A beautiful day with an early start as Johan came through to Marloth Park to pick me up at 7am so that Linda, Johan & I could have our Tonsils & beyond tickled for our COVID 19 in Nelspruit Medi Clinic. All was completed chop-chop and within a matter of 30 Minutes we were done and, on our way, back to Marloth.
Got my Negative Result early in the Evening Via app on my phone after a bit of a Struggle I was able to view it & forward it to Johan for printing. (If in Doubt Read Instructions Again) O.M.S. Technology Today. Leave it to the Kid’s!!!
Was on my way just after 7am in the UD 90, with Johan & Linda having left earlier in the bakkie. I was going to tie up with them in Bulawayo, as they would be pushing straight through to Bulawayo in one day. My trip to the bridge was good and one can see our Winter is slowly creeping up on us. I was lucky to see some magnificent Sable along the way, as the route we use takes us past many game farms, so proud & majestic. This was nature at its absolute Best.
I arrived in Musina early evening and once having parked off the Truck in the N.G.K. Church grounds (Thank you for the safe space), Colleen picked me up and took me to Joe and Hester’s House. Who weren’t home being in Pretoria recuperating after Health Issues & were hoping to be returning home soon. Thanks for keeping us posted Colleen and your positive mind set, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I had a Hearty meal courtesy our Chef -Colleens Daughter.
Got to the bridge early. Only to be greeted by queued trucks for kilometers, which lane should I choose? Low & behold I choose the wrong one, and after parking off and contemplating as to how I was going to get around/out of my situation I spoke to other driver’s (Most are Very Helpful & Accommodating) and was pointed in the right direction. I finally with the knowledge of a Custom Official maneuvered the truck around and entered the correct que. I eventually made it to the Zimbabwe side about midday only to be greeted by a bottle neck of vehicles that were all going through what was passenger vehicle only Section. The reason being is that due to the closure of the trucking section for expansion alterations being done. With Roberts assistance and knowledge, I was through and on my to Bulawayo in no time.
Well what can one say with regards to the 1st 80-100 Kilometers of what’s left of the pot holed tarmac. (No, I’m Not drunk just dodging the craters and potholes) This obviously added an hour or 2 to the Trip. Evidence of this hazard is alongside the road, a view of the not so lucky travelers’ cars, bakkies and even a 16-wheeler laying sunny side up wrecked completely.
I was welcomed with a glorious shower of early winter rain just outside Bulawayo, a good clean fresh beautiful earthly smell. Arrived in BYO late afternoon and opted to leave the loading of the boxes for the next Morning. Off to spend the night by Willem and Caroline, Thanks very much for the bed and chow.
Once all the boxes were loaded and accounted for by Angela and her crew, I was Ready to Roll. On the road again to go and see all our Golden Oldies again who so appreciate their Boxes.
The first of my three drops for the day would be at Boggies Trust in Gweru as usual there were plenty folks on hand to assist and help on the arrival of the truck with the offloading including Babs, Jenny, Bruce, Robin and other’s not mentioned. Aunt Ivy it’s always good to see you and thank you for your ever welcome Padkos. I do think it’s time for you to start slowing down with your health issues. But yes, unfortunately we are all well aware of the situation and know that slowing down to enjoy your Golden years is not really an option for many of the Golden Oldies in Zims. We will keep you in our prayers.
Next I was on my way to Huisvergesig in Gweru in its lonely, quiet existence. Here I was met by Ricki, a Lady of note always smiling and on hand when Vic is away. Thanks for receiving the boxes on Behalf of the Huis folks. Such a Lovely Lady. Shiela was good to meet you on my return trip Thanks for the offer of accommodation will take you guys up on it.
On Arrival at Hurbert Lee in Redcliff (Risco) Carol and others were waiting and willing to help with the task at hand of offloading the full Boxes and the reloading of the empty boxes. The guys are always hopeful and pray for better things to come. (Sad But Hopeful Folk’s)
My last drop off point for the day was to be Lynbrook Homes in Kwe-Kwe, I was greeted by Aunt Sybil in her Blue Cadillac (Mazda) Roy, Margo, Ann, Pam and Deidre. Here the potholes in the roads are being seen to. Ground is being dropped off at random points and locals are filling in the Holes. Now roads are dirt tracks with dust bellowing for all residents, but at least you can drive here with a fair amount of confidence that you are not going to lose a tyre. In true community style, they are improvising and always making a plan.
Roy & Margo reconciled the home and outsiders’ boxes as they were being off loaded and I was treated to an iced juice. Folks always making the best of any and all situations. Once the deliveries were completed, I was off to family with whom I had arranged to spend time with in Kwe-Kwe over the weekend.
I arrived early morning at Westview in Kadoma where I was greeted by Chris, Lisa, Elaine and what a surprise Lena an “X” resident of Huisvergesig. It was good to see all you guys again safe and sound. While at Westview I popped over to see Clive and Estelle and was happy to see all is well there.
