After 4 1/2 years in Parkmore Gardens, in suburban banal and exhausting Johannesburg, we are striking camp. The stuff we want to keep is on its way, first by road to the coast, then onto a ship, via Rotterdam to Toronto. The stuff we don’t want to keep, or really don’t need, is in the […]
If time is a river, it is a river with rapids and falls. We snipped another month off our wall calendar on Saturday, the first day of May, leaving just four months to go before we pack up and leave our house in Johannesburg and begin the long journey home, to Toronto. The calendar now […]
Private loss and public pain. Not the same, and not commensurate, but both laying emotional and mental claim. Reminders that we do not control events, that life has a way of breaking through our seemingly ordered universe and seemingly predictable lives. That gratitude and humility fit better with reality than hubris or bravado, that our […]
All happy families, Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, resemble one another. If this is true, then families who share in the kind of happiness we enjoyed on a family trip to Montagu, in the Western Cape, in December 2014, are happy indeed. Rob and I had flown out from Toronto, Jonnie and Hayley were visiting […]
I am startled and yet not surprised, in returning to my blog, that almost a hundred days (of solitude, I am tempted to add, in the spirit of Marquez) have passed since my last post. Last time I wrote we were 10 days into the lockdown, and the number of reported cases in South Africa […]
Sometimes the pictures tell the story. I call this series, of Tom and Gabriel playing at the Thompson’s in Plaisance, in Aveyron, The Battle of the Carwash. [click to enlarge]
Rob and I visited my daughter Eve and her family in Canada over Easter. Here is a little bit about our visit along with some photographs.
My mother turned 87 on Monday. When my dad died, ten years ago, even though she had never been there, she had harboured the thought that she would like to go away, up the Cape West Coast, to what was still the quiet fishing village of Paternoster, to walk on the beach and listen to […]
Tom cuts loose, in ten takes.
I mentioned in a previous post (July 13) that Rob and I, on our trip to Cape Town, had treated my mom to High Tea at the Cape Grace Hotel, at the V&A Waterfront. Here are some photos from that rather yummy and elegant and leisurely ceremony. I like these photos for capturing a […]