Graeme Pope-Ellis – ‘I told her I was far too young for that kind of thing’

Graeme Pope-Ellis

The ntombis on the rocks.

In the late 70’s two legendary Dusi and Umko paddlers and winners teamed up for the marathon. It was a full year and at a point roughly halfway between Riverside and Mpompomani where the river flattens out and widens the Pope was passing the time of day with some of the scantily-clad and well-endowed maidens washing clothes on the riverbank.

Umko river maidens.jpg
The conversation in isiZulu was interspersed with much mirth and ribald laughter and as they paddled off Charlie ask what had been discussed.

“Oh” said Graeme, “the Dolly Parton look-alike wanted me to spend some time with her and I told her I was far too young for that kind of thing.”

Oh, yes? said Charlie.

“She then said ‘What about you?’ and I told her you were far too old for that kind of thing.”

Oh, thanks very much, replied Charles.

Author: bewilderbeast

It's about life, marriage, raising kids, paddling rivers, travel in Africa . . . re-posting thoughts written over decades - at random, I'm afraid.

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