The numbers on this Cape Odyssey log have jumped because I have been filing stuff under Ululapa – etc – it’s an African thing.

Anyway, last week was highlighted by a major party for the Badings (Aussie variety) given by the Lowe-Badings (South African variety) at Fogey’s in Muizenberg. All in town for the elder Badings’ 50th wedding anniversary. For those of you not familiar with Fogey’s. it’s perched on top of the Muizenberg station and is a typical ‘jawl’ place. not unlike the Canterbury Arms from the ‘old days’.

Well, the Badings clan took it over – and did they take it over. Gabi in the band, Stu as mine host, the folks, the cousins, the friends and, of course, Craig, Margo and the surrogate grandchildren (Tayla and Nic) – what excitement, emotion and a huge heap of fun. These old stagers got to bed closer to 2 than to 12.

The grandchildren have really grown up into super-cool :-

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Margo looking a bit wide eyed – it has been a few years since she’s been back in CT. Nothing to do with the Sav Blanc, of course.

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How do you wipe the smile off my face? Not possible.

And, then then there was the esteemed MD of Ramsay Media – the inimitable Stu Lowe (and Gabi giving it stick on the mike alongside!)

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By the way the flare above Stu’s head is from the flash – not his follicle challenged top.

And, of course, putting in some time with the folks were Sam and Will

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Apart from the Badings celebration, there was lunch with the very Reverend Errol Gray (top of the world and retired as Croatian Ambassador) and a great evening with Sue, Mark, David and Wessie + appendages, children, dogs, food etc.

There’s one week left and then it’s off to Obamaland for two weeks and then back to Menerbes. Homesick? Yes!!

Totsiens

Simon and Lovonne

PS It would be remiss for me not to pay my respects to the end of Collingwood’s 2009 season – so near but so far, again!! Anyway, we say go 2010 Pies!!

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