Archive | Bedtime Stories

Little African Princess courtesy William Murphy at Flickr

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This Sunday in December’s Brew News South Africa bedtime story, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” came to us courtesy of Damaria Senne, a blogger from Phokeng, North West, South Africa who writes about “the big adventure that we call life.” You can order any of our South African Rooibos selections 24/7 or visit all our Brew […]

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Serengeti National Park safari hippos rafting


“…their huge undulating presence refreshes me better than sleep.” From “Watching Hippos,” a poem by Dorothy Porter and the Brew News bedtime story for November 2016 from and our Gombe Reserve single-origin ground coffee.

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Three Ethiopian boys and a hawk courtesy Patricia Malloy

The Man, The Boy and The Donkey

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking alongside the donkey, a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey and they went on their way. But soon they […]

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Black and white photograph of animal artists painting at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. From the magazine "L'Illustration", 7 August 1902.

The Panther — In Jardin des Plantes, Paris

His gaze, going past those bars, has got so misted with tiredness, it can take in nothing more. He feels as though a thousand bars existed, and no more world beyond them than before. Those supple powerful paddings, turning there in tiniest of circles, well might be the dance of forces round a centre where […]

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Post Impressionist painter Henri Martin's, "Cultivation of the Vines," an Italian landscape of Italian men cultivating rows of young grape vines

from The Georgics Book II, lines 328-345

Then are the trackless copses alive with the trilling of birds, And the beasts look for love, their hour come round again: Lovely the earth in labour, under a tremulous west wind The fields unbosom, a mild moisture is everywhere. Confident grows the grass, for the young sun will not harm it; The shoots of […]

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William Scott's 1947 expressionist portrait of a boy, a bird in a birdcage and his mother.

To Paint the Portrait of a Bird

First paint a cage with an open door then paint something pretty something simple something beautiful something useful… for the bird then place the canvas against a tree in a garden in a wood or in a forest hide behind the tree without speaking without moving… Sometimes the bird comes quickly but he can just […]

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