The Di­vine Fem­i­nine

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health - Osse­wa­nia Kakebe­nia Poggen­poel Mar­garet Thatcher Bet­sie Ver­wo­erd

We have a soft spot for the US rap­per and pro­ducer since he per­formed at this year’s Rock­ing the Daisies, and Mac Miller’s lat­est con­tri­bu­tion doesn’t dis­ap­point. You’re in for smooth, laid­back R&B com­bined with jazzy beats, plus con­tri­bu­tions from Ari­ana Grande, Ceelo Green and Ken­drick La­mar. Key track ‘We’ ft Ceelo Green Get it For loung­ing

I never knew my fa­ther, so my mother was the cen­tre of my life. She was strict and didn’t laugh of­ten, un­less some­one slipped in the street and fell. As an or­gan­ist of the Dutch Re­formed Church in Beth­le­hem, Or­ange Free State, she en­sured the mu­sic at home was al­ways spir­ited and gen­tle. Mama taught me to cook and that noth­ing must ever go to waste, from potato skins to rub on a dry heel to a nearly-rot­ten tomato to take the sting out of an in­sect bite. She’s now 107 years old. Maybe Mama will live for­ever – maybe she’s a vam­pire!

Sarah Bruwer

I was teased be­cause I had bad hair, buck teeth and freck­les, but Mrs Bruwer was al­ways kind to me and helped me with my lisp and stut­ter. I couldn’t fin­ish a sen­tence be­cause I al­ways got stuck on the Ps and Fs. It also meant spit­ting all over the per­son in front of me. Thanks to her, that doesn’t hap­pen any more, al­though in the po­lit­i­cal world of today, a lit­tle spit could go a long way.

Mimi Co­ertse

Still known as one of the best so­pra­nos, Mimi be­friended me when we were both young and am­bi­tious. She was in­vited to per­form in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, and asked me to ac­com­pany her. It was the first time I’d ever left SA and I was shocked to see that the world was not flat. I was also sur­prised by how many dif­fer­ent lan­guages, cul­tures and colours were al­lowed to merge and form a civil­i­sa­tion. I didn’t stay long be­cause no one spoke Afrikaans and I pre­ferred Pre­to­ria. I love Mimi and thank her for show­ing me the grass may be greener on the other side, but it still tastes the same as the green grass of home. She in­spired a gen­er­a­tion to the ex­tent that the present prime min­is­ter of the UK, Theresa May, looks like Mrs Thatcher’s daugh­ter! I ad­mire her in­de­pen­dence and the way she man­aged an all-male cabi­net and led a gov­ern­ment while be­ing a mother and wife. Then there’s her slo­gan: “Hypocrisy is the Vase­line of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­course.” They don’t make them like her any more. The wife of the “Ar­chi­tect of Apartheid” Hen­drik Ver­wo­erd, Bet­sie kept a low pro­file, but like the other wives of Na­tional Party lead­ers, she stopped her hus­band from act­ing too crazy. If left to their own de­vices, the power and glory of the job could have gone to their heads, and where would we have been today? Bet­sie was a calm­ing pres­ence and al­ways added koek­sis­ters to Dok­ter’s teatime tray. The sugar had a won­der­ful ef­fect on any doubts or fears. Oom Hen­drik went through his life with the shine of syrup on his lips and a com­fort­ing touch of stick­i­ness on his fin­gers – un­til par­lia­men­tary mes­sen­ger Dim­itri Tsafendas stabbed him to death in the House of Assem­bly with my favourite fruit knife, but that’s an­other story.

From shar­ing a ham­per along­side a pri­vate river­bank to sam­pling tasty eats in a rose pe­tal-scat­tered Be­douin tent, choose from three ro­man­tic pic­nic ex­pe­ri­ences at this pic­turesque es­tate. All pic­nics of­fer veg­e­tar­ian, ve­gan, gluten-free and ha­laal op­tions, with mor­eish fare like sea­sonal sal­ads, roast beef, kingk­lip skew­ers and chocolate mousse (from R500 p/cou­ple). You’re in for a gourmet pic­nic of epic pro­por­tions at the award-win­ning Al­lée Bleue. Ex­pect in­ven­tive dishes com­pris­ing of ingredients grown on the es­tate, like braised beef wraps with sour fig salsa and wasabi tzatziki, mi­cro herb salad, bobotie pies and Melba toast with smokedo­live tape­nade (R195 p/p).

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