Trader Horn and Me

Reading Tramp Royal again! So here’s a re-post from 2016: I lapped up the famous Trader Horn books ‘The Ivory Coast in the Earlies’ and ‘Harold the Webbed.’ I’m still looking for their third book ‘The Waters of Africa.’ ‘Their’ being his and the special and talented lady whose sudden insight made it happen whenContinue reading “Trader Horn and Me”

Courage and Principle

I said the book was coming. Now it’s here! I’m on page 121 236 and I’ll report back soon. I finished and will have to write a summary. What a saga! Twenty years of telling people one simple fact: What these developers are proposing will completely ruin Vetch’s Pier and Vetch’s Beach! And very fewContinue reading “Courage and Principle”

New Book Coming!

Johnny Vassilaros is a courageous mensch. And an author. And I can’t wait! If you love Durban, get your copy. Write to – littleboatsandbigfish@gmail.com – Foreward by Advocate Peter RowanI have known Johnny since 2003. I have spent many long hours with him, in meetings, in consultations, in Court proceedings, in open debate and inContinue reading “New Book Coming!”

Blue Lagoon

Let’s go fishing Dad – at Blue Lagoon. Just till 7pm. As we were leaving the plaintive ‘flat battery’ cry of the Water Thick-knee (Dikkop) sounded from across the lagoon . . ~~~oo0oo~~~ again, thank you xeno-canto.org for bird sounds ~~~oo0oo~~~ A week later the fishing bug is still strong! This time Tom goes toContinue reading “Blue Lagoon”

2010 Soccer World Cup

We went to fan parks on the beachfront to watch on big screens. It happened during that outbreak of The Dreaded Plague of the Vuvuzelas – you may remember? After the tourney we went to a game at the big fat expensive white elephant Moses MaFIFA stadium – ticket prices were way down compared toContinue reading “2010 Soccer World Cup”

Sanity Break

Kids – six of them! – driving me crazy so I pack a flask of coffee, some buttermilk rusks, grab my binocs and waai. Three minutes away to the Palmiet Nature Reserve on my doorstep. Just me. Two hours later off to Pigeon Valley in town for another two hours. Palmiet is only 90ha inContinue reading “Sanity Break”

Ocean Cruise 1934

I told Dad I’d taken the kids on a boat trip to Maputo and he remembered his two older Swanepoel sisters Janie and Lizzie going on a trip from Maritzburg to Durban by train then to the same city in Moçambique by ship back in 1934. The city was called Lourenco Marques back then andContinue reading “Ocean Cruise 1934”

Durban Nightlife

Nightjars are fascinating birds. One night in my first own home, Whittington Court in Marriott Road on Durban’s Berea, I heard a strange sound. It was like a small dog barking, but not quite that and I remembered from all my reading and re-reading of Roberts and Newmans bird books: Nightjar! Aitch! I shouted, aContinue reading “Durban Nightlife”

McCord’s Zulu Hospital

McCord’s Zulu Hospital is a well-known institution in Durban. It was started in 1909 by Dr James B. McCord, who had studied medicine at Northwestern University in Illinois, qualifying in 1891. McCord joined the Student Volunteer Missionary Movement at Oberlin College in Ohio and there met his future wife, Margaret Mellen, who was born inContinue reading “McCord’s Zulu Hospital”

What a Storm!

Left home at 9am and got back at 2pm. Never did get to work. Sat the whole time in this storm. Thought it was bad till I saw the videos of the worst places! This was mild! Meanwhile at the practice, the ladies were having their own good time: Bloody Tropical Storm Koos! ============================= CleanupContinue reading “What a Storm!”

Ocean Cruisin’

Should’n have asked, should’n have asked, should have gone to a game reserve . . . Jess decided she wanted an ocean cruise for her eighteenth birthday. Tom was cool with that for his fourteenth birthday, so off we went. I checked with veteran cruiser Craig and booked the four night cruise to Portuguese IslandContinue reading “Ocean Cruisin’”

Bufftail Bogey Bird . .

. . nailed at last! On 2014/06/23 Crispin Hemson – Pigeon Valley Patriarch and Monarch – wrote:Conditions in Pigeon Valley are very dry, giving great visibility into the undergrowth. We are suddenly seeing Buff-spotted Flufftails on the main track, or just next to it. Yesterday I saw two adults and a sub-adult. These are veryContinue reading “Bufftail Bogey Bird . .”

The Photographic Record

Every year Trish got a professional photographer to the kids’ parties. Me, I’m scrooge. I’ll take the pictures. I can do this! So at the kids’ uShaka Waterworld party I tried to photograph everyone. But I didn’t get one of lovely young Hannah, and she left early. I told Tom. “Doesn’t matter”, he says, “She’sContinue reading “The Photographic Record”

Angel Fevvers From Above

Went to watch a troupe of French “Angels” flying high above the city hall last night. Me and the kids with Cecelia Shozi and her two girls. We met Bruce & Heather and Vicky there, sitting on the base of a statue. Cables had been strung from the top of the city hall spire overContinue reading “Angel Fevvers From Above”

Hair Today

Years ago I wrote about my hairdresser then. She had more to do than my hairdresser now. I went and saw her one day and realised I’d chosen the wrong time. Fergie was getting married to the porky ‘prince’ and all the ladies were glued to the telly, ooh-ing and aah-ing. Bloody ‘Royal Family’ mania!Continue reading “Hair Today”