From there I was on my way to Sunningdale Cottages in Chinhoyi where I arrived at midday and was greeted by Bill and was introduced to Johan Haasbroek. Bill who is a happy and pleasant Man informed me that Sunningdale was at capacity with fifty folks now resident. Whilst off-loading the food parcels from the truck folks were arriving for the collection of their Boxes. Saw what I thought to be Mr Flannigan kicking up dust on his four-wheeler on his way to say hi as he always does only to realize it was a lady driving “Mrs Flannigan” who informed me that Mr Flannigan had passed away R.I.P. Sir.
I was invited to Johan for lunch and was spoilt with Ox Tail Thank you so much. Johan filled me in Re himself where and what his Role is with regards to the Home Etc. Thanks Johan Appreciated. Faithful To The Word & Ever Grateful To All Who So Generously Donate.
Finally, I was eventually on my way to Harare to John and Leonie Herbst where the Harare outsiders, C.F.U, Kariba, and Chivu boxes are dropped and then readied for collection or delivery. John who I’m told is a Jack of all trades within their Community. A Suburban area Traffic Cop, C.P.I. and Fishing enthusiast for Local Children Sports. Leonie a lovely Lady doing a lot of the queries calling of/for Recipients when boxes are collected.
I spent an additional day in Harare getting a better understanding of the collection of boxes. I nipped off late afternoon to Vic for our invaluable Fuel Donation. Sorry to have missed you Vic. But Thanks to you and your staff for all that is done. John you are a Chef of Note, thanks for your Lovely Meals and hospitality.
I was up early and on the road by 5.30am after a good cuppa wanting to miss early morning traffic and on my way to
Marondera to Mr & Mrs Gibson and the Banks. Mike Thanks Very Much for the offer to stay over will keep it in mind and take you up on your offer. Lonely folks but keeping one another company and their sprits lifted up.
From there I was on my way to Resthaven in Rusape, where Don and the guys not excluding our ladies were on hand to greet with their usual spread of Coffee, Tea & Snacks. This is truly on of the highlights of our trip and I am ever so grateful guys. While I was there folks were viewing clothing that was on hand for all to take and exchange. Stu I missed you at the gathering maybe next time. The folks here are positive / resigned to all that they have and are ever so grateful to all for what they receive.
I arrived in Mutare at Des & Sally just after Lunch to a lovely plate of sadza, spinach and nyama. Whilst I indulged Des saw to the offloading of our cargo with his staff for the Mutare Outsiders, Eastern Highlands Trust, Strickland, Murambi and the Nyanga outsiders. Des having prior engagements for that afternoon and the next morning had his driver run me to his House. Due to Des having business engagements I was not able to visit the homes on this trip. I spent a quiet evening with family friends who asked about the Fund and its Operation. Who Expressed Appreciations and thanks in that all that the Z.P.S.F. Does.
On Arrival at Pioneer Cottages in Masvingo I was greeted by my ever-faithful Aunt Barbara who Immediately gave a Prayer of Thanks for Traveling Mercies and all that is done by and for the Fund. Such a lovely lady. Sitting in the Sun Knitting with her Friend. Val and Johnny a big thanks for the assistance with the offloading and checking of Pioneer Homes, Outsiders and the Emslie Close Boxes. Again, the folks here are hopeful and faithful of better things to come.
Now finally I was on my way to the last of our Two Deliveries to be done with the truck on the round trip. I made it to Mimosa Cottages in Zvishavane and was met by Lynne, where, as always it was good to see you. Glad John is up and about and back home after his operation. I must say thank you for the incredibly welcome tea and homemade curry Jaffle.
And then the Pass up to Shurugwi where I encountered craters of note in the road!! 300 mm and more in depth, the rains have done vast damage. I wondered when if ever they will repair the road as I made my way to Muus Lodge in Shurugwi. The residents of this home are stuck in this sad and pathetic town and are fortunate in that they are a little out of the way of the Filth. I was once again met by eager folks thankful for all that is being done to assist them. Geoff I’m told that you are on the road to recovery. Hope to see you soon. I left laughing when I called youngsters over to share some sweets with them ages btw just over a year and perhaps 3/4 years of age.
Arrived back in Gweru that Afternoon at Boggies Trust looking forward to a Relaxing Evening. Thanks Aunt Ivy once again I am ever grateful for the meal. Made arrangements with Johan that evening for my COVD 19 test to be done at the Mater Dei for the next day.
On arrival back in Bulawayo mid-morning Angela and team were on hand to off load and store all the empty boxes. I went and had my test done & was to collect the results that afternoon just after 4pm. Thankfully they came back negative. We spent a quiet evening at Willem And Caroline’s. Whilst sitting outside with the family I saw what i have not seen for ages a sputnik. The nights are so clear here and it was great site to see. (I don’t see them were I’m now resident away from all the bright lights)
Was on my way Home just after Five a.m. on a very quiet road. The pot hole dodge section was worse for ware and hadn’t claimed any more victims. The boarder was quiet i was through by midday. Took a slow run home only arriving back in Malelane the next morning after having stopped off to sleep.
In closing the mixed emotions seen and noted at the homes, centers and cottages of all our oldies is hard to see. They live in faith, hope love and trust in our Lord and Savior.
The appreciation and thanks cannot be expressed enough by all our oldies.
God Bless All.
Without your donations and open hearts none of this would be possible. Thank you ALL for assisting us make this happen.
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