winter_marinadagamaWell, once again it is very nearly weekend, and it’s the winter solstice in a few days, which means that these very short days will start lengthening once again as we head back towards warmer times. Which is not to say that winter isn’t just getting started!

Anyway, Fathers’ Day is coming up this Sunday, and as I’ve already focused on some ideas for what you could do for that (and the weekend in general), in this post I’ll just highlight a few of the other upcoming events on this weekend and during the week ahead.

Writers Write Retreat

The Ambassador Hotel, Bantry Bay. 22 – 26 June 2009 from 9am – 1pm every day

Any budding writers out there might appreciate a week-long writing ‘retreat’ to focus on their passion. Learn how to write a book – fiction, memoir, self-help, life coaching diary.   To find out more, contact or Anton Joubert: 0798753719.

Domestic Windpower Presentation

Rondevlei Nature Reserve auditorium.  Wed 24 June 2009 at 7.30pm.

Learn how to build your own domestic wind turbine!  Peter Becker ( describes the components and costs involved in building a turbine, and those interested will be able to sign up for a course, either as a spectator, or as a builder. Builders will have a working turbine at the end of the course. (event info)

Mount Nelson Wine & Dine Dinner Series: Meerlust

Mount Nelson Hotel, Gardens.  Thu 25 June 2009.

A bit of luxury for Capetonians… The hotel’s annual Wine and Dine Dinner Series runs from the end of May until the end of October and features classic cuisine paired with wines from some of South Africa’s best-loved estates – at the very palatable price of R350 per person.

Guests are encouraged to “glam up and don a slinky dress or a vintage suit, to enter an era of bygone style and etiquette – synonymous with Mount Nelson Hotel’s rich heritage”.   Well, why not, wot. (event info)

Tuesday Transition Talks:  Indigenous food gardens

Josephine Mill, 13 Boundary Road, Newlands.  Tuesday 30 June 2009.  7.30pm.

Cynthia Marais from the Natural Food Foundation (Pty) Ltd will be giving a talk on the wild possibilities offered by indigenous food gardens. The NFF runs mentoring programmes for mentors within groups and organisations which want to create indigenous edible gardens and works with the uniqueness of each situation. (event info)

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