! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Esme (du Preez) Smith ! Snippets From My Life: The First 65 Years The Early Years I was born 30 April 1922 in Keetmanshoop South West Africa weighing 4 1/2 lb. Mother said I fitted into a shoe box. My father, who had been a Latin teacher at Grey College Bloemfontein, set oﬀ to SWA in 1916 as adjudant to General Manie Botha to fight the Germans. He fell in love with the country and decided to stay on with the military who also formed a police force. He became head of the criminal investigation department. ! When I was 3 years old we moved to Windhoek where, at age of 5, I went to the dual language Govt school in Leutwein street which was about half a km from our home. My fox terrier dog used to walk me to school, run home and was there again to meet me when the bell rang at lunch time. ! Most of the heads of government departments lived in this street and we were all friends. I had a happy carefree childhood. We used to roam about the hills at the back of our house and there was no need for our parents to worry about us. There were no tarred My Father roads in those days and I used to cycle to the Convent for music lessons right at the other end of town. On the way back I used to stop at the Zoo where the native nannies used to gather with their charges. As I was an only child I loved to play with the babies and was particularly fascinated with two sets of twins. Xmas holidays were usually spent in Swakopmund or the “Union” (of South Africa). This involved a very hot three day train trip to Cape Town and then to the Free State to visit Mother’s two sisters, Mot Joubert and Corrie Geldenhuys. It was great to have cousins and visit on the farm in Kroonstad. Much to my mother’s disgust I used to disappear to the native “stroois” to play with the native babies and come home smelling of smoke and natives. Mother, me and my fox terrier ! ! Page 2 ! of 46 ! Painting of the hills were I grew up We also visited my paternal grand parents on their small farm outside Philippolis. They had a large vegetable and fruit orchard. Oupa (Izak du Preez) used to fill baskets with fruit and vegetables, inspan the horse and oﬀ in the “spider” to town to deliver fruit and veg to the sick and needy. Ouma was great on “Boereraad” and I remember her cough medicine made of mulberry juice. ! When I was 14 it was time for boarding school so down to Cape Town – Rustenburg Girls High for standards nine and ten. On the three day train trip down to school, I met and befriended others going to various Cape schools. My special friend Margriet Pretorius came from Swakopmund. Two years later we both went to U.C.T. to study medicine and we are still friends. ! As I could only go home to Windhoek during June and Xmas holidays, my mother’s cousin Emmie du Toit, who had a lovely home in Sea Point, very kindly acted as loco parentis and invited me to spend leave outs and short holidays with them. There were three du Toit daughters – Iona at UCT, Nerina at school in Paarl and Ileana at school in Stellenbosch. They had a great circle of friends who used to congregate at their Sea Point home. We had great fun and were known as Our Gang. Often we were taken to their farm at Durbanville for the weekend. On one of these occasions Jan Smith, who was at school in Stellenbosch, was invited to the farm. I have a photo of all of us getting on top of haystack and having lots of fun. I met Jan again the next year in 1939 when we both went to U.C.T. ! During the June holidays of my matric year, Nerina went with me to Windhoek and my father took us up north to Namutoni in the Etosha Pan. We stayed in the Fort which was Page 3 ! of 46 ! then a police station, where we rode camels and went oﬀ game watching. With my old Brownie camera, I was able to get good shots of lions who appeared suddenly behind a bush and then came up to our car and played with the wheels. ! At Rustenburg Girls High it was compulsory for boarders to play tennis, cricket and hockey. Once a week in summer we went down to Kalk Bay for swimming lessons. ! ! 1939: War Clouds Gathering in Europe In Windhoek we had already witnessed torch light processions at night by Hitler jeugend marching down the streets singing German patriotic songs. My father took me down to Cape Town at the beginning of the year (1939) to enrol for medical studies at U.C.T. Student life was great. I stayed at Women’s Residence (now Fuller Hall) with 199 other female students from diﬀerent faculties. Mens Res. (now Smuts Hall) directly opposite and College House in town, were the only male residences at that time. Back then U.C.T. and Wits were the only universities where you could obtain medicine and engineering degrees. ! Apart from lectures there were all sorts of social activities and sports. Almost every Saturday night there were formal dances in the Jamieson Hall, sing song practices for Intervarsity and preparations for the annual Rag procession. Often on a Sunday we walked to Kirstenbosch for tea and scones. Second year lectures were all at Medical School so we walked along de Waal Drive from residence as very few students had cars. ! With the war petrol was rationed. Blackout curtains were compulsory on all windows and certain food stuﬀs diﬃcult to get. Troop ships passed through Cape Town and painted the town red. One night a fire broke out at Westbrook where the Greek royal family were staying. Mens Res. chaps flocked down there to help and collect souvenirs. ! One Sunday morning my friend Deidre Moore asked me to go with her to Groote Schuur for lunch with General Smuts and family. Her mother Lady Moore, wife of the governor of Kenya was visiting there. We walked down, climbed over the fence and proceeded to the back porch, where the Smuts family gathered, and seated on a raised platform was the Greek royal couple. Lady Moore introduced me and I felt such a fool having to curtsy in my old pair of shorts. ! Page 4 ! of 46 ! Eventually the six years of medical study came to on end with my MB ChB degree. I now applied for a house job at Groote Schuur hospital. We lived in the doctors residence and earned ten pounds a month. Jan meanwhile had completed his electrical engineering studies, joined the S.A Navy, was seconded to the Royal Navy and spent time in Britain, Egypt and eventually Ceylon. He received a Cape Times newspaper sent by his mother in which my photo appeared when I received my degree. He wrote to congratulate me and from then on there was regular correspondence between Cape Town and Ceylon. When he returned after peace was declared he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. Jan Smith in the S.A Navy ! My second housemanship was as resident anaesthetist. With an emergency at night the porter knocked on your door, came up to your bed and shone the torch into your face. You grabbed some clothing and rushed to the operating theatre. There was an underground passage between hospital and residence. This was said to be haunted so I closed my eyes at the top entrance of the tunnel and ran all the way to the exit about ¼ km. So I never saw the ghost. Having completed two housemanships at Groote Schuur, I joined the Health Centre Service and was sent to the training centre in Durban. ! In Durban we were housed in old army barracks. Our patients were Africans, Indians and Coloureds. My friend Jean Duncan Taylor also joined the Health Centre Service. She had a lovely big car and every weekend we sped oﬀ to the Drakensberg or the North Coast resorts. Salt Rock was one of our favourite places where we met a group of ex army chaps who were farming in the district. They were very friendly and often invited us to their dances. Durban North had a riding school where we sometimes hired horses and rode on the beach – wonderful to dash along in the waves. ! A year later John Ackerman and I were sent to Fort Beaufort to start a new Health Centre. I looked after women and children and John did the men and administration. At this stage I acquired a car. Together with two young teachers and a girl who worked at the magistrates court we all stayed at the Commercial hotel. We were all keen tennis players and played most afternoons after work. I was fortunate to meet very friendly farming people who often Page 5 ! of 46 ! invited me for weekends. Alternatively I would spend weekends at the Katberg, Hogs Back or Grahamstown where I had friends. One young farmer became a bit too friendly and as I did not relish the idea of becoming an orange farmer’s wife, I applied for a years leave (without pay) and was lucky to be accepted to do the Diploma of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. ! Together with a number of other young people and Kay Tredgold who was a childhood friend, we set oﬀ from Cape Town on a Union Castle boat in April 1949. We had lots of fun on the boat. Jan came down from Oxford to meet me at South Hampton. He deposited me at a private hotel in Bryanston Square which he had been recommended by the British Medical Association. He arranged a bicycle for me and we set oﬀ for a ten day cycling tour through Kent, Surrey and Sussex - staying at Youth Hostels. We all had ration cards. Sweets, eggs, meat, butter and other foods were in short supply so where ever you stayed you had to produce the ration card. We stopped at a farm to buy eggs leaving our bikes on the other side of the fence where we had climbed the stile. Clutching the eggs I was chased by some geese, dropped eggs--disaster! Almost the end of a budding romance. Kay and I attended the May Ball at Clare college Cambridge, followed by punting down the river to breakfast at Gronchester. There were very nice boarders at Bryanston house – some postgrad doctors, lawyers, engineers, and we all become good friends. Peter Besse, a French engineering student, was very special and Kay and I (both only children) regarded him as a brother who was always ready to help, run errands, call a taxi etc. As lectures at Great Ormond street only started at 10 am I used to walk there taking diﬀerent routes and discovered some lovely little statues in odd places on the way. The students were from various countries and I found them very interesting. One paediatric surgeon used to come straight from the theatre in a dressing gown and Wellington boots, to deliver his lecture. Having finished the lecture course, I accepted an invitation to drive up to Scotland with Shirley and Betty, two lively Australian girls. On our way we picked up a Swedish hitch hiking student called Owe. Owe was good Me and Kay Tredgold in Cambridge Page 6 ! of 46 ! company and travelled right up to Glasgow with us. We visited many of the tourist sites – the lochs, Oban, Isle of Iona, etc. ! I had arranged to meet Kay in Newcastle. Jan meanwhile returned to South Africa as his father was very ill. Jan had been to Scandinavia the previous year and told us where we should go and what to see. So with only a rucksack on the back and sixty English pounds, Kay and I set of for Bergen on a Youth Hostel boat. It was a wonderful summer and the Norwegian landscape was magnificent – mountain and fjords. The people were charming and friendly. We had no set plans but went north as far as Andalsnes: sometimes on boats, sometimes on buses and sometimes hitch-hiking. There was a scout jamboree up north and whenever we decided to bus we bumped into these scouts and traveled with them. One charming Danish scout Morgens, whom I sat next to, made me promise to visit his family on our way through Denmark. Morgens wrote to his mother to expect us at his home in Aarhus. One afternoon standing at the foot of Fanaraki Mountain – the second highest in Norway, we met two English speaking chaps who invited us to climb the mountain with them and spend the night at the students hostel up there. When we