Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrubs or small trees in the flowering plant family Theaceae. Its leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. Common names include tea plant, tea shrub, and tea tree. Wikipedia. If allowed to grow freely can reach up to 6 ft or more. For commercial agronomic purposes they are maintained as a compact shrub at approximately 4 ft, to increase productivity. And to suit the stature of female tea pickers.
BOP = Broken Orange Pekoe, the very best grade of marketed tea. Flavour. Aroma, Colour. A very refreshing brew.
Even in 50s and 60s many young men, especially ruggerites, from the Colombo/Kandy Colleges had dreams of upcountry plum planting jobs. ……………. Little realizing it is a lonely life, in the cool, cold, wet central hills of Sri Lanka …. from a social perspective. The fairer gender dared not venture into clubs such as Dickoya, Dimbulla, Kelani Valley were the watering holes and sites of inter- club Rugby encounters.
Clandestine illicit liaisons did occur ……….. similar to the periods before in the British colonial times. Then, in British Ceylon, expatriates, some or most black sheep (rebellious, rascals) from wealthy, elite, blue-blood British families were hidden amongst the lush green tea plantations in the Colonies (in Ceylon, north India, Africa)
I understand the Kanganies (Field Foremen) played a vital role in facilitating the secret liaisons, involving the ‘Sinna Dorais’ and at times the ‘Periya Dorais’ living in bungalows set amongst the tea gardens. Cooks, house boys, gardeners.
Of course, there was never a free lunch or dinner, as far the Kangany was concerned. He received unsolicited and handsome remunerations.
The sensual pleasures are a potent, irresistible emotion.
- Richard Simon: Ceylon Tea: The Trade that Made a Nation © The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association 2017, …. picture research by Dominic Sansoni, Project co-ordination & design by Sebastian Posingis; printed by Tien Wah Press, Singapore 2017, ………..ISBN 978-955-7394-00-8
- Michael Roberts: “Ceylon Tea and Its Surrounds: Richard Simon’s Tour de Force, 18 july 2017, https://thuppahis.com/2017/07/18/ceylon-tea-and-its-surrounds-richard-simons-tour-de-force/
- Michael Roberts: Potency, Power & People in Groups, Colombo, Marga, 2011, https://thuppahis.com/2011/07/12/potency-power-people-in-groups/
 Joe Paiva (b. 14 April 1946) at Bambalapitiya and raised in that suburb of Colombo; attended St. Peters College. He has been an active member of ASLA in Adelaide at various periods over the last 40 years.
From my occasional visits to up/country estate bungalows where relatives served as planters and when playing rugger or cricket for Peradeniya University against planter clubs, I did not get any indication that planter wives found their clubs intimidating. The odd photograph or two from the late 19th century also indicates that the club was a vital centre of relaxation for uppercrust men and women on weekends…. Michael Roberts