Well, I’m being a very lazy blogger these days. And although, it might look as if I’m on an extended holiday, basking in the sweet cool air of Kullu Valley, I’m actually very busy reflecting, mulling and cogitating – honest!
Every July we leave sweaty old Delhi behind and retreat to a little cottage in an orchard – we stay for a month and wish it could be longer. Our fried brains cool down and start to think clearly again; we cook, read, walk and play games.
We venture into Manali a couple of times a week to stock up or eat out but mostly just let village rhythms take over.
We do a lot of daydreaming and one of tour most frequent fantasies involves escaping the city permanently for a far-flung Himalayan village – you know the kind of thing…
Wouldn’t it be nice to live the simple country life ?
We could always renovate a cute tribal house
Spike and Mishti would certainly be happy
Could you ever have too much of Johnson’s Trout Curry Thali?
I might get as fit as these ladies one day
Perhaps we could persuade the local farmers to grow parsnips, designer salad and blueberries
But could we persuade the local shop to supply unsalted French butter?
We worry whether the tiny olive press in the valley could produce enough to keep us in vinaigrette
and whether I could ever get the hang of the village flour mill
It’s a month of good times…….
It’s good to dream. See you back in Delhi next week!