Wednesday…back in the saddle!

This is an unashamedly Samunnat flavoured post.

photo 3There was no rest for the wicked after arriving in Kathmandu. After a surprisingly short wait in the visa queue and throwing my bags into my room, Kopila and I met for some serious shopping.  We had three goals:

1. purchase a lot of silver findings from Abdul and Shokira at Fozia to cope with our steadily growing orders for completed jewellery;

photo 12. search every inch of the Bead Bajar in Indra Chowk for the elusive turquoise coloured pote bead (you can see from the photo that turquoise is not the top colour!  Gimme GREEN and RED baby!); and

3. look at big ovens (Kopila had no idea such a thing existed. Totally blown away!)

Neither of us are huge fans of KTM so the plan was to shop fast and go. And we did. Fortified by lovingly made dal bhat courtesy of our dear bhai Bishnu and Bil, we spent more money in two and half days than in a long time.  But we got the silver, found the beads (despite nearly every bloke in the market telling us Paundaina- not available – with a remorseful shake of his head) cleaned the cupboard sized shop of the aforementioned turquoise beads and…no….we didn’t look at ovens.  Well, we didn’t just look atphoto 4 ovens. WE BOUGHT ONE!!!!

Personally, I will really, really miss the ear splitting, conversation stopping, relentless, head ache inducing noise of the generator we have to use with our current electric toaster ovens.  But I think I will get over it.  Our gas oven will be quieter, cleaner, cheaper to run, more efficient and the biggest single purchase (apart from the building) that we have ever made.

So now I sit here in my other home, a rising red sun hovering above misty fields of grain, my beloved Sigur Ros triumphantly soaring* in my ears thanks to my new hearing aid suitable headphones (an indulgence in Singapore).  Life is complex. Not all good, not all bad. But it is life and I am so grateful for every minute.

PS Also managed to squeeze in shopping for chappals so our feet don’t get cold inside.  For more about Samunnat activities, keep reading that blog too!

PPS The weather was so much warmer than the clothing worn in the last photo would suggest. Very pleasant. Ana bahini, I was not wearing my cardie or beanie. Go figure.

*Possibly painfully loudly but gee….sounds good to me!

8 thoughts on “Wednesday…back in the saddle!

  1. Deb Sims

    Hi Wendy! You’ve been a busy woman! I new gas fueled oven sounds great! What is a turquoise pote bead? Is it something I might find for you here in the states? Be well.
    Deb Sims

    1. Wendy Moore

      Namaste lovely Deb! Good to hear from you! The turquoise COLOURED pote is a seed bead. Seed beads, from Japan, Czechoslovakia and China, are used a lot in Nepal. Mainly in reds and greens as signs of marriage and less often yellow. VERY less often in blues, purples and turquoises! They are sold in bundles of six strands and the prices here are unbelievably low by US standards. Not real turquoise which is another kettle of fish altogether! Abdul and Shokira are the ones for real turquoise! So…when you come Deb, I can tell you all about where to shop! Hugs and thanks for connecting.

  2. Marlene Brady

    See and ye shall find. Sounds like you were determined to get the job done. So happy for you that you got everything accomplished. And the oven……how wonderful. What a difference it will make. Well done!!! I agree, life is difficult at best, but I too am so grateful for every minute. Be well. – Marlene

    1. wendy Post author

      We can be very determined Marlene! We joked about that feeling of lightness after all the money was spent. Then panic! But the oven was calibrated yesterday and we will cook today. Congrats on your well deserved PCD mention!!!

  3. Pamela Parr

    Namaste Wendy and Kopilla and all the lovely Samunnat ladies, how exciting a new gas oven I am sure it will produce lots of wonderful things,hope that next year I can see for myself,when ( all being well ) I return to visit my lovely Nepali family and friends have fun stay safe

    1. wendy Post author

      Hellooooo Pam! I so hope you will get to see the oven in situ! We have our fingers well and truly crossed and will post a picture of our first new oven cooked products. Hugs from us all here, W


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