Today we are all in for such a treat as the lovely and immensely kind, Mystica from Musings From Sri Lanka, has joined us for the Sunday Serenade.
What do you do when you’re not blogging or reading?
I work full time in two different kinds of work. My husband and I run a tea exporting company, exporting both normal black tea as well as herbal teas to various countries. I tend to handle more outside work as my husband is right now immobile after having had
a problem with his feet. It is a small company with around 15 employees so it is easy to handle work.
I have bigger responsibilities as an agriculturalist. We own a few properties which include tea, cinnamon, large scale papaya and mango cultivation, as well as a smaller tangerine plantation and a very nice pineapple plantation.. We also have a bit of rubber! The properties are spread over Sri Lanka in different locations and I invariably try to visit all every week. This is the part which takes me away from home.
About five years ago traveling was very tough in Sri Lanka. The road conditions were atrocious and security was huge problem. With the end
of the civil war and the rebuilding of roads, life has been made much easier but time spent traveling takes huge chunks out of my day. What for
most Westerners would be a one hour journey would be for me 3 hours!
You lead such a fascinating life! And to have all those properties and responsibilities ~ you are truly special! With everything you have to do, how do you carve out time for blogging, reading, family and life?
I am blessed that I can read whilst traveling. I do not drive so whilst being driven I can read. Lots of people tell me they feel nauseous if they even try to read but I am lucky like that. I always have a book with me – always and even a five minute break waiting for someone is used to read.
I have three children and they all live in Melbourne, Australia.When the civil war was on in Sri Lanka, we felt it was very unsafe for them here so we sent them there for studies. Two of them have finished their studies and are working now in Melbourne and the third is in his final semester there. Melbourne is now home for them.
My husband and I live alone. My mum lives a couple of miles away from me and unfortunately we do not have the extensive family network that is very normal for Sri Lankan families. I miss that.
I, however. help to run two orphanages. One is for 35 girls and the other for 25 girls. One is run very close to Colombo itself and I visit once a week. The other is in our former war zone and unfortunately I can only visit once in about three or four months.
I am with you Mystica ~ I love reading while traveling and generally find a way to be the passenger just for that very reason. It is so far out of my reasoning to imagine living in a war-torn area ~ we are spoiled in the US in that we have not had battle on our land in almost 200 years. To not only manage all that you do AND help with the orphanages AND run a successful blog AND live in an area recovering from war – you make it seem so easy and effortless. I imagine it is not and you are a credit to your home and community. So share with us your favorite place to read and why you love it so much.
I like to read in any place that is peaceful and quiet. That includes all our agricultural properties which are havens of quiet. Even our home is very quiet.
Peace and quiet is a prerequisite for my reading time too. Just looking at the pictures and the sunlight, it looks as though you probably have very beautiful and fragrant areas in which to find solace in reading. Now, if you could speed-date any author, who would it be and what would you ask?
Sarah Dunant would definitely by my topmost choice. I thought her books set in Renaissance Italy were glorious. Diana Gabaldon, to have the imagination to go where she does. I will definitely want to know how she gets her inspiration.
I’ve only read the first in Gabaldon’s Outlander series but found her to be incredibly gifted! If your life could be summed up in a book or a movie title, what would it be?
Mystica, thank you so much for joining us today. I loved learning more about a fellow blogger and friend; and have such an immense respect for you. Thank you for sharing the pictures and giving us a glimpse into your life. What a remarkable woman and blogger you are!