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....

17 September 2008

Cosmos and Daisy

Cosmos, along with the daisies, rank as my most favourite. flowers. They look quite alike: both have open lacy petals, mostly arranged in opposing pairs. Neither has any fragrance, but are nevertheless attractive in their simplicity. Both grow well in the open where there's lots of sunlight, "coming ere the springtime, to tell of sunny hours". They both belong to the same family: asterceae.

Cosmos, as seen in the Yarrows garden:

Thanks, Yarra, for the reminder!

Seen below, daisies, as the Bard says, "smell-less, yet most quaint", from S's garden & growing wild in Shimla's outskirts:

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