Meet Chucky the adorable

This is Chucky – an 18-month old Shujistu mix. He almost became victim of a heartless landlord and complaining neighbours when his owners were told to move out of their apartment or give him away. I am glad we chanced upon this very playful and affectionate fellow and took him in, much to the relief of his first family. They are, of course, truly devastated and distraught to see him go but they will be happy to know their Chucky is doing very well now (after being down in the dumps for two days). He has adjusted well with our mutt, Tyson, who is four times his size (and six years his senior) though he often gets “those” looks from the “elder statesman”. We are thrilled to have him around even though we feel for those who were forced to give him away.
There’s also a message for all dog and pet lovers out there – please adopt and do NOT buy. There are many who need homes and there are many more Chucky’s around. They need help – compassion, and understanding!
We also had a similar experience in April last year when our own landlord asked us to move out since Tyson was “creating a nuisance.” We were, fortunately, able to move and found ourselves a villa. And Tyson’s never been the same again!

It’s the weekend again

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Blue-collared workers in Bahrain, a very large majority of them from the Indian Sub-Continent, relax on a traffic roundabout at Bab Al Bahrain (the gateway to Bahrain) over the weekend. Thousands of such workers gather for two days every week to exchange news and gossip and spend time talking to their families, window shopping and looking for bargains.

Tomato fest in town

The tomatoes are here – they really are. Bahrain’s had a bumper harvest this year and prices have hit rock bottom. This this year’s harvest has been quite exceptional – and very colourful – and prompted organisers of the”Saturday Market” to hold a “Tomato festival”yesterday.
Though nowhere near the famous La Tomatina festival held in the Spainish Valencian town of Buñol, or the lesser known ones in Australia and Italy, this event was, nevertheless, unique to Bahrain where such a bumper crop of anything is rare to come by.
Though most of the tomatoes were sold as just that – tomatoes – some enterprising traders had set up stalls to sell tomato sauce, pickle, jam, pizza and other things.
One lady even had a kiosk selling T-shirts, caps, hats and mugs printed with “Tomato messages”.
And, of course, there weren’t enough tomatoes to throw around and squash in eatch others faces, as is so common in the Italian and Spanish events.
Meanwhile, just to show how “bumper” the harvest has been, below is a basket full of our own home tomatoes – organic at that – grown in the little garden we have.



The one that got away


This is one of those lucky cats that got clean away – in fact, it repeatedly gets away.
The feline (this particular one among the scores that we have around the compound) makes it a point to come snooping in the garden only when Tyson is indoors nut, of late, it has started venturing out into the open, walking along the wall on to the neighbor’s area – and is now aware the growling and very mad Tyson cannot scale the wall.
This was one such instance. Tyson was out. We were, too. And then the cat came. He tried to play it cool, sat quietly as if he was not interested, in the hope the cat would get careless. It did not!
After staring at Tyson for a while, it made its way across the wall and that’s when all hell broke lose. Fortunately, the tomato and the green chili patch is ready to be done away with so there was no real harm done.
The cat, meanwhile, took a leisurely walk across the wal and disappeared, leaving a furious Tyson behind.A typical cock a snook moment!