Winfield KS.

It’s a small town. Something like Hannibal MO. Has a population of 12 thousand people.  The people are very kind, charming and friendly. The alumni from my medical school met up there last week. Shanti who was the hostess, is a retired pathologist like me. Her husband is a part time Surgeon now. He works two or three days a week.

We were fifteen of us who decided to meet there, and believe me, I had such a lovely time. All of us were contemporaries, and knew each other so well. Shanti had me stay at her home along with another dear friend. The others stayed in a hotel near by. They would saunter over after their breakfast at the hotel and spend the whole day in her home or her gardens. Speaking of which, the gardens were eye candy. I couldn’t stop taking pictures and videos. Unbelievable beauty of flowers and foliage. She has three green houses, which she fills up during winter. It is like a quasi jungle . SO many different birds and it felt as if we were away in some far away country side.

I am going to paste some pictures from my trip. I hope I am successful in doing that.

One of the surprising things I found there, was the MANGOES!! OMG! Shanti had got the best mangoes from somewhere and had them waiting for me. I ate one or two every single day! Can you believe the size on them fruits!?


The flowers were amazing. Tall phlox and naked ladies and everything in between. Feast your eyes. The host, Dr. Samuel is third from left, and Shanti is third from right. My friend next to me and I wore the Christian Medical College t-shirts that were brought for all of us by the surgeon who is standing to the far left.

This is the view from the deck. Couldn’t get enough of the beauty that surrounded us.



Naked Ladies below. I want them in my yard.




In the picture above, there is a waterfall in the background. The water is pumped up from a huge tank below the ground, and all you see, is the water cascading between the slabs of stone. Beautiful.

This was the group photo we took outside a train depot, which is converted into a restaurant. A few of the guys are missing. Wonder where they went.


They have two horses. OMG! They were so gorgeous. Ate the carrots right out of our hands.


We missed Eunice so much. I was sending her pictures of the group every day. She sent the most elegant arrangement of 18 roses.




The garden with the flowers wrapped itself around the homestead. Everywhere I looked, I saw colors.

Hope you have enjoyed viewing this vista as much as I did.



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to Winfield KS.

  1. murisopsis says:

    I love that you are still gathering with classmates! That is an indication of the dedication and devotion you developed during your courses in medical school. The naked ladies – never knew of such a flower and yes you do need them in your garden. As I was looking at the photo of the pond I thought for a moment it was your pond – you have the same aesthetic! Looks like you had a splendid time.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, we still get together. The friends are more like family members. We catch up on where we left. I had seen these flowers here in Quincy, and had wondered about them. But Shanti educated me. There are no leaves on these when the flowers bloom, and that’s why the name of “Naked Ladies”.
      I had a splendid time. 🙂

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Winfield is a town we go through quite often in our travels. Glad you made the trip and enjoyed a good time with friends.

  3. What a gorgeous garden. And you got to eat mangoes! hahaha…

    I reread the first part a couple of times and wondered about the naked ladies.

    I hope Eunice is doing well.

    • Zakiah says:

      Isn’t that the truth about the splendor of this garden? And I have posted only a few of the pictures in some of the area. Like I said , it was like going through a jungle of flowers.
      I have explained about the name naked ladies, in my answer to Val. I did not know about that at all. Shanti said, that sometimes it is called “the Surprised ladies!” 😉
      Yes Matt. The mangoes were heavenly. I ate so many of them. M was telling me that he saw them at Sam’s Club here, yesterday. But he didn’t bring them, because he didn’t know if they were good or not!!! What a Shylock!! So I am headed there in a few minutes to buy them.
      Eunice is doing better. He weight I stable, and she is able to eat more food of different variety. I was with her two weeks before I went to Winfield and was truly happy to see her improvement. She has a long way to go yet. Has metastases in her lungs, but hoping that the current immunotherapy regimen will improve that.

  4. whyzat says:

    OMG! I am so jealous of that garden! It’s beautiful! I’m glad you had a pleasant reunion. Now that most of you are retired (I just assume that, but maybe not), do you feel that your meet-ups are more relaxed?
    Oh, for a good mango! The produce here in Iowa has not impressed me so far.

  5. Zakiah says:

    You and me Dian. Every day I would wake up and look out of the window, and the amazing and fragrant flowers filled my senses.
    Yes all of us were retired, except for CC (Shanti’s husband) who still does some surgeries when approached by his colleagues and works two half days at the office. Just to keep his brain occupied, he says.
    We do not have good mangoes here either. I have to sometimes go to St. Louis to the Indian store to get some luscious ones. Next year, if I get some good ones from there, I shall try and send a few to you. No one should long for mangoes and not be able to get them. That is my philosophy!

  6. OH, how wonderful to spend time with dear friends! 🙂 I know there was a lot of laughter and I bet each of you had some past and present stories to tell! 🙂
    Beautiful faces and smiles! Beautiful scenery and flowers! Beautiful mangoes! (I’ve been loving all of the fresh fruits of summer and I’ve enjoyed some mangoes, too! 🙂 )
    I’ve only driven through Kansas and the parts I saw seemed pretty barren. Your friends have found the green thumb secrets to having such a stunning garden! 🙂 Wow! I could sit in their garden all day and I’d not get a single thing done! Ha! 🙂
    I still pray for Eunice and for Dave.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  7. Zakiah says:

    That is how I felt. I wanted to just sit around on the deck and marvel at the beauty of her flowers.
    Winfield reminded me of Quincy. Neat town, with friendly people. Very green and lovely in most areas.
    Thank you for your prayers.

  8. What an awesome trip..a retreat.
    LOVE the photos. The flowers are beautiful as are the horses.
    The fruit..ah the fruit 😉 Hugs

  9. jstnotherday says:

    Ha! Carolyn has a post up titled, from A to Z. Made me think, ‘from alabeti to Zakiah. 😀

    • Zakiah says:

      awww! how sweet of you to think of me. I should go and check that out. I think I had seen it, but never thought about it in the same light as you did. Thank you.

  10. slmret says:

    What beautiful fruit — what a gorgeous garden — and what a beautiful group of good friends who get together periodically to reminisce! Love and Hugs!

  11. onedanyankee says:

    The reunion sounds like a lot of fun. The setting was beautiful, and it sounds like you were in good company. Sounds like it was a good choice to go. I love mangoes and those sure look delicious. I hope you are well.

    • Zakiah says:

      How wonderful to hear from you. This is such a feeling of gratification and joy…. hearing from you. Thank you.
      I did have a grand time. one of the best weeks that I have spent anywhere. Yes, MANGOES… that has been my addiction since my childhood when my brother and I would climb the mango trees on our estate and eat them.
      I hope you and your family is doing very well dear friend. Please stay in touch.
      Love and blessings always.

  12. It was a gathering of distinguished people
    The garden of your hosts is a marvel. I like phlox. It is very fragrant
    Your friend and her husband look radiant , happy of this meeting at their home.
    Love ❤

  13. I was finally getting to sit down tonight and check WordPress. I was coming here to this blog post to say “Hey! and How are you doing? and I miss you here! Where have you been?” when I saw that you had put up a new post. I was hoping you had just been busy with the good stuff of life or traveling…and so I am so VERY sorry to have just read about your upcoming cancer surgery. 😦
    Please know that I understand a bit of what you feel and what you are going through. Last week was the 3 years “anniversary” since my cancer surgery.
    I know you have tons of family and friends…but please e-mail me if you need a listening ear.
    ❤ and (((HUGS)))

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