arrived at the hostel there was a merry young crowd of students. The girls all slept in one big dormitory and the men in another. It really was great fun. Next morning we descended on the other side of the mountain along a narrow path across a glacier. This was really scary but with the help of Tony – a Cambridge student and Danny a teacher, we got down safely. In fact Tony invited us to his 21st birthday later in Cambridge. ! The two weeks in Norway was pure bliss. The last night we were near the border to Sweden, walking along the road when we spotted an inviting farm house with a huge barn. As it was starting to get dark we knocked on the farmhouse door and Me in Norway asked whether we could sleep in the barn. With our youth hostel sleeping bags we spend the night on a haystack in the barn. Next morning the friendly farmer’s wife brought us a tray with milk and fresh bread which was delicious. Page 7 ! of 46 ! Then we hitch-hiked into Sweden. What a change! The young Swedes in the street were rude, tried to lure us down a dark alleyway! Anyway we made our way by train to Owe’s house (the hitch-hiker friend from Scotland). He received us with open arms and straight away arranged a party at his parent’s holiday house on the lake. It was the height of crayfish season. This was a hectic merry party. I was very impressed how those young people cleaned up next morning and left the place spotless. ! Our next stop was Denmark where we headed for the Youth Hostel in Copenhagen and joined a young crowd to Tivoli. We arrived back late at the hostel and for punishment were given the job of peeling a bucket full of potatoes. Having visited the Hans Christiaan Andersen museum at Odense and Hamlet’s castle Elsinore, we made our way to Aarhus. We found Morgen’s home, knocked on the door which was opened by his mother who looked very surprised when we told her we were the friends from South Africa. She thought we would be black. ! Morgens was out, but arrived home soon after and we were invited to stay in the guest room. We were shown everything to do with Viking history in the surrounding area. Years later, attending a conference in Denmark, Jan and I met up with Morgens and his wife. He had become a well–known artist. Kay and I returned to Britain via the Hoek of Holland after spending two days cycling in the vicinity of Amsterdam. Jan was back in Oxford and we became engaged. He now had to complete his thesis – on computers. My finances had dwindled, so it was decided for me to go back to South Africa, and return to the U.K. next June in 1950. ! Back in South Africa I worked at Knysna health centre. This was real bush medicine as we were expected to serve a large country area. Once a week we went to either Karatara or to Blou Lelies. Patients gathered and were examined and treated under a large tree! One afternoon I was playing tennis when a coloured man came rushing to the court to say that his wife was having a severe attack of asthma. I left straight away with the little black bag, climbed up the hill to their hut and proceeded to inject the lady with aminophylin – which has to be administered intravenously at a slow rate. Looking down I saw that my white takkies were black with fleas crawling up my legs. It was a case of grin and bare it till the syringe was empty and I could dash down the hill and rid myself of the fleas. ! There was no hospital and no Xray facilities in Knysna. If a patient was desperate he was sent by ambulance to George Hospital over the rough mountain road and on arrival had usually expired. I was glad to leave after six months. My parents who had retired to a small fruit farm on the slopes of Simonsberg, gave me a farewell party on their farm. ! Page 8 ! of 46 ! My and Jan’s Wedding day, 30 June 1950 I set oﬀ to the U.K by Union Castle boat in June of 1950. Ten days after arrival in Oxford, Jan and I were married. After the Graduation Ball at Lincoln College, we set oﬀ for our honeymoon at Lautebrunnen in the Swiss Alps. What on ideally beautiful place to relax and enjoy ourselves roaming in the flower carpeted Alpine slopes. Jan hired a car and we visited his cousin Hettie van Lis in Eindhoven. She was a Fagan from the Cape who went to study music in England, met and married a Dutch Engineer and settled in Holland. Driving through Holland and into Germany we were sad to see that there was still so much evidence of war damage. Only half of the bridge over the Rhine in Cologne was still there. After this wonderful honeymoon holiday we went to Rugby where Jan gained practical experience with a job at the British Thompson Houston (BTH) Engineering works. Jake Crompton had found us accommodation on the third floor of a large house belonging to Dr. and Mrs. Hosken. There were large cherry trees and a huge area with rhodedendrons and wild flowers. Soon after arrival we were invited to dinner by Peter and Audrey Marshall and met the group of South Africans who were also at BTH – Bill and Sheila Tredre, Des and Charm Kennealy, and Max Clarke. ! Jan and I both had bicycles and had fun exploring the rural surroundings. The famous Rugby School was almost directly across the road from where we stayed. I made friends with one of the local doctors and used to attend ward rounds at the nearby hospital once a week. As there was still food rationing Jan and I found the most economical was to buy stewing mutton which was placed on the slow combustion stove. Every day a tin of vegetables was added. One day Jan arrived with a stack of unlabeled tins bought cheaply because of a fire in the store. So you never knew what was added to our stew. We survived on ₤ 5–19 a week. I did two locums in Nuneaton, one at the hospital and the other for a doctor (Dr. Muirhead) with a large general practice. Page 9 ! of 46 ! Later in December when I was five months pregnant, we set oﬀ for Paris. Coming out of the opera one night I was thrilled to see falling snow flakes. We then went to Megeve – a ski resort and had great fun on the nursery slopes. Back in Rugby I was still cycling which our landlord Dr. Hosken thought was disgusting given the pregnancy, and Jan was obliged to count his pennies and buy a car. ! On Friday the 13th of April I was sent to the maternity hospital in Harborough Magna with sky high blood pressure and very swollen ankles i.e. toxaemia. I lay there all weekend feeling as if I would burst open. On Monday having discovered that I also had a placenta praevia, a Caesarian Section was performed and out came a 5 ¾ lb boy and a 5 ½ lb little girl. Jan and I were thrilled. The hospital tagged them Jim and Jane – later to become Johan and Elise. ! Joy did not last long as it rained solidly for ten days after I left hospital. All laundry was done by hand. Two squealing infants as we had feeding problems and I developed a breast abscess. In desperation I bought some very ripe bananas to satisfy their hunger. I was exhausted and wept buckets full and felt that death would be a relief. Jan was wonderful and sat holding wet napkins in front of the gas fire after returning from work. A colleague of Jan’s, whose wife was a doctor and had a trained nurse for her infant, took pity on us and we stayed with them for few days and the twins were put on to bottles of the Me, Elise and Johan National milk. They thrived on this and I recovered. ! My mother came to visit and was a great help and comfort. Soon after her arrival we went to stay in Kew within walking distance of the Gardens, where we had many visits. We were staying in a friend’s house while they were on holiday. One of our jobs was to feed their cat who had a special menu and loved beetroot. There were also two hamsters to feed. After Kew, we rented a house in Wembley. It was up on a hill with a lovely view and had a garden with a huge apple tree. Greyhound racing was a popular sport in Wembley and my mother and Jan went occasionally to watch. ! As the twins were getting too big for one pram we decided it was time for a twin one. Seeing an advert for one Jan and I went oﬀ on our bicycles with some rope. Having found Page 10 ! of 46 ! the advertised place and a satisfactory pram, well sprung with 2 hoods and high wheels, we tied rope round it to our handlebars and pulled it along for a few miles to our home – must have been quite a comical sight. ! In November my mother returned from her visit to friends in Holland and Switzerland. With winter on its way, she and I planned our return to South Africa. Jan still had to work another two months. ! Mother, the twins and I set oﬀ on Union Castle steamer from Southampton. We hit a terrific storm in the Bay of Biscay. Most passengers were ill, the dining room was empty but Johan and Elise were not in the least bit aﬀected. They sat in the high chairs in the dining room and enjoyed their food. Their twin pram was knocked over on the deck by a high wave. Johan and Elise also won first prize at the fancy dress going as Adam and Eve. ! My father met us at Cape Town docks and took us to the farm on Simonsberg. With sunshine and servants, life was bliss! Jan’s mother Ouma Miemie and his sister Anna gave us a big welcome in Stellenbosch. Jan come back a month later and in the old Hudson, which he had inherited from his deceased father, we made the trek to Johannesburg. ! Tant Anna and Ouma Miemie We stayed with Fordyce Robertson while Kath and Mary were visiting in Natal. Jan started working at Eskom and I set out house hunting. We found a little Spanish style house in Buﬀalo Road, moved in, and the twins could celebrate their first birthday in their own home! The backyard had a selection of fruit trees – fig, plum, peach, cherry and apricot. I soon learnt, with Jan’s help, to make jam and can fruit. We had very good friends in the same road – Doreen and Ren du Toit, Kath and Fordyce Robertson, and Audrey and Derek Wenham. The Wenhams lived across the road and we regularly played tennis there. Having good servants took away some of the chores of housework. ! In 1955, again on 13th April, I went into the Queen Vic hospital and Andre was born in the early hours next morning, on 14 April. With this event we had to build on an extra bedroom and I acquired my first washing machine. ! Page 11 ! of 46 ! Our first house, Buﬀalo Road The Wenhams moved to Rhodesia and Ted and Una Oosthuizen bought their house. Their young Andre and our Andre were the same age and became friends – “Smitty” and “Oosie”. Johan and Elise started school at Jan Celliers and I joined a lift club with Marie du Plessis and Yvonne Kusche. I attended a short Paediatric refresher course at Wits and was roped in to work part time at Alexandra clinic. This worked well as I could drop the children at school on my way to the clinic and fetch them on the way home. I was also helping out at a contraceptive clinic at Welfare House in town one afternoon a week. Elise and Johan Our Xmas holidays were usually spent in the Cape with my parents on the farm, and then Somerset West after they sold the farm. Ouma Miemie had moved out of the Jonkershoek house into a small house in Stellenbosch. Anna usually accompanied us during the Easter or June holidays to the Drakenberg. Cathedral Peak was our favourite, but we also stayed at The Royal Natal, Champagne Castle and Drakensberg Gardens where we met up with the Tredres from Durban. Page 12 ! of 46 ! Johan, Andre and Elise The June school holidays of 1963 we spent touring Rhodesia, starting with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls. At one of the game reserves while we sat in the car viewing the game, a female eland walked up to the car, struck her head through the window and began helping herself to a tin of shortbread on my lap. From the eastern highlands where we stayed at Leopard Rock, we crossed the border into Mozambique. In the Gorongosa Reserve