For CHATI`s three trustees 2012 is proving to be a challenge on land, sea and air.

Martin raised valuable funds in a sponsored swim across the Solent, and John did likewise by excelling in the GREAT SOUTH RUN in Portsmouth. I am going to use maybe more than my  carbon allowance in a flight to India  to stay on the farm for three months. (See newsletter 11)  Off now to train my wings.......

Xavier saw advertised a Conference on Ethnoveterinary Practices  in the city of Thanjavur (formerly Tanjore) which is near to his native village.  As we have a cow, a calf and some poultry to care for we thought it would be useful to attend. We have just finished the second day`s programme.

Some exciting research into  the traditional healing and health care of animals is taking place in different parts of India. Thanjavur was the ideal place to hold such a meeting of scholars and traditional healers, as it is the seat of Tamil culture and houses a famous library of ancient texts, many based on the detailed instructions for living found in Hindu literature and oral history. This includes the herbs and minerals which are still being used now in some places.

We HAVE found out the answers to a few of our queries, and made more links with individuals and groups who are doing the same kind of work as CHATI. It is very encouraging.

Xavier and Justin have gone to the New Year service in a church 15 minutes away by two-wheeler (motor-bike). I am tentatively using the SHATI computer which has now, after 3 years of trying, been connected to the internet. 

I am also shooing the very free-range poultry away from the paddy crop which I can see nearby. From here can also be seen the newly prepared and planted beds of onions. The sets are already showing green tips above the soil.

The vegetable beds are marked out with lines of permanant tree plantings, including mango, custard apple, guava, drumstick, pomegranate and several species used in herbal and Siddha medicine. The papaya (papaw) trees have not been a success.Perhaps when there is more established shade and the soil fertility is enhanced we can try again.

 Happy New Year

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