Mkhuze with the Excells

Long-time friends of Trish’s from Cape Town days, Val & Pete Excell came out from the UK to visit in 2009. Trish was finished her chemo and was ‘in remission’. She had been with Val when their little Claire – now about 30 – was born. Val had bought two new Nikon P90 cameras, oneContinue reading “Mkhuze with the Excells”

Prof Chris Barnard’s Farewell

At the airport yesterday I saw a new book on Professor Chris Barnard by James-Brent Styan: ‘Heartbreaker’. It’s fifty years since the world’s first heart transplant and the famous surgeon and playboy is in the news again, as people use the anniversary to look back afresh . . A while ago I had found Aitch’sContinue reading “Prof Chris Barnard’s Farewell”

Time Scurries

Hate it, but it’s true: Things fade. A month late on our annual tribute. Six years now. Don’t worry, you still do occasionally cause changes to the way we do things, and “But Mom said . . ” is still used to some effect! Jess still regularly asks if there wasn’t more we could haveContinue reading “Time Scurries”

Recent Hella Hella History – Including a Wedding

My potted history of the two farms on opposite banks of the Umkomaas below the Hella Hella: About fifty years ago when The Beatles were still The Quarrymen, a Pom family Wimbury hopped on to the mail ship in Pomerania to boldly go forth and do work in the colonies for the Great White Queen.Continue reading “Recent Hella Hella History – Including a Wedding”

Mom, Moz and Morphine

On 24 June 2011, Pete <pete@sheila.co.za> wrote: Hi Jayne Wanting to get to Mozambique for snorkeling soonest. Trish not well at all and wants to go snorkeling and I’m trying to arrange. Phone +2**2394*002 if you can. Hope and trust all well with you? And your gang? Our kids well – just rattled. Thanks LoveContinue reading “Mom, Moz and Morphine”

Not Now, Ma!

Aitch takes a weekly reading session at Livingstone.Usually she reads in the class and each kid gets a turn to come to her and read while the rest get on with their work under the teacher’s supervision. She slips Tom’s book near the top of the pile so he can get his reading done earlyContinue reading “Not Now, Ma!”