Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Life on Two Distant Shores

Mt. Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, South India
Living part time in both Boulder, Colorado and Tiruvannamalai, South India presents challenges in a number of ways. For many months out of the year, I don't see my husband as he is based in India to write about what he loves. When I am in India, I miss the connection with my twenty-something daughters who tend to call me on a daily basis when I am in Boulder. Skype has been our friend for these past few years but it's just not the same thing as sitting down to a meal or drinking a cup of coffee with those you love.

It's Springtime in the Rockies right now and the days have been chilly and blustery. We read the weather reports from Tiruvannamalai and receive emails from friends there telling us of the extremely hot weather and lack of water for the plants and trees that grow around our house there. The level of the well where we get our water is very low for this time of year and the monsoons are far off.
Mt. Audobon, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

We were in Indian Peaks Wilderness area snow shoeing last weekend and the 4-5 feet of snow in the mountains was beautiful and becoming more of a Spring slush. I kept thinking how nice it would be to be able to transport some of the melting snow to the thirsty trees and plants in Tiruvannamalai as they wait patiently for the monsoons to arrive.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sipping Chai and Snow Shoeing

Again, apologies, apologies! I am back in Boulder, Colorado after another long lapse of postings.

I won't make excuses. Suffice it to say that I have been working and enduring the long winter this year in this part of the world.

David has arrived for a 2 month visit to escape the South Indian heat. It must be a bit of a shock to him. I spent the past two summers in India and the heat was unbearable some days. Napping was a must because my brain wouldn't work after the temperature reached 95 degrees in the house and 107 outside. I am not a fan of Indian summers.

Tomorrow we leave for the snowy Colorado mountains to snow shoe and see the winter wonderland at 10,000 feet. I hope to be sipping chai and a cold microbrew at 10,000 feet. More to come.