Before I give the impression that September was all doom and gloom, I thought I’d better just mention the lovely things I did experience during September. I’m still way too busy to write much, but here goes:
1) My wonderful friends invited my girls and I to their farm in the Free State. Whenever I go there, I really do feel like I am in a Free State. It’s beautifully quiet, beautifully scenic and the kids are free to roam and explore.
2) I went camping in the Magaliesberg. Granted, this was business, not pleasure, and I had 71 17-year-olds in tow, but to be out of the city is always rejuvenating. Thankfully my school girls were great company and well behaved, so I could take photographs and enjoy the outdoors.
3) I celebrated my best friend’s birthday along with hundreds of other revellers at the Peace Starts concert at Heia Safari Ranch. It was a beautiful day with a beautiful cause. Again, being outdoors in a beautiful setting really helps fill the cup.
4) As it was Shifty Records’ 30th birthday, I attended a couple of their events at Alliance Francias – including a fantastic talk about protest music with Warwick Sony and Lesego Rampolokeng. The month of memories and celebrations culminated with a concert at the Bassline on Heritage Day with fantastic music and real blasts from the past.
So while September was crazy busy and hectic, there were enough wonderful events to ensure that I didn’t collapse in a heap. I’m so glad that my heritage includes music and dancing. I thrive on that!
Roll on October – the wind up towards December certainly has begun!