I’m writing this blog post because of a casual comment by Pat Zahn left on my blog post about tea, she said: “Also reminds me of the book series, #1 Ladies Detective Agency; I got into Red Bush tea because of that series – the ritual of the tea permeates the stories.” OMG, how could I have forgotten about these fabulous, fabulous, fabulous books and HBO TV series? (see…inspiration CAN come from everywhere!) What does this have to do with Little Bit’s of Beauty ™ you ask? Well, in an era of violence, crudeness and utter banality on TV, this show is beautiful in it’s simplicity! I LOVE the cadence of the speech of all the characters. The slow simple lifestyle depicted is beautiful, the characters are funny, irreverent and downright human…plus the colors and patterns used in the show’s homes, dress, and artwork used for the intro to the show are all stunning and inspiring to me as a designer!
The show takes place in Botswana and depicts the strength of the women in a culture that is not always supportive. It gives us an insight into a culture completely foreign to us and a way of life we no longer know here in the western “civilized” world. Underlying themes are typical everyday “love & relationship” issues that are universal, sprinkled with a hint here and there of the political situation inherent in that part of the world.
The lead characters, Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose as Grace Makutsi, her awkward and efficient side kick are terrific individually and together. How can one not just love this show?
According to Precious Ramotswe, the owner of Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, “There is no problem so great it cannot be solved by a cup of bush tea.” Growing up in the country, Precious learned a great many things from her father: to rely on her wits, patience and memory, and most importantly, to follow her dreams, no matter what. And so, for her beloved country of Botswana, Africa and its people, Precious has started her detective career in Gaborone determined to do good with the time that God has been given her.
The show has also inspired me to add Botswana to my bucket list of places to visit, and soon! The breath taking countryside, the gentleness of the people and the depiction of the mundane pace of everyday life are all draws in my effort to slow down my own life. And, as I said, the fabrics, textures and colors are great for use in fabrics for interior design!
I watched the series through netflix after reading the books. I highly recommend both to anyone who values their time and wants to see or read something that is inspiring, quirky, will pull at your heartstrings and is absolutely human. Not to mention those of us who wish to escape and travel to a place that is as different, yet the same, as our lives here in the western world.
Check out the teaser below…Have you heard of, read or watched this series? Would you after hearing about it here? Do you sometimes watch a show or read a book to simply slow down? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!