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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...

New ways of doing things are emerging amidst virus scares

New ways of doing things are emerging amidst virus scares

Everyday we hear that nothing will be the same after the events we are now experiencing around the world. Thirty minutes of the international news channels is enough to drive one into a state of morbidity. Ignore as you may want to - it will do no good. The reality is...

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....

A great time in Mauritius – celebrating on the beach!

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

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!

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

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?

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

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

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 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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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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