It is a sunny day but we are getting occasional rains. Yesterday was cloudy and windy. Most people here believe that we will get rains till the festivals of Navaratri and Deepavali. Both are celebrated across the country but it will be different this year. The celebrations will be more muted.
A few days ago we met a milk-man whom we have been seeing going about delivering milk for decades. He has a Luna moped and we have seen him riding it all these years. We wave to him when we see him and talk whenever he has time to stop. His dairy had sixteen cows earlier. Now he has only five. He has three daughters who are nurses working in good hospitals. They are married. His son recently completed his post- graduation in Anaesthesia and is working in a hospital. It is really heart warming to see parents who work so hard to educate their children. The milk-man said he could not stop working though his children tell him to retire. I was feeling sorry that I do not know his name and asking him his name after knowing him for so many years does not seem right.
One evening we went to the temple square in our town. We were going there after seven months! It seems incredible that we have not gone there or to any other temples for so many months. We did not go inside any temple but walked in the square which is called ‘ Ratha beedhi’ which literally means the street on which the temple chariot moves. The place was strangely empty. In normal times there are many pilgrims and people from nearby places sitting on the many seats. There is a very famous small hotel, we like it very much but that day we did not venture in ☹. There was an ache in the heart when we returned home.
Today and on the 3rd , we hired a worker to come and clean the garden. There were weeds and a lot of grass due to the rains. We got some trees trimmed too. His name is Udaya and he has been coming for quite some time now. He is a good worker. The garden looks neat and tidy now 😊.
I enjoy baking cakes and I make of wheat flour and they are eggless. I had everything ready and when I put in the plug to pre-heat the oven, to my horror, I saw it was not working. My pressure cookers are small and I cannot bake in them. Google helped 😊 and I baked the cake in a rice cooker, it came out well. I have to give the oven for repair. We are learning something new every day. That is life.
A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau