If we were having coffee…

    

If we were having coffee…

  
I would talk about the weather.
It’s November – time for winter to set in Mumbai.  Time for the days to get shorter, the nights, cooler, and the mornings, lazier! I have friends who find such days gloomy, depressing. They like the sun shining bright all day long. I, on the other hand, find a weird sense of comfort when the sun takes an early dip and the sky turns inky sooner.

 When the skies get splashed with darker hues and the stars come out earlier, I feel safer.  LIke how I felt as a little girl when dad returned home in the evenings after a long and hard day at work. I find a kind of  solace, like how we feel all warm and safe when we wrap ourselves with a warm blanket on a cold winter night.

If we were having coffee…

I would invite you  to have a peek at the little vegetable garden I have developed in one of my windows- my tiny green patch in the urban concrete jungle! The balcony being a favourite spot of some avian visitors, I couldn’t risk planting my veggies there, so I chose this window which I have covered with bird-nets that keep my greens safe.
There aren’t many, just a few: The all-spice plant, lemon, onion, mint, lemon-grass, curry-leaves, fenugreek and  ajwain (carom). I have sown tomato seeds, too.

Gardening is a hobby I cultivated over some long, empty hours that threatened to vitiate my peace of mind. It’s an activity that requires endless measures of patience and understanding.  I knew what I was getting into, for I decided to sow some seeds instead of buying the saplings from the local nursery.  I wanted to do it from scratch.

I chose the pots, filled those with the best soil I could get and laced it with the best quality manure that would nourish my greens and give me a healthy bounty in return. Some seeds sprouted within days, but alas, the chilli seeds refuse to sprout! It’s been almost a month since I sowed those seeds. I water them regularly, and it gets its daily dose of Vitamin D, but to no avail. But, I, too, refuse to give up on it. Maybe someday it will bless me for my patience.

Gardening, I realise, is a  life-lesson in disguise. You sow seeds, you do your best and reap the rewards, only if you are destined to. If, at times, things aren’t meant to happen, well, they just won’t! All you can to do is accept the change and change your course and begin moving through the new lane chosen for you! If my chilli seeds decide to stay put in there, I might take some expert’s advice, ot just go ahead and plant something else.
Another thing I realised is, that you need to talk to your plants. Yes, they listen…they really do! I wish them a good morning the moment I wake up everyday. It’s only after I have wished them does my day begin! Funny, eh? Try it.  If my chilli seeds sprout, I’ll be having a tete-a-tete with them, too!  😛

If we were having coffee…

 I would rue about the size of the coffee-mug. I love my coffee – chilled and bittersweet. Just wish they made larger mugs. My favourite brew would have lasted much longer!

Ah, well, we can always have another coffee-break next week!
Until then….take care…coz, I care!

How do you like your coffee? And, what do you reflect upon as you sip your favourite brew? Do share with me..I would love to know!


With Love

SHILPA…

26 Replies to “If we were having coffee…”

  1. I like your kitchen garden and the life lessons from gardening. I feel that looking after our plants gives us a sense of responsibility. And it has a calming effect which is so needed for our mental well being. I liked having coffee with you, Shilpa 🙂

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  2. Aww I know the feeling about having bigger mugs! I can never have enough tea 🙂 You are doing everything I love- gardening from scratch! I don't garden but when I do, I love the feeling of soil and seed coming together and bringing beauty to the surface. So lovely. I really must do one Friday Reflections post at least once a month. What a lovely way to express gratitude and reflect on the week gone by.

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  3. Ahh.. I would love to have vegetables grow in my balcony but they almost always end up dying. We have some new flowers and one pot of chilly for now. S does all the dirty work when it comes to gardening, I just like to enjoy the end product 😊🙈

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  4. It's such a well tendered garden. I have read that flowers and plants warm up to music. Good Morning, I am sure does the trick. I like my coffee in standard mug, the same one that Barista or CCD serve, regular cuppa. I keep drinking coffee during the day and guess, regular mug works for me.

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  5. What is your idea of a bigger mug, Shilpa? 🙂 I am curious. I love your love for gardening–it is a wonderful activity–and your garden looks so nice. I hear sweet potato grows quickly, too. Would love to see your harvest! My avian visitors rain poop, so my verandah is sadly bare.

    Here's wishing we both have that coffee together! 🙂

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  6. Loved how you reflected on the moments when you were little and dad came home….All that seems so distant now, I just want to jump and catch it, feel it again – that moment….I am so struck by that image your words conjured ….

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  7. What is an spice plant? Never heard of that. I am a fan of looking at plants and talking them into growing. Chilli is slow but shows up. I have plants too in my balcony but no veggies and reading your posts tempts me to do something about it. Good to know a bit more from your side of the world, Shilpa.

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  8. I am glad you enjoyed our coffee session, Shilpa!
    Gardening is a lot like bringing up children, albeit in a different way! We sow the seed, nurture it, watch it grow into this beautiful plant that gives us a rich bounty. Simply put, it's something to look forward to, something that gives you a lot of hope and happiness!

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  9. I loved this post for its peaceful words – I could connect with them as I too love the coziness winter brings; though I am a fan of dilli ki sardi. Salute your bravery to plant in mumbai and that also veggies; space is a permium and veggies take so much pateince. I too talk to my plants and feel its great therapy.
    Peace to the chilli plant- guess its simply chilling at the moment 😉

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  10. The husband is the one with the green thumb in my family. All I can do is water the plants but just last weekend, I planted a few seeds from flowering plants in two pots. Let's see how they do. Of course I love coffee and most times, I just sit with a mug and savour its intense bitter sweet taste and heady aroma.

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  11. Aww, I know all about your avian visitors, Vidya. The pigeons are a messy lot! My balcony is a favourite among the sparrows – I feed them daily, so they visit me there.
    My idea of a bigger mug? Well, it should hold at least half a litre of coffee, if not more!
    And, yes, we will definitely have coffee someday soon, Vidya! 🙂 ❤

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  12. Parul, the horticulturist at the nursery from where we bought the saplings, developed this plant that is a mixed breed – he combined a few spices to grow this plant, the leaves of which give out an aroma of those few spices. It has grown so well, but I haven't used the leaves in my cooking as yet. Will let you know once I use it and see for myself! 🙂

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  13. Thank you, Shalz! Yes, cultivating a garden in Mumbai is a feat no less, what with all the pollution and heat. But, touchwood, my plants are reciprocating all the love I shower on them! Here's hoping it continues in the future, too! And, yes,you are right, the chilli seed just wants to chill in there for some more time before it steps into our world! 😛
    Thank you for the visit! 🙂

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  14. Nice! I have never done gardening, somehow I feel its not my cup of tea because I lack the patience and diligent care it needs..however I do like the idea of gardening. So close to nature, feeling the soil on your hands, 'growing' things on your own.. that's a bliss of it own..

    When I have coffee and I have time to spare, I enjoy the weather and feel gratitude.

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  15. Yes, Sampada, being close to nature has a joy of its own. Watching your plants grow is something that gives immense happiness and satisfaction.
    It was good knowing about your coffee- break reflection! 🙂
    Thank you for visiting, dear!

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  16. Lovely Shilpa, your little jungle seems so interesting. I am an agriculturist and love growing plants. I believe gardening refreshes you and gives a meaning to your very being. These avian visitors must make your mornings real fun, my mornings are filled with birds and squirrels getting ready for their day. Some birds like to watch their reflections in my window glass and pose daily for my photos. I enjoy nature and am glad to be in a place where Nature is at its best

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