Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Good Book and a Cuppa Hot Tea

It is supposed to be Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, but it has been slow in coming. The trees are blossoming and the bushes blooming, but the day is overcast and chilly and a bit too windy for comfort.

Instead of relaxing on the porch with a cool drink, it’s a day for curling up on the couch with a good book and a cuppa hot tea. My choice for this activity: Alexander McCall Smith's latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive is set in Botswana, Africa and tells the further adventures of Precious Ramotswe and her husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. These stories can transport you to another place and time.

Of course, for this occasion only a cup of Mma. Ramotswe’s favorite Red Bush Tea will do. Known better as Rooibos Tea, it was difficult to find back in July of 2005 when I first wrote about this series of books. Now it is sold at Safeway as Celestial Seasonings “Red Safari Spice.”

The dogs are dozing at my feet and the cats are settled in their chairs. It is quiet in the neighborhood; no one is out doing yard work. The kids must be inside playing computer games. Lazy music on the radio is lulling me and in a few minutes I am likely to doze off for my afternoon “forty winks.”

If you haven’t discovered these captivating tales, here are the books in the series:
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

1 Comments:

Blogger Eugenia Jo said...

Weather report from the Mojave Desert: 100 degrees and (thankfully) STILL!
Thinking of you and yours, curled up and cozy, as I sweat in shorts and tank top!
Ain't it grand????

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Listening to live interviews from the Los Angeles Festival of Books at UCLA. You, dear book fanatic, would be in book heaven if you were there! Next year??? (last weekend in April every year)

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