Story of a Small Town

Despite the rain, two hundred people gathered for the premiere screening of Story of a Small Town: Howick last weekend. The wet weather was perfect, as the focus of the film was on water, something which unites everyone. Story of a Small Town: Howick is part of a series of six documentary films to be…

Bill Speight

Many years back, when driving past Howick, Bill Speight would say to his wife Liz, “That looks like a nice place to live.” 30 years ago, they bought a recently flooded house in Moonwalk Drive and settled in. “The best thing about our property was the wild wetland and veld right next door,” he remembers….

Hilton Produce Exchange

It’s a big job saving the planet, but starting small, with bite size chunks, can really make a difference. This is exactly what Karen Zunckel has done by initiating the Hilton Produce Exchange. Making compost and growing vegetables comes naturally to Karen. With her family, she has created a resilient oasis in Hilton, with beans…

Sulie Suliman

The Veg Guy There is just one traffic light in Mooi River. It’s a stop street sort of town, with small stores and cows on the kerbs. Shopping at the Green Grocer seems slightly old fashioned and charming nowadays. Residents of Mooi River and surrounds still do, as they are fortunate to have Farm Fresh…

Dargle

Dargle valley lies at the foot of Inhlosane mountain, visible from just about anywhere in the Midlands. Rolling hills, healthy rivers, hidden valleys and interesting people make this a very special place. The first settlers in the valley were the Fannin’s who were transported to the area by Dick King in 1847, apparently passing a…

Cliffie Daniels

“A pessimist finds difficulty at every opportunity but an optimist finds an opportunity in every difficulty!’ There is just one traffic light in Mooi River. It’s a stop street sort of town. Moving here, into the unknown, was a big decision for Durbanite, Cliffie Daniels, who is the Specialist Incident Manager for the N3 between…

Nottingham Road

‘Notties’, as the locals are apt to call Nottingham Road, began as a railway station to serve Fort Nottingham, a garrison set up by the Sherwood Foresters in 1856 to protect farmers from raiding Bushmen and grew into a thriving farming village. Today Fort Nottingham has an fascinating museum in the old stone barracks depicting…

A Good Place

Over the last 30 years, Midlands Meander has settled peacefully into the hills. Original members were creative folk with a yen to live life simply, who practiced their crafts in frugal luxury, watching the sunrise and eating home grown spinach for supper. They worked together to draw tourists from the towns to admire their exceptional hand-made…

Steam Punk Cafe

Not many people would consider the space between the railway line and dusty trading store car park the ideal spot to set up a café. Michael Goddard, thought it a great find and actually, it is. Michael is passionate about ‘garage coffee’ – “Everyone needs fuel, and coffee (human fuel) is available at most garages….

Mindful Midlands Meals

In the Midlands there are plenty of folk who are perfectly happy to do without eggs for a few weeks while hens follow their natural Spring cycle and sit around broodily all day hoping to hatch their eggs. Others will wait patiently for Piccolo the cow to finish weaning her new calf Cello, forgoing the…