Ed­i­tor’s Note

Psst... smile and the whole world smiles with ewe

South African Country Life - - Editor’s Note -

Do I de­tect as mile? An ap­prov­ing nod? You’re shak­ing your head in dis­be­lief when you look at the cover? We cer­tainly had some fun with it and, re­ally, who can re­sist those two adorable crea­tures peep­ing out at us, over the on­derdeur? (I think one of them is stand­ing on tippy toes.)

Talk­ing of sheep, Ann Gadd, au­thor of that hu­mor­ous lit­tle book Things ewe never kn’ewe about South African place names, takes us on a jolly up and down the coast to un­cover some of the more un­usual and quirky names of beaches and sea­side vil­lages. Like Haga-Haga, which boasts a pub and a museum in the li­brary. Other than that there’s not much to do but re­lax, switch off your cell­phone and pon­der on the mean­ing of life, and why the vil­lage has such a strange name (Fun and Names page 50).

On the other hand, Sue Adams’ idea of the slow life is sit­ting on the stoep, crack­ing and snack­ing on nuts, quaffing away and gaz­ing into the Lowveld dis­tance. Un­for­tu­nately her Zen mo­ment is shat­tered, quite lit­er­ally, when she dis­cov­ers that, as de­li­cious as they are, macadamias are pretty damn hard to crack (Crack­ing Macs Will Drive You Nuts page 94).

Ka­rooster Chris Marais, who in­ci­den­tally also snapped our cover image, can spin quite the yarn and al­ways makes me smile. More of­ten laugh out loud. So what bet­ter com­pany for a road­trip or four through the Eastern Cape Ka­roo than Chris and his de­light­ful wife Juli­enne du Toit. They point out the best pad­stalls, pubs and stopovers, and in­tro­duce us to the won­der­ful folk in every dorp from Steyns­burg to Steytlerville, (Kings of the Road page 22).

But hold on to your hats when you meet dee­jay Chris Prior, the one and only Rock Pro­fes­sor of the 80s, who be­gan his ca­reer at Cap­i­tal Radio. Re­cently Chris and his wife de­bunked to the coun­try­side where he is spread­ing the rock n roll gospel via podcasts. It’s a given that he’ll get your feet tap­ping and lift your mood (Pro­fes­sor Boo­gie Goes to Grey­ton page 54).

Can you imag­ine the Can­did Cam­era mo­ment when An­drea Ab­bott and her two girl­friends dis­cover a scant­ily clad gen­tle­man re­clin­ing on the top bunk of their small dorm? The brief en­counter be­came the pre­lude to a much big­ger but equally en­ter­tain­ing ad­ven­ture on the Sani Pass Wild Flower Walk (High on Flow­ers page 28).

And there’s a bel­ly­ful of laugh­ter – and good food – wait­ing at Salt Rock on the North Coast where the fun-lov­ing Lund girls of Del­ish Sis­ters pre­pare a Har­vest Ta­ble and pour G&T house spe­cials. Try the rooi­bos, peach and honey. And then eat and be merry. Nita Hazell Ed­i­tor

Psst... Did you hear the one about the ac­coun­tant who is hav­ing dif­fi­culty sleep­ing at night? “Have you tried count­ing sheep?” asks the doc­tor. “That’s the prob­lem,” says the ac­coun­tant. “I make a mis­take and spend the next six hours try­ing to find it.”

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