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					                                       Erinvale Homeowners Association

                                                                              VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7/8 of 2009
 JULY & AUGUST 2009


A    s most of our swallows are now enjoying the northern hemisphere’s warmer weather, it was
     decided to combine the July and August newsletters. Customary to this time of the year, we
     have had snow, warm berg winds, cloud bursts and lovely cloudless days. Erinvale is
 lusciously green and the dams are full. Ginge has also reported that our much beloved southern
 right whales have been spotted near Gordon’s Bay.




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ESTATE GROUNDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
PATTERSON’S CURSE
                               Patterson’s Curse, although quite lovely when in bloom, is an encroaching
                               alien invasive species. These are species that become naturalized, are able to
                               propagate themselves without hum intervention and invade our unique natural
                               vegetation. These invasive plant species pose a major threat to our indigenous
                               plant biodiversity if they are allowed to grow free of the natural enemies
                               which restrict increase in their original habitats. The CARA legislation lists
                               Patterson’s curse as a category 1 invasive. This means that it is prohibited on
                               land or water surfaces in South Africa, and must be controlled and eradicated
                               where possible. The plant originally comes from
                               Europe and Asia and has dark green leaves, with both the leaves and stems
                               covered in coarse white hairs. The flowers develop in clusters
Patterson’s Curse
(Pers Echium /Bloudisseldoring/
 Natterkop)


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and are characteristically blue or purple. It flowers from October to April and can be seen along road
verges where it invades pastures. It is a highly adaptable plant and can withstand drought. It is also a
prolific seed producers and, if cut by a lawnmower, quickly recovers and sends out new shoots and
flowers. Registered herbicides are available to control the plant and hand pulling can be used for
small infestations.

ENTRANCE


P   lease note that the azaleas and agapanthus have been removed at the entrance and replaced by chip
    stones after consultation with a tree expert. Unfortunately the plane trees were encroaching on and
damaging the road and the only alternative was to have them removed. However, Arborcare suggested
that we remove the plants which were watered on a daily basis. This encouraged the trees to spread
                               their roots towards the road. By removing the plants, we are hoping to
                               stunt the root growth and save the trees! The Estate Grounds Committee
                               is looking into beautifying this area by other means, e.g. pots or low
                               water maintenance plants.

                              You may also have noticed that the beautiful old oak tree inside the
                              estate which has been enhanced by opening it up, building a retaining
                              wall and adding chip stones and strelitzias. This special project was
                              initialised and overseen by our very own talented Ted Perkins. We
                              thank him for his valuable contribution and ideas.

RESIDENTS’ AFFAIRS
DOMESTIC STAFF

Please note that it is not a requirement in the House Rules for residents to provide their domestic staff
or gardeners with a note when they have passed on food parcels or other items to their staff. However,
it makes sense to do so, to avoid any embarrassment at the Security Gate.




ECHO
                 Echo is continuing with their          Vegetable Garden. Two ‘gardeners’ have been
                 fantastic            uplifting         sent to the Soil for Life
                 programmes.       They are             Programme in Constantia. Soil
                 currently helping the people           for Life operates on a philosophy
                 of Chris Nissen Park to                of hand-up rather than hand-out.
                 develop     a    Community             Please donate any unused garden
                                                        tools to Echo for this worthy cause.


One of Echo’s students is also in the process of starting a             library for the children of her
community. Any donation of Children’s Books will                        be appreciated.




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CIVILS & TRAFFIC

M      any homeowners have asked us if the street lights can be switched off late at
       night to save on electricity. Unfortunately the lights are attached to a
municipal regulator which is controlled by the City of Cape Town. Street lights
will therefore run concurrent with the lights on the open public roads.




                   “Hoary old chestnut” – Speeding and failing to stop at STOP signs.

                    We all reside on an Estate where it is vital that we co-operate with each other
                    and adhere to the Estate Rules which will, in the long term, make for pleasant
                    living. Unfortunately there are those who have become selective regarding
which rules they would like to adhere to! Speeding and failing to stop at STOP signs are some of
the “selective rules”.
Please also adhere to the speed limit of maximum 40kph – there is no merit, when you are
confronted about speeding, by saying that you are late for an appointment!




 COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND
 NEWSLETTER
 Deadline for the Bi-Annual Magazine (Summer 2009) is:

         Advertising:   1st week in September
         Contributions: 1st week in September

 Please submit all your articles to Esther Bishop: manager@erinvale.com
 Deadline for monthly Newsletter: to erna.kemp@vodamail.co.za




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Erinvale Community   Wine Club:
Notices:
                     Rudy Schats                2419     / 021 847 1707
                     Birthday Club:
                     Aura Schats                2419     / 021 847 1707
                     Art Society:
                     Lynette Pullen             2425     / 021 847 0448
                     Book Clubs:
                     Pam Edwards                2281     / 021 847 1972
                     Sally Perry                2239     / 021 847 0512
                     Hilary Ibertson            2480     / 021 847 1095
                     Tennis Club:
                     Ruth Hart                  2516     / 021 847 1709

                     Bridge Club:
                     Brenda Pretorius           2485     / 021 847 1690

                     Echo:
                     Des McLeod                 2269     / 021 847 1782




On your Doorstep:    Vergelegen:
                     12 August 2009 : B a r r e l T a s t i n g 1 8 h 0 0 f o r 1 8 h 3 0

                     Bookings at the Wine Tasting Centre on 021 847 2123 Barrel
                     tasting with Andre van Rensburg followed by a light dinner

                     Venue : Winery
                     Price : R110 per person

                     19 August 2009 : T a s t i n g 1 1 h 3 0 – 1 3 h 0 0

                     Wine tasting with a difference...before the bottle, in the bottle, in
                     the glass......These tastings are geared to the novice and Frieda will
                     take the tasters through basic viticulture, grape varieties and their
                     characteristics and finally the identification of these wines in the
                     glass. Tasting cost includes a Vergelegen glass

                     Venue : Wine Tasting Centre
                     Price : R60.00 per person
                     Bookings : Wine Tasting Centre 021 847 1337


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19 August 2009 : F o o d D e m o n s t r a t i o n 1 9 h 3 0 f o r
20h00

Food demonstration by Executive Chef Henrico Grobbelaar.
Experience the gourmet flavours of a Olympic Chef with a glass of
wine on arrival

Venue : Lady Phillips Restaurant
Price : R150.00 per person
Bookings : Bookings at the Lady Phillips Restaurant Tel: 847
1346

26 August 2009 : T a s t i n g 1 1 h 3 0 – 1 3 h 0 0

Wine tasting with a difference...before the bottle, in the bottle, in
the glass......These tastings are geared to the novice and Frieda
will take the tasters through basic viticulture, grape varieties and
their characteristics and finally the identification of these wines
in the glass. Tasting cost includes a Vergelegen glass

Venue : Wine Tasting Centre
Price : R60.00 per person
Bookings : Wine Tasting Centre 021 847 1337



28 August 2009 : W i n t e r D i n n e r 1 9 h 3 0 f o r 2 0 h 0 0

Winter dinner with Andre Van Rensburg and Executive Chef,
Henrico Grobbelaar Four course meal including wine

Venue : Lady Phillips Restaurant
Menu : Gala dinner
Price : R330 per person
Bookings : Bookings: Lady Phillips Restaurant 021 - 847 1346

Helderberg Nature Reserve:
8 August @ 08:00 : Hacking of alien vegetation

Next hack of alien vegetation – to join in please contact
James Silberbauer on 078 306 1660




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                            Helderberg Nature Reserve
PO Box 3047 SOMERSET WEST 7129 * CELL: 082 908 3062 * EMAIL: oakcafe@vodamail.co.za

Oak Café opens in Helderberg Nature Reserve


         The old Duck Inn has been replaced by Oak Café. The new restaurant opened its doors on Monday 8 June
after a few cosmetic changes and a menu revamp.

         The owner Nicky Ravens-Ernstzen says the menu is simple and affordable, however they have not forgotten
that there are Patrons who wish to live a healthy lifestyle, Vegetarians and those who have Intolerances and Allergies.


         Oak Café is not only a restaurant but eventually will become a one stop destination where a meal can be
enjoyed either at the Restaurant or from the Deli. Events can be held; from Kiddies and Adult parties, to special
intimate themed Dinners and Weddings. Ravens-Ernstzen says the recipe for success for Oak Café is an owner who is
passionate about tourism and conservation, a chef with more than 18 years of experience and loyal staff who are eager
to improve their skills.


         The trading hours will be extended during summer season and there are many improvements in the pipeline,
such as additional outdoor seating in the form of a deck. Oak Café can be contacted on 0218517256 or 0829083062




                                            Trustee : JM Sterban
                               (Communications, Public Relations and Newsletter)

                                            Erinvale Homeowners Association
                                                    Tel: 021 847 1249
                                            E-mail: erinhoa@vodamail.co.za




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