The Oaks at Byrne

There is a quaint little village in a valley, a little way out of Richmond that is comparable with Tolkeins description of Hobbiton in his book, The Lord of the Rings. This is a lush green valley where nothing much changes and life moves at a  slower pace than the rest of the world. This … Continue reading The Oaks at Byrne

The bad old days…

So I read Unapologeticallymels blog on her experiences growing up with Apartheid and my mind started wondering back to my own youth. Many people think that being white in Apartheid South Africa was a piece of cake, that us white people lived lives of luxury while the rest of the countries population suffered to no … Continue reading The bad old days…

A long way from home.

It was the morning of the 4th of May, 1978. It was four am and the day had arrived. Skillie, with the rest of the 366 Composite Para Batallion, comprising mostly Citizen force reserve parabat units were in the hanger quietly fitting weapons, equipment and parachutes. They had been away from family and friends for … Continue reading A long way from home.