Hilton is a gorgeous haven where we are blessed with some of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa. With a fair number of the Open Gardens right on our doorsteps we hope you have all been out to support, enjoy and find inspiration.
This unusually dry October is a time to remove young weeds before they have time to flower and set seed, mulch around and in between shrubs wherever possible as this creates a cushion from hard rain and will keep moisture in if the expected rains do not arrive. Until the heavens bless us with more rain you may wish to water fuschias three times a week. Also keep soil around hydrangeas moist as they start to come into flower and perhaps mulch with pine needles. For beautiful lawns raise the height of the blades on your lawnmower to avoid exposing roots to hot sun. A periodic change the direction in which you mow the lawn prevents ridges and uneven growth.
Winters hectic pruning is over but the following may require thinning out after flowering, the Rosa 'Albertine' and 'Dorothy Perkins', Banksia roses, Viburnum (snowball bush), Ornamental fruit trees e.g. apples, cherries, peach and Spirea (Cape May).
With around 8 weeks till Christmas you may want to plant up some red flowering petunias, strawberries or even chillies. These add festive colour and can make super gifts for friends. A bunch of herbs for stuffing the festive bird are another grand idea for planting now to give away in December to your favourite cook.
With hot summer months to look forward to you may want to set up a pond or water feature now, these can be relaxing and give the illusion of cool even if temperatures soar. Water, even in a still pond will add a new dimension to your private sanctuary.
You're in time to sow ageratum, alyssum, aster, Canterbury bells, cleome, cornflower, cosmos, dahlia (bedding), dianthus, gypsophila, impatiens, lavatera, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, nigella, petunia, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, verbena, and zinnia flower seeds. For a great veggie patch plant bean, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash, tomato and turnip seeds.
This award is presented to acknowledge excellence in sustainable forestry practice. Three hundred and forty five hectares of the 1762 hectare estate is planted with wattle. Other usage computes to 150 ha for annual cropping, 30 ha to kikuyu, 620 ha for natural grazing with occasional indigenous bush, 550 ha for conservation and 67 ha for other infrastructure including the school.
The wattle was originally planted on the school grounds to supply the school with fuel for heating but since the arrival of electricity the focus has changed. The forestry operation is managed by Sax Solomon, a Hilton Old Boy and Cedara Agricultural College graduate. The entire estate is owned by The Hiltonian Society, a Section 21 company, not for gain.
The estate is home to a wildlife centre and nature reserve run by a dedicated conservation team and boosted by pupil involvement. The school ensures pupils are afforded many opportunities to spend time outdoors involved in activities which support conservation.
The forestry operation attributes success to good planning, a simple system, environmental consideration, the great team headed by Senzo Mwelase, the participation of the Estate General manager Rowan Welsford, the Conservation team's efforts and the priceless input from NCT advisors. The activities which have been recognized by this presentation of the NCT Tree Farmer of the Year Award echo Hilton College's hallmark focus on teamwork.
Resource: SA Forestry August 2010
This top of the rack arts festival is a celebration of live theatre, dance, music, art exhibitions, comedy and crafts. Delicious food is available to sustain you while you indulge your passion for culture and creativity.
The Hilton College Theatre is the second to biggest fixed seat stage show venue in KwaZulu-Natal seating 486 patrons. The festival brings a varied selection to this stage. Some productions entertain you while others may transport you to a space where you find yourself pondering unexpected content. Kids will enjoy Man Up a Tree, A Mariner's Tale and The Adventures of a Little Nobody. Belly-laugh seekers may find their buttons best pushed by The Ugly Noo Noo and Raiders of the Lost Aardvark. While Decadence is definitely for adults only!
Jongosi Day on the 17th September is a celebration of everything young, new and vibrant, which is aimed at schools. 'Jongosi' derived from the Afrikaans 'jong os' was been coined by Johnny Clegg. Authority has been given for 'Jongosi
The Protea Hotel, Hilton has a new wing with 60 suites which have been appointed in a manner that echoes the history of its original Tudor theme. The function space that will be used for the Hilton Food & Wine Festival is in the original section of the hotel. While the upper floor of the old part of the hotel is still being gently restored, retaining as much as is possible, the ground floor which will be open in September contains a stylish pub and well thought out dining area. This event is the perfect opportunity to catch your first glimpses of the tremendous result months of effort have produced. Protea Hotel, Hilton is a classy venue we can all be proud of.
