(I have captured the thick old album here and elsewhere, and discarded the paper version in my big cleanout as I prepare to leave home).
We joined Max and Paula Posniak at Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg; Aitch joined the Porters on Barry’s Dad Harold Porter’s old farm, which he bequeathed to the nation.
We got engaged. I’d forgotten what a thing it was? I threw out tons of cards Aitch had put in this album. I kept these copies of the people pics here. Steve and Wendy Reed hosted a lekker party at their lovely home in Sterling Crescent in Durban North, kind (and brave) people.
We went to visit Aitch’s folks in Bloubergstrand.
October 1987 – Natal got hit by huge floods. Here’s the Umgeni at Blue Lagoon: Island gone! Lyn wrote to us while they were cut off by the floods at Hella Hella.
Sheila joined us on a mountain biking camping trip to Cobham.
Canoe polo was great fun for a while. A highlight was when the mighty Natal C team beat the fancied-themselves Natal A team! Yay!!
We visited a Zululand bush camp affiliated to Mala Mala – Malachite Camp, they called it. Unfortunately it didn’t last long. We enjoyed some fun frogging there!
Another of our many trips to Zululand reserves:
Fun slalom weekends, this one on the Umzimkulu river.
I was paddling less races, but still doing trips:
The 1987 Umko Marathon got me a job pulling human flotsam and fibreglass jetsam out below No.1 rapid as rescue boat for my club KCC. We stayed on at the farm after the field had departed downstream.
Bernie and I took some novice paddlers to the Umgeni (NB: Some Umko pics mixed up in here)
Frogging and frog atlassing was a fun interest – still is.
Wedding coming up in 1988. We had a small guest list, so we had a ‘pre-nuptial party’ at Kingfisher CC’s lovely clubhouse where we got dronk with chairman Allister Gordon-Peter’s permission. That’s him on the chair shouting ORDER! ORDER!!