"Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun"

Kent Nerburn
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August News 2016
It's freezing. 

29 days to go! There has to be humour with this goes...

Five fun reasons to love the cold :) Enjoy!!

Lose Weight!

Snowmen may never be anything but round, but the rest of us can slim down naturally in cold weather. That’s mostly because of the simple business of shivering. The whole purpose of shivering is to keep you moving, which generates heat—and uses calories. The very good news is, it doesn’t even take active shivering to burn at least some fat. A phenomenon called non-shivering thermogenesis (NST) may raise your thermostat and lower your weight when it’s as warm as 17.8º C.

Fewer bugs!

Nothing like the buzz of flies, the bite of mosquitos and the sting of bees to make summer the idyll it is—not. One of the few advantages of winter is that
it’s murder on insects. All of them make provisions before the freeze hits, of course—either burrowing underground and hunkering down until spring or leaving behind a fresh clutch of eggs that can turn into a fresh swarm of bugs next summer. But if the thermometer drops far enough,those eggs may be finished too.

Live longer!

Alright, this one might be a stretch. Studies have absolutely, positively shown that colder temperatures activate genes that increase longevity—provided you’re a worm. Which you’re probably not. But another study shows that reducing core body temperature can increase lifespans by as much as 20%—provided you’re a mouse. Or a mussel. Still, it’s breakthroughs in animal studies that often lead to breakthroughs in human studies, so there’s reason to hope. Meantime, go mussels!

Feel no pain!

Or at least feel less. All that stuff you hear about cold weather making arthritis and
other joint pain worse is true enough. But in at least one study in Finland, a plunge into icy water was found to increase norepinephrine levels in the blood as much as two- or three-fold. One of the many jobs neuropinephrine does is reduce overall pain. That’s a good thing. But plunging into icy water to get that effect? Not so much. So this one too may need a little work.

More sex!

Maybe it’s the cuddling under blankets, or the body heat generated when you’re active, or the belief that one more day of this flipping cold and you’re going to die so you and your squeeze might as well go out happy. But whatever it is, when things freeze, humans steam. Cold weather amorousness may also be attributable to the mere fact that it gets dark earlier in the winter—putting people in mind of nighttime activities—or that bundling up in the winter means we see less skin during the day so even a glimpse of a partner’s elbow or ankle might be enough to light the engines.
Beautiful snow in Clarens! Pic top left by Julia Brownlee. Pic top right by Clark May.

Clarens Village Conservancy Raffle Competition!!

Greetings to all and one...and one for all!

The CVC is running an exciting raffle competition where one lucky individual stands the chance of winning a 1 hour flight on a micro light over Clarens and the surrounding area. Most of us have seen Clarens from within the "Village", some of us may have seen Clarens from our scenic Kloof Mountain Hiking Trail, but who can say that they've ever seen the stunning area of Clarens from an epic birds-eye view?

Entries cost as little as R 25.00 rand for 1 ticket, or alternatively claim 5 tickets for R 100.00 and seriously increase your chances of winning! Remember all proceeds and funds raised go towards the maintenance of the exquisite Clarens Nature Reserve, and employment of our dedicated rangers.

Visit us at the Clarens Country Market (Bibliophile) each Saturday to purchase your tickets, or get them from Highlands Coffee Roastery while enjoying a delectable cup of coffee. Entries close 17 December, but don't wait - start entering now!

2nd August Winter Warmer Buffet at Adamo Restaurant
Contact Christine on 058 256 1212

The FNB Free State Wine Show will be gracing Bloemfontein for the fourth time from 4-5 August 2016 at the prestigious Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa in Groenvlei.

The Free State leg of the FNB Wine Show is overseen by wine expert Michael Fridjhon, who organises along with his team, the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Wine Shows as well. Free State wine lovers can sample 200 of South Africa's finest wines and get expert advice from top-notch producers.

