It is always difficult to cater for the differing tastes of some 40 diners, but the generous three-course buffet lunch provided by the hotel offered something for everyone, with wine and coffee served to us at our tables by helpful and friendly staff. Our thanks to everyone who worked hard to look after us so well.
July seems to be a popular month for birthdays; quite a few of our members are celebrating reaching 21 again (!) and Jill handed out more than the usual number of cards. Happy Birthday everyone! And the raffle, once again, offered everyone a chance to win a lovely prize. As always, a big “thank you” to Jan and her team. We also welcomed two new members, Letty Gallagher and Lesley Hancock (Menorca-Live’s own editor), pictured here will President Jill Sutherland and Jeremy and Elisabeth Wakeford.
We heard from Lorraine Ure about two upcoming talks in connection with the Isla del Rey, both of which will be held at the Carlos III Hotel. On Friday 9 August, Anne-Marie Akehurst, who is an architectural historian, will be giving a talk about the building of the Naval Hospital, and on Sunday 14 September, Dr Agustín Guimerá, who has published many books and papers on 18th century maritime history, will be talking about ‘Menorca after Utrecht and Spanish Naval Strategy’.
Tickets for both talks will be available after 15July from the British Honorary Consulate between 10.00 and 12.00 hours on weekdays, and also from Lorraine Ure (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can provide full details.
Returning to our lunch, we were very pleased to welcome as our speaker Jeremy Wakeford, who came along with his wife, Elisabeth, and entertained us with some more stories of his travels as a ‘coffee consultant’. Jeremy, whose knowledge of the coffee industry from farm to finished product is encyclopaedic, has travelled widely over many continents. He told us about some of his journeys, in particular to China, Tanzania, and South Africa and also to Honduras and Rwanda. He explained that coffee was introduced into China by French missionaries and is now grown there mainly for the Nestlé company. Jeremy handed out photographs of coffee (flowers and beans – not jars of Nescafé!) and described how the different types of coffee beans provide a distinctively flavoured drink. (Apparently, most coffee in Spain is of the Robusta variety and sugar is added at the end of the roasting process). Following his talk, Jeremy patiently answered our various questions on a truly fascinating subject. Thank you very much Jeremy for taking the time to share some of your experiences with us.
Ladies Probus Club lunches are held on the second Thursday of each month. The next lunch will be on Thursday, 8 August 2013. For bookings and confirmation of the venue, please phone 616 390 801 by Tuesday 6 August latest.
If you would like more information on the Club’s activities, please contact Jill Sutherland on 951 190 200 or at email@example.com.