Evening falls and a YouTube

Time for dinner. After dinner time for a Youtube with a selection of pictures and a few imaginaries made in the past 6 months in and around our village (Stanford, somewhere in nowhere in South Africa). Unfortunately the YouTube is for whatever reason not of the best quality but interested parties can send me their email adress (to: greenc -at- omail.co.za) and I’ll send an MPEG-4 file of about 15.4 MB,

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The fragrance of baby powder

In South Africa ‘Baby Buttocks’ is one of the many names given to this Lithop specie. Lithops (several hundreds of species/hybrids/varieties) originate from Southern Africa and sometimes people walk on them assuming they are walking on stones; hence another name ‘Living Stones’.

The variety in our collection spreads the fragrance of a certain brand of baby powder. Technology isn’t that far yet that I can let you sniff this fragrance.

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The cutting edge technology of a mirror

Just a look in a mirror with whetted and polished edge in a gradient. No photoshop tricks but I turned the original picture upside down for the effect.

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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 stalks and (partly) skins are automatically removed… well to keep a long story short: via cooling, pressing and (temporary) storage, etc. the wine matures in wooden barrels (and after that some wines mature a few extra years in the bottle in an optimal environment  such as a cellar or climatized room).

You can read between the lines that wine-making is a kind of magic and I don’t understand any of it but I can tell you the difference between a good and not so good wine.

Let’s keep the tasting for tomorrow. Here a few post-harvest pictures.

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