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Fit skin in February!

Not only our bodies, but our skin too needs to be fit and healthy.

Dermaceutic has come up with a quick 10 minute workout for your skin to ensure healthy, fit skin:

Step 1 – 3 minutes

  • Make-up removal – Advanced Cleanser

Step 2 – 2 minutes

  • Power cleanse – Foamer 15

Step 3 – 2 minutes

  • Mini peel – Mask 15

Step 4 – 1 minute

  • Serum – Derma Lift/ Tri Vita C30/ Active Retinol 0.5 or 1.0

Step 5 – 1 minute

  • Moisturiser- Hyal Ceutic/ Regen Ceutic

Step 6 – 1 minute

  • Sun Protection- Sun Ceutic SPF 50+

A 10 minute workout for your skin!

For more information on Dermaceutic products and treatments, please contact Sonette on or 0832505111






A view of Skyshadows

The Infinity Art Gallery in Nieu-Bethesda currently hosts the art exhibition Skyshadows by Joanne Reen & Dirkje Daling.

Local Bethesdians, tourists and visitors viewed the works of Joanne Reen and Dirkje Daling on the opening night.

Charl & Alice du Toit



Daleen Kruger



Charl du Toit



Come join in viewing skyshadows at the Infinity Gallery in Nieu-Bethesda.



SkyShadows in Nieu-Bethesda

SkyShadows Opening Night

This past week the art exhibition of Joanne Reen & Dirkje Daling opened at the Infinity Art Gallery, Nieu-Bethesda. These two local, accomplished artists created art with and intriguing theme, skyshadows.

The first segment of Dirkje’s work, “Sky, are you listening?” asks the question: “To what extent do we have an influence on nature – not just by our actions, but by what we say, feel and are?”. She has used musical score to form vague portraits in the sky.

Dirkje Daling

The other three segments of her work focus on shadows and plays with the fact that in the shadow world, two things that are close enough actually do become one.

Dirkje also incorporated burnt incense,  ceramic shards, dried/ pressed flowers and transparent paper.


Joanne’s work incorporates shadows to reflect the human experience within the landscape, where she portrays her emotive, environmental roots together with her engagement in the natural heritage of the Eastern Cape.

Joanne Reen

She indulged herself with colour therapy, loose playful brushwork and a more abstract, less serious subject matter.

Anxiety is raised between the dichomoty of wanting the work to resemble something, yet also the desire to capture carefree abandon of pure, emotive joy.


Joanne Reen's work

Come visit Nieu-Bethesda en-route to your holiday destination and listen and seek the sky and shadows…

Infinity Art Gallery, Nieu-Bethesda

Promo Video – Kom ons Braai

Viva Italia!

The best Italian dishes are not necessarily served in Italian restaurants…

A while ago, we gathered with a few fellow passionate Italian aficionados to share our home cooked Italian dishes with each other.

Delicate mushroom pasta

Having lived in Italy, Danielle was the most authentic Italian cook amongst us and she brought, besides her husband, a panettone, two pasta dishes and the Italian flag along!

At first we had to toast with an aperitif. Glasses of bittersweet Sanpellegrino chinotto soda were raised whilst we nibbled on savoury, circular biscuits from Southern Italy – known as taralli.Italian aperitif with taralli

Janie repeated the tricoloured Italian flag in her assembly of antipasti – rounds of salami; glistening caper berries and olives; soft white cheese mounds topped with red pepper pesto and thin leaves of prosciutto.


Ludolf’s bruschetta with fragrant brinjals and roasted peppers followed. As we started to dish the long anticipated delicate layers of pasta and porcini, we filled our wine glasses with robust Barbera from Piedmont – a gift from dear friends.

The second pasta dish brought meat to the table, infused with roasted tomato and herbs. A fresh garden salad provided some added texture and colour.

An Italian classic, Tiramisu, adorned our green dessert bowls whilst we sipped on sweet Amaro, bought in Napoli. Janie is well know for her sweet delights.

