Good Morning

Clergyman and author Fergus Butler-Gallie’s piece on humour, for Monocle, caught my eye this weekend.

“The 2020’s gifts of continuing plague, looming war and widespread societal venom might not seem to be the obvious launching – off points for laughter. Bad times make for good jokes. Humour is not just an effective coping mechanism but an essential attribute to an increasing dog-eat-dog world.” 27 January 2022, The Monocle Minute.

For the last ninety six Sunday nights, me, UC Berkeley friend, Katherine Wessling (NYC), and high school and Stellenbosch University friend, Di McCarthy (Jozi), have shared laughter and tears. We started a sixty minute Zoom chat at the end of March 2020 and have never stopped this ritual of sharing life’s highs and lows. Last weekend Katherine shared how her elderly father Bob was making a very strange noise while eating his salad. 

Katherine: “What is that you are eating Dad?”
Bob: “I don’t know, but I don’t like it.” (continues crunching with pained expression)
Katherine: “I think you should spit it out Dad”

Bob spits out his lettuce mixed with what remains of his hearing aid.

Following morning.

Bob: “Where is my right hearing aid?”
Katherine: “You ate it Dad!”
Bob: “I Whaaat?”

Over the twenty two years of living in Houw Hoek, cats and kittens have been gifted to us anonymously. We have found them on the doorstep and in the gardens. Most recently a mum cat, whom we have never seen again, left us with two little darling Tom cats (Basil and Sage), they too make us smile.

This weekend brought a delightful three generational family to celebrate one of four children’s sixtieth birthday. The lucky birthday girl’s almost eighty nine year old father hosted a picnic lunch for her, her children, family and friends, in the gardens of Wildekrans Country House. Laughter, story tellers and stories were in abundance.

We are feeling thoroughly spoilt as our year has begun with exciting people, cute creatures and heart  warming events. This weekend brings artists from the top and bottom ends of SA to work with Jill Trappler on EXPLORING TOUCH. We are overbooked and can’t wait.

Two and a bit years back, my late mum, Roma,  joined us for my 60th birthday celebration in these gardens. I had found a vinyl DJ and asked each guest to nominate their favourite track. Roma’s track was the Bee Gees’ WORDS (1967).

“Smile an everlasting smile
A smile can bring you near to me
Don’t ever let me find you down
‘Cause that would bring a tear to me

This world has lost its glory
Let’s start a brand new story now, my love
Right now, there’ll be no other time
And I can show you how, my love”

With love,

PS: We have a few spaces on our 28 March Green Mountain Trail. Join here, you’ll love it.

PPS: Words is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The song reached No. 1 in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Recorded: 3 October 1967. Songwriter(s): Barry Gibb; ‎Robin Gibb‎; ‎Maurice. Released: January 1968. Genre: Pop. Wikipedia.