Eric made numerous business trips after the war, establishing business connections in London, Paris, Brussels, Scotland, New York and elsewhere and in 1947 he took his daughter, Ruth, with him. He insisted on taking quite a number of items that he knew would be short in the aftermath of war-torn Britain, where the citizens were still required to exchange coupons for rations; these included twelve dozen eggs, which were placed in the rack overhead in the aeroplane. During this overseas tour, Ruth stayed for a week or two with a business associate of Eric's and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby who lived in Dorking. Mr. Kirby was a stockbroker but he was also the conductor for the London Stock Exchange orchestra.
While staying with them, we went to have dinner at the Savoy and there we saw the well-known composer, Vaughn Williams, well-known to Alan Kirby. Also, over the years, the Kirby's had used a particular taxi quite a lot and when they told the driver that I was visiting them from South Africa, he gave them quite a few petrol coupons so that they could take me around to see something of the country. At that time South Africans were very popular because of the efforts of our military forces and also for the generous hospitality offered to servicemen who came to the country during the war. Another of my Father's colleagues and his sister took me to the British Museum and we went round the Art Gallery together. All food was still rationed and the allowance for one person in the way of butter, sugar, meat, egg (one only), and bacon for one person could be held in the palm of one hand! I still remember the extreme tartness of stewed plums without sugar!
Together, they visited Paris and Switzerland, and on their return to England, Ruth saw a gynaecologist in Harley Street.
This was rather an odd occurrence because when we called on the Specialist he started asking me all sorts of questions about my family and background, then after some time he concluded I had come to the wrong surgery, as he was a psychiatrist and the gynaecologist of the same name had his rooms two floor above in the same building.