These last summer and harvest months have seen lots of volunteers here at Fynbos as well as various friends and friends of friends lending a hand.
Leon from Germany began in December joined soon by Leena from Switzerland. They hung out together and Leon did lots of varnishing and putting up of signs that Leena had most beautifully painted. We enjoyed their light and easy energy.
Leon and Leena
Leena’s Painted Signs
Leon Busy With Woodwork
Leon and Doubt – Bar Duty Fynbos Weddings
Leena Hiking Paardeberg Mountain
Soon after they left came the harvest contingent which this year were all three Canadians. Alex with some wine making behind him, wanted to learn more about natural wine making, and Courtney and Tristan sort of landed here at winemaking time not realising quite what or how much it entailed. The three of them, wherever possible, took the Honda off wine tasting and adventuring around the Cape. Needless to say they all three worked exceedingly hard on bottling and labelling and processing the grapes as they came in.
Alex Looking Dapper in the Vineyard
Discussions in the Vineyards
The Canadian Team Labelling
Time for a Glass of Wine next to the Pool
Tristan Punching Down Ferments
Tristan and Courtney Labelling with Doubt
Courtney on the Bottling Line
Alex and Courtney with Priscilla
Apart from these `official’ volunteers so to speak, there were lots of other helpers here over the time. Our God daughter Sophie, a student of photographic design in New York, visited for 3 weeks and took wonderful pictures of the farm for marketing. For some of this time she was joined by her boyfriend Nick, also Canadian, who found himself pressed into services of all kinds. He brought his drone which made for some great videos. Gosia, a family friend, visited making us laugh a lot, helping Johan in the kitchen, and then helping me with the drinking of Gin and Tonic. And Gerry and Sven came and went helping especially with functions.
Sophie and Nick
Nick and Doubt Labelling
Sven & Gerry
Gosia Sad to Leave
Gosia out with Diana
All in all it was a lively and rich time. Thanks to all of you who have helped us so much. You are much appreciated.