Tiramisu with flair


And it was with pure delight that I opened my gift of Bonifante panettone weeks later. I used the golden, yeasty bread with candied orange and citron to create a heavenly bread and butter pudding – served with a butterscotch sauce.


Long live the Italian legacy …



Reminder – “Kom ons Braai”

You can watch us on Dstv channel 147 at 18h00 on Friday 01 December in “Kom Ons Braai”.

The repeats are scheduled for Friday 21h30; Saturday 09h30, 11h00 and 23h00; Sunday 18h00; Monday 06h00 and Tuesday 15h30.

You can vote on Facebook if you disagree with the outcome and stand a chance to win R1 000

WerklikheidsTV is nie vir sissies nie!

Kom kyk saam op Vrydag 01 Desember 2017 om 18h00 hoe ons, ek Carla en my man Ludolf, deelneem aan die TV-werklikheidsreeks, “Kom Ons Braai”, VIA (DStv-kanaal 147).

En as jy verskil met dié episode se uitkoms, stem na afloop van die program op Facebook op die VIA TV bladsy vir die span wie jý dink moes gewen het en staan ‘n kans om R1000 te wen!

Ek dink nie my man het werklik besef waaroor die TV-reeks handel nie, maar siende dat ek gaande is oor al wat ‘n kompetisie is en hy ‘n meesterbraaier is , was ek taamlik vol selfvertroue oor ons vermoëns.

‘n Ellelange inskrywingsvorm het gevolg en ons moes ‘n tema, spyskaart en speletjie vaspen. Ons tema – ‘n Safari-ete.

Safari dui beide op ‘n maaltyd wat in opeenvolgende gange in verskillende plekke genuttig word, sowel as op ‘n beplande ekspedisie na ‘n bewaringsgebied om wild te besigtig.

Hoe wild sou ons nie in ons wildste drome kon raai nie… Maar meer daaroor later.

Kom ons Braai deelnemers

Time saving Turn Over

One of my favorite Dermaceutic products is the Turn Over cream.

I love this skin care product, because it is a real time saver – for me it is a serum and a night cream in one. So at night I cleanse my face and neck, dry my skin and apply my Turn Over on my face and neck.

Twice a week I apply it on the delicate eye area as well to keep this skin rejuvenated.

The Turn Over contains 15% Glycolic Acid which stimulates the production of collagen. Turn Over refines a rough skin texture, clears breakouts  – it is a great zit zapper.

And it is the ultimate product in anti-ageing.

Turn Over

I just love the instant tingling sensation I experience when applying it to my skin, after the tingle subsides, my skin just looks radiant and feels so soft.

The Turn Over retails for R800 including VAT and lasts anything from 2-4 months.

I  buy my Turn Over cream from Sonette Donker’s Skin iD Skin Studio – 083 250 5111

Sonette Donker from Skin iD with Lenny


The Jacaranda City was painted purple this past weekend.

Celebrating International Pinotage Day, this past weekend was all about pairing Pinotage wines and biltong – whilst being dressed in purple!

Pinotage & Biltong pairing

The lush gardens of Leriba Hotel in Centurion were the perfect place to indulge in our local, heritage delicacies. The green lawns were adorned with festival goers dressed in purple and white.

Pinotage & Biltong pairing

The Capetonian event organisers, Björn and Cobie van Oort, from CVO Marketing, personally welcomed all arrivals. The entrance fee included quality tasting glasses, beautiful magazines and purple tasting cards – to set the place (and pace!) for the pairings.

An array of Pinotage varieties from respectable wineries was present, including sparkling wine, rosé, blended wine and sweet wine.  And to my surprise – a white Pinotage, which was a firm favourite.

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The wines were paired with generous portions of droë wors and biltong in various flavours: Lemon & black pepper; BBQ; farm style; bacon biltong; etc.

It was a family friendly affair, with a festive live band, food stalls and a junior tent – to occupy the little ones. This event celebrated our national wine and biltong with robust flair.

We cannot wait to paint Pretoria purple in 2018!

Pinotage & Biltong pairing

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