Let’s do things differently in future

Let’s do things differently in future

For some years now Fredo has been arguing that one solution to overcrowded school rooms throughout our country is to allow more schooling from home. With modern technology it is certainly possible to do so. It will then be possible to use the limited school facilities...

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Fredo’s fresh produce take – 4 April 2020

Fredo’s fresh produce take – 4 April 2020

  Fredo’s international fresh produce take this week takes us to Europe, England and Australia, and end in India. Spain On Thursday, 2nd April 2020, Muara Maxwell wrote on fruitnet.com that Spanish stonefruit faced major labour shortages. She writes that tens of...

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How short is one year?

How short is one year?

April last year seems to be almost an eternity away. Here we are, sitting in our own little spots under lock down and we can only think where we were last year. On this day last year Janey and I had just arrived in...

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The eight day vibes at Riverside during the lock down

The eight day vibes at Riverside during the lock down

After eight days of our lock down in South Africa we are sort of getting used to the new life. We say ‘new life’ because at this point we do not know how long this will continue. We know that confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now reached well more than a thousand. Here...

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Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

In our March fresh produce market take we discuss prospects for another record South African citrus season, prospects for better market access in the current international world of Corona, progress with the grape variety, Joybells and the launch of a new branded apple...

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We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

So much have been written about the unprecedented times we are living in. Here on the banks of the Goukou River on South Africa’s Southern Cape Coast it is no different – an eerie sort of quietness has settled around us. Almost like the build-up of summer thunder...

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Taking on new challenges – from Fredo’s pen!

Over the past two years Fredo and Janey commented much on our travels to research the history of South African table grapes. The coffee table book, The South African Table Grape Industry – 125 Years in Pursuit of Excellence, was finally published in May this year....

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Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Since our first day time in Etosha Fredo and Janey have always been sold on this beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Southern Africa. We are not, however, happy with this beautiful place being over-crowded by visitors at certain times of the year – especially from Europe...

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Welcome!

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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