2022 Raj Farm Update# 1: Rose to the occasion! 👍

Pink, Yellow and Red roses leading the way! 👏
They certainly rose to the occasion. 😊
This year trying a slightly differing approach to potting plants. Lot of plastic pots from buying flowering pots past few years with soil inside too. Trying to minimize buying new pots and reuse existing ones. Towards that end I have cut out the bottom of some of the plastic pots and placed them in spaces with an inch or two of the soil dug in. The idea is to use the soil inside the pot and yet promote the growth of the roots in the soil underneath the open bottom of the pot. The pot should also provide a support structure in windy conditions. Let’s see how it works out. In the composite picture roses appear to be leaning toward roses of other colors and engaging in a lively conversation. 😄
Enjoy the feast for the eyes of flowers in bloom 👍

Guilty Pleasures Series: #2 – Nature and wildlife documentaries

I am always filled with amazement whenever I watch nature and wildlife documentaries on TV. The majesty of huge trees in woods, the feline grace of a wild cat, the natural beauty of flowers and birds, the grandeur of high mountains and big rivers, the vastness of the oceans and the variety of marine life are all awe inspiring and humbling at the same time. They are worth traveling many a mile to catch a glimpse of. The next best thing of course is watching them in the comforts of the living room (Sorry, no TVs in my bedrooms 😃). As impressive as the sights are equally impressive is the passion, dedication, patience and effort put in by the crews working on the documentaries. It’s always a pleasure to appreciate the beauty of nature.

What do I feel guilty about? Me being me about a few things.

1) There is always a sense of sadness on seeing that flora and fauna alike are getting endangered alike due to increasing demands of human race. Forests appear to be making way for fields to grow food grains or for construction. Bodies of water are shrinking to accommodate human water needs.

2) While it’s thrilling to watch a wild cat hunting for its prey and that’s its natural instinct it’s sad to see any life getting lost. I still distinctly remember a wildlife documentary about Africa in which a pack of lions attack an elephant at night when elephants do not have good sight. During the day and when elephants are in a group the lions do not stand a chance. So, the lions gang up, isolate an elephant at night and attack from all sides.

3) With so many plants and animals thinning in numbers I wonder if we will be the last generation lucky enough to see tigers, elephants and other endangered plants and animals in person. Will posterity be content on watching how it used to be on video?

Wouldn’t it be great if humans and animals can communicate with each other in a language both can understand and speak? Humans could learn a few things from animals like being able to sense changes in weather and also learning to survive in extreme conditions without needing much. Animals could learn from humans to be more organized and harnessing natural resources for their needs. I wonder about what goes through the mind of animals that are in danger and running for their dear life. What is the thought process of all the small fish that get gobbled by bigger fish. There are insects with a life span of just a few hours. If God has created everything there has to be purpose for every living thing. Without a purpose it doesn’t make sense. I keep asking myself a basic question. What is the purpose of everything that has life? 🙏

2021 Raj Farm Update# 10: Light and Water Magic!

What exactly is Raj Farm?
Simply put Raj Farm is a concept brought to life spring through fall by nature!
I refer to this phenomenon as ‘Light and Water Magic’ that unfolds when nature provides ample sunlight and rain to nurture and nourish the backyard plants allowing them to bloom and flourish, producing a bountiful harvest! 👍🙏

Raj Farm: Here comes the rain again!

Here comes the rain again
Falling on Raj Farm like a welcome shower
Falling on Raj Farm like a new emotion
I want to walk on the drenched land
I want to rejoice like farmers do
I want to know what is happening where you live
Is it raining with you
So folks talk to me
Like friends do
Walk through with me
Like farmers do
Talk to me
Like friends do! 🙏

Here comes the rain again
I want to breathe in the open wind
I want to harvest like farmers do
I want to walk in my farm
Is it raining with you
So buddy talk to me
Like friends do
Here comes the rain again
Falling on my farm like a memory
Falling on my farm like a new emotion
Here it comes again, here it comes again! 😊👍

Sorry Eurythmics for appropriating your lyrics 🙏
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzFnYcIqj6I