Wild Elephants at the Temple

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Five wild elephants ended up at the dam at the beginning of the month. The dam is only one kilometre away from Cardamom House.  It may be the drought that forced them to go in search of water, or it maybe that their habitat has been destroyed by increased development. Elephants are very sensitive to human presence. They are also strong and can break through metal fences and trample houses and crops. Eventually they were driven up into the hills by people drumming. More wild life is being seen in the area…. Read more »

Regular visitors to the garden

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Sunbirds are always around in the garden. They seem to focus on one flower colour and then move on to another colour when the first is in short supply. They will often come right up to the verandah, where guest are eating breakfast or reading a book. Robins are also regular visitors. They often build a nest in the gable of Valley House. Their red rump makes them different from the robins seen in Europe and in North America.         Peacocks regularly walk through the garden searching for… Read more »

The Indian Roller

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For a number of days, we have watching a flash of turquoise swooping into the trees by the volleyball court. It was too big to be a kingfisher and there was no cackling scream, so we searched the bird books, and identified it as a roller. The bird had probably been attracted to the rich pickings of insects and small reptiles on the cleared land. In addition, there had been too much debris from our prunings of the garden’s trees and shrubs for the passing goats to eat, so Pandi had been… Read more »

Watch a film shoot

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Some of you who have visited Cardamom House may recall Chris talking about being an extra in a Tamil film!. The staff team also have tales to recalls about their encounters with screen stars. The environments around the house and the lake are superb locations for filming. Sometimes the ‘peace’ of the countryside is disturbed by the repeated strains from the latest hit competing with the cackle of the kingfisher, as they reverberate either from the lake or the temple. On investigation, we discover the incongruity of a film set, with… Read more »