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Dear Alan I came to Swanage as a Cygnet in 2007 (before the web site and guestbook). In these nine years I have been to many other lakes since then, but more than that when I came into Swanage, I felt so instantly at home. Best wishes to Swanage and all who continue to sail in her. (Editor: Tim returned for a short visit, now as a consultant in internal medicine on holiday in South Africa).
Dear Abuna Alan, a month ago when I arrived to The Swanage you realized that I am a Palastinian Catholic with Israeli Passport. I got the warmest hug from you and I realized this month will be better than I expected. Thank you for your local knowledge, your help and for being so positive. You made our stay so comfortable. Hopefully I will come back to Swanage in some years and you're welcomed to visit me in Israel or Hungary. Thank you very much my Albi
Dear Alan before we got here we heard all the rumours about the Swanage Experience, and it did fill all expectations. You are probably one of the most welcoming and fascinating person we have ever met. Few people would open their home to seven Norwegian strangers and let them drink liters of Amarula and eat kilo's of pizza without as much as one complaint. Thank you so much for your hospitality and not to mention our amazing safari gastronomic adventure in Pilanesberg. We hope you will continue to open your house to strangers and make them feel like they are at home. Never stop air frying food and good luck with the piano playing on the grand piano. We hope to see you on you tube next year. Love and Kisses
Dear Fr Dr Alan I can't believe that the time is over already, it was seriously a pleasure to stay here and to have interesting conversations with you. You are such a happy, joyful and positive person, what makes it so comfortable to stay here and to spend time with you. I am not a man of big words. looking forward to see you again you are welcome in Germany
Dearest Alan. It has been an absolute pleasure to stay in you home and share your company. For you to have had so many people stay at Swanage and to still make such an effort to make each and every one feel so welcome and so special to you is....well adjectives fail me, but the generosity you show in sharing your house with total strangers and including them in so much of your life is truly amazing. Keep up the piano and making sure people get to hear you play; it's too much of a gift to not share it and the emotion with which you play.In the Pilanesberg, you told the teacher we met who had adopted one of her students that "a special place in heaven was reserved for her, well far be it from me to prescribe to such a place existing, but in your own way you do similar; not with one but with the hundreds of people you have welcomed into your home, making each feel like Swanage is as much their home as it is yours, is truly inspiring. the generosity you show to all you meet is a greater lesson than any that can be found in a hospital, and one that I hope to be able to emulate in part one day. i look forward to returning Home to Swanage some day. With Love Daniel Jackman, King's College London
Al, what an adventure it has been! From the first bear hug we shared I knew I had arrived in a good place. Thank you for being so incredibly welcoming. It is so nice to come back from a call at Bara to a HOME rather than a house. I have to mention the Pilanesburg- MAGICAL. I remember shrieking with excitement when I saw my first warthog so seeing lions, elephants, giraffes was just FANTASTIC. thank you for sharing your passion with us all - eternally grateful. I have had an amazing time in such a short 4 week stay. Thank you for taking us to delicious restaurants and allowing us to share meals with you and your closest. Your enthusiasm for medicine and life itself is infectious. You have shown me where my passion for medicine and patients can take me --a gift. Love, light and lemons. Eleanor Jarvis, UEA,
Dear Alan, I can't quite believe how quickly these past four weeks have flown by, and I can safely say I have absolutely loved every single second of time here at Swanage. I arrived full of apprehension, but from the moment I stepped inside your wonderful house I knew I was going to have an amazing time here. It is truly extraordinary that you welcome us into your home and crate such a special atmosphere. Swanage is a family, and it is your huge heart and welcoming arms that make this house such a fantastic place to stay. the trip the the Pilansberg was utterly magical. The food, the company, that lion sighting-I can see why you cannot wait to get back to the bush! I will always remember Swanage as a place of fantastic company, fabulous food and friends for life. Thank you so much for everything I can't wait to be back. Love Anna Bickerdike Liverpool, UK
Sawubona Vusi. Home is where the heart is, and I appear to have left mine in Africa.I all seriousness, opening your house as you do to strangers from the far corners of the world is something special. I hope we enrich your life a little as you have certainly changed ours.Baragwanath is a little crucible of humanity and I have seen the worst things and those who graft relentlessly to pick up the pieces. After that I feel ready to be a doctor, what a gift. However, coming back to Swanage, a home, makes those things possible. Then is much to be said for good food, good wine and good friends. Especially when there are 50 millions stars for a bit of atmosphere or some lion, or both. I really hope it isn't long before I can return to this beautiful country, thank you.
Dear Alan I don't think I've ever been good with words but I'll give it a go. The past 6 weeks seem to have flown by but thinking back, paradoxically its difficult to think of how life was before Swanage. From the lovely dinners we've had together to the 'glamping" at pilanesberg to the life lessons we've learnt, Swanage, has become a home to me. And despite now getting the opportunity to see the rest of this amazing country, I still leave Swanage with great sadness. While we've been lucky to get some fantastic life advice from you while we've been here, the lesson I'll most take away is the one that you teach through your actions. By opening your house up to people from across the world, you show3 us how accommodating people can be and just how much we can all gain from doing the same. So in addition to the amazing scenery, wonderful animals, lovely but cheap wine, great food and great company, you'll see me back here in the not too distant future to have another go at being part of this community at Swanage. Hari Jeyabelen, Cambridge.
Dear Alan some emotions and experiences are difficult to express in words. My time at Swanage has been blissful. I would like to express a huge appreciation to you for creating an environment in which people from all over can come together and share new experiences. I've loved getting to know you better over this past month and coming to understand more about the things that you are passionate about; our safari was a special experience and I enjoyed the wisdom that you affectionately dispatched on a regular basis.When I think back on my time in Swanage I will remember good food, good company and good discussions. I will be glad to be remembered as the first (and quite possibly the last) person to jump in you pool at 5am on a winter morning. the friends I've made at Swanage will be friends for life and I thank you for this gift. I look forward to when our path's cross again in the future, and I have no doubt that they will. Chris Lovejoy Cambridge, UK