Wednesday 4 May 2022

Not a Reflection or anything...

Port Denarau. Some great waterfront dining options here.

This is not an A-Z Reflection or anything it’s just to let folks know - we moved into a house in Denarau yesterday the 3rd. Port Denarau is walking distance though I haven’t had the time to check that out by walking there myself yet. Been there a couple times in the car from Lautoka. The yachts look beautiful against the mountains in the background. And the food's awesome. Many of the outer island cruises and day trips start from here. A regular tourist hub.


We consumed a homecooked, plain meal after three weeks and I felt sanity creep back in, whew! Never thought I’d say this in a million years but I’ve actually reached an age where I prefer self-cooked to starred hotel cuisine for days on end. Great for a change but not as a lifestyle, thank you!


My aunt back home, when informed of the plans, had said Tuesday’s Akshay Tritiya, which coincidence has made me feel absurdly pleased. Akshay Tritiya is an Indian festival, akshay means undiminishable, tritiya refers to the third day of the moon’s phase – a festival and an auspicious day in the Hindu tradition. To start off with any new venture on this day is believed to be an automatic invitation to abundance. May there be an abundance of peace and may everything that’s broken in my world and in the wider world be made strong and whole again. 

From the front facing room. It's a gorgeous day today.

It was good to sleep on my own sheets too. And here’s the view of the sunrise from the room. Later I went round the garden inventorying the current day’s blooms. Some of them I know the Indian names for but not the botanical/English ones. I so regret not paying attention in my botany classes now – have done so ever since Cairo which also had an abundance of flowering plants all round me in the grounds. If any of you know the names please educate me.

As large as a hibiscus, but leaves are not serrated. 

This is called Rongon in Bengal, prolific and
dense flowers. Comes in several colours.

Togor in Bengali and Pinwheel in English - this
too I know. Also called crepe jasmine, I think.

Orchid. Don't know what it's called. There are three -
one more the same, and another that's fully purple. 

Periwinkle. The ones back home are lighter in colour.
There's another deep red one too - its blooms were
on the ground today.

I haven't got any poetry done in the last few days, so I am going to see what I can do to return to it. And if I manage to churn something out then I'll be back with it next week as usual. Meanwhile, I hope your week is going well. 



  1. Thank you so much for sharing some of the beauty around you. I really, really hope (fervently) that Akshay Tritiya lives up to its promise.

  2. Hi Nila - good to hear you feel more at home ... home-cooked food, own sheets etc - yes I know how you feel. Excellent reference to Akshay Tritiya and that it brings all you and your aunt would wish. Looks to be a wonderful area .. cheers for now - Hilary

    1. Nice relaxed vibe to the whole place, or maybe it's my own sheets/food doing the trick! :)

  3. Hari OM
    I share your prayer for Akshay Tritiya, Nila...

    That first blook I believe to be an Allamanda. I know the orange one as Ixora, the orchid could be Dendrobium Biggibum (Cooktown Orchid) - there are so many varieties! Oh I do miss a tropical garden... Congrats on your settlement, may there be mainy home-cooked meals. YAM xx

  4. Glad you have a home now! I agree, home-cooked meals are best.

    1. I've come round to that view myself lately...

  5. Ah - your own bed, sheets, food, and stuff in YOUR place. It looks and sounds wonderful. Enjoy and settle in. No doubt some fragrant words will come, especially as your eyes keep taking in new beauty.

    1. Thanks, I will. Right now just taking it easy :)