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What happens after next week in South Africa?

South Africans go to the polls next week in perhaps the most important election since 1994. While nationally politicians are bombarding South African voters with their election messages, it is really very quiet in the Southern Cape. At Stilbaai (which means a ‘quiet...

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...

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...

A great time in Mauritius – celebrating on the beach!

Fredo and Jane are in the Victoria Beachcomber in Mauritius and we are ready for a very special day - celebrating Johno and Jules' wedding! With us are friends from as far as Europe and others from around the world who had business commitments are her in spirit. The...

Fredo and Janey had a few cold experiences on their travels

Fredo and Janey travel mostly during the winter months. It is the best time to visit the game reserves and it is not so impossibly hot as during the summer months. However, it can also be very cold and in the Cape region it can also get quite stormy if on the day when...

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...

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...

We found those magical grapes that does Hoekstra brand proud

By now it has become clear that we are in the final stages of the work on our book on South African table grapes. We are writing this book for the table grape organisation SATI and it has kept us extremely busy over the past two years. When you write a book and think...

Touring with Jane has some special moments

Three places that have special memories for Fredo and Janey on their travels, are De Hoop in the Southern Cape, Ebb and Flow in the Wilderness and Storms River Mouth. At De Hoop we were camping in the rustic camping site near the old De Hoop homestead, which is also...

Bekkie becomes brekkie!

Fredo and Janey know the road from Stilbaai to Cape Town very well. On occasion we take a detour to see something different. But mostly we follow the N-2 until Swellendam, where we turn right along the beautiful mountains towards Ashton and Robertson and from there on...

Fredo Blog is back in its new jacket – and we head to Christmas

Summer is in full swing in South Africa – Christmas is around the corner and it is time for the sun and the sea – and for lazy evenings around the fire enjoying a good old South African braai. Fredo Blog has its new jacket and we hope you are going to enjoy it. We are...

Old Jan Huppelbeen and a few quiet smokes to calm the nerves

Old Jan Huppelbeen visited us the other night, just when the first hot day of the summer arrived. Stirred by the sudden warmth after a cold winter, a bit of national pride over the Springbok’s win in New Zealand, as well as the news that emerged from the...

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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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