Berg River Canoe Marathon 2018
The Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place annually over a distance of 240 km over four days from Paarl to the West Coast town of Velddrif.
This classic 240km paddling odyssey from Parrl to Velddrif gets a new twist as it becomes a two-person team event. Solo adventurers always welcome.
The Berg River Canoe is the longest river canoe marathon in South Africa.
Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm
Harvest time at Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm situated above Bartinney in Stellenbosch.
South Africa’s Western Cape can be called both the oldest wine region of the New World and the newest wine region of the Old World. Capensis skillfully combines these two facets — the oldest and the newest — of Western Cape winemaking. It embodies the unparalleled quality that comes from old, gnarled vines planted in some of the oldest soils in the world, and it represents the young energy of a new generation of winemakers determined to make world-class wines with state-of-the-art techniques.
Capensis, meaning “from the Cape,” is a leader in bringing South Africa to the forefront as a world-class Chardonnay producer.
The Covey Guest cottage in the Franschhoek valley
Surrounded by vineyards and located next door to a working winery – The Covey is situated 1.5km outside the village beneath the imposing Middagkrans Mountain. The cottage, which is next door to the owners house, consists of a living room with galley kitchen, bedroom with king size bed and shower room. Opening off the living room there is a private stoep and pretty walled flower garden. The cottage is comfortably furnished – 100% percale linen on the bed with feather pillows (or synthetic if you prefer) there are ceiling fans and plantation shutters on the windows. The fully equipped galley kitchen has an electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher and bar height table. Outside on the stoep there are comfy chairs and a small table for eating al fresco, as well as a weber type BBQ. Beyond the cottage garden there is a tranquil lawn interspersed with mature trees. Use of the swimming pool is by arrangement. There are three lively but friendly dogs!
Katia and Bevan
Photo shoot at this wonderful couple at Boschendal Wine Estate a picturesque 300 year old farm in the Franschhoek Valley known for its award-winning wines, farm-to-table cuisine, fresh produce, and rare natural beauty.
Gear used Olympus Em-1 mark II Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO and Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO and Godox flash.
The Merino is an excellent forager and very adaptable. It is bred predominantly for its wool, and its carcass size is generally smaller than that of sheep bred for meat. South African Meat Merino (SAMM), American Rambouillet and German Merinofleischschaf have been bred to balance wool production and carcass quality.
Merino need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stop growing. If the coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobility issues, and blindness.
The Phoenicians introduced sheep from Asia Minor into North Africa and the foundation flocks of the merino in Spain might have been introduced as late as the 12th century by the Marinids, a tribe of Berbers. although there were reports of the breed in the Iberian peninsula before the arrival of the Marinids; perhaps these came from the Merinos or tax collectors of the Kingdom of León, who charged the tenth in wool, beef jerky and cheese. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish breeders introduced English breeds which they bred with local breeds to develop the merino; this influence was openly documented by Spanish writers at the time.
Spain became noted for its fine wool (spinning count between 60s and 64s) and built up a fine wool monopoly between the 12th and 16th centuries, with wool commerce to Flanders and England being a source of income for Castile in the Late Middle Ages.
Most of the flocks were owned by nobility or the church; the sheep grazed the Spanish southern plains in winter and the northern highlands in summer. The Mesta was an organisation of privileged sheep owners who developed the breed and controlled the migrations along cañadas reales suitable for grazing.
The three Merino strains that founded the world’s Merino flocks are the Royal Escurial flocks, the Negretti and the Paula. Among Merino bloodlines stemming from Vermont in the USA, three historical studs were highly important: Infantado, Montarcos and Aguires.
Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II
Zuiko 300mm f4 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio
Franschhoek and Paarl
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