Arthur Barrie 80th birthday 30th April 2011

Since Dad’s 80th birthday, time has flown so fast that it seems as if it was just yesterday that we gathered at 214 Brooke Drive, to give dad a huge surprise…

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Dad Cuts his Cake

Dad Cuts his Cake

the 80th cake

the 80th cake

Dad had a wonderful birthday celebration, attended by more than 30 people, including dear friend Rolf Chenaux-Repond who wrote and read this poem for him…

A MAN

 bearded

 not too tall, not too short

 award-winning gardener

 much-loved father to some, esteemed friend to others

 proud owner of a pair of Svarowski binoculars

 wearer of a hat once seen never forgotten

 cartographer by profession

 passionate nature lover

 camp cook of note

 owner of a multitude of walking sticks

 unquestionably dependable

 friend of dogs

 unknown to utter a complaint

 inspiring at times

 observant and enthusiastic naturalist by nature

 treasured campfire companion

 a man of brisk stride

 neat from any angle

 ……………. I thought I better leave this one out!

 modest, unpretentious and unassuming

 forty winks at noon

 star gazer

 fisherman renowned

 artist with pen and brush

 birder par excellence

 ……. and much more

 ARTHUR BARRIE – 80 years young today

(thank you Rolf-for being such a good friend to Dad, such a sagacious judge of character!)

Rolf reads his poem for Dad

Rolf reads his poem for Dad

Rolf -campfire companion, naturalist and penman of note.

Dad and BarneyDad and Barney

 Arthur – ‘friend of dogs’ – with his old pal, Barney.

Now, my admission of guilt is that I undertook to write a newsletter for Dad, way back in 2011, to all of you family and friends who could and could not be with us on that day….and here we are in 2013, and it is his birthday again soon, on the 30th April 2013!

Well, I shall make up for the lack of communication by writing a long update on Dad and the Barrie family, babies, favourite dogs and fishing…forgive me if I tell some of you what you already know, so that long lost friends can be updated!

Firstly I will write exactly what Dad drafted for me to write immediately after his 80th birthday celebration, in response to the good wishes of you colleagues from his days at the Geological Survey. He steadfastly refused to sit and punch away at the laptop, so gave me a handwritten note of what he wanted to say to you all!

from Arthur:

To old and present colleagues from the Geological Survey:

Thank you all for the birthday wishes and kind compliments concerning my cartographic skills. After my decision to stay on at the Survey and retire in 1991, I have had no regrets, and great job satisfaction, but do remember with great fondness time spent in Australia and Germany with some of you and your families.

I remember so many maps, some cartographic ‘piece de resistances” in the days of free hand cartography and am thrilled that so many of you still have those maps hanging on your walls.

Now in my twilight years, I am still able to enjoy my favourite pastimes-gardening, birdwatching, and bush trips to wild places with my children and friends.

It has been exciting and heartwarming receiving so many 80th birthday wishes from you all. I had a memorable 80th birthday celebrating with family and friends, even those friends who could not be there in person, but were there in spirit although spread far and wide. Thank you and best wishes.

Arthur Barrie

Geological Survey

Geological Survey

The Geological Survey was such a huge part of Dad’s life, and his life long commitment to making good maps is reflected in the well wishes of all of you who worked with him. Thank you for communicating with him from all over the world. He was very touched when Tim Broderick collected and read all your emails at the party! Thank you Tim!

Tim Broderick reads greetings from afar

Tim Broderick reads greetings from afar

Vernon and Susan Stocklmayer, thank you for your greetings for Dad’s 82nd birthday and the recent photo of you two travelling in Sri Lanka…

Vernon and Susan Stocklmayer

Vernon and Susan Stocklmayer

Dad is just as fit as ever and acts like a man 20 years his junior, but does complain of a sore back when he has been climbing rocks, planting trees, and building campfires! For his 80th birthday he promised himself that he would buy his first pair of denim jeans, and, assisted by Kelli, he chose a pair. Has not stopped wearing them since!

