Category Archives: South Africa

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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To & Fro – 2500km each way

Inevitably, I was destined to return to Maun, Botswana, several times to tie up loose ends. Arriving in Uniondale at the beginning of March 2004, we were camping out in our quaint little Victorian cottage with a mountain of work … Continue reading

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de la Rey, de la Rey

Our new home was 10 Rose Street, Uniondale. The Boers called it Rose Straat, rose being the Afrikaans for roses, when it was in honour of British  Field Marshall Hugh Henry Rose, 1st Baron Strathnairn,GCB, GCSI, PC (6 April 1801 – 16 … Continue reading

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