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One of the rescue dogs at GlenMyu Estate and Hotel, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

A dog called Clove and a Clove Tree Orchard.

A story of the rescue dogs we have at GlenMyu Resort and Hotel, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

One of the rescue dogs at GlenMyu Estate and Hotel, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

A dog called Clove and a Clove Tree Orchard.

Cloves remind me of both Christmas and skiing in Europe.

Oranges peppered with cloves sunk in gallons of red wine and brandy on the stove creating an intoxicating beverage on a chilly December day just gives me a glowing warming comfortable feeling.

This perfect combination is something to look forward to as the temperatures dive towards the end of the year.

It’s not a drink for Sri Lanka, apart from maybe Nuwara-Eliya, as it just doesn’t get cold enough here to do justice to this delicious beverage.

What are Cloves?

Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree which is a tropical evergreen tree known as Myrtaceae Syzygium aromatic. 

The trees are native to the Moluccus Islands, or Spice Islands in Indonesia.

Cloves have a strong aroma and a hot, pungent taste. They are used to flavour many foods and in particular meat and bakery products. It is used in Europe to flavour Christmas foods such as …… hence my picture of Christmas when I smell the aroma of cloves.

Indonesia is still the worlds largest producer of cloves followed by Madagascar, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

An accident or fate? - How we met Clove and she found a place in our hearts

Early on during the build of the main house on GlenMyu Estate we were made aware that some of the construction workers were feeding some abandoned puppies near our gate entrance. Once of the three foundlings had already dies and there were two black waifs struggling to survive. My wife Ruwanthi went up to investigate and brought the starving creatures down to the garage.

My parents had always had dogs when I was growing up and Ruwanthi was the same however, we had not considered having any animals ourselves. We both had worked long hours in the UK and it would not have worked for us and we would not have been able to provide the care for the animals so the thought had not entered our minds.

Our small Clove Orchard

The agricultural department supplied us with around thirty trees which we planted in an area where they would get sufficient shade for them to survive during the warmer months from mid June to mid September. 

Our worker dug some rather large holes before planting however as the land is very rocky it was important to provide the trees with the ability to establish their roots without too many obstacles.

Once planted they looked a bit lost as they were so small however, as we have learnt over the last few years, they require sufficient space when they are established to thrive.

Early on I planted lots of coleus around the saplings which gave them a bit of shade when needed and a bit of colour in the developing orchard.

A you clove tree

It has taken a lot of work initially watering, clearing around the trees and occasionally feeding with organic compost made on the estate. I patiently inspected them over the months hoping that they would change from waif like twigs into something that resembles a proper tree.

In the last few months however they really appear to have got going and hopefully it will not be too long until we are ready for our first harvest.

Clove and Cinnamon were destined to become part of our family

Our outlook on not having dogs soon changed as both Clove and her sister Cinnamon became embedded into our daily life. 

After the initial continual feeding, trips to the vet, injections, skin treatments and so on they became lots of fun and something both Ruwanthi looked forward to waking up to.

Unfortunately Cinnamon did not survive, which broke our hearts, and we were left with Clove who became an important member of our family.

Clove is such a lovely dog, who is so friendly with everyone it is difficult for her not to melt your heart.

Cooking with Cloves

What are Cloves used for in Sri Lankan cooking?

Clove recipes

Come to GlenMyu Estate and see what other trees, fruits and vegetables we are growing

We were lucky enough to have some established trees on the five acre Estate and we have continued to plant more trees and other plants as we have developed the land. 

We have an organic garden which provides the staples to lots of the items we serve on our menu. We are also developing Plant Based, Vegetarian and Vegan Menus as an offering for guests who stay at the Estate.

There are three king size on suite bedrooms for guests which all have superb views of the hills below. 

A natural spring fed swimming pool is available for the use for guests and is a great place to have a refreshing swim or just hang out listening to the nature that passes by.

The Luxurious Mango bedroom at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka. Wonderful for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

Please visit our website https://resortglenmyu.com for further details or contact Ruwanthi by WhatsApp.

We hope that you come an enjoy our little part of paradise and watch it grow.

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Can I bring my own dog to GlenMyu Estate?

We love dogs, however, as GlenMyu Estate is home to seven dogs we do not permit guests to bring their pets. 

We believe that the risk, however small., would be too much and both the guests and ourselves would not be able to enjoy your stay as we would be concerned about your pet and ours.

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Over 50 million – yes 50 million views on YouTube!

Over 50 million - yes 50 million views on YouTube!

“Manike Mage Hithe” - this could be the tune that you can’t get out of your head this Autumn.

It has already had over fifty million views on Youtube by the 25th August 2021.

Maybe this is the hit song that we will associate as the easing of the restrictions of the global pandemic?

Rap in Sinhala

The Sinhala song features Sri Lankan female singer Yohani De Silva and rapper Chamath Satheesan and was originally produced in July 2020 by Chamath Sangeeth.

