Impression of a day in the vineyard

Last week I submitted 3 posts about the grape harvest, the grape processing and, the most interesting part, the wine tasting. All pictures were shot at Springfontein Winery in our village Stanford, South Africa. The vineyards are located in a unique setting between lagoon and ocean. The terroir is sandy with lime scales (if we understood it correctly) and it’s an excellent underground for the South African grape varieties Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

Anyway I made an impression (imaginary) of a day in the vineyard. Thanks to wonderful owners, management and other staff. I (and my wife Yvonne) really enjoyed your great hospitality!!!

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Useless

Nobody in our neighborhood has nowadays a landline. Telkom, the South African telecommunications monopolist, has overpriced itself (rates are about the highest in the world). The few houses nearby with a wired Telkom connection don’t have a telephone anymore. The neighbors use their mobiles and some of them, like us, also Skype. An international telephone call with Skype is cheaper than a local call within our village via a landline… Despite all the new developments (our PC has a wireless connection) Telkom is investing in their infrastructure, replacing the copper wiring with modern fiber materials. The pole in the backyard of one of our neighbors is absolutely useless except than as a photo object…

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Made in South Africa

A bit funny …. Yvonne is wearing Tsonga shoes for several years now and many South Africans make remarks as if these shoes are made in Europe. If she tells them that Tsonga is a South African product they won’t believe it. Negative self-reflection does not contribute to nation building. Buying locally made does!

The sandals she’s wearing (approx. 100 days per year) in the picture are 3 yrs old and are far from ‘wearing out’.

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Pirate of the Klein Rivier and other things in and around the village

Our village is one of those rural places in South Africa without any tourist traps. That alone makes it an intriguing place for the curious, exploration minded, traveler. And if you are one of those sheep following the mainstream … well we’re fine with it but, please, do visit all those famous attractions. Here we move (or not) in rural pace and take our time for it. A paddle in the Klein Rivier which flows over in one of the most amazing lagoons in this part of the world; watch birds (there are a few hundred different species); take a hike to one of the numerous waterfalls; ride one horseback through the vineyards or in the ‘veld’; enjoy the majestic views all around; chilling a sunset (and for the early birds the sunrise); have lunch or dinner out- or indoors or take a picnic where-ever; enjoy a wine tasting; read a book; etc. etc. Just enjoy Quality of Village Life.

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