I had lived in Zambia all my life and was very much of a bush baby—savouring the mild weather and enraptured by the tall trees and the lush shade. At the age of 13, it was decided that I should attend a boarding school in South Africa, So school clothes were bought, cases packed and I was duly dispatched on a train journey to South Africa.
My journey took me through central and southern Africa, starting in the north of Zambia, traveling through Zimbabwe, then Botswana and finally into South Africa. In all, I would be traveling for four days on a school train inhabited by only school children and a conductor. Poor conductor!
I cannot say that boarding school days at Maris Stella were a barrel of fun. Living in a convent can be fairly draconian, but at least I gained a spirit of independence and a measure of self-discipline.
I taught at several schools in Zimbabwe and finally ended with 17 years of service at Christian Brothers College in Kimberley. They were years spent with wonderful students, friends and colleagues leaving me with very special memories.
Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama was my final year of training and it was a glorious introduction to theatre, travel and new experiences.
Tertiary education came in the form of teacher training in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and this is where I met my future husband, Ed Parker.