Do not miss out on this opportunity to sample delicious food products, largely from local manufacturers and a wide spread of wine, about 30 wine farms will attend to share their best vintages. In between mouthfuls and sips you will enjoy the chance to catch up with friends and familiar faces in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a lovely evening to mix and mingle. The auction creates a lot of excitement, with all the proceeds go to Hilton Pre-Primary School., so be generous.
You can purchase tickets from Gail at Hilton Pre-primary, kindly call 033 343 4090 to secure yours now. Remember Hilton can be quite chilly at night so bring along your coat. We look forward to seeing you there.
Boys left to right are: Sam Olivier (KZN Cross Country Team), James Bilbrough (KZN Cross Country Team), Jared Kriel (KZN Cross Country Team), Thuba Nzimande and Michael Forrest (Both selected for KZN under 13 Inland Cricket Squad). In front is Lauren Knobel who made the (KZN Cross Country Team).
Well done, it is wonderful to see sport thriving in our province.
He has previously journeyed across South Africa from Beitbridge to Cape Agulhas raising R100 000 for the Midlands Crisis & Trauma Centre in Howick and also promoted awareness for the South African National Blood Services need for donations.
Tony was born in Canada, grew up on a farm outside Melbourne and migrated to South Africa in 2001. He can't remember a time when tractors were not part of his life. While messing about with engines as a child he figured out that tractors are pretty amazing machines, clearly able to handle almost anything.
This trip is expected to take seven years, cost R1,3 million and collect $1million for victims of violence and rape. It has been primarily self-funded with some sponsorship added. The planned route on this vintage Ferguson tractor will start in Howick and continue to Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, the US, Canada, Russia, Mongolia and Western Europe.
Tractor Tony is motivated by the memory of injuries and trauma he personally suffered in an armed robbery, shortly after emigrating to SA nine years ago to set up his company, Spirit of Africa Taxidermy. A meeting with Jes Foord, the well known rape survivor and vigorous warrior against violence and rape, further incited Tony to embark on this tour.
Encouraged by the public support, the man nicknamed Tony Tractor enlisted help to restore his tractor and had it fitted with a tent in preparation for this challenge. The Harley-Davidson is accompanying him to get him around stopping points with ease and he also anticipate that it will appeal to the millions of Harley fans around the world.
Tony believes passionately that his journey will achieve international awareness for victims of violence. He points out that Virgin founder Richard Branson achieved a lot without a great deal of education, and so trusts that can he achieve his goal, despite having dropped out of school at 15. He quotes his main inspiration as these words from American anthropologist Margaret Mead : Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Authored by: Faye Featherpen
The temperatures have been as a friend put it, "Ominously warm." As we know all to well snow can fall nearby as late as November so keep your scarves, gloves and beanies at the top of your clothes pile.
Meanwhile it is divine out of doors with many blue sky days, our sweet fresh air and sunshine to chase away any remnants of Winter's chill. If you have a passion for gardening you will be thrilled at the birdsong and promise of Spring.
We have not yet felt August's gutsy wind so be prepared for blasts of heat or even belated frosts. Now is the time to check older trees for any unsteady branches and remove them carefully before a wind does the job recklessly. August certainly beckons the end of winter and the beginning of spring with pregnant buds, the first sweet blossoms and the suns gentle migration south. Watch your standards too and mend any unstable stakes.
It'd be good to begin watering and mulch if you have not done so, it will reduce moisture loss as temperature increase. Clear out drains and gutters before rains return. Feed your roses Epsom salts, a tablespoon each will be welcome. Liliums are bursting at ground level and need nourishment. Your deciduous trees are hungry for something organic. Fuschias enjoy a light pruning of dead and weak growth as well as inward bound stems.
Your lawn may be quite desperate looking and you should give it a spring clean. Mow short, scarify by pushing a garden fork into the soil so the roots can breathe and drink when the rains arrive. Rake over well to rid it of dry bits. Fill holes. Feed with some 4.1.1 and then water well.
