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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesdays around the world...

It finally feels like fall!!!! The chill in the air along with Mr. Frost, the fallen leaves, apple cinnamon cakes and pumpkins, pinecones ......ahhh, the list can go on......

What does your today feel like??? Mine definitely feels fall..:D
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sundays in my City

It is time for Sunday's in my city hosted by Unknown Mami, which I have been participating in the past six months. For those who do not know me, I am May, an Indian expat living in Germany.
      Today, I bring to you pictures from my home country India. I come from a small town Mangalore which is on the coastal belt in Southern India. During the time of our visit it was the monsoon season, hence we got to see sights of lush greenery and wet land. 
Pictured below is my paternal ancestral house. Houses were then made of mud and red tiled roof. If you notice in the background, the modern houses are made of brick and cement.

Every house has either a small or a large garden and during the monsoon it turns into a virtual tropical rain forest!!!!!

You have all kinds of creatures roaming freely in the garden and no, they are not scary. Pictured below is a caterpillar known as "kotarli" in my mother tongue konkani. The kotarli is visible only during the monsoon.

 Below is the blanket worm which you need to beware of. If touched, it causes an itchy rash which is quite unbearable!! I had my sisters and kids screaming at me to be careful when taking this shot...:)

The dragon fly who made me wait and wait till I could catch him fly. But he chose to sit and pose for me atop the aloe vera.

Here is the good old grasshopper who chooses to make merry while the ants do all the hard work :D

Apart from the mini zoo visible in the garden, we also have a lot growing. Presenting to you all the Indian pepper. When the time is right, it is plucked and then dried in the sun till it turns black in colour.

Wild mushrooms are found all over the place.

Colocasia is one  of my all time favourite plant, the leaves of which are used to prepare an Indian dish called "pothrade".

Just as I enjoyed taking you through this tour, I hope you all had fun taking a walk through one of the gardens of a house in a small town in India. 

Unknown Mami

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ready for Halloween..

We have never celebrated Halloween before. This is going to be our first celebration!! In preparation, we got a very big pumpkin last week and I got down to business today!!! After going through numerous videos on carving the perfect pumpkin and blogs as to find out, if we were a wee bit early, I sat down to carve out our little monster. The final result after a broken blade and some struggling with a very tough pumpkin,,,,,,,, Am I proud of myself???? You bet, I am!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sundays in my City

Its a bit late for Sundays in my city hosted by Unknown Mami, but I cannot resist showing the pictures from where we returned. We had a quiet weekend at the Alsace region of France. We drove through vineyards, tasted wine, visited chateaus..... a weekend to remember!!!

Have a great week everybody!!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Autumn's Here, where did the summer go???

I am back from India 3 weeks ago!! After a wonderful holiday, the kids are back in school and we are geared up to begin our second year as expats in Germany. Life has gotten so much better, living here does not seem strange anymore. 

Autumn has come in with full force, I begin to wonder where did the summer go. We have been going out on long walks just to see the leaves fall. Doesn't this look like paradise to you?? I want these moments to last forever......

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