Courteney Chronicles

The Palms

My parents’ home in Musina has always had a thatched roof. Many years ago they used to have two palms in the back garden. They had been there for decades and had reached stratospheric height and massive girth. My father stood looking at them one day and said “One of these days one or both of those trees is going to come crashing down on the roof. We’d better do something about them.” My mother volunteered to call on MTD – the Messina Transvaal Development Corporation’s Messina mine. I have an...

A wing and a

I went to a memorial service a while ago. Linda Roberts, Courteney’s valuable bookkeeper and all things accounting - her Mum-in-law had passed away, was cremated on Thursday, and the service was at Will’s and Linda’s home on Saturday. Mum, 86 at closure, had lived with them and been bed-ridden for half a dozen years; from time to time a hospital stay was required but for a long time that had been the limit of her travelling abroad. Turnout was not expected to be high. From the factory Linda...

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