Mkhuze Mantuma Camp

Boy, we had weather! Bright sunshine, then wind, then a massive ongoing thunderstorm at night, with the thunderclaps within a second of the bright lightning flashes. Then long flashes followed by bangs and long rumbles receding into the distance. Followed by really soaking rain. Then a cool cloudy day, less wind, but a stiff breeze.Continue reading “Mkhuze Mantuma Camp”

Go Straight

Cecilia went home in March, as did Tobias. We thought it was for three weeks of COVID lockdown, but it turned out to be forever. So now at last I was going to take the mountain of stuff she had accumulated while staying here, to her home in Mtwalume. She has always said she livesContinue reading “Go Straight”

TomTom Homework Book

Found an old primary school workbook of Tom’s. School was not his very best thing. He summed up school as – S.ix C.rual H.ours O.f O.ur L.ives !! Math – M.ental A.buse T.o H.umans ! Homework – H.alf O.f M.y E.nergy W.asted O.n R.andom K.nowledge ! . . . and ended with a heartfelt plaintiveContinue reading “TomTom Homework Book”

Aitch’s Dogs

TC was her first dog, and she was Aitch’s favourite. She arrived while we were still living in our flat in Marriott road. She was a flat dog for a month or two and couldn’t believe the wide open spaces of our first suburban home. … … … Then Matt (because he wasn’t glossy whenContinue reading “Aitch’s Dogs”

Safari 2003

On our trip up north in 2003 Aitch and five year old Jessie kept a diary; when they got home they made this picture album as a memento of the trip. Enjoy the slideshow! (Slides change every four seconds. To pause a slide, click in the top right corner. To speed it up or toContinue reading “Safari 2003”

A Gardener’s Wisdom

Bruce sent this:always mow the lawn after 3pm.Then the dog turds are dry !! …. Me:Hosed myself!! Just picked up some steaming ones this mornin’Strategically placed by Sambucca the black labrador where I’m most likely to step in them. I just KNOW she’s thinking “Ooh! UGHHHH! There! He can’t miss that one”. …. Jon TaylorContinue reading “A Gardener’s Wisdom”

Molumong – Wool Trading Station

We stayed at an old sheep shearing station in Lesotho one winter – 2001. The innkeeper welcomed us on a chilly night with a deep bath full of hot water, a hot coal stove burning in the kitchen and warm friendliness. We had taken our time on the way, so it was dark when weContinue reading “Molumong – Wool Trading Station”

What a Lady

We were so lucky when we started fostering kids that Anna Kiza Cele was with us. She taught us which end to wipe and which end to feed. I’m sure she must have done some private eye-rolls at what we didn’t know! Here she is with her big mate Aitch, plotting against poor me: ThisContinue reading “What a Lady”

Now I Know

Ole man phones on his new cellphone. FINALLY a cellphone like I always wanted. As usual, its a one-way call; he can’t hear me, but I can listen. The phone is perfect. BIG numbers, which display BIG on the screen when pushed AND I can actually hear when I push the button; And get this,Continue reading “Now I Know”

How To Cook

(I might write a book) Open your wine; make sure its enough; check the label; must be a good wine, not a great wine, but a good wine – 13% minimum; 14% is obviously better. Always cook with red wine, taking care not to spill any on the food. Peel and cut a potato intoContinue reading “How To Cook”

But – What’s Wrong . . ?

We had to revamp our kitchen in our first home in River Drive – a mere eleven years after buying the joint! I protested, But What’s Wrong With The Kitchen As It Is? I got batted aside with an eye roll. She rolled her eyes so hard she saw the back part of her cranium:Continue reading “But – What’s Wrong . . ?”

Mtamvuna River

Tom went fishing with Ryan – his first trip out of the house for ages! Ryan’s Dad Andy took them to The Old Pont on the Mtamvuna River, two hours south of home. I joined them for a lovely braai – chuck, wors and garlic bread. Tom and Ryan braai’d the meat to perfection, butContinue reading “Mtamvuna River”

Protection Racket

Who are you!? What you want!? Be off with you!? Go find your own Sugar Daddy! These thoughts or something like them wafted through Jessie’s brain as she charged at Tiger and made to push him; he ducked behind his new Mama’s leg, wondering what was up with this fierce child. We fostered Tiger fromContinue reading “Protection Racket”

Jessica’s Tummy Mummy

I would think I’d call an adopted daughter of mine a lovely Zulu name. But Jess arrived as Jessica, two years and two days old and named Jessica by her fifteen year old mother Thembi. Just Jessica. Of course, we couldn’t imagine her as anything but Jess/Jessie/Jessica now! ‘Cept maybe JessiePops, like godmother Dizzi callsContinue reading “Jessica’s Tummy Mummy”

Whatta Relief

Like FINALLY relieving yourself after a desperate long wait – whatta relief. Aah!! A nice Zimbabwean man with a three ton truck came and took it all away. Now why didn’t I do this LONG AGO? I was sad to see my first plastic kayak go – but I’ve had four others, still got aContinue reading “Whatta Relief”