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... their own songs? I'll have to look this up.
We went through jungle high on the mtn to valley streams and up again passing farm in disuse at the moment because of the lack of water. They would start planting again once the summer monsoons brought rain (starting in June - Aug). Most of the farmers here planted carrots, strawberries, cabbage and other farmers grew tea. India is one of the world's top exporters (second to China) of tea, and also consumes 70% of the tea they ...
... and then in the sun as it quickly got cold in the shade) and read our books enjoying the peace, until 2 Indian girls came over to talk to us. They were quite shy but had come here after college had finished for the day to meet with friends. They were studying English literature and wanted to know what we were reading. Unfortunately I was reading a girly trash novel and Ollie was reading the chronicles of Narnia! Then they wanted to take our photo so we took theirs ...
... Ooty a bit.
"It's the climate of Sweden but its India. It is the seventh circle of hell." Was Marias summing up of Ooty and, although really not fair on hell, it wasn’t far from the truth. After swapping warm palm fringed beaches for a Swedish autumn climate with cold drizzling rain and busy streets, it was slightly depressing. The town centre of Ooty pretty much centres around a now disused racetrack. Multi coloured buildings, in various ...
... and joking like sleepover kids, till long after all the other curtains were pulled. Fred couldn’t help but ask Shobana "Does this train have a cow-catcher? What would happen if a cow wandered onto the track? Would the driver have to stop?" I answered for her, that the train was so long – about a kilometre - and going so fast that it would never be able to stop in time.
And not long after, there was a terrible thump, crunch and smack against the bottom of the ...
Our house servant, Shankar, was back today, washing Georgies trousers cleaner than I ever can, and preparing our days meals. He said he needed more money so I handed him 500 rupees.
Though we were meant to be leaving today we decided to stay one more day, and the next day we would leave for Kotagiri.
On this, our last day, we went to seek out the old British Raj church of St Stephens, the spiritual heart of Ooty's Christian ...