Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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... yes, those end products were where we were brought to at the end of the visit for only one reason!
And yes again, I ended up buying not one but six big bags of tea weighing a good 5 pounds in total. There’s a sucker born every day! But hey, was the tea ever good. :-)
... trees originally planted for silkworms and silk production. Our next stop was to a bee museum. As a quasi- entomologist I was pretty interested in this but it ended up being even more it interesting that I anticipated - and tempered my appreciation and enjoyment of the extensive tea plantings. This very small museum had some basic information about native pollinators in this area, and also showed a video about the local honey gathering traditions. There are a local 'tribe' ...
... Mr Mathews had is all organised. The Sherlock hotel is basically an old bungalow with some additional rooms for guests added. It had a green lawn with English style gardens. Right next door a group of women were loading compost into wicker baskets, and carrying these on their heads to an adjacent slope to prepare the area for tea planting. Each load must have been 20kg at least and they had to carry them about 200 metres. It is noticeably colder here - in fact I put on ...
... cool weather and its location nestled among the hills of the Nilgiri mountain range and surrounded by tea plantations which paint the hillsides in more shades of green than an Absinthe bar.
The next day was spent checking out the sites in town. 1st stop, a man made lake at the bottom of town which turned out to be a disappointment. The guide book talked about a serene mountain lake, peppered with paddle boats and picknickers. The reality ...
... in the BBC series about the history of India. While I wish I had brought more of my documentaries with me, perhaps having finished the ones I had with me will allow me to pick up the pace on my reading.
I have been away from home for a month - and I STILL haven't had a comment from my friend Lek in Bangkok. Lek - are you still alive? What's up? A trip is not a trip without a comment from you!
Sunday, 10 April, 2011
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