Memories of Christmas Eve with Pik Botha

Memories of Christmas Eve with Pik Botha

Fredo woke up this morning to learn of the passing of Pik Botha. As journalist Fredo followed the career of this colourful man very closely and also had some interviews with him. Pik Botha, as South African Foreign Minister, made a name as an energetic and convincing...

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Muddling through thousands of photographs

Muddling through thousands of photographs

Fredo and Janey have now been working for more than a year of our book on South African table grapes which was commissioned by SATI, the SA Table grape industry organisation. With the manuscript completed, Fredo is now driving Janey crazy, wading through thousands and...

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The Valley of the French – from a fruit point of view

The Valley of the French – from a fruit point of view

For Fredo the valley around Franschoek, and lower down into the Groot Drakenstein, also have had special significance because these have always been outstanding fruit and wine growing areas. This valley has been the place where the modern day South African fruit...

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Why do people visit Franschhoek?

Why do people visit Franschhoek?

During our stay in Franschhoek we kept asking ourselves why people are streaming to Franschhoek to visit the town and the Valley. For us the French legacy and the beautiful environment have always been the outstanding features. [divider]The fact is that Franschhoek...

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Mixed feelings as we visit Franschhoek again

Mixed feelings as we visit Franschhoek again

Oh what it is like to wake up on a farm again and hear the cocks crowing from five to announce the new day. Here you do not need an alarm clock and this is the way things have been done for decades, if not centuries. [divider]We are in Franschhoek again and we are...

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A special drive to Cape Town for Fredo and Janey

A special drive to Cape Town for Fredo and Janey

This drive today to Cape Town was special - because somewhere along the road we turned off the main road to explore the foothills of the Hex River Mountains. We stopped at Rooiberg Cellar near Robertson, which is a favourite for us on our travels. [divider]They bake...

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Cyril throws the cats amongst the pigeons

Cyril throws the cats amongst the pigeons

South African farmers, and in fact the whole community in South Africa, woke up to a new political shock yesterday. We all knew that the ANC was having one of its retreats to discuss all matters election and political. However, we never thought that before going to...

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During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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We publish books on life stories, the history of our country and its peoples and poetry. Look out for ‘Thoughts of a Long Time ago’, the Quest for Quality, a historical review of South African table grapes and its products and peoples.

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