Oranges and Lemons

There’s an old nursery rhyme, a version of which goes as follows:

“Oranges and lemons”, say the bells of St. Clement’s
“You owe me three farthings”, say the bells of St. Martin’s
“When will you pay me?” say the bells of Old Bailey
“When I grow rich”, say the bells of Shoreditch
“When will that be?” say the bells of Stepney
“I do not know”, says the great bell of Bow
Here comes a candle to light you to bed
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
Chip chop chip chop – The last man’s dead.

It’s a nursery rhyme believed to be about capital punishment, and imprisonment for debt. The unfortunate victim would be alerted by the Bellman of St. Sepulchre ringing the ‘Execution Bell’ lit by candlelight at midnight, that the next morning was to be their last.

Although most of our media would have you believe otherwise, the nursery rhyme reminds me how far we’ve come. Most societies today don’t imprison people for debt, and don’t implement capital punishment. If you look out for it, there’s an explosion of positive news, wonderful innovation motivated by the heart.

If you’re the kind of person who focuses on the positive, you’re probably thinking about juicy oranges and lemons rather than debtors prison. If so, make sure you stock up now. Kleinjongenskraal, who supply us with oranges, lemons, green and yellow peppers, and dried mangoes, will not be delivering next week, so get what you need for next week now!

Firelighters are back in stock this week. Made from sawdust and egg cartons, they work very well, and the last week has certainly been a good one for a fire in the lounge, at least for those of us with fireplaces. We have limited stock, so they won’t be available for long – find them in the home care section.

We have a few more eggs in stock this week, from Draai Om Farm. The farm is a certified organic farm, but due to a shortage of certified feed, the eggs themselves are not certified organic. Again, there’s limited stock, so order early!

As you’ve probably noticed, much of our range is in limited supply, and tends to come in and out of availability. Here’s encouraging anyone with land, or a garden, or space for pots in their flat, to get growing. Nothing beats food grown right where you live – visit our garden section for seeds and other items to get you started.

Visit www.ethical.org.za to order.

Have a great week,
the Co-op team

Comments ( 5 )

  1. R

    I would not mind to grow my own herbs and vegetables, especially in an organic/biodynamic way, but I feel all black thumbs. I have no idea how to get started. Do you perhaps know of a good resource that guides you through organic vegetable gardening in South Africa?

  2. Natalie

    Contact Noel from Earthshine on 074 103 4277 or 021 532 2607.

  3. Jen

    Your home made firelighters are amazing! They work so well and I now have peace of mind that I am not releasing any harmful or distasteful chemicals into the air when starting my fire.So THANK YOU - I bought as much as I could! I was however a little disappointed that they came packaged in small plastic bags which isn't as environmentally friendly. Wouldn't it be possible to pack them in snall boxes, even recycled ones, instead? Otherwise, thanks for a great service. I've been reluctant to buy online, but actually I'm so impressed with your products and your commitment, that I've just had to start! And the collection point for my area is right on my way home.

  4. Kirstin

    Hi Jen Thanks for your positive feedback! I appreciate your comment about the packaging that the firelighters come in. This area - getting our suppliers to make a shift to greener packaging - is an important one, you are so right. And your comment is a timely incentive to work harder on this. The next time I order from our firelighters lady, I will see if we can come up with a more sustainable solution. Kirstin - Dry Goods - Ethical Co-op

  5. Bruce

    Please could you advise me as to a co-op/farm,in South Africa,who grows/produces certified organic oranges for export