Monkton Mondays!

I keep meaning to write and when I finally sit down to do so…I see it’s been 3 weeks since I last did! I could apologise but I’ve been busy having good times πŸ˜› I mean…one has to occaisonally go about and do happy blog-worthy stuff no? πŸ˜‰ Lets see…last I posted was just before we left for Goa for Junior’s spring break. What followed were four glorious days of fun and frolic with friends and family πŸ™‚ Break was longer but I had carefully choreographed the visit so it sou;don’t exceed my tolerance threshold! Make of that what you will πŸ˜› but if you’re anything like me and/or know me well, you’ll understand why I can only manage short bursts of joy in Mom’s home! Believe me it’s better that way for the both of us πŸ˜‰

Back home in Bangalore and we still had a weekend before school re-opened, so we visited the Banerghatta Biological Park and took a safari. There’s also a zoo which we avoided on advise from most friends who said it was totally avoidable. The safari was great fun though, and although the animals are in a controlled environment, it’s nonetheless exciting to spot a lion, a bear and a tiger…lolling around and sleeping off the dry summer heat πŸ™‚ Junior was beside himself with joy and I’m always happy to get that perfect shot. In June, we are off to Kabini – to visit the Nagarhole National Park. I’m super excited at the thought and am crossing every part of my body and mind in the hopes of seeing a tiger in the wild!! I’ve heard one once in the Kaziranga National Park and the sound still gives meΒ gooseflesh in the best possible way.

This last weekend Junior turned 6 πŸ™‚ He still isn’t bothered about parties and so we did a cake-cutting in school, the day before and spent his Birthday morning visiting Martins Farm and playing with the farm animals there; while in the evening we saw Aladdin – a musical play where we met several of his classmates and they all had a ball running around in the manner of headless chickens πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› I think they all enjoyed the goofing around more than the play!Β You know how little boys can get! And whileΒ I was looking for books as return gifts, I discovered Tullika. I’d heard of Tullika of course – an Indian Publishing house that does fabulous children’s books but didn’t know that they also offer special Birthday packages! Ordering the books was a piece of cake thanks to the prompt and extremely helpful Aneesha πŸ™‚ I picked my books and sent them a list and sat back and relaxed. They sent me the books wrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper that matched the book covers complete with printed Thank You cards!! They even sent Junior a free book as a Birthday gift. Truly awesome service Tullika!!! Thank-You once again, especially to Aneesha who co-ordinated with me πŸ˜€ Cannot recommend them enough!

Add to all of the above,Β planning a trip to Ooty on the 17th of this month, my ongoing Photography challenge and reading East of Eden…and you know I’ve been a busy bee! WellΒ that brings us unto today…the first day in a long time that my mind feels peaceful enough for aΒ return to a routine. Hubby’s Birthday is coming up on Friday, but since no gifts are to be given nor expected – it’s all cool πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› And so to Mr. Monkton…It seems only fitting that I should dedicate this week’s post to Junior – who brings me more joy than I imagined possible and more hope that I believed existed. He makes all sadness bearable and all happiness happier πŸ™‚ And there are times when I look at him and wonder what it is in me that deserved him…whatever it is…I treasure it and I treasure him ❀ :* Now enough with the sappiness and lets get to it!

a-birthday-blessing-edward-monkton-6006096-0-1342798896000Happy Monday People πŸ˜€

Never miss a chance to dance in the rain!Β 

6 thoughts on “Monkton Mondays!

  1. Haye…how organized and convenient!! Tullika sounds great and they should pay you a commission for great publicity! πŸ˜‰ Caivalya has grown tall hasn’t he?! Sounds like he had a smashing 6th birthday!
    Great post, now I feel properly informed as to the goings-on in your life πŸ™‚ Ooty sounds promising…

    1. Truly M!! They were saviours πŸ˜› I’m always thinking of stuff at the last minute with not enough time to see it through and they just managed everything beautifully πŸ™‚ I was chilling out in Goa when the books were delivered in Bangalore!

      He has! He enjoyed! I’m so thankful that he’s not into parties and gifts! He was thrilled to visit the animals…I’m so glad we started watching Natgeo when he was just a baby πŸ™‚

      I’m looking forward to Ooty…hill station and we’ve booked a resort away from the crowded, commercial city! But it’s Kabini that sets sets my pulse racing!!

      1. That makes me feel ancient too! And cool…that too πŸ˜› I really wish we could go on a Holiday together M…once Junior is older…we should swing it πŸ˜€

  2. Awwww – your sappiness taps into my own and I love it πŸ™‚
    I love your zoo cat photos, but I think I love the wrapping paper on those books even more. And that shot of Junior with the lollipop is terrific. He looks like he’s going through a growth spurt πŸ™‚
    I totally get what you mean about tolerating the lovely visits to family. We do the same! About 5 days is just the right amount. I still yearn for more time, but if we spend it, we wish we hadn’t πŸ˜‰
    Finally digging in in a serious manner to Neal Stephenson’s “Anathem.” Plan on picking up East of Eden shortly thereafter. Could be a while; Anathem’s a loooooong book and the weather is finally conspiring to dragging me out without all the layers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks Heather! Isn’t it just gorgeous?!! The wrapping paper I mean…it was ❀ at first sight πŸ˜‰ And you've said it so well…I yearn too but have learnt to overcome for the sanity of all concerned πŸ˜‰ I think that's the best time to leave no? When both sides want more πŸ˜‰

    I just finished East of Eden a few days ago and loved it. Then I happened to read reviews (never bother with them before I pick a book :P) and found one which was so harsh and rather disrespectful (imo), that for a while I wondered whether we'd read the same book! I'm so glad I didn't read it before reading the book because it was written so convincingly, I almost forgot why I enjoyed the book! I'd forgotten how many people tend to take the written word literally πŸ˜› This is my first Steinbeck and I would want to read more…just not at the moment! He writes of the Depression era and I'm not in the mood for more of that at the moment! So have started my first Inspector Lynley mystery by Elizabeth George πŸ™‚ Another crime series to sink my teeth into!

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