A Life Well-Lived
I sobbed when I received my May issue of COUNTRY LIFE, delivered to my door. My 42-year-old daughter Robyn gave me the subscription as a surprise a few months ago. She tragically lost her fight against cancer on 7 April, so this was her last gift to me.
I couldn’t share my published letter No Flies on Obie with her; nor the magazine which I always passed on; the poignant image of Etienne Stasssen’s Cape Recife lighthouse to which we walked on holidays; or the Mountain Zebra National Park Family Cottages where she worked. She asked that I carry on ‘normally’, so my bulging file of COUNTRY LIFE articles on Karoo towns will accompany a friend and me as we circle the Great Karoo in her memory.
With a Conservation Diploma and more than ten years of experience with Eastern Cape SANParks, her last wish was that we pass on the conservation message to her five-year-old daughter Chloe, and plant a tree, light a candle and eat carrot cake in her memory. Are these, her last wishes, not a perfect summary of country life – and her life well-lived? (edited)