I love singing insects

Sunday, 9 August 2009 20:41 by salim

Crickets and Cicadas are always a fond memory to me. In the rainy nights at home in Kerala (which is most of the year) they sing incessantly. Any memory I have of my childhood nights are accompanied with their singing.

So, finding the same song here was quite refreshing. Here too, their song is starting to burn in my mind with so many memories. Some good, some bad.

Today they are so loud and prompted me to do some reading about them. I found two very interesting sites about cicada. One is http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/.

Here is an amazing video of the 17 year cicada emergence. It is wonderful.

Well, I am once again humbled by these small creatures, and glad that I have their voice to guide me through all those memories.

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I missed playing with manure…

Sunday, 9 August 2009 10:57 by salim

Yes, yes, I know. A lot of people consider manure as yucky and playing with it is gross. But growing up in Kerala, cow manure was a constant presence in many shapes and forms around me.

We had cows, so obviously that account for a lot of dung. My father used to do most of the things, but quite often we, the kids get to clean the pasture or take the cowdung and put it in its tank. A tank filled with juicy grubs… I should tell it to survivor man. There was an episode where he practically lived off of grubs from some trees.

So, when my vegetable garden started growing quite fast, thanks to all the rain, I was in a way excited to put my hands on some manure.

So, yesterday, we bought two bags of manure. I made these small dams (we call it Thatam. I really don’t know the actual English word for it.) around the plants. Earlier, without the dams we were missing quite a lot of water. Shobha made it for some of the plants, but they were too shallow to accommodate the manure. It was bit of a back breaker as I could use only a small hand shovel, so as not to damage the plants.

I was a bit disappointed to see that the manure I bought was not just cow dung, but contains many other things like chicken poop (not something I am unfamiliar with), peat moss etc. So, my calculation could be wrong. I may have to go back and get more of these or see if any of the nearby farms sell their dried manure.

Yesterday night’s rain had perfect timing. I hope it did not cause too much of the manure to leach away. Can’t wait to see the first long beans.

I am not the worst (or best) procrastinator

Thursday, 6 August 2009 19:06 by salim

I always thought that I have the monopoly on procrastination in our household. However, today I realized that it is not me, but Shobha!. It took her whole of two years to write the first article in her blog. That too after getting a new name, a new server, and a new blog engine!

I am very glad she started it. May be we will compete as to who writes the most blogs!!!

You can see her blogs here..

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