When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
– Wendell Berry
1933 Harold “Dickie” Bird (world famous cricket umpire)
1980 Alfred Hitchcock (author and filmmaker)
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Have a good Sunday, 19th April
What a great article. Thank you so much. In the interests of my health, I’m off to French Press a nice coffee…
Italians do it standing up, like the French.
Australians do it in laneways and at the beach.
Americans do it on the go.
The Turkish do it with delight.
The Spanish do it solo.
I do it at least four times a day.
But it is no longer what it used to be and to be fair, it has lost much of its innocence.
On the upside, coffee is good for us. A potent source of healthful antioxidants, coffee fights inflammation, boosts our short-term memory, protects against cognitive decline, curbs depression, promotes heart health and enhances our exercise performance.
On the up-upside, not one, not two, but three to five cups of coffee a day potentially reduces type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and liver cancer.
Cream and sugar however might compromise these health benefits which should not concern the perfectionalist but merely the aficionado faux-fan and frankly, when talking coffee…
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Thank you. I am always interested in the origins of things that play such a big part in our lives. But of a fan of Rooibos (Red Bush) tea myself – a South African tradition!
A discerning minutiae of taste, navigating modern life. Tea Producing Regions of the World –
Africa – Teas grown in East Africa are a vital ingredient of typical English Breakfast type blends. Their character is generally strong & punchy, delivers good colour. The 1st East African country to grow tea commercially was Malawi, where British planters started to cultivate the plant in the 1880s.
Production started in Kenya in 1903, in Tanzania in 1926, in Rwanda during the 1950s and in Burundi in the 1970s. Zimbabwe’s tea cultivation began in the 1960s but suffered enormous damage during the Mugabe years. The industry is now steadily recovering and is once again producing some good quality teas.
South Africa produced quite a lot of tea until the 1970s when labour costs made the industry unviable and only KwaZulu Natal now manufactures small quantities of black tea. The industry in these countries developed…
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Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave,
And ask’d, if Peace were there,
A hollow wind did seem to answer, No:
Go seek elsewhere.
I did; and going did a rainbow note:
Surely, thought I,
This is the lace of Peace’s coat:
I will search out the matter.
But while I looked the clouds immediately
Did break and scatter.
Then went I to a garden and did spy
A gallant flower,
The crown-imperial: Sure, said I,
Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digged, I saw a worm devour
What showed so well.
At length I met a rev’rend good old man;
Whom when for Peace
I did demand, he thus began:
There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who lived with good increase
Of flock and fold.
He sweetly lived; yet sweetness did not save
His life from foes.
But after death out of his grave
There sprang twelve stalks of wheat;
Which many wond’ring at, got some of those
To plant and set.
It prospered strangely, and did soon disperse
Through all the earth:
For they that taste it do rehearse
That virtue lies therein;
A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sin.
Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
And grows for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev’ry where
With so much earnestness you do pursue,
Is only there.
– George Herbert