Home Invasion

It’s holidays!! yay. They’re short. YAY!! So I get this: “Dad – May 7 people pls sleep over?” So I put my foot down and Negotiated Tough. We settled on six total. Then one arrived by bicycle and one’s Mom dropped him off. So I ended up only catering for eight meat-eating 13-and 14-yr-old noisy,Continue reading “Home Invasion”

Fishermen’s Tales

Two avid fishermen, Lungelo and me went down to the sea. Or to the Umtamvuna River at The Old Pont. Lungelo and I were not the avid ones. That was Tommy and Ryan, passionate, persevering pêcheurs. Fishermen in blue.     Luxury accommodation on the banks of the Umtamvuna.   Besides the river fishing IContinue reading “Fishermen’s Tales”

Boys n Girls in the Movies

Took three 12yr-olds to the movies on Friday night. They asked me to disappear before they got spotted with me – ruin their reps, I would. So I wander off to my man cave substitute, Exclusive Books and wait, surplus to requirements. They walk in bright-eyed a few hours later. The movie? Oh, the MOVIE!?Continue reading “Boys n Girls in the Movies”

Wheels and Status

Car spotting and car bragging is a (very) competitive sport at Tom’s school. Every day I hear tales of Ferraris and Range Rovers taking kids to school and the sad lament of what the isikoroskoro we drive means to his standing. We usually park far from the school (I let him walk the last fewContinue reading “Wheels and Status”

A Slow Walk, My China

Way back in around 1962 Donald Coleman and I walked home from school. The Harrismith Kleinspan School. It was about a mile and we set off around 1pm. When we got home we got the “Where have you been!?” treatment. Apparently it was 5pm already and getting dark and cold. Well, we wouldn’t have knownContinue reading “A Slow Walk, My China”