Higgledy Piggledy Poetry

The battered ground between a petrol station and the railway tracks seems an unlikely spot for creativity to flourish. Factor in the fabulous coffee and the special brand of Steam Punk Magic that Michael Goddard has created in Lion’s River, and it starts to make sense.  Michael has changed our perception of rural KZN midlands…

Spirit of the Midlands

Ultimate Frisbee – The Beautiful Game Twice a week a motley crew of Midlanders gather to play Ultimate Frisbee on the fields at Lions River Club in Dargle.  As the sun sets, artists, architects, photographers, farmers, shoemakers, students and IT-types aged between 16 and 56 dash across the 100m field, deftly flicking Frisbees.   Sure, things…

Slow, Green, African Christmas

Seasonal celebrations south of the equator, have a distinct flavour. We embrace the sun soaked occasions – the cry of the hadeda, bright agapanthus blue and summer storms that celebrate the uniqueness of our continent. We gather friends and family around colourful tables with the smell of hot earth or freshly cut grass wafting through the…

Celebrating Creativity and Community

In Dargle, beside everyone’s favourite pizzeria, il Postino have opened an Art Lounge. This unique venue offers artists an opportunity to display their works and, according to curator, Kim Goodwin, is long overdue. “Although the Midlands is home to many artists, much of this creativity is not showcased locally,” he told us at the Opening…

Gift to the Desert

Many Midlanders spend a lot of time getting rid of invasive wattle. Sculptor Kim Goodwin spends quite a bit of time creating beautiful objects from this much maligned tree.  Recently, he and his Midlands crew of ten spent a month in the Tankwa Karoo building the Temple //Xam at Afrika Burn. Afrika Burn is community of…

Perfect Pumpkins

One of my favorite things about pumpkins is that they lurk quietly, waiting to surprise you one Autumn day while you are pottering in the garden. Such excitement as more and more treasures are discovered under the comfrey, mielies and amaranthus! Autumn is pumpkin time in the Midlands and every year the Dargle Local Market celebrates…