go: Platteland

The Art of living

Just 14 km west of White River, on the Brondal Road, a 4 ha property lies snugly among farms where macadamias, avocados, lemons and tilapia fish are cultivated. After entering the gate at The Artists’ Press, there’s a studio on your left. A few metres ahead lies a sizeable dam under a treetop canopy. Hidden among greenery are the main house and a guest house, Waterfield, and behind the buildings lies Eden: a fruit and vegetable forest.

“We have macadamias, pecans, mangoes, grapes, bananas, guavas, pomegranates, pineapples, starfruit, apples, litchis, dragon fruit, cinnamon and pepper bark, to name a few,” Tamar Mason says while Moya, a brindle greyhound, and Lima, the new puppy, welcome us enthusiastically. Old souls Emma the Jack Russell and Doddo the cat are a little less sprightly with their greetings.

“We plant whichever veggies grow seasonally in the Lowveld, and get half of our food from the garden.”

One of the reasons Tamar and her partner, Mark Attwood, moved to the Lowveld was to live more sustainably and to “get out of

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