Dad and Kelli at Domboshava

Dad and Kelli at Domboshava

It seems like so many more years than it really is that Mum passed away…what a special person, and wonderful grandmother she was to Kelli…..

granny and kelli

granny and kelli

and to Lorraine’s daughter Bianca, at times when both Lorraine and I had to work and earn our daily keep as single mothers. She and Dad gave us all such a loving and strong start in life…………

gramps, bianca and gran

gramps, bianca and gran

Under dad’s influence Bianca started drawing at an early age, producing great art such as this Zebra which I still have on my wall….

Bianca's art at 10 years old

Bianca’s art at 10 years old

I  live most of the time with my partner, Clive Stockil in the bush at Senuko ranch, part of the Save Valley Conservancy – a ‘big five ‘ area in the lowveld of Zimbabwe. Dad visits us often at our home, Tsavene, where he walks, sketches and watches birds to his heart’s content.

Dad sketching in the bush

Dad sketching in the bush

Two of Dad’s favourite dogs, Jack Russells,  our Mhisi and Kelli’s Nchila, are sadly missed by us all after their passing away. Good companions and friends they were.

Clive, mhisi and Nchila at Tsavene March 2012

Clive, mhisi and Nchila at Tsavene March 2012

A few years ago our “Lion Hut “ in the bush fell down…..a sad day, as we and our various guests had all had great times in it. And some dramatically frightening times when lions came through, as some of our visitors can attest to!

Wayne, Lorraine and Badger stay at the lion hut

Wayne, Lorraine and Badger stay at the lion hut

214 Brooke Drive is where Dad lives permanently, sharing the house and garden with Kelli.

214 Brooke Drive

214 Brooke Drive

Clive and myself come and go from there. This quirky house has grown up around our needs, shared with various animals such as Dad’s dog Barney, (now passed on and remembered fondly in this painting below by Lorraine)

Barney-painting by Lorraine

Barney-painting by Lorraine

and Kelli’s dogs Chika and Kumba,  Kumba being a gorgeous street kid who was rescued by Kelli when she spotted him running loose in heavy traffic…lucky little dog!

Chika and Kumba

Chika and Kumba

Wooden pangolins share the garden….

a rare and endangered animal....

a rare and endangered animal….

as do a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls which dad has encouraged and loved for years. Many broods of baby owls have fledged from the tyre nest he has constructed high in the branches.

spotted eagle owl on Kelli's balcony

spotted eagle owl on Kelli’s balcony

A favourite old camp kettle, too holy to use anymore on the open fire pit at which Dad often cooks when power cuts hit ……

dad's old camp kettle

dad’s old camp kettle

Dad and Kelli look after each other and have grown very close. Wonderful for a grand daughter to get to know her grandfather so well…

Kelli and Gramps

Kelli and Gramps

We have shared many happy times with dear family and friends, some from very far afield, such as dear Bob and Belinda, special soulmates from Florida….

Dad with Bob and Belinda from Florida

Dad with Bob and Belinda from Florida

others who live close, with good food and great wine, around the fire pit ……….

shared moments at 214

shared moments at 214

And birthdays are special times, especially when a handmade cake is baked, iced and decorated with fresh garden flowers by a dear daughter!

Kelli makes Lin a birthday cake 2013

Kelli makes Lin a birthday cake 2013

A bush-baby like the rest of us children, (Dad’s influence again!), my sister Lorraine married Wayne Hofmeyr years ago, and they live happily in remote Binga, surrounded by numerous dogs, cats and birds.

Lorraine and Wayne get married

Lorraine and Wayne get married

The views across Lake Kariba from their elevated house are spectacular and Lorraine’s green fingers have created a garden that is a delight.

sunset from Lorraine's and Wayne's house in Binga

sunset from Lorraine’s and Wayne’s house in Binga

Dad, fisherman par excellence, loves to visit them……..hot weather and fishing suits him fine!

dad and Lorraine in Binga

dad and Lorraine in Binga

Lorraine, in a letter to Bianca living in Australia, says of one Binga trip:

Visit to Binga 2009

The second day Lin, Clive and Gramps were here we went to a place called elephant bay by boat and caught some really nice bream for lunch, next day we went out and then a huge storm blew up, we had to make a dash for shore and ended up in a lot of reeds, quite scary cause this lake can get very rough but an experience especially for Gramps. He has little experience of boats but is very into it and they have gone out again today as I write this.

