An enthusiastic group of Darling residents braved the cold in late July to attend a talk by Michael Duckitt titled, “The breed from the past for the future….. Nguni”. The Duckitt family have farmed on Waylands Farm for six generations but have only been farming Nguni cattle for about 13 years.
There was no doubting Michael’s passion for this unique breed of cattle which is special to southern Africa. A hybrid of different Indian and later European cattle breeds, they were introduced to southern Africa during their migration from the north of the continent. They are readily seen grazing in the fields around Darling. Many thanks Michael for a well researched and educational talk.
A few weeks later, Ian Bernhardi entertained us with his talk on the history of the Presbyterian Church in Darling. His recently published book titled “Portrait of a Village Church” details the 100 years since the church was built. His talk was witty and informative , and accompanied by Wilfred Duckitt on his electric piano. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. For those who may have missed it and are interested in buying his book, they are on sale at the museum.
98th Darling Wildflower Show
The 98th Darling Wildflower Show will be held at the Darling Golf Club from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September. Tickets will be available at the door and online and include a large landscaped hall of indigenous flowers with beautiful botanical art on display, a free tractor ride to an exclusive reserve area on Oudepost Farm (only during show days), entrance to an international Cat Show at the Dutch Reformed Church and free entry to the Museum. There will be food stalls, live music by various artists, world-renowned wines, kiddies entertainment and loads more! Lots to see and do so don’t miss out. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun.
Museum Craft Workshops
The Museum will once again be running craft workshops. These will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from 9h00 until 12h00 at a cost of R50,00 per person. This cost will cover refreshments and craft materials. The first of these will be held on Tuesday 10th November and Enid Robat will demonstrate how to make your own personalized Christmas gift bags and matching greeting cards. Anyone interested in attending should please e-mail Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact number.
Carols By Candlelight
Although still a long way ahead, the Museum is planning a Carols by Candlelight evening on Friday December 4th. We will have a number of fun stalls such as tombola, apple bobbing, cake stall, food stalls to name just a few. So, we are appealing to the generous residents of Darling to donate items for the tombola for adults and children, and also for volunteers to make cakes for the cake stall. Please drop off any items at the Museum and leave your name and details with Dianne if you are able to contribute to the cake stall. Should you wish to man a stall, please leave your details at the Museum. Of course, Father Christmas will be making an appearance.