Day 25 of the March SOLSC!#SOL21

We purchased this plot of land we are now living on in 2002. My father was a civil engineer and he made the plan for the house. We were living on the university campus from 1982 and shifted to our house in 2005.
We had seen some other plots but did not like them but it was love at first sight with this place. 

There are so many trees here.
The previous owner’s father had planted ten coconut trees, two mango trees and two jackfruit trees. Unfortunately, we had to cut down two jackfruit trees and one mango tree at the time of building our house.
Now we also have two new mango trees and an Indian Blackberry. They are yet to give fruit.
The breadfruit tree has grown tall and there are breadfruits in it, but unfortunately due to the heat they fall when they are small. We get only a few. Breadfruit sambar is very tasty.

My husband plucking chikkoos 😊

There is a kokum tree and last year we were able to pluck the fruits. We make squash and rasam with them. I use dried kokum peels in my cooking. They give a nice red colour.

One of our daily activities is to sweep the dried leaves of the jackfruit tree and gather them at one spot. When the heap grows large, I  burn the leaves. My husband puts the ash at the roots of the trees and plants because it is nourishing.

The breadfruit leaves are big and the dried ones make good manure for the coconut trees.
Dried fronds of the coconut trees fall with a thud and it would be a disaster if we are beneath them. We make it a point never to park our car under the coconut tree. Falling coconuts can be a danger to life and property.  We keep the fronds outside our compound wall and some of our neighbours take them, they are good as fuel.
There are three betel nut trees, which are palms like the coconut trees, straight and tall. One betel nut tree is a dwarf variety. 

Flowers of the betel nut tree, this is the dwarf variety.

The Chikkoo tree bears deliciously sweet fruits.
The fruits of the star apple tree are ideal for quenching thirst in the hot summer months. We have been eating them for a month. My husband enjoys plucking them.
There was a wild cherry tree just outside our compound wall. Birds enjoyed the little succulent fruits. As it grew taller and its branches touched the electric wires, men from the electricity department kept cutting the branches and one day the tree died. Our grandson planted a cherry sapling in that place. We plan to keep the tree short and bushy.
Finally the Parijatha tree with its beautiful night blossoms.  Their fragrance is oh so lovely 😍. 

Parijatha flowers, they are one of my favourite flowers.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. You have a beautiful garden with so many trees. We have an ash, a silver birch and a larch. They are by far the best things in the garden although only the birds can eat the seeds.

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  2. Congratulations on your prize! Trees are so compelling. They communicate with each other. I am captivated by your trees and would so love to smell the fragrance of those night blossoms.

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  3. It must be so nice to have so many fruit and vegetable trees right there on your property! I’m not familiar with any that you spoke of except the wild Cherry, and maybe I’ve heard of Jack and star fruits but never tasted them. Is the breadfruit comparable to a potato? I read the recipe at the bottom of your post, it sounds like she is making a soup. Is that what Sambar is? It’s all so interesting. I love reading about other cuisines and cultures than ours. 🤗

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      1. So, more like a stew then. I figured from the looks of it, it was close to a white potato. I’ve seen jackfruit in the store, it’s huge! I’d have no idea how to approach one of those, lol!

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  4. All these fruits and nuts sound so delicious! You live in paradise! I have only eaten coconut. There are both native and imported blackberries which have gone wild here in Oregon. I have found three different kinds growing here on the borders of our farm. I am curious if your native blackberry looks and tastes anything like the ones here.

    We also put the ash from brush burning back around trees, shrubs and in the garden.

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  5. When you built your home were you aware of the possibility of the major building now going on above you? It does seem very disruptive to the lovely patch that is yours.

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    1. No Elizabeth, it was a slope of land. It has changed hands since then. Work is going on. Fortunately they stop a six. Earlier I had written the JCB earthmover came at night, that was because it’s owner’s had work elsewhere. I think with time we accept and get used to changes. Like 2020.

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  6. A lovely peaceful description of your land and the trees on it and all the uses you can put them to. India has such a magnificent array of tropical trees! I miss fresh coconuts and all you can make with them. I don’t like jackfruit but my husband does. I enjoy the other fruits you mention.

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    1. Yes Brian, one can never say when a coconut might fall. We get them plucked once in four months. A few years ago a coconut fell on a neighbour’s head and she was bed ridden for many months. It falls at such a speed. Fortunately she recovered.


  7. What a beautiful place you live and how lucky you are to have trees that give you fruit. I’ve never tried breadfruit before but am really curious about it. When Daegan and I went to Maharashtra we tried kokum both as juice and mixed with coconut milk as solkadi. The food from that region (Konkan) is some of the best I’ve ever eaten. It looks like that’s only about 600 kilometres from your city so I imagine the food where you are is also wonderful. I’ve seen and heard enough about your own cooking I know that at least yours is delicious.

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