Category Archives: South Africa

TO DURBAN – Many Birds, one stone.

Setting off from home in Haarlem at about 08h00 on 2th August 2009 in my 1976 Peugeot 404 on the 650km journey to the east of East London, I had two goals in mind. The first was to find my … Continue reading

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The Passing of Mildred Constance (Arkell) Earle

Inevitably, we leave it too late. When the elderly have left us, often-times when we remember them, our regret is that we neglected to ask them questions to which only they had the answers. My Mum, aged 94, died (11h30 … Continue reading

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From Ruin to Home

Sept 2008 – 2010. In a little hollow, one of several scooped out of the hillside over the millennia, I bought a one acre property with a ruined cottage. Plot 123. This tiny side valley in our village of Haarlem … Continue reading

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Crooked Cops & Robbers

In early March 2009, as I arrived at my office in the Twin Chimneys property, it was to find that someone had broken the security bar door and opened my office. Besides about R10,000-00 in power tools, they went off … Continue reading

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A Novel of a Road-Rage Decision.

I thought, after a really nasty attitude by a traffic cop roadblock, that I might just understand the ultimate road rage of losing it completely and blowing them away. That action which would send one’s life to hell because of … Continue reading

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The Church on Time

A girl’s wait for Mr Right gets to the point where whether she and Mr Right can still share children gets a bit iffy as she sidles up to forty. So at thirty-four my daughter was cutting it a bit … Continue reading

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Smoke, but no Fire

When Dawid October approached me for advice about selling his home on Plot 222, Haarlem, I asked him what price he had in mind. He said R35,000-00; then when he saw the look of horror on my face: “Do you … Continue reading

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