Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toi Toi Toi Reinwald!

- Linda Jaquet -

Prince Albert’s Reinwald Dedekind is making a good recovery after quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in mid-June. Reinwald, a retired farmer originally from the Msinga area of KwaZulu-Natal, has tended the Fransie Pienaar Museum’s indigenous garden for a number of years, while his photographs of Prince Albert’s natural beauty taken on his solitary walks in the veld, often in search of fossils and interesting rock formations, have earned him high praise.

Reinwald is fortunate to have many good friends in Prince Albert, who rallied to assist him: Suzelle and Pieter Koorts, who drove him to and from Cape Town and with whom (at the home of a relative) he spent time convalescing immediately after his surgery; Judy Maguire and her daughter, Jessie Goller, who nursed him and cared for him after he returned to Prince Albert and Mary Sandrock, Ione Auerswald and Gudrun Toelstede, who cooked for Reinwald and with the support of the ladies of the Thursday Group, ensured that he had regular meals and that his shopping and errands were always done.

Reinwald, we look forward to seeing you back in the Museum garden and caring for your beloved succulents very soon!

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