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Pakistan – Land of the Green-Fingered

April 11, 2013

Well, it’s now April and Spring has most definitely sprung in Pakistan.  The bougainvillea is blooming and the roses are all out in force.  Islamabad is a veritable showcase of horticultural magnificence.  This blog entry would, undeniably, be vastly improved by a plethora of flower photies, but I had to admit that I’ve been a bit reluctant to whip the camera out.  This is mostly due to the fact that the most stunning displays (to my very untrained eye) are along Constitutional Avenue, along which are located The Supreme Court, The Presidential Enclave and the majority of government buildings.  There is a law here specifically against taking photos of said government buildings and I’m not sure that the excuse of “but the flowers are so very pretty” would get me far.  So, just imagine lots of pretty flowers pretty much everywhere and you’ve got it.

Actually, let’s face it – it’s now election season.  There’ll be some huge protests soon, probably along said Avenue so, when you see it on the news, make sure you clock the lovely flowers lining the road (just behind the shipping containers and the tear gas).

It’s all gone a bit Pakistani over here (appropriately enough).  We had a dinner party on Tuesday night and the Pakistani way of doing things is not to start cooking until the last guest arrives as people have a habit of inviting their friends/family/person they met at the petrol station on the way over to come along with them.  As we’d only invited the British we thought we were safe enough, until someone turned up with another chap because ‘he looked a bit lonely’.  It’s a good reason to invite a random diner, so we quickly whipped up another setting for the table and I thanked my lucky stars that I’d decided to do 2 puds.  

 

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