Africa, Home, Life

I Know

When you’re trying with little success to rid your place of stuff and when the stuff fills a double garage and at least one room, with other rooms a bit crowded, you should not accumulate any more stuff, but I can explain.

There was a damsel in distress. I was on my horse. She asked ‘would you?’ What was a gallant knight errant to say? There’s only one thing a gallant knight errant can say in such circumstances:

– hie kom ek! –
– knight in the background knows this is mistaken logic –

Actually quite chuffed: Check those armrests as drinks platforms: These are practical, serviceable, lekker chairs. And comfy.

– the plastic furniture can go now . . –

I do suppose Louis knew Petrea was divesting them of assets while he was far away in Gurugram . . .

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This is made worse as just the day before I was rolling my eyes at my Dad (96) who in one breath was stating his absolute determination – ‘this time’ – to get rid of stuff; and in the next breath was mulling over buying two new armchairs for the room he wants to add on to his house ‘for her (that’s Mom Mary) to sit in the sun as the room will have big windows.’

Right. Alone in a three bedroom house with Mom now in a home, he thinks what he needs is an extra room and two new chairs.

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Family & Kids

Our Woodworker

The old man made a beautiful riempie bench, modeled after an old one he bought. He made two, so that along with the old one he’d have three, the thought being to give one to each of his three beloved children.

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Made of blackwood; thickness’d and planed; legs and olive wood turnings for the backrest uprights turned in his lathe; yellow wood inlays routed into the backrest; dovetail joins to hang it all together. The leather riempies were from a kudu he had shot in old South West Africa, where he skinned it and brought the skin and the horns home. Then he took the skin to Marianhill monastery where it was tanned and cut into riempies. Apparently the monks n nuns like them some leather.

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Quite something! No wonder he wants it back. Here he is with Mom in his woodwork shop/haven/retreat.

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He’d be so proud to see his grandson following in his footsteps, ably taught by his talented son:

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While watching the riempies being cut he decided ‘I can do that’ so he had a riempie cutter made for future use:

Riempie cutter