Harvesting Coffee

Flesh of the de-pipped fruit. Dear Darryl who had invited us to his house in Margate, showed us among other places of interest, the Beaver Creek Coffee plantation in Port Edward. It was too late for a guided tour, so we tasted their various blends of coffee, bought a packet of the finest for our …

Ride along the Wild Side

The wonderful countryside beyond the Kei River, denuded as it has become over the centuries of all trees, is nonetheless blessed with deep dark fertile soil and could in fact feed the whole of South Africa – if the people themselves were geared for agricultural activity, which they are not – they are pastoralists – …

Pocket Power

Pocket Power is a South African racing legend. He ran 42 times, for 20 wins and 17 places and earned just shy of 10 Million Rand. He might race again, but has indicated to his trainer that he wants to rest and is put out to pasture for the time being. We visited him at …

Fairview

We had a special reason today to celebrate and went out to “Fairview” on the outskirts of Paarl for lunch. It is a most accomodating place any day or time of the year. Most deliciously, you are greated by a goat, goat-greeting from his tower above. Such is the vibe and the atmosphere there, the …

Conspiracy of silence

Colleen went to her book club this morning presenting among others a book she was reticent to introduce because of its sordid content. Yet, she thought and said it was important to take note of a book that is out there, published by a reputable company, about abuse in marriage. And the courage of the …

Atavism

Atavism is the archaeology of the soul. How so? And what is “atavism” in the first place? The term “atavism” or “atavistic” is derived from Latin “atavus” meaning great-great-great-…. grandfather or “ancestor”, “ancestral” – in other words, referring to something very old, millions of millions of years old and which still belongs to us, is …