Come the weekend, it’s Tutu perfect
Author DOMINIQUE HERMAN and photographer BRETT FLORENS have put together a book called ‘Perfect Weekend’ outlining how various influential South Africans spend their spare time
Saturday I get up lateish and I go for my morning walk. I do a 30-minute walk that makes me think I’m relatively healthy. I hope it does me some good.
If it doesn’t, I still think so. All of my walks I’m really praying, actually. I think of the globe and I take continent by continent and I try to lift it to God and say, “Look after them there.”
I usually have people that I’m praying for and I use the walk to think of them. But sometimes my mind goes off and it sees a beautiful girl and you’re not concentrating. Then there’s a temporary halt to the prayer.
I get very upset at the littering, so usually when I’m walking around, I pick up paper.
And then I come home and I have a shower. My wife usually cooks a special breakfast. That’s when we sort of splash and spoil ourselves and maybe increase our cholesterol. I have fried eggs and bacon and sausage, al die gemors – lekker!
Then I go and I lie down. I may read or be writing. Then I watch sport, and I’m not sedate. It’s probably not good for my heart. I’ve always got my laptop. There are generally quite a few e-mails – 50 or so a day – so that takes up a bit of time, but also reading and sometimes we may watch a movie.
We sleep early-ish. I sleep at about 10. My wife, as soon as she puts her head on the pillow, she’s gone. She sleeps like a baby. I read books related to theology. I’m not reading as much as I should.
I have had a fairly hectic travel schedule. We plan to cut down. My wife says she’s heard me say that so many times, she’s decided she’s going to believe it when she sees it.
On Sundays, I get up to have my walk and then about 7.15 we go to church, to St Oswald’s in Milnerton. And it’s so nice to sit in the pews after nearly 40 years of performing.
Now I watch other people and they do it so well. And that will go on for about an hour. And then we go to Mugg & Bean to have breakfast there, so we don’t have to worry about cooking at home. I’m taking sort of the healthy breakfast: fruit and yoghurt and muesli, and I also have Milo hot chocolate. Then we go back home, read the Sunday newspapers. I get Rapport and Sunday Times and Sunday Independent and the Weekend Argus as well. My wife buys the City Press and I skim through it.
By the time we finish, it’s lunchtime. Lunchtime maybe we go and get something from Nando’s – their very hot chicken, the one where it goes out through your head. Our son-in-law works for us and he’s my driver so we send him, but I usually go and stand in the queue and wait and sit down there and you see them busy in the back.
After that, sleep. I like sleeping. I have a chapel in the house – an oratory – so I use that at midday and in the evening. It’s up in the roof, it’s quite nice – a lovely little spot, quiet. I spend a lot of time reading, writing. I write maybe best when I’m sort of sitting in the bed.
RELAXING: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in laid-back mood.