lquote Twas the 12 days of Christmas and lovers in that timeless carol, braved high seas (with a fat wallet) to bring their true love 12 unusual gifts. Care to follow their lead the local way?
A Partridge in a Pear tree
rnThe Grey Partridge is found north of Puttalam, according to Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne of Jetwing Eco. Try a trip to Puttalam. And order a pear tree from Stark Brothers of Missouri, USA for around US$ 30 (plus shipping). You can take it to Puttalam if you like. rn
rnTwo Turtle Doves
rnThe Turtle Dove is a migrant bird that flies over occasionally from North Asia. It also coos. If difficult to find we suggest pigeons. You can find them at the Irida-pola and in Fort. But we recommend a vacuum for suspicious messes. rn
rnThree French hens
rnA chicken that talks French? Just chat up a few chicks and see what you can find. You can go get yourself a really cute chick at the Department of Livestock Development at around Rs. 90 per kilo live weight.