The good ol’ days
Linda van Niekerk of Randburg writes We absolutely loved the features in your January issue – especially the Knysna house and the upgrade on Jan Rabie’s old home in Onrus. I cannot stand it when old houses with amazing character are just bulldozed and awful cement monstrosities are put up in their place! Bravo to the owners!
Home Renovations 2014 and your February 2015 issue, which features the winners of the Fix it with Flair competition, are both so fresh and interesting – but could you, when you do the architectural drawings of the houses, indicate where north is? It’s the first thing I look for and it makes a huge difference to what a house ‘feels’ like when you live in it.
Then, a question: when I was a child, 50 years ago, we visited an uncle on his farm in Dordrecht. We were there over Christmas and it was almightily hot. They didn’t have electric fridges, but under some trees a room had been built covered in chicken wire and charcoal, and water was dripping over it. All I know is it kept meat, milk, butter – whatever – fresh. Nothing went off. Does anyone know how to build one? Especially since we’re now back in the ‘old days’!