Christmas is a’ coming and the nuns are out in force. Yep, you can tell it’s the festive season here in Cochin because the ladies in grey habits are running amok in the Christmas decoration shops. Clearly believing they have the blessing of The Lord Jesus Christ these little old ladies barge their way through the masses, desperate to purchase the most gaudy of decorations. There’s definitely some perverse pecking order going on in this predominantly Catholic part of India. Using their elbows as weapons these sinister old birds have complete disregard for the poor local children unfortunate enough to walk into their paths. One Lady Superior (superior lady?) pushed past me, knocked down a display spreading the contents of said display across the shop floor, and walked off as if nothing had happened. Presumably she was expecting some minion to clean up after her. I did the Christian thing, however, and made her aware of her ‘accident’. She was not impressed but made some half-hearted effort at clearing up the seasonal mess before kicking the rest of the display under a small child. Up until that point I’d only ever seen a nun on her knees in prayer.
Talking of gaudy decorations, it seems we have a competition with our friends from the north aboard ‘Divanty’, the boat next door. After they raced to put up an inflatable Santa Clause on their foredeck with twinkling lights running the entire length of their large boat, we took the bait. They may be Yorkshire neuvo-riche but they’re no match for the chavs aboard Esper: yesterday evening we raised our 15m high multi-coloured tube lighting erection, much to the consternation of the local electricity board. Such is the brightness of our triumph we’re expecting three wise men to turn up in a few days. I tried to take a picture but the glare was just too blinding for the naked eye.
Instead we attach a little festive pic of our Millie, seated upon her tinsly throne, and we wish all our family and friends a very merry, and in some cases snowy, Christmas 2010.
Lots of love,
Liz, Millie and Jamie
EDIT: As requested, those festive lights in pictures…