Hello everyone! Thank you for all your visits and the lovely messages you left for me! Although I got back a week ago, several commitments kept me away from blogging but now I'm here and rarin' to go!! There'll be a few posts on the south Indian city of Chennai where I'd gone to be with my sister and her family.
The yellow blooms seen in the photo above seem to be everywhere. The bright blooms of the Chestnutleaf Trumpetbush (tecoma castanifolia) greet you from street corners, parks and innume- rable Chennai homes. I noticed that other prolific bloomers are the bougainvillea and jasmine.
Waiting for our turn at the Himalayan Water Ride at Queensland Amusement Park. From left---my sister Molly, her older daughter Shivani and Suzanne (in red), husband David, and my son, Nishant.
Suzanne turned 10 in December. When her sister Vani turned 13 in October, the latter had raved about becoming a teenager. Feeling that one needs to be some kind of an "ager" she announced that she's a "ten-ager"!
Some terracotta items on display/sale at a roadside. Many of the objects were very beautiful and reasonably priced.
Vibrant lime-green money plant ouside a house in Anna-Nagar, an old locality in Chennai. This variety is not common in my state.
Caught the last 2008 sunset with rooftop workers silhouetted against that vivid orange. So different from my usual sunset shots!
Molly's friend Micky and husband Rupam (not in picture) joined us one evening. It was great meeting them.
We had a wonderful time in Chennai. We visited several areas, made a trip to a beautiful place called Pondicherry, savoured different kinds of sea-food (we're far from the sea here). I'm glad I somehow managed to leave the house and travel a few thousand kilometres away to be with family. So many times, other responsibilities come in between and visits are put off till tomorrow. And the proverbial tomorrow takes its own sweet time, or never comes! Children grow so fast but I'm glad that at this time of their lives they got to spend some days together. And till we make the next trip, we can look back on this and be thankful that we did it!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau