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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Call back the time as Suez Canal experiences 2021 crisis

The recent crisis in the Suez Canal with a large container vessel blocking this important sea route between the West, the Middle East and the East brings back memories of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. It was in fact the era before the large scale introduction of...

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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...

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Two products of the vine which inspires people

Around two years ago when Fredo was writing the history of the South African Table Grape Industry – 125 Years of Excellence – he dealt with two products of the vine which is so often confused by consumers. People often think grapes are grapes. Whether we eat fresh, or...

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South African fresh produce export forecast update

From April the major South African fresh produce industries will increasingly join the export season - with peak exports of citrus and apples and pear expected between June and July. This will also be the time when export logistics will be under most pressure. The...

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The Dikkop and the Puffadder

The Dikkop and the Puffadder

Nature spring many surprises! At Riverside at our home on the Goukou River it is no different. One of these is the recent encounter between the Dikkop and the Puffadder on the river bank in front of our house. We saw the Dikkop behaving in an unusual way - spreading...

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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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