The Paradise Flycatcher

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A small area of the garden shrubbery was cleared, giving room for the paradise flycatcher to visit us. Kumar took this photograph on his smart phone.

Renovated Bullet

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One of our two iconic diesel Royal Enfield Bullets has been renovated to its original condition. In 1965, manufacture of these bikes was bought by an Indian company, based in Chennai. The diesel Bullet is becoming an increasingly rare marque.   At Cardamom House, the Bullets are in regular use, transporting staff members backwards and forwards to Athoor and surrounding villages and towns . It is often laden with provisions.  

The Hoopoo

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We have seen a hoopoo a few times over the past few weeks. It seems to like open spaces and searches for food on the ground.  It’s very shy and difficult to photograph, but Polpandi managed to capture it.

Cardamom House Celebrates

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What a night! We celebrated twenty years of Cardamom House and Shankar’s fortieth birthday. Shankar has been with us since the start. We also celebrated a guest’s birthday. We had a puja, fireworks, mutton biryani and of course a cake, with candles. Thanks to our wonderful team who made it such a memorable and enjoyable evening, and our photographer, Pandi.

Celebrating 55 years of marriage

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On Friday 27th February, Jack and Mary George from Birmingham, UK, celebrated 55 years of marriage at Cardamom House. They were presented with mala, showered with rose petals and cut a cake baked by Peryasamy. The Cardamom House Team serenaded them with “Happy Anniversary to you”.  

Night photography

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Here at Cardamom House we have many opportunities for night photography. Clear skies mean that we can capture images of the stars, or the moon.         The pool provides a good place to focus on lights and reflections. By using a tripod and strong torchlight we manage to paint with light.

A variety of habitats

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As the grounds around Cardamom House evolve, a variety of habitats are developing, ranging from shrub, to flower gardens, to more established trees and to open grassland. In addition we have views across the lake and up onto the hillside. This means we have a richness of birdlife. For a few nights a tailor bird rested at night beside our entrance driveway. A number of birds are currently nesting.

A pooja

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A pooja is part of the everyday rituals of all practicing Hindus. Many of us have a room, or a corner of the house set aside specially for holding the ritual. During a pooja the following happens. A bronze temple bell is rung by the devotee on entry to the Temple. The tilak consisting of sandalwood paste & red powder is applied to the forehead at the start of the pooja. Incense sticks are burnt to symbolize the ever presence of the Lord. Camphor pellets are burnt. As  these melt and burn they symbolize… Read more »

Ganesh Day

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Pandi and Chris explain what happens on Ganesh Day Ganesh, the Elephant God, is probably one of the best loved of the enormous pantheon of Hindu Deities. He is credited with the ability to remove obstacles. He is the patron of learning, God of wisdom and gives success and protection against adversity! He is known by many different names across India but we refer to him as Ganesh.Once each year there is an important festival dedicated to him. In the larger towns and cities effigies are built and painted with different… Read more »