About

Welcome to Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the Los Gatos Foothills in Northern California.

I want to share with you my passion for everything beautiful. Nature, beautiful flowers, gorgeous saris, wonderful books, celebrating festivals, meeting friends and family, and just anything that brings joy and happiness. What you will find here are a collection of healthy vegetarian recipes. Gardening is my passion.  I’m no master gardener but I do enjoy passing on what knowledge I’ve gained from home gardening for over 20 years.  I love photography, in this blog there are lots of pictures of my garden, of friends gardens, and of places I have visited all across the U.S. and the globe. I also want to share stories that I think are fascinating and will lead to a healthier, happier, and peaceful life.

I hope you enjoy these recipes, photos and stories, maybe they will encourage you to try something new and maybe host your own small gathering. One thing I’ve learnt is that even just a “come on over for coffee” seems special when you are with people whose company you enjoy.

Welcome to Surreyfarms.net.  A happy state of mind.

Why I Chose Surreyfarms as the name for my blog: 

The neighborhood I live in is a beautiful patch of heaven, with charming cottages and gorgeous homes that dot the hills around, with hiking trails and roads that have a rural feel. Truly a beautiful area. The surrounding neighborhood used to be Surreyfarms before it got parceled off into various lots for new housing. When I am writing this area brings happy images of the beautiful nature here and puts me in a good mood to share some positive stories. I also love the name farm in Surreyfarms– don’t you?  When I think of farm, I think of cows and chickens roaming free, vast fields of veggies, fruit trees, lots of sunshine, clean fresh air, and healthy living. I know it’s a romantic idea, but that’s what farm means to me.  Welcome to Surreyfarms.net

How I got the idea to start a blog:

I got the idea to start a blog from my friend Basanthi. I am constantly giving her recipes or telling her about something new I learnt, passing on gardening tips, etc.  One day she just looked at me and said, “I can’t remember every recipe and information you give me.  Can you just post it somewhere, or better yet can you start a blog so I can just go there and find what I am looking for.”

Until Basanthi suggested this I never thought of myself as a blogger. It’s so much easier to just talk and not have to write and type everything down. And then make sure that it’s grammatically correct, spell checked, and on top of that worry if the people who read the articles will like it or not. So I kind of just tabled the idea.  But then here I was ready to share another recipe with Basanthi and I just stopped. I thought if Basanthi finds my recipes helpful maybe other friends would enjoy them as well, and maybe even family would enjoy reading the recipes and stories? Now I have a place where I can share all the wonderful stories, gardening tips, and recipes I have collected.  I hope you enjoy these articles and stories.

Contact Me:

You can drop me an email anytime at:

kalpanadollysheth@gmail.com

kalpana_sheth@hotmail.com

15 thoughts on “About”

  1. Your blog is my travel guide
    Cook book
    Movie guide
    Book guide
    And general knowledge guide🙏

    It is one of our favorite pass time sites.

    I have it all in one place. So I go there and read your old posts too when I have time.

    Thank you
    You are very talented!

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  2. Best Wishes Dolly . Enjoy your Special Day . we all love your daily doses of Wisdom on Gardening , Innovative Culinary Dishes and Book Reads etc. Most importantly , you have an innate Eye for all things Bright and Beautiful and your Sharp Camera Eye posts the most amazing photos on your Blog . A Visual Treat Supremo. Have a wonderful day – hope Hitesh and the girls will shower you with gifts and make this a Xmas in July ….. Vinatha Mami

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  3. Hello, I had a thought, then chatted to my sister Sonnie, and between us we suggest a combination of potato, white turnip and cauliflower for the jeruselum artichoke soup. I hope that helps. I hope that you enjoy the soup, it is delicious. I will also try it with these three ingredients. I love your blog. Thank you.

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  4. Dolly,

    I have been reading your very interesting blogs. The photographs are marvellous. My niece, Geetha, is, I think, also hooked on to Surreyfarms. Result- you, Sridevi, Anjali and Rani, better be prepared to demonstrate your culinary skills when we land up there in Los Gatos in June. One special dish, each day!

    Your Dad was here in Mumbai and spent 10 days with us. My brother, Krish, who lives in Chennai, was also on a visit and gave your Dad company when I had to be away in my office. They got along famously.

    Incidentally, I am still working. This time, I am on vacation in June-July in the UK and USA. All these years, I have been travelling to the US on fleeting business trips, for conferences, etc., in Florida, New York, Philly, and so on. So, I am looking forward to this break, and to meeting all of you. Anjali and Rani were babies when I was last there on the west coast. From the photographs, I see them all tall and grown up. I look forward to seeing them again.

    So, take care, and see you all soon. My regards to Hitesh.
    Love to all,
    Chary Uncle

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  5. Did your daughter tell you I’ve been making your recipes? I love reading your blog. I’m really into your soups and I love your Sunday soup tradition. My latest however was your orange tea cake. So yummy. I actually made one for my aunt for her birthday.

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  6. Wow, thank you! I just accepted your invitation – what a beautiful blog you have replete with stunning photography and recipes. Thank you for adding me to your followers!

    Love it! What you have is so appealing to begin with. I’m so impressed with your talent, but not surprised.

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  7. Hi Kalpana, how are you doing? It is always so nice to see interesting posts on your blog. You seem all fired up with your writing this year. Great to see that 2017 is going so well. I was behind in reading, but am catching up. I always learn something from your articles. Hope things are going well with you and the girls.

    Will look forward to read many more articles written by you. You put everything so well together that any topic you write on will be appealing.

    Roli

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  8. I read all your incredible, well written posts accompanied by the the most captivating photos!
    Kalpana, I enjoyed reading every blog over and over again. You are indeed an awesome writer and a great photographer. Thanks for sharing and increasing our knowledge in different subjects.
    Love, Devi

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  9. Your blog is fantastic . Your write us are interesting , informative and well researched . The photos are incredibly amazing and make the Narratives lively . The subjects that you choose cover a wide range of subjects from Gardening to Fashion trends . Pl compile all this in a book format and publish . You can also include travelogues – countries you visited . Love , vinatha aunty

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  10. Beautifully done…love the pics and contents. All the best in this…I know you will have a lot of beautiful things to share in the future and I can’t wait to read about it all!

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  11. Awesome job, my dear friend/sis at heart!! I love that we now have a portal for all the goodness and beautiful things that you are! Thank you for indulging us with your time and talents. I am looking forward to your stories and happenings from Surrey farms!💝

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  12. Congrats Kalpana! Beautifully done. You are a very talented person. Your home vibrates with your talent. Thanks for sharing this with us! We are eagerly waiting for your next posts.Keep posting. Love you!

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  13. Way to go Dolly! Beautifully done. I love your ideas and talent. You have a green thumb and have created a beautiful garden that vibrates with colors and fragrances. Aptly named Surreyfarms, your place reminds me of the beautiful countryside of England with horse carriages and farms. Love you!

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