Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nainital!

I've been wanting to go there for quite some time, and really quite surprised that having grown up in this general region that I still hadn't been there. The mid-October weather was perfect, a slight chill in the air but the sun was warm.

We stayed at Shervani Hilltop, which is a really lovely place. It's a series of blocks so you get a sense of privacy and a non-hotel feel, instead of being a large block with a corridor down the center. There are gardens at many levels as you go up or down to your room, flowers everywhere and tastefully done up modern rooms. They have central heating as well, which made the nights very comfortable too, especially with little kids who refuse to stay covered up at night!

There really isn't much sightseeing to do in Nainital, and we didn't want to do the things that all other tourists do, like go up in the rickety cable car. So apart from a drive up to the Raj Bhavan, which is quite a majestic castle like building, we made our own agenda of cafes and walks and sailing at the Nainital Boat Club. It was the perfect way to spend a relaxed week with kids.

Wandering in the terraced garden at Shervani Hilltop. The flowers were simply fantastic. What a beautiful sight. Kudos to the gardeners.

Marigolds will always have a special spot in my heart!

All 10 sailboats of the Nainital Boat Club lined up ready to go out! We sailed in the turquoise and green ones.

The buildings of the resort have a nice charm to them, without any of the shabbiness that usually comes with anything old and charming!

A resplendent dahlia in the terraced garden.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kasauli, a trip down memory lane

A trip to Kasauli is always fun. It's a place that I've gone to innumerable times since I was a child and I love it still. Luckily, the town hasn't changed much, it's still a cantonment town so it's kept its original character of old British style bungalows, some maintained beautifully, others in rather a shabby state, but there isn't too much happening in the town, which limits the number of visitors who make it up the hill. Vehicles are not allowed on the upper mall in the evenings, so it's a nice place to walk with the kids and stroller.

View of the TV tower from Mount Walk which we gave up pretty quickly since the path was too rocky for the stroller.

There's always a great variety of geraniums at the Club. The back verandah is a favorite place to sit and relax for a while.

Old world simplicity in one of the cottages on the property.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Oh my, the blog is 10 years old!

It seems that my blog has turned into a flower photo blog!! But when I go home, I love to spend time in the garden and the beautiful flowers are hard to resist. The girls love being outdoors too, the little one relishes getting muddy which is very unlike the elder one who was always so particular about not getting dirty!! It's nice to see their similarities and differences!

In other news, this blog is 10 Years Old!!

Whoa, how did this happen! I really had no idea I would still, albeit occasionally, be doing this, when I started a blog in August 2004 when we lived in Bangalore. I read about blogging and weblogs in the paper, haha!! I remember always having to explain what a blog was, and why it was so interesting to blog in the first place!

Who can resist collecting some fallen Sada Bahaar! Not me!

A gorgeous variety of hibiscus.

Euphorbia might have thorns, but it's all-year-round blooms are worth it.