“Hello, Darling”. The sign is an apt welcome to Darling, the quaint west coast town put on the map, at least in part, by its most famous resident, the satirist and creative force Pieter-Dirk Uys and his alter ego, “the most famous white woman in South Africa”, Evita Bezuidenhout.

It’s pristine — a place of beautifully kept cottages and wildflowers, and a landscape of rolling hills, wheat fields and vineyards. It has not a single traffic light, because there’s no need for one. Above all, it has an overriding sense of community; it’s the kind of place where people stop their cars to chat to their neighbours...

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