Monthly Archives: August 2015

Angel;s trumpet flowers in the Himalayas

Climbing a mountain in the Himalayas is exciting as new trees and plants line the winding roads. One such shrub we encountered and stopped to gaze at had pendulous white flowers hanging from it. It is not the poisonous Datura, but a close cousin.

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Puncher?? I’m ‘two tyred’ to explain :)

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The Ball dahlia

The beautiful dahlia flowers come in various colours, shapes and sizes. One of them is the tightly packed flower with half opened tubular petals. It lasts longer than the other varieties. The flower is easy to grow and does well as a potted plant. 

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The plant produces several flowers, over a long period of time that serve to delight you…get yours today.


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Language

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Vegitarian ??


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The common Colt

If you are sounding Horse


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Last shop at the Indo-Tibet/ China border

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This is the last shop on the Indian side. The picturesque location and the swoosh and roar of the elusive yet divine Saraswati River nearby takes your breath away. I would call this the most unique location of a shop. It is on the way to Heaven (seriously, according to Hindu Mythology). I will write about that in a separate blog….There were wild rose bushes growing near this shop and the Bhim Pul had to be crossed to get here. It is in village Mana, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. 


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Strawflower

It is a flower that is native to Australia. It can grow in any type of soil and comes in bright colours. A beautiful flower, it attracts bees and butterflies. Wikipedia has to catch up and realize that it grows outside of Australia and the USA!!! The botanical name of this flower is Xerochrysum bracteatum. 

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I have always had this need to touch this flower to see if it was real……


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The dog from Mana village

Mana is the last village towards the Indo-Tibet/China border. It has amazing sights to offer and has a lot of friendly people who live there. The street dogs there have more fur than usual to withstand the weather conditions. One such dog is called ‘The one eyed Dog’!!! He is one eyed and doesn’t bark or growl, He waits outside the local shops patiently for the food he is given. I looked closely at him and saw that one of his eyes was larger than the other. While I was wondering if it was due to unilateral glaucoma or a tumour or due to an injury, a villager assured me that the dog has always been like that…

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India’s Last tea shop

In village Mana in India, near the Tibet/China border, a shop proudly displays the sign of being India’s last tea shop. It sounded to me like there would be no more tea shops allowed in India after this one!!!!

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This shop is the last tea shop towards the Indo-Tibet/China border. The picture just above this shows some local herbs which are sold in this shop.

 

 


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Building b-Lock??

Instead of ‘Lock, stock and barrel


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