Sunday Special

From Wikipedia: “Mourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominaciones de origen of Spain”. Yesterday we were at Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson, one of the few cellars …

“Best Wines” of South Africa

A group of wine ‘connaisseurs’ from Europe has been touring the Western Cape during the past 6 or so weeks. Although they heard of this cellar in Robertson they never visited it. I took them there. It was the last wine tasting experience of their trip and they were ‘flabbergasted’ by this experience. Wines of …

Entrance

At the entrance of De Wetshof in Robertson, South Africa; one of the most prestigious wine cellars in the region.

Portrait of Joey; partner in coffee

Beans about Coffee in Robertson, South Africa, is run by one of the partners Joey (Messina Musindo) who is a Robertsonner since almost 20 years. He is regarded as one of the best baristas in the Western Cape and is an expert on everything that smells coffee. A portrait:

A book review: The Boer War

It’s very unusual that I write a book review although I read many books. Writing a book review in a photography blog goes beyond usual but since I like the unusual … 😉 I’m living now for fourtheenandahalf year plus almost two months in South Africa and have read many books about its history but this …

Victorian

Within the Western Cape, South Africa it’s especially known that the town of Montagu has many Victorian houses. I lived in the area for 11 years but must admit that nearby Robertson has  more Victorian architecture. The ‘Strachan’ house is a good example but such a pity that the local municipality installed a huge light …

The hidden powers of H2O

I grew up in The Netherlands between the two main rivers; protected by dikes and averaging 1 meter below average water level was my house amongst many others. Growing up with water learns you the (hidden) powers of H2O. Moving to a farm in South Africa in 2000, situated on the slope of a hill, …

Rock Art from Sam

The Indonesian born artist Sam Siyahaya, nowadays living in Holland, painted this rock for us during his stay with us sometime ago. We named it Sammy and Sammy is cool.. People who are acquainted with the Klaas Voogds area near Robertson (our previous place) will recognize the Langeberg Mountains in that part of the Western …

THE Garden at Fraai Uitzicht 1798

Today I checked the garden we created 2 years ago at Guesthouse Fraai Uitzicht 1798 (4* rated) in the Klaas Voogds Valley near Robertson in the Western Cape, South Africa. It still looks good despite a little backlog in maintenance (due to ‘awesome busy season’) but at the moment 2 staff members weeding. Soon we …

From profession to hobby

Between April 2000 and July 2011 me and Yvonne owned Soekershof in Robertson. We restored and extended this historical botanical garden (with the oldest cactus -Anno 1910- of South Africa) and ended up with one of the world’s largest outdoor collections (>2600 species/subspecies/varieties/etc) of succulent plants including cacti. The garden was globally recognized in botanical/horticultural …