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Month: November 2012

November 30th, 1935

November 30th, 1935

A drive round Nuwara Wliya on a beautiful day and then onto the Naseby Estate which produces some of the finest high grown teas. It is a modern factory built only a year ago. The Manager, Mr Coleman, takes Mac on at tennis, this gave […]

November 29th, 1935

November 29th, 1935

Had another hair-raising drive today through most beautiful country to a garden “Luckyland” at a very high elevation where the produce is sold at high rates on the Colombo market. We passed Dickson’s Corner and the Garden and factory were still higher. Inspected the factory […]

November 27th, 1935

November 27th, 1935

Left Galle Face at 8am and proceeded by car up country. Passed Penrith, Oaklands and Broadlands tea Estates. Called and saw Mr. Scott, Pannawattee Estate, and witnessed the processes of Tea and Rubber manufacture. Our next call was at Panmure. Had lunch with the Manager, Mr Murray Clark, and learned his views about tea. Panmure though medium grown is averaging more in price than high grown Teas but is not now sold on the London Market – two well-known firms take the whole output. Ultimately came to K.A.W. Carolina Group; this is in a wonderful position. Something had gone wrong with our reservations at Adams Peak Hotel and our friend, Mr. Gibbon, the Manager of the Garden, put us up for the night. Here is a modern factory on the hill with a man as manager who takes his job seriously; an experienced planter, and anxious to learn the retailers point of view. We saw everything – had the plucking, withering, rolling, fermenting, firing, grading, packing and testing for moisture content demonstrated. We taste the teas at each factory called at but they taste new and greenish. It is 3 months before we get them in England and in that time they become matured. The Planters we have met appear to be the most gentlemanly type of man – educated, hospitable, good living and sober and a really fine type. Our courier, Mr. Bell, is a good man in many ways. He is a Tea Planter just returned from South Africa and was asked by Cooks to undertake the job of showing us round. A wonderful education for Mac, not to mention myself, although I am too old to benefit much by my present experience. We left Colombo on Tuesday and have had two strenuous days motoring in an open car, climbing all the way. Now six thousand feet above sea level and have travelled over 100 miles and are now in a cooler climate. We have passed scores of Tea Estates and eighty per cent of the gardens are very familiar names to us as we have bought their teas for the past twenty years. Ceylon is a most wonderful and beautiful country. The motor drive for the past two years has been hair-raising – a narrow road round the mountain side and hundreds of hair-pin bends with a big and long car into the bargain. Good job we have a good driver, but he is tired tonight. We are now at the Grand Hotel at Nuwara Eliya –  a very nice place.

November 26th, 1935

November 26th, 1935

Visited Brooke Bond and Co. and met our friend Broom. He sent a young fellow with us to the Sale Room and we saw the auctioneer dispose of parcels very rapidly. No buying Brokers are necessary and each firm buys on its own account. Brooke […]

November 25th, 1935

November 25th, 1935

Had a drive round Colombo residential, shopping and native quarters and like it. Still warm and sticky but better than previously. Heavy rain each afternoon and tonight a heavy thunderstorm. Went to Bosanquet and Skrine’s offices after lunch and whilst Mac was tasting teas with […]

24th November, 1935

24th November, 1935

We arrived at Colombo and were met by our new courier Mr. Bell and by Mr. H. M. Siewert of Messrs. Bosanquet and Skrine Ltd, Colombo, and by Mr Broom of Brooke Bonds. I must say that Mr. Peel (Managing Director) of Brooke Bonds have done their best to make our trip a success. Their managers have been advised of our visit and are all anxious to entertain us and show us all they can. Brooke Bonds is a larger firm than I imagined and must have a tremendous output from what I have seen and heard out here. After getting off the boat we had luncheon at our Hotel, the Galle Face. Mac and Siewert had a swim in a fine bath in the hotel. We then went to the Mt. Lavinia Hotel for dinner, had a game of snooker after which the black marker challenged Mac to a game of billiards. As I expected, the black boy was too good for Mac. Colombo is the cleanest place we have seen so far.