we were fascinated to see the tails of two lions hanging down the wall of a ruined building. Next stop was Beira. While Jan and I went oﬀ to buy provisions, the children spotted a trampoline, so we left them there to enjoy some fun. When we returned to fetch them we were met with Elise nursing a broken arm; so oﬀ to the hospital. A friendly Portuguese orthopaedic surgeon was called to set the greenstick fracture – and refused payments. Me at Alexandra Clinic Page 13 ! of 46 ! On the way home we had news that my father was not well. He had been operated on for carcinoma of the stomach. I was very attached to my father and decided, with encouragement from Jan, to go down to the Cape and oﬀer my assistance as my mother did not drive their car. Fortunately they had sold their farm two years ago and had bought a home in Somerset West. I was grateful to be able to spend time with my parents, knowing that Jan was so willing and capable of looking after the children. My father was unconscious for two days. I was sitting by his bedside, admiring the beautiful view of the coast from Hangklip to Cape Point, when Dad sat up suddenly, turned his head to face me making kissing movements with his lips. So I kissed him and he lay down again blowing bubbles. At that moment the two fox terriers who always lay outside the bedroom door and never came into the house, started barking up in the air and dashed into the room. I knew then that the angels had come to fetch Dad’s soul. He was cremated and we buried his ashes in my grandfather’s grave in Philippolis. My mother bravely stayed on in the house for another two years before selling. ! Johan went to boarding school at Grey College Bloemfontein – my father’s old school, the next year. ! After selling the Somerset West house my mother came to visit us. She was having problems with her vision and was diagnosed by a neurosurgeon with chordoma of the brain. No ways could she return to the Cape and she stayed with us for two years till her death in June 1968. As accommodation was a bit tight Jan bought 5 Tugela Road, a lovely double story house which we had often admired on our walks. There were 3 bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs with a bathroom. This was ideal. Our second house, 5 Tugela Road Page 14 ! of 46 ! As the disease progressed I employed a servant to look after Mother during the day and a nurse at night. Andre was now also at Grey College; Elise at Helpmekaar. During July 1967 Eskom sent Jan to America to investigate which computers would be most suitable for the organisation. It was authorised that I accompany him. The Conradie's house opposite ours was partly burned down and we arranged that they moved into ours while theirs was being repaired. So that took care of Elise. ! 10 July: Jan and I set oﬀ first to England, then Paris and Switzerland. While Jan had to attend a board meeting of SWAWEK in Lisbon for a few days, I stayed over in Madrid with Harry Wheeler, an old friend from Rugby days who took charge of me and showed me the Spanish sights. ! 18 August: Jan and I flew to New York, then caught a train to I.B.M in Poughkeepsie and Schenectady. We spent the weekend at Niagara Falls. Then to Minneapolis to Control Data. I was able to visit a friend here who had been a nurse at Groote Schuur. Then to San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston. ! We visited Expo in Montreal and spent a wonderful weekend traveling by rail to Quebec, staying at Chateau Frontenac, which was like a fairy castle. It was a most exciting trip but after living out of a suitcase for two and half months, I was glad to get home on the 30th of September and see my mother and the children. ! 1968: M o t h e r ’s c o n d i t i o n deteriorated and she passed away 29 June - the anniversary of her wedding. Her ashes were also buried in Grandpa’s grave in Philippolis. Johan and Elise both wrote matric at the end of the year, b o t h o b t a i n i n g exc e l l e n t results. Johan started his obligatory National Service in the S.A. Navy and Elise went Jan and Me with the dogs at our second house Page 15 ! of 46 ! to Stellenbosch University to study for a B.Sc. My weekly routine was three morning clinics and two mornings tennis. I inherited some money form my mother and we decided to use this to take the family to Europe at the end of the year - 1969. ! Elise, Johan, Andre and I flew to Rome on the 19th of December 1969 where we joined Jan, who had left earlier for a business appointment. Having viewed the Roman sights we went to Naples and across to the Isle of Capri for a few days. Then back to Rome and Milan. Because of thick mist we were not able to fly to Switzerland so we took the train to Zurich on Xmas day. Once in the Alps the sun came out and we were able to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Then followed Lucern, Paris and across to Britain. ! We hired a car at Heathrow and toured to Oxford to see Jan’s old haunts, then Stratford, Rugby, Cambridge, Chester and four days in London. Three days in Amsterdam, then we flew to Vienna where we lost Johan and Jan while walking in the park. Fortunately we all met up at our hotel that evening just in time to go to the opera. We then enjoyed eight wonderful days in the ski resort of Hohentauern. Great fun was had learning to ski and experiencing toboggan rides at night. Our last stop was Athens where the highlight was climbing up to the Acropolis. We also visited Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Delphi. We were back home in Johannesburg at the end of January. Andre was already at Grey College having left a few days before the rest of us. For Jan and myself it was a wonderful experience to have had this trip with the children and enjoy the sights through their eyes. Elise at Stellenbosch Johan in the S.A Navy Page 16 ! of 46 ! ! Elise went oﬀ to Stellenbosch and Johan to Cape Town University to start his civil engineering studies. ! August 1971: On the way to a conference in Istanbul, Jan and I flew via Israel for two weeks holiday. We stayed in a hotel on the Mount of Olives which presented a lovely view over the Kidron valley and Jerusalem. After visiting the biblical sites we toured north to Haifa and spent a night in a kibbutz. Visiting a Monastery on Mount Carmel I was surprised to recognise a monk who had been a fellow medical student with me at U.C.T. He also recognised me and we had a lovely chat. After the Golan Heights we travelled south to the Sea of Galilee, had a dip in the salty Dead Sea, climbed to the top of Masada and spent two days in Eilat where I had my first experience of going on a glass bottom boat to view the fishes and coral. Then to Istanbul, Hamburg, Frankfurt, London. ! 1972 was important as Andre started his medical studies at U.C.T. and in April Johan and Elise turned 21. We celebrated with a party at the Vineyard hotel. ! On the 17th of August we set oﬀ on our first trip to the East, flying via London to Bangkok where we were met and welcomed with a huge basket of orchids. Highlights were visits to temples with Buddhas, Floating market boat tour and tasting various exotic fruits like rambutan, mangosteen etc. ! Flying into Hong Kong presented a wonderful view of surrounding Islands and the harbour, but the landing was scary as we dived down between the mountains onto a very short landing strip on the edge of the sea. We stayed in Kowloon, visited the Peak, the New Territories and sunset cruise to Aberdeen. ! A three and three quarter hour flight took us to Tokyo where we met up with the Kato family - Japanese friends whom we had known in South Africa. Next day they took us by bullet train to Himeji, the largest castle in Japan with moat and park like gardens and a pagoda. Next day by train to Kobe and by car to Kyoto. Naomi and Shiroku Kato were very good company and excellent guides. They took us to the various shrines and gardens and we slept on tatami mats on the floor of a Ryokan (Japanese inn). A drive took us to Nara with more temples and through a forest of large red cedars. Then by train to Toba and Mikimoto pearl island. Then to Hakone noted for its mountain scenery and steaming hot springs and geysers. By train back to Tokyo and Nikko to visit the famous shrine and pagoda. After more dinner parties and receptions, we boarded our flight to Sydney on the 12th of September. ! Page 17 ! of 46 ! During the two days in Sydney we were able to visit Peter and Rosemary Long who had emigrated from South Africa, and also Jean and David Stewart, who was a fellow Rhodes Scholar with Jan. They gave a dinner party at their home and a pleasant evening was had with other Rhodes Scholars who were also invited. They were last together 23 years ago. On the 15th of September a two and half hour Quantas flight took us to Auckland for the New Zealand W.E.C meeting in Wairakei. On the bus trip to Wairakei we stopped for a tour of the glowworm cave at Waitoma, going into the grotto by boat. This was our first W.E.C meeting attended by 132 delegates from 32 diﬀerent countries. ! We visited the Thermal Reserve with sprouting hot water geysers and bubbling mud pools. The trembling earth was quite eery. A visit to Rainbow Springs, Rotorua was interesting with many diﬀerent types of ferns and trout springs. ! In small planes we flew to South Island with stopovers at Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, with superb views of snowcapped mountain peaks and lakes. Beautiful scenery! A 20 mile motor launch crossing across Lake Monapouri took us to a hydroelectric station with underground power house. Through sheep and cattle farms we drove by bus to Mount Cook National Park and stayed at the Hermitage - a huge alpine hotel. ! On the 29th of September we flew back to Sydney. After visits to various power stations and the Atomic Energy Commission, we bussed to Canberra for two days, and then flew to Melbourne for more power station visits. Here ended the conference and on our own we visited Happy Haarhoﬀ and family. Visited Healsville sanctuary and saw beautiful birds, koala bears, platypus, dingo, emu, spiny ant eater, etc. ! 