Picture This../Plantation Paradise
Hello again – good to hear from you Olfa. Thanks to all of you who welcomed me to this blog and commented on either the post or the challenges. I will address those later.
As Olfa has done, let me tell you about the weekend and that should satisfy those of you who want to hear about and see more of Sri Lanka. As the post title suggests, there will be photos too – promise. Here’s one of Isabel at home, especially for Ana Paula.
My in-laws are over from India for a few weeks so we thought we’d take them out of Colombo for a couple of days. We went to an exquisite place near Kithulgula, on the banks of the river Ingoya. It took us about 2 hours to drive there, about 90 km inland from Colombo. The place curiously is known by two names so depending on who we asked for directions, we would draw a blank and then try a second name and come up trumps. Its two names are Royal River Resort and Plantation Resort. If I had to name it, I would choose Plantation Paradise, as it is the most befitting for this four room haven. It's called Plantation resort as it is surrounded by a tea estate. Feast your eyes on these snaps – that’s our room you can see opening out onto the pool.
It is the kind of place you really don’t need to and oughtn’t to step out of. I say this because it has a serenity I yearn for after eight years in Delhi – mostly due to the proximity to and sound of the river. It was actually quite loud! Good soundproofing for the rooms which are often occupied by honeymooners.
I used it to chill out and read – something I rarely get time to do at the moment, though it is what I enjoy more than anything. I was able to spend time with our daughter, Isabel as well as palm her off on her grandparents when I wanted a bit of ‘me-time’. It is interesting what Simon was saying about use of language and what it tells you about a culture. I read with interest his observations on expressions we use with the word time. So, here’s another one for you. In the west, and I don’t know when it started but, we have begun to talk about time in terms of possession – this is my time; I need some me-time; It’s daddy’s time now. My favourite is quality time. Well, it’s breakfast time now, so see you later...
Isabel, Pankaj and I enjoying the water and the sunshine in November!
OK I’m back and it’s time to address last post’s challenges. Although some of you protested that they were difficult, most of you managed to tackle them reasonably well. Give yourself a pat on the back.
Challenge 1: Well done to Beatriz, Jens, Justo and Christine for recognising the literary device I was referring to as alliteration – even if some of you didn’t know the word you were able to identify the words which were using alliteration. These were – tantalize and taste (and together). They both begin with the same letter -‘t’. This repetition of the consonant sound creates a nice effect when reading aloud and is a common device used by writers, particularly in headings/headlines.
Challenge 2: chatty expressions/linkers – there were 2 varieties of expression – those which we can term as conversational fillers/chatty expressions like ‘a little matter of’ and ‘in the good old fashioned way people do’. These serve to bring the reader closer to the writer and make the reader feel as if he is being told a story/listening to an anecdote. The second variety of linkers were words like those identified by Ana Paula – ‘so, actually, anyway, well’. These are like the cement on a sentence and help make the sentence cohesive.
Took myself off to – left suddenly/with a sense of purpose
Feel the need to – think it is necessary to
Of some description – we use this expression when we want to be vague/don’t know/can’t remember the exact details
Recreational – here I used this word with water body to indicate a place where people might have fun/do exercise etc. Use for non-work purposes.
Establish a routine – decide on and stick to a set pattern
Daunting – discouraging due to fear of something
At our disposal – available to us
Tantalize - excite
Wax lyrical – talk about in an overly favourable light/poetically
On the precipice of - on the verge of/almost there and yes, this is metaphorical use of the word – well spotted, Toni.
Fill in the gaps – give the missing details
Alessandro - I think the word you're after is enthusiastic/passionate.
Christine - Sri Lanka is called the teardrop island due to its shape - have a look at a map and I think you'll agree, it does resemble a teardrop.
Finally, today’s challenge – that’s right -only one today. Simply this, check the meaning of and use the words in bold in this post about the hotel we stayed at and our weekend. Don’t try to use all of them – choose 5. In my next post, we’ll look at Olfa’s use of language.
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