Dad and Lorraine, going fishing....

Dad and Lorraine, going fishing….

Dad not only brings home the fish, but very ably fillets and superbly cooks them at the end of the day……………..

dad demonstrates the correct way to fillet a fish, taught by Mum!

dad demonstrates the correct way to fillet a fish, taught by Mum!

While on the subject of fishing, of which Dad will never tire, we shared a fabulous family holiday in Mozambique a few years ago with him, Kelli and Glenn and Judy and the grandchildren.

Gramps and Kelli in Mozambique

Gramps and Kelli in Mozambique

Clive’s nephew Dave, wife Debbie and their daughter Rebecca, with her husband Kurt, hosted, wined, dined and  fished with us in Vilancoulos. Kurt and Rebecca have since had a darling little girl, Hannah.

Kurt, Clive, Debbie and Rebecca

Kurt, Clive, Debbie and Rebecca

Deep sea fishing had Dad hooked from the beginning………………..first sailfish he ever caught…

Dad catches a sailfish-first time!

Dad catches a sailfish-first time!

plus numerous other conquests, all rounded off with the most horrible bumpy boat ride Dad had  ever had – he came back green around the gills, and sore all over, but with a huge grin on his face!

more deep sea fishing....

more deep sea fishing….

Master fly fisherman, Dad taught my brother Steve to catch trout at an early age. Master calligrapher as well, here is the birthday card he created this year for  Steve….

Steve's first trout, Dad's calligraphy

Steve’s first trout, Dad’s calligraphy

Dad produces hand drawn calendars for friends and family-which we all wait eagerly for come the beginning of each new year….the owl theme is a favourite!

owl calendar

owl calendar

Steve and his Kenyan-born fiance Clare share dad’s  deep love of the bush,

Steve and Clare

Steve and Clare

and accompany dad on many a bush trip, mostly to Mana pools………….

Steve and Dad in the bush

Steve and Dad in the bush

We all love watching African wild dogs……………….

Steve and Wild dogs

Steve and Wild dogs

Steve and Clare live in Harare, in yet another beautiful garden inhabited by numerous animals and including dozens of baby tortoises, Clare’s treasures!

Clare's wee tots

Clare’s wee tots

Steve continues dad’s fishing tradition………………………..

Steve catches the big ones...

Steve catches the big ones…

Dad enjoys his happy and busy lifestyle at our Harare house, with such things as bird walks with close neighbours, dinners, braais and the occasional bush safari to keep him occupied, when he can tear himself away from his beloved and very beautiful garden!

dad in his garden

dad in his garden

The wall painting says it all-dad has passed his love of gardening to all of us children.

we love our garden

we love our garden

Dad won Garden of the year award in the Borrowdale Brooke Estate….well deserved as you can see from the photographs of his garden which he maintains with such loving care.

the garden at 214

the garden at 214

One of my personal favourite plants is the Mandela’s Gold strelitzia which I imported from Kirstenbosch as a tiny seedling, now nurtured to full glory by Dad.

Mandela's Gold strilitzia at 214

Mandela’s Gold strilitzia at 214

In 2012 Dad bravely accepted the job of re-constructing and planting Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge gardens. A huge job, with much earh and rock hauling, but very rewarding for all of us as the gardens began to take shape, and the team of gardeners learnt how Dad liked things to be done! He amazed everybody by his energy and stamina, always the first on the job and the last to leave.

the view from Chilo Gorge gardens

the view from Chilo Gorge gardens

He has shared many good times and beers, with us and ops manager John Laing at Chilo Gorge Lodge, on the sands of the Save River..looking for bat hawks and Pels fishing owls..

Dad at Chilo with friends

Dad at Chilo with friends

and in the gorgeous Gonarezhou National Park which we all love so much.

Places such as Director’s Camp on the banks of the Runde river….

