Tag Archives: grief

Friendships not Forgotten!

Today I’ll keep it very brief. Today, in our local community is a day of both remembering the good times as well as the sadness of a friend’s untimely passing. Yes Mick… you are sadly missed. Not only by your … Continue reading

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Ode to the Rainbow Nation

There was hopeful joyous anticipation, even celebration On that momentous 94 April day of awaited rejuvenation Expectant cues formed at each and every polling station To vote for the new leaders of the young Rainbow Nation Great promises of prosperity … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Wondered?

Have you been faced with the situation of being told to move on… to get over it, you’ve had your say now just forget about what’s eating at you. About two months ago a did a few posts about what … Continue reading

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South Africa’s New National Sport?

I ask myself if I’m allowed to even dare suggest that crime and violence is sport. But on the other hand, if I don’t ask the question, will I not also be culpable or complicit in the carnage? Yes, that … Continue reading

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Revulsion and Shame!

The more I thought of the news my GLW shared with me on Saturday morning the more the loathing increased. I am, at this point of my life, finding it very, very difficult to call myself a proud South African. … Continue reading

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Zach and Steve Meet Again…

Stefaans, or Steve to his friends, was sitting opposite Zach. His indigo blue eyes perfectly offset by his tanned features. A bit Hollywood, thought Zach. Only one difference, Stefaans was for real. No acting here… just the self-same old friend … Continue reading

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Blessed and Privileged – Shared Joy!

Today I’m beginning a few posts about a set of events and their impact on our lives… an impact we will never forget! We are the lucky ones… the good lady and I, to be able to bring you this … Continue reading

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The Rose Quartz Power…

“This place is full of mystery… full of rumour, myth… tales of greed and dying. This place is touched. “ Zach will always remember that night around the camp fire at the oasis… the hot springs about a day’s walk … Continue reading

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Beauty…

There’s that old line, used by many a man … Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Time’s onward march queries the plan Oft burdening the already weary shoulder Questioning where toils and strife began Or, is it merely … Continue reading

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We Salute You Friend!

I won’t lie Mick… looking through the archive to celebrate your life again brought a lump to my throat… again brought tears to my eyes. Yes… we still find it difficult to deal with your sad passing. Yes… we mourn … Continue reading

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Man’s Mortality…

What’s the old, old… ancient old story? Man must surely pay taxes… sh*te and then die! Dramatic… no. The simplest way of describing our existence? Maybe… not? So? What’s brought on this bout of sardonic retrospection? Or… should that be … Continue reading

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History Lessons on the Train… of Boer Wars and Garrison Games??

I often marvel at the effects words can have on the moods or responses of people. One word sparks a row or debate. One word can unite disparate ideas… one word can lead to a history lesson. There I was, … Continue reading

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Onward to Tullamore…

Where do I start? As they say in the classics… why not at the beginning? It was one of those rushed Sunday Mornings… again. The good lady taxi driver needed to throw me off well before ten thirty to get … Continue reading

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50 K and Counting!!

Stats, stats and more lies! Yep… that’ how confounding figures can be. I have been waiting for this day for some time now… looking forward to basking in my own glory. No… not likely… however, there are the long time followers who … Continue reading

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I’m Breaking the Rules!

The need for a haircut drove me to Kilcock last Saturday. I’d promised Susan that I’d be back for my next harvest job. It had been strange to visit the shop the first few times after Mick’s passing. Slowly but … Continue reading

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