9 October: We flew to Adelaide where we were met by four of Jan’s Hardy family cousins all enthusiastic orchid growers. Kath Harris and her son John, drove us to Willunga to the home where Jan’s mother had lived and we visited the graves of his grandparents - John and Anne Hardy. It meant a lot to Jan to meet his Australian cousins - five female and one male, for the first time. His mother Florence Mabel Hardy died when Jan was ten years old, and contact with the family was not kept up. With stopovers at Perth and Mauritius we were pleased to arrive home on the 16th of October. ! September 1973: During a visit to Britain we travelled north from New Castle by car up the east coast to Durham to Hexham and toured Hadrian’s wall and Roman camp sites. Then to the Lake district driving from Keswick to Grasmere to Chester, Rugby, Stratford and London. We flew to Paris where we met Elise and went to stay with Ria and Aat van der Willigen till the 25th when we flew to Brasilia - the new modern capital city of Brazil. We Page 18 ! of 46 ! spent the day with the Viljoens sightseeing, and then flew to the most spectacular Iguacu Falls - often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Wonderful views were seen from a path along the river. Next day we crossed the river by ferryboat into Argentina and followed a path through the forest at the bottom of the falls - equally spectacular! Stopping a few days in Buenos Aires, we met up with our W.E.C. friends, flew to Mendoza - very near the border of Chile. By charter plane we flew south to Neuquen and Bariloche on the Nahuel Huapi Lake. This is very beautiful country with mountains, lakes, snow and a village stocked with chocolate shops (like Switzerland). ! Back to Buenos Aires and Monte Video and a two and a half hour Varing flight to Rio de Janeiro. Going up to the Sugar Loaf and Corcavado we met Anne Baker and later visited their home. On our last day in Rio we crossed to the island of Paqueta by ferry, hired bicycles and had great fun riding right round this quaint but beautiful island. We were home in Johannesburg on 21 October. ! During September 1974 there was the very large W.E.C. meeting in Detroit. September 20th we started oﬀ in Paris staying with Ria and Aat, visiting art galleries, Malmaison Chateau and the Lido show. Then via Brussels and London we flew to New York - visited the Frick Art Gallery, spent the weekend at Barbara Loeb’s home outside Westport and the Schippers family (cousins) near Port Jeﬀerson. A short stopover in Washington to visit the monuments and wonderful national art gallery and sightseeing in Philadelphia. ! We flew to Detroit for the W.E.C. opened by President Gerald Ford, attended by 4000 people. Because of the massive crime the streets were patrolled by mounted police. Every time Jan and I left our hotel we were followed by two private detectives. Visits were made to the Henry Ford museum and Greenfield village at Dearborn. ! The study tour started with a flight to San Francisco to visit among others a geothermal power station 15 miles other side the Golden Gate. Quick stops at Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Then we bussed to Zion National Park to Lake Powell for a sunset cruise and overnight stay. Entering the Grand Canyon Park was awesome, the colours changing with the position of the sun. We drove through Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona admiring the strange shapes of the red rocks and stayed in Phoenix. This ended the study tour and Jan and I flew to Anaheim to relax and enjoy Disneyland for two fun days. ! We then flew to Panama where Jan was interested in studying the activities in the Canal. Average transit time through the canal is +/- 8 hours. From Panama we flew to Bogota (Columbia). 50 Kilometers from here along the Pan Am highway we visited the world’s only subterranean Cathedral in the shaft of a salt mine at Zipaquira. The main attraction in Page 19 ! of 46 ! Bogota was the newly completed Gold museum containing gold relics from pre– Columbian civilisations. A short flight took us to Cartagena with its walled old city and large Spanish fort. Next we flew to Quito for four days sightseeing including a train journey with locals and their chickens to Guayaquil. ! From Quito we flew to Lima (Peru) where damage caused by an earthquake the previous week, was visible next to our hotel. We flew to Cuzco where you are advised to rest and drink coca tea to acclimatise to the altitude. Jan and I took no notice and went exploring the Inca street and surroundings. Next day by narrow gauge train we zigzagged up to Machu Picchu to the ruins of the Inca city. Over the snowcapped Andes we flew back to Lima and on to Rio. With the Bakers we went up the Corcovado and visited the yacht club. Home to Jo’burg on the 24th of October. ! Feb 1975: We were invited to the International Edison Birthday Celebration in Iran. On the 7th of February we flew to Tehran - caviar served with drinks every day. This was the last year of the Shah’s rule. Undercurrent of unrest felt. Visit to the Golestan Palace with the famous peacock throne and fabulous jewellery and Persian carpets. ! Flew to Isfahan with attractive mosques and palace; bought small carpet. Short flight to Shiraz. Then to Percepolis - religious capital built by Darius in 520 BC - well preserved ruins. On the way back we had two short stopovers in Germany with drive along the Rhine to Rudesheim, and two days in Zurich. ! The next W.E.C. took place in Copenhagen on the 25th of May 1975. We flew to Nice. Drove along the coast to Monte Carlo, back to Cannes. Then Swissair to Zurich and by car to Belfort and Colmar - attractive city with half timbered buildings. By train to Paris for a Lido show and “Baton Mouche” launch trip on the Seine. Via London we flew to Copenhagen and meeting of old friends of May 1975 W.E.C. Bus sightseeing tour Frederiksberg Castle, Zoo, Tivoli, Rosenborg Palace, Little Mermaid, Bĳon Winnblad shop, Christiansborg Palace, and Kronborg Castle at Elsinore (Hamlet’s Castle). Study tour to Odense to open air museums of farm and country houses. Hans Anderson House. Two and a half hour bus drive to Aarhus and meeting with old friend Morgens Skjoth with wife and baby at Weldings home party. Tour of old town with water wheel and half timbered buildings. ! 2 June: We joined a tour of Norway starting at Bergen. Along Hardanger Fjord to Voss, up mountain into snow, bus down and along Sognefjord to Balestrand overnight. Along Nordfjord to Olden; walk to Briksolalbre Glacier and a pony ride. Next day by ferry boat to Geiranger overnight. Road to Noorddalsford and Romdalsfjord to Andalsnes. Drove Page 20 ! of 46 ! through narrow Romdals valley to Fefor. Next to the Lillehammer museum. Tour ended at Oslo - Kon Tiki museum and Frogner Park. On the 10th of June flew to Amsterdam, to Brussels, and drove to Brugge. Home on the 15th of June, 1976. ! 10 September: Flew to Frankfurt where met by friends - Emmy and Emil Kubler and taken for four day sightseeing tour by car to Darmstadt, Heidelberg, autobahn to Baden-Banden, through the Black Forest to Herrenalb, Creglingen, to old walled town of Rothenburg and Nürnberg visiting the castle, craftsmans market, Dürer house. ! 15 September: We flew to Zurich and were put up at the posh Dolder Grand up on the mountain overbooking the lake. Two days later we flew to Berlin, met again by friends - the Linders, for sightseeing and through the Brandenberg gate to the eastern section, entry at Check Point Charly. War damage and very drab along Unten den Linden. Fantastic museums in Berlin - Charlottenberg Schloss and Dahlem. ! On the 25th of September we flew to Stockholm for five days - beautiful city! A fifty minute flight took us to Helsinki for five days. While there we drove 200 kilometres through lake and forest country to Koli, Savonlinna and Kouvola. Back to Helsinki and flight to London for two days and Paris for two days. ! 10 October: We flew to Abidjan on the Ivory Coast for W.E.C. meeting. A tour by car through dense forest to Bingerville, the former capital, was arranged with open air buﬀet, during supper entertained by native dancers. The next day a ladies excursion by car was arranged to Tragba. On the way along the narrow road the car struck a tree and skidded at right angles into dense forest. We had to be rescued. Another excursion by bus was to Grand Bassam with lunch stop on the beach. At the gala dinner we were entertained by more traditional dances. The conference ended with a tour along the coast to Ayama with more dancing and an open air lunch. Back home on the 15th of October. ! 25 September – 9 October 1977: Johan had been sent to work at the French nuclear power station at Tricastin, as Koeberg was to be built on the same pattern. He had acquired a small Renault and had made contact with my friends Peter and Mary Besse at Cavalaire. ! Johan arranged to take Jan and me on a ten day trip through Provence. He met us when we landed at Nice and drove us along the coast to the Besse’s estate where we had a great reunion and spent two days with them exploring the vicinity. Johan then took us to the Gorge du Verdon passing perched villages of Trigance and Aiguines, through vineyards and olive groves and along the highway to Marseille. Next day along the coast and north to Page 21 ! of 46 ! the artists village Martigues, then through fertile fields and orchards to Raphele. Then to Arles visiting the Roman theater and arena and on to Nimes. The Roman aqueduct “Le Pont du Gard” spanning the river, was a most impressive sight. Then to Tarascon on the river Rhone. Eventually through more orchards and vineyards to the ancient city of Les Baux on top of a mountain with cave dwellings and ruined castle. We travelled through St. Remy, Lourmarin and the perched village of Roussillon with strange ocre coloured cliﬀs. After visits to Avignon and Orange with its impressive Roman theater and arch. Then along the Gorges del Ardeche, a very scenic route along the river. Next day through mountainous country to Le Puy with interesting outcrops of volcanic rock. With a steep descent from the Central Massive we drove through numerous villages along the Rhone and eventually to Johan’s flat in Pierrelatte, and the end of a wonderful holiday. ! We drove from Tricastin to Lyon and the beginning of Jan’s business appointments. We were taken to dinner to the famous restaurant of Paul Bocuse. From Lyon Jan and I were driven to Geneva, flew to Zurich for two days, then to Frankfurt for two days. Then drove along the Rhine to Assmanshausen and along to Rüdesheim. Then flew to Paris where I did a one day tour of the Loire Chateaux - Blois, Chambord and Chenonceaux. ! 22 September: We flew to Heathrow, hired a car drove to Weybridge Winchester, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Glastonbury, Wells where swans on the moat around the cathedral ring a bell for food. Through Cheddar Gorge to Bath, Burford to Oxford, London, Gloucester, Stratford on to the Avon theater for a performance of Henry V. Then to Tratton Park (N.T) and overnight at Dunham Knoll. Visits to Coventry Cathedral and Warwick Castle. By car to Rugby and then to Heathrow for flight to Lisbon. Bus tour to Queluz Palace, Sintra Palace and the Pena Palace. ! 5 October: We flew to Madrid with visit to the Prado with its famous art - El Greco, Velasque, Goya, Raphael etc. Bus tour took us to El Escorial and Valle delos Caidos. Next day bus tour to the walled city of Avila, Segovia in the heart of old Castle to the royal Castile and La Granja. A Michelin walking tour of Madrid was very interesting before the night flight back to Johannesburg. ! 1978: The highlights of this overseas tour were visits to two volcanoes - in Reunion and Hawai and attending the W.E.C. in Banﬀ with a “study tour” in the Canadian rockies. On the 6th of August Jan and I flew to Reunion, rented a car (Peugeot) for two days in St. Denis. We drove along the beautiful coastal highway with steep cliﬀs and ocean geysers to St. Leu, then up a steep zigzag road up the mountain to Cilaos. Next day again up the mountain through colourful fields with wild azaleas and lush trees and finally up to the 2234 meter volcano. Through larva rocks a small footpath leads up to the summit of the Page 22 ! of 46 ! volcano. Then back through geranium fields – (used in perfume industry) across the mountain to fishing port of St. Pierre, to St. Benoit and back to St. Denis. ! Next afternoon we flew to Mauritius - 20 minute flight, for our stay at St. Geran hotel. We drove along the coast to the northern tip of the island and then to the 57 acre Botanical garden - Pamplemousses with exotic and indigenous plants. Before returning to the St. Geran we visited Port Louis. ! 