Clive, Rolf Chenaux-repond, John Shaw, Steve, Clare and Dad in Gonarezhou

Clive, Rolf Chenaux-repond, John Shaw, Steve, Clare and Dad in Gonarezhou

and Simuwene Camp in southern Gonarezhou on the banks of the Mwenezi river…

Clive and Dad share a baobab

Clive and Dad share a baobab

Dad and Kelli are my steadfast support in selling and promoting my oil paintings from 214…

'Umboza" by Lin Barrie

‘Umboza” by Lin Barrie

We all share our love of wild, bush life with Kelli, exploring as many remote places as we are able to in the course of our busy lives…

Lin and Kelli in Gorongosa

Lin and Kelli in Gorongosa

Our sweet blessings have been made up of such moments as attending the two stimulating and successful exhibitions that Kelli, a professional Make Up Artist, created at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, in conjunction with Eric Gauss, a talented photographer. Her professional Make Up skills speak out very strongly in the evocative photographic images she and Eric have created. Kelli has had a busy time in Harare, completing various other beauty and make up jobs.

Kelli makes up friend Josh Ansley, for stage...

Kelli makes up friend Josh Ansley, for stage…

She creates joy in children by painting their faces with humour and grace…they love her!

Kelli and pirate.......

Kelli and pirate…….

She takes on bigger challenges such as re-creating Johnny Depp’s character-here is friend, Regan, made up by Kelli……..

what is it about pirates...?!

what is it about pirates…?!

She continues her journey into womanhood with a grace and wisdom astounding in one so young, and her perceptive instinct in caring for and nurturing her loved ones extends even to people she only briefly meets in the course of her days.

kelli with goth hair

and she is creating exquisite works of art on canvas as well as on faces and bodies!

Kelli's art.....

Kelli’s art…..

Clive and Kelli are my strength and support……….

Clive and Kelli

Clive and Kelli

Clive’s son, Glenn, has been a strength for his father in these trying times on Senuko Ranch, quietly and reliably supportive in times of hardship. Glenn and Judy and their children Jade and Rayne, our grandchildren, share this special place, Senuko, with us.

Glenn and Judy

Glenn and Judy

We all gain great love by being part of this family. Such sweet moments we remember, such as holding the newest Stockil baby,“Rayne”, sister for Jade, just hours after her safe birth. Watching Jade and Rayne growing up, beginning on their exciting and often traumatic journey into life, has been a joy.

Jade and Rayne

Jade and Rayne

Many bumps and scrapes, stings and bites have come their way as they bravely tackle every new experience in this wilderness world. Five year old Jade is at once indomitably cheerful, and in the next breath deeply angry, in the face of adversity. Her little “Sisi” Rayne  has a naughty smile on her face, a deep sense of humour. Deceptively angel-faced, she has a strong chin and a knowing look about her that suggests an unshakable strength of character …

Rayne in the wild......

Rayne in the wild……

Jade is a dynamic, sensitive and volatile little soul, intensely protective of her little sister and anyone she perceives to be the ‘underdog’, beginning to understand Shona and Changana languages and English, hugely inquiring and appreciative of all the wild life, books and art around her. Both of them play creatively for hours, digging in the ‘dress up trunk’ dedicated to them at our house, creating elaborate stage sets, beating on drums and dancing. Jade is also turning into quite an artist!

Kwane and Kowane , drawing by Jade Stockil 2013

Kwane and Kowane , drawing by Jade Stockil 2013

Clive is called “Kokwane”, (Changana for Gramps), I am “Kwane” (granny)………..

Easter bunny and Kokwane

Easter bunny and Kokwane

We all love these children very dearly, and admire the special way in which Glenn and  Judy are rearing their babies. good parents are jewels, and we should know-we have had the best in Mum and Dad!

water babies and Jack Russell in the Jerez river

water babies and Jack Russell in the Jerez river

Great gramps gets along so well with the little girls, and they love looking for lizards with him, and gardening….

dad and  Jade plant a tree

dad and Jade plant a tree

Old and young see eye to eye…..

Dad and Jade

Dad and Jade and Mhisi

Six years ago Lorraine’s daughter Bianca married Ben Nysschen – a happy and beautiful occasion, then they moved to Australia where they have been since. We miss them…..

