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Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – First week of March 2022

Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – First week of March 2022

Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – First week of March 2022 After so much disruption over the past two years because of Covid-19, a new, perhaps much more formidable challenge has emerged. Fredo reported on these matters in stories on the Fruitnet.com on-line website and in...

Our own moment of truth and reconciliation

Our own moment of truth and reconciliation

Archbishop Desmond Tutu always said that South Africa’s peoples must make peace with one another. His favourite saying was that one must learn the art of forgiving before you can only truly forgive if you know what real forgiving is. This is what he wanted to achieve...

We have no words – we have lost our moral compass – our Arch!

We have no words – we have lost our moral compass – our Arch!

We have no words – we have lost our moral compass – our Arch! The infectious laughter, supreme kindness and love, compassion for all – fearless in criticism – a father like one we never had. When everyone said no, he would say why not? He always insisted that you come...

It is worth looking after the genes of the old Saffron pear tree

It is worth looking after the genes of the old Saffron pear tree

Fredo has not visited Cape Town’s Company Gardens for many a year. A couple of years ago, he had a very good reason to go there – a tree planting involving a Saffron pear tree which has been developed from what is generally accepted as the oldest fruit tree in South...

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...

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...

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...

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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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