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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...

Great sadness as Rooiberg and Bodega say goodbye to Freda

Normally Fredo and Janey arrive with great enthusiasm at Rooiberg Cellar near Robertson. It has become our regular stop on the road to and from Cape Town. We always buy some wine, have a light meal at Bodega restaurant and enjoyed the company of all who work there....

Old Jan would not have been pleased!

We survived the New Year’s Eve party at Riverside and no doubt saw in 2019 in good style, with lots of golden oldies dancing late into the night. There was quite a bit of noise which probably would not have pleased the spirit of Old Jan Huppelbeen, who, as legend has...

So we march forward into 2019

As they say – 2018 lies on its back and is done and dusted! It was challenging with lots of blessings and joy, and 2019 will no doubt be no different. FREDO BLOG is looking forward to a busy year covering its focus areas. At the outset, we would like to wish all our...

Guess what Fredo is doing over Christmas and New Year?

South Africa is experiencing a short, condensed summer holiday this year. Schools across the country are closed for only three weeks and Fredo’s favourite place, the Goukou River, has been swamped by holiday makers who want to make the most of their only time to have...

Christmas at the River – family and fine food

Only twice since the late 1980’s Fredo and Janey have not been at Riverside near Stilbaai for Christmas. Picture this – our house is on the bank of the Goukou River – barely 15 metres from the river bank. The river is tidal, a unique eco system of birds, fish and...

Memories of Christmas Eve with Pik Botha

Fredo woke up this morning to learn of the passing of Pik Botha. As journalist Fredo followed the career of this colourful man very closely and also had some interviews with him. Pik Botha, as South African Foreign Minister, made a name as an energetic and convincing...

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...

Memories of 40 years ago – how Fredo got to hear about Steve Biko

Fredo and Janey got married 12 days after Steve Biko died! We are now getting ready to celebrate our 40-th anniversary – but cannot help feeling that what happened to Biko four decades ago now somewhat clouds what was such a memorable year in our lives. Not that we...

Reading the bush and trying to make sense of animal behaviour

Around the water holes of Etosha there is always either something going to happen soon, or something has happened before you get there. In the first case you watch the build-up, but then have to return to camp before the gates close. [divider]You then spend the whole...

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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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