Celebrating Midlands’ Summer

Members and friends of the MCF gathered at the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Reserve on Friday to celebrate all that is good about living in the Midlands.

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It was lovely to spend relaxed time with our partners in conservation, sustainability and education. Hugh Temple said “It was great to exchange views
and ideas (and stories) with like-minded people.”

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It also provided an opportunity to explore the almost complete Wattled Crane Nursery on the edge of the dam.

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Judy Bell commented “It was great to create positive energy and have people talking to each other in a beautiful setting.”

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The refreshments were suitably ‘midlands’, with wine from the Wine Cellar in Rosetta (with contribution to KZN Crane Foundation funds),

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which went down a treat in the late afternoon sun.

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Peter and Cheryth Thomson enjoyed themselves “Thank you for a thoroughly lovely afternoon/evening. We enjoyed the special food, the good booze, the sense of place and, especially, the positive company.  We think the Midlands Conservation Forum is showing the way and were pleased to hear that a similar forum is coming about along the Drakensberg and that the KZN Conservancies Association is in full support. With all the governance problems facing conservation in KZN and in the country it is really encouraging to get together with people who are so enthusiastic about what they are doing.”

Café Bloom put on a splendid spread.

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Mostly organic and definitely all local.

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Phillippa Gordon was in heaven, “My absolute favourite food from the best restaurant in the Midlands.” she pronounced.

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“What great food. I had ngolwesihlana. mmmm.” added Nkululeko Mdladla

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Draft beer from Notties Brewery had everyone trying their hand at being barmaid.  A trio of cordials – Mint, Elderflower and Lemon were served with plenty of ice.

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“We feel privileged to have been invited along on Friday. It was such a lovely afternoon with friends just chilling and catching up. We have been inspired to try recreate the gorgeous food here at home. The girls had such fun in their own ways too.”  Kevan, Karen, Hannah and Jessie Zunckel

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Conversations were varied, and always interesting

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light hearted as friends caught up

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or intense as funding strategies were discussed.

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Kids had a ball,

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“Thank you so much for organizing such a lovely evening – everyone loved it and the food was the best!”  said Ann Burke

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The MCF aims to Inspire, Motivate and Challenge.  What better way than with a low-carbon meal surrounded by iconic Midlands grassland and really interesting people?

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As the sun set across the hills, the fire was lit. Here’s to renewed passion and commitment to protecting our eco-systems and living less harmful lifestyles.  “The afternoon was a delight.” concluded Sarah Allen.

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