November 2nd, 2011


Coming back....

It's nice to go on holiday, and I can stay without the internet perfectly well...but it's when I come back that it hits me that I do want, after all, to see what my friends have posted, what has been happening...and the backlog is just too much, sometimes.

I've gone back a few days to see some posts, but am giving up the attempt as there's just too much to do, too much to catch up on.

Even when I got my Reliance net card to work the first day, it was so slow that I was just sitting and trying to catch up, so I just gave up the attempts afterwards. Even my mobile connection was very patchy, up in the sub-Himalayan hills.

Letting go is's getting back again that's very tough.

But...there's a little more to this.

This feeling of being unable to cope, the feeling of "things piling up" and getting beyond control, is something that's been developing for a little while, and I had a major problem last week...I need to get some serious counselling. I will be seeing a clinical psychologist as soon as possible.

Hope to be back to my usual (ab)normal self soon. So tired, so down is very unlike me.....I've not enjoyed my life in the recent past....and that's a rare thing, thankfully. Let me see if professional help works.

The Crimson Sunbird

Apparently, the


is very common in the area where I had been with my group of women birders over last week.

But for me, it was a beautiful new bird, and rather than the fleeting fraction-of-a-second glimpses of other birds that I got (most unsatisfactory) during the trip, I was able to watch these birds for quite a while, over two mornings' worth of observation.

Here's my first shot of one, sitting at the edge of a Tent Web:

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Here are two shots of the beauties, sipping nectar from the flowers in the garden of Ivy Lodge, the gracious and beautiful home of the Grewals, where we stayed:

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Here, you can see the crimson that gives the bird its name:

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I like this kind of relaxed, let-the-birds-be-seen birding rather than the intense, go-peering-into-the-undergrowth, crick-your-neck-looking-up-into-the-foliage, and strain-your-eyes-looking-into-scopes-and-binoculars-into-the-far-distance kind of birding....These often yield only fleeting glimpses of black silhouettes and vague shapes, which I have to repeatedly ask expert birders the id of, and which (because I've not seen or observed them properly) remain only ill-recollected names to me, tick marks on my birding list.....I realize that I will never be even CLOSE to an expert birder, because I can never have a "tick list" of birds (the only time I do it is during the Bird Race, and I don't like it much!)

I am posting some of the birds I shot, on my Facebook album...

click here

to see them, I will be adding to them over the next few days.

A discount of HOW MUCH???

I have been posting most of the funny signs I've snapped on Facebook



to see the album)

but I felt I must share this one....

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A friend of mine replied to my query about why the sign was on its side, saying it was because...."the discount was heavy"!

I am now looking for a shop that gives me a 110% discount...that is, for every Rs.100 worth of merchandise, they will give it to me free and give me Rs.10 as well!