He had, of course, been expecting her, having recognized her by the photo she had included in her Curriculum Vitae, so she smiled, doubting a little, “Mr...Collingwood..?”
“That's right. Sidney Collingwood. Of course everyone calls me Sid.”
“And I'm Theo,” she said, “I'm used to my name being shortened that way.”
They laughed and she couldn't help but notice his front teeth in a straight row; a mark of strength and tenacity, her father had said. She was thinking, I like your dove-grey eyes, Sidney Collingwood. It goes nicely with your silver hair.More info →
He meets a Tour-Guide, Adeline Sutherland, whom he marries in Johannesburg. They settle in Nature's Valley from where she receives tourists from all over the world, showing them the Garden Route and the Tsitsikamma region. On one of her tours a dreadful accident occurs in torrents of rain. Her minibus is swept into the river and gets washed into the sea by the deluge. There are no survivors. On a regular basis Carl goes and puts her beloved Protea Cynaroides flowers at a large rock where a plaque had been secured with all the tourists' names who had succumbed – Adeline's name being one of them as she had been the driver of the little bus. When visiting his parents again for the first time in fifteen years, there is a skiing accident on their property in Saig in the Black Forest and because of it he meets Sonja Hansen who works in a hotel across the border in Basel. This is the story of how Sonja Hansen becomes part of his life on the Garden Route.More info →
Her heartbroken father carved a statue of her and placed it where she had fallen. As time wore on, Wadeley-on-Sea expanded and became a popular tourist venue. The statue in the forest became known – people attributing magic powers to her – writing notes and letters to her and dropping them in the available mailbox next to the statue.
When Anne Daniella's wooden statue started aging and falling apart, the decision was made that a new statue had to be brought into the forest. When townsfolk asked Kim who she thought would come for the unveiling of the new statue, she said, “All might come,” meaning everyone who had put addresses on their communication to the forest statue.
Never did she think someone who had been declared dead would be there for the unveiling ceremony.
The mountain-range which borders on it runs all the way to the eastern side of town which is expanding at an alarming rate.
Jacqui-Lee studies to become a somatologist – eventually opening her own salon on Woodland Farm where she has her dream life, living in her house at the bottom-end of the farm and her father in his house at the top-end. He keeps a handful of cows and she looks after their two horses.
When a visitor arrives from New Zealand, bringing her horse to live on Woodland Farm, the next-door neighbour completes the Woodland Quartet which makes an arrest in the forest. Life could never be the same again in the most beautiful valley on earth.
The Litzi affects its patron’s lives in strange and unexpected ways – especially the tumultuous life of Karine Everson. Amidst death and life-threatening situations, Karine realises that the truth has no special status or time of its own in café society, that half-truths are whole lies. Gazing at a statue in Salzburg, Karine becomes aware of the symbolism of running water engulfing and overwhelming her fears and hopes and the life she had known.
A statue’s flowing water may allow Karine to wash and bathe her hands, but never her conscience.