Sunday, December 19, 2010

ULUHATI: Loui's Puppies

ULUHATI: Loui's Puppies: "Now, you may know that Loui is the Head of our Security Dept. Hailing from the faraway place called Belgium, Loui is known by his official b..."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Loui's Puppies

Now, you may know that Loui is the Head of our Security Dept. Hailing from the faraway place called Belgium, Loui is known by his official breed as the Malinois (short hair), otherwise simply known as the Belgian Shepherd Dog.





Loui's came to us slightly over two years ago, a young exuberant pup then, who got himself totally bewildered with the expanse of his playground and the variety of playmates around. He soon learned  that whilst some are willing friends, others with like the billy goat  and the male deer have long, sharp pointed sticks on their forehead which can bring about some serious grief. To his credit though, he stood his ground when threatened by a full grown male deer. A slight to behold, a 3 month old pup, hackles raised, canines bared, snarling down a full antlered deer. Others like the chickens are great fun. They are fun to chase until one of them accidentally ran into his open mouth. It was not his fault, he seemed to say, with his mouth full of feathers. He has since learned they are off limits. Now he is more concerned in making sure that our four cats too observe the prohibition. One withering look from Loui and they would give that "what chicken?" look. Horses tails are also great fun, especially if you can get a mouthful between your teeth. The only problem is their hind legs which can send you flying up the durian tree if you are not careful. So far he has not got his flying colors yet. By the way, Loui and his pack love durians, which can be duty distracting when the fruit is in season. Nights are often spent sniffing out fallen fruits and opening them instead of guard duty.

Yes, Loui is a fast learner, typical of his breed. Teaching him how to round up goats took only two lessons. Very methodological, he would round up the main herd and then go back to the bushes for the straggles. The only problem was, when we decided the goat should now feed in the compound, he rounded them up the moment they leave the goat house and herd them up the goat house again. A wailing protest from the now hungry goats alerted us that Loui needed retraining. Again easily done.

As Head of Security, Loui is cut out for the role, totally fearless and alert. A strict disciplinarian, his understated authority is enormous. No bite or threatening bark is required to keep his squad of eight guards in check. One cold stare is enough to get the offender whimpering and grovelling. One erstwhile guard actually whimpered for 15 minutes whilst Loui gave her that cold stare.The other members of the Guard Detail are Siti (also our resident GRO "guest relation officer"), Fifi, Suede, Paco, Midnite, Socks and Lucky (Loui's earlier daughter).





Evenso, Loui loses his marbles to children. The sight of children playing would see him somersaulting in the air like a foolish pup and he would stick by their side until playtime is over. Very reassuring.

Now, Loui's mate is Lucy, also a Belgian dame. Before the arrival of Loui, Lucy was the Alpha Female. Now that Loui is fully grown she gladly passed on the Alpha baton to Loui, and devoted her life to raising beautiful pups, though when duty calls you could see her charging with the rest of the pack. Some two months ago, Lucy gave birth to 5 beautiful puppies, 2 males (Duke and Baron) and 3 females (Duchess, Lady and Countess).







Since we already have 9 dogs in the security detail, it is our intention to sell of one of the male and all of the females. If there is anyone out there looking for a highly intelligent, devoted and fearless dog do call us for further details. Our only request is that you must really be a dog person who would take these puppies as your lifelong loyal companion apart from your spouse, of course. Do call either Din (012-2716262) or Eliza (012-2787722)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fashion shoot at ULUHATI for Surreyya

On 29 October 2010 Uluhati had the privilege to be chosen as the location of choice for the shooting of various fashion designs for the House of Surreyya. The shooting was to have started at 7 a.m. but a light rain delayed it till about 8 am. Nevertheless the morning rain was a blessing of sorts for it provided a cooler environment and tempered the outdoor lighting somewhat, so the professional photographers told us. We photography illiterates could not tell the difference. The shooting crew had a great time and worked up a good appetite by lunch time.









In afternoon they asked for King (our thoroughbred horse) to be readied as a prop. Slightly apprehensive we got King ready and led him to the paddock. Lo and behold King lived up to his name. He showed great manners, fine courtly behavior and the best of cooperation. The only thing he did not do was lie on his back and waved his four legs in the air. But then again, that's King. "don't ask me to do any heavy duty stuff, just let me admire the grass as I crop them leisurely blade by blade and I will do anything else you want. Just let me know when there is an earthquake".





