GOAT HEAVEN IN B’BOS

go! Platteland - - LETTERS - Martin Briggs, ONRUSRIVIER

I was in­trigued to read the ar­ti­cle “Baardskeerder­s­bos: what you see is what you get” in the Spring 2017 is­sue of Plat­te­land. As a stu­dent at UCT I used to camp in out-of-the-way places around the West­ern Cape and this is how I landed up in this cute ham­let in 1969. Baardskeerder­s­bos was still an iso­lated com­mu­nity at that time, and I re­mem­ber ar­riv­ing on a Sun­day to find that the fe­male in­hab­i­tants still wore old-fash­ioned Dutch kap­pies.

Some say the shorter “B’bos” is a mod­ern in­ven­tion by English­s­peak­ing peo­ple who found Baardskeerder­s­bos too dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce, but my wife, Sue (neé Mol­loy), tele­phoned her Aunt Biddy, who is about 80 years old and used to visit Sue’s grand­fa­ther, Fred­er­ick Jack­son Finch Ec­cle­stone, on his farm near Pearly Beach. Biddy re­mem­bers that it was al­ready re­ferred to as B’bos back then.

Five years ago, in 2012, we vis­ited the area again to see what had hap­pened to the farm out­side Pearly Beach and the ham­let of Baardskeerder­s­bos, and came across this goat lord­ing it in “Goat Heaven”.

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