Skeppers van My Natuur – vir Jan Huppelbeen

Skeppers van My Natuur – vir Jan Huppelbeen

We have previously written regularly about the life and times of the legendary Jan Huppelbeen. Recently, because we recognised the way in which the old man must be hurting by the way humans are interfering in his world, we wrote a poem in honour of the old man. If he...

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Dr Hans has left a clear trail in the hills at Westfalia

Dr Hans has left a clear trail in the hills at Westfalia

Some time ago, on one of Fredo’s visits to the fruit growing regions of the north of South Africa, he got the opportunity to literally walk in the footsteps of the great Dr Hans Merensky. Today Dr Merensky would have been 150 years old had he still been alive. To...

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We are going to ‘DIE BAAI’ for ever after

We are going to ‘DIE BAAI’ for ever after

No matter what new name they give to Port Elizabeth, it seems that old timers will always point to PE or ‘Die Baai’ (The Bay) if they intend going there. The news that Port Elizabeth, that historical port city on the South-east coast of South Africa which was...

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Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin – June 2020

Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin – June 2020

This month the focus remains on Covid-19 and the effect it has on the South African fresh produce sector. Whilst the three sectors that are now in the midst of their export programmes are valiantly flying the South African flag, there are undoubtedly going to be...

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More Etosha moments – the stampede of the Zebras

More Etosha moments – the stampede of the Zebras

After a good raining season, the animals of Etosha thrive. In 2018 we had a remarkable experience at a pan near Okendeka on the west side of the Etosha Pan. In full flight through the mud The rains filled the pan – normally you do not find water there. When we were...

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Giraffes and more than 50 days into lockdown

Giraffes and more than 50 days into lockdown

If it was not for Covid-19 and the lockdown in South Africa, Fredo and Janey would have been in Namutoni in Etosha in Namibia. Etosha is one of our favourite places on this earth and the special times we have spent there is something we will never forget. We have been...

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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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