Travel

Namibia is green and grassed and Etohsa is alive with animals

Fredo and Janey arrived in Okaukeujo still talking of our last visit. It was dry and dusty and the animals gathered at a few water holes where they could still drink. In this area of the park we found lions everywhere and there was a mixture of other animals. This...

Sharon Fruit goes on safari to Namibia

This time of the year it is Sharon Fruit season in South Africa. Fredo writes the Sharon Fruit facebook page and that is how we ended up in Etosha tasting Sharon Fruit with people who actually came there to watch wild animals. It started with Hein Small giving us a...

Contrast of Kabeljou run and fire at Stilbaai on Workers’ Day!

May Day! May Day! May Day! [divider]    Kabeljou coming out of our ears on the one side and a bush fire burning down houses up river on the banks of the Goukou River. As Koos Pretorius returned with his fine catch of Kabeljou from the sea - we are reading the anxious...

Cry the Beloved Riverside

There is nothing as sad as seeing people so caught up in their own past – to the point that they do not see anything clearly anymore. What is worse than this is when people are so caught in their self-importance that they think they should get whatever they want – and...

Old Jan Huppelbeen is concerned about Freedom Day

Old Jan Huppelbeen’s spirit is stirring again. This time he is concerned about what Freedom Day will bring to his country on the banks of the Goukou River near Stilbaai.   [divider]As he understood it, Freedom Day is a day of great joy because it is a day which...

Landmines, sea craft and border wars upset Old Jan Hupppelbeen

With talk of landmines on the lawns, border wars, unrest around the braai fires and Catalonians and Basques it is not surprising that the spirit of old Jan Huppelbeen is sleeping uneasily. Old Jan’s spirit has been roaming on the hills around Riverside in the Southern...

The road to Laingsburg and beyond

Fredo and Janey embarked on our journey to Laingsburg from Riverside near Stilbaai. We were on a circular route over the mountains and passes of the Southern Cape – with the main purpose of visiting Laingsburg and paying homage to a journalist colleague who died in...

Reminiscing under the oak tree with Louis Kriel

Fredo has been looking forward to this day! Seen Louis Kriel again has been on the agenda for some time, but recent work commitments have prevented us from getting together. Fredo and Louis had a very close working relationship for most of the 1980's and 1990's....

Old Jan Huppelbeen has reason to be upset!

At Riverside time often stands still when you try to move on. This is the case now that we must secure ourselves against those people who want to come down our road to the river to do evil deeds. We want to put an old fashioned gate on the gravel road leading down to...

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