Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guess and Win

As I mentioned I just finished 50 posts, of course with the wonderful support and encouragement from you all and I thought it is about time for a giveaway. But there is a little task for you too. 
Rules are pretty simple
  • The back side of these cups has something written on it . If you can guess what that is - then these cups are yours.
  • Contest is open for all
  • Follow my blog :-) and leave a note about that
  • Mail your answers to homeshanthihome@gmail.com. Ensure that I have your contact details to get in touch in case you win. 
  • If there are more than one with correct answers - the winner will be picked by a draw :-)
OK then let's get started now. The contest ends  mid night EST 1st July.

BTW - Sharon and Rekha have started Style Radha - a shop for Indian decor. Please do visit them.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello again!!!

Hello Hello and for those of you wondering where I disappeared - I am still around but busy enjoying the warmth of homecoming. Here is my space,  from where I blog when in India. Hope you are all gearing up for a lovely weekend. I will be hopping in and out of the blog world as time permits.  BTW - can u believe - this is my 50th post :-). Thank you all for the wonderful support and being a part of my blog. 

Have a nice weekend!!!!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

God Helg

meaning a Happy Weekend!!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

An Island that was our's .......

..... that one day that we explored it on our first trip into the sea this year some weeks ago. There is so much life on the sea in summers and I always sighed and hmmm’ed and huh’ed watching all the boats sail past into those wonderful blue waters and used to wonder if I can be there one day. Thanks to Sekhar or must I say Håkon who invited Sekhar to co-own the boat. When Sekhar came home and asked us – there is this offer and should I buy – I JUMPED like a kid on the trampoline and said YESS YESS !!!! as this was the most ideal situation for us as a first step rather than go about it on our own – which I think we would have never done :-). And now - PINCH ME, I have my name on the boat called AneliShanthi (named after the wives of the boat owners :-)
Håkon and Eli were already there at the boat parking getting the boat ready when I and S reached there. We are still novices and they know it very well and so they play a bigger role in getting things under control for the trips.  The flag was up and we left the shore behind us.

I had to click this back of Håkon

Isn't this exotic - the first glimpse of the Island we are going to anchor at. Just us and no one else. 

Hytta’s (summer cottages) on the way. Norwegians love their Hytta’s and usually in summer they spend most of their time in the cottage or the boat.  The Vikings that they are. 

When we came to the shore – Eli is the handy man (or shall I say woman) as we are of not much help. Håkon said JUMP and Eli quipped – sure I would if I am an antelope :-).

Parked the boat safely and securely and Håkon tried to teach us the nautical knots so that while we are exploring the island – the boat doesn’t drift away.   

We then made our way through the rocks and relaxing birdies to find a good place to spend the rest of the evening. We grilled , gulped up the yummy strawberry cream cake made by Eli , watched few boats pass by, the men obviously had fun with our chitter chatter and it was soon time to get back. 

We left this beautiful lonely island the same way we discovered it and headed back with memories to cherish and ofcourse the clicks and a story for homeShanthihome :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Each new week, each new day, there is a new bloom

As usual my Sunday walk meanders through the lakes and cobbled pathways. This is the lake I walk past every sunday and truly is different everytime I see it. Just a turn around the lake and the nature is showing its true colors providing the eye candy of the season - the Rhododendrons in full bloom.

 this path leads to the lake

Let the colors of the nature inspire you for a colorful week ahead 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Make hay while the SUN shines

Can't believe it is SUMMER and we are actually sitting out dining on the deck. Love Love love doing this. Happy sunshine to all of you :-)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Summer folks

Today is 1st of June - Officially the summer has begun. MY cozy corner is ready, where I enjoy sitting out sipping my tea, reading a book, taking a nap or watching my pepper (rabbit) jump around or work with my computer:-).

Wishing you all a Summery summer :-)

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