(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 flotsam and 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!!