One House At A Time

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Pick it up, even if you didn't drop it If everyone picked up the litter from outside their own house our streets would be cleaner. Make an effort twice a week to do this and you'll be playing a positive part in cleaning up the whole city. Make and print a few leaflets and put them in your neighbuors post box inviting them to participate.

Change needs a spark So you've picked up the litter from in front of your house, now what Take it to a safe space, somewhere where the smoke won't stink up your neighbours washing or house, and burn it. Do the same with your household rubbish AFTER you've recycled what you can. Sure burning is not the best option but dumping your waste in a public space is even worse. Until service delivery in our communities resumes, it's up to us to work out respectful ways to deal with waste management. After all, it's our rubbish, no-one else's.

Walking on broken glass Have you noticed all the broken glass on our verges, roads and pathways How about making our streets safe for our cyclists, pedestrians and our kids. Don't throw glass bottles on the road - it's just Really Ugly Behaviour. Take them home and use them in some way.. Fill it in Adopt a pothole. Not very exciting I know but hey, have you seen any municipal workers fixing them lately If we want to stop the damage to cars and combis, and avoid accidents then we are going to have to do something about the holes in our roads. They're only going to get worse. So work out a plan with your neighbours and take turns in fixing what's in front of you.

Unclog it It's the rainy season and a lot of storm water drains are clogged making the roads flooded at times and making it difficult for pedestrians. Look out for clogged street gutters especially on street corners and arrange with neighbours to remove the soil, rubble and rubbish from them. Get your hands dirty!

Switch it off! Help save electricity - that little you do get. Don't leave lights or other electrical appliances that are not in use on throughout the night. Cell phone chargers still consume electricity even when it is left in the socket with the phone disconnected. Although basic cell phone chargers don't consume enormous amounts of energy, when you add up all the cell phone chargers in the country the total energy used still amounts to significant numbers. Turn off other appliances like radios and TVs.

We realise that people occupy a variety of dwellings from shacks, to flats and that our shopping centres, which are getting grubbier by the day, represent more challenging circumstances. But in each and every case, if we don't get involved and Do Something, then things will only get worse.


BIRDS HITTING YOUR WINDOWS We thought we'd tried everything but it was still
happening, that sickening thud as yet another kingfisher or emerald spotted wood dove, amongst many others, flew into the glass.
Then I discovered something that really does work. I ordered a glass pen from Takealot and we drew vertical lines four inches apart on the inside of the windows.
Not one fatality since that day! Check it out on

Bookey. xx


I read Quentin Gibson's( Gibby)report about the Fairbridge lads with great interest. I went to Northlea School in the good old days, and remember Gibby quite clearly. I still keep in touch with Rob Williams, another Fairbridge fellow, now resident in Somerset West.
What a wonderful life we all had - cricket, swimming, tennis, table tennis, horse riding , Scottish dancing etc. Fiona Gilchrist taught a few of us to do Scottish dancing, and we performed at various functions. I well remember Ray and Joan Suttle, the two Rademeyers, Frank Herbst, the Broughtons etc
We used to thoroughly enjoy train trips to Gwelo ,Salisbury and Guinea Fowl (as they were then). The boys used climb out of the train windows into the next door compartment - the girls one -- to play cards, bingo etc.
I remember well Steve Cooper, Neil and David Dewar, Tim Donkin, Coli Kendall, Hilton Friend, Tony Carlyle, Graham and Paul Hatty, Tony de Caila, Johnny Youatt etc.
Neil Dewar was a neighbour of mine when we all lived in North End. He used to crawl through the hedge dividing our homes, and I did his French homework and he did my Maths homework.
My sister married Bill Cross ( Flower), and they live in the UK now. I am still in touch with Ted Mirtle and his wife, Margaret. They live in the Cape now and Richard Mirtle is also in SA.
After 45 years of teaching,
I have settled happily here, and see a lot of my lovely family. Ross now lives in Belfast, and Debbie just down the road in Chiddingfold.
Margi and Johnny Youatt leave NZ in April and will settle with Kelly ( Teasdale) in Midhurst. I will see lots of them, I'm sure.
Please give my regards to Gibby: once again, thank you for your efforts on our behalves.
Jenny Daines.