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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 convert Carl...

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...

The new Stilbaai is emerging as migration trends change

The old Stilbaai and its image as a quiet, almost sleepy coastal town on South Africa’s south coast is changing  fast as South Africans review how they work and live their lives as a result of Covid-19. One year after South Africa entered its first severe lockdown...

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...

60 years and counting – the Arch and his sweetheart – Mamma Tutu

This weekend is a special one for Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu. They are celebrating  60 years of marriage at their home near Hermanus. For these two fun loving and special people the last three months have been tough amidst the challenges of lockdown...

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...

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...

Some thoughts on six weeks of lockdown

Some thoughts on six weeks of lockdown

We are now some six weeks into our national lockdown. It is all no becoming a bit difficult and we do not know when – if ever – we will live a normal life again. From a safety point of view we are probably in the best possible place. We are sitting on the bank of the...

Sharon Fruit provides light moments in Etosha

Sharon Fruit provides light moments in Etosha

This time of the year it is Sharon Fruit time in South Africa. During the season and the marketing of the fruit Fredo always handle the Sharon Fruit Facebook site and this has taken us to some great places. Two years ago - in order to see what Namibians think of...

We need to be patient with our lockdown!

We need to be patient with our lockdown!

Will we sit inside for a bit longer? This is the decision the South African government will have to make fairly soon about the present lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. Tomorrow we will be on day 14 of 21 days. The nerves are sometime frail - and the quiet...

How short is one year?

How short is one year?

April last year seems to be almost an eternity away. Here we are, sitting in our own little spots under lock down and we can only think where we were last year. On this day last year Janey and I had just arrived in...

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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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