Birds, Leopards and Others

The July – August hiatus, monsoon, apple harvest, has been followed by a flurry of interesting and very welcome activity, starting with my wife’s half-centenary. John Francis Cross, poet performer extraordinaire, did various things including meeting the Gujjars, teaching in the local school, and writing/performing a poem at Himalayan Orchard. Puneetinder and Suparna read some … Continue reading Birds, Leopards and Others


I was first introduced to the concept of the masonry heater by the Swedish Ambassador to Japan in the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. A very positive and cheerful chap, evidently with a romantic streak, somewhat reminiscent of Dick Emery, he’d had an original Swedish tiled woodburning heater flown in, presumably in several pieces, and installed … Continue reading HO-MO