11 August: We flew to Australia with a two day stopover in Perth and bus drive to Freemantle. Next flight to Adelaide and renewed acquaintance with our Australian cousins who took us to Willunga and the Urimbirra Fauna Park where we walked about feeding kangaroos. Then followed a fish lunch, a visit to Victor Harbour and coﬀee at Hahndorf. Next stop was Melbourne for two days with visits to the National Art Gallery, the botanical gardens and the Healesville Sanctuary with friends. Very interesting was seeing the various marsupial animals, koala bears and colourful birds. ! We then flew to Sydney and spent the weekend with Pat and Dave Stewart - old friends from Oxford days - at their beautiful 5 acre home in Dural. Back in Sydney at a dinner in the executive flat of Metal Industries, there was a wonderful view of the harbour bridge and opera house. Next day we were taken along the pacific highway for a visit to Vales Point power station. Next day a Quantas flight took us to the Island of Fĳi for a two day stopover en route to Honolulu on the Hawaian Island of Oahu. We took a bus tour to the Polynesian Cultural Centre where seven authentic villages were recreated round a network of waterways. It was a wonderful experience to see demonstration’s of the crafts, songs and dances in colourful costumes of the Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Fĳi, Tahiti, Marquesa and New Zealand groups, followed by pageant of long canoes down the water. We also did bus tours to Waikiki beach and the Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbour. (battleships bombed in December 1941). ! From Oahu we flew to the big island of Hawaii landing on a larva airport. We hired to Toyota and drove along the coast to Kona for three day stay. We visited the eerie City of Refuge at Hanaunau Bay with its ancient idols and Captain Cooke’s monument. Next day from Kona Lagoon we travelled through large areas of larva flow and plantations of coﬀee and Macadamea nut trees to Naalehu, the southern most point in the U.S.A. Then to the Volcanoes National Park viewing craters from special lookout points. Along a beautiful highway with white ginger, fuschia and orchids to Hilo and Wailoa State Park with Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. ! Page 23 ! of 46 ! Next the flight to Kauai - the “garden” Island. Again we hired a Toyota and drove along the coast to “sprouting horn” (sea forced through larva tube) to Kiahuna. The next day we drove through corn fields to Waimea and climbed up Canyon Drive to Kokea State Park. The vivid colours seen from the 3657 foot high lookout down the canyon are fantastically beautiful. Back along the highway to Wailua, where we did a boat trip on the river to Fern Grotto and the Bali Hi beach on Haena. ! On the 2nd of September we flew to San Francisco for three days, doing the cable car ride, Fisherman’s Warf, a two hour boat trip round the bay, Golden Gate Park and visit to John Kiely’s home at Woodside. On the 6th of September we took a one and half hour flight to Seattle. We watched the sunset from the top of the Space Needle with a lovely view of the bay, the city lakes and the distant mountains. Next day by ferry boat across Puget Sound to Winslow to Port Angeles to Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. Here next morning we stopped at the Mudflow nature trail, then oﬀ to Longmire. Through the forest with various falls we visited Paradise Park, lake and canyon and overnight at Longmire. ! 9 September: From Seattle we flew to Vancouver. With a Sunday bus pass we visited North Shore, Capilano canyon with its suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain, Granville, Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park with beautiful gardens. Next morning by bus and ferry to Victoria. Another bus took us to the famous Butchard Gardens, with six separate colourful gardens covering 30 acres in an old quarry. That evening back to Vancouver by bus and ferry. Next day a visit to B.C. University and drove by hired car to Horseshoe Bay. The following morning set oﬀ for the rockies by car along the Trans Canada freeway to Hope, Princeton Penticton, along the Okanagan Lake to Kelowna, Vernon, Revelstoke into Glacier National Park, up steep Rogers Pass highway to Golden, along Kicking Horse river to Emerald Lake in Yoho Park, and then to Banﬀ National Park. From Lake Louise to Banﬀ for the W.E.C. at the Banﬀ Springs hotel which looks like a huge Scottish castle set in the forest up on the mountain side with fantastic view of the Bow valley and mountains. A ladies tour was taken up Sulphur mountain by gondola lift and the next day to Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. An attempt at playing ladies tennis was stopped by falling snow. The post conference study tour took us by bus to Jasper for three days where we visited the Columbia Icefield with a snow mobile ride on the Athabasca Glacier and cable car ride up Pyramid mountain. The tour ended at Calgary. ! On the 25th of September we flew to Toronto where we did a sightseeing tour. Next on the 27th we flew to Montreal and were met at the airport by Anne and Michael Baker. They and whisked us oﬀ to the Laurentian Mountains to see the fantastic autumn colours - Page 24 ! of 46 ! indescribably beautiful. We spent the night at the Alpine Inn Ste Marguerita, then back to Monteral. ! After a busy sightseeing day we met Lucy and Dick Shaw, old friends from Oxford days, for dinner. Next day we flew to La Guardia New York, took the limousine to West Port to spend the night with Barbara Loeb. The following morning by car and ferry to Long Island to visit Jan’s cousins Erine and Anne Schippers at Riverhead and back to Kennedy airport for our flight home over Ilha do Sol on the 1st of October. ! 1978: Elise and Ian were married in December with a small reception at our home. Two days later we flew to Cape Town for Andre’s graduation at U.C.T. Ian and Elise, Wedding day 1978 1979, 7 September – 26 October: We flew to Frankfurt where we attended the opera “Jenufa” the next night. Next day friends took us by car to Schlangenbad Spa and along the river Lahn. After a day exploring Frankfurt we drove through the Tounis hills to Assmannshausen and next day along the Rhine to Mainz and hovercraft on the river to Boppard. Then by car to Cologne, Koblenz to Gummers Bach for dinner with Steinmuller friends. Driving though hilly forested country we visited Oberen Schloss in Siegen where William of Orange was born in 1533. ! On the 16th of September we flew form Cologne to London and attended a gala ballet performance at Covent Garden the next evening. Next afternoon we took the train to Newcastle and were driven along the coast to Warrworth Castle, then to Alnwick Castle, Page 25 ! of 46 ! the home of the Duke of Northumberland. Back to Newcastle and next day drove through farming country to Edinburgh for lunch after visits to the castle and Holyrood Palace and dinner in Glasgow. The following day along the shore of Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne to Inverary and overnight in Oban. Next day through Glencoe to Lake Awe and a visit to the pump storage station, then to the Trossachs, Lake Katrine, Aberfoyle. ! 24 September: We flew from Glasgow to Paris. While our men were busy consulting, my friend Emmie Kubler and I explored Paris – Pompidou art centre, Notre dame, Sorbonne, Luxembourg garden and Odeon. Next day we took a bus tour to Château de Chantilly. While Jan was on business I was sent oﬀ on 28th with a driver and charming French lady for a 2 day tour of the Loire Valley visiting the Château Chambord, Chenonceaux, Loches, Azay-le-Ridea Langeais, Sache (home of Balzac), Villandry and Amboise. ! On the 30th of September we flew to Zurich, met by the Kublers who drove us to Salzburg via Appenzell and the Tirol. Next day along the autobahn to St. Gilgen on the Wolfgang See and lunch at the famous Weises Rössl and back to Salzburg. Early next morning we were at the Festspielhaus for the opening of the V.G.B. Congress and the Mozart Concert (Symphony 41 – Jupiter) that evening. We explored Salzburg and surrounding woods – Gaisberg, Fuschl. Next day across the border to Berghtesgaden and walk through the forest over looking the Konigsee. Then along the Alpenstrasse to Grossglockner pass to Heiligen Blut overnight. Next day into Italy at Panzendorf in the Dolomite area with lots of castles perched up the mountains, on to Bolzano. Up the steep Stelvio mountain pass with 47 hairpin bends to Stilfserjoch, with snowclad peaks and overnight at Zernez. Then into Switzerland to Pontresina and St. Moritz and drove back to Zurich for three days. ! On the 10th of October we flew to London. There we hired a car from Avis on the 13th of October and drove to Oxford, visited Tessa at Lady Margaret Hall and spent the night with Goldie and Staﬀy (old UCT friend) at North Hinksey. Then we set oﬀ for Devon and Cornwall over the Clifton Suspension bridge from Bristol along the west coast to Combe Martin Bay, Ilfracombe, Clovelly, Bude, Boscastle with the rocky cliﬀs of the Cornish Coast and six miles further to Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur with its castle and keep, Polperro, Looe then to Plymouth and 3 days stay in Dartmouth with Sheila and Douglas Anscombe (friends from Rugby days). With picnic lunches we had three wonderful days exploring the area and surroundings, picking blackberries. Leaving Dartmouth we drove to Torquay, Babbacome, Plymouth, Truro, Penpol where we spend the night with Eve Lester. Next day to Falmouth Marazion with the causeway to St. Michaels Mount, Penzance, Lands End and overnight at St. Ives. Then to Launceston, Exeter, Dorchester. Next morning to Bournemouth, through the New Forest to overnight and visit to Jill and Mick Long Innes and Jean and Rookie Rooke (distant cousins) at Billingshurst. Then Guildford Page 26 ! of 46 ! and a visit to Windsor Castle on the way to Heathrow having driven 1233 miles from Oxford. We flew to Las Palmas for a two day stay on the way home. ! The next important exciting event was the birth of Jacques Andrew Dymond on 7th November 1979. The Christimas of 1979 was the first we could celebrate with a grandchild and little Jacques received much attention. ! 1980: The next important event in the Smith family was the marriage of Johan to Joy Minnaar which was celebrated at the beautiful Spier wine farm. ! 20th August 1980 was our next visit to Europe, starting oﬀ with three days in London, then Brussels, Antwerp, revisiting sights in Paris including the cruise on the Boteaux Mouche on the Seine. A Swiss Air Flight took us to Basle where we met our friends Edith and Horst Linder who took us by car along the river Rhine into the Black Forest with Johan and Joy, Wedding day lunch stop at Titisee, and on to Meersburg overlooking 1980 Lake Constance (the Bodensea) from our hotel on the hill. The next morning we took a boat to the island of Mainau with its colourful gardens and subtropical fruit trees. Then along the Alpenstrasse to Lindau and up into the mountains to the ski resort Oberstdorf and on the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein built for Ludwig II the mad king of Bavaria. Then we drove to Oberammergau with the Linders and Ernst Kahle and attended the Passion Play. Walking through the village it was interesting to see the neat houses with frescoes and wood work. ! On the way to attend the World Energy Conference in Munich we stopped at Garmish Partenkirche and took the cable car up to Zugspitze the highest peak in Germany. The opening ceremony of the Conference attended by 2000+ was a very smart aﬀair in a grand schloss. Dignitaries like the President of the Federal Republic, the Chancellor, and the Chairman of Siemens were present. After ten days of cocktail parties, dinners, visiting castles and a farewell banquet at the Residence (the old winter palace), we set oﬀ by bus on the 13th of September to Chiemsee. We went across the lake to Herrenchiemsee Koning Schloss with a gallery of mirrors like that of Versailles. We crossed the border into Austria for a day sightseeing in Salzburg. After a visit to petrol refinery we bussed to Berghausen Fortress and museum, then to Altoetting the oldest and best known goal of pilgrimage with a black virgin in the chapel. Next day to the Isar Nuclear Power station and Page 27 ! of 46 ! on to Regensburg with a Roman bridge over the Danube and overnight in Nurnburg. Sightseeing next day and visit to the castle and dinner with friends. ! The