"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Something To Celebrate


Shaji, with Dalila his wife, and Anu the houseboy, take good care of my home,
And of me.

Yesterday, Shaji’s birthday provided an opportunity for us all to celebrate,
And for me to express my gratitude. 

Shaji and Dalila have kept me in comfort, and my home in good order, since I bought the house, two and a half years ago.

They respond to my idiosyncrasies, bizarre European ways, and occasional health glitch, with patient kindness.

Happy Birthday Shaji!

And a heart-felt
Thank You.


Final picture shows Shaji, with his wife Dalila, and youngest son Stefan, in their home.

6 responses

  1. Birthday blessings to your friend.

    Chocolate ???

    July 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    • The cake was pink – and strawberry flavoured!
      Anu & I asked Dalila which sort we should order. But yesterday, on closer questioning, it turned out that strawberry was her favourite, not his!

      July 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

  2. Many Happy Returns Shaji.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    • I think Shaji had a good day – he’s still smiling!

      July 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  3. toniannealyn

    I’m so sorry that I missed Shaji’s birthday. He obviously had a good day.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    • It was considered a successful celebration!

      July 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

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