A Load of Shed!

(c) 2014 Edward C Lunnon
Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Deuce
8 years 4 months ill …


The last two weeks have been difficult.

More deaths (Phillip Hughes, the cricketer in Aus; John Lynch, Old Greys ex President in PE; Pierre Corkie, ex-teacher from Grey Bloem in Yemen).

More load shedding in the country as we face an uncertain electrical future.

More problems with petrol supplies and telephone communications.

More health challenges for me including bronchitis and gout, and more quinine tablets for the increasing spasms.

The last two weeks have been exciting.

We spent the weekend at the Bathurst Country Affair Food and Wine festival with my sister Ingrid and her husband Anton.

Sean and Phillip headed for Plettenberg Bay.

Pera has gone to New Zealand to surprise visit her sister Bridget whom she hasn’t seen in the last fourteen years.

The last two weeks have been hectic.

Planning for Christmas, preparing for Cape Town, packing for trips, sorting out taxes, attending Christmas parties and consulting doctors.

The last two weeks have been emotional.

Deaths, cancer diagnoses, illness, more CBD cases, hellos and goodbyes.

The last two weeks have been just a typical period in the experience and journey that we call Life.

I Remember … (1)

7 years 7 months ill …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental Deuce

I remember …

The Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA meeting at Old Grey Club.

We had a very touching and different meeting. Kasturi Pillay and her children came down to PE from Durban. Her matriculant daughter gave a talk on “Living with dad and MND.” Kasturi spoke afterwards and shared much insight on her journey and her young husband’s acceptance of his condition, and what he taught them as he journeyed with MND until his death at age 44.

I remember …

Being doubled booked for therapy on Wednesday and getting a free session on Thursday, and forgetting to go for my weekly beard trim at Grant’s …

I remember …

Watching Grey play rugby against Michaelhouse, narrowly winning by 10 – 7,  getting caught up in the beer tent and just beating the rain downpour on the way home

I remember …


Heading off to the Bathurst Agricultural Show, staying at the Settlers Cottage circa 1821, eating at the Pig and Whistle, the Earthen, Lara’s Eatery, the Bathurst Arms, the nurseries, craft shops, and thanks to Tanya for the hospitality. It was great meeting up with so many familiar faces again!

I  must remember …

The ABC, A Bathurst Country Affair is to follow in August over the Women’s Day weekend. More fun to come!

I remember …

As a kid, 6 April, a public holiday, was celebrated as Van Riebeeck Day – the day that Europeans under the leadership of Jan van Riebeeck from Holland first came to settle at the southern point of Africa. Bringing Christendom to Africa, some would say, and the beginning of our problems, others would say …

I remember …

Rushing home for the 10th Iron Man from Barry’s house at Villas Marinas on Marine Drive. I watched the first one back in 2005 when I was still well … how things have changed since then. And it got quite cool in the evening – watch the video:

I remember …

Oscar Pistorius taking the witness stand in his murder trial in Pretoria and  Shrien Diwani arriving at the  Cape Town High Court after fghting extradition in London for three and a half years now. I was in London in November 2010 when his wife was killed in Cape Town and the British press made South Africa look like a banana republic because of the murder!


I remember …

The Australians detecting the pings from the black boxes of the mystery disappearing Malaysia flight 370





There’s No Thirst Like Bathurst

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Tuesday 29 October 2013: 7 years 1 month on …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Deuce

Last Thursday I received an email from (unknown to me) Tanya Schenk in Bathurst, some 200km east of Port Elizabeth.

Tanya invited me to the

A B C … An Affair in the Bathurst Country!

It all became an A B C D E F … A Bathurst Cooking Drinking Eating Festival!

The Bathurst Country Affair is about food, wine and friends.  And throw in a lot of music!

The invitation read:

Join us for a celebration of everything that is good about Life!

Welcome to the Bathurst Country Affair! We are so thrilled to share our beautiful village, Bathurst, THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE with you. We wish you a most enjoyable visit and we extend an invite to you and yours to come back and visit us again and again!

Our map only highlights the venues of the Chef meals, wine tastings and other events related to this event – there are so many amazing shops in the Village – simply take a walk around the Village and you will discover many delights! There just isn’t enough room to show you everything, so EXPLORE!

So I arrived in Bathurst on Friday afternoon – a total stranger to a village that I haven’t visited in some twenty years.

And I left Bathurst on Sunday morning – with a string of new friends and a book full of memories; far too many to document here.

Even the torrential downpour that arrived early on Saturday morning and the drizzle that continued throughout the weekend, whilst necessitating many last-minute re-arrangements, could not put out the enthusiasm or the spirit of Bathurst.

Scheduled for the weekend were chef meals with local and celebrity chefs, fine dining and wine tastings, art galleries, nursery tours, buskers, upmarket exhibitions, waitron races, pineapple throwings, wacky walks, a kaskar/soapbox derby, Lord Winston Carriage Rides, mountain bike challenge and an Amazing Horse and Pony Adventure.

All of these things were taking place in and around the Village at places like The Workshop Gallery, the Pig and Whistle, The Bathurst Arms, Kingston Farm, The Corner Gallery, Bradshaw’s Mill, The ‘thursty Monkey and The Bathurst Green.

The music varied from The Silver Creek Band to Craig Mischief and to any others who wished to sing along!

All of this to Showcase the Historical Village of Bathurst!

Well, pencil in your diary for October 2014, and join me at the Bathurst Country Affair. I hope it’s a lengthy affair!

My heartfelt thanks to Tanya for the invite and to everyone else for the chat, the hug, the handshake, the dance, the drink, the meal, the laugh, the fun, the bed, the friendship! (I certainly don’t want to mention any names in case I leave yours out!)

I must add that the accommodation at the My Pond Hotel in Port Alfred was also superb and well worth a return visit!

More information about our Affair may be found on the website http://www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za/.

Enjoy the few pics that I have attached to this blog.

“If you can pop in for a visit, please contact me personally so we can welcome you and make you feel at home!” – Those were the closing words of Tanya’s invitation.

I would like to think, by the welcome I received, that I have acquired another new home at the Centre of the Universe!