Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Visit To Loudres.

As we know, the festival of the 'Assumption' of Virgin Mary is celebrated in many countries, during this time every year. It is celebrated in India too, and we have a few famous churches where it is celebrated with pomp.

The Velankanni Basilica in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu stands on the Coromandel coast of the Bay Of Bengal and is popularly known as the 'Lourdes' of The East. It attracts millions of devotees all through the year from different parts of the globe.

Mount Mary church located in Bandra in Mumbai/Bombay celebrates the feast on the first Sunday after 8th of September the birth day of Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week long celebration known locally as Bandra Fair. Thousands of people visit the Shrine during the festival and I too have fond memories of visiting the church and lighting candles.

I take the opportunity to present my trip to Lourdes (France) a few years ago. My visit to Lourdes was a once in a life time experience. I feel I am blessed to have felt the air of the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared on eighteen occasions to the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous.

My husband was a part of a delegation to the Airbus company(Toulouse) and I accompanied him on the French tour which was a memorable one.

Lourdes situated on the foot hills of  the Mt Pyreness is a scenic Pyrenen town filled with beautiful churches, rivers, streams, fountains and trees.

The drive from Toulouse to Lourdes was awesome and I was thrilled to see the snow covered peaks of Mt. Pyreness. I remembered reading about these mountains in school Geography lessons  and to see them for real was very exciting.

Lourdes - The Virgin Mary's own town and the universal capital of faith and prayers.

Mt Pyreness as a back drop.

                                          Me and other guests with a host from Airbus company
Vellankanni church in Nagapattinum
Mount Mary Basilica at Mumbai
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Summer Farewell Table...:):)

Setting a summer table for Kathleen's challenge with touches of summer palettes and elements for one last time, before the regimens of fall and winter days takes our focus, was fun.The colours Green,yellow,off whites with birds and bunnies on the table let us savour the memory of long summer days slipping into the shorter days of fall.Placing few yellow Daises in the pitcher gave the entire table a brighter look.Fried potatoes looked apt for an evening summer gathering.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Crystal Grandeurs 100th post.Garden tour---Part 1

This is my 100th post at Crystal Grandeur and it is indeed a special one, as I present here, our home garden and the cause for it. Plants have always been a part of our lives and our home. Every plant lover knows the joys of gardening and the great returns it heaps.

The person who puts in the great work to our garden is my husband Mr. Pratap. His passion, love and hobby is gardening. He has a green thumb, this passion runs in his blood as I have heard his father too had a love for gardening and had a huge fabulous garden with varieties of plants and fruit bearing trees .

Having been a Senior Executive in the Airline Industry (Air-India), my husband, yet, found the time for his gardening. His first love is Bonsai and has in the last 27 years, created more than 400 Bonsai trees and to his credit has several masterpieces in his collection. Besides other reasons for his love, he feels that working with plants is some kind of a meditation which gives one immense pleasure and satisfaction and that plants respond to human sentiments.

As a plant lover, he had the keen eye for the lonely plant growing by the road side or the plant growing beside a rock in the wild, and the art to transform it to a beautiful Bonsai tree. He has the patience needed, to spend the long hours that gardening requires.

Growing flowering plants and making a kitchen garden has also been part of his love for gardening. It is wonderful to see veggies(organic) Cherry Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Cauliflower's, Carrot's, Beetroot's, Radishes, Spinach and all sorts of greens grow in your garden and it is such a pleasure to add them to your daily cooking.

One may ask what role I play in his gardening? I water the plants in his absence and play around with the Bonsai trees, using them as part of the decor of our home.I simply love placing them in different places  and corners at home..... it looks beautiful.

I dedicate my 100th post to him as he is celebrating his birth day on 27th August as well. So let me take you on a tour through his garden. I share here with you, photos of our vegetable garden through the seasons. Thank you for your visit to our garden. 


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