Sunday, August 18, 2013


rain at the windows
some one remembers winter...
Sunday savvy

--gillena cox

Many Caribbean people will remember those days of our childhood, when we were (yuk!!!) forced into
drinking potions of well meaning cups of (foul tasting) bush tea for all kinds of disorders, most common of aliments, coughs, colds and fevers. Then we grew up and our travels around planet earth tooks us to various climes, traditions and samplings of cultures and we now encounter the stylish term of herbs. Or we start browsing the grocery counters for all kinds of (alternative medicines) in the form of attractively packaged 'herbal teas' - good anitoxidants, great stess relievers, etc etc and on reading the lables we muse, Oh yes my mum used to give us such and such to drink for such and such ailments.

Why am i talking bush tea and herbs this Sunday? Well, still fresh in my mind is yesterday's Book Club Mingle (a meeting of more than one of our Nalis book clubs) in celebration of our reading the series 'The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency' written by Alexander Mc Call Smith. We skyped the author (he in Edinburgh) and (we here in downtown Port of Spain) and chattered with him about his life his work his passion for writing. The main character in these books, Precious Ramotswe loves and is always drinking or offering to someone cups of red bush tea. Our day's session included a tour of The Nalis building, a session on African wrapping of clothing for head and body styles, a game which quizzed groups on the books in the series, time to intermingle chat and get to know persons from each book club, and a viewing in part of the HBO production of one of the books. How's your weekend going?

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Old Egg said...

Having read most of Precious Ramotswe's adventures, I too experimented with red bush tea and I loved it. Do try McCall Smith's other series. My favorite is "44 Scotland Street" with the young Bertie as the hero.

Bill said...

In my family it was cod liver oil, but many kids of my generation had to endure castor oil; both, like your bush tea, all-purpose remedies.

Gillena Cox said...

oldegg, i've read 4 in the series, so far my favorite is Book2 'Tears of The Giraffe'

My book club had a red bush tea tasting last Thursday

glad you stopped by

much love...

Gillena Cox said...

Bill; oh i remember 'the castor oil project', we got that just before the going back out to school in the new September terms

glad you stopped by

much love...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Bush tea? Better you than me!

Shadowy Sunrise in Paradise

Gillena Cox said...

Sunday smiles; thank you for sharing your link, i visited

much love...

foxysue said...

Loved this post, so interesting, just goes to show 'mama knows best' and you don't have to pay a fortune for it....x

rebecca said...

so often paradise is found in the love of a caring mother, and the comfort of a great book.
i see you have been pleased by both!

somepinkflowers said...

such paradise in remembering,
i think

{{ yes
i do remember this--->
castor oil

& in my mind's eye
i can see the bottle
even now }}

Gillena Cox said...


happy you dropped in

much love...

Gillena Cox said...

Rebecca; happy you dropped in

much love

Gillena Cox said...


thanks for stopping by

much love...

allmylivesnow said...

I have two more books to read in the series. I'm putting off reading them because I don't want the story to end. I love them. Precious and her tea, so comforting.

Barbara @

Gillena Cox said...

Barbara thank you for stopping by in chatting with the author at our Skype session, he told us he was writing another one right now; so the series is very much alive; read on

much love...