September was Heritage Month but here I was in October invited to spend a weekend at Kedar Heritage Lodge to join the celebrations for the unveiling of a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. Why October? Why Churchill in the Bushveld? Then I remembered. Kedar is a modern reincarnation of President Kruger’s farm and country estate, Boekenhoutfontein (meaning Beech-wood Spring).
Elsenburg College of Agriculture with its old history and beautiful buildings is well worth a visit. Join the Friends for this interesting outing. Elsenburg farm near Klapmuts is named after Samuel Elsevier, second-in-command to Governor Simon van der Stel. During the ten years Elsevier spent at Elsenburg, he built a simple house where his son continued to live until his death in 1709.
Eric Rosenthal (1905-1983) was a prolific writer. The bibliography of his books in his Wikipedia entry runs to 50 books. I have collected most of them. He wrote non-fiction history about South Africa. His style was light and entertaining. He was a raconteur. He captured yarns and stories about the past and he loved drawing out the characters of early Johannesburg.