It became vastly popular in India, Bangladesh, The Middle East and the Maldives because of its’ melodious tune and rap in Sinhala.

It has become so popular that it has been released in both Malayalam and Tamil and the tunes’ popularity is spreading to other continents.

Rap has a good following in Sri Lanka.

UK based Sri Lankan comedian Romesh Ranganathan is well known for his love of Rap and Hip Hop. 

He hosts a Podcast “Hip Hop Saved My Life” and he also had a “Rap Battle” when he visited Colombo during his successful television series “Asian Provocateur”.

Sri Lanka has three official languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English

The first popular Hip Hop artists in Sri Lanka to be recognised were Brown Boogie Nation (You Get Around, Lions and Tigers) and Rude Boy Republic in the late 1990’s. Urban Sound released “Gangsta Raps” and “Smooth Flow” in 1998. Their “Stop the Virus” won an award for Best TV Campaign on HIV awareness from a local broadcasting institute.

Tamil Rap started in 2004 by the successful “J Town Story” by Krishan Maheson and the first Sinhala Rap track by Iraj. 

Sri Lankan American DeLon debuted at no. 36 in the Billboard Charts with Nasty Girl.

The youngest Sri Lankan Artists to be signed to an international record label (Sony India) were Ranidu Lankage and Ashanthi. 

“Kelle” was successful in being featured on the BBC Asian Chart. 

Popular local artists Bathiya and Santhush and Randhir worked together on a hip hop remix song “Siri Sangabodhi”

Sri Lankan Rap has become a stalwart of the music culture in the country over the last twenty years or so.    

What does “Manike Mage Hithe” mean?

A straight translation of the words are
Mage – My

Hithe – Heart

Manike – Derived from Manika which is a diamond. Manike later became a pet name between men and women for a partner like “honey”, “love”, “dear” or in this instance “gem”.

Manike Mage Hithe therefore translates to “Gem in my Heart”, however I have also seen translations of the song lyric as “Baby in my Heart”

The song is a beautiful enrapturing melodic serenade of forbidden love referencing passion and desire.

Other popular music in Sri Lanka to explore.

The earliest form of music came via the theatre when traditional open-air dramas, known as Kolam, Sokari and Nagadam in Sinhala.

The first music album was released by Radio Ceylon in 1903 and was called Nurthi.
During the 1960’s Indian Films (now Bollywood) has a significant influence on Sri Lankan music and subsequently artists such as Sunil Shantha found popularity and success in India.

Songwriters that gained widespread success include Ananda Smarakoon and Mahatma Sekara.

Other notable artists to dive into would include Milton Mallawarachchi, MS Fernando, Clarence Wijewardene, WD Amaradeva, Annesley Malewana and HR Jothipala.

It is worth researching the following types of music to understand what has influenced the development of music in the Country.

Traditional Folk Music

Ragadiri Music – Hindustani Classical Music
Karnataka Music – South Indian Classical Music

Tamil and Hindustani Film Music 

Baila and Saralagee

After Independence of the Country in 1948 there was rise in popularity of both Baila and Saralagee music

Saralagee music was attractive to the middle class and elite whereas Baila was popular amongst the lower class.

It is almost unheard of to go to a wedding or dance without hearing Baila.

Baila derived from the Portuguese song style called Baile or Bailo which translates to dance in both Portuguese and Spanish. 

Make your own music at Glenmyu Estate, Haputale

If you are searching for inspiration a stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country may be the thing for you.

Glenmyu Estate is located in five acres in the beautiful hills of Sri Lanka, surrounded by natures views and sounds.

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Ducklings at GlenMyu Estate.

Ducks, ducks and more ducks and a birthday.

Ducks, ducks and more ducks and a birthday.

Ducklings at GlenMyu Estate.

We didn’t plan to have ducks.

I thought that having chickens ay GlenMyu would be good to provide us with organic eggs. They would also provide a good home and life for the birds we were to rear.

We have friends back in the UK that have a henhouse in their smallholding. They get a steady stream of eggs throughout the year. My only objection was that I found the cockerel to be quite aggressive and scary. I  wasn’t looking forward to dealing with this challenge on a daily basis whilst collecting the eggs.

Our friends also have turkeys from time to time.  Then the scare factor doubles for me!

Some research - but not enough.

Ruwanthi did a bit of research as we were also trying to grow organic rice at the estate. She came across some articles about Japanese farmers using ducks to keep their paddy fields weed free. The ducks also provided good natural fertiliser for the rice while they were going about their work. 

Another birthday!

As one gets older birthdays are more of a challenge when it comes down to marking another year around the sun. The conundrum is exacerbated when you live remotely. This results in limited purchasing opportunities. And being tied to the property whilst the development of the building and land is in progress doesn’t help.

This years birthday present - so easy?

I was delighted in 2019 whilst driving down the hill from Haputale to Beragala  that my pondering over a suitable present this year. It was solved when Ruwanthi asked my to stop the car. 

