Monday, July 30, 2012

भारत प्यार: Celebration

I love this country. 
The colour. The people. The strength. 
I can't wait to take my India there one day!


Want more India? 
Feast on some food from IndianSimmer.
Support Emmanuel Hospital Association through TEAR.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

भारत प्यार: Commemorations

These were not just buildings.
They were records of life.
Testaments of love.
Shrines for worship. 
And beauty that reminded us of home.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

भारत प्यार: Common people

Much of our time in and around Delhi was spent meeting locals and visiting missions that provided care or medications in clinics, rural hospitals; and orphanages. While they all noticed us (three young and fair skinned  ladies, including two with gorgeous blonde hair!), a few in particular made impressions on me:
All the beautiful women with little money who dress in colour and are so proud of their children;
The mother who visited the local clinic, saw us, left, and returned with her newborn for us to hold;
The children from the rice growing community who sang and performed for us;
The boys finding any spare patch of dust to play cricket in;
This group of English speaking young people who befriended us, made us laugh and feel welcome;
The market sellers who followed and bartered with us;
The children in the orphanages who are looked after with so few resources. Many share their crib with another; 
The cherished boys with painted eyes to protect them from evil;
Kara, our Aussie-living-in-Delhi who hosted us, looked after us, taught us (and picked us up from the airport at about 4:30am!);
The homeless mum, just hours from death, and her toddler at the train station.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

भारत प्यार: Culture shock

After a 'holiday' week on the West Coast of India
we arrived in India-the-real. 
Rubbish. Rubble. Beggars. Bartering. Stench. Spice. 
Noise. Need. Desperation. Dust. 
This, is Delhi.

But there was much to learn and love about this city...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

भारत प्यार: Charm

I'm pining for a new cultural experience.
Russia, Turkey and Japan are on my wish list.
But those dreams are awhile away,
so I will have to make do with memories.
And over the next week, I'd like to share my favourite with you.
Six weeks with two wonderful travelling friends, Jayde and Shae.
Today, just a few photos of our first stop Goa, where the natural beauty and charm of the land is quietly on display. (Personal digital cameras were only just new then, and space on the camera card was very limited!) 

 Dudhsagar Falls, Palolem, Calangute, Goa Jungle.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sleeping sweetness

Our cot is gone.
Our babies are grown enough to sleep in adult size beds. 
I don't want to forget:
their kissable baby lips;
their dummy love;
their onesies;
their bottoms in the air;
and walking in to see them every morning.
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