soon it was time to start turning back...Most of which resulted in
having those last dinners or lunches before our guests had to go
back home. The beginning of the end of this Safari commenced with a
very special farewell diner at the Stoker's Arms - a restaurant set
up at the location of an old station where some of the old coaches
serve as venues for dinners and functions. Our American sisters footed the bill
to another delightful evening.
After the last dinner
in Kloof we had to say goodbye to Joe and were on our way back to
Pretoria. The trip back only included a quick stop at a petrol
station near Harrismith in the Free State with another stop along
the way to take a few pictures of the cosmos that was in full bloom
along the roadside.
Back in Pretoria we
still had one very important appointment...On the last evening of
the safari we were invited by to a very special farewell
dinner by my friends Cathy and Eddy Struwe in their lovely home. The
evening was wonderful and the sunset spectacular but what will
possibly remain in our memories longer will be our graceful hostess
Cathy and her wonderful husband Eddy. They left no stone unturned to
shower us with hospitality. The gourmet dinner was a tribute to
Cathy's talent and the ambience a testimony to their unconditional
caring and kindness.
and Eddy...thank you so much for being my friends...
We were again treated to yet
another dinner by our visitors and before going to the airport we stopped
for lunch at the Menlyn Park shopping centre close to my home. After
that we barely had time for Patsi to make an audio tape of our
voices before we had to leave for the airport...the photos will tell
you that the last days had a tinge of sadness and that the final
goodbyes at the airport included last real hugs but lacked the mirth
those first ones that we received 21 days earlier...