From Early Beginnings…

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July 17, 2017
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From Early Beginnings…

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!

Crossing the Victoria falls near Livingstone was a momentous part of the journey. It had to be done very slowly and very carefully

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.

 

Jacky Parker

Jacky Parker

During my 18 years in the United Kingdom I have done extensive travel both as a school chaperone to Ypres, Calais, Naples, Paris, Moscow and Barcelona; on my own to Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, Canterbury, Belgium, Cologne, Amsterdam, New York
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Jacky Parker
Jacky Parker
During my 18 years in the United Kingdom I have done extensive travel both as a school chaperone to Ypres, Calais, Naples, Paris, Moscow and Barcelona; on my own to Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, Canterbury, Belgium, Cologne, Amsterdam, New York

7 Comments

  1. Helen Ball says:

    You have been so blessd with all your travels. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Your writing is so entertaining and I can almost imagine myself travelling alongside you. You certainly have lived life to the full.

  2. Tony Ball says:

    And we were the lucky ones to have met the Parkers, embraced their friendship which continues and now to share in their varied, vast and ‘venturous visits through Jacky’s Tracking.
    Keep, travelling, keep writing – for both your and our pleasure

  3. JACKY says:

    And we love embracing Ball friendship in turn.

  4. Sean says:

    Such an interesting history… you should write about Kimberley

    • Jacky Parker says:

      I certainly intend doing something on Kimberley although I could never rival what Steve Lunderstedt produces – he is the expert on Kimberley’s past.

  5. Chloe says:

    Brings back memories of Zambia where I was born and grew up.

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