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eBS Ann Patras interview

Hi there, my Friends,

Guess what? I was just interviewed by a fabulous fellow by the name of Graham Higson, who is putting together a bunch of interviews of Kindle authors on YouTube called eBookShowtime.

So if you want to see me making an absolute idiot of myself, click “Play” in the video below!

PHOTOGRAPHS – MORE INTO AFRICA with 3 Kids, some Dogs and a Husband

Here are a few more photographs taken during the three years covered by More Into Africa.  Sorry the quality isn’t too good on some of them, time has taken its toll.

Brad, ready for his first day at Big School, Lechwe Primary 6 Sept 1981.

Brad, ready for his first day at Big School, Lechwe Primary 6 Sept 1981.

The trio, on Brad's first day at Lechwe Primary. Would you look at the size of those school cases Vicki and Leon have!

The trio, on Brad’s first day at Lechwe Primary. Would you look at the size of those school cases Vicki and Leon have!

Brad on the slipway at Kafue River. Until I found this photo I hadn't realised he'd got so close to the water's edge! SCAREY!

Brad on the slipway at Kafue River. Until I found this photo I hadn’t realised he’d got so close to the water’s edge! SCAREY!

Leon, also o the Kafue River slipway.

Leon, also o the Kafue River slipway.

Doris with Vicki, Leon and Brad at the Theatre Club, December 1981.

Doris with Vicki, Leon and Brad at the Theatre Club, December 1981.

Our "Queen Mother", though I can't imagine the real one would have struck a pose like that! (Looks like she's doing the 'I'm a Little Teapot' nursery rhyme!)

Our “Queen Mother”, though I can’t imagine the real one would have struck a pose like that! (Looks like she’s doing the ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ nursery rhyme!)

Sitting on the wall that Vicki nearly tumbled onto.

Sitting on the wall that Vicki nearly tumbled onto.

The Boss. Pensive, tired or nursing a hang-over?

The Boss. Pensive, tired or nursing a hang-over?

Mother and Daughter, November 1982.

Mother and Daughter, November 1982.

A trip around the garden in the company bakkie.

A trip around the garden in the company bakkie.

Kitwe Little Theatre swimming pool. The shallow end is on the left.

Kitwe Little Theatre swimming pool. The shallow end is on the left.

Sister Ann in Hamlet, 1983

Sister Ann in Hamlet, 1983

Part of the cast of the Olde Time Music Hall, October 1983. Just look at that brazen bint in the centre!!

Part of the cast of the Olde Time Music Hall, October 1983. Just look at that brazen bint in the centre!!

Lizzie Land Rover when we first bought her in July 1983.  Sorry for the poor colour quality here.  She REALLY was pale yellow.

Lizzie Land Rover when we first bought her in July 1983. Sorry for the poor colour quality here. She REALLY was pale yellow.

Bass at 8 weeks old. Yes, I did say EIGHT weeks!! And Vicki with Sally.

Bass at 8 weeks old. Yes, I did say EIGHT weeks!! And Vicki with Sally.

Vicki ad baby Bass. March 1983.

Vicki ad baby Bass. March 1983.

Coke being pestered by Bass.

Coke being pestered by Bass.

Had enough of puppies!

Had enough of puppies!

Bass a little older, but still with razor sharp teeth, as can be seen from Vicki's pained expression when she got nipped!

Bass a little older, but still with razor sharp teeth, as can be seen from Vicki’s pained expression when she got nipped!

All the dogs - July 1983.

All the dogs – July 1983.

Mwande Crescent with it's long awaited swimming pool.

Mwande Crescent with it’s long awaited swimming pool.

Leon and Vicki with Clarence.

Leon and Vicki with Clarence.

Brad being 'dressed up' for his role as a shepherd in the '83 Christmas concert. I think his beard came unstuck!

Brad being ‘dressed up’ for his role as a shepherd in the ’83 Christmas concert. I think his beard came unstuck!

All three ready for Lechwe.

All three ready for Lechwe.

Private Brad, US Army. Christmas 1983.

Private Brad, US Army. Christmas 1983.

Vicki, Christmas 1983

Vicki, Christmas 1983

Super Spaceman, Christmas 1983

Super Spaceman, Christmas 1983

Christmas dress-ups. 1983.

Christmas dress-ups. 1983.

L - R. Karen & Christopher Heath, Jenny Coote, Miari & Ken Cummins. Standing at the bar John McConkey with his dad Mac seated at the bar on the left.

L – R. Karen & Christopher Heath, Jenny Coote, Miari & Ken Cummins. Standing at the bar John McConkey with his dad Mac seated at the bar on the left.

Vicki with Sarah Coote.

Vicki with Sarah Coote.

Brad, Richard Coote and Alistair Cummins.

Brad, Richard Coote and Alistair Cummins.

The Big Catch! Vicki, Sarah, Brad, Alistair and Leon. And, of course, FISH.