next day fetched by car and driven to Bonn, Siegen and Deuz for dinner at Heutlings home. Next day a one and half drive to Frankfurt for three days sightseeing, meeting friends and attending the opera “Magic Flute”. We were invited to a very jolly party with Bavarian beer, singing, dancing, eisbein and sauerkraut given by Steinmuller. With Jess and Ian McRae we were driven next day to Cologne for more entertainment and sightseeing for three days. We flew to Zurich for two days for more dinners and sightseeing. It was all very pleasant and interesting but a relief to fly back home on the 27th of September 1980. ! September 1981: I was again privileged to accompany Jan on business trip taking us from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan to the United States. After a three day stopover in Hong Kong, visiting Repulse bay, Aberdeen and trip through the New Territories to Lok Ma Chau, and the walled village of Kam Tin. We flew to Taiwan were we were met by the very friendly members of the Taiwan Power Company and taken to a Confusian Temple and the National Place museum housing ancient priceless Chinese art treasures. We were royally treated to Chinese meals. ! Next day were taken by car though the 19 kilometre Taroko Gorge with its lofty marble rock and 38 tunnels. Next day we drove through rice paddies and tea plantations, visiting a pump water station in the mountains and reached Sun Moon Lake for an overnight stop. After a trip round the lake and visits to pagodas and temples, we drove to Lishan and put up in a suite at the guesthouse. Still higher up the mountains next day we visited a co-op farm and had a conducted tour through Chiang Kai Sheks mountain retreat, followed by lunch and visit to Techi dam and hydro power station, and then along the highway to Taipei Grand Hotel. After shopping, a visit to Chiang Kai Shek memorial and a farewell dinner, we departed next day to Japan on the 15th of September. ! From the Palace Hotel in Tokyo we were taken the next day to the Meĳi Gardens, Shinto Shrine, a Kabuki theatre and shopping. On Friday the 18th we went by train and bus to Hakone National Park with lovely view of Mount Fuji and up to the steam pools near top cable station. Together with Marius and Kitty de Waal and J.P and Gerty Brand we took the train to Kyoto to spend the night at a Japanese Inn dressing up in kimonos and squatting on the floor for dinner. ! Great excitement was getting news from Johan of the birth of Renee, our first granddaughter, on the 18th of September, 1981. Page 28 ! of 46 ! ! We visited Nĳo Castle, Heian Shrine Kiyomizu temple and the Byodo-In Temple. Then by bus to Nara to the deer park and Todaĳi temple with its large bronze Buddha which can hold 13 people in his hand. Next along an avenue of stone lanterns to Kasugu Shrine and more temples and pagodas. The next day to Kobe and back to Tokyo for reception with the S.A ambassador, Frik Botha. Next day by taxi we were taken to Nikko to the famous Toshogu Shrine with its beautiful carvings on the sacred stable, a 5 story pagoda and store houses. Then we walked to Lake Chuzenji after lunch at the hotel. Back to Tokyo for Mitsui reception and buﬀet supper. On the 23rd of September we departed from Narita Airport for San Francisco, crossing the International Date Line 3 and a ½ hours later, winning a day. ! Met by John and Margaret Kiely we were taken to their home for dinner at Woodside. Next day on the 24th the Kiely’s driver took us across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, an art exhibition and a Tiﬀany’s stained glass exhibition. Lunch at Franciscan Club followed by drive through China Town, drinks at top of St Francis hotel, and dinner in Sausalito. On the 25th of September we drove to the Napa Valley via Sonoma to a wine tasting and an Indian Museum. Jan and I jumped on to the cable car in front of the St. Francis hotel and went down to Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39. Next day we flew to Salt Lake City for two days visiting the Mormon Temple complex and Kennecotts open cut copper mine. ! Next we flew to Jackson Hole (Wyoming), hired a Toyota and drove through the Grand Teton National Park with spectacular scenery of Jackson lake and surrounding mountains. Then on to Yellowstone National Park where snow started falling on the pass and we saw the steam of Old Faithful geyser near the hotel. A large herd of elk and bison were seen in the mid Geyser basin. We drove along a narrow gorge with attractive waterfalls and steaming pools and spent the night at the Old Faithful Inn, constructed of wooden logs and rocks. Early next morning Jan and I walked along wooden pathways viewing the hot pools, fumeroles and various geysers in action. Then we drove back through Teton Park to Jackson Hole Airport and flew to Denver for overnight stay. With rented Toyota we drove the next day to Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake and then back to Denver through Georgetown – an attractive Victorian village. Next day a one hour drive took us to Red Rocks Park and along Boulder canyon. ! On the 4th of October we flew from Denver to Chicago where we stayed two days with dear friends Carol and Tom Tucker at their home at Olympia fields, before flying to Columbus Ohio. Next day with a Westinghouse 8 seater Cessna plane we flew to Muncie and then to Pittsburg. A helicopter flight over Pittsburg gave a good view of the Golden Triangle where two rivers meet, the Carnegie institute and Cathedral of Learning. A Page 29 ! of 46 ! Westinghouse driver took me through wooded country in beautiful autumn colours to “Falling Water” a modern house in the forest built by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright in the rock over a waterfall. Next day we flew to Philadelphia. Here a sightseeing drive through the city along the East river to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. ! A three hour drive along the highway took us to Washington for dinner at the South African Embassy. Sightseeing included Georgetown, National Cathedral with space window, the Lincoln and Jeﬀerson monuments, visit to Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Library of Congress and a tour of the Capital. Four days later we flew to Albany for two days. Drove in a G.E. limousine through wooded country with magnificent fall colours to Olana Castle and Hartford. Next day we were driven to Westport where we met Barbara Loeb (an old friend whose mother lives in Cape Town) for lunch, and then to New York and Kennedy airport for flight back to Johannesburg – landed on the 16th of October. ! Graeme was born on the 27 ! th of October 1981. In January 1982 Andre and Heila were married in Eston. Johan, Joy and Renee came up from the Andre and Heila’s wedding day Cape for the wedding and we all spent a few days at Royal Natal Park afterwards. Jan and I climbed up the chain ladder to the top of the mountain. I was amazed at the variety of wild flowers on the Berg at that time of the year. ! In September 1982 while on the way to the W.E.C. in Saville, we stopped over in Washington for four days. While Jan was engaged in talks at the S.A. Embassy, I toured the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts and by tour mobile visited the Lincoln memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian, the National Art Gallery, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the White House. That evening we had dinner at Rod Fisk’s (of the S.A. Embassy) home in Maryland. Next day I again enjoyed art exhibitions and the Museum of National History. The S.A. ambassador Brandt Fourie and his wife Daphne invited us to dinner the night before we flew to Paris. Beautiful dried bougainvilla arrangement on the dinner table. ! Page 30 ! of 46 ! Andre in the South African Navy On the 18th of September we landed at Charles de Gualle airport. Picked up at our Paris hotel by Herbert Berger and Paul de Lieven ( an old friend). We drove to Giverny to visit the Claude Monet Museum and its beautiful garden with a lily pond, bridge and willows. Next day I visited the Jue de Paume, Place du Tertra, Sacre Coeur, Invalides, and that night taken to the Moulin Rouge. The next two days sighteeing with June de Villiers and François (de Lieven’s secretary), we visited Marmottan museum and Monet paintings, Notre Dam and Fontainbleau and the small village of Barbizon. ! On the 23rd of September we flew to Madrid for two days. There we visited the Prado museum with Velazquez, El Greco, Goya and Rubens paintings and guided tour of the Royal Palace. It was good to meet up again with Harry Wheeler – old friend from U.C.T. and Rugby days. ! On the 25th of September we flew to Seville and were met by a W.E.C. representative. Jan and I walked along the river bank and wandered through narrow streets to Giraldo tower and picturesque Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter) with its small courtyards and colourful gardens. By bus next day to a horse display, visit to an old cathedral, followed by sherry tasting at a bodegas, and a drive up a steep hill to a small village for view of cultivated plains, rolling hills and large white farm houses. After the opening of the W.E.C. congress the ladies were taken on a sightseeing tour visiting the Cathedral, Alcazar and convents. ! Page 31 ! of 46 ! 30 September: The after-congress study tour started with flight to Valencia and 80 km drive along the coast to visit a Thermal Power station. Then an overnight stop at Tarragona situated within Roman walls on a hill overlooking the sea. Driving through hilly country with castle ruins, visiting Asco nuclear power station and the Hydroelectic station on the Ebro river. We came to a very steep hill where the bus got stuck and we had to walk up to Mequinenza castle for our overnight stay with delicious dinner in the baronial hall. Next morning we walked down the hill to our bus and drove 250km through orchards of peaches, olives and hazelnuts to Barcelona. ! We spent two days in Barcelona roaming along the Rambla, visiting museums, the Spanish village and gazing at the strange Gothic Cathedral and Casa Milà. After two days in Zurich where Jan had business talks with Brown Boveri, we flew to Munich where we visited the Alte Pinakothek Museum, the Olympic games park, the Nymphenburg Palace and the Amalienburg shooting lodge. We attended the performance of Othello at the Opera House. Next day we were driven to Nurnberg, walked through the old town and shopped for Xmas decorations. An hour’s drive took us to Bayreuth. We walked through the town, past Richard Wagners house and into the hofgarten. Next day we drove to Gefrees and went for a walk in the forest with Edith and Horst Linder. On Monday the 11th of October, we were fetched from the hotel in Wunsiedel to visit the Rosenthal studio in Selb and toured the diﬀerent factory departments ending with a fine lunch at Rosenthal Castle with Neil Cullinan. Flew to Frankfurt later that afternoon. Two days in Frankfurt for business followed by a drive along the Rhine to Cologne where we caught a flight to Heathrow. We hired a car from Avis and drove to Oxford. We spent two nights with Goldy and Godfrey Staﬀord at their cottage in North Hinksey. We strolled round Oxford and drove through the Cotswolds visiting Chipping Norton, Stow in the Wold, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Burton on the Water and Burford. On the way to London we visited Katrin and Basil Pollard at Monkspeace. We spent two days in London. The last night we had dinner with Pamela and George Nelson at their home in Belgravia. We arrived back home on the 21st of October. ! 