Many of you have asked for us to keep you up to date with any further information we may have about the beautiful Leopard who we photographed on the farm in September last year. After the great fire that swept down the mountain two weeks ago, we were concerned about the fate of the Leopard. We contacted the Cape Leopard Trust who fitted the Leopard known as “BM4” (Boland Male 4) with a GPS collar to find out if they had any news, and we’re pleased to report that they are continuing to track the Leopard who is moving about the territory as usual.
As family man… Avondale is a family farm where we appreciate that the health and balance of our living system is inextricably linked to well-being of our families. As a father of two and a husband, as son and brother, my inspiration to achieve a robust, balanced vineyard ecosystem is to ensure that Avondale will support the lives of our future generations.
As artist… A passion for jazz and a love for all forms of art, especially woodwork and sculpture led me into four years of fine art studies – an eclectic education for a budding a farmer, for sure! However, I have found that in so many ways, the patterns, interconnections and openness of the artistic worldview have influenced my understanding of how living systems work.
As farmer… My interest in farming started early when I was a boy growing up on a small-holding outside of Durbanville. I planted and tended my own vegetables which I sold to family and friends. I hardly imagined at that time though that I would one day become a farmer. However, the theme of a healthy balanced life was embedded in our family’s outlook.