HHH40 Reunion 2014 (Part 2)

8 years 1 month ill …
(c) 2014 Edward C Lunnnon

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I said some more than sixty replied in the affirmative. I’m still not sure exactly how many attended – there were still people booking on the Friday morning that the reunion started and some arrived without booking!

The more, the merrier!

Originally, one event was what I had in my mind. But as more people from afar replied, that grew to three official events – and a few more unofficial get-togethers!

All were planned from Port Elizabeth for the weekend of 26 – 28 September 2014. I had also arranged to return to the Cape on 13 September in order to ensure that everything was in place (and an excuse, I guess, to go “home”!).

Communication with everyone was problematic. Not many of my era are computer-linked via the internet and some don’t even have an e-mail address! I had to resort to letters, envelopes, stamps and the Post Office – when last did you post a letter in a red letter box?

The functions planned were a get-together at the school on Friday including tea with the current staff, a tour of the new school buildings and an spitbraai in the evening.

Saturday was winetasting at Vergelegen Estate, rugby and starters at Erinvale Golf Course and Dinner (courses 2 and 3) at Lourensfords Millhouse Restaurant.

Sunday was a brunch and farewell at The Lord Charles Hotel.

I arrived in Cape Town on my late father’s birthday (it would have been his 99th!). In between all the arrangements, thanks to my niece and her husband, Michelle and Sebastian Ridgway, and friends Gretel and Willem Wust from Durbanville, I was able to visit family, friends, wine farms, pubs, restaurants, etc etc. The Cape of Good Hope does not seem to run out of entertainment options.

I celebrated my 58th birthday in the CBD (not my illness!) of Cape Town and in style with my Strand family. I haven’t done that in many a year!

All the time, the reunion dates came closer. People started arriving early in the week, like Kevin Russell from England, Piet Faure from Johannesburg and Carl Groenewald from Pietermaritzburg. We ate various meals at various places, from Gordon’s Bay Harbour to Helderberg’s Slopes.

Cecil Bond arrived the previous Saturday from Vancouver – and he and his wife and I managed to get in a few good visiting hours at The Lord Charles. He then also managed, in addition to our function, a SACS reunion in Cape Town and a family 60th birthday party in Kimberley!

And yes, despite the best of plans, things do go wrong! As the guests were arriving at the front door on Friday, the pub organisers were threatening to withdraw because they still had not received my EFT deposit from the bank!

Imagine a reunion without a pub!

The dinner was double booked and I had to improvise a two stage dinner at two different venues!

But, the people arrived, the memories were unlocked, the camaraderie gelled, the wine flowed and the chatting continued, by some, until four in the morning!

Too soon, it was all over. But not the pics, the memories, the history and the renewed friendships.

I was so pleased that I had persevered, despite the difficulties, to continue with the arrangements and to renew the links.

I was so pleased that we had all come.

I had finished what I had been doing and stopped working. It was all good, so then I rested!

And, before I flew back to Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning, I managed to slip in a visit to my neurologist at Tygerberg Hospital Dr Henning and his lovely wife Helen. The supper was great, the pills were upped and the company was good!

I did wipe back a tear as the British Airways plane took off over the Cape Flats, False Bay and the Hottentots-Holland Mountains.

“Our school has done well, may it ere excel …”

On The Road Again!

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Monday 30 September 2013: 7 years on …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Advantage ED

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Isaac has just paid me his usual weekly visit, and we discussed our “not meeting” last week and the reason for that – I’ve been on the road again!

Last Saturday afternoon 21 September, we left Port Elizabeth headed west along the N2. This time, we had Phillip at the wheel, still operating on his learner’s licence as a result of continued strikes in the Traffic Department in Port Elizabeth.  Sean remained at home due to work commitments!

We were headed for the Western Cape in general:  Cape Town and Stellenbosch specifically.

We broke the journey after 2 ½ hours of driving in Knysna and spent the night there with our good friends Hermann and Sally Kapp. We haven’t seen them in a while so there was lots of catching up to do and many pictures to see from their recent overseas trip to Italy. Of course, with Pera having been in Italy last year, too, there were many comparisons to be made!

Sunday morning, after breakfast, we continued with our trip, stopping in George for petrol and in Riviersonderend (“River without end”) for lunch. The green fields of the Overberg interspersed with bright yellow flowers and the snow-capped blue peaks of the Western Cape mountains were a welcoming sight.

We arrived in The Strand (my hometown) at about 17h00 and offloaded our luggage at the holiday flat of our Pretoria friends, Thomas and Marzeth Moolman. This was to be home for the next week – just a block up from the white beaches of Melkbaai strand. (See the background pic of my blog.)

Then we were off to Michelle (my niece) and Sebastian Ridgway for a Sunday night braai.

On Monday morning we headed for Stellenbosch University – the real reason for our trip. First, a morning tour through Helshoogte residence (where I lived as a student) was conducted by Martin Visser (next years Primarius) and House Committee member Andre Coetzee. Then we joined the myriad of students for lunch at the Neelsie – the CJ Langenhoven Student Centre.

At 14h00, we arrived at the Engineering Faculty and met Prof Basson who spent the next two hours discussing engineering in general and mechanical and mechatronic engineering in specifics. Phillip is still not sure what he wants to study next year and where he wants to go. So all of this is to assist him to make up his mind; however, maybe it’s confusing him even more!

After drinks at the BrazenHead – to clear the minds! – we leave him “under the wing” of my niece and god daughter Jessica Scholtz. She is also from Port Elizabeth but is currently a student at Stellenbosch University. According to Jessica, it’s also important for Phill to understand the Stellenbosh nightlife, and seeing that Tuesday is a public holiday, there’s no better night than tonight!

Pera and I headed back to The Strand for supper and a visit from Sebastian and Hannah.

Tuesday, at noon, we all gathered at Lourensford Farm in Somerset West.

We all being Pera’s mother Shirley Southwood and Aunty Joan Peach (Shirley’s late brother’s wife), her brother Bruce Southwood and Fi (with their two children, Kate and Daniel) and on my side, my (late father’s last surviving sibling) Aunty Doreen and Uncle Peter Volsteedt, their son Jeremy (my cousin) and his wife Merissa, my sister Ingrid Scholtz’s two daughters and my nieces, Dr Lindsay Scholtz and Jessica (returning Phillip to us looking the worse for Stellenbosch wear!), my eldest sister Lynette  and her husband Anton Muller, their daughter and my niece Michelle and her husband Sebastian (and their daughter Hannah) Ridgway.

Twenty family members in all celebrating Heritage Day in style at one of the most scenic wine farms in the Hottentots Holland Valley! What a privilege it was to gather as family in such awesome surroundings!

On Wednesday morning, after my radio programme on AlgoaFM, ED is in Wednesday (with Tové Kane this week) we headed off for Pera’s part of the week – shopping! First to the Green Cross Factory shop in Epping and then Access Park in Kenilworth, where we were joined by Lindsay Scholtz ( who was taking a break from Frere Hospital in East London to attend a wedding in Cape Town).

Whilst at lunch at the “being revamped” Forries in Newlands, I came up with the idea that we should go and see a show!

Well, more of that later … I just can’t sit anymore … for the first time since being ill I am now starting to experience excruciating pain … chat soon!

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To come …

Wüsts

Blood Brothers

More shopping

Beverley

Nico

Old Grey Dinner – Groot Constantia

Vergelegen

Goodbyes: Mullers and Wusts

Return trip

Greyton

Accident

Rod and Reel