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 March 2010

The spirit-wine of a singing line

Life, come to me in no pale guise and ashen,

I care not for thee in such placid fashion!
I would share widely, Life,

In all thy joy and strife,

Would sound thy deeps and reach they highest passion,

With thy delight and with thy suffering strife.

Whether I bide with thee in cot or palace,
I would drink deeply, Life, of thy great chalice,

Even to its bitter lees

Yea, shrinking not from these,

Since from bitterness come strength and solace

And wisdom is not won in slumberous ease.

Wan peace, uncoloured days, were a poor favour;

To lack great pain and love were to lack savour.
Life, take the heart of me,

And fill it brimmingly,

No matter with what poignant brew or flavour,

So that it may not shrunk and empty be.

Yea, Life, thus would I live, nor play at living,
The best of me for thy best gladly giving.

With an unfaltering cheer,

Greeting thee year by year.

Even in thy dourest mood some good achieving,

Until I read thy deep-hid meaning clear.

~ L M Montgomery ~


Sanchia said...

Flowers and balloons... such a pretty post, GT!

Gallimaufry said...

Thankee, S.

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