With Molefe and Manchester dominating the headlines, sadly for all the wrong reasons, and Trump calling the bombers ” losers”, we continue to find so much to be grateful for every day.
My work requires that I have a current First Aid certificate, so I joined the indefatigable Dave Adam from Rencor for a refresher course two weeks ago. His factory shed at Rosetta is as cold as a witch’s tit, but I am pleased to keep my qualification current. Would sooner have it and not need it, than the other way round. Some of the photos Dave showed us are certainly situations I hope never to be faced with.
Asia2Africa Tours invited me to fly to Lion Sands in Sabi Sands to share some tales with their guests from the Philippines. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has recently been rebuilt, and the results are sublime. My guests were reluctant to come on game drives, stating the rooms were more like houses, and they wanted to enjoy them! Even flying in and out of Skukuza Airport is a real treat, much like the old Vic Falls Airport, along with a game drive en route to one’s lodge. My talk in the boma was well received, and the outing a treat from beginning to end.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Howick High School, where I matriculated. The celebrations were enjoyed by all, despite very cold, wet weather. It was wonderful seeing friends from school days, with lots of banter and humour. Rosie Schofield (née Milbank) gave a wonderful speech at Founders Assembly. Rosie is very involved with Education programs at Derby University in England.
We hosted our dear friends, Charles and Anja, from Lagos, Nigeria to some fly-fishing between Belfast and Dullstroom. After the bitterly cold front which gripped South Africa, the trout were on the bite, and the country grateful for the moisture. Charles made my week by falling into the Dam whilst netting a trout, into rather cold water. I shall long remember the perfect “O” formed by his shocked countenance going in! Log fires, great food and wine, good friends, made for a perfect few days at a place we have grown to love.
Plenty of driving this past week, as we motored from Belfast to Benoni (Charlize conspicuous by her absence) for a conference presentation. Wonderful to see South Africans enjoying one another, and clearly doing very well in the construction business. Always such a kick when a company contacts me out of the blue to come and share a story with them – that joy has never diminished, and I trust never will.
This past weekend was spent showing a very enthusiastic, engaging, friendly group of South Africans over Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. There was an unfortunate Englishman amongst them, who suffered such teasing I feared he had be invited along as entertainment. What an honour to still be involved in works which moves, transports and engages audiences on a very deep level indeed.
Typing this on board a flight to Port Elizabeth to present to an investment group, I feel extremely fortunate indeed. Our cups do runneth over…