Peter Summerfield, Alan Lawson and Alan Markham

Liverpool - UK

11 December 2004

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I met Peter and the 2 Alans J at the Holiday Inn Waterfront. This trio were in South Africa to see if Michael Vaughn's English cricket team could beat our own Proteas in a test match series. Fat chance methinks. JJ  After enjoying a re-union with with Peter, whom I had toured with 5 years ago when Mike Atherton's team toured SA, we set out on a Cape Winelands tour

 

We stopped at Plattekloof (Flat Hill) on our way to Paarl where I took this picture of Alan L, Peter and Alan M with the greater Cape Town region behind them.

 

We visited the Afrikaans language monument where I took this picture of the trio of cricket lovers

 

We enjoyed a great winetasting at Backsberg winefarm

 

After our winetasting we went for a wonderful lunch to Cotage Fromage where I took the above photo.

 

After lunch we travelled to Stellenbosch where we did a short tour of the town of Stellenbosch. Thereafter we visited the township of Kayamandi.

 

With Nosandile in front of her shack.

 

Listening to Mzwake tell all what life is like in Kayamandi.

 

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Having fun with the kids of Kayamandi.


 

Day 2

Cape Peninsula Tour

 

We started our day off in the city center where I took this picture of the threesome standing on the "centre spot" of Cape Town.

  

 

The trio at Muizenberg

 

Lunch at the Money Tree Cafe with Joy serving us

Alan phoning for football scores from the Money Tree Cafe JJ

 

Having fun with the fishermen and women of Kalk Bay

 

Enjoying the local band in the Kalk Bay Harbour

 

Admiring the magnificent view at Fish Hoek

 

At the Penguin colony

 

Alan coming out of the waters at Seaforth where he enjoyed a swim in False Bay

 

At Cape Point

 

Having fun at "The Statues" near Scarborough

 

The trip with Noordhoek Beach in the background

 

Having fun on Chapmans Peak

 

All four of us on Chapmans Peak

 

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Alan Peter and Alan atop of Table Mountain.

WHAT A WAY TO END OUR TOUR!

 


It was absolutely wonderful to tour this trio through the Cape Town region. The three friends got on so well as good friends should and made up their mind that this was going to be a fun tour all the way. All in all the trio had a great tour and so did I while we were together. I just wish that we could have spent more time in each others company.  In summary I wish I could do this tour over tomorrow morning as it was such a great one.

 

 Alan, Peter and Alan 
THANK YOU, THANK YOU 

May I also thank you for your wonderfully generous support that you gave to the those who were affected by the huge fire in Kayamandi. God bless you all.


Received 25 December 2005

Dear Selwyn

Just a quick note to report that we all arrived home safely in Liverpool
after a memorable trip to South Africa. We are back to typical miserable
December weather but the memories of the past 3 weeks will soften the blow
for us.

Thank you so much for your e mail awaiting my return here and your phone
call to me in PE and all the kind words you have written on the web site.
We really enjoyed ourselves tremendously and I suppose the magnificent
England victory was the "icing on the cake" for us all.

I will write to you again after the festivities (when we are 2-0 up!!).

Have a marvellous break for the next few weeks you deserve it.

Many, many thanks once again.

Yours

Peter

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Received 7 January 2005

Happy New Year, Selwyn 

Back to reality - with a bump.  Weather is awful at the moment - cold, wet ,windy, grey - very miserable ! The cricket has just got worse since we came back, so we don't want to talk about that now especially when one has just had (only) three great weeks in your country. Had a great time . I returned to CT for a day or so after PE on my own (the others had gone back by then ) and enjoyed wandering around old CT as well as the new bit at the Waterfront.  I stayed in the Breakwater Lodge at the Graduate Business School / Uni near the aquarium, market etc. Just off Portswood Road. Very good and cheap enough and they looked after me very well, particularly last day when they allowed me to freshen up after a long day before going for my flight. I went on a bus trip which took me round Table Mountain and to Camps Bay where I took lunch.

I had a great time with you on tour;  a terrific experience and thank you so much for your kind words which Pete showed me on your web site. Kayamandi was a marvellous opportunity to find out so much more about the people, their issues and life that otherwise we would not have experienced and enjoyed so much.  hope they recover quickly from the fire but,  I suppose with the life they have , it is something they will overcome in their own way and a stoicism which I don't imagine we possess. The whole trip was excellent, so many memories from fish cakes and lemon meringue pie to delightful wines and stunning scenery as well as fish and chips !! 

I have even tried whipping the draws off the 'ole champagne a la Davidowitz since I got back !!

Selwyn, thanks again for the memorable trips and your very kind words - I would sincerely hope I can make my way over to see you again. Keep safe .

Happy Daze !!!

Alan Markham

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Received 24 January

Dear Selwyn

Your letter was passed on to me by Alan Markham and it was good to read the 
favourable reaction to the Barmy Army. I can tell you that there are mixed 
views about them in this country! On the whole I think they are decent 
people having a good time, hopefully not spoiling the enjoyment of others.

I am writing this having just watched the final days play of the series. 
All five Tests were marvellous and there was not much between the two teams. 
My conclusion was that the difference between the two teams was down to 
self belief.  England expected to win whilst south Africa hoped to do so. 
The last day when Smith chose to make the game absolutely safe before 
declaring made this point, I felt.

The real reason for writing is to thank you for making our visit to Cape 
Town a wonderful experience. I will always remember my visit to Kayamandi. 
It was very humbling and will remain with me forever. I wish you well 
with the work you do with those lovely people.

Your enthusiasm and love for your country is obvious and it makes for a 
wonderful time as the history and geography of Cape Town, in particular, and 
South Africa in general are explained. The wine tasting and your 
instruction was good too!

Selwyn, I really wish you well for 2005, and indeed, beyond. It was a 
privilege to spend time with you and I hope to see you again in the near 
future.

Regards

Alan Lawson

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