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By: Rae Norridge

The Apricot Tree

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The flames crept up the curtains like a swarm of tongues. They curled and stretched into the rafters, and like a marauding army, the flames swept across the roof.

Outside the Van Vuuren sisters watched this cruel act of war. The roof collapsed along with the Van Vuuren heritage and the Van Vuuren dreams.


In 1899 the mighty British Empire declared war on two small Boer Republics in South Africa. The war was expected to last a matter of months, but it took almost three years for the Empire to claim its victory. It changed lives, challenged loyalties and divided families. 28,000 women and children were to die in the British concentration camps.

Rae Norridge was born and educated in South Africa but re-located to the United Kingdom in the early nineties and is now living in rural Leicestershire. She is the creator and author of Hilmy the Hippo children’s series. Wonderful Mr Boon of the Bushveld was publish in South Africa. Rae is an artist by profession, selling her paintings through galleries. Central to her work is her love of nature and wildlife.

She is married, with two daughters and three grandchildren.

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