For colourful flowers the time is right to sow the seeds of ageratum, alyssum, aster, begonia, candytuft, celosia, cleome, coleus, bedding dahlias, dianthus, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, Helianthus spp. (sunflower), helichrysum, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, nasturtiums, nicotiana, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, salpiglossis, torenia, verbena, vinca and zinnia.
If you have a vegetable patch can sow bean, beet, brinjal, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, corn, lettuce, leeks, onion, radish, swiss chard, tomato or turnip seeds.
There are always pests who add nuisance value to a gardeners experience throughout the year. During August you should watch out for caterpillars boring into the centre of clivia and other plants of the lily family. Scale on indoor palms. Leaf curl may appear on your peaches and nectarines. Mealy bugs and aphids settle on succulent new growth. Your favourite nurseryman or woman will be equipped to advise you on the best solution to keep these worrisome creatures at bay.
Gardening is a healthy activity that can strengthen your body, calm your mind and reward you with colour and flavour! Go ahead and indulge.
Written by: Budding Diva
On Friday 17th September 2010 Laddsworth teachers, pupils and parents teamed up to collect litter in the Laddsworth vicinity. First thing on the cool morning the troops were divided into supervised groups. Armed with great big bin bags and gloves the entire school forged into the immediate neighbourhood roads to clean-up.
This is a reminder that when a task seems too big for a single individual to make a difference, a team working towards a singular goal can create a big impact very efficiently and have fun while getting the job done.
With municipalities under massive strain and struggling to deliver essential services, we as rate payers often moan and groan without thinking of what can be done to help. Laddsworth took the lead in giving us hope that future generations will learn a new way to handle challenging situations. By doing small daily things, such as taking responsibility for ones own waste, everyone can ease the load on municipal service. This in turn will hopefully free up resources to improve our villages, towns and cities.
Laddsworth have also teamed up with Mondi and Central Waste in a successful recycling effort. Acknowledging that environmental care is everyone's problem and we all have the power to bring about a solution.
To Laddsworth, a big round of applause from everyone in Hilton. The joyful noise which accompanied the little clusters of garage collectors as they meandered through Hilton to carry out this good deed was uplifting. The fresh air and change in routine was exhilarating for teachers and pupils. Perhaps this will become an annual event.
Meetings of interested residents have been held during the past months and a committee recently elected. A Constitution has been tabled for comment and the way forward is becoming clearer. At this stage efforts are underway to define the area encompassed by the World's View Conservancy (WVC). This will incorporate the area between World's View Road (including all houses within World's View suburb itself) and Celtis Road including houses on the southern side of Celtis Road and all homes on either side of Old Howick Road and turn-offs as far as Celtis Road. A conservancy is all about loving your home and surrounds enough to join hands in actively caring for them. It is an opportunity to get to know your neighbours and share a joint concern for your environment.
To this end a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 26th at 19:00 in the Girl Guide Hall, World's View Road. Residents, community members and interested parties are invited to attend and share their views. Membership of the World's View Conservancy is R100 per person per annum. On the following Sunday, 31st October, residents are invited to participate in a World's View Clean-up, commencing at 10:00 at the corner of Old Howick and World's View Roads and proceeding along to the picnic area at World's View where a bring and braai will be held. Please call Chairman, Hugh Temple 033 3431286, or Secretary Howard Richardson 033 3432884.
Submitted by Ros Grieve
HiltonVillage.co.za met up with Moira, a local yoga teacher. Moira takes a weekly class for the public and also teaches Yoga for relaxation at St Annes Diocesan College.
Yoga has been a big part of Moira's life since 1983 when, although it was not popular at the time, she and her sister began a yoga class. Through the years Moira has practiced Hatha Yoga under 5 teachers.
Initially Moira began teaching in Howick when encouraged by her teacher, later she also taught for a while at the Quarry Health Centre. In total she has taught Yoga in Hilton for 8 years. Moira idoes not follow any of the spiritual teachings of Yoga. Her focus is on the health benefits for body, mind and spirit. She does however enjoy Eastern Philosophy and will close each class with an uplifting reading, some drawn from the East and others not.
