Rhubarb 2020

ST EDWARD’S r h u b a r b


Cash, Kaye Richmond and the medical supplies

Mules on the way to Neltner

Noel Cash had collected the medical supplies for Kaye Richmond, a midwife in the villages around the old Foreign Legion fort at Ouarzazate. The supplies were flown out and driven south by Cash and Hodson. Greenway, Jones and others erected shelving in Kaye’s small clinic and an awning over its tiny enclosed courtyard to protect the patients. Temperatures often topped 500C. Next, the party drove to Tafraoute in the Anti-Atlas. Hard-won permission to survey in the area was presented to the Caid. A vacant house was put at our disposal from which a series of projects were carried out under the geographer Hand’s supervision, aided by an interpreter. The climbing party put up new routes on the friable faces of the Jebel Lkst mountains. A Teddies football team played Tafraoute losing 4-1 despite the dangerously warlike tactics of Mallalieu and Page. The local manager, Ahmed ben Sedd’n declared, “C’était magnifique, mais ce n’est pas le football!” For the projects, Hand had taught the boys plane table mapmaking. Maps of Tafraoute town and the Ammeln village were drawn and a traffic survey carried out (led by Watson), giving the boys a chance to interact with local people. A fine sight was the young Brock leading a file of Tafraoute children carrying one piece each of his equipment. Additional studies were of soils, small mammals and the caterpillars by Fardoe.

Samuels and Brock collecting Coleoptera


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