Today Fifty Years Ago

Today fifty years ago was also a Sunday. I know cos sister Sheila kept a diary in high school and every now and then she pops out with an entry that brings back a flood of memories. Even everyday entries like ‘had lunch at (place) with (people)’ can trigger memories and start some lovely reminiscing.Continue reading “Today Fifty Years Ago”

Home-made Bound

Three Norwegians in Witsieshoek were homesick and probably horny. They longed to go home to Norway, so they rode their horses to Port Natal, bought a ticket on a sailing ship and off they went, right? Actually not. They decided they would build their own ship in the veld on their farm Bluegumsbosch in theContinue reading “Home-made Bound”

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”

Theft & Punishment

Didn’t steal much as a kid. But I did slug down a bottle of Monis red grapejuice on the quiet in the back storeroom of the Platberg Bottle Store / Drankwinkel working for Mom & Dad one Saturday morning. You can see the door to the storeroom in the pic. Warm, straight out of oneContinue reading “Theft & Punishment”

Getting Around in the 70’s

School holidays. We have to DO something or we’ll go crazy!Ma, we want to go and climb Mt aux Sources.How are you going to get there?We’ll hitch-hike.Over my dead body! or words to that effect. NO, I think she meant. So two days later we get home – me, Claudio Bellato and Carlos da SilvaContinue reading “Getting Around in the 70’s”