Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Watch Out!

Hi friends

My house is inland a kilometer away from the seafront. If there are no buildings or greeneries in between I can have the view of the sea. How nice it could be.

Many, many years ago I lived in old government quarters on a hill slope facing the sea separated from the beautiful and pristine sandy beach only by the main road. There was nothing to block the view.

The house was strategically built where there were windows and doors open out to the sea view. From the bedroom the hall and the dining, and right up to the kitchen you would be able to see the setting sun.

The big french door opened out to a verandah where the family used to sit and relaxed. Living there was like staying in a holiday bungalow.

At the beginning of my stay there, I used to sit in the verandah and gazed out to the sea for hours. In those days I remember most of the time the view was clear and colorful with the shimmering water changing colors as the sunlight striking it at different angles at different times of the day.

On some days the view was so breathtaking that you could really fall in love with the sea.

My beautiful experience there is all history now. I can only dream of having such a place. So the next best thing I did was to have bought this house which is quite near the sea.

The beach is where I usually frequent. Love them, the blue sea, the blue sky. the white clouds.

Not that on all days the view is that colorful and romantic.

Sometimes it is just dull and gray, quiet and lifeless.

Certain time the sea is dotted with people and the next day the beach would be littered when the crows, a lot, would be having a good time scavenging.

There could be a worse time when you don't want to be by the seaside. You could hardly see a thing. The haze!

May I add?

You could even be green with jealousy, just standing there and watching. Oh, not so bad. You could feel a little envious watching out at the open sea . . .

The above are photos I captured on one hazy morning. Hope you like it.

Till next entry, bye.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Don't Be Angry

Hi friends

It is now still early but the sun is already giving out heat. There are no trees around here. Just few palm trees that can't do much to help cool down the place.

Around is all concrete. The house I am sitting in is a unit in the many stories building.

I peek out through the window I see there is an effort by the people and the authorities to green the adjacent area by planting trees there. 

In this kind of hot weather can the young saplings survive. 

I hope it will. 

It will take many years for the trees to grow and able benefit the people.

Anyway, it is better late than never.

But of course, some who planted it may not be able to enjoy it later. 

People say those who plant trees plant them for others.

See, me when back at my hometown walking and relaxing under the trees around the area I just take for granted of their existence there. Do I care to appreciate those past people who planted the trees that have become so beneficial? 

I notice the angry look on this tree that makes me answer.

Oh yes, I do appreciate.

The face of a tree.

See you in next entry.

Bye . . .

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

We Want More

There are no seasons here,
sunshine mostly throughout the year
But we fret at the time 
when the rain hampers our plans

There is no winter
every day in summer
yet we want a heater
'cos we can't stand the cold shower

There is no spring
autumn neither
trees growing in full swing
giving shade in sunny weather

I can go on and on 
and sing about the good things we enjoy
but we still will look beyond
the border
and feel 
what we are blessed with 
is always lesser

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Gardening It Is

Hello again friends

These days I have so much free time. How come?  It's because I spend less time surfing on the internet as the telephone is still dead and stingy me, try to reduce usage of my mobile data. 

Since I quite like to garden then gardening it is what I do to fill up the time.

Some of the plants badly need repotting and shifting of places.

First here about this dracaena plant. It was rejected before and pushed away to stay among the bushes and the bananas for a number of years.

Dracaena after repotting
Some weeks back I retrieved it and placed against the column of the porch to green the house a little bit. But it would topple at the slightest gust of wind because it was top-heavy.

Since I have given it a new, bigger and heavier pot it is now standing tall. However, the leaves are still a little limp. I’ll give it a little more time to improve. If not it has to be taken away and replaced with a better plant.

Pushing and dragging the heavy potted plants help burn some calories, a motivation there.

Plant it into a bigger pot
Give it some drinks

Then there is another plant. This plant has been there in the compound for umpteen years. No one pays attention to it.

I don’t really take good care of it except for the showering when I happen to be a little caring. Left there under the trees for a long time it became bent and twisted as it tried to get some sunlight on its own.

The plant is so resilient. It survives against all odds.

It is worthy of my respect. I need to put it into a new pot and place it where it deserved. It has its own specialty to show off. It has the special red /pink margins on the narrow and pointed leaves.

Red-margined dracaena leaning forward to welcome you

So there you have it, the red-margined dracaena standing gracefully welcoming you to my house!

Then there is the spotted-leaved Japanese bamboo also known as dracaena surculosa, if I am not mistaken. At one time this plant was very popular. I don’t know how it is now.

I have three or four pots of these plants tucked away under the clumps of lady finger palms. Yesterday I pulled out the pots and plonk them into bigger plastic pots and group them together and hey look! Aren’t they beautiful?

I think whatever plants if they grow well will look nice and beautiful.

And now I am getting carried away doing up the plants. I have started to pull out the sansevieria plants, popularly known as the mother in law tongue, from the corners of the compound and put them in pots. 

Work is not yet finished. Many more pots of these plants are needed. I need to collect more. I am still thinking of how best to arrange them outside the low window. Perhaps I will blog about it when it is ready.

I guess I should stop writing and bragging now.

So, till next entry, bye.