Category Archives: South Africa

Of Comets and Cowshit

With the unsatisfactory efforts of my Backpacker’s manager, I had to let him go and look for somebody more committed to making a profitable business of it. In the meanwhile I thus had to be there for guests and would … Continue reading

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Of Bequests and Property.

Sadly, I took my leave of my uncle, Claude Arkell, knowing that it would be the last time I would see him as he had admitted to me that he had bladder cancer. I told him that the family gossip … Continue reading

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Back To The Future – 1.

The last census held in Myland, a one acre Earldom bordering on the city of Haarlem, South Africa, the total headcount was: Ruler (benevolent.) – 1. Earl Pete. Department of Security. Canine Contingent – 3. Roving ambassador, meat importer. Feline … Continue reading

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Haarlem in the Langkloof

Still reeling from the 2004 Boxing Day Tsumami that lashed the shores from the East and the Indian sub-continent all the way to Africa, 2005 was peppered with natural disasters as well as the April 3rd death of Pope John … Continue reading

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WHITE SANGOMA

SANGOMA – Traditional healer, herbalist. As the world gave birth to 2005 Sheila and I were being introduced to a man of great interest to us in that he was not only a fundi botanist, he was a trained traditional … Continue reading

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Backpackers’ Hostel

74 Voortrekker Road was a shell when I bought it in 2004. The original yellowwood  (Podocarpus falcatus ) floors and ceilings had been ripped out as the short term owner had been under the illusion that he would make a … Continue reading

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The Pumpkin & Tsunami

Just before leaving for Australia and New Zealand, I had bought 2 properties in August, 2004, in Uniondale where we had settled. They were both on the main street, Voortrekker Road, next door to each other, despite the fact that … Continue reading

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