Ben and Bianca

Ben and Bianca

Gorgeous Bride and bridesmaid….

Bianca and Kelli

Bianca and Kelli

Bianca’s Australian Christmas tree last Christmas was full of memories and hopes of eventually coming back to Africa for a visit…

Bianca's christmas tree in Australia

Bianca’s christmas tree in Australia

And then it happened! Easter  weekend 2013, was a joyful reunion with Bianca and Ben, who  brought their new baby Ethan to Africa from Australia. Lorraine and Wayne, proud new grandparents, travelled from Binga, for the family reunion. Dad (Great gramps!) was over the moon, bonding with Ethan immediately and Ethan was been the most relaxed, smiling baby I’ve ever seen who had just travelled thousands of miles in a plane.

Ethan and Gramps

Ethan and Gramps

After being used to holding the delicate little girls in our family, cuddling this solid little mass of wriggle-power felt like controlling a rugby ball! Bianca and Ben are doting parents, the best couple of care-givers any little boy could have!

dad bianca and ethan

dad bianca and ethan

We climbed Domboshava, near Harare, to share the beauty with Bianca and watch the sunset

Bianca and Gramps at Domboshava

Bianca and Gramps at Dombashava

Many special family times were had, around our 214 campfire….

Lorraine and Kelli

Lorraine and Kelli

Bolliti Misto was on the menu for a celebratory dinner Friday night. I simmered ox tongue, silverside and a whole fat chicken in stock with a clove-studded onion and celery, and served it with butternut risotto and roasted cherry tomatoes from Steve and Clare’s garden.

cherry tomatoes from the garden

cherry tomatoes from the garden

Kelli’s wonderful Christmas present to the whole family was a voucher for us to have a family photo shoot with a professional photographer friend of hers. Michelle hauled her cameras and we gathered in the garden of 214 , all dressed in white shirts, for our photographic debut with Ethan……..

this space is reserved for the photos!

Can not wait to see the photos, although sadly Clive could not be there due to work pressures. Glenn and family have been tied to Senuko, due to rhino poaching pressures, so their presence was also lacking. 

Dad has two dear sisters, Marge and Liz, whom he has not seen for so long, so I include photos of them in this newsletter, they are such a warm and integral part of his life and memories…….

Aunty Marge and Uncle Doug 60th anniversary 16th March 2011

Aunty Marge and Uncle Doug 60th anniversary 16th March 2011

Liz is Dad’s younger sister, and the butt of many a childhood escapade….many are the stories! Aunty Liz’s husband, Pete has sadly passed away. Their sons are Simon and Paul, Simon lives in England and Paul in the United States of America.

Liz, Simon and Peter

Liz,  Peter and son Simon

Marge and Doug have a daughter Lyn, married to Grant, their daughter Kimberley being of an age with Kelli -this photo taken a few years ago-we have not seen them for so long-need to catch up!

Lyn, Kimberley , Kelli and Lin

Lyn, Kimberley , Kelli and Lin

So many other precious family on Clive’s side, the Stockils, and Mum’s side, the Cox’s, and many dearest friends, have not been mentioned in this letter…..

Please forgive me! I decided to limit the space to dad’s immediate family, since time and space prevented me from continuing and writing a book on ALL of you -but rest assured that although your name may not be specifically mentioned, in my rush to get this done before another few years go whizzing past, that every one of you is such an integral and loved part of our circle of life.  THANK YOU all for being out there.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for the 30th April 2013, Dad!

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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2 Responses to Arthur Barrie 80th birthday 30th April 2011

  1. Sylvia and Bob Logie says:

    Your wondeerful newsletter has reached us here in New Zealand. So happy to see so many photos of you and your family. So many wonderfully evocative photos and memories of the beloved country. Our fondest regards to Arthur, we are all in the 80’s club now! Fond memories and love to you all, from Bob and Sylvia Logie, Colin and family – all now in NZ.

  2. Jonathan Pearce says:

    What a lovely album Lin. Many thanks.
    Love to hear all your news, and especially that old pic of your Mum
    Jonny Pearce

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