“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, it’s wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.”
Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949)

And boy, oh boy, have we had all those things; the grueling day (tired eyes, sore back), the rain and the bad news in the papers. It has not snowed, but our freezing temperatures did have me looking out of the window on occasion to see if there were icicles dangling in the trees and shrubs. I predict that the dogs will soon have to be rushed off to Pete-The-Vet to be treated for cystitis; they simply refuse to get out of their beds to go outside for their routine Pinkelpause.

On the subject of toilet breaks, I took one from my workload a short while ago and was saddened to read that Pietro Ferrero has died while in our country on a business trip. This brilliant businessman quietly went about doing much to assist with educating the children ofSouth Africa about HIV & AIDS. Must be a devastating blow to his family and the entire Ferrero group.

And now time to fortify myself with my bowl of soup and get myself back to my desk. The weekend starts on Thursday here, and everyone is flinging work at me from all angles; I guess they want to get their jobs to the printers on time, as the printing industry closes down completely until the 3rd of May.

Oh, to settle back with a glass of wine instead …


44 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    So sorry to hear about Pietro Ferrero, especially so young and falling off a bicycle in our beautiful CT. Think I’ll join you with a comforting bowl of soup for supper, Cindy…and will think of you with that heavy workload. Hope you knock it on the head soon!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I need to stop for the day now, Naomi, can’t see straight anymore 🙂

  2. I love soup….I have plans for a comforting chicken soup number in the near future.
    I had no idea Pietro Ferrero had done so much in SA: must look up more…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to have another bowl and go to bed, Kate 🙂

  3. Tes says:

    Good soup could heal the bad day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope so Tes 🙂

  4. slpmartin says:

    How sad…he was so very young.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Charlie, he was.

  5. deepercolors says:

    So good to hear of people who quietly help others. And the bowl of soup dos look very comforting indeed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Plain is often best, Caro, I am too tired for fancy tonight.

  6. soup is more than just food

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bowls of life affirming stuff 🙂

  7. gospelwriter says:

    Lovely and nourishing-looking soup… I do love soup – have made more soups this past year than perhaps throughout the rest of my lifetime.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I expect I have done the same, Ruth 🙂

  8. granny1947 says:

    Just think of the lovely green stuff which you can spend on a trip down to me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am missing you very much 🙂

  9. i luv the ease u have with connections and vicariously imagine that my yankee self has the same. thank u for that indulgence. keep on!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Doc, for your constant encouragement 🙂

  10. I am really sad to admit that I was somewhat relieved to see that he died of natural causes Cin. A really happy way to pass into the next life. On a bike!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I will admit that my breath caught when I first read the news and I though ‘please, not again!’

  11. bluebee says:

    Sad for the family of a man in the prime of his life. I’m having the same problems on the client deadline front at the moment – a glass of wine at the desk, perhaps?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m strict with myself when editing, don’t mix it with wine 🙂

  12. nrhatch says:

    Love the quote. Soup = Sustenance. RIP, Pietro.

    1. nrhatch says:

      Is it really “freezing” there? I didn’t realize that you got much snow or ice.

      1. theonlycin says:

        We don’t get snow (only experienced it a handful of times) except in some areas; like the Drakensberg. But we do freeze up; our waterpipes, ponds etc. Car windscreens crack and stuff like that.

    2. theonlycin says:

      Sustenance, Pietro.

  13. yadayadafishpaste says:

    I have to admit I’m a bit on the boring side with soup even though I love it. My favorites are tomato soup (unfortunately the Knorr packet), butternut soup (from Woolies) and traditional home cooked vegetable soup – something I learnt to do only about four years ago. I’m pretty impressed with my progress though. That soup looks lovely. What kind is it? Oh, and don’t forget the bread – SOUTH AFRICAN bread that is 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was butternut, sweet potato and harissa soup, very hearty 🙂

  14. Soup is always good. Yours looks delicious. Blessings, Cindy…

  15. souldipper says:

    Life feels incomplete without homemade soup in the house. True comfort food.

    Sad, sad, sad to lose one of the good guys!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very sad, Amy 😦

  16. libraryscene says:

    sad day..what a talented, handsome man, and so young.. thank you for link and post ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d like to say ‘my pleasure’ but it seems way inappropriate?

  17. Sorry but all I can focus on is how I am going to freeze when I get home. I don’t like the cold weather at the best of times and not having experienced cold weather for 2 years is going to be a major shock to my system.
    Sad news about Pietro Ferrero.
    Maybe you will get your work done before the Easter break with the help of an extra glass of wine or two. Just a thought.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems I will get it all done, Mandy, despite the fact my fingers are so cold and keep jumping all over my keyboard.

      1. *Wishes she could package warm weather and send it through the mail*

      2. theonlycin says:

        Me too, roll on September 😦

  18. Ditto with work being flung my way too Cindy, Thursday & my workload may have a nasty collision well into Easter if I don’t get a crackle on.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Still, we must not complain, eh? Good luck.

  19. Pseu says:

    ‘Pinkelpause’ – a new term for me: love it. It can replace, ‘spend a penny’, ‘pit stop’ and ‘a wizz’

    1. theonlycin says:

      Or even ‘just stopping at the shop for some cigs’ 🙂

  20. Jamie Dedes says:

    Everything is such a mixed bag of news these day! 🙂 I hadn’t read about the younger Ferrero’s death. Thanks for posting it.

  21. klrs09 says:

    I absolutely love soup — could live on it quite happily, I think. One of my favorites is Hot and Sour soup, but hands down homemade chicken or turkey is the best (with homemade egg noodles, of course!)

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