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A Wild Retirement

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Katherine had become a travel agent because the world excited her with its vastness and diversity. She had befriended a mad-hatter ginger head, named Lenox Burger who was gay. “Call me Lenny darl” he had told her and together they had formed a strong friendship and went on the educational tours. They became the variety act at the trade functions, and it was on a tour to the UK where she met her husband Peter Partridge.

They married in 1970 and settled down to a normal married life and raised two daughters. Kitty was 42 when Felicity went to Stellenbosch University and Cindy was in standard ten. Then tragedy struck. Peter and a colleague were killed on their way to Paarl. Shattering her life and changed it for ever.

Lenny was instrumental in getting Kitty back into the travel world and her two daughters left to settle in Johannesburg and married, leaving their mother to return to find a new lease on life and she took group trips away, and she even went back to being a party freak which took the edge off being a widow, besides the girls were not around to see what their mother got up to.

Eleven years had passed. She was a grandmother of two and had been offered a trip to Kenya at one of the big game reserves, but it did not happen. She was held up at gun point at her home in Rondebosch and her children and her son-in-law Paul came down from Johannesburg and took her home with them for a fortnight with the intention of persuading her to retire near to them.

On a trip to a shopping mall in northern Johannesburg to by art equipment Kitty got caught in the middle of a violent thunderstorm which terrified her and she had cowered against a pillar, and someone came to her rescue. A man with an Australian type of accent took her elbow and his face was vaguely familiar and he steered her through a door, and little did she know that this meeting would take her off into the savannas of Africa, where she would walk in the footsteps of Joy Adams.

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