Monthly Archives: July 2015

The bird that sings…video

Along with the clouds that descend in the morning to caress me face and the rain kissed flowers in my garden, a bird wakes me up everyday with it’s sweet song. The day is blessed from the very start….

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IMG 5493 just above this is the video, please click on it to listen to the bird…and do tell me which bird it is!! Have an amazing day, I’m enjoying our home in the Himalayas.

 

 


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Himalayan Blackbird

The Himalayan blackbird lives and breeds above 6,500 feet. It sings ( the male, of course ) and eats berries, fruits, insects and worms…..

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Yes, these birds are daily visitors but hide / fly away when the camera appears….I guess the early bird does catch the worm.


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Green beans have flowers and excellent nutrients

Green beans have beautiful white flowers. They grow in our green house and are best eaten fresh. They can be boiled, fried, baked or pureed. They are rich in lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin, which are anti-oxidants. They also have silicon, which is great for your bones!!!

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Video of a Himalayan morning

My typical day begins thus….

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The IMG 5419 just above this a video with the roses and clouds that we see…click on it to play it 🙂


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Garden Nasturtium -Indian Cress

Yes, the bright orange pretty flowers of the garden nasturtium are also known as Indian Cress.They originated in the Andes. All parts of the plant are edible, with a peppery taste, and can be added to salads. 

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They are ornamental as well as useful, since they repel bugs and pests. They contain the highest amount of Lutein found in any food substance!!


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Pansy flowers mean thought

The Pansy has been spoken of, painted, gifted throughout the world through centuries. The word pansy means ‘thought’ so it represents free-thought. Those who use it in a derogatory way only expose their ignorance. The flower has been cultivated in different colours, as hybrids, throughout the ancient and modern world. If left by a lover, it means the object of his affection is being thought of. 

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In some cultures, brides carry a bouquet of pansies. This flower does fill our lives with colour.


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Myna birds mate for life

Myna birds are endemic to Asia, but have been introduced to other nations, with disastrous results. In Australia they have been declared as the ‘Most important pest/problem’. In other nations too, they have declared as a threat to crops and other bird species. When I look at them as they prance around in our lawn on a daily basis, they do not seem like a threat….

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I do hope that the problems related to this bird can somehow be sorted out…I’m partial to the birds that mate for life.


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The Himalayas have Pomegranate trees too

The pomegranate tree is ornamental and of immense benefit regarding the nutritional value of the fruits it yields. The trees are laden with the fruit, which is rich in Vitamin B, C, K and E. It has antioxidants in plenty and has been used in traditional medicine as a blood builder and a heart fortifier. It contains punicalagins, known to have a free radical scavenging effect…research is ongoing for its anti-ageing properties. It contains Iron and trace metals.

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It is a beautiful tree and the best way to eat the fruit is to pluck it off the tree…I’m waiting for the fruit to ripen.


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Poppy flowers

Poppies are ornamental flowers. There is the specific banned species that is cultivated for opium, morphine and codeine. We have the non opium yielding variety in our garden. 

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The opium yielding ones have larger, thicker and more globular seed capsule. Opium is used as a narcotic, analgesic and recreational drug. The Poppy is a symbol of remembering those who have died during war. It is a beautiful plant, easy to grow.


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Gladioli-Sword lily

Gladioli are called the Sword lily because they grow vertically, without branching. They are largely ornamental, and their bulbs can be used year after year. They are found all over the world, having originated in Africa. In herbal remedy, they are used to cure gastric ailments and during childbirth!!! 

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All colours and species of this plant are beautiful…


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