Table grape book – we are done and moving on!

Table grape book – we are done and moving on!

Fredo has been working on the book of the history of South African table grapes for around 18 months. His job was to write the manuscript and deliver it before it would be given to an editor and the layout team. Six months of research and 4 months of writing produced...

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We bring you news that warms our hearts

We bring you news that warms our hearts

While Fredo and Janey were in Mauritius two things happened that is close to our hearts. Valentine found his freedom and little Michaela received her gifts from her ‘grandparents’. We found little Valentine at our house about two months ago. He was cowering behind one...

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Maurice – the land of sugar cane and beach wedding fun

Maurice – the land of sugar cane and beach wedding fun

Fredo would probably not easily have visited Maurice, as its French speaking population calls it. For most other people it is Mauritius, an island in the Pacific Ocean, some 5 hours by air from Cape Town. Fredo, and Janey, got there because our son Johno tied the knot...

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Fredo remembers the day at the big rock

Fredo remembers the day at the big rock

One of the memorable days Fredo and Janey had on their various visits to Namibia was when we visited the Hobo meteorite near Grootfontein. We stayed over at the Minen Hotel in Tsumeb which now is a firm favourite on our visits to Northern Namibia. The Minen has been...

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Darkness descends on South Africa at the worst time

Darkness descends on South Africa at the worst time

Fredo can still clearly remember the last time when a major cyclone struck Mozambique. The heroics of South African Air Force pilots and other rescue crews saved countless lives in the country. To read that about your countrymen and their efforts in Mozambique and...

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Valentine is doing well and will soon fly free again

Valentine is doing well and will soon fly free again

We recently wrote how Valentine, the nightjar, entered our lives - on Valentine's Day! He finally ended up at the sanctuary of Nita Wessels near Albertinia in the Southern Cape - about 30 kilometres from here at Riverside. When we found him he was hiding behind a door...

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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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Our Books

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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