We were very fortunate to host two artists and their works. Maria Müller, the sister of Ludmilla King, exhibited watercolours painted in South Africa, Switzerland, Finland and Italy. Jean McGillivray exhibited a selection of floral watercolours. All the paintings are for sale. To enquite about a painting call the office on +27 11 789 3083 between 8am and 1pm CAT.
The opening of the joint exhibition was celebarted with a social event at which tea, coffee and a delicious selection of sweet and savoury delights were on sale. The event was coupled with a sale of second-hand books and a shadow puppet show for children of all ages.
The images below speak for themselves.
Works by Maria Müller
Works by Jean McGillivray
The Jerusalem fern is a desert plant. When the desert dries up the Jerusalem fern will dehydrate to look like a fossil. It lets go of its hold in the sand and will be flown about the desert until it finds water again. It can remain in this dormant state being blown about the desert for years. When it finds water it will unfurl as can be seen in this photo and even become green.
A message from the Board of Trustees:
It is evident that we are living in a time of great transition, socially, economically and also on a personal level. At the Trustees meeting we contemplated how to respond to change, letting go of the past, being open to what the future brings and being awake to what wants to emerge. This is often painful but can be fruitful depending on our attitude and the will to birth and nurture new ideas. The notion of seeding the future is strongly felt and this was also our theme for the Budget Forum that took place on Sunday 21 February.
At the Community forum on 21 February 2021 each one present brought a seed, or could select a seed graciously provided by Jean McGillivray, to plant in a pot. The purpose was to watch it germinate and grow, transplant it into the garden when appropriate and possibly collect the seed from the plant when it flowered to reseed future plants.
Here are photos of the results:
Jean and Evan McGillivray
Moonflower of Irmtraut Rohlssen
Bean of John-Peter Gernaat
Adam and Lorrine Botha
The Saturday morning is planned as an event for the entire family.
Centred around the opportunity to meet family and friends over a coffee or tea with cake or something savoury, our intention was to add some activities for children and something to buy to Christmas.
Pancakes were on sale before 11:30. Immediately the sale of pancakes ceased the sale of handmade, homemade Italian sausages in a roll were on sale. There was a table with Advent and Christmas crafts for sale and Christmas delicacies and a table with second-hand Anthroposophical books.
The Garden Tea / Brunch
Serving and helping
The sales tables
Activities for children
A small group of the community sat down on Boxing Day to a festive table and a delicious meal that could have fed double the number. We started with tomato soup and borscht with French loaf. There were a number of interesting salads: brussels sprouts with peanut sauce and grated vegetables; lentils, a white grain and grated cabbages and carrots; a pasta salad; a potato salad; a platter of leaves, fruit and meats. There was chicken, cold meats and pickled fish. There was a delicious nut bread. For dessert we had a trifle and a pavlova. Coffee rounded off the meal. A few people had commitments to run off to while the last people left at 3.30pm.
The garden looked verdant after the rains and we were serenaded by various birds. Good conversation made for a very pleasant afternoon.
The Community Room
Last year our traditional pine Christmas tree reached the end of its life. This year we decided on a more African Christmas and used flower of an agave plant as our tree.
The church foyer
Ten day before Christmas Eve Susan Goslett decided that the Oberufer Shepherds Play should be performed this year.
She approached people who had performed in the play in previous years, and a few who had not, and on the 16th December the cast got together for the first time to read through the play. With eight days until the performance we scheduled six days of rehearsal with a final rehearsal on Christmas Eve before the performance.
Angel - Ingrid Wetheim Aymes
Mary - Kerry Audouin
Joseph - John-Peter Gernaat
Star Singer - Chandré Wertheim Aymes
Gallus - Susan Goslett
Huckle - Eve Holtshausen
Muckle - Jan Lampen
Crispin - Jane Abrahams
Rufinus - Joachim Bouwmeester
Servilus - Rhyse Sothern
Titus - Julian Wertheim Aymes
Pianist - Abel Weinfass
Everything is possible when a group of people work together towards a common goal and on Chirstmas Eve at 15hoo the Shepherds Play was perfomed to packed audience.
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The Community Room
Specialist Products - Soy Lights
Felting and Carving
The Food Court
Tea and Cake
The Rugby World Cup Final