New on the bookshelf

Chucky decided this morning to take a short cut to the kitchen from the living room but stopped dead in his tracks when he saw he had been ‘caught’. Presented a great picture, though!  

Cruise times

I had always wanted to take a houseboat cruise on the famed Kerala Backwaters in Southern India. And, when I was in Kollam recently, that opportunity came my way. Being there in the midst of nature, the calm waters and the millions of coconut palms is an experience, during which one is at pains to…

Bird brain and sea brawn

This sparrow thought it could weather any storm. Well, not quite. When the wind was at its howling best and the tide at its highest, the little creature could not take it any more. At one moment, it was ‘hopping and skipping’ and, at another, it was in the water, struggling to stay afloat. That…

A-maizing!

Our gardener had no clue and neither did we – but a friend, who is a senior official at one of Bahrain’s premier plant nurseries, was adamant we plant sweet corn in our little garden this summer. “Little grows in these parts this time of the year, but you’re sure to have plenty of sweet…

Basil and more

One of the first things we did when we started out ‘populating’ our little garden was growing basil. And, since then we have gotten used to throwing in a couple of basil leaves in everything we cook at home. Besides, of course, the flavour, the leaves bring about a different colour to any dish. The […]…