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Welcome to the August Edition

Summer is well on the way and for some the holiday season seems so far away. Why not plan for something a little closer to home in the next month or so and consider a "Staycation" at Greenlea. This way you reduce your economic footprint as the distance traveled is reduced and your family supports the local community when planning a family getaway. Whether this is a weekend away with the entire family or a romantic break with your spouse or significant other - Greenlea Eco-friendly guesthouse is close enough to break away at any time during the year. 

   

Celebrating Arbor Week: 1 - 7 September 2012

  During the course of National Arbor Week, South Africans are provided with a better knowledge of trees and how they affect their day-to-day lives. Awareness about the dangers of forest fires is raised and emphasis is placed on the importance of the forestry industry and on trees in general. Trees are planted and landscapes are made greener. Many of the week’s events are organized by the Department of Water And Forestry (DWARF) but sponsorship may take many different forms. Food and Trees For Africa (FTFA) also take advantage of the week to help people from poorer communities learn how to develop and maintain a food garden. Truly the importance of this week – which usually takes place during the first week of September – cannot be underestimated. 
   
   

Tree of the Year 2012

 
Syzygium cordatum: Common name: Waterbessie, umdoni, water berry, umSwi, and umJoni

This is beautiful tree (pronounced si-zig-ee-um) is home to many birds and insects, but invasive in the Betty's Bay area of the Western Cape. An evergreen, water-loving tree, which grows to a height of 8 -15 m. This tree is often found near streams, on forest margins or in swampy spots. The leaves are elliptic to circular, bluish green on top and a paler green below. Young leaves are reddish. The white to pinkish fragrant flowers are borne in branched terminals and have numerous fluffy stamens and produce abundant nectar. It flowers from August to November. The fruits are oval berries, red to dark-purple when ripe.

   
 

 Greenlea Summer Berry Salad

 

 Ingredients

8 cups mixed salad greens 
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
1/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans
Bottled vinaigrette 

Preparation

Toss together first 4 ingredients; drizzle with desired amount of vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat.