Here's two photos of the plot, taken just this morning. They give you an idea of the layout. The building we're in, I'm told, was one kind of courthouse or another under the previous regime. There are ample spaces for landscaping; set-asides like this one - where everything has died except the date-palms. Its coming back, in fits and starts, largely through the efforts of foreigners like myself and Alex. Over by another building where the Brits work - its amazingly green and manicured - with creeping vines and flowers all around. Takes you back to "Old Blightey", which I think is the point.
There's our big date palm, which litters the ground with dates as fast as any oak does with acorns back home.
PROOF OF LIFE. Germination. There's hope yet. These are the marigolds (the hardiest of lots) coming up first.
Here's hoping they make it . . .
Black-Eyed Susans. My mother's favorite. Probably because she's called "Susannah". (Call her "Susan" and she'll throw you out the house.)
The British in India, on the practice of satee: "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom. When men burn a woman alive,
we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. So build your funeral pyre, and beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows.
You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." - Brigadier General Sir Charles Napier
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. . . A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his own personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." ) John Stuart Mill
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, then depart from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Brewer and Patriot, Samuel Adams
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have." - President Ronald Reagan
"There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies." - Sir Winston Churchill