Nature trails

Roses

Ooty… lush greenery, serene lake, and of late crowded with tourists. Ooty botanical gardens have remained the tourist’s favorite for a long time. A search for other attractions led us to the Rose Gardens.

Roses in all colours and sizes abound the rose gardens.  The view is spectacular with thousands of roses, and the Ootacamund valley in the backdrop.

 

Red rose

 

All colours and hues …

Purple rose

And white being no exception…

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One more white beauty

White rose

Dazzling in te bright sunlight..

Yellow rose

Soft, gentle and happy roses :)

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As also majestic and splendid beauty…

Rose Ooty

Is not beauty all about peace, joy and cheerfulness ?

Roses ooty

 

Every time I think of these roses, my mind becomes overcome with peace and happiness.

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Village Bliss

Life in the middle of no where

My life in wide open spaces for I live neither in a farm land nor in a village

Open farms

 

Pristine, fresh and green surroundings throughout

 

Green lands

 

With only wind mills to give us company

Windmills

 

And, our two native breeds dogs

Native India breed

Native Indian Pariah dog

 

Every new day starts bright and cheerful

Open door

 

So much of life and energy brimming around

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It is here that I have started to learn, accept and live !

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Parenting Joys

Schooling… Or Learning… Or Living ?

The past nine months, ever since I returned home from hospital with my new born daugher, I have been learning so many precious lessons on life. It is amazing to see how every baby is born with the basic survival instinct. She knows what she wants right from day one. When she was around three months old, our native breed dog gave birth to beautiful pups, but tragically died a month later. Watching over the two pups grow up without their mother taught me even more precious lessons on what life and survival are all about. Three months later, we bought home five newly hatched chickens. Watching them grow up is sooo much revealing.

Bookmarks

Now that there are so many new borns around me, it has set me thinking on what education is. There is this strong voice booming in my head that says a rigid curriculum or fixed hours or examination and grading patterns are totally unsuited for a child. Will it actually help a child or would it just kill the inborn learning instinct in every new life?

The very thought that learning stops with high school or university is baseless. Learning continues throughout life till the very last breath. So Education is not about stuffing facts or knowledge.. it is more about kindling the passion to learn life long. It is more about helping her understand what she wants and making her sulf sufficient to learn what she wants life long.

Peacock bookmark

Do any conventional or alternate school help with this… Or will practical life be the best environment for equipping her with these skills? Home schooling, and in specific unschooling and seem to make more sense now…!

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Artsy Crafty

Arts of Tamil Nadu – Antique wooden doors

Sculptures in South India are always synonymous with Rocks and stones. Bronze sculptures are unique and native to the ancient Tamil kingdoms. They are well known and can be found in museums and private collections the world over. The lesser known wooden sculptures are mostly confined to temple and doors.

Ancient wooden sculptures are mostly seen on temple cars (ratham or ther). Temple cars in India are huge wooden platforms fitted with mammoth wooden wheels. Idols of gods are mounted on these wooden platforms, decorated and covered. Using ropes, hundreds of devotees together pull the temple car. The wooden platform is adorned with wooden carvings and detailed artwork.

 

temple car wooden carvings

Source: Flickr – Anandamoy chatterji

The symmetry and details on wooden temple doors are a visual treat.

Temple door tamil nadu

Source:  Indian journeys

It is not only temples that can boast of artistically carved doors… Chettinad mansions have beautiful teak wood doors.

Chettinad door

Source: Chennai First

The Dakshinachitra in Chennai exhibits a beautiful masterpiece door at the Chettinad house in it’s premises.

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source: redscarab

The mantelpiece on top of this door is exquisite and matchless

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source: Reflections of an art-o-holic

Typical wooden doors in the old houses of South India also have heavy wooden doors, though not as exquisite as the above door.

plain door

 source: Flickr – Suchitra

Yet another, with a beautiful mantelpiece

artful wooden

Source: Flickr – Printz4u

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Artsy Crafty

Bamboo wiring solutions

I love bamboo home accessories. There are so many options available like trays, placemats, room dividers, closets, planters, chairs, tables, etc… But how about switch panels and wire panels in bamboo?

A tender bamboo variety available locally can be used as panels for wires… Is it not a cool way to avoid pvc plastic panels that have become the default option for wires (be it concealed wiring or exposed wiring).

Here is the picture of  a ceiling lamp with bamboo cased wiring…

Bamboo wire casing

Bamboo wiring panels…

Bamboo wiring

And this is a simple switch panel made of bamboo….

Bamboo switch panels

I love this simple and eco-friendly solution for wire accessories. All that is needed is creativity to turn simple natural materials in to aesthetic eco-friendly solutions. For details about the wiring solutions in the above pictures, please contact +91 9003013231.

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