A farm wedding and a fat cat

This week I’ve been in Durban which has been fun. I came up with the dual mission of running a Social Media workshop for Tevo and to partake in the glorious farm wedding of an old friend. Both were awesome.

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My friend from UCT days, Steve, invited me to share some learnings with the Tevo marketing team and then lead a brand workshop and practical session with their Community Manager. It was a long haul, I spoke pretty much non-stop for eight hours, but I really enjoyed it and so far the feedback has been that it was valuable.

I think one of the most important things about leading workshops is the environment one creates for people to discuss, debate and realise things. If I am a nervous stressball people are not going to leave particularly inspired. So mental preparation and a good night’s sleep are possibly the most important things!

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On Friday afternoon I visited my surfing friend Mark in Durban city and met the fattest cat in the world. She is named Cardi, apparently after Bacardi (a type of alcohol) but I think it’s actually just an abbreviation for cardiovascular…

The farm wedding on Saturday was wonderful, a typical South African affair with eclectic tables set with plates, cups and cutlery gathered from friendly neighbours and dotted around a gently sloping lawn; dogs and toddlers waddling about; fizzy lemonade and roasted salted nuts; butternut soup to start; a lekker potjie and a spread of delicious desserts. The day ended with us all sipping hot chocolate around various fires, patting Snoopy the oozing beagle and reminiscing. 

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I met Gisele when I was seventeen and on my first day of orientation to the University of Cape Town and Fuller residence. That’s twelve years of knowing, praying, encouraging, arguing and memory-making. A grand collection of old friends made the trek to Bainsfield to celebrate her and I’m grateful I got to see many of them again before I leave for London.

Who knows when and where the next memories will be made.

“It takes a long time to grow an old friend” – John Leonard.

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