February Already!

Hello Everyone,

Here we are again thinking where has the time gone.  One minute in India,  next home for Christmas and I am now getting ready for my next tour back to India!.  So I am still behind on my blog.  The sun  is still shining and a deep blue sky is always looking down.  The country side or campo as they call it here in Spain has the new crop of oranges, olives, and just to brighten up the scene blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is tranquil and the snow is sitting on the top of the mountains like icing suger.

vines in the campo

 

Harvey is skipping around and looking very dapper, as you can see,  and likes to show off his new dance steps

 

   

man about town Harvey and I went for a walk this afternoon, and of course took the camera! Lecrin valley is such a beautiful place, we walked along goat paths, and said hello to the goats and admired the breath-taking scenery, the air was crisp but it was very warm. All this outside our front door, I sometimes wonder if it is all a dream. We live in a beautiful village, can you believe the total number of people living here is approximately 200 !The valley is awash with the new olive crops, oranges and almond blossom.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s take a walk in the bazaar

food stall

 
Always plenty of food, not that I would recommend you to eat it,  but it makes a fascinating picture.
 
Wandering through a bazaar and meeting local people is always rewarding, and a photographers dream location
 
This is the real India.
 
Tiger Travel – when you want more from a holiday than just knowing you have been there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

always friendly faces

 
 
Local women who are always keen to have their photo taken, and have a good look at you!
 
This is the real India – discover India – discover yourself.

Not enough hours in each day

Apologies for taking so long to get back to my blog,  there are just not enough hours in each day to do all that I want to do, as you can see I have been in my kitchen again, home made bread and homemade jam, not to mention the scones and chocolate cake.

Here we are December 12th and no shortage of sunshine, although the logs have arrived, just in case!

The wanderer returns

a fantastic tour

Yes I have recently returned from India, and what a fantastic tour it was,  as soon as I have more time I will share the experience with you,  so get ready to do some arm-chair travelling.

Hello, its me Harvey

enjoying myself

Hello everybody,  I went to the vet to have my blood checked , liver not a 100%  but she said not to worry, and I will be fine.  But I did have to have some drops in my ears, so I decided that I didn’t feel like having that done and I went under her desk so she would not see me.  Funny thing  was  she did see me and got on her hands and knees and came under the table to put sticky stuff in my ears. What a shock!

I pretended I was shy and let her put the drops in.  On the way out she gave me a chew or two or three, but grabbed them on the run as I was going to stay there a moment longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was also told that I must not eat the cat biscuit’s.  You can imagine what a blow that was, makes my day to fillup on them to say nothing of what it does to the cats!!

Tale of a turban

resting turbans

The turbans of Rural Rajasthan are the most colourful and impressive in the whole of India. The use of turbans was basically started by the Rajput community, who reside in Rajasthan and wear distinct turbans.

 In the Hindi language, turban is known as Paag, Safa or Pagri. It is also said that the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel within the geographical boundaries of Rajasthan. In some parts of the region, the size of turban indicate the position of the person in the society they live. 

 The Maharajas of Rajasthan were also known for their colourful traditional costumes and grand turbans. The turbans are worn as a long scarf wrapped around the head of men, as a sign of identification and social prestige. Each colour of the turban has its own importance and significance. Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings. In the medieval past, the saffron colour also denoted valour and chivalry. A turban is usually 82 feet long and 8 inches wide and achieving different styles with this unstitched cloth, requires great skill.

 

Rajasthani turban

Skilled maidens in turban tying, were employed by the royal courts, but Rajasthanis generally take pride in practicing and perfecting the art of turban-tying themselves. When the rulers were besieged by an enemy, and food and water supplies were scarce, desperate warriors wearing saffron turbans would sneak out of their citadels to lead  a sudden surprise

rabari shepherd

Seeing is believing

seeing is believing

 
You have to see it for yourself,  the real India untouched by mass tourism, why not join a tour and enjoy the holiday of a life time.
 
A must for photographers, digital tuition included during the tour.
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