As the Christmas decorations are packed in boxes to be put away until next year , the pine cones remind me of Chail.
As we were driving from Shimla to Chail in North India , I was excited to see pine cones on trees and strewn along the road.
I stopped and picked them up and brought them home as mementos.
The little log cabin we stayed in was surrounded by deodar trees and pines .
The chilly breeze and the quietude of the place gave it an eerie feeling and the spider outside the room gave me the creeps but in the end we managed to have a wonderful time.
I will soon write about Chail Palace and share a few pictures of the elegant interiors but today I feel extremely nostalgic and remember Anu ( my friend , guide and entertainer ) and so I leave you with just a few pictures of the beauty that welcomed us into Chail.
Dedicated to A. You really gave me some sunshine yesterday .