1983: Johan phoned with news of the birth of Andre Minnaar Smith on the 10 ! th of May. August 1983: Our next Europe American trip commenced on the 12th of August, with a visit to Emmi Kublers home in the lovely little Swiss village of Wildberg near Zurich, followed by dinner with Ruth and Jo Abbt in Vittikon. Next day being a Sunday, the Abbts fetched us from our Zurich hotel and drove us to Luzern, where we walked across the old wooden Spreuerbrücke built in1408 for sightseeing and then to visit the large open air museum – Ballenberg. We continued along the lake to Einsiedeln and then back to Zurich. Next day Sprecher and Schuh drove to us to Aarau and took us on a tour of an 11th century castle. Page 32 ! of 46 ! Next day Jan had business at the bank and I was taken by boat to Erlenbach. That evening we drove to Regensburg for dinner with friends. Next morning we drove to Liechtenstein where Jan bought stamps in Valuz, then across the Arlberg Pass to Innsbruck where we stopped for coﬀee and apfelstrudel, then to Kitsbuehel, having traveled 400 km that day, and an overnight stop. Next day we crossed into Germany and drove to Berchtesgaden where we walked in the woods overlooking the Königsee. Back into Austria, spent the night in Fuschl am See after attending two ballets in the festival hall in Salzburg – a very smart black tie event. Early next morning we were driven to Bad Ischl and along the Traun river to Langbathsee, where we walked for two hours in the woods round the lake. After lunch drove to St. Wolfgang and back in Salzburg with Fina and Walter Pferdekemper and Karin and Hans Hirschman. We did a walking guided tour of Salzburg, and that evening attended the opera “Cosi fan Tutti” at the Festspielhous. Next day we saw a performance of “Jederman” in front of the cathedral. Along the autobahn we went to Linz and Melk to visit the enormous monastery on the hill overlooking the Danube, then to Durnstein a little fortified town on the Danube, and finally to Vienna for a performance of “The Merry Widow”. During our four day stay in Vienna we did a lot of sightseeing and dining and wining. Main sights were a visit to Schonbrun Palace, a horse drawn cab tour of the old city, a pleasant evening with Fina and Walter under the oaks in Grinzing, a visit to Belvedere the residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, and a pleasant morning with Helen Obermaier. ! On the 25th of August we flew to Munich where Jan had business with Munich Re. On Saturday we were taken to Tegernesee for a walk in the woods with Ralph Root and a typical Bavarian lunch, then to Spitzsingzee and Neuhau. Sunday we walked to the art gallery and botanical gardens before catching the flight for Frankfurt. ! On the 31st of August we flew to Washington and had a lovely surprise to be met at the airport by Andre and Heila. During the next few days I accompanied Andre and Heila in their Dodge camper to the various memorials, museums and sights while Jan was busy with nuclear matters. On the Saturday afternoon the Fisk family took Joan and Grant Park, Andre, Heila, Jan and I to a fun supper of fresh crabs in Annapolis, 40 Miles away from Chesapeake Bay. ! With the Parks, Jan and I flew to Columbus Ohio for two days, then flew to Buﬀalo where we met Andre and Heila and drove to the Niagara Falls. They stayed with us in the hotel and we had great fun viewing the falls from both the American and Canadian sides. Dressing up in yellow mackintoshes and boots to descent, by elevator, to the tunnel behind Horseshoe falls was great fun. ! Page 33 ! of 46 ! After 2 days we set oﬀ in the camper for Toronto, picnicking on the way. Andre dropped us at the Holiday Inn and left for Oakville to stay with the Amms while he wrote exams for his Fellowship. Next exploring Toronto on foot and dinner with Margaret and John Foster. Then we flew to Montreal. After touring the city and a visit to the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica with its blue and gold interior and meeting Dick and Lucy Shaw for dinner we drove to Ottawa in a hired car and viewed the city. We stopped overnight at the imposing Château Montebello on the river and drove via the Laurentian mountain villages back to Montreal for flight to Heathrow. ! During the next week in England we visited Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill, Penshurst Palace, Tunbridge Wells and Polesden Lacey in the North Downs. We hired a car in London and drove to Cambridge visiting Kings College Chapel. Then to Oxford where Jan spent the night at Lincoln College for a special dinner. We spent the last day visiting Blenheim Palace and Woodstock village before driving to Heathrow for the flight to Johannesburg on the 24th of September. ! 1984, 4 October – 3 November: Visits to Holland, England, France, Germany. Landing in Amsterdam we hired a car, drove to Veere via Utrech to visit Jan’s cousins Ria and Aat van der Willigen. Erina and Anne Schippres from America were also visiting and we had a sociable dinner at “De Oude Werf” across the canal. ! After two days sightseeing in this quaint old town we set oﬀ along the coast and alongside the high dyke to Westkapelle with its monument to the Allied invasion in 1944. On to Vlissingen an important harbour and Middleburg an attractive old town. Next day to Zierikzee old harbour town, Brouwershaven and overnight in Brielle. Next day to Den Haag for the VGB congress on the 9th of October where we met Ian and Jess McRae, Berger, Hermes, and Becks. Next day we set oﬀ by bus to Gouda, Oudewater and Delft for sightseeing and then back to Den Haag for dinner and dance in Congress hall. ! The following day a one and a half hour bus drive took us to Arhem Open Air Museum with old farm houses, windmills, costumes from diﬀerent parts of Holland. Then a visit to the Kruller-Muller art gallery with important van Gogh collection. That evening a “rĳsttafel” dinner was enjoyed at the Indonesian restaurant. The next day we drove by bus to Enkhuizen, a fishing village on the Ĳsselmeer (Zuiderzee). A ten minute boat trip then took us to the open air Zuiderzee Museum showinged aspects of the life of fishermen before 1932. Next day Jan and I took the train to Amsterdam where we did a boat trip on the canals and visited the Vincent van Gogh museum. ! Page 34 ! of 46 ! 14 October: We flew KLM from Schipol to Heathrow and were met by Ralph Appelby. From the Cavendish hotel we walked through St James park, Green park and Hyde park. While Jan was busy with energy matters, I shopped, and visited the Royal Academy to view 17th century Dutch master pieces. That evening we were taken to Stratford on Avon where we spent the night and next day Jess and I visited the Shakespearean sights. After a pub lunch we were taken for a tour of Warwick Castle and then back to the theatre for a performance of Hamlet. Next day to Coventry to see the new cathedral. A two hour drive by the GEC driver to their guest house Durhamham Knoll in Altrincham for dinner and overnight. Next day in a 5 seater Cesna for a bumpy flight to Newcastle and taken on tour of Durham Cathedral - a fine example of early Norman architecture. The next morning we were taken from Besom Barn along the coast to Alnwick, Seahouses, past Bambrugh Castle, Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory back to Newcastle. ! 20 October: Jan hired a Ford Fiesta in Newcastle and we drove 302 miles through the North Yorkshire Dales and Peak District National Park, and spent the night in Rugby. Next day we drove to Heathrow, having done a total of 400 miles from Newcastle. Took a flight to Paris where we were met and taken to dinner at the famous “La Tour D’ Argent” with old friends - McRaes, Paul de Lieven, Herbert Berger. Next day Jess and I visited the Museum Jeu de Paume (my favourite art gallery), Notre Dame and the Rodin museum. After more sightseeing the next morning we flew Swiss Air to Zurich. ! Jan addressed the Swiss South African Chamber of Commerce at the Dolder. ! Next day I was picked up by Camilla Thomas for a drive through the woods – magnificent in their autumn colours, for lunch at Habsburg Castle followed by a visit to Wildberg Castle. It rained the next day and I enjoyed walking through the old city. Ruth and Jo Abbt drove us the next day to the picturesque village of Gottlieben, and along the lake to Stein-amRhine and back to Zurich after dinner. ! 28 October: Swiss Air to Munich. With Jan we did a walking tour of the parks through the Hofgarden and along the shopping area. That evening dinner preceded by a Mozart performance was in Munich Re guest house. Next day a welcome and a tour of Munich Re oﬃces. The ladies were taken to the Nymphenburger Porcelain Factory and a bavarian lunch followed by visit to Neue Pinakathik, a modern art gallery. That evening we saw a beautiful performance of the ballet “Papillon” with dinner during interval. By bus next morning we were taken to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ettal for lunch, walking, stayed at Oberammergau. Then Wies Rococo Church, Rottenbuch and back to Munich for dinner. Next morning we flew to Frankfurt and attended the opera “Madame Butterfly”. Jan went to Page 35 ! of 46 ! a Dresdner Bank meeting the next morning and after another business meeting the next day we flew back to Johannesburg on the 2nd of November. ! November 30 ! th 1984, Elise gave birth to Antoine and Francois. 1985: Jan was diagnosed with Cancer of the Colon shortly after he retired from Eskom. After a colostomy he carried on with his various directorships. ! 29 July 1986: Jan was asked to do an advisory job in Taiwan so oﬀ we set for Taipei with Herbert and Kath Berger. Landing early morning, taken to our hotel, we were driven to the Martyrs’ shrine to see the changing of the Guard in the afternoon. Kathy and I walked next morning to Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial, climbing up 89 steps to the large bronze statue. Through parklike gardens with carp ponds, we walked to the Lungshan Buddhist Temple, and along alleyways past tiny shops and fish and fruit markets. ! Next day Kathy and I did a guided tour of the National Museum and a Confucist Temple, with its peaceful garden. Sunday with Kathy and Herbert, we were taken along the highway to visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha, then to the busy seaport of Keelung, up a steep winding road for a view and the lofty white statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Further along the coast was Yehliu with peculiar reddish coral rock in the shape of animals or people. The scenic drive inland over steep mountains covered with tree ferns took us to Yangminshin Park where we walked along paths with waterfalls, subtropical trees and azalea plants and a view of the valley with terraced rice paddies. Next day we had news of Ouma Miemie’s death, on the 3rd of August. Next day was spent shopping and visiting the Tai Power Building for a multimedia presentation followed by a superb Chinese dinner at a large round table. ! On the 6th of August Jan and I took a nine hour flight to Honolulu form Taipei, crossing the International Date Line after dinner. After breakfast we flew over the Island of Kauai where we had a clear view of the colourful Waimea Canyon. The airport bus in Honolulu to our hotel, gave us a good tour of the town and Wakiki beach. ! Our next three days we spent sightseeing on foot and by bus; the highlights being the Kodak show in Kapialani Park and the Polynesian Culture Centre in a beautiful park with a stream for the pageant of the long canoes. This 41 acre living museum of the customs, crafts, architecture, activities, songs and dance of the Polynesian people from Samoa Fĳi, Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand, Marquesas and Tonga is truly magnificent, providing a spectacular show of music and dance. A five hour flight overnight took us to Vancouver on the 10th of August where we were met by Andre and