Friday 29 March 2013

Blogland gift and trip photos - part 2

Yes , you guessed it right ! A gift from none other than Debi from Dly's Hooks and Yarns . Lots of colorful lovely buttons and a sweet satin ribbon !! I received it as soon as I was back from my vacation :)
I always envied that jar full of buttons on Debi ’s blog and her link party icon . Now I have a share of the lot . :) Anshita happily arranged the buttons for the picture on her desk once she was done with her homework :)

Thank you Debi ! It’s so kind of you for sending a gift to me .  Keep up the gifting spirit and I will keep posting comments ;)

Some more vacation details....

To reach Ooty , you can either take the Niligiri mountain railway or the taxi. Since we had gone last time via mountain railway , this time we tried by taxi . But I must say the view from train is much better and an enjoyable ride .

The Nilgiri Mountain railway was built in 1908 and is more than 100 years old UNESCO world heritage site . The train runs up the hill through the green terrains on a narrow gauge track which works on ‘ rack and pinion ’ technology to climb extremely steep heights . On its journey of 41.8 kms , it covers 108 curves , 16 tunnels and 250 bridges . There are three such mountain railways in India declared as world heritage site by UNESCO . The other 2 are for Shimla in North and Darjeeling in East . I had been on the Shimla train too .

The rack and pinion which prevents the train slipping down the track while climbing
(The above three images are from internet, not mine)

On the way , there were farms of tall Areca nut ( also known as beetle-nut , Supari in Hindi ) trees on either side of the road .

Just an hour before you reach Ooty , there is another beautiful place called Coonoor which is famous for its Tea plantations .

The tea plantations , even on the top of the mountain ( enlarge the picture )

As I said we planned more for relaxation purpose so we visited only few places . Amidst the mountains , there is a lake called ‘ Pykara ’ which is at a 45 min drive from the town . We took a boat ride for 20 minutes and enjoyed the breathtaking view and the pristine cool beauty . The mountains are called Nilgiri means ' Blue Mountain ' because it is believed that the blue haze is created by emissions from the Eucalyptus trees . Yes , I forgot to tell that this place is also known for Eucalyptus and other medicinal oils .  There is another lake in the heart of the town which is not worth going as it is now polluted with huge inflow of tourists .

C'mon wake up ! Just 3 more miles to walk
How to wear your shoes if you dont want to sit on the dusty ground :) Not applicable for mothers to publicly do so in India .

Dad's Copycat :)
Thanks for sustaining through pictures of my simple vacation. I will not bother anymore with my photos . Seeing my pics inspires me to go on a diet plan . I have been sitting too long since I started blogging and needlework . It ’s just that I look fat on some days and on other days…ummmm…. less fat ! : )) Anyways , I need to do something with that weight before the magical menopause sets into my life . But , I must say I gathered lot of courage to post those chubby pictures . Gym is not my thing , but there is no harm in planning things . I used to do a good planning and execution....these days I feel I only do planning , zero execution . Not my fault , those needles tie my hands with yarns :)

I want to share about a tribal embroidery from Ooty , not in next post....sometime later.

Have a nice weekend !
Preeti :)


  1. Beautiful place! I hv heard a lot about Ooty. Hope to visit the place some day. :)

  2. You're very welcome Preeti - I'm glad you like them. Looks like you had a lovely family vacation - nice pictures. :)

  3. Lovely tour and pictures !
    Have a nice weekend.

  4. Oh I loved seeing your vacation pictures Preeti. It looks like you had a fun time.


  5. I am pretty certain that stitching should count as exercise -- it really is too bad that going to the gym is not nearly as much fun. :)

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful trip pictures! It all looks so peaceful and lovely.

    Have fun with your new buttons and ribbon --- I know you will make something wonderful with them.

  6. Growing horizontally because of internet surfing, blogging and crochet!! Yeah, ask me about that! Well, I have actually reached my ideal weight, I am just waiting to grow into the ideal height for that weight......hehe. The induced menopause due to my operation, restriction on lifting heavy weights and my cervical spondylosis don't help much. So I too look forward to days when my mirror says I look "less fat" or hubby says "now you are okay". As if he can dare to say otherwise!! I have still not gathered courage to put up my pics on the blog :)
    Lovely photos. And very cute buttons from dear Debi. Kisses to Anshita. Have a great weekend. Love.

  7. Preeti,
    congrats on winning the give away. Nice photos.
    I have received the aida fabric from pony within 2 days.
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

  8. Preeti...i disappeard from the blogland for sometime. Lovely pictures of Nilgiris...Not yet being to that place, even though we stay in the valley...coimbatore.. I was browsing thru all your missed posts...your hexi pillow looks gorgeous..

  9. Hello Preeti,
    Congratulations on winning the give away, enjoy it!
    Very nice photos of your family vacation you show here in your post.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and writing me!

  10. What wonderful pics. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation :)

  11. Congratulations Preeti on winning the giveaway! Enjoy looking at your beautiful scenery pictures...thanks for sharing:)

  12. Your vacation looks wonderful, and so do you! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures and explaining all about the area - it is all so interesting!

  13. How sweet of Debi to send those buttons all the way to your corner of the world. Thanks for sharing your trip. My husband lived in India and Pakistan in the 70's. We enjoyed our trip there as a family a few years ago and will definitely be back to explore more later on. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

  14. Hi Preeti, thanks for your comment on my blog.
    Wow, nice pictures!
    It's freezing here... (still waiting for the spring:) The weather is beautiful on your pictures.. Enjoy!

    Best wishes,

  15. Such a calm n relaxing vacation you must have had. I had been to Connor with my college friends just after engineering and we had such a fabulous time! I do miss india after seeing your pics. Looks like the sun is making you all smile :)

    I am working very hard to lose my second baby fat. Hitting the gym every morning when my girl is off to school..n ever time i feel...ahhh...wasting 1.5 hrs instead of being with my hook.. But i really want to lose weight and having a gym in the apartment is really good to keep up the goal.. I know its difficult to get up from hooks n needles..but sometimes just edge yourself and you will be there!!

  16. Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing them:)

  17. Beautiful holiday photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time :-). Thanks for sharing, Preeti!!


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