Past exhibitors have included Boekenhoutskloof, Krone, Ataraxia, Oneiric and Whalehaven to name but a few. The 2016 show aims to be no different by presenting some of South Africa's award-winning wines.
The event offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to spend an evening wine tasting and mingling with the experts, not unlike an event that you'll find in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Show patrons will be able to taste past favourites, discover new varietals and stock up on wine for their collection.

Olive, olive products, wine accessories, luxury stemware and artisanal products will also be available for sampling and purchasing at the show.
CRC Bethlehem - 20th August 2016 SHE Bethlehem Womens Conference

#SHE Ignites Ladies Conference @ CRC Bethlehem | 20 August | 9am | Ticket include lunch pack and gift... 
Get your's today at CRC Church office! 
Dress code - Black with a hint of Gold | Yellow | Africa (optional)
Boere Cinderella Teater Clarens gooi sy deure oop vir die eerste keer op Vrydag 5 Augustus. Ontbyt vanaf 8:00 met Stiaan Reynerse se diep warm stem op kitaar, net om jou dag reg te begin. Stiaan sal te siene wees gedurende die naweek.

BLOMTREIN (Jan Blohm & Neil Nachtrein) is 5 Augustus Vrydagaand 20:00 se vermaak en mag nie mis geloop word nie. Kaartjies teen R120 p.p. 

SAARKIE ( All girl rock band) is 6 Augustus Saterdag 20:00 op die Cinderella se verhoog @ R120 p.p. Hierdie Ghoema en Sama genomineerde band is energie gelaaide rock wat als op die stage los.

Mathys Roets. 7 Augustus Sondag 13:30 middag ete, kaggel, rooi wyn en Mathys op sy beste @ R120 p.p. Hierdie ondervinding gaan onvergeetlik wees 

Stiaan Reynerse en Band sluit die lang naweek 8 Augustus Maandag 20:00 af @ R100 p.p. 

Al die vertonings gaan saam met ń buffet ete @ R150 p.p
Kroeg beskikbaar, Kombuis oop van 8:00 tot 22:00.
Groot skerm Rugby
Mainstreet, Clarens
Besprekings & Navrae: 
Thia 078 949 2061 
Japie 073 688 5508

Afriski Winter Whip 6.8.16

The Xperia Winter Whip, presented by LW Mag has stamped its name on snow and snow sports in Africa. Following from the success of the previous snow competitions held at the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho in 2014 and 2015, the organisers are proud to announce that this action sports event is back for its third season this year.

This year’s event, which again partners with Sony Mobile, will take place on Saturday, 6 August and will be hosted by the Kingdom of Lesotho at the Afriski slope. The jam-style Snowboarding and Skiing competition brings together some of the continent’s best athletes, and provides a fun-filled weekend for those participating, as well as those supporting.

The competition categories include; Pro Mens, Amateur Mens, Ladies, Juniors and Ski. Competitors will have a newly designed and laid out Kapoko Park course that consists of rails, kickers and boxes. Judges will be taking technicality, style and use of course into consideration when awarding points. Podium finishers stand in line to win cash and prizes from the various sponsors. Two lucky winners will take home an all expenses paid trip for two to Club Med Val Thorens in France from Club Med. Red Bull will also be giving away a R5,000 specialty award on the day.

Xperia Winter Whip organiser, Ryan van der Spuy says, “We are excited to be back for our third year and to showcase Africa’s top snowboarding and skiing talent. Thanks to our partners; Sony MobileClub MedRed BullJägermeisterSkullcandyNeff and Ogio, we are ready to host the best event to date.”

Celebrations will continue throughout the day and into the evening with Afriski’s resident DJ and the band, The Snowcones, who will be playing at the after party at the resort’s Gondola Café.

About this event:Annual music festival held in Northam Limpopo. Around 150 acts across 6 fixed stages with more surprise entertainment over three days. Rock, indie, Jazz, house, electro, alternative, singer songwriter and more.

Camping Gates open 4 August at 10 AM
Festival area gates open 5 August at 9am

Entrance to festival gates are closed between 1am and 5am daily for security purposes
Guys and hubby's....treat your loved one this women's day, August 9th at the Clarens Wellness Day Spa.

