A summers day beside the lake

The hot season has arrived here at Lakeside.  Today it is 37 degrees in the shade!  We still get some guests at this time of year, but not as many as usual so May is the month for my husband, Pete, to carry out essential maintenance work whilst I focus on the marketing side of the business.

In the hot season I rise with the sun, take the dog for a walk by the lake, then feed him and the horse before getting my breakfast of fresh fruit juice, eggs, toast and coffee, all taken on the veranda while enjoying the view of the lake.  Then it’s time to exercise Raja (the horse) before a few hours working in the office.

Everyone gets tired in this heat so lunch is followed by a siesta – and that’s not just the humans!

Afternoon siesta!

I spend my afternoons either in the office or researching tours, or maybe shopping before a welcome swim in our pool.  If I have time I try to practice my Tamil which is not an easy language to learn!

Guests enjoying a dip in our pool!

The day winds down with drinks on the roof as the sun sets, and a great Indian meal cooked by our staff.  Then early to bed to be ready for sunrise tomorrow.

I must admit, I love my life!


Spring Haiku

I’m very bust with auditing end of year accounts and writing reports so not much time for posts at the moment!  However, this young monkey in Thekkady (seen during one of our tours) inspsired me to write my first Haiku.  I hope you like it.









Tender leaf unfurls.

Senses discovered.  Explore

new leaf, new life. Spring.

Bonnet macaques – Indias little gremlins!

I recently accompanied some guests on one of our tours, and during that time we visited Thekkady which is on the border of the Periyar Wildlife Park; but you don’t have to go into the park to see wildlife!

On my hotel balcony!

Right outside our hotel was a troop of bonnet macaque which get their name from the tuft of hair on the top of their head which looks a bit like a hat. These monkies can only be found in India. They sometimes eat small invertebrates like worms and insects, they even chase flying grasshoppers; they are also keen on fruits and nuts, seed, cereals and flowers. They have little fear of humans where the two species live closely side by side and the macaque has a reputation of being a nuisance – stealing food, getting into houses and causing damage etc. Of course it doesn’t help that tourists often encourage them by feeding them!

Troop of Bonnet Macaqure monkies, Kerala

From what we could see this appears to be the season for the bonnet macaques to give birth as there were a number of very young babies, (just a few days old). Females give birth to just one young at a time, and the baby has the distinct look of a gremlin about it!.

From the supposed age of the younger female and her behaviour I would guess that she is the one year old daughter of the mother in the following photos. She was very proud and possessive of her new little brother and spent a lot of time watching how her mother handled him before trying it herself. The best way to learn how to be a good mum before she grows up!

One could almost imagine these two mothers at a ‘mothers and babies club’ back in the UK!