After about 20 minutes Ruwanthi returned looking for my wallet to complete the purchase of four duckling. And a packet of duck feed to keep them going.

I was a little bemused as it was another commitment we were taking on without much planning.

A mixed welcome from the dogs.

We arrived back at GlenMyu and the dogs were ejected from their cage. This would become a residence for the ducks until we arranged a more suitable home for them. I really don’t know what the dogs thought of the situation!

The ducks lineage is just like the dogs on the estate being a bit of this and a bit of that. However, we did work out that we had a Muscovy due to her markings.

Ducks at GlenMyu Estate

A name for the duck.

The Muscovy duck is now called Mama Kahlu as she has been prolific providing a stream of new ducklings. Once she decided to sit on her eggs there was no moving her. Our duck numbers grew and grew so quickly that I was concerned that we would be overrun by them at the property!

Still learning - at our age!

We have have learnt a lot over the eighteen months or so that we have had the ducks. We have lost a few; one flew away, two were meals for the mongoose. One duckling went missing mysteriously in the middle of the night. Two ducklings have drowned? ( I didn’t think that this was possible).

A farm animal or a pet?

Ruwanthi has a great relationship with Mama duck.  She follows Ru when clearing demanding the worms that are dug up. Muscovys are renowned for being quite friendly and acting like a pet.

At this current time (July 2021) we have Mama Duck and one of her offspring sitting on eggs. You can see from the videos below that Mama is quite comfortable in her endeavour being an old timer now.  The younger duck is very protective and hisses as me as I get near.

Maybe my reservation about chickens and turkeys being scary will also be the case with some of the ducks we raise!

Come and experience the ducks for your self at GlenMyu Estate.

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Holiday in Sri Lanka in 2021

Holidays in Sri Lanka 2023 - do something different!

The House at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.
A view of the Valley looking down from the House at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

GlenMyu Estate is located in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. The Hill Country is also commonly known as Up Country. 

The nearest town is Beragala which is located on the main A4 road towards Welawaya. 

The nearest larger town is Haputale which lies 400 plus metres above Glenmyu

If you enjoy peace and relaxation we believe that there is no better place to be.

Three Luxury Bedrooms

The Luxurious Mango bedroom at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka. Wonderful for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka

The house has three luxury bedrooms with on-suites and they all have views of the spectacular hills leading to the southern coast of the Island. 

In this changing world we believe holidaying in a property which is spacious, luxurious and private for smaller groups of people is the way forward.

New in 2021

The building was completed in early 2021 and we are continuing to improve our offer to our guests by landscaping around the fives acres of land creating special places to experience and generate life long memories.

Western and Asian dining

We lived in the UK before moving to Sri Lanka and are comfortable providing meals to suit the local palette and also visitors from outside Sri Lanka. 

Ruwanthi lived in the UK for 14 years and developed her cooking skills there and her learning was supplemented by completing a short Cordon Bleu course.

I am proud to say that our home was the place that everyone wanted to come to for dinner parties.

We have had superb reactions to the food that we have prepared for the guests that have stayed at GlenMyu. 

Food sourced from and organic garden.

We have developed an organic garden at GlenMyu and base our menus on the food we produce which we know has had no chemical or non-organic fertiliser has been used. We source as much of the foods that we do not produce here as locally as possible keeping the food miles down and doing our bit for the planet. 

Aiming towards a Plant Based Diet

We have personally being moving towards a Plant Based Diet and are developing a menu to cater for the growing demand to live a healthy lifestyle and reduce the amount of meat, poultry and fish consumed.

A flexible menu

We have a sample menu on our website however we tend to discuss with our clients what they would like for their meals and prepare and cook them on the day. We find that this results in less waste and avoiding overeating which I was guilty of whenever I went to a large hotel with an irresistible buffet table!

The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.
The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.
Swim as the sun goes down

Swim in our Natural Spring Fed Swimming Pool

Our pool at GlenMyu is surrounded by a beautiful green landscape and is filled with refreshing spring water.

Most visitors swim in the seas off the gorgeous beaches on the coast in Sri Lanka or in heated pools.

Our pool is really refreshing as the water is cool and warms up naturally during the course of the day.

Whether it is an early morning dip or an afternoon swim before retiring for a delicious meal we provide a different experience of Sri Lanka at GlenMyu.

Meet our dogs and reconnect with nature

We have several friendly rescue dogs on the estate which have been great protecting the food that we are growing.

We also have several ducks that roam the estate and provide us with a regular supply of eggs we use for meals and in our cooking.

There is a wide variety of birds that visit the estate on a daily basis and we often have two kinds of eagles circling above in search of their next meal.

Come along and experience something different and new!

We are enjoying welcoming guests and we have had great feedback on the stays to date.

If you are interested in staying at GlenMyu our rates and on our website and if you want to contact us please follow this link.

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