Why this blog is called "Gallimaufry".

gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun.

Originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," "gallimaufry" comes from French galimafrée; in Old French, from the word galer, "to rejoice, to make merry"; in old English: gala + mafrer: "to eat much," and from Medieval Dutch maffelen: "to open one's mouth wide."

It's also a dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a heterogeneous mixture; a hodge-podge; a ragout; a confused jumble; a ridiculous medley; a promiscuous (!) assemblage of persons.

Those of you who know me, will, I’m sure, understand how well some of these phrases (barring the "promiscuous" bit!) fit me.

More importantly, this blog is an ode to my love for Shimla. I hope to show you this little town through my eyes. If you don't see too many people in it, forgive me, because I'm a little chary of turning this into a human zoo.

Stop by for a spell, look at my pictures, ask me questions about Shimla, if you wish. I shall try and answer them as best as I can. Let's be friends for a while....

28 April 2008

I don't care for what anyone thinks!

I love wisteria! Love its lavender scent. Being intoxicated by it on my way to work. The shades of light purple, violet and pale lavender. The frail tendrils that drape like so many candelabra on the gazebo.
What do I not like about wisteria - the clinging vine act, for sure!
For the scientific-minded among my gentle readers, here are the details:
Wisteria or wistaria, any plant of the genus Wisteria, woody twining vines of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), cultivated and highly esteemed for the beautiful pendent clusters of pealike flowers, lilac, white, or pink.
Wisteria is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.


Scribbler said...

*chuckle* at the comment on the clinging vine act!

By the way, I have reinstated my blog and have taken the liberty of linking to you. And if you don't know who this is, guess.

Gallimaufry said...

I think I can, Scribbler :D Being such a fan of your scribbling and all...

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