25 December Special

Merry Christmas from our garden in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa also on behalf of our resident Malachite Sunbird and all the other winged friends.

BTW Hope to see you all in what many South Africans and the tourist industry consider as a ‘dull village’ …. ‘Dull’???? Read here how dull!

Wonderland

As mentioned in the previous posting our village (Napier, Western Cape, South Africa) has talent. There are many initiatives to bring different communities/cultures (‘heritage’ of Apartheids syndrome’) together. One of these is the annual production of a theatre play. Two years ago it was ‘Cinderella; last year ‘Peter Pan’ and recently ‘Wonderland’ (based on Alice in Wonderland). And … it was a spectacle!!!

The productions are all privately funded (forget about politics: -promises, promises …..) and numerous volunteers involved in dress- and decor making, styling, make up, etc. etc.

Napier is a small town (village if you like) in the heart of the Overberg region; small but with a big heart. There are a few things in which the village is in the top of South Africa. Nowhere in the country are there so many working community initiatives per capita as in this village and, also because of that, it is statistically the safest pace in the Western Cape (also thanks to preventive measurements of the local police in co-junction with communities).

Anyway: it is ‘Wonderland’ in Napier. Here a selection of images (low light 1600 ISO, A 5.6 S between 0.5 and 1/60)

For the real wine connaisseur

The cellar only produces 8000 bottles per year. This is 2000 bottles of each wine. Virtually all end up in the private cellars of wine collectors around the globe. Grapes are grown organically and no additives are used during fermentation and further processing. Bottled and labeled by hand.