Looking Around Me

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As I gear up for week 2 of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge July 2014, I am also taking time to chill with my folks and notice what’s happening around me. The painting and renovation of our building is almost complete with the finishing touches going on. The rains have arrived, heavy on some days and playing hide and seek on others.

I’ve been catching up on my reading, oh the joy of reading!

I’ve been cooking a lot, preparing stuff to preserve and make our lives easier.

I took a walk around our area and shot a few photos. No long post today. Let’s get on with the photos already!

I walk on my terrace every evening and it is a delight to be there. So grateful to have that huge space to walk and enjoy nature! I can never get enough of these kites in the sky. Sometimes they fly so low, I keep expecting them to peck my head! Yeah right!

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They circle the sky for an hour in groups, moving from spot to spot around the skies. Sometimes I wish I was there, flying with them, gliding with the wind, going where it takes them.

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This mynah was so brave. Kept hopping around, unconcerned,  even though I got close. Friendly chap!

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And these? Common sight around our area. There are several white donkeys that sedately walk around as part of our lives. I love to see the baby donkeys!

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Recently they cut a few trees around our building. We were so sad. But the power of nature is so marvelous – we saw the trunks bloom – fresh green leaves have begun to appear. What a sense of hope!

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Another one

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This one is my favorite though! A couple of weeks back, it looked like that stump would always look bare. But now, look at those pretty green leaves!

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Some plants have been planted alongside the compound wall. They’re coming along pretty well!

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Did you look around your area this week? What did you notice?

What made you smile?

Have a great week ahead.

Thank you for your presence here today! ♥

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Day 6 of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge July 2014

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18 Comments

  1. carol Graham

    July 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for giving us a little insight into your surroundings and your daily life. Great photos. What a good idea to make your meals ahead. Made a huge pot of curry last night and thought of my dear, new Indian friends. :)
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    • Vidya Sury

      July 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you, Carol! I don’t cook the meals in advance. I make the mixes and powders I use in cooking. I also make stuff that can be mixed with hot rice and eaten – dinner is usually a one-dish meal :) But I do make a meal-plan for the week, as it helps me shop and prepare. :D

  2. Swathi Shenoy

    July 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Lovely photos Vidya :) Everything around you look happy and cheerful in these pictures :) The pics made me smile :)
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  3. Star Traci

    July 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    You are surrounded by beauty! And you are lucky to have such a lovely terrace wherein to spend your evenings!
    :-)
    Traci
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  4. Roshan R

    July 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    The area where I live, we can see peacocks walking around randomly… occasionally, people have seen snakes too though so it ain’t always good to be around nature! :D
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  5. Geeta Nair

    July 6, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Lovely clicks Vidya. The first two pictures look like someone’s sprinkled black paint on a piece of cloth.
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  6. Leovi

    July 7, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Yes, wonderful pictures, funny donkeys, beautiful!
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  7. Joanna Jenkins

    July 7, 2014 at 5:45 am

    The heavy rains paid off with the beautiful green blossoms. The trees will be full and lush in no time.
    Happy SIMC.
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  8. Tina

    July 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Vidya you are lucky you are getting to enjoy nature so closely, and how I wish I spent my evenings taking these little walks or gardening. :( I will make sure I am doing that today atleast
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  9. Beloo Mehra

    July 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    O Vidya, you really look around very closely for all the signs of hope, optimism and beauty to share with us on your sunday posts :)Thank you for giving us another lovely walk around your city.
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  10. BLOGitse

    July 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Artistic trees, I like them!
    Finally we got summer back and we were enjoying fresh air by the sea, and sun of course :)
    Have a good week ahead!
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  11. richmiraclefiles

    July 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Vidya,
    Those are some great kite-pics you’ve got there.
    They are soaring ,not just on your blog page but also on our hearts as we watch them on our computer screens.
    Incredible moment you’ve captured there;nimbus clouds and all.
    Thanks for giving everybody a peep at the sky through your eyes Vidya.
    Mona
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  12. Debbie

    July 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I enjoyed this slice of life from your neighbourhood, Vidya. The donkeys brought back memories of our trip to Greece. They were commonplace there too. Nice to see a barren stump sprout new growth. Cheers!
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    • Vidya Sury

      July 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I am always fascinated by the donkeys, Debbie. They stand around so sedately, sometimes in the middle of the road, oblivious to traffic. We always wonder why there are so many in our neighborhood and then laugh our heads off when we think of birds of a feather….. :D Thanks for dropping by! And yes, I do love the Bee Gees!

  13. Sreeja Praveen

    July 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Such a warm post, this is ! Lovely clicks, as usual. I loved that new shoot pic in particular. What a beautiful message it conveys… that there’s always a new life waiting to happen !
    Hats off to the way you go about looking for positivism around you :)
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    • Vidya Sury

      July 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      It is so lovely to see those shoots every day. :)There’s always Hope!

  14. Obsessivemom

    July 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Loved your pictures. Each one of them brought my own memories. I remember in school we used to dread the kites. They do fly too close for comfort. It was normal for at least some tiffins to be snatched up and we’d be nursing ugly scratches as well! As for mynahs-they’re one cheeky bird community. Loved the fresh new sprouts on trees. Good to see the green coming back. As for those dark black clouds – they seem to have given Pune a complete miss this year. :-((
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  15. vishalbheeroo

    July 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    U made my smile Vidya. Beautiful pictures portraying different expressions of life.

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