Tuesday, March 25, 2014

K for King

The kite is the king of all he surveys. He is the knight in shining armour to his wife, whom he never deserts, but he is a killjoy to other predators.
 The King's palace in Mysore houses a golden throne where the Maharaja used to sit in Durbar. But now the last surviving king is dead, and the palace has a forlorn look.
My thanks to the kind Mrs.Nesbitt and the knight of ABCWednesday, Sir Roger.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

J for Jinxed

Blogger is not allowing me to upload any photos for "J for Joy". I just want to thank Mrs.Nesbitt and her justifyably great meme ABCWednesday.abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Today's Flowers

 The Petria vine is now full of these lovely violet flowers. The old flowers fall , swirling in the wind, to make a violet carpet on the ground.
 All my gerberas have disappeared except this one.
 With the beginning of the hot season, the blue sage is sending up its last blooms.
 The Barbados lily is a charmer.
You can see what else is blooming in the world at Today's Flowers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The letter I

 The Gateway of India in Mumbai is the most visited monument in India. It was built to commemorate the visit to India of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Later it was the ceremonial point of entrance to India for dignitaries like viceroys. It was subjected to three terror attacks since the beginning of the 21st century.
 The Ibrahim Rauza at Bijapur in India is considered by some as being equal to the Taj Mahal in beauty. This monument was built by the kung Ibrahim Adil Shah II in 1626. Ibrahim Adil Shah was a scholar, poet and musician, who has written some songs and poems , which are still sung. He was also a great administrator and a patron of the arts. Ibrahim Rauza  has his own mausoleum, and a mosque. The walls are covered in ornamental carving. The clever architects of the time used joggle-jointing for the roof so skillfully, thatthe ceiling appears to float in air.
The mausoleum was completed in 1626 , just in time for the Sultan who died in 1627.  His queen, Taj Sultana was buried there eight years later.
An inscription on the north door says" Heaven stood astonished at this building when its head rose, as it were, from the earth to another heaven."
My thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, Roger and the team of ABCWednesday.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flowers for Today

 After a couple of days' showers, all the plants have decided to exhibit their flowers! The 'Lobsterclaw' Heliconia is resplendant with its yard long flowers.
The waterlilies in my frog pond are jostling with each other like politicians, to come in the picture.
You can see what else is blooming in the world now at Today's Flowers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

H for Hibiscus

My thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger as well as the team of ABCWednesday.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


 These are the three different Amaryllis blooming in my garden now.
 Their huge trumpets make the garden come alive.
You can see more flowers in Today's Flowers.