Friday, December 25, 2009
As a child I loved the Winter---the hazy Bluish Purple Mountains sprinkled with snowy Icing---the Silver Oak's Rusty brushes thrust against a back drop of deep Royal Blue skies----the heady scent of bonfires of burning dried Leaves---the cold crisp Air---all was pure Magic.
This was a celebration of Nature at it's best---fabulous Vegetables---great tasting Soups----open fires in the fireplace----roasting Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes in the embers---warm afternoons spent snoozing in the sunshine----all simple pleasures in an uncomplicated and innocent environment.
There was one thing that I loved the most---our Garden full of Flowers!!!The varieties of Flowers were mind boggling----in every shade and each with a distinctive characteristic speciality--- Dahlias,Chrsanthemums,Pansies,Narcissus,Gl
adioli,Larkspur,Marigolds----so many varieties---a riot of colours!!!And the Roses!!!!
Most of all I loved the Roses.The huge blooms would scent the Air with a delicate perfume and lend some of it's grace to the ambience in the house.My mother would pluck only the full blown blooms and filling a bowl with Water---she'd add an Asprin to it----then she'd float the bloom on it---we had these bowls on every concievable surface---the natural scent acted as room freshner in the closed rooms during the cold rainy days.
Chandigarh also has the Rose Garden----this beautiful Park is filled with Roses of every colour including the Blue Moon a Bluish-Violet bloom.There always used to be a competition amongst all the neighbours on the street to have the best flowers in their Gardens---the Maalis(Gardeners)had a great time.All the Sahibs and Mem Sahibs would consult them and seriously act on their advice!!!Those truly were the days my friends!!!
Today my Garden lives on in my memory---I close my eyes to see the Garden full of home grown Flowers and bursting with scents and colours----nostalgia is a funny thing!!!A feeling of sadness tinges my mood sometimes---when I see the Roses on sale---not as scented nor as beautiful as those in my childhood---but infintely exceedingly expensive!!!