Uncle Boet in Malmesbury

* random oldie reposted * updated * After the 1983 Berg River Canoe Marathon ended in Velddrif, we stopped in at Boet & Anna Swanepoel’s smallholding outside Malmesbury, about 50km north of Cape Town. Boet was Dad’s older brother. Mom and Sheila had seconded me on the race, driving my Cortina to each of theContinue reading “Uncle Boet in Malmesbury”

Cosmos Niks

Mom Mary in the cosmos outside Witsieshoek back ca. 1970: Sheila years later at the foot of the eastern tip of Platberg – some call it Bobbejaankop: Sheila sent a 2018 pic of Brenda Sharratt in the cosmos behind Platberg: Apparently cosmos got here in horsefeed imported from Argentina during the Boer War for theContinue reading “Cosmos Niks”

Jock Grant

Jock Grant was a Harrismith legend. “A legend in his own lunchtime” as they say. Fresh out of Scotland he joined the golf club and announced to the usual crowd leaning up against the bar in his broad accent that he was taking Afrikaans lessons. “Jock”, said Jannie du Plessis, “We think you should firstContinue reading “Jock Grant”