POTD: Lilac vines ๐Ÿ’œ

They are hanging over our boundary wall from the neighbour’s; thrilled to see it. The colour and the clusters look so very pretty. Lilac comes to mind; on closer inspection, there is also a hint of purple. They are called Petrea, a creeper named after Robert James Petre, a renowned British botanist. The petals of…

January: Reset and relish ๐Ÿง

It’s almost all dried fruits and nuts and less cake; it’s sweet, rich and the last of our plum cake from Anns Bakery, Kottayam, Kerala for this year ๐Ÿฐ. Their Christmas cakes comes in a pretty round tin box with five layers of wrapping – the outermost is a coloured (blue/green) cellophane cover you unwrap,…

POTD: Snake plant in bloom โš˜

The snake plant is seen in almost all home gardens but I have never seen them flower, until today โš˜. It can’t be spring already !? Let nature decide that ! The name snake plant sounds intimidating so I didn’t feel like going for a closer inspection๐Ÿ”. The white flowers are pretty and delicate looking…

POTD: Purple memories ๐Ÿ’—

Purple in winter ๐Ÿ’—, the warm colour can dispel any winter bluesโ„๏ธ. December didn’t see much rain in Bangalore; mornings and evenings were cold and windy while the afternoons were bright and sunny โ˜€๏ธ. It was good weather and these plants seem to be enjoying it. The flowers like the sun and the colour is…

A scrumptious homecoming ๐Ÿฉ

We were on a flying visit to Kerala; returning just two days later. Most of the holidayers would be returning to Bangalore after the new year, probably on 2 Jan, Sunday; that day the Arrival terminal and the airport cabs will be stretched with the incoming. We had a similar experience two years ago. Departures…

Plantain Fritters (Ethakka Appam)…a taste of home ๐Ÿ˜˜

I make no evening snacks at home in Bangalore, cooking three meals a day itself is never ending work for me. At tea time, we make do with biscuits or cake or even bread with peanut butter or jam, or some other bakery bought stuff and maybe even Maggie noodles but never actually attempted to…

To new Beginnings ๐Ÿฅ‚

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author  My planner has a quote for each day; they are cliches but still…

POTD: December Light

A wooden Christmas tree and a very tall one at that, spotted inside the building named The Bay, located within the Ecoworld office complex at Sarjapur, Bangalore. It was early morning and we were on an appointment for a health check-up at RxDx located within the premises. At night the tree would be a pretty…

โœˆ๏ธ home for the holidays…โœจ

Bangalore airport can rival any mall in the city during the holiday season๐ŸŽ„. The queue outside the departure terminal was thick and long; will we make it to the departure gate on time !? 24 Dec, we arrived at the airport by 7:30 am, our Indigo flight to Kochi was at 9:30 am. We joined…

POTD: Maria’s Christmas Choir ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽผ

The creator of this stunning craft piece is a postgraduate in economics and is working full-time in a data analytics firm; but art is her passion and she makes time for it. One of her latest craft work for this season – the Christmas Choir; simple, elegant and very cute โค๏ธ Till next post, take…

Hedge hunting ๐Ÿ’ฎ

Our apartment complex in Bangalore is composed of a single tower with eight flats on each floor. And like all planned apartment gardens, we too have hedges circumambulating the outside perimeter of this fourteen storey tower. These hedges are composed of a variety of flowering plants and a few variegated shrubs but always manicured to…

Almond canopy๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚

There’s always something that catches the eye and sparks a curiosity; for this tree, it was it’s big broad shapely red leaves. On sunny days, the tree drew attention as it filtered the sunlight through its crimson and green canopy, while on the cold windy days, the burnt orange and brown hues exuded an autumn…

Yellow splendour ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’›

No one told this tree that it was winter in Bangalore; it’s yellow flowers are in full bloom and together with the green canopy, it stands dressed in green and gold ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’›, ready for the wedding season ! It’s called Gaudichaudi or the Chestnutleaf trumpet bush; the flowers shaped like golden yellow trumpets and clustered…

Potted rubber ๐Ÿชด

It is the the long, slender red buds, standing upright amidst the big dark green leaves that I noticed first. The striking red buds of this small tree seem to be reaching out to the sun but I had no idea what plant it was !? The buds should be blooming into large flowers I…

POTD: Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ

The winter months have dulled the colour of the gardens around our apartment complex. From my balcony, I can see the that the champa tree (White Frangipani) has shed all its leaves and has gone into hibernation. But near the champa tree a splash of orange has bloomed; it’s the Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ; the sunburst…

POTD: Day out in downtown Bangalore ๐Ÿš—

Warm sun โ›…๏ธ + cool breeze๐ŸŒฌ + canopy of trees ๐ŸŒณ + sprinkling of flowers ๐ŸŒธ+ parking space in downtown Bangalore ๐Ÿš— = blissful day out in Bangalore ๐Ÿ˜˜ !! Till next post, take care !!

Advent season special (veg fare)๐Ÿ†

It’s the season of Advent and the noyambu starts. As a norm, for the 24 days to Christmas we do not eat meat or fish. So it’s all veg food plus eggs till Christmas. The cooking during these days is both easy and challenging; easy as veg meals ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ… can be prepared in a relatively…