months on the cork.
Food Pairing : Delicious on its own or with oysters, grilled salmon or tuna, prosciutto or sushi and asian dishes, as well as an extraordinary match for red fruit desserts.
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.
We all love a chance to test our own brain capacity with brain teasers. Try see if you can figure out this one...
August's Teaser Answer :
"Hand in hand"
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