R.I.P Barry Porter

BARRY PORTER 18th September 1946 to 27th April 2011 Barry as we’ll all remember him, soaking up the wonders of the big outdoors: A memorial service was held for Barry at the Port Shepstone Country Club. Dress attire casual – as Barry would’ve liked. A request for no flowers has come from his family. HisContinue reading “R.I.P Barry Porter”

Appropriate Indeed

So I’m dropping off the terrible twins, Ivory Josh and Ebony Tom, at Paula Dean’s Holiday Club, in West Virginia. Or so it sounds when the kids say it. It’s actually Westville Junior. Also Jessie and Londeka, whose visiting her grandma Gogo Regina, our housekeeper,  from Mbumbane. On the way up the steps I remember,Continue reading “Appropriate Indeed”

Deprivation

Aitch takes the kids for lunch at a Spur restaurant with her folks – Gogo ‘Ona and Grumpa Neil. It’s two days after their (joint) birthday (7 and 11). TomTom is wolfing down a bowl of ice cream he has FINALLY been able to wheedle out of his Ma. She feels he usually eats aContinue reading “Deprivation”

Hello Jessica speaking

Jessie answers the phone in her usual polite way: Hello Jessica speaking how may I please help you? Followed by wide-eyed silence, then Hello Rita. Rita had answered ‘I’ll have two pizzas, please. Large, with extra cheese, and a Pepsi.’ That floored ole Jess. She’s still giggling about it. ~~~oo0oo~~~ ~~~oo0oo~~~

Heartfelt Appreciation

Jessie’s Thank You letter to Dizzi: December 11th, 2008 by bewilderbeast Jess n Tom got well spoilt for their birthday. Jessie wrote a thank you note to her favourite GoodGodParents: Thank you for the ABBA singstar you are the best and the best. And I’ve just sung Summer Night City it is the best songContinue reading “Heartfelt Appreciation”

Not Now, Ma!

Aitch takes a weekly reading session at Livingstone.Usually she reads in the class and each kid gets a turn to come to her and read while the rest get on with their work under the teacher’s supervision. She slips Tom’s book near the top of the pile so he can get his reading done earlyContinue reading “Not Now, Ma!”

50. That’s fifty. Five zero. FIFTY! Eish!

Aitch doesn’t mess around. Suddenly a big marquee was pitched on the front lawn. What’s that for? I ask. We’re having a party, says me wife. Oh. OK. So tip-toe’ing discreetly past my half century mark is not going to happen? Nope. So I help the guys lay down a dance floor; and I carryContinue reading “50. That’s fifty. Five zero. FIFTY! Eish!”

Album Safari 2003

Trish (Aitch) and 5yr-old Jess made a paste-and-cut album when we got back from our trip to five Southern African countries. I found it lying around so thought I’d photograph it and paste it here as a gallery. Click on the first pic and it will open full size, then scroll through the 43 picsContinue reading “Album Safari 2003”

Annie and her Sherpas summit Mt aux Sources

Mt aux Sources, winter 1993. Sheila organises a gang to summit the peak. Lots of people. Sheila can organise! Anne Euthemiou brings two strapping nephews as sherpas to haul her four-poster double bed and duvet up the chain ladder. I hand out my special paklightna snacks at all stops on the way up. Once upContinue reading “Annie and her Sherpas summit Mt aux Sources”