Sam and Alida’s garden

My parents Sam and Alida were always outstanding gardeners. It was an aspect of their talents which added considerable richness to my life as child in Africa. I remember clearly marvelling at the abundance of our few peach trees as I filled baskets with huge sweet ripe fruit morning after morning in the summer. Now Sam has passed away and Alida is partially disabled. The garden which she designed in New South Wales – the third self designed home of their lives – will soon see her depart to a retirement village in South Africa. This is the last proper garden of her life.

The hand belongs to me, the shodows were cast by African Daisies, not yet open in the cool morning air.


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