Moira shared that the ancient activity of Yoga first began around 5000 years ago when it was mostly followed by men, then woman began to see the benefits and found it easy to do at home. Nowadays mostly women practice Yoga. Yoga is Sanskrit for yoke, meaning the joining together of things. It brings about a connection of body, mind and spirit.
Hatha Yoga is the most physically demanding of the many arms of Yoga. Initially Moira is careful to suggest alternate positions within the capabilities of her students. As Yoga in non-competitive new students can easily slot into the class. Within 3 months you will begin to appreciate the benefits of increased strength and toned muscles. Yoga also stretches ligaments and tendons, increases suppleness of joints and improves circulation and breathing. Moira Also teaches relaxation techniques.
All you need to become involved is grab your yoga mat and a light blanket, pull on some really casual comfortable gear and join in at a very reasonable rate of R30.00 per session. Click here for contact details.
Soon drab lawns will perk up too. Be sure to keep the grass well watered and drop the mower slightly for your first cut. If you have not yet applied fertiliser contact your nearby nursery for their recommendations and remember to water copiously to prevent burning. Those blossoming fruit trees adorning your recovering lawn will soon need spraying and you can thin out the fruit to leave more room for growth and airflow. There are a wide variety of organic options and although somewhat pricey you can view these purchases as an investment it the wellbeing of future generations. Be cautious when using so-called 'home remedies', some of these date back to a time when eco awareness did not exist and can be extremely harsh. Investigate thoroughly before you choose, you could even ask your local pharmacist for advice.
More and more households are growing their own herbs and veggies since it is health wise and with careful planning more affordable. You can happily plant dill, coriander and rocket now. Perennial herbs like thyme, lemon grass, salvia, lavender and basil can be cut back hard in September. Oreganum, mint, chives and violets divide happily now. All of these will thrive with good watering, compost and a foliar feed. The vegetable seeds of beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash, tomato and turnip can be sown.
Colour bags are on special at Ronnoco Nursery this months. Bulbs for Summer should be in the ground soon. Roses will respond to a regular feeding programme and water as the temperatures increase. Those browned off shrubs who were frosted can be trimmed back as the threat of more frost has hopefully gone. Enthusaistic hydrangeas may need to be kept in shape with the removal of insubstantial weak growth, then water and mulch. Enjoy more colour in your garden by planting seeds of alyssum, antirrhinum, aster, begonia, candytuft, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, godetia, gypsophila, helichrysum, lavatera, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, nicotiana, penstemon, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, torenia, verbena, vinca and zinnia.
Gardening is a healthy and highly rewarding pursuit that the entire family can get involved in. We know Hilton is full of avid garden gnomes and if you are one of them we'd love to hear about your special successes. You are also most welcome to share your photographs in the Gallery.
Submitted by: Lili Umrosanut
Life Coaching comprises the second fastest growing profession in the world today. HiltonVillage.co.za met up with Hilton's own Life Coach, Cherri Forsyth, who is well-known for her many years spent in Hilton where she has been a wife, mother, teacher, swim coach, estate agent and auctioneer in the family business, has finally for the last year and some been doing the work that resonates with all that she is.
Nine years ago Cherri and her family had to deal with the sudden loss of their daughter, aged just nine. This life shattering experience and successive challenges have equipped Cherri with the heart to carry out her life's purpose with courage. In hindsight Cherri acknowledges that the path behind her has molded her into a brave woman, who is ready to step through all the new doorways that beckon. Having personally tested her newly acquired life coaching tools has, for Cherri, added a dimension of honest conviction to this venture.
Taking your life to a new level is a gutsy choice, it is much easier to coast along and blame somebody else for your shortfalls. Cherri welcomes clients who are pro-active and ready to be empowered, live a positive and balanced life, achieve peak life performance on a personal level and quite simply be the best they can be. The four key areas she focuses on are;
Coaching sessions for couples and individuals face-to-face or on Skype.
Coaching the Coach.
The handover of life skills needed to live a balanced life to high school pupils.
Workshops. e.g. Dealing with Emotional Pain, Time Management.
Packages can be streamlined to fit your budget. Cherri also networks with a group of esteemed professionals in supporting fields and as soon as she identifies a problem requiring alternate expertise, she will suggest the most suitable course of action.
