Home for the home­sick

go! Platteland - - CHITCHAT - Patti Dwyer, CAPE TOWN

Some say that soon South Africa will be a coun­try of “old” peo­ple. Some­times I think they’re right, with so many of our sons and daugh­ters liv­ing abroad… What a waste of in­cred­i­ble en­ergy and tal­ent.

My son lives on Prince Ed­ward Is­land off the east­ern coast of Nova Sco­tia in Canada – a small com­mu­nity of “old” Cana­di­ans and some younger ones. Rather idyl­lic, but not home. Once, many a Skype con­ver­sa­tion would start with: “Ek wil huis toe gaan na…” We were both get­ting a bit de­spon­dent.

And then along came Plat­te­land! On my re­cent visit to him we pored over copies of Plat­te­land, go! and Real Food. We ate like kings and woke the neigh­bours with saw­ing and drilling late into the night, all be­cause of Plat­te­land.

My son is now the proud owner of a hand-made, slightly mod­i­fied bil­tong slicer thanks to you and is ed­u­cat­ing the is­landers in ways African. Thank you, Plat­te­land, for reach­ing to the ends of the earth to bring “home” into my son’s home­sick heart.

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