Saturday, August 23, 2008

a christening in the family

recently I attended the christening of the baby son of a cousin of mine who lives in England. It was a family affair with many of her immediate relatives in attendance, and for whom it was the first chance to see the baby. After the christening there was a lunch party at her parents home with the cutting of the cake below after the main meal, for dessert.

It is worth remembering that the child would usually even now at 8 months be totally oblivious to the celebrations, which are really a family affair with the event itself as the reason for the get together.

The sad fact is that with relatives living far away in other lands, in this case in the UK, we will next see this boy in a few years, when the parents find the time and funds to make another visit.

it is so hard to please all

the photo above shows the bunches of king coconuts, some as much as 30 in a bunch waiting to be packed into the cab to be taken to Colombo for sale.

I have noted on my blogs the trouble I have had in 2008 with cutting and selling my king coconuts. It is difficult to cut when the man who climbs the trees does not turn up and when he does it invariably rains.

When I eventually deliver I do get customers later complaining that the fruit was too mature to eat, something which is not always apparent on visuals alone. Some customers only want very mature ones and others very immature, 'lapaty' being the Sinhala word.

Actually the home delivery is not economical just for one product, so I should drop the delivery as I both make a loss and also have the extra trouble of isolating a immature bunch for delivery. It is the nature of individual customers, and that is why people would rather sell direct whole sale so the consumer remains opaque! maybe it is time for me to try that instead.