Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 - Week 53 - December 26 - January 1, 2017

Last week of the year. Friends came to stay and introduced us to the board game Catan ,made us a rum based Gorkha Punch and gave us a pamphlet to help us identify birds in our environment.  
Marinated chicken, paneer and vegetables for a barbeque on 31st night for guests. The menu included potato salad with bacon bits, mushroom soup, pork saugages and caramel custard for dessert.
Made these little paper boxes and put pieces of chocolate in them for the guests.

53 weeks.It's been a good year 2016. What a coincidence that 53 weeks have come to an end on the 1st of January 2017 so I can wish you a Happy new Year.  

2016 - Week52 - December 19 - December 25


Merry Christmas.A traditional Christmas tree in our house hung with ornaments which have so many memories associated with each of the ornaments. 
Warming ones feet at the bonfire. Nights are chilly and perfect for a bonfire and a barbeque.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

2016 - Week 51 - December 12 - December 18

I started colouring in
The modern Christmas tree  at Welaro. All the kusudama made while visiting my parents have become the ornaments on the tree.
I had my birthday this week. The waiter arrived with this cake and candle at the end of the meal. A wonderful surprise. Thanks to hubby dearest and the restaurant didn't charge us for the meal. That was a wonderful surprise for both of us.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

2016 - Week 50 - December 5 - December 11

My mum's page in the colouring book - Escape to Wonderland - A Colouring-book Adventure.
The page my dad's begun to colour. I have a copy of the same book which I shall start colouring now that the Christmas ornaments are done and despatched.

We drove to Chennai for a meeting on Monday and to spend a day with family. On Sunday 4th December it was announced that  Jayalalitha had suffered a cardiac arrest. So our meeting was cancelled as the worst was expected.
Stocked up on essentials and as expected her demise was announced close to midnight on the 5th. Tuesday her funeral was held at 4.30pm and there was no untoward incident.The end of an era.
 Rusty the new addition to Bethsara, keeps my mum and dad company on the verandah. my dad's new best friend.
Thanks to demonetisation we could pay all the tolls with our debit card, at all the toll booths from Coimbatore to Chennai.  

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

2016 - Week 49 - November 28 - December 4

A month of tireless crossing stitches and the twenty one Christmas ornaments are ready. So satisfying.Mission accomplished. It's been dispatched to Hong Kong, hope it's there in time for the little ones as the term comes to an end.

Friday, 2 December 2016

2016 - Week 48 - November 21 - November 27

 We went up to Ooty on Friday. WE had been invited to lunch at the Ooty Club by friends. Some great Bloody Mary's and a grat lunch to follow.
 An old map of Ooty and Coonoor.
Ooty club is the place where the game of Snooker was invented and this picture above is of the children's dining room. The charming mural on the wall was painted by a friend and fellow NIDian Prashant Miranda.

Bought herbs and succulents from the Blue Mountain Nursery , fresh vegetables being sold on the roadside and had dinner at Junior Kuppana before coming home late at night.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

2016 - Week 47 - November 14 - November 20

The neighbour gave us some strawberry runners and ravi came up with this creative planter. A section of pipe and two empty curd containers.
I'm embroidering twenty two little Christmas ornaments for the kiddies in my sister's class.They will be gifts for each of them. Racing against the clock.

Of the 100 chicks we bought in September we kept 20 and sold the rest. The twenty chicks have grown and they were let out of their enclosure for the first time to scratch and feed on the lawn and amongst the tea bushes.