Some of my most prized possessions are a broom, a used Colin spray bottle and a container that had housed ‘Genteel’ liquid detergent at some point and of course, a small spade to dig and mix mud around my pots😁
Sweeping my balcony in the morning would be high on my list of ‘SimplePleasuresofLife’!
Few things give me more pleasure than getting on my haunches and sweeping the dust off my balcony floor. Then I use the genteel bottle to water the plants and give them a good rain-like spray with the Colin bottle. 😊
I feel especially good early in the morning or after a storm, when the results of my effort are specially visible😬
I have two light woven chairs that I keep covered under a cloth to save them from the summer dust, but the covering I remove as soon as I am ready to put my feet up 😎
My balcony is my ‘go-to’ space for silence and peace. To be surrounded by plants that I’ve nurtured since they were babies, gives me an odd sence of Calm… They have vibrations that soothe me…some of them have known me longer than most humans in my life 😂
I love nurturing my balcony, sitting in the shade of my plants, having their shadow fall on me on a summer morning, being draped in their invisible hug when I just want some quiet time or read some intense material is precious.
If I were to be asked about my favourite part of my home, after my studio, it would be this much-loved, plant laden balcony 💕
As I was preparing to leave Dehradun, the mali came and asked me to look at the neighbours window😱
This was the scene there!😱😱
As I was all packed, there was little I could do. The neighbours were out of town and the house was locked. How this snake managed to get in and how it got stuck on its way out, remains a mystery.
I told the mali Bhaiya that under no circumstance wad he to kill this poor creature and he had to do his best to secure its release.
I reached Delhi and called up to check on the fate of this snake. It so happened that there is a forest department helpline that rescues stranded animals.
They were called and very efficiently they appeared within the hour! They ‘pulled’ the stranded snake out… All Six feet of him!
and put it in a cloth bag to release it in the wild forest area🙏🤓.
Those who were looking forward to another story from my garden… Here it is! 😁🤭
The hissing sound wouldn’t go away. It lasted for three days before my mother decided that she needed to do something about it.
Her gardener suggested going to get a snake charmer from the ‘Saperon ki Basti’. Mom was sceptical, but gave her consent.
The Snake charmer came and scoured moms garden. He became very quiet, as though communicating with the creature in a special, silent language.
He asked for Black lentil (Maa-ki-daal) and some other items.
He went about sprinkling them around the garden. After a pause, he asked for a sheet and went under a tall bush. He opened the sheet with both hands and kept chanting a mantra under his breath.
Out fell a black cobra, into his waiting sheet-encased arms!
He asked for two thousand rupees for his service and urged my mom to bow to the ‘Naag-Devtaa’… Which not only she, but all her friends, who had gathered to play cards, did.😊
Needless to say this was the talk of the neighbourhood for days!
#storiesfromthegarden are endless!