The fly

The new balsam plant (Impatiens Balsamina) has started flowering. It’s bright red flowers amidst green leaves look beautiful. Probably, this fly too could not resist the bright colours.. it came to visit and take a closer look.

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Another little fellow was also visiting… he had landed straight into the flower and busy exploring it inside out.

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The Curious Snail

After a week of thunderstorms, the last two days have been sunny and bright. Many reptile neighbours have started dropping by for visits. There was a snake in the backyard 2 days back, followed by nightly rush of flying drywoodtermites, and a variety of snails.

We saw this big snail today. It was slowly making his way towards the front yard steps, while I focussed the camera.

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It changed direction and started moving towards me. It came close, waving it’s feelers. It inched close to the camera, almost touching the lens.

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I stood still, afraid that I would make the snail withdraw into it’s shell. It  waited for sometime, turning and waving it’s feelers around.  By then, I had stepped back… sensing nothing around, it turned back and continued it’s walk.

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Crumbling blues

A demolished house… with bright blue walls. Roof tiles were no where to be seen, along with the doors and windows. Bright colours disguise the age of this house.

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Yet one more structure brought down, making way for a shiny multi storey concrete house. Old making way for the new.

Aliyar dam

Aliyar reservoir is located 20 km from pollachi. It is nestled at the foothills of the western ghat mountains. Driving past spot at leads straight to the entrance of the Annamalai tiger reserve.

Aliyar dam has a sprawling garden with a children’s park. Towards the end of the park, winding steps lead the way up to the reservoir. There are boats operating on the reservoir on select days.

Canals go sit zag around the garden. The garden is old, statues are faded and do not interest today’s youngsters. But it is still a sprawling place for family picnics and children’s play activities.

Waste recycling – The natural way

Village life / country life is serene, peaceful and healthy. But apart from this villages have been recycling from long past. Here comes the story about it:

Houses are mostly built in the midst of farmlands / tree grooves. This is a view of my in-laws house, in the middle of coconut grooves.

The outer patio is completely made of natual materials. The entrance arch is made from banana tree stalks.When this arch starts ddrying, the unripe banana fruits and banana stalks are cleaned and used as vegetables for cooking.

Walls of the green Outer Patio are made using bamboo poles and dry coconut leaves. Dry leaves falling from coconut trees are collected and woven in to long mats. These are tied to bamboo poles to form walls.

This is a bunch of fallen leaves waiting to be woven into mats.

Most of these dry leaves and stalks are used to heat water. This is a view of the water heating area..

This is a small furnace for heating water. The other side of this wall has insulated copper pot. All paper wastes, leaves, coconut husks, dried coconut leaves are cut and fed as fuel to this furnace.

Vegetable wastes and food leftovers are composted with hay and cow-dung. Earthworms further break down the waste into manure. After a few months, this bunch of composted leftowvers makes good organic manure for the farm.

While all degradable garbage goes into the waste compost pile, rest form the fuel for water heating. So there is no waste going out of the house or the coconut groove. Everything is recycled or burnt up right here.