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(5) Things we love …#6

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a Chai-Wallah in action

1. I’m having an Indian Moment – or two or three. One of which involves trying to persuade camparigirl to come with me to India in 2015 to celebrate my 55th. When I was last there, many monsoons ago, my sister and I took a train from New Delhi to Udaipur – to stay at the Lake Palace hotel. The train stopped continually – tiny stations not marked on the map – and at one point we went backwards for two hours because there was another train coming towards us on the single guage track. No matter what time of the night we stopped – there would be an immediate rush of people to corridors – leaning out to see what the railway vendors had to offer. There were the usual packs of Indian savouries, samoosas, thalis and rice dishes – but what I remember most was the warm, sweet spicy smell of Chai.  I loved to watch the Whallas perform the tea pouring ceremony – but never drank it because it was full of milk – and milk is not my thing in any form.  So I was thrilled when I came across a box of roobos chai (tea) at Woolies the other day. Just spices (cassia, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves) and rooibos: nothing else. I drink it plain and very strong – with maybe a rusk or bit of chocolate as a dipper.  But I am sure you could make the real chai experience from it very easily. Probably nice with coconut milk too.  Or as an ice-cream … hmmm food for thought.

IMG_4592I found this in Frangipane, my favourite coffee shop in McG on Mother’s day. Mysore Sandal Soap – not for sandals, but of sandalwood: lovely soft, warm, musky, smoky fragrance, and doesn’t dry your skin out. Been using it all week. (Plus they claim “helps in relaxation and contains anti-ageing properties help to retain the skin’s glow”, which can’t hurt.)

2. A sit up and beg bicycle is on my ‘one day’ list: there are so many long dust roads around McG that go nowhere but lead somewhere. Not to mention little forest paths in Cape Town. I see myself packing a picnic and the Nans. Plonking Jack in the carrier and heading off for the afternoon. Long as the wind isn’t blowing. This one is from Bobbin Bicycles – available only in the US, Canada and UK. But a girl can dream.

bobbin-bicycles-birdie-limited-edition-2013-hybrid-bike3. I’m looking at ways to maximise the potential of our underused hammock spot in McG, without it costing a bomb. A couple of these denim Brazilian hammocks are a must. As is this mozzie net by Ikea.

4. “Growler” by Australian artist Alan Cullen. Would love it for our CT house.

Growler
Growler

5. And lastly – this was my most favourite three minutes in a very pleasant week. Whether you like school concerts or not – this is worth the watch. Proof that a simple idea, well executed is always the best fun.

Synchronised Swimmers

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6 Comments

  1. I need some good ideas on how to hang a hammock – apartment living and only patio space. The ceiling isn’t strong enough to support one and I’m afraid to drill into the walls. Any ideas?

    May 17, 2014
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    • You’d need to find where your support joists/beams are and hang the hammock from there. Otherwise you’ll end up on your bum! But try a couple out first until you find a style that suits your body. They can be damn uncomfortable.

      May 19, 2014
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      • Thanks! We already own the comfy ones… I should have said we live in South America. The entire building is cinder block! No joists to worry about but it is serious work to drill a hole. And if it’s the wrong hole? I just can’t make it go away.

        We’ve used our hammock out camping and like it a lot – there we have a special contraption to wrap around the trees. Lovely.

        May 19, 2014
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  2. You do make the trip to India sound like a sensory adventure. I think you would be an excellent tour guide.
    And, of course, the synchronized swimming clip is a gem. Do you ever wonder how that sort of creativity and humor gets quashed in young people?

    May 17, 2014
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  3. I always liked the line that synchronised swimming was like flower arrangeing under water! Nice clip!

    May 17, 2014
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  4. Loved the swimmers. Genius. and Don’t forget that hammock shop at the flower market in Amsterdam. Loads of colourful beds and chairs to hang off every tree.

    May 17, 2014
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