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 …

Living the Green Life

Alluaudia procera (orig. Madagascar) growing fast in our garden.

Full Moon Owl

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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 …

Not everybody sees my beauty

It’s sometimes quite busy with people wondering around in my park along the Klein Rivier in Stanford, South Africa. Only a few notice my beauty. I got terrible struck by a devastating lightning some years ago and since than a little bit disabled but still there is some life in me. But it’s so demotivating …

At last: Wine Tasting

This week I had two posts about the grape harvest and the grape processing at Springfontein Winery. I promised to keep the tasting ‘in the barrel’. Well …. tasting is something personal for everybody has his/hers own taste buds. The majority of overseas tourists in South Africa choose for tastings at cellars of which the …

Johnny Walker …….

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…….. keeps on walking!

Dutch glory at the Dutchies in Hermanus South Africa

After the harvest and tomorrow we taste

Growing grapes is one thing but creating excellent wines of grapes demands at least as much craftmanship. Although modern technology helps the wine maker he/she still needs the, as the Germans say, ‘Fingerspitzengefuhl’. At Springfontein in Stanford, South Africa, the grapes are first manually graded (no machine can do it that good) and next the …

Park along the river

It’s merely green but not in this picture. Think it’s much nicer and spherical in hints of grey.