Born . . in the RSA-ay

You get The World:



You get Africa (a lot bigger than you’d think):

Africa's Size

and then you get South Africa at the bottom tip, with the Free State in red:

free state

and then in the Free State you get the important village of Harrismith in the east:

HS in FS

The village is guarded by this lovely mountain, our childhood playground:


Here’s the rest of Platberg, seen from the eastern edge of town. To the right of this is Kings Hill upon which is the maternity home in the B&W feature pic, which stood till 1955, then was demolished just after I was born there:

Platberg pano

There’s this house:

Old family home 95 Stuart Street Harrismith

and in the wintry back garden MY BEDROOM (or cottage) on the left:

Harrismith 1972 (6)

I left my dog Jock the Staffie behind:

Koos & Jock (1)

he didn’t really like that:

Jock Piet Uys St

oh, and I also left family and friends behind:

Back from USA

I was on my way to darkest America!


All Good Things

So the year ended and I went home. I was amazed and surprised and delighted and wow’d  – all at the same time – when two months later at the School of Optometry in Johannesburg the 1974 Apache High School Annual arrived in the post with this in it:

ApacheYearbook74 (1)

Page 2:

ApacheYearbook74 (2)

Blown away! Thank you!!