Mannequin

A generous member of the Dale Junior community donated two boy mannequins to Dale Junior and we have used them at the beginning of each year to showcase the various school uniforms to new parents. Yesterday I had a free lesson just before midday and the L S teacher...

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Mexican Heartburn at Woody Cape

 An Exhausting Read My cousin Bridget was celebrating her 50th birthday and had requested the Alexandria Hike as a gift. I was invited to the join the party. Day 1: (33 390 paces) The South African National Parks Board indemnity notice at the start of the trail,...

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Christmas Wishes

  This afternoon while I was wrapping a gift, a wagtail reminded me over and over, that she had no idea of the day or the date, but that her purpose was simply to sing a sweet song. And she did. It occurred to me that our purpose has nothing to do with material...

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Hoovering the Garden

  The other day, Derek Webb, good friend and top notch mechanic, patted our 1995 Isuzu bakkie on the bonnet and said, “There’s plenty of life in the old girl yet.” We have had her since 2004. She has survived four theft attempts, two on the same night; had both...

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Amanz’ashushu

Amanz’ashushu Three years ago, I visited the village of Kalana 20 kms outside King Williams’ Town. Okuhle Jali, a bright young learner from Dale Junior where I teach, had drowned in a tragic accident whilst on a school outing and our staff had gone to the village to...

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Gormless in Vaucresson

While watching a golf tournament on TV recently, I was reminded of a complete non-event from thirty four years ago. Close friend Jenny Louis and I were in a train in France, bound for a golf course outside Paris. I have no idea why. Jenny is well-connected, so it must...

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Hadeda on the tiles

Hadeda on the tiles

Our house in Port Alfred has a very long passage. It was tiled by a myopic person with a squint and a penchant for sniffing grouting glue. Walking down it is easy, unless you’re trying to process the previous evening’s Shiraz while carrying the early morning coffee...

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Kettle

Pouring water into a kettle should be a one handed exercise; our Port Alfred kettle needs two. One to hold the lid up – if you don’t, it falls down and the other hand pours the water onto the lid, the kitchen shelf, into open cupboards and the floor. Pointless and...

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