What kept us sane during Covid in the Southern Cape

What kept us sane during Covid in the Southern Cape

Three things kept Janey and Fredo sane during the past 18 months of lockdown! It was the ability to connect with the JEFF TOGETHER family on Facebook every morning and sometime throughout the day. Then was the special new meaning we could attribute to “eating out”....

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When the good citizens of Stilbaai get “gatvol”

When the good citizens of Stilbaai get “gatvol”

In Afrikaans there is a lovely word that describes the mood when you have really been pushed too far. We then say we are now “gatvol” and when we say that we normally mean it. Fredo thought about this description when he learnt about a dispute in one of Stilbaai’s...

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Longing for the old election times

Longing for the old election times

For those who have not noticed South Africa is in the grip of election fever again. Here in the Southern Cape this occasion is marked mainly by the application of lots of posters on lamp posts across the town – sometimes even on a fence pole on the country roads. This...

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“Every community has its own Kareltjie”

“Every community has its own Kareltjie”

The antics of the previous conscientious objector Carl Niehaus and specifically the special times that he is now spending in the company of the Nkandla crooner, Jacob Zuma, is constantly in the news. One of the political writers in the Sunday media converted Carl...

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The ultimate survivor turns 90!

The ultimate survivor turns 90!

For Fredo there are a few reasons why the month of October is so significant! One of them is that it is the month in which the fruit trees in South Africa brings forth their blossom and signals the start of a new year’s harvest. More importantly though, for Fredo and...

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West Coast here we come!

West Coast here we come!

Fredo is going to explore the West Coast in July and, with Janey, we are going to find a couple of magical places to stay and contribute some memorable stories to our blog. Due to Covid 19 we have not been able to travel over the post year or so. On two occasions we...

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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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