Category Archives: Phenomena

The END of DAYS

Life in Maun, Botswana, on the edge of the Okavango Swamps was certainly conducive to Off-the-Grid living, due to its isolation rather than any conviction that global warming, earth polar reversal, or planet alignment, might spell the End of Days. … Continue reading

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The VISION

Having earned a good reputation as a part time art teacher at Matshwane Primary School, Sheila became the Art teacher at the newly opened Delta Waters International School when she left Croc Camp. Delta Waters was the brain-child of Fleming … Continue reading

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All Immune Systems Go!

Consider a country continually under attack from invading armies. That country would certainly develop the best forces possible to counter that attack. The same with living bodies. Being a smoker for 30-odd years, made my body develop an effective fighting … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Illness

Christmas, December 1994 found us hiring an empty farmhouse for a week in the Haarlem District on the Eastern/Western Cape border, in the Bo-Kouga valley where Sheila’s brother, Neil Maling had bought a little farm. Their mother Vicky Maling lived … Continue reading

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Witchcraft & Game Drives

Abdul Mills was a Coloured foreman with whom Adrian de Koning had worked in Francistown, Botswana. Abdul had been his own boss until Adie, an engineer, had been slotted in above him, and he resented it. He was about 30; … Continue reading

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Pressure Builds

One of Sheila’s cows fell ill with mastitis (Staphylococcus aureus), which should be easily treatable with penicillin, but it evolved into blue udder and gas gangrene, which the new vet, Gordon Strick, told us was often a fatal disease. He … Continue reading

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Aura-Field Gremlins

Again the lure of a job close to home, after getting there sporadically maybe only every second weekend, enticed me to change employers, so at the end of 1988 I joined Basil Read, one of the major construction companies in … Continue reading

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