Thankfully dam levels across the country are generally better than they have been over the past 4 or 5 years, most are some way from full with winter not far off. Areas across the country still desperate for rain – Grahamstown in dire straits. The battlefields have thankfully received some rain, and what a treat to visit areas with green grass and flowing streams. Long may it last.
MasterChef UK Gerry Goldwyre and friends stayed on the Carter’s farm at Helpmekaar. We had a special time together, enjoying seared Tuna, and the battlefields after 75mm of rain. The roads were a mud bath, but the weather treated us kindly.
Clients I met in Hong Kong some years back visited the battlefields with me, including their 4 and 7 year-old children. Definitely the youngest guest I have ever had on tour. I then had 4 consecutive days showing guests around the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu War sites in beautiful weather, interspersed with long walks and much banter. Some of this banter involved the British national sport of banging car doors.
The wonderful Brenthurst Library invited me to share my South African Odyssey in Johannesburg. Two hundred guests, including the Oppenheimer’s, attended on what was a sparkling evening. Present too were the wonderful people who found Frank Wild’s ashes in Braamfontein – a visit to that crypt we hope to make soon.
On Friday evening I spoke at a Maritzburg College Canoeing Club fundraiser. College is a magnificent institution, and 240 guests attended. Between the raffle, auction and ticket sales, it was most successful indeed. Andy Birkett kindly donated his 2019 Duzi-winning boat and paddles, which fetched high prices at auction.
I am back on the battlefields this week with local guests, before boarding Crystal Serenity en route to St Helena on Friday. Hope to post some notes from the ship. Our cups runneth over…