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

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - DES­MOND TUTU

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.

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