Backdrops

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Backdrops

I’ve devoted three blogs to a few incidents in Mom’s first play In Mother Nature’s Garden. Of course, it and the subsequent more ambitious pantos wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of support backstage.

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The Insect Orchestra

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The Insect Orchestra

Last week I mentioned that Henrietta Fox had aspirations much higher than being an insect in Mom’s pantomime Mother Nature’s Garden. But there were lots of other children happy to be musical insects.

Mother Nature’s Garden in Africa would not be complete without insects. They provided the background orchestra of our days: the whine of mosquitoes at dusk, the buzz of houseflies and, most of all, the incessant zing of cicadas in the hot afternoons. In the evenings we were soothed by crickets.

Music was not taught in school. Only a few could afford private piano lessons, much less their very own piano. Music came to us over the radiogram from the BBC, SABC, our own RBC and of course our records.

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Catch a Falling Star…Never Let it Fade Away

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Catch a Falling Star…and Never Let It Fade Away

Last week I introduced you all to Mom’s first play called In Mother Nature’s Garden which she wrote, produced and directed in 1955. I thought I would share with you some of the goings on behind the scenes in my next few blogs.

Mom and Dad had met over the theatre table doing tonsillectomies and although she was no longer nursing she and Dad often worked together over the breakfast table without even realizing it.

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In Mother Nature’s Garden

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In Mother Nature’s Garden  Every mother has hopes and dreams for her offspring, but my mother encouraged lots of kids.  I hope that wherever you hail from, you’ll enjoy my family’s dynamics as I remember them. 

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Goodness Gracious! The Queen Mother is Coming to Town

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Goodness Gracious! The Queen Mother is Coming to Town

Tuesday 7th July 1953

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret were on a royal tour of Southern Rhodesia and Que Que was on the map. This day loomed large in everyone’s lives in Que Que. We’d been on the map before, of course, in 1947 when the Royal Family had visited, but we had grown since then, almost doubled our population in fact, to two thousand two hundred Europeans, seven thousand Africans and 250 Colourds and Indians. Preparations were under way.

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The Roar of a Lion and Shots Heard Around the World

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Mom at the Fever Hospital Johannesburg, 1936 The Roar of a Lion and Shots Heard Around the World Last week, over breakfast, the family discussed a school assignment of mine to recount a hunting or fishing experience.  We needed to bring along a related memento or photograph to share with the class.   The trouble was…

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