The King of Spice

I’ve got lots of strange habits. And this is probably one of my favourites. On days when the London sky is grey and I have woken up with absolute no motivation, I go into my kitchen and twist open the lid of an old jam jar where I keep my black peppercorns – and I…

Joy, despair and gloom

It’s Christmas carol time and I went along to Church yesterday to support a friend who was part of the carol service. In between the carols, the Rev spoke. Something he said stayed with me, something along the lines of – God wants us to be joyful and not full of despair and gloom. Maybe…

Yes, I hate to salsa

I’m a serial dabbler. I’ve tried out many, many things. I’ve dabbled in pottery, learnt to play the guitar, I took up salsa, flower decorating, etc. I always entertain the most idealistic thoughts when I first start these activities – I’ll do salsa and I’ll discover that I’m a great dancer and I’ll travel the…

Reminder to self – the world is big

This is the shot of earth from China’s spacecraft as it went about the far side of the moon. I’ve only seen the earth like this in pictures and when you see it with the moon as a focal point, it really reverses your perspective. When I stumble on things like this, it reminds me…

A fallow period

My tomatoes have just ripened. I’m so happy eating these plump, red tomatoes and it makes all the time spent watering the plants, feeding the soil, creating the support stems, etc worth it. It’s nice to ‘produce’ something  – it validates what you have been doing and spending time on. And there’s usually a concrete…

A rainbow in the London sky

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo vented it’s strength on London on Tue. I woke up to howling winds and all my plants outside horizontal. I tried to go out and deadhead my lavender plants but gave up after awhile. It was pelting with rain. I had wanted to go out but figured today was a…

Kali – at the Horniman Museum

So I was lazily sauntering around the Horniman Museum last week when I stumbled across this (see below). A paper-mache statue of Kali standing on Shiva which F.J. Horniman bought back with him after his visit to Calcutta. I’m staring thrilled and transfixed – the black rage and more importantly, she’s stepping on a man and not…

Take the first step

At one time or another, I’ve always heard my friends say, I wish I could just quit everything and be really free and do nothing. But actually not everyone is going to be happy with that. People hate uncertainty. We have been trained our whole lives to have plans and goals. We can have easy…