My Canoe Club

Sure I haven’t paddled in decades and hadn’t been back to the club most of that time, but when I did go back in 2015 and 2016 they welcomed me back like old times (or old timers!). Recently some members posted a few photos of the club and surrounds, emphasising what a special place weContinue reading “My Canoe Club”

R.I.P Linda Grewar

Linda Grewar was a Kingfisher paddler from back around 1990. She and Bernie Garcin paddled really well – a number of mixed doubles podium finishes on the Dusi, Fish and Umzimkulu. Then she buzzed off ‘overseas’. In May 2016 Bernie gave me Linda’s address, so I wrote  to her: Hey Linda! – LONG time noContinue reading “R.I.P Linda Grewar”

R.I.P Ernie Alder

Dammit n SHIT!! Ernie died! Fuckity fuck. It’s bullshit. He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t finished. He wasn’t even close to wrapping up all the things he still planned to do – even after doing so much. Damn! Too soon. A very special human being. Ernie’s wake will be held in Ernie’s Pub in Kingfisher CanoeContinue reading “R.I.P Ernie Alder”

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”

That Institution

As we were going to have a small wedding out in the sticks, we held a Pre-Nuptial-Party at Kingfisher Canoe Club back in 1988 to celebrate with friends who couldn’t make it or who hadn’t cracked the nod. Who to invite and who to discreetly ignore is one of the things that makes the lead-upContinue reading “That Institution”

My Four (plus 2) Dusis

1972: I was obsessed with the Dusi Canoe Marathon and had been training for it. A lonely pursuit when you’re in the Free State and there’s no canoe club and few have even heard of such malligheid. Planning was more advanced that I’d remembered. here are my notes on things to do – written onContinue reading “My Four (plus 2) Dusis”