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These local businesses and talented people make some truly beautiful products right here in the Midlands.   The Green Needle Where does The Green Needle and I intersect? The answer to the obvious question has determined the journey I find myself ‘meandering’ along. The Green Needle provides a range of beautiful, handmade, zero-waste products, forming part of the global zero-waste movement as they serve to replace modern-day disposable products.   It was while sitting around...

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In the beautiful Karkloof Valley, the sun rises through the frosty mist to bathe the morning in golden light. To the backdrop of the magnificent Loskop Mountain, a feed mill starts up for the day with a bustle of activity… glorious green lucerne waits to be offloaded, a hum of machinery comes from the mill and above it all, the delicious scent of freshly milled horse feed hangs in the air.   This is the...

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Looking to update your home or office space? These experts are here to help!   Taryn Flanagan Interiors Taryn Flanagan Interiors started in 2012 from a love of ever-changing spaces, fabrics, textures and design inspiration. Their passion is creating grand and timeless interiors that seamlessly merge with the architecture and landscape. The mixture of old and new, combined with beautiful textures and organic feels, makes the spaces they create unique, personal and original. Offering a...

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Nova Beauty Studio is located in the heart of Hilton and is very accessible to the N3 and the Midlands Meander. It’s in a quiet area where the sound of birds chirping echoes in the background. Nova is a one-stop shop that offers every treatment from hairdressing to lash services, self-tanning, massages, facials, nails and a whole lot of TLC. The team prides itself on offering the best service to their clients and tailor-making every...

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Looking for the perfect spot for a weekend away in the countryside? Try one of these amazing locations in our beautiful Midlands!   The Old Hotel The Old Hotel was once the trading post between Durban and Joburg, and in many of the old photographs you can see donkey carts and horse carts outside of the main area. When the current owners stumbled upon this gem in 2012, it had not been lived in for...

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We’re catching up with some of our local, family-run businesses in the Midlands.   Indigo Fields Indigo Fields started out with owners Paul and his wife Jennifer and their dream of owning a farm in the Midlands. It has become so much more than that – a place which has nurtured and grown all of its people into a dedicated and passionate team, who all strive to give the best Indigo Fields experience possible, and...

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The Midlands is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa for good reason! We take a look at some amazing places to stay when you are visiting this magical part of South Africa, escaping from the hustle and bustle of city living.   Granny Mouse Country House & Spa As one of the oldest establishments in the Midlands area, Granny Mouse is well-known for its romantic atmosphere and culinary delights. Guests come from...

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The Midlands is heralded as one of the most fertile pockets of land within South Africa. With its rich agricultural history and sublime biodiversity, farmers in this region are celebrated for their consistently excellent produce and livestock. In this article, we shine a spotlight on three local farmers in order to get the inside scoop on all things cattle, poultry and trout!   Maggie Scratcher  Maggie Scratcher is a family-run business located on a third...

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Located in the chic new Athlone Circle Development in Pietermaritzburg, Elephant & Co is a haven for design enthusiasts and die hard foodies alike! With its striking triangular structure, this steel framed restaurant is as captivating as it is glamorous. Inspired by international architecture, Elephant & Co bears a significant resemblance to the famed Flatiron building in New York City. Mirrored after the sophisticated storefronts on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, this local restaurant boasts large brass...

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Those who have had the privilege of exploring the Midlands, will attest to the fact that a major component of the Meander’s magic lies within the local community’s business ventures. Repurposed is a proudly South African brand, specialising in custom, handcrafted decor and bespoke interior design.   Angela Carle, the owner of Repurposed at St John’s Village Lifestyle, greets us with an enthusiastic smile as we enter the spacious store. Her bubbly personality and passion...