This post is for Jean over in Ireland via Social Bridges. Yesterday, we were conversing about Waterfords–the one in Mississippi, the one in Ireland, and the one in South Africa. I said if I could choose to live anywhere, it would be at the Waterford Winery. I spent 3 months in Stellenbosch/Cape Town/Port Elizabeth on my sabbatical in 2002.
While I was there conducting research on the changes post-Apartheid to achieving economic development and equality, I also had opportunities to learn about and enjoy the diversity of culture, meet many amazing people working for a better South Africa, and learn about the many different cuisines of the area. I dined on street food, poor people’s food, “American” take-out, Cape Malay cuisine, and on occasion, high end dining in fine establishments. We also cooked in our flat, generally staples like butternut with feta, spinach with feta, or other things we could manage with a microwave and electric skillet. I did develop quite a skill for adapting my own repertoire of meals and awed my friends on occasion with some of my specialities, all prepared in one electric skillet.
I fell in love with people working for social justice. I fell in love with the wineries, and found some that were also working toward social and economic justice. I fell in love with the mountains and the oceans. I fell in love with the resilience and resolve and creativity of the women raising children in poverty, seeking a better life for them. I also fell in love with the Waterford Winery.
On occasion we would eat lunch there, out in the courtyard. We enjoyed wine tastings in the great room with its large fire place and comfortable chairs. Waterford was one of the wines I brought home with me and one of the wines we purchased for our evening meals in our flat.
I brought home a 1.5 litre bottle of the Harvest 2001 and saved it for another year. We opened it in the summer of 2003 for our going away party when we had family and friends gathered together as we prepared to leave Texas for Mississippi. I have been back to Waterford on every trip to South Africa since then. Since Jean told me one of the wine shops in Waterford, Ireland carries Waterford Wines, I have moved Ireland up on my post-pandemic bucket list. It is a lot shorter flight and I have after all been to South Africa but not Ireland. As we say here Jean, keep the porch light on for me.