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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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September 4th, 2016

How green is my terrace?

It’s been an age since I chatted about my little urban jungle, but ever since I tore a ligament in my foot last weekend, I’ve been spending more time than usual on our Delhi roof terrace.

Every evening, when the day’s heat dissipates a little, I head s-l-o-w-l-y & painstakingly upstairs, and then proceed to walk very slowly round & round & round, since I’m under doctor’s orders to walk – despite the plaster cast.

I can’t face walking on Delhi’s non-existent pavements (aka footpaths here) which are so encroached upon that one has to walk on the road. Given […]

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April 23rd, 2016

Heat and dust. And rambling roses

We got back to Delhi at the beginning of the week to find someone had turned the thermostat up in the 2 weeks we were away.

It is hot, hot, hot, and even though it’s still April, the temperature has been hovering around 40C/104F all week, down from 44C the day we flew back. I’ve already talked about the dire water situation in the country (& it’s only getting worse) and how we are very careful to use water sparingly. Thus it is that the plants only get watered very early in the morning or after sunset, to avoid as […]

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December 12th, 2014

Oh the poor, poor Sunderbans…

Just 10 days ago, we were in the Sundarbans, a fascinating part of West Bengal, right on the Bangladeshi border. To fill in the blank for those of you who might not know too much about this region, I’ll be lazy and quote good old Wikipedia:

“It is the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarbans covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh with the remainder in India. The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

The main thing one hopes to see in the Sunderbans is […]

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