Table and chairs in the veranda overlooking a pond with three other ponds with water just beyond
Rocking in the chair whilst watching the amazing bird life and other interesting sights, like the otter who dropped in looking for fish in the pond and the pair of serpent eagles looking for prey
Without putting any fish the pond once empty of water is now full and somehow fish have also appeared from no where to populate and eat the food available. SO the king fishers 4 varieties can be seen during the course of the day.
The Water level of the Ratmale tank is above spill level with three sand bag height of water above spill already. I understand that this time there is sufficient water for the whole field for the next cultivation also.
The reflection of the water on the bank was a rare sight in the stillness of the day.
Over 24th August to 26th
August, I hosted a bunch of guys from the National Youth Front who came to
campaign on behalf of the candidates in the forthcoming elections. They had
somewhere to rest their weary heads after a hard days campaigning. They came from
all over the country and at different times, and I had to arrange a three
wheeler to pick them up or for them to come by 3wheeler from Minneriya when
they arrived at the dead of night as only Minneriya town has these for hire
late at night or early morning.
There was house to house campaigning in
Maha Ratmale, Ratmale and Rotawewa and we also attended the late night rally of
the candidates after 11pm which also included Sajith Premadasa who after his
speech consented to sing with the music on tap before leaving for the final
meeting in Moragahahena.
The lake is completely dry with not
enough water to finish the paddy cultivation that left half the fields with
less harvest. The ponds have also dried up and the fish have died or were
There is enough water in the well for
drinking and watering my orange trees and banana and mango trees after being
pumped up using the water pump via the petrol generator.
The weekend just passed was a long
weekend as Friday was Poya. My two cousins Sharmini and Enoka with their
families stayed over at the lodge and used it as a base to explore,
Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dimbulagala, Somawathiya etc.
What they found exciting was that there
was bird life to view from the verandah, not having to go anywhere. That is a
unique feature of the place. Sirisena the resident caretaker cooked for them,
but he is not used to that kind of stuff, however managed to swing it with a
I was sad to hear that the people around
have set fire to the land around to clear it of vegetation for crops in the
next season when the rains come in. I hope it does not take the ambience and
isolation of the place away!
There is still a way to go, the place is
still rather basic. I hope when finances permit to improve on it. The NYF guys have
recommended that I turn it into an Outward Bound Leadership Training Center for
them. The thought had crossed my mind.