The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

‘Pre­cious Ramotswe was sit­ting at her desk at the No 1 Ladies’ De­tec­tive Agency in Gaborone [Botswana]. From where she sat she could gaze out the win­dow, be­yond the aca­cia trees, over the grass and the scrub bush, to the hills in their blue haze of heat. It was such a no­ble coun­try, and so wide, stretch­ing for mile upon mile to brown hori­zons at the very edge of Africa. It was late sum­mer and there had been good rains that year. This was im­por­tant as good rains meant pro­duc­tive fields ... [and] large, ripened pump­kins of the sort that tra­di­tion­ally built ladies like Mma Ramotswe so en­joyed eat­ing.’

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