Chris was eighty at the beginning of the month. He celebrated with the staff team and their families, joined by members of his family. Many happy returns, Chris!
Shiva has overlooked the pool for many months. The team decided that he should have a more venerated position. This entailed weeks of discussions until a design was agreed. Friends in Sembatti helped with creating the bamboo backdrop. The mason and staff team completed the dais…… and Shiva can now dance in splendour.
At last the ground is not too wet and it’s not too dry! Ploughing has started around the mango trees. Some are now about ten feet high and looking extremely healthy. Once the ploughing has been completed, the irrigation ditches can be re-dug. These are attached to a tank filled with water raised by a solar-powered pump. There are still mangoes in the market – and we are already looking forwards to next year’s harvest.
Over the last few months giant squirrels have been spotted at Cardamom House and in the surrounding gardens and countryside. Their body is roughly the size of European domestic cat. with the tail the same length again. This is evidence that, as the valley becomes more vegetated, the flourishing habitat is proving hospitable to a wider range of wild life. Thanks, Polpandi, for taking these photographs.
The team have again been awarded the Trip Advisor Award. Back on 1 January, the team donned their new uniforms, chosen by Chris, Shankar and Janet (a regular long stay guest). The selection provides an opportunity to ‘mix and match’. Guests have commented on the smart appearance of our staff. Since the New Year, we have been busy welcoming guests from Australia, France, Canada, Israel, the US, the UK. We have also been visited by tour agents, journalists and photographers. It has been a busy and satisfying time.
We are fortunate to be surrounded to the north by forest lands. Occasionally,we hear a barking sound. In day light we might make out the shapes of a small feed of barking deer. At night, we can catch their eyes in our torchlight. When it’s a cool morning, we may see a troupe of monkeys warming themselves as the sun hots the rocks. They then move off in search of food. Fortunately we have a telescope so that we can take a better look at these shy animals.
When it’s quiet and most of the jobs are either completed or can wait until the next day, there are few things that we enjoy more than a family day, when the children can explore. learn to swim and maybe even produce some works of art. Meanwhile, the mothers and grandparents can chat, while their husbands cook a biryani.
Some booking sites are quoting ridiculous tariffs, so please check our Tariffs Page before booking. When its quieter, we are busy decorating the rooms. We are cutting back the plants so that there will be more flowers, butterflies and birds. This year the lily pond has been rebuilt and re-stocked. Take a look at Kumar’s night photography. We’ve also put in hand rails to make it easier to get around the house and gardens. The pool is, as always, crystal clear … ready for you to take a dip! … Read more »
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.
Chris, Di and Ian congratulate the team on achieving the 2015 Certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. Your friendliness and efficiency are very much appreciated.