A young couple alighted from the vehicle and although I knew they weren't the friends I was expecting, I greeted them and told them I knew the number belonged to Bernhard Hageman, a sugar farmer from Monzi, Zululand. The young woman said, yes, she's his daughter, Karen (whom I'd last seen when she was three years old!) I told them my name and Karen said: Oh yes, you're John's mum! She also said that she and her husband and her parents were staying over the road at Champagne Sports Resort.
Later Bernhard and Ruth arrived at my shop. A whole lot of reminiscing went down on the veranda. Several of us young families, socialized with each other so our children grew up together (going back 40 years here) and some weekends a group of about ten men fished deep sea off Cape Vidal. Eventually when it was better to fish in Mozambique, once a year in May, the men trecked up to **Zavora in Northern Mozambique. In the two years after we returned from Africa, Grant was part of this group who celebrated its 35th and last fishing trip this year. The fist thing Bernhard told me with tears welling up in his eyes.
Some time ago, I came across Grant's Canon camera. Because I always take the photos, he only used his once: on his last Zavora trip. I'd instructed him to take lots of photos which he had done. I quickly downloaded the photos, hoping to see a few of him in happier times. However, he'd taken photos of everyone; of boats launching off snowy beaches into the Indian Ocean; of the men catching fish; then back at the chalet of the men filleting and packing the fish into freezers. Not one photo of him. So many reminders...
Ruth was instrumental - all of 33 years ago - in helping me lose weight. She'd started a Weigh-Less group in Monzi and my mum and I joined. I lost 30kg/66lbs in nine months; the rest is history.
Ruth, moi and Bernhard
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NOTE: ** If you have time, please do click on the link above to read about this beautiful area on the Eastern Seaboard of Africa.
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