• Buddhi Passaperuma . Commented on SNOWING IN CEYLON

    interesting. thanks for sharing.

    June 23,2020 08:08am

  • Phyllis Romijn . Commented on F.G. Schroeder

    Please reply to Phyllisromijn@gmail.com so I can send a picture of the plate

    June 14,2020 09:16am

  • Phyllis Romijn . Commented on F.G. Schroeder

    Hello, I found a plate with the inscription F.G. Schröder on the margin. Something to do with you?

    June 14,2020 09:13am

  • Emil van der Poorten . Commented on Jews Of Sri Lanka: An Untold Story

    I have seen this reference to AJvdP before and it is not very accurate. He was a very strong ATHEIST, as letters to his wife written to his wife while on board ship between Europe and Ceylon which I still have will prove. There is no suggestion that his mother was Jewish either, being a direct descendant of the painter Franz Hals whose last name she carried,

    June 12,2020 05:26pm

  • Paul Cox . Commented on Wavendon

    Capt William Fisher left the British army in 1830's and married a Sophie ?? daughter of a local plantation owner. "Wavendon" is named after the village in Bucks., England, where his father John Fisher was the vicar 1805-1846.

    June 08,2020 09:51pm

  • James Paul . Commented on Maturata

    I used to live in a house called Maturata. Located in Fleck Lane Wirral. The builder of the house was also a captain of a ship called Maturata and built the house after he became captain of the ship. There were big tea crates in the garage he must have taken back from the ship. Amazing history.

    June 08,2020 06:21pm

  • Suresh Perera . Commented on Lucky Land

    My father P.F.R Perera (Reggie) was the assistant manager after Peter Perera (his brother) around 1959 (after Peter). Then Reggie became the manager and moved to the big bungalow around 1967 and was there for about 6 - 7 years. (After David Boyd Moss).My mother is 'Margie' Perera. My sister Nilmini (now in doctor in London) and me were born while Reggie and Margie was the assistant manager. Nilmini has build a replica of the outdoor patio of the big bungalow in her London home to remind of those times. My father died in 2000. Doreen & Dennis (and Rosemary, her elder brother and younger sister - are in the US). Family name is Poninbaduge.

    June 06,2020 08:45am

  • Amir Singh . Commented on Is There Nicotine in Tea? Everything You Need to Know

    nicotine is bad for us

    June 05,2020 07:18am

  • Sandra Chaney . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Vicki Vanden Driesen I will Vicki. My email is Sandra.chaney@gmail.com
    Speak soon xx

    June 01,2020 05:53am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Lorraine, I have just seen your response to my article - thank you for your kind comment. I never knew Andrew Dryborough so can't help you with your request. Perhaps you could search the British records - I expect he died in the UK too, like his wife?
    Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:42am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Sandra, Please contact me via phone 08 9367 7318. I do not use Facebook at all and have only set up an account for certain purposes (such as responding to HOCT comments etc). I would love to talk to you about the old days.

    June 01,2020 05:39am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hello Hareen, I remember Hilary and Rita so well - they were on Mahadowa when they first married. I remember my parents going to their wedding. Rita's maiden name was Rajasingham - am I right? I remember Mum saying she was a lovely bride. Yes, good memories of planting days! Sarnia was lovely and we loved the pool especially - I have three siblings and we spent almost all our time in the pool. Lovely to hear from you. Kind Regards, Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:37am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Sanath, I am glad you enjoyed the article - thank you for your comment. I wrote it quite soon after Dad died and hadn't actually seen the comments about it until recently. I remember your Dad quite well - was your Mum "Vinitha"? I was quite young when we were on Edinburgh but recall the bungalow being relatively new at the time - it had a green roof ? There was a big pond just outside the garden and my brother, Hans, fell into it and nearly drowned. He was about four at the time and was a real scamp. I recall the day on which the incident with the KP happened. Dad was going to meet the KP on that day but was thwarted by some social arrangement of Mum's and I think that spared him from the attack. Mum was very upset but Dad was furious about what had been done to the KP. The poor KP nearly died. I was very amused by your recollection about Dad handing Mr Ranawana the gun etc. So the labourers organised a robbery of the payroll - and how cleverly done! I also recall the ST&L Humber, and it is just lovely that you have it now - what memories we all have of past times that were so good. Dad and Mum reminisced often about SL and their days on estates - they left a big part of their hearts in SL and so, never left it completely. The same with me. Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:31am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Vernon, I remember you very well, even though I was a child at the time. Was Ralston your brother? I remember him very well and met up with him on a trip to SL in about 1995. I am quite nostalgic about Sri Lanka and the old days of planting and estate life which I miss very much. Dad was very proud of his plucking slopes and we heard of them quite often as kids. Very nice to be able to send you this "hello". Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:17am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Sandra, I have only just seen your response to my article about Dad. Of course I remember you all. Aunty June was a favourite of mine as a young girl, she was so kind and gentle. I remember your two siblings, Carol and Andrew? Have I remembered their names correctly? You were the middle child I recall. I remember going to East Wind with you all too. It is wonderful to hear from you after all these years. Please say "hello" to your brother and sister as well. Affectionately,Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:12am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Philip, I have only just seen these responses to my article which I wrote many years ago, quite soon after Dad died. I remember you very well - I was about seventeen when my parents left SL and you were on Plaiderie at the time. I am very familiar with your Dad's name too. Thank you for your kind words about Dad - he was one of those "larger than life" characters and we all still miss him (and Mum) very very much. I left SL when I was twenty two and despite having lived in Perth for over forty two years, I miss SL and planting life almost every day. Very nice to be in touch with you Philip. Regards, Vicki

    June 01,2020 05:09am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Thank you John! I am glad you met him a few times at least. I am in contact with your Dad - who I look up to very much.

    June 01,2020 05:04am

  • Vicki Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Suraj, Thanks for your comment. We had happy times on Sarnia before my parents decided to leave. It was a lovely bungalow and my Dad and his friends played tennis on the tennis court - my siblings and I thoroughly enjoyed the pool, despite the weather being quite cool sometimes. Vicki

    June 01,2020 04:59am

  • Jan Vanden Driesen . Commented on “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” – RECOLLECTIONS OF TEA PLANTING IN THE “OLD DAYS”

    Hi Basil, I have only just seen your comment. I remember Hilary and Rita very well, especially when they were newly married and he was Dad's SD on Mahadowa. Thank you for your compliments. Vicki

    June 01,2020 03:16am

  • Uma Lukshmi Kesawarajah . Commented on Pragmatic Politics of Plantation Tamil Leader Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman

    A fantastic insight into history and the life of the Late Sowmiyamoorthy Thondaman. Thank you to the author for remembering my maternal uncle the Late B Thirunavukkarasu who was the right hand of this historic man.
    I only hope the descendants of the family who may ascend to parliment will honestly relive what their Great Grandfather did for upcountry Tamils and not succumb to political deals.
    Hope they don't get manoevered....and fall prey to bigger crocodiles.

    May 30,2020 07:23am