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January 15th, 2018

Welcome to squirrel heaven

It‘s Monday.

The school traffic is thundering past on the main road outside my house, every wretched bus driver honking non-stop.

The newspaper has the usual horrid fare of rape, more rape, politics, pollution.

So in the interests of sanity & all-round zen-ness, I’m blanking all this out. Way more stress-free, though possibly not the best approach for someone who likes to think she is a conscientious blogger, but there are days when the Indian news & current affairs are all just too much.

Like today.

So instead I am going to talk about squirrels. As one does.

Recently, one […]

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February 22nd, 2017

Let’s talk gardening

There’s so much rubbish going on in the world at the moment, a fair amount of it right here in India I might add, that I have decided to ignore it all. Well, for one blog post at least.

Instead of ranting about the latest idiocy from Donald Trump, or the dangers of the air we breathe here in Delhi, or some equally depressing subject, I have decided to talk about my garden.

Far nicer topic.

The weather here is hotting up on a daily basis, and it looks as though we might well be fast-forwarding, completely bypassing spring and […]

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February 16th, 2017

This is for the birds. No, really it is!

Dear reader (wherever you are), if you’re up for it, this weekend we can ALL do our bit, together, and all for the same cause.

Sounds interesting?

Read on. Whether you’re here in India or anywhere on this wonderful planet of ours – we can all help contribute to the success of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Just imagine: a global effort to record as many backyard birds over this coming weekend. Here you go – read this article from my morning paper, for all the relevant info. It caught my eye, interested me and so am sharing it […]

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September 23rd, 2016

Gardening leave is drawing to a close

These last few weeks of enforced home stay (because my foot was in plaster) saw me spending more quality time than usual with my potted plants.

Taking an evening turn on my roof terrace became A Thing, slowly walking to keep the injured foot a little active.

I deadheaded a lot, and weeded a lot, and generally irritated the heck out of the mali (gardener) a sweet man who much prefers working on my mother-in-law’s garden and veggie patch, than my plant pot collection.

And who can blame him?

A lawn and a veggie patch definitely trump a gaggle of […]

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