HOFMEYR NEWS - After many months of being cooped up in the Elizabeth Jordaan Retirement Home in Cradock, Willoughby Lord (94) eventually took the gap when he was invited to visit his sons in the Hofmeyr district, and he is still visiting.
Who would have thought that Covid-19 lockdown would last longer than 300 days? And now that they have the chance to spoil their dad, Lord's sons are going all out to treat him during his stay. He currently stays with his son, Charles, close to Schoombee.
I met up with him at the local Farmhouse Coffee Shop, where he was enjoying a steaming cup of coffee following an exciting morning.
"I have never ever seen the Hofmeyr district so lush and green," he said. "And how blessed I am that my sons took me out to see the farms where I grew up, grew old, and farmed for many years."
Lord's son, David, chartered a helicopter to take his dad for a flight over the Vlekpoort Valley, and the farms where they currently farm.
He was born in the area, and farmed here for most of his life. He was an active, fit farmer, often walking kilometres over mountains and through valleys to water points and fences. Lord was an avid tennis player, playing veteran tennis internationally well into his 70s.
His four sons, David, Robert, Michael and Charles, are all farmers in the Hofmeyr district. His daughter Liz, resides in George, and is married to Dr de la Bat.
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