Friday, April 16

Mab and the Tea Leaves of Ceylon

Nuwera Eliya

Nov. 6th 1900

Elephant Nook

My dearest Mother

It is so tedious, we shant get our mail till tomorrow as it goes to Horekelly initially, so I shant understand how you are. Has Janes trial come off yet since I desire to have a paper about it. Give my love to Mrs Grundy when you see her next.

I anticipate Mr Brine, the clergyman, will pertain to visit us as he saw us going into church and asked where we were remaining and for how long. He is fairly great but rather too smug.

I have actually not liked to go alone as I do not know anybody but directly George comes back we shall go. We went to call on the Wickwars, the only people George understands well enough, however Mrs Wickwar was ill in bed and the child out, nevertheless I expect she will return it and we are sure to see them at the Club.

Wednesday. George has not come this morning. I had a wire from him to state that he is coming by todays train, so he will be here about 5. I expect when he got to Colombo the other day afternoon, Mr Norman desired him for something or other and he could not get away in time.

By the method, Mr Brown is concerning Ceylon this month to carry out a mission in Colombo. When we go back, I question if I will see him. I quite forgot in my last letter to inform you that we state Charlie Antram the day he got here. He was investing the night with his brother-in-law who had actually boiled down to meet him, at the G.O.H. and I found him at dinner. I sent a card throughout to him asking if he had actually had an excellent voyage. He looked really mystified in the beginning until he saw me and then he acknowledged me at when. We had a great little chat after supper and he told me scraps of news. He looked extremely well and not changed a bit. He was only going to spend ten days in Ceylon and was then going on to Assam to learn tea-planting. He had changed his plans of remaining in Ceylon as this was a better deal.

This need to go off to the post or it will miss the mail.

George strolled down to the coach workplace (one goes to take travelers to the train) and told Solomon to meet him there with his bag. Rather of waiting for George, he went off with somebody else to show him the method and waited at the incorrect coach office. He didnt have the sense to go to the best one when George did not appear but waited till the coach went from there, and then went to the best one however was of course too late.

It drizzled nearly all night last night and rumbled but not severely. The thunder is so curious up here since there are so numerous hills it resounds all around and goes on for such a long time. I went down to the village this early morning and got captured in the rain, at least it was a sort of Scotch mist however really wetting so I had to come back in a rickshaw.

We went to church on Sunday morning, it was good to go once again. We have actually only been three times because we have been married and this is a correct church too with an organ and choir, not like the quaint one we went to before.

We have not had much rain so far, only one wet evening. It is the rainy time here really so I hope we are going to be fortunate. It is so funny being so high up, sometimes a cloud comes right along the roadway when we are out like a wet fog however that is when we are closer to a hill, we do not get them here. We have tea growing all around us, it is not extremely fascinating, just little bit low bushes, rather like evergreens. Naturally it is kept pruned and not allowed to grow high. They select just the three leading leaves to make into tea, the small top leaf is the best, that is orange pekoe. When the leaves are picked they are put onto hair clothing with air blowing over them to wither and then after numerous days they are sorted out and take into makers to be rolled.

Here we remain in our little elephant hutch once again and really jolly it is too. We showed up on Thursday and had a very great journey, getting in here about 5 oclock. I am not enjoying myself simply at present as I am a grass-widow. George had a wire from Mr Martin on Sunday asking him to decrease to Marawila as more evidence was needed seemingly prior to the Attorney General decides the case. So off he went by the night mail on Sunday night and would go to Marawila in the coach on Monday and get to the courthouse in time in the afternoon. I had a wire from him last night to say he is coming back by tonights mail so he will be here by 8.30 tomorrow early morning and shant I be happy to see him.

lots of love and kisses to everybody, from Mab

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Off he went by the night mail on Sunday night and would go to Marawila in the coach on Monday and get to the courthouse in time in the afternoon. We went to church on Sunday morning, it was nice to go again. He didnt have the sense to go to the ideal one when George did not appear but waited till the coach went from there, and then went to the ideal one but was of course too late. He was just going to spend 10 days in Ceylon and was then going on to Assam to find out tea-planting. I have not liked to go alone as I dont know anyone however directly George comes back we will go.

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