Family

Barbara se Ouma woon in Boomstraat

She actually did. My sister Barbara’s granma lived at 131 Boom Street Pietermaritzburg.

Born in the bedroom on the left on 15 December 1922

and right across the road was this school. Going to the Afrikaans school would have meant a bus ride, and Oupa was frugal. And so started the ver-engels-ing of Dad. The rooinek-erisation. Pieter Gerhardus became Peter.

131 Boom St PMB (1)

*ver-engels – Anglicisation

*rooinek – Boer word for Poms – anyone from ‘England’ (which meant any of those islands left of France. (Literally ‘red necks’ – but not America rednecks). NB: This excluded Irishmen who fought for the Boers against the plundering, wicked, invading, looting Poms.

 

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