The Big Catch! Vicki, Sarah, Brad, Alistair and Leon. And, of course, FISH.

Brothers.

Brothers.

Coca Cola concentrate bottle used for the Milk Run. It held 5 litres.

Coca Cola concentrate bottle used for the Milk Run. It held 5 litres.

Vicki and Leon's sixth birthday cakes, to share with classmates at Lechwe Primary.

Vicki and Leon’s sixth birthday cakes, to share with classmates at Lechwe Primary.

The 'practice put-up' of our new continental tent.

The ‘practice put-up’ of our new continental tent.

Mulungushi Dam camp-site.

Mulungushi Dam camp-site.

The camp kitchen, Mulungushi. Ken, Ziggy and Miari.

The camp kitchen, Mulungushi. Ken, Ziggy and Miari.

Ken in relaxed mode.

Ken in relaxed mode.

Brad on the dam's edge.

Brad on the dam’s edge.

Me, attempting fishing Can't remember if I caught anything.

Me, attempting fishing Can’t remember if I caught anything.

Vicki and Leon, Sports Day at Lechwe. 1984.

Vicki and Leon, Sports Day at Lechwe. 1984.

Lechwe Primary first official School Photo, June 1984.

Lechwe Primary first official School Photo, June 1984.

With Nancy and Mev at Itezhi-tezhi hot springs at Kafue National Park. Some wit had rammed a pipe into the ground to cause a water-spout.

With Nancy and Mev at Itezhi-tezhi hot springs at Kafue National Park. Some wit had rammed a pipe into the ground to cause a water-spout.

David Shepherd Lodge, Kafue National Park.

David Shepherd Lodge, Kafue National Park.

David Shepherd Lodge, Kafue National Park.

David Shepherd Lodge, Kafue National Park.

Interested parties at Leon's Prize Giving. Richard Coote's legs, Brad, Leon's teacher who's name escapes me, Sarah, Vicki, Leon, Me, Karen with Christopher, Lynne Quarmby, her neice Charlotte, in green I don't know, Lynn's step-daughter Hilary with Lynn's daughter Laura, Jane Hales and my Dad and Mum.

Interested parties at Leon’s Prize Giving. Richard Coote’s legs, Brad, Leon’s teacher who’s name escapes me, Sarah, Vicki, Leon, Me, Karen with Christopher, Lynne Quarmby, her neice Charlotte, in green I don’t know, Lynn’s step-daughter Hilary with Lynn’s daughter Laura, Jane Hales and my Dad and Mum.

Proud family

Proud Mum and Dad

More proud family.

Proud Grandparents.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS – INTO AFRICA with 3 kids,13 crates and a husband

View of the front of the Little House, which was home for our first two months in Kitwe.

View of the front of the Little House, which was home for our first two months in Kitwe.

Vicki, Leon & Nina

Vicki, Leon & Nina

Under protection?

Under protection?

Brad's grooming session with Nina.

Brad’s grooming session with Nina.

Here you can see just how thin Nina was when we first arrived at the Little House.  It's a miracle she survived the tick fever.  She was a wonderful dog.

Here you can see just how thin Nina was when we first arrived at the Little House. It’s a miracle she survived the tick fever. She was a wonderful dog.

Budding Golfers

Budding Golfers

Brad's 4th Birthday Party

Brad’s 4th Birthday Party

Birthday Bike

Birthday Bike

The Big House, 1

The Big House, 1

The Big House, 2

The Big House, 2

Watermelon Man Nov 1980

Watermelon Man Nov 1980

Brad with puppy Coke

Brad with puppy Coke

Leon, Brad and Vicki with Nanny (my mum Nancy).

Leon, Brad and Vicki with Nanny (my mum Nancy). Leon was holding a frog in his left hand, poor thing. 

3rd BD MM Hats 81

The Mr Men party hats Nancy and I spent hours making.

Vicki & Leon 3rd Birthday.1

Vicki & Leon 3rd Birthday.1

3rd Birthday twins

3rd Birthday twins

Three kids in a wheel-barrow, and don't forget the dog!

Three kids in a wheel-barrow, and don’t forget the dog!

Transport in Motion

Transport in Motion

A blue headed lizard

A blue headed lizard

Beside the climbing tree

Beside the climbing tree

Beside the climbing tree

Beside the climbing tree

Braaimaster Ziggy

Braaimaster Ziggy

One of my favourite oldies with the kids.

One of my favourite oldies with the kids.

When we returned to England at the end of our first year.  With my mum and dad (Nancy & Mev), and I'm holding my Goddaughter, Kelly.

When we returned to England at the end of our first year. With my mum and dad (Nancy & Mev), and I’m holding my Goddaughter, Kelly.

I’m sorry there aren’t more pics, but the quality of the film  has proved that many of our photographs just haven’t stood the test of time as well as they might.