The Day After


This was one of the finest walks, a combination of wonderful countryside and unstinting hospitality from generous ZANE supporters. It’s not our custom to list those so generous to us individually, but they know who they are. Thank you from Jane and me and Moses. You turned what could have been a weary drudge into a pleasure.

At home, Kariba, our 14 year old cat. She was sort of pleased to see us. Sort of. She doesn’t like to overdo the emotion.

I suppose it’s nice to see you back again,” she purred, “but I can tell you I haven’t missed your miserable children’s ghastly dogs chasing me all over the place. I am not as young as I was. I have warned you before that I may still be off…you may think I am nothing but a clapped-out old moggie, but I can tell you there is life in me yet!. I can still shake a leg and have more admirers than that neutered old mongrel, Moses. Appreciate me while you still can!”

Last, our grateful thanks to our driver and good friend Richard, who endured us both, looked after us with great kindness and drove us with great skill.


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    • John Lester on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm
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    Many congratulations to Jane, Tom, Richard & Moses !!

    • Sue Gregoriadis on September 18, 2023 at 10:20 pm
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    Yes Congratulations indeed to the heroic trio. I’ve so enjoyed your blog – what a relief it is to hear such good old common sense in these days of people being cowed into silence.

    • Annie Robinson on September 23, 2023 at 9:21 pm
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    Missed you at Wydale but you were doing a better thing though listening to David Cook rates quite high!
    Great to hear you have made it. Congratulations to one & all!

    • Sheila Ware on November 19, 2023 at 9:10 am
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    Once again Tom and Jane Benyon, you have shown us the depth of your compassion for our wonderful golden oldies. Or Old and Bold as my friend used to call them. You have both certainly gone over and beyond… Us workers with pensioners in Harare keep things going although I’ve actually stopped active work as I’ve moved from Harare to Borradaile Trust in Marondera… Here I still continue to make up boxes of donations to pensioners.
    We all have far too many possessions and the best place for them is in a box to be donated to our ZANE…
    And if you have a spare dollar or pound in your account secure a direct debit to their account…
    Congratulations again to Tom and Jane and well done to all the volunteers.

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