Heila. As their flat was small they Page 36 ! of 46 ! booked us into an apartment nearby. Within walking distance of False Creek with a view of Expo across the creek, was Grenville Island market with beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, homemade cakes. In the afternoon Andre drove us through the posh suburb of Shaughnessy and to the University of British Columbia. ! Next day we visited the various pavilions of Expo. ! The following day Andre drove us over Burrard Bridge to Stanley Park, visiting the aquarium, then over Lions Bridge to North Vancouver and along marine drive to Lighthouse Park. There we walked along a trail in the forest and picnicked on the rocks before driving to Horshoe Bay. With senior citizen transit bay passes Jan and I took the skytrain and did some exploring. Next morning we walked through the colourful Queen Elizabeth Gardens, built in an old quarry, and in the afternoon Andre took us for a picnic on a hillside overlooking the yacht harbour at Deep Cove and Mount Seymour Park. ! Taking the Royal Hudson steam train along the coast to the quaint old town of Squamish was an interesting experience. That afternoon Andre took us up to Grouse Mountain ski ride and then to Capilano Park where we walked over the 230 foot suspension bridge over the canyon. On Saturday Jan and I took the Tsawwassen ferry to Vancouver Island and a bus to the famous Butchard Gardens built in a quarry with magnificent floral displays. After visiting Victoria and bus to the ferry, we reached Vancouver late at night. On Sunday we again visited the campus of University of British Columbia with its beautiful gardens scattered over 396 hectares. In the afternoon we watched Andre playing in a cricket match in Stanley Park and later enjoyed the fireworks display of Expo. We did some more Jan and Andre in Canada Page 37 ! of 46 ! exploring the next two days and on the 20th of August we flew via Heathrow back to Johannesburg. ! We had a month to recover from this trip to Taiwan and Vancouver, as we had a special invitation to attend the World Energy Congress in Cannes starting on the 3rd of October. ! 26 September 1986: Jan and I flew to Heathrow, arriving early morning, we hired a car and drove to Oatland’s Park at Weybridge for accommodation. During our three days in Britain we visited Jean and Rookie in Shalford, Susan and Brian Clark in Limpsfield and toured the courtyard and gardens of Hampton Court. ! 30 September: We flew to Nice where Richard Besse met and drove us to Cavalaire and the Besse estate. We stayed with Mary and Peter for two and a half days in their lovely home on the hillside overlooking the bay. These hospitable old friends took us to nearby St. Tropez and Port Grimaud Marina. Peter drove us to Cannes to our hotel where we met up with our friends Jess and Ian McRae, the Normans and Dick Dutkiowicz. After registering at the Palais des Congres, we walked up Mount Chavalier to the old town along narrow streets and back for cocktail party with old friends - Fosters, Rutleys, Obermaiers, Otts. Next day we obtained our tickets for the post congress study tour. That evening we walked along the beach front to the Palm Beach Casino for the executive council reception dinner and dance. ! After the Grand Opening Ceremony by President Mitterand, who arrived by helicopter on Sunday 5th October, we attended another cocktail party and then drove 6 miles out to the famous Moulin de Mougins for dinner with McRaes, Becks, Bergers, and Hermes. Over the next five days there were daily bus tours, coming back to Cannes for cocktail parties given by various firms in the evenings. We visited the Biot Glass Factory, Antibes for the museum in the castle with pottery and Picasso paintings. Then Cagnes, St. Paul’s with art show, the Maeght Foundation Art gallery with its modern sculpture and Chagall paintings, Monte Carlo, Grasse with its Fragonard Perfumery. Sophie Antipolis Park of research centres. At night there were fantastic fireworks displays. Page 38 ! of 46 ! Me, Jan and the kids - 5 Tugela Road On the 11th of October the five day study tour commenced with a visit to the Gardanne coal power station. Then to Arles where we climbed to the top of the Roman Amphitheater and visited the Cloisters of St. Trophime, and spent the night at Montpellier with a reception at Castle Grammont. After exploring Montpellier next morning we drove though vineyards to the quaint old village of Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert located at the entrance to some rugged canyons, then on the Perpinan with dinner at the quaint fishing village of Collioure. Early next morning we set oﬀ for Villefranche by train, transferred to a small yellow train for a winding ride up the slopes of the Pyrenees to the Solar Experimental Station at Font Romeu. On the way back to Perpignan we stopped for wine tasting at the Thuir Page 39 ! of 46 ! cellars. On our fourth day we drove one and a half hours to the mediaeval fortified city of Carcassonne with its 52 towers and double walls. Here we explored the narrow streets and cathedral, and after lunch drove to Toulouse for a reception and dinner at the Hotel de Ville. After walking the streets and visiting the large Romanesque basilica built in 1096. ! We left Toulouse and flew to Zurich where we met the McRaes and Berger for an excellent Swiss dinner. During the next five days in Zurich we explored the old city, walked along the lake and took the rack railway up to the grand Dolder, were taken to Brunnen for lunch, and took a scenic drive through the short rock tunnels along the Unnersee to Altdorf and Stans. On the 20th of October we flew back home from Kloten airport. ! Jean Leon Smith was born in Vancouver on the 7 ! th of June 1987. 1987: Jan was becoming weaker and we knew the cancer had spread, but he kept up attending his various directorship meetings. We had a short holiday in Hermanus in April. Jan died peacefully at home in September. Johan came up from the Cape for the last ten days and was reading the paper to him when he noticed Jan had stopped breathing. I will always be grateful to Johan for his moral and physical support during this time. I feel very privileged to have had a happy trouble free life with a wonderful, loving, caring and supportive husband and three healthy, bright and intelligent children. ! I now had the mammoth task of clearing up - getting rid of periodicals, books, stamp catalogues, surplus furniture etc. before thinking about a retirement village. In spite of being on my own I still had itchy feet and organised the following trips: Jan at Tugela Road ! 2 September – 15 October 1988 Hong Kong on invitation of Carol and Tom Tucker for 1 week and obtaining visa for Canada – Hornby Island, Vernon, The Rockies. Page 40 ! of 46 ! 30 March – 14 April 1989 India + Nepal – Bombay, Udaipur, Jaipur, Amber – Taj M. Fateh Pur Sikri, Agra, Delhi, Katmandu Pokara, Bhakiapur Patan. ! 29 May – 5 June 1990 Seychelles – Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Moyenne and Cerf Islands. ! 24 August – 12 October 1990 London – Ross-on-Wye (Kemps) Canada – Vernon, Houseboat on Shuswap Lake, Capitola. Monterey ! 28 September – 18 October 1991 TFC Seven Seas on Odysseus - from Venice. Rome, Naples, Capri, Florence, Venice, Voutroton (Albania), Corfu, Olympia, Athens, Mykonos, Nessebur (Bulgaria), Ephesus, Delphi, Taormina, Sante Margharita, Portafino, Genoa. ! 7 – 22 May 1992 Egypt – Cairo, Giza, Abu Simbal, Aswan, Philae, KomOmbo, Edfu, Luxor, Dendera, Abydos, Tel-al-Amarna ! 19 Dec Xmas ’92 Canada Mexico – Cosumel. Mayan ruins – Tulum, Chicken Itza ! 1993 23 March – 5 April Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Motoppos, Bulawayo, Kariba House boat, Harare. ! ! 10 Oct – 15 Oct Malasia – Penang, Banding Island, Kota Bahru, Tanjong Tara, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, ! 2 Sept – 18 Sept Prague St. Petersburg Moscow – Zagorsk, Budapest – Szentendre ! June 1994 Canada via Singapore Alaska – inner passage Golden Princess cruise. Juneau, Skagway Ketchiken Rockies – Calgary Drumhaller, Banf Jasper Athabasca Ice fields Page 41 ! of 46 ! ! July 1995 Tanzania– Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti wildbees migration, Lobo, Olduval -maasai. Ngorongora Zanzibar. Prison island. ! Oct 1995 Canada – Victoria, Silver Star, Halloween. ! May 1996 Israel, Jordan, Turkey Israel – Jerusalem, Bethany Jericho, Mount Nebo, Bethlehem En Gedi Dead Sea Emmaus Jordan – Amman Petra. Turkey – Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme Hierapolis Pumukkale Kusadasi Ephesus ! December 1996 Mauritius ! 1997 ! Caprivi Windhoek, Rundu, Nkwasi lodge, Ndhoru lodge Llanshulu lodge, Mowanalodge Chobe, Victoria Falls. 23 Aug – 4 Sept 1997. INDONESIA .Sumatera – Berastagi, Samosir Island on Lake Toba. Parapet, Medan. JAVA– Yogykarta, Borobudur Buddist temple Prambanan Hindu temple. Singapore – Sentosa. ! June ! Canada – Vernon. 25th September 1998 London Windsor Castle ! ! Page 42 ! of 46 ! 1998 October New England. Fall tour New York, Newport Rhode Island, Cape Cod Hyannis. Sandwich, Plymouth, Boston Concord. Kennebunkport Maine, Camden, BarHarbour Acadia National Park, New Hampshire Gorham, Conway Vermont Stowe Montpelier New York State Lake Placid. New York – Central Park, Frick Art Collection. ! 1999 Sept Ireland: Ross-on-Wye – Ledbury New Ross, Kilkenny, Cashell, Tipperary, Limerick, Ring of Kerry, Killarney Nat. Park, Beara, Caast Casletownshend, Blarney Castle, Ardmore Waterford Bay, Wexford Canada – Vernon. Kettle Valley excursion, Vancouver Island – Pacific Shore Nature Resort Tofino Island, Butchard gardens ! 2000 ! China + Canada 15 May Hong Kong – Aberdeen Repulse Bay, Guilin, Limestone peaks, Lĳiang River cruise, rice paddies. Xian – terracotta warriors Beĳing – Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace Suzhou – Tiger Hill park gardens, Humble Administrator Gardens, Gardens of the Master of the Nets, Surging Wave Gardens Tong-Li Shanghai Yu Garden The Bund. ! June ! Canada – Vernon 2001 Xmas Mauritius ! ! Page 43 ! of 46 ! 20 Apr – 5 May 2001 Morocco and Tunisia Morocco – Rabat Mekenes Volubilis– Roman site. Fes Essaquira. Marrakesh Tunisa. Carthage, Sidi Bousaid, Kairouan; Sbeitla – Roman ruins, Tozeur, SlejaGorgeTermerza Oasis Douz, Matmata – Troglodyte homes. El-Jem Roman amphitheatre Hammamet Casablanca ! September 2002 Canada. Vernon Jasper National Park – Maligne canyon, Athabasca glacier, Angel glacier, Sunwapta falls, Mistaya canyon, Banﬀ National Park – Lake Moraine, Lake Louise, Yoho national park ! 2003 21 May – 6 June Croatia: Zagreb, Rĳeka, Trsat, Opatĳa, Pula, Ravinji, Zadar, Vodici, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik Korcula, Ston Plitvicka National Park Benguerra Island with Elise and Andre ! 2004 9 June Alaska + Canada Vancouver, Ketchiken, Skagway Icy Straits (Glacier Bay) Juneau, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier – Yakutat Bay Seaward Anchorage By air to Vancouver Vernon ! ! Page 44 ! of 46 ! 2005 March – April Canada – Andre’s 50th birthday Vernon – Balloon ride Danube - Boat Cruise Vienna Black Sea Budapest Kalocsa-Stunt horses Belgrade, (Serbia – Montenegro), The Iron Gate, Veliko Turnova (Bulgaria), Constanta on the Black sea. Bucharest (Romanian capitol) Bran Castle. ! ! 2005 December Comores: With Andre, Heila, Deon, Michelle, Elise, Jacques and Juilet and Antoine. ! 2006 Sept Seychelles Mahe, Praslin, Cerf Island, La Digue, ! 2008 June Namibia. Fish River Canyon, Sossosvlei, Namatoni, Etosha Pan, Flew back from Windhoek by air. ! ! Three more grandchildren were born after my first 65 years: Jacqui Michelle Smith, 26 January 1990 Deon Jacques Smith, 24 October 1991 Michelle Fay Smith, 19 June 1993 ! Page 45 ! of 46 ! Esme Smith at Darrenwood Village, 2013 Page 46 ! of 46 !