Jumping out of the glass

I’m not a wine connaisseur; let me tell that first. But in 15 years living in wine producing areas in South Africa I learned how to distinguish a good quality wine (even if I don’t like the taste of it) from the lesser qualities. In the core it’s quite simple. The poorest quality is wine that you smell by only opening the bottle. Pretty sure you will have a hangover the next morning by drinking just one glass. Poor quality wines are those that you smell when these are poured in a glass.

A good quality wine is a wine that you can only smell by sticking your nose in the glass. And when drinking it the taste remains indulging your palate. The REAL connaisseur is able to distinguish the best of the good qualities and won’t even touch the lesser (poor) qualities.

Now we got a Pinotage (2013) of Orange River Cellars in the Northern Cape. I should have read the label better: ” …. with aromas of raspberries, blackcurrant and nutmeg jumping out of the glass” ….

Think we’re gonna give it away …. 😀



Earth Hour 2013 (revisited)

This morning I was looking back at the multitude of events organised in our little village during 2013; from horse- to dog shows, life performances of artists from around the globe, cricket day and Flocktober Festival, etc. Sometimes such an event attracts only locals and sometimes from all over.

My dearest event of 2013 is Earth Hour. It attracted only a few hundred people but there is more to it.

Stanford was the first place in South Africa to organise Earth Hour and since the PR-budget of a small village is nothing in comparison with the millions and millions Cape Town is spending to promote itself …. etc. etc. So World’s Top CopyCat City also had to organise this event (always wondering if there are people in Cape Town with original ideas) but that’s targeted on mass tourism; the main event being switching the lights of the Table Mountain off …. (for 1 hour ……)

Here in Stanford Earth Hour has still the intimacy of people who really care about sustainability and that makes all the difference. In the reprocessed picture you will see local ‘fire worker’ Anya and in the background local musician Danny in the Loop (Danny ‘runs’ on solar power!).


Inside Outside

Every picture has a story. This one is not an exception. I named it ‘Inside Outside’, but that’s me.

This is the last posting of this year. Having a break but I’ll be back in the early beginning of 2013. Wishing you all a great Christmas celebration and a prosperous 2013 and beyond!!!