This Kaartman made his first visit to Oudebos a long time ago, during the Dark Ages. Wessel de Beer was the Forestry Dept foreman at the time. Raconteur and rampant racist, Wessel was a real gentleman too, and I accompanied him deep into the Kogelberg to re-inter the ashes of botanist TP Stokoe. After the deed was done Wessel proudly showed off the dent in the long kikuyu grass behind his house where his favourite leopard sunned itself every morning.
When the Dept employed its first Coloured forester Wessel resigned and joined Andries Treurnicht’s Conservative Party – the Dark Ages, to be sure. Wessel is long gone and I’m sure the leopard has been long-since replaced.
Much later Mrs Kaartman was appointed administrator of the pension of one Oupa Jan. Oupa Jan lived in a small wooden house at Oudebos, with a special ramp to the back door. Jan had no legs, largely as a result of his long-standing encounters with the fruit of the vine, and he needed the ramp for his wheelchair. No prosthetics for Jan – he wasn’t much of a runner. No gun or cricket bat either. Or should I not have said that ...
|Oupa Jan lived in the top-left house, where the social worker is visiting. |
Wessel lived in the slasto-slate-chimney PWD job on the right
|Men at work|
|Oh be kind to your six-legged friends ...|
|Ecolodges with ecopool, ecoloos, ecolectricity and even ecoargentineants ... |
the veg has grown up a lot since this 2012 pic when
the lodges were brand new
Kaartman, Easter 2014