27 January 2016
Early morning fog at 8 am
4 February 2016
Building. New pizza oven ...so soon you will be able to enjoy freshly baked oven fresh pizza while relaxing in the lawn
9 February 2016
Our Gardener' Joseph's artistic talent comes to the fore in designing a natural brick layer around the choke pit and then decorating it with plants. He has also separated the two bathroom windows by building a bamboo trellis and filling it with plants so that you literally see a garden when you open the bathroom window
15 February 2016
Home made carrot cake...make not look sophisticated...but don't let that fool you...tastes yummy.. Our man Mahesh has learnt the art of making delicious carrot cake . After tasting it all our guests want the recipe!! So we decided to put it up on our website
20 February 2016
We have started going ORGANIC and are growing our own organic vegetables and heaping all the garbage in the compost pit to make manure. stopped using pesticides even in the neighbouring tea garden so that this vegetable patch does not get contaminated
24 February 2016
The bee cage is well protected with a solid grill to prevent the Bears from stealing the very tasty honey the bees produce while pollinating the organic vegetable farm
29 February 2016
The bright sunshine in the hills enables us to tap the solar energy to cook the food, heat the water and air the carpets
5 March 2016
Orissa umbrellas from Pipli being assembled in the garden and the batteries of the solar lamps from Delhi being charged in the bright sun
11 March 2016
Mustard to detox the field growing on our organic vegetable field while the sweet peas are getting ready for the table
16 March 2016
Experimenting with the new pizza oven....
25 March 2016
The deep purple Jacaranda blooming amidst the green tea bushes creates a striking contrast..
31 March 2016
The hammock from Cambodia seems to be getting over-stretched ...I wonder why.???!!
4 April 2016
Fresh organic peas being harvested today...should get 50kgs
7 April 2016
Our Pizza Oven is finally inaugurated with Deepu doing the pizza chef's honors. Guests Alka, Benoit, Ambika, Akshaya and Monu join us for a great evening of pizza and wine
10 April 2016
Ambika proves the point...that even adults can enjoy the trampoline located in the children's playground! The last supper!!! Ambika enjoying her final lunch in this lovely weather,under the pergola in the garden, before leaving to catch her flight back to London
30 April 2016
Joseph our Gardener and handyman re-polishing our pillars and door frame so that the wooden grains are restored to their natural beauty.
16 May 2016
we have discovered two tennis courts just 20 minutes drive from Raven's nest...so bring your tennis kit when you visit next...or we can lend you tennis racquets..
18 May 2016
Our gardener/handyman Joseph doing some repair carpentry work on the deck after a little girl's foot slipped in the gap...his work is being supervised minutely by the four young cousins of the little girl!!
24 May 2016
All hands on deck including driver Mani....busy maintaining the flowers and garden
27 May 2016
With the overhanging trees shedding leaves constantly, keeping the driveway spic and span is an arduous , back breaking task. However the two elderly sisters are constantly at it and are doing a terrific job
28 May 2016
The organic vegetable garden where Rosemary and Thyme are growing very well. Also beans, carrots and lettuce . Our gardener Jaybal is frustrated since he cannot use any chemical fertilisers and pesticides to hasten the growth and we have a difficult task in convincing him that organic farming is the way to go!!!
29 May 2016
The recent rains has made the tea garden lush green and our gardener Joseph has cut a walking path in between the tea bushes right up to the children's playground. We have now placed a bench there in response to the feedback from one of the guests who said the parents need to sit down there ...since the kids want to spend several hours jumping on the trampoline!!
29 May 2016
The trekking team... what we saw.. now this could be a good bar stool... Let's see if I can get a signal
31 May 2016
We have built a mushroom cultivation tent in one corner of the estate and insisted on a green outer cover ( as opposed to the standard blue used by all others), as we felt the green would blend in well with the tea bushes . The mushrooms are slowly sprouting as white patches in the midst of the compost packs. They will now be covered with fresh soil, watered every 2 days and after 10 days we will get fresh Button Mushrooms!
2 June 2016
The welcome rain lowered the temperature and it was soothing to watch the rain water gush down the chain linked gutters and flow into the rain water harvesting tanks. After seeing these chain linked gutters , many of our friends are thinking of replacing their old ugly looking plastic/aluminium pipes with these environment friendly chains.
8 June 2016
One of our guests has seen the following birds in the garden : Bulbuls, mynas, green bee eater, sunbirds etc. We have kept some containers with bird feed and water to attract more birds, but apparently the squrrels seem to be helping themselves to the bird feed!
29 June 2016
A 2 hour drive from Ravens nest will take you to the edge of the Nilgiris where you can glance down at the silent valley. A friend of ours has a house there which has to bear gusts of wind at 120miles/hr
5 July 2016
Our guests, Mona Mahadevia, Pimmi Seth and Rani Tarneja from Bombay joined Vidya on a train ride on the heritage train from Ooty to Coonoor
31 July 2016
Published in the Indian Express as the front page of the Features section on July 31, 2016
18 August 2016
Rakhi being celebrated at Raven's nest by the 3 grandkids from Berlin, Germany
25 September 2016
A homemade eco friendly verandah divider made out of bamboo strips and locally grown plants is more pleasing to the eye than a concrete block used in most hotels to separate the verandah between adjacent rooms
25 September 2016
The utility room complex is hidden behind a simple brick and bamboo barricade over which a creeper plant has been nurtured to grow thus blending with the nature.
26 September 2016
A riot of colours lining the driveway
27 September 2016
Mushroom man getting the shed cleaned up for a fresh batch of mushrooms
27 September 2016
The weeds seen in the first photo have been painstakingly removed by hand ( no chemicals used) The next set of photos show the weed free sprouting carrots and lettuce interspresed with the insect repelling marigold plants
28 September 2016
A major project of well cleaning was completed in one day. The depth of the well was increased by 2 feet and the silt removed from the floor will be dried and used as natural ferrtilizer for the organic garden vegetables.
29 September 2016
The live fish removed from the well were temporarily kept in a bucket and then returned to the cleaned well as they play a major role in keeping the water clean
14 June 2017
Potatoes and Brazilian black beans ready for the market
14 June 2017
The air is filled with the heady fragrances of organic rosemary, oregano and kale
20 June 2017
7-year old Aarnna Mahajan from Noida gives Jayabal s helping hand to dig for potatoes at the a Raven's Nest organic garden. Twin Saiesha and mom Mamta join her in collecting them
22 June 2017
Granddaughter Rayne's latest dream catcher/ Mandala adorns our glass door
20 July 2017
The mist rolls down the hills to Raven's Nest
24 July 2017
Bison grazing peacefully outside our bedroom window
24 July 2017
A rainbow shining bright across the horizon
29 July 2017
A friend from Mumbai, Sucharita Hegde and Vidya enjoying a leisurely breakfast under the pergola
15 August 2017
A young guest from Mumbai enjoying the garden and water fall on Independence Day ---beats going to a crowded Lonavala!!!
15 August 2017
This Independence Day we have decided to support the local labour and help them market their hand made bags which are used by the local tea pluckers to carry their daily lunch. To order the bags, please contact Raven's nest managment and be assured your money will go directly to the craftswoman who has toiled hard to create this eye catching bag that can also be put to practical use in your daily life. email :email@example.com Tel: 9869918348
6 September 2017
Lady Slipper Orchid blooming in Raven's Nest
24 September 2017
Our gardener Joseph proudly holding up the certificate for the 2nd prize for our 'LADY SLIPPER ORCHID' awarded at today's Coonoor Club flower show competition