The good ol’ days

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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’!

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