Hella Hella TV

A TV aerial perched right on top of the Hella Hella mountain. The tall pole had two aerials, one aiming off towards distant civilisation, the other aimed straight at the Porters of Game Valley Estates’ TV aerial on the roof of their lovely homestead down in the Umkomaas river valley below. Now, living in splendidContinue reading “Hella Hella TV”

Hella Botanising

Barry Porter and Aitch got on famously and spent many a happy hour ‘botanising’ on Game Valley Estates (GVE), Barry and Lyn’s game farm in the Umkomaas river valley. GVE encompassed a lovely tract of land on both banks of the river valley below the Hella Hella kop, and a beautiful, special, rare patch ofContinue reading “Hella Botanising”

Floods in KwaZulu Natal 1987

September 1987 floods Between 28 and 30 September 1987, the central and southern part of Natal were ravaged by floods that were amongst the most devastating to have occurred in South Africa. The main cause was an intense “cut-off” low pressure system off-shore which co-incided with a Spring high tide. Destruction of property was catastrophic,Continue reading “Floods in KwaZulu Natal 1987”

DIY Bush Wedding

I don’t do DIY. I was going to say except for our wedding, but on reflection, I also did that the way I do everything: Stand back and watch as others do it all, encouraging and applauding while trying to save money. What I did do was buy the booze and fill Mike Lello’s IsuzuContinue reading “DIY Bush Wedding”

Brief Power and Glory on the Umko

I was an Umkomaas Canoe Marathon Official once. Kakhuis Field Marshall for the start of one Umko. Appointed by the uber-command of KCC, it was my job to reduce the toilet-paper-in-the-bush syndrome around the start near the Hella Hella bridge. I had relayed farmer Barry Porter’s unhappiness at the phenomenon to the heavies, they wereContinue reading “Brief Power and Glory on the Umko”

An Idea Was Born

From: pete swanepoel home Sent: 16 December 2014 To: Allie Peter; Greg Bennett; Doug Retief; Subject: Deepdale – Hella Hella Hey Allie, Greg & DougI just posted this story about an Umko trip with Bernie Jamludi The Jet.Thought you might like to check it out: Cheers – PetePS: I’m licenced to scribble: ~~~oo0oo~~~ Hi PeteContinue reading “An Idea Was Born”

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 . .”

River trip Deepdale – Hella Hella

We left Bernie’s white Ford Escort at Hella Hella with the Porters, and drove round to Deepdale in my white Ford Cortina. Linda Grewar (who became a notable paddler herself – she later won the Fish river marathon mixed doubles with Bernie!) then drove my car back to Durban. ‘Seconds’! ‘Helpers’ ‘Chauffeurs’! What would weContinue reading “River trip Deepdale – Hella Hella”

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”