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SoftyPink n GloriousRed

…. the colours of life with my kids

Skywatch

I never tire of watching the sky! The lovely clouds…the beautiful patterns and amazing colours leave me mesmerized !! Needless to say, my pic archives has loads of sky pictures🙂

Sharing a few recent ones.. all pics captured on my humble phone!

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Trees silhouetted against the colourful sky!
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View from our office terrace.. splash of colors!
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View from our office terrace..
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View from our office terrace..
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Civilization.. and nature ..in one frame!
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A close up of the setting sun.. captured while waiting at the traffic signal
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Riot of colours!.. another one captured while waiting at the traffic signal..

Roses!

From the famed Rose garden in Ooty🙂
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Quilling

From the drafts. Edited today to add Adi’s creation🙂

The quilling spree continues! This time she was not inspired enough to make ornaments like before. Instead, she wanted to try her hand at advanced techniques and was expecting me to get her the tools for that. She also complained that she had quilling strips in boring colours. whatever that means!!

Somehow, I did not see the need for advanced tools till she honed her skills a bit more. I convinced her to make use of all the strips that she has and make some stuff, anything that interests her. So, she’s been at it since past few days.

Here’s a card that she made incorporating the different patterns..

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Bouquet of flowers

Adi is also inspired !! This is what I found when I came home today🙂

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Work in progress.. pretty aint it🙂

Play

From the drafts…

As I might have mentioned before, I have not been a physical activities or a sports type person for much of my life. That kind of changed a few years back when I started learning dance. Then came yoga which I learnt/practiced for some amount of time, followed by swimming classes last summer.

This year, with onset of spring, we started playing badminton. The kids were excited and sis too had been wanting to start a routine. And so we bought the rackets and cork and played in the evenings when we could make time. It was fun and felt really good to be able to play. Ammu and Adi loved it too. But sadly, it all stopped when summer vacations began. Increase in work load and the soaring temperatures didnt help a bit. We did carry the rackets and had a few fun sessions while at Ooty though🙂

Amidst all this, badminton tournament was organized at office and in a totally offhanded manner i said i would participate and my friend nominated my name as a partner. It felt weird but also interesting. I even went for practice one day and managed to get nominated for mixed doubles too! Its another matter though that it got postponed and I’d have to withdraw nomination as I had other plans in place for the new dates. Worse part is the tournament got postponed again due to unavoidable reasons.

Now, that the weather is cooler these days I’ve been thinking of playing during the mornings but sadly that hasn’t materialized yet. I’m hoping we’ll get to it next week onward, and continue for the rest of the vacation – a week and a half! Also, hoping that I’ll find partners and be available to play on the tournament dates that will be finalized. Keeping fingers crossed🙂

Update: Haven’t been able to get to playing yet. Maybe this week onwards…😐 The tournament dates are finalized and I hope I’ll be able to participate.

Ooty!!

From the drafts..

We went to Ooty in the first week of April. It was a much awaited family trip, as we got the opportunity after a gap of 2 years. Last year was quite stressful with sis, dad down with health problems that required surgeries. To top it, even our house help had her share of difficulty with her mom and dad also facing health issues. Which meant we were left to our own devices for a few months!

Somehow we sailed through and as the days went by the only thing on our minds was to go on a break! The summer vacations was what we were waiting for. Luckily, both dad and sis recovered enough to be able to go on a road trip. So, we zeroed in on Ooty after some thought to journey time and the bookings were done in a jiffy!

What stuck me most about this trip was the host. BIL had booked a cottage that belonged to someone he knew. Generally, the host hands over the keys and guests are left on their own. But in our case, the host was very generous. He himself cooked for us, requested us not to take our vehicles out and drove us around in his vehicle. Stayed with us for most part, enjoyed being around the family. His son came too and was happy to be part of the fun for some time. All this because BIL was a friend and had come with family!

I was totally amazed to say the least. The best part of him taking us around was that we were able to avoid usual tourist spots and the crowds, got to drive around in the beautiful hilly areas without fear of taking the wrong route and, eating local delicacies. To top it all, he is a local politician who was greeted with respect wherever we went! We felt really special and privileged to be so taken care of and attended to by such a person . We were left wondering why and how we deserved such kindness and such a lovely treatment.

The cottage was good, with bare essential amenities and the food was not great. But it was homely and the host’s generousness more than made up for anything that was lacking. All in all we had a great time and this trip will be a very memorable one for us all !!

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En route to Ooty..
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Gulmohur in all its splendour.. En route to Ooty..
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The view that greeted us !
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View from the cottage
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A close up..
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Tea gardens..
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Tea gardens..


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Pine! cones and needles..

N is for nail art

From the drafts… after having waited in vain for some pics !

Ammu has always been fascinated by nail colour. Come weekends or holidays her first request would be to apply nail colour and mehendi !! And boy! she would be the happiest when I gave her the green signal😀

There was a time a couple of years ago when she’d become so obsessed with nail colour, she would apply remove apply remove until she felt satisfied with the choice of colour. I had to resort to hiding anything nail related😦 She even went to the extent of taking the nail enamel to the bathroom so she could avoid scrutiny. I was shocked when I learnt of this. Later I decided to just let her be and gave her access to all the stuff. Thankfully, slowly she got out of that habit.

But, of course, her love for nail colour is still very strong. Now, also into nail art since almost an year or more. She also downloaded some game that allows her to paint and decorate nails!

On one occasion she was bold enough to compliment a neighbour for her nail art. And, not surprisingly, she was invited to have her nails painted too!! She knows quite a bit about nail art supplies and techniques too. Such a contrast when compared to her mom who didnt care much about nail colour or nail art.

I must admit though, that she is really good at it and has had good time with the different kinds of nail colours that are available these days, thanks to her indulgent chitti, who also loves her nails and nail colour. Its a aunt-neice combo thats hard to ignore😀

These days, Ammu encourages to sport long nails and pampers me by painting them herself !! One lucky mom I am .. feel blessed🙂

M is for mist!

Pics from our visit to Ooty over the weekend. It was a fun family trip… a much awaited one as we were doing one after a gap of 2 years!!
The weather was awesome.. a lovely brief relief from the soaring temperatures in Bangalore.

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Linking this to the letter M at ABC Wednesdays – 18th Round

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L is for Light!

And leaves🙂

Effect of light on fresh new leaves of the season… translucent and so very delicate…

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Linking this to the letter L at ABC Wednesdays – Round 18.

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K is for kisses :)

Yes… tiny tiny sweet ones ! The kids are growing up and there’ve been lots of changes. they’ve become more independent in their day-to-day activities and are learning newer things each day. But what remains unchanged through all this are the kisses n hugs!

At times… there used to be tiny wars too! On who kisses first and so on. Thankfully, this seems to have been resolved between the two🙂

No matter what the mood , when leaving home or when entering home, the kiss has become customary… a ritual of sorts. Feel blessed and a sense of peace prevails…such is the power of the tight hug n the sweet kiss🙂

 

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