Of the seven billion people on Planet Earth only one called me ‘My Handsome Oke’. This blog is a tribute to that perceptive lady Trish – ‘Aitch’ – our sweetheart and Mom!
What a busy character, she took our lives by storm. From headgirl in Muizenberg (she was Humphrey) to working on hearts with Prof Chris Barnard to coastal and celestial navigator of yachts to Brazil, the Caribbean and onward;
After leaving government hospital service, she took to selling pharmaceuticals with gusto, first to pharmacies, then doctors, then specialists – ending up selling the oncology drugs she herself then used when she got breast cancer;
Nature and wildlife, especially local KZN plants became a passion and she grew them, sold them, gardened with them and advocated for them with love;
Then she started raising kids and omigoodness, did she revel in that! Fostering at first, then adopting and raising Jessie to 13 (“and a half”) and Tommy to 9 (“and a half”). Those early child-infested days was the only time she didn’t work fulltime, so she baked wicked fattening cakes for coffee shops.
Four years as an estate agent followed, then back to selling cancer drugs.
Energy! Drove me mad.
We miss her intensely, we loved her as dearly as she loved us, and we dedicate this site to her memory, which now has us laughing fondly often, and ooh!-ing when we do something wrong or not ‘up to standard’!