Yes, all the animals on this farm have their individual personality. In fact, we very often think of them as persons, instead of animals and visitors sometimes have this quizzed sceptical look on their faces when they see us chatting with the animals. We had to assure them that we are still safe company.

Anyway King had his show, then they asked for Mr and Mrs farmer to show their stuff. I won't comment on that one. See for yourself.






 So now you know, who are these people behind this blog.

They wrapped up by sundown, completely exhausted but fully contented,  full of "oohs" and "aahs" at how great their shots had been. We'll take their word for it.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OTHERS AT ULUHATI



AND IF ALL THE ABOVE DO NOT PEAK YOUR INTEREST TRY OUR FISH PONDS AND HERBAL GARDEN. OUR FISH ARE REARED IN SPRING FED MOUNTAIN PONDS WHILST OUR HERBAL GARDEN IS BOUND TO START SOME INTERESTING DISCUSSIONS ON THE NATURAL APPROACH TOWARDS IMPROVING OUR HEALTH.

KIDS OUTDOOR

AS SOCIETY BECOMES MORE URBANIZED THE CHALLENGE IS TO PROVIDE OUR YOUNGER GENERATION WITH AN ALL ROUND EXPOSURE. TO EQUIP THEM WITH ALTERNATIVE LIVING SKILLS TO BETTER PREPARE THEM FOR THE GREAT UNKNOWN TO COME. TO DISCOVER FIRST HAND THAT THINGS WHICH THEY SEE ON THE TV SETS ACTUALLY DO EXIST REAL LIFE. TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE ORIGINAL FORM OF THE THINGS WHICH APPEAR IN NEAT AND ATTRACTIVE PACKAGES IN THE NEAT SUPERMARKETS. TO LEARN FIRST HAND THE ENTIRE JOURNEY OF THE FOOD CHAIN AND THE CHALLENGES OF THE VARIOUS ACTORS AND PLAYERS AND THE DYNAMICS AND TEAMWORK REQUIRED FOR THE SYSTEM TO WORK.  WITH THIS IT IS HOPED THEY WILL BETTER APPRECIATE THE PIECE OF CHICKEN OR THAT LEAF OF SALAD ON THE DINNER PLATE.IN SHORT THE CHALLENGE IS TO PROVIDE OUR CHILDREN WITH THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPOSURE WITH WHICH WE HOPE THEY CAN BECOME BETTER MEMBERS OF SOCIETY, BETTER THAN WE EVER DID.
THE IDEA HERE IS TO GIVE SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY THEY HAVE HAD BEFORE, UNLESS OF COURSE THEY HAVE BEEN RAISED ON A FARM. FOR THEM IT WILL BE A RARE EXPOSURE TO ENCOUNTER FIRST HAND THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WHICH TAKE PLACE ON A FARM IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF FUN, LEARNING AND TEAMWORK.

THIS PROGRAM OPENS TO KINDERGARTENS AND PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ONLY. IT CAN BE EITHER ON A DAY VISIT BASIS OR OVERNIGHT CAMP STAY. 

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GOATS, RANGE CHICKEN AND TURKEYS



HAVE YOUR CHILDREN SEEN RANGE CHICKEN OR TURKEYS IN REAL LIFE, OR FOR THAT MATTER LOCAL KAMPONG GOATS?  THEY ALL GRAZE FREELY ON THE FARM.

DEERS AND HORSES ON THE FARM

DO YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE DEERS ON THE FARM TOO? THEY ROAM FREELY EXCEPT WHEN WE HAVE BARBEQUES. THEY CANNOT RESIST BEGGING FOR THEIR SHARE, NOT OF THE MEAT, BUT THE SALAD OF COURSE. AND GUESS WHAT HORSES TOO.

FAMILY DAYS/BARBEQUES AND CAMPS


HOW WOULD YOU LIKE HAVE YOUR NEXT FAMILY DAY EITHER FOR THE FAMILY OR YOUR OFFICE COLLEAGUES ON A FARM AMIDST SHADY FRUIT TREES WHILST AT THE SAME TIME LEARNING A THING OR TWO ABOUT HOW A FARM IS BEING RUN? LEARN FOR YOURSELF HOW FREE RANGE "KAMPONG' CHICKENS, LOCAL GOATS, FREE RANGE TURKEYS AND FISH ARE BEING BRED.