Getting away from it all in the picturesque little village called Clarens in Free State, Clarens Wellness Day Spa offers the elements for the ideal Day Treat, mid-week or Weekend Breakaway.

In Wellness, what you offer is not as important as how you offer it. They concentrate on the how. Their Professionalism, Inner Peace and Natural Beauty enable them to make every Treatment an Unforgettable Experience. They have a passion for what they do and extensive research makes sure the treatments are the best, compared to most spas.

058 256 1365
410 Main Street; Clarens; Free State (SA); 9707
Postal Address: 410 Main Street; Clarens; Free State (SA); 9707
Fax: 086 623 0193
Mobile: 082 887 1503

DI BUS STOP  ......

Remember our next " Profetiese Kunsnaweek" here in Clarens!
Dates 19th to 21st August 2016
Cost R850 pp
Please contact Zieta on 082 959 3150!!


25TH TO 28TH AUGUST 2016

It’s just round the corner (well, only five hours from Jo’burg) and you’ll get a traditional skiing experience with a South African twist. 
The three days of music, bum-boarding, tubing and snowboarding fun kicks off on Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August. As it’s the end of the season, it’s sunny but of course there’s still snow on the slopes. Festival junkie, novice skier or pro, this is a different kind of winter holiday and everyone’s welcome.
With four intimate stages featuring some of SA's hottest artists, it's a great mountain getaway resort experience where you get to hang out with your favourite bands.
This year’s line-up includes 5FM’s Nick Hamman, Shortstraw, Grassy Spark, Kyle Watson, House Hold Funk, DJ Wags, Rocca & Martini, Half' n' Half, Shorty on Sax, Sisco & Pano on Drums, Bad Peter, The Apollo, Simpl3 Stori3s and more.
Brought to you by BAM Marketing and Afriski, you can expect a crazy time with traditional antics like beer runs, “The King of the Slope” and the customary burning of the slopes as a salutation to the snow- (and beer) filled weekend.
Winter Fest’s affordable for all types of festival goers because of the different accommodation options. At the lodge there’s accommodation for 300 people but there are 2,000 festival tickets available to account for those living nearby – 50% are already sold out! Festival tickets must be purchased if you are staying in house or not.
Festival Ticket prices*
Early Bird tickets are sold out. Regular ticket prices are:
3 Day Pass: R500.00
2 Day Pass: R450.00
1 Day Pass: R300.00
Packages start at R2520.00 and R4620.00 per person and includes:
x3 nights’ Accommodation
x3 Days Festival pass
x3 Days Mountain pass
Ski & snowboard lessons
Snowboard and ski gear rental
*Festival tickets & accommodation are NON-Refundable but are transferrable.
Keep an eye online for updates on what you should bring and don’t forget your passport!
Get your tickets from:

We’re excited about the unexpected snow today in the Free State but it seems we have more on the way for Wednesday! Here is our forecast:

Early Wednesday morning will see the arrival of a cold front sweeping in over the Western Cape. This will most likely bring snow over the high lying peaks of the region with heavier falls expected over the Cederberg. The cold front will continue to sweep inland and by Wednesday mid-morning to afternoon we could see snow over the Outeniquas and the mountainous regions of the Eastern Cape surrounding Graaf Reinet, as well a little over the Tsitsikamma mountains. Late Wednesday afternoon and evening it’s possible we could experience snow over the mountainous regions of Hogsback, Molteno, Dordrecht, Barkly East and Rhodes with the front extending further over the Eastern Cape and into Lesotho all the way to Maseru. All falls in this area are expected to be light and to finish by early Thursday morning.


Q What is the name given to a new species of dinosaur recently found in a cupboard at Wits University, South Africa?

a) Cooperosaurus
b) Wendiceratops Pinhornensis
c) Sefapanosaurus
d) Huanansaurus 

Answer to last month's question: Tornadoes typically consist of? d) Wind 
Keep warm! Be Kind! See you in Clarens soon!
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