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My Day Out with Boo,Just She and I Too

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We all have a book,  we keep to us close. Even if seldom we give it a look. They just seem to follow us, I guess you could say.  But just when you need them – they’ve gone clean away.  Damn. Anyway. I needed this book, on Sunday night.  It’s a treasured possession, just like my bike.  It arrived at my door, on a cold London day.  I was about to set forth, for somewhere

By Murray Williams Read Article


Rocking in the rockies

Lifestyle Section - Editors Letter


In the few days since I arrived in the Fraser Valley, located high up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it’s been a whirlwind of trips down memory lane.  The bracing, thin mountain air is a tonic to the body, and the characteristic fleecy clouds gather every afternoon against the clear blue skies of summer, but the nights are always a bit of a shock to the system, hovering around zero centigrade.

I’m staying in a very old wooden cabin, which is historic for many reasons, most specifically because it was the home of one of the valley’s most beloved characters, Grandma Miller. The cabin is one of a cluster on a wooded hillside, called New Horizons, and it has been a source of great comfort to see that almost nothing has changed -– it is still filled with the artefacts that represent her life and extraordinary journey, and the countless lives she reached out and touched, including mine.

Exactly 19 years ago I came to live with her for an unforgettable summer, and through that most significant encounter, I met people who became friends for a lifetime. She died the following year, aged 96, and at the time I didn’t even comprehend what a privilege and honour it had been for me be under her wing at that turning point in my life.

Now that I’m back for a visit, I’m running into people I knew well during the nine years I lived in Colorado, and it’s as if no time at all has passed since this was my home. The fact that my time here coincided with the annual Blues From the Top festival this past weekend is spectacularly good luck, as I’ve been able to sit on the mountain slopes and watch some of the best blues bands in the country.

And at night I head back to that rustic log cabin, and to Grandma’s feather bed, and give hearty thanks for journeys that are also circles, bringing us back to places that were such an important part of life, and finding that love resides everywhere, impervious to time and distance. More to come next week, after a river rafting trip, and joining in the Fourth of July celebrations with friends.



By Carolyn Frost

Helping Bizweni’s angels

Lifestyle Section - Editors Letter

  If you don’t feel loved anywhere else, you will find all the love you need right here. These were the words of principal Vicky Hinrichsen, as I considered the possibility of volunteering at Somerset West’s Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children.

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My Day Out with Boo, Just She and I Too

Lifestyle Section - Editors Letter

  photo_1-TWe all have a book, we keep to us close. Even if seldom we give it a look.They just seem to follow us, I guess you could say. But just when you need them – they’ve gone clean away.Damn.

By Murray Williams Read Article

Walk your talk

Lifestyle Section - Editors Letter

  On a rainy night a couple of weeks back, I headed out to Villiera estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, to check out its Cuban-inspired Comedians for Smiles fundraising evening.  Everyone arrived dressed for the occasion, and cigar smoke wafted through the chilly air outside.

By Murray Williams 11 June 2014 Read Article

Alchemy and the language of love

Lifestyle Section - Editors Letter

  goldentrio-tLong before sunrise on Saturday, something special was unfolding.  In the pre-dawn dark, a Berg wind roared outside – crackling the leaves of the historic oak trees at Somerset House Preparatory School.  But inside the school’s Simpson Hall, there was an even greater roar – of excitement, energy, purpose, and love.

By Murray Williams 28 May 2014 Read Article

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