In spite of the traffic chaos and the population explosion over the last decade, Bahrain is still one of the most road-friendly places in the world, as can been see from this set of pictures, taken from a skyscraper on Exhibition Road. Not only that, there are still plenty of open – and green – spaces around the country, as compared with several other major cities the world over that are seriously in need of a breath of fresh air!
It’s the winter in all its “coolness”. And, it’s in colour. This is the time of the year when Bahrain turns green – lush green! And it’s also the season when flowers of all kinds flourish. In the little garden space that we have, this colour is seen in abundance, even with the not so great variety that we’ve managed to plant and grow.
For a few months, at least until the end of March, it will be bright. Then the summer will begin and we shall return to the drab and the dull landscape!
Not that I plan to be part of it, though!
Kerala is incredibly green – and awash with colour! This is perhaps because of its very wet climate, proximity to the sea or just His blessings. Whichever way you look at it, you will see there is never any dearth of a splash of colour – an awesome variety of flowers, plants and shrubs of all kinds. This is but just a minuscule sample of what I experienced. Much more time should be at hand to explore the real beauty of what is appropriately called – God’s Own Country!
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.
“10 am flower” or “Morning Blossom” – call it what you want but the Portulaca Grandiflora is one wonder of nature that has fascinated me since I was a kid.
It was then that we used to pluck it early in the morning and ‘colour’ our hands and faces and went to one of our mothers to judge who had ‘painted’ himself the best.
This native of South America (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in particular) blooms only for a couple of hours in the morning, mostly around 10 am.
But here in Bahrain, since the sun is up early, the bloom is generally over by that time.
I saw this in the garden today, a rare sight since we are never at home during ‘bloom time’. The carpet is think and green, the flowers colourful and the sight pretty.
Sadly, this will continue for another couple of weeks though the plant will remain ‘live’ only to flower once again in March when the short and mild winter we have in Bahrain is over.