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,…

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…

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…

Tinsel time ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ

It’s December ๐Ÿ”” finally !! A month long looked forward to and now that we are finally here, everyone is approaching the coming holidays with trepidation – to travel or stay put !? ๐Ÿ˜Š….in light of the new virus variant. Decisions, decisions ! For us one decision has already been made, no new Christmas decorations…

Cake Day (26 Nov) ๐Ÿฐ

Such a namesake day did not even exist for me until now. Now I am looking out for an occasion to bake (….practice) ๐Ÿ˜Œ Starting with the very easy and basic cakes; the first is a chocolate sponge cake and the second a vanilla sponge cake ๐Ÿฐ No frosting or decorations for the time being….baby…

Stumbling into Baking (Choosing an oven) ๐Ÿฐ

I bought a heart shaped cake tin from Le Creuset. It looked very cute and they were having a discount sale (a perfect example of an impulse purchase ๐Ÿ˜›). It is 26 cm lengthwise and now to put that to use, I needed to buy an oven. Till date I have not owned an oven…

Happy Diwali โœจ

Wishing everyone a safe Diwali and memorable holidays with family and friends ๐Ÿช” Some more pics of light on this colourful Diwali from our neighbourhood…โœจ Till next post, take care !!

A New November ๐Ÿ”†

The fairy lights are out ! The apartment complex is decorated with multi-coloured string lights wound spiralling the lamp posts and tree trunks; also twined along the hedges lining the entrances; we are ready for Diwali ๐Ÿช”. And the best part is they remain for the whole of November and December till the New Year….

A week in pics ๐Ÿ›

The days are bright and sunny; not too hot and it rains sometimes late in the evening and at night. So pleasant weather in Bangalore. My pink pathumani poov (10 O’ clock flower) is the prettiest and brightest looking life around the house. It makes me happy ! We had guests over for lunch on…

Travel travails…

This bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in Bangalore, complete with shower & jacuzzi. The window gives panoramic views of misty mountains ๐ŸŒ„. It’s nice ! The flooring is marble; after bath there was some water on the floor. Later in the evening, I walked in speedily wearing the hotel provided slippers and slipped; I…

October bliss โ˜”๏ธ

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel ๐Ÿ˜€. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

Jasmine tree โ€โ€

Life got busy and days began to run with the same routine. And then after a gap of maybe a week or more, it rained yesterday evening in Bangalore. After the rain, it felt so cool and nice; it was an open invitation to step out of the house. It resulted in an impromptu evening…

September, so far…๐Ÿ—“

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

Onam nostalgia ๐Ÿต

It’s that time of the year again, closer that I thought; Thiruvonam is on 21 August, Saturday. All are in a festive spirit with the schools closed on Friday, a holiday on account of Muharram and Sunday is Raksha Bandhan. The Onam sadya (feast) has more than 20 items (vegetarian) served on a banana leaf…

19 August: World Photography Day ๐Ÿ“ธ

World Photography Day sounds so apt for the times. It is difficult to choose one photo to mark the occasion; but I finally zeroed in on this one. It was a rainy evening in Hong Kong and we were walking back to our hotel after visiting the museum ๐Ÿ‘‰ A Slice of Kowloon 2018. The…

A week in pics ๐ŸŽ‹

What’s news !? Rains โ˜”๏ธ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

Jasmine โ€โ€

The June flower for me is Jasmine. In our apartment complex we have two small Jasmine shrubs growing in a quiet corner thanks to the efforts of our hired gardners. They would normally go unnoticed as the flowers currently are blooming in single digits only. For me, just one white Jasmine flower amidst the dark…