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
1 October 2016
Eminent architect Sen Kapadia celebrated his 80th birthday with friends with a outdoor candle light home made pizza dinner at Raven's nest
4 October 2016
Navarathri decorations adorning Raven's nest
25 October 2016
The flowers in the garden are blooming inspite of our gardener complaining of 'No Rain'!!. The monsoon has got delayed by a few days due a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, but our gardener Joseph has done a tremendous job.
27 October 2016
The battle between the sun and the fog as the sun tries to peep out of the skies. With the whole area surrounded by the early morning mist, we have to put on typical " British Gear" before heading out for an invigorating morning walk
28 October 2016
The land surveyor came to measure our Neighbour's property last week and discovered that the fence next to our bedroom could be moved another 2 feet into the Neighbour's patch as that part of the land belonged to us!!! A pleasant surprise. So our multi talented gardener Joseph is busy shifting the boundary poles and re wiring it with the newly bought barbed wire
29 October 2016
we have become members of the 150 year old Nilgiris Library located in Ooty. it is lodged in a heritage building . The great advantage of getting member ship is you can park your car in the compound while trekking around Ooty And you can also borrow books ...we did both yesterday!!!
29 October 2016
Diwali decorations done by our cook Rani
30 October 2016
We celebrated a noise free Diwali at a Raven' s nest. Bought a small quantity of sparklers, flowering pots ....made in Sivakasi ( not Chinese!)... Then we asked our servants ( mahesh & Bahadur) along With our cook Rani's grandchildren to enjoy themselves lighting these crackers....after Vidya had lit the first sparkler. unfortunately the guests staying here could not partake in the festivities as they were bit under the weather having driven down from Bangalore this afternooon.
27 November 2016
No Rains!!!! Our gardener Joseph had pruned all the Elder plants lining the driveway, with the hope the N.E. Monsoons would come in full force and revive them. However the monsoons played traunt and the photos of before and after the pruning tell their own story of a lush driveway vs a barren driveway with a few sprouting green shoots
30 November 2016
MAINTENANCE WORK Constant maintenance is required to keep Raven's Nest in top condition. When the plants grow too large for their pots, then Gardener Joseph has to replant them into bigger flower pots. The generator also needs monthly check ups for which we have an annual maintenance contract and these local mechanics are very efficient.
2 December 2016
The rains finally arrived last night. The morning grass is wet, puddles of water line the flowerbeds/driveway and mist clouds the surrounding mountains. A welcome sight!
23 December 2016
Fresh organically grown delicious vegetables from our garden await us on our arrival at Ravens's Nest
24 December 2016
our gardener Joseph found a baby rabbit in the driveway wandering around aimlessly. He released it in the garden.
27 December 2016
Golf enthusiastic young guest trying his hand putting in the inhouse golf putting range.
27 December 2016
Our other young guest relaxing in the hammock located in the lower tier of garden
1 January 2017
The ideal heat pad for keeping the bed warm on a cold night. Better than the traditional hot water bottle
25 January 2017
We have discovered and inhouse hidden talent who enjoys moulding the bathroom towels into different shapes. So now he is training the other staff to do the same!
26 January 2017
We have acquired an antique looking rocking chair which is ideal to relax in while reading a book.
23 February 2017
Enjoying an outdoor breakfast on a pleasant sunny morning with a guest from Bombay and daughter from Berlin.
23 February 2017
High tea with enriching homemade marble cheese cake.
24 February 2017
Mother, daughter master chef combination busy at work baking a cake in the spacious kitchen.
25 February 2017
Today we have made a refreshing South American drink - Mate (don't call it tea)
28 February 2017
There is a new sherif in town - a brand new dart board imported from a bar in Berlin!
28 February 2017
A rock to mediate on watching the early morning sunrise, listening to the serene sounds of the waterfall in the background and surrounded by the lush garden with its riot of coloured flowers.....what better way to start your day?
23 March 2017
Maintenance work is a year long affair and we have been able to rope in our driver, Mani and gardener, Joseph to take on the role of inhouse painters!
24 March 2017
A dream catcher made in Berlin is helping the garden bloom!
14 April 2017
Elder flowers blooming in our driveway
14 April 2017
Jacarada in our garden
16 April 2017
Our guest Ravi Chauhan digitalised this picture of the deck into a Van Gogh painting!! Thank you so much Mr Chauhan
26 April 2017
The jacaranda trees lining the road enroute to Raven's nest are blooming
27 April 2017
We have got some high quality mountain bikes for our guests who can keep up with their fitness regimes while cycling around The countryside and taking in the spectacular view.
28 April 2017
organic potatoes are flowering and looking extremely healthy..should be ready to serve on the table in the next few weeks. You can safely injest your favourite potato based dishes...with no poisonous pesticides
30 April 2017
Guests enjoying an early morning golf lesson from dr Colin John, the eminent cardiac surgeon from Banglore . Nice to see the golf putting range being put to good use.
1 May 2017
Had a heavy downpour ..not only was the garden/plants watered but got a natural car wash also!
2 May 2017
Guests enjoying the new mountain bikes which have recently been added to Raven's Nest, health fitness menu card!!