Life goes on – although on a drip

A big word of thanks must go out to all the residents from Boschenmeer Estate who volunteered to help with the adopt a green/fairway campaign. Unfortunately, we could not officially do that during lockdown, seeing that we only have a limited amount of emergency maintenance permits available for the course. We will relook this campaign once we go back to normal.

The normal emergency maintenance with volunteers (each with their own emergency maintenance permits) will continue.

We do see a lot of people walking, jogging and cycling on the estate. Please note that it is illegal to do that under the current lockdown rules and we should all refrain from doing that. Should you decide to walk to the Golfing Goat Halfway House Deli, please do so, but refrain from sitting in front of the Halfway House having a coffee and not adhering to the social distancing regulations.

We thank Golfing Goat for really stepping up their offering during this period and hope that the residents of Boschenmeer will continue to support them.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund

A quick feedback on this initiative is that we have secured close to R100 000 in this fund that will help a lot of people functioning at the club without an income during this period. We started with the second round of distribution of these funds to the intended recipients this week. We are trying to ensure that those people working at the club and is dependant of a full functional club such as the caddies, the waiters and barmen will at least have some “income” during these challenging times.

Should any other member wish to contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details

Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name

  Reminder of auction

We are celebrating Louis Oosthuizen’s Open win from 10 years ago by auctioning some very special Louis Oosthuizen memorabilia. The best part is that you can bid for the auction electronically. The link to use is https://forms.gle/zQs6sLXwWYoiAtzR9

There are three different auction items and they will also have a reserve price connected to them. The first item is The Duke Handmade in St. Andrews Scotland Hickory Putter all the way from the course where Louis won the 2010 Open.

The second item is a very special bottle of wine. The label is signed by Louis himself and has a picture of him kissing the famous Claret Jug.

The third item is a magnum bottle of Roodeberg Collector’s Edition wine.

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Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk who identified the man in the middle to be Edwin Grobbelaar who was a member at PGC for many years. We still need the two gentlemen on the side of Edwin so I will run with photo this week as well.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

White Backed Mousebird (Witkruis Muisvoel)
Description

The white-backed mousebird (Colius colius) is a large species of mousebird. It is distributed in western and central regions of southern Africa from Namibia and southern Botswana eastwards to Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

This mousebird prefers scrubby dry habitats, such as thornveld, fynbos scrub and semi-desert.
This bird is about 34 cm (13.5 in) long, with the tail comprising approximately half the length, and weighs 38–64 g (1.3–2.3 oz). The upper parts, head, prominent crest and breast are grey apart from a white back stripe flanked by two broad black stripes and a dark red, or maroon, transverse band at the base of the tail. The white is not visible unless the wings are at least partly open, such as when the birds are alighting, or sometimes in hot weather. The belly is buff in colour. The bill is bluish white with a black tip, and the legs and feet are red.

The speckled mousebird can be distinguished from this species by its differently coloured beak, legs and upperparts.

Behaviour and feeding

This is a markedly social bird, with small groups of presumably related birds feeding together and engaging in mutual preening. It roosts in groups at night. Its perching habits are amusingly parrot-like; it often almost hangs from its legs rather than squatting on them like most birds, and commonly with each leg gripping a different upright branch.

The white-backed mousebird is a frugivore which subsists on fruits, berries, leaves, seeds and nectar. It also will feed on the buds of some plants, sometimes to the extent of stripping the branches of ornamentals such as fiddlewoods. Its feeding habits make it very unpopular with fruit farmers and domestic gardeners, which might be why it is very shy as a rule. When it spots a human it either sits quietly in a tree or takes off immediately. Sometimes it will settle on lawns when the grass is flowering and feed on the grass stigmata and stamens. In the wild its fruit-eating habits are an important factor in disseminating seeds of indigenous berry-producing plants such as Halleria lucida. However, it also spreads the seeds of invasive aliens such as Cotoneaster.

Breeding

These sedentary birds may breed at any time of the year when conditions are favourable. The nest is a large cup well hidden in a thicket. Nestlings are fed by both parents and also by helpers, usually young birds from previous clutches.

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