Fynbos and death


When we were back in the states a few months ago we brought some small gifts for friends. One such gift was a bottle of Cape Fynbos Gin.  Our friend is a master gardener in Madison, WI and we knew she’d be thrilled by the concept and the label art.  Today she posted a blog post and we were happy to see that she has indeed been enjoying both. See her blog Post here.  She provides an excellent break down of what fynbos is and what makes it special.

Living away from friends and family can make it harder to maintain connections. While Facebook and other forms of social media claim to help, they just give you the surface details. You have to be a little more vigilant about maintaining contact with some friends because no matter how hard you try you simply can’t see everyone when you are back in town for a week. There are quite a large number of friends and family I haven’t seen in well over a year.  As much as I hate to admit it, there just isn’t enough available time or money to see everyone when I want to or for as long as we’d like.

For the more tech savvy of the bunch, I’ve been able to maintain contact via Whatsapp, Facebook, or Instagram. But there are others that I have only had minimal contact with. I recently found out one such friend had passed away in November.  For some reason, his death has hit me a little harder than others even though we weren’t what I would call close friends.  Maybe it’s the shock of finding out months later, maybe it’s that he was close to my age. Either way, it’s a good reminder for me to check in on people more than once every few months.



  1. What a lovely post! We think of you both and talk about you (in a good way) every time we drink the Fynbos. I know a lot of warm climate gardeners who can grow many of the plants from there and looking at the bottle and online, I finally realized what they are always talking about. Like you, I just found out about someone I know who has recently died and it is only a fluke that I even heard about it. Can’t believe how out of touch I am sometimes without even leaving home!

    1. Thanks, Linda. I would try to bring you some actual specimens for closer study and observation, but I think US customs would frown upon that. I always thought Technology was supposed to bring us closer together, but it seems like it’s doing the opposite. Maybe we need to create a modern-day equivalent to the phone tree?

  2. Chris, I really appreciate your thoughtful post, and your comments on the joys and challenges of being a traveler!

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