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Reflecting On a Weekend break #ThursdayTreeLove

Trees reflected in my dark glasses

Nature Study was one of my favourite subjects while growing up. I still remember one summer project where we had to press leaves and flowers into a scrap book with their botanical and local names .

I benefited a lot from this exercise and take every opportunity to introduce my Little Ones to this fascinating subject.

Last weekend while the Little Ones had a break for Mahashivratri, we took the weekend off .

We drove down to the Machan, an ecoresort a few miles off Lonavala.

This resort that offers every modern amenity surprisingly manages to retain its ethos of living with nature. For one , it is off the grid generating its own wind and solar energy.

Secondly, there aren’t any golf carts offering rides to the far flung cottages . You have to walk every where on pretty rudimentary paths that were essentially to keep the creepy crawlies out of your way.

An early morning walk through a sun dappled pathway

Set in a tropical forest that has been restored, it seeks to preserve the bio-diversity of the Sahyadri mountain range. And , with three naturalists on site , it turned out to be the perfect place to introduce the Little Ones to nature.

A beautiful flowering creeper that covered a tree with this canopy. Does anyone know its name?

It was a fun experience for us all : spotting birds that chirped around us, identifying plants and trees and stargazing in the clear sky.

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Is there a nature reserve near you ?

Ciao and happy tree loving .

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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