After several years apart we finally managed to meet up again. The Smiths used to live down the road from us in Wimbledon before moving back to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. Before that I used to live with Daniel in Cape Town and I knew Karen through church in Rondebosch (that’s going back to the last century). We managed to miss each other in subsequent trips back to SA* and so almost four years have passed since we last met. In that time there have been another three children and a big birthday. We managed to catch up at Tamarisk in Elham, Kent for a day while the McDonalds were in London for a wedding.
Elham is a long way from Newtyle geographically but is remarkably similar in that it is a small village in nice countryside. The water is not as nice as Scottish water as a result of the chalk soils hence the three pubs in the village.
Here we are all together again. From left to right, Ross, Kirsten, Amy, Karen, Hannah, Daniel, Sophie, Daniel.
* Not quite – I did dig out a picture of Hannah when she was wee at the folks house in Fish Hoek in May 2007.