Cherri is amongst the first few South Africans to be empowered by New Insights Africa, to coach other aspiring Life Coaches. She is very enthusiastic about new developments that will soon be available to her clients, such as guided online journaling. This will be an ongoing growth area that is accessible to everybody. Watch this space!
The treatments offered at Roses Rainbows are based on Crystal Healing combined with Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Colour Therapy. Rose will welcome you into a special space designated for this purpose. Her crystal collection is impressive and her attentions will allow you to focus on giving your body permission to quiet and simply heal in a sanctuary of colour and sound.
Colour is clearly valued in Roses home, work and most of all in her paintings. Some are reflections evoked by poems from Rumi and Hafiz. Others hint at an interest in spiritual subjects and are also inspired by her many trips India where Rose has often visited an ashram.
This very interesting lady thrives in a busy space surrounded with her vast collection of well thumbed books on a wide spread of topics, musical instruments and ongoing creative pursuits, all mirroring Rose's many passions. Another skill Roses has honed is knitting. Not just ordinary knitting but Wild Knitting which produces wearable art. These brightly hued garments have been handspun by Rose at her wooden spindle, then dyed, knitted with creative abandon and finally stitched into warm and delightful cardigans or shrugs.
In essence Rose loves life, humanity and all that it encompasses especially children and nature. The home she has lived in for 26 years is lovingly surrounded with many flowering plants and is green even before Spring rains have arrived. Bringing to mind the power of natural healing available to all. The healing Rose facilitates is well priced. Even if you are not bothered with aches or other grumbles a visit to Rose will uplift and motivate you. You are invited to discover more about Roses Rainbows in our Directory.
Congratulations to Michael Ryan, a Grade 11 pupil at Hilton College, who has been selected for the South African Schools' Golf Team. Michael competed in the recently held inter-provincial schools' golf championships held in Parys. He shot rounds of 71 and 74 at the Parys Country Club and rounds of 75, 71 at the Vaal de Grace Country Club. This resulted in him ending in joint 4th place and being selected for the SA Schools' Golf Team which was selected of the top 8 golfers at the tournament.
The residents at Shepstone Place in Hilton have been getting their gardens spruced up for the Open Gardens and you will be in for more than a visual treat when you visit. The concept was suggested by Jocelyn Boyley, talented artist and gardener, in mid-winter and despite short notice the residents pooled their resources and energy together to get the garden areas looking gorgeous. Those who volunteered to participate have checked off each item on their 'to do' lists and their success is clearly evident.
With a high standard required to be accepted as an Open Garden venue this was not a small challenge. Intense hours of hard work and community co-operation have resulted in a pretty picture indeed. The complex gardens as a whole are still very much a work in progress which is all the more reason to visit now. Next year you could to see an even more magnificent result, which I am confident this team will achieve.
Besides delightful garden areas you will be able to enjoy delicious scones, biscuits, quiche, boerewors rolls, tea, coffee and cool refreshments in the tea garden. So diarise to visit either this weekend being 24th and 25th September or next weekend the 2nd and 3rd of October to enjoy the garden and teas. There will even be picnic blankets for your use if you feel the need to linger for a while.
Art lovers will enjoy the opportunity to visit the Jocelyn Boyley Gallery where they may be fortunate enough to meet this accomplished artist and even buy one of her delightful paintings, many of which are inspired by nearby scenes.
Shepstone Place is just next door to Sue Tarr's, so you will find it easily by following the Natal Witness Open Garden signs along Dennis Shepstone drive. The proceeds of this venture will go to a Hilton based charity namely The Hope Trust which has been nominated by Jocelyn Boyley. If you have any enquiries about the Open Gardens at Shepstone Place you are welcome to contact Debbie or Lex Saunders on 033 343 2214. Opening times are 09h00 till 16h00.
Hilton Pre-primary recently hosted their annual Grandparents Day where great fun was had by young and old. The excited little ones presented their best 'show time' efforts and succeeded in warming their grand-parent's hearts while making their teachers feel hugely proud.
Events such as this create divine bonding moments and Hilton Pre-Primary work hard to photograph lots of images for the memory box. We have compiled just a brief selection from these to share the joy of the morning with you.
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