Meadows and Old School

This is a rambling post cos it started with an email thread that began with gardens and then moved on to sport – swimming and athletics, and lots of old school pals’ names. The gardens were Mariette van Wyk Greyling’s Cape garden with a pin-tailed whydah at her garden feeder; and mine with KwaZulu NatalContinue reading “Meadows and Old School”

Flower Fountain

We mocked Bloemfontein as Flower Fountain and always looked on Durban as the big city, seldom Joburg, as we would head 299km to the coast not 268km inland to JHB when going for any city business. Bloem never featured. It was 378km and more of a backwater. Once you got there, you’d ask yourself WHY?Continue reading “Flower Fountain”

Lloyd Zunckel R.I.P

Lloyd’s sister Filly wrote from Zimbabwe: Lloyd sadly passed away in the early hours of August 3 2016 from a brain bleed – huge shock to us all and especially his partner who could not wake him for his tea. John and I held a memorial service for Lloyd in our garden and we wereContinue reading “Lloyd Zunckel R.I.P”

Tennis Champs

The pinnacle of my tennis career came when I beat a Springbok Grand Slam winner in a doubles tournament at the Wanderers in Jo’burg. Of course, it helped that my playing partner was Free State junior champ Alick Ross, a brilliant left-hander who carried me all the way. Also, it helped that the ‘Springbok tennisContinue reading “Tennis Champs”