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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Plumeria Rubra

Within the small garden we have here, there are very few flowering plants. However, the striking structural flora with large luscious and colourful variegated foliage certainly make up for it. We are lucky to have two plumeria or Frangipani plants. The dark pink below and a white obtusa which is considered the 'pride of Hawaii'. As you walk into our house the wonderful  fragrance of the simple waxy petals envelops you and the chaos of the Indian streets is immediately left behind.

Plumeria rubra - Kim Klassen Textures

Monday, 14 May 2012

The Local Doorman

This weekend we drove out of the main city of Bangalore to visit an Angsana Spa. I had the best massage I've ever had. It was just a shame some parts of our stay were not as relaxing. But I'll have my rant on Tripadvisor! I think the phase 'live and learn' comes to mind.

People here keep telling me just focus on the good parts of India. One of those good parts is that I love the scenes you see whilst driving around India. It never ceases to amaze me what you can carry on the back of a bike. It made us laugh the fact he has his pencil behind his ear!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Nandi Hills

Is 60km from the city of Bangalore and 1478 meters above sea level. Steeped in history it is said it acquired its name from the famous temple atop the hill. A large stone bull guards the outside of the Yoga Nandeeshwara temple and people regularly place offerings around the trees and bushes. Prior to the British capturing it in 1791 it was a stunning Mysorean fort. Now its a tourist attraction and home to a number of birds and animals.

These monkey's are quite the experts at pinching food and drink when you're not looking. I thought they were rather cute until one turned and came towards me looking very angry as I was taking photographs. Perhaps he was expecting to be paid!