Jess Sweet Sixteen

So we’ve survived Jessie’s Sweet Sixteen party. The wild breakout and breakaway is yet to come. They had an innocent ball. Tom helped get the place ready: No sex, no drugs, not even any rock’nroll. I didn’t even smell cigarettes!Swimming, sweets and hiphop & rap instead. Mainly hip hop. With lumo lights: All I gotContinue reading “Jess Sweet Sixteen”

Mini-Shova 2013

This time Minenhle joined us, using Gayle Adlam’s mountain bike. Sheils took us to the start again, in our bakkie, then drove it to her home, which is near the finish line.  The night before we had been to the rugby Sharks vs WP and got soaked – Cold and rainy, but the cycling dayContinue reading “Mini-Shova 2013”

High-Tech Car-Guarding

I received an sms this morning. I’m working a Sunday, the first in ten years! My locum is “having a small procedure done.” Park at the bottom today; Don’t park at the top, there’ll be no-one there; Park near Nandos. It’s from Bridget McGregor, my personal seventy-some year-old car guard; Feisty, never been married. “What?!Continue reading “High-Tech Car-Guarding”

A Whip Around The Garden

I was actually looking for a pregnant chameleon. Didn’t spot her, but snapped flowers, including some non-indigenous interlopers – Aitch was a softie towards the end, and allowed some strange plants in. Also a (deceased) bush squeaker and a grasshopper – which reminds me: I must tell you the story of grasshoppers one day .Continue reading “A Whip Around The Garden”

Four Wild Toppies on the Old Coast

Secret Diary of a trip down mammary lane. It wasn’t that we were actually, y’know, OLD, but . . . well, we needed a break and a brief flashback to our glory days, when the chicks used to hurl themselves at us. Well, that one. In the harbour, remember?So we piled into a kombi andContinue reading “Four Wild Toppies on the Old Coast”

Pearls Before Swine

On Friday, August 3, 2012, Pete wrote: You can’t understand teenagers. Whenever I offer to sing to Jess and her friends to save her the cost of tickets to hear Justin Bieber or whoever, she says “OmiGawd, Dad, NO!”When she’s in the car with friends and I offer to sing instead of listening to theirContinue reading “Pearls Before Swine”

Thy Ox and My Ass

On a boys getaway weekend to Manteku on the WildCoast my kombi makes it easily down to Drifters’ camp, though I do think Uh! Oh! as we drive down, Might be interesting getting out! Five glorious days later we pack up and head out. But it has rained and the hill is too much forContinue reading “Thy Ox and My Ass”

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!”