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DIY of the Week – The Easiest Bird Feeder Ever!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s Monday! And so, we’re back again with a brand new DIY project. This week, we’re going to learn how to make the easiest ever bird feeder in the history of DIY bird feeders ever! (OK, so we might be a little over enthusiastic about how easy this one is to make, but we’re not kidding about how easy it really is)

So, let’s get started then!

 

What you need:

1. Cardboard egg box

2. Scissors

3. Jute thread

4. Bird feed

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

What to do:

Step 1

Carefully cut the top half of the egg carton off, and proceed to make four small holes in each of the corners of the remaining bottom portion.

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Image source – Pbs,org

 

Step 2

Run the string through each of the four holes, leaving enough length to hang over a tree branch, and tie together at the top.

 

Step 3

Fill each egg compartment with the assorted bird seed.

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Image source – DIY Health Academy

 

Step 4

Head outside and hang your bird feeder. Ideal location would be on a tree branch, but if you don’t have a tree right near your house, you can even hang it in your balcony, or off the grill outside your kitchen window.

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

And there you go! See? We weren’t exaggerating about the simplicity of this project.

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Image source – greendiary.com

Great Trek Locations Near Mumbai

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The weather! No seriously, the weather! Isn’t it just the most beautiful thing at this time of year? Oh, wait. You don’t agree? It’s mucky, makes you sweaty, it’s horrible to travel in, especially to go to work, and the number of shoes you’ve ruined is heartbreaking? But what if we could take all that misery related to this weather, and make it disappear for a bit? Replace the water-logged roads with open spaces surrounded by greenery? Would you change your mind then? We genuinely think so.

To help you out with this, we’ve come up with some suggestions for you to plan a trek around Mumbai with friends this weekend, so that you can really soak in the joys the monsoons bring, with vibrant greens, misty showers, fresh air, and a small stall selling hot tea and hotter pakodas. So get out your whatsapp groups, and get planning!

 

Tungareshwar

Located between Virar and Vasai, this dense forest area is great for people who wish to take long walks amidst lush greenery.

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Image source – Treks and Trails

 

Rajmachi Fort

Though the final section of the drive from Lonavla isn’t that great, this is a great location to head to, especially for beginner level trekkers. And the views accorded from the Fort are certainly worth the trip too!

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

Sandhan Valley

Located near Bhandardara and Igatpuri, the Sandhan Valley experience and views are sure to leave you never wanting to head back to the city!

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Image source – Travel d globe

 

Kalsubai

One of the most popular locations for trekkars, this one is great for beginners too.

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Image source – Weekend Thrill

 

Lohagad Fort

Another great fort near Mumbai, this one has lovely foggy scenes to appease that inner need for perfect scenery.

 

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Image source – Hunt for spot

 

Korigad

Another spot near Lonavla, this little hill is a great getaway.

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Image source – eventshigh

 

Raigad Fort

Another lovely fort near Mumbai, this one is quite popular for night trekking.

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Image source – Thrillophillia

It’s obvious that we’ve hardly come close to covering all the trekking spots that come within driving distance from Mumbai, we sincerely hope that we’ve whet your appetite enough to plan a trip, get out there, and really enjoy what the monsoons are really all about – being one with nature!

Exploring the Beauty of Nature with Ruskin Bond

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Many of us fell in love with Ruskin Bond’s writing way back in school, perhaps when we read his ‘Cherry Tree.’ His description of picturesque landscapes makes you want to spend time in a forest and his subjects, simple people leading regular lives, are refreshing and intriguing. Ruskin Bond has made many a child fall in love with nature, and go on to become avid travellers. If you haven’t read his books yet, fret not, for now is a good time to start. His heart-warming stories are perfect for people of all ages. ‘The Room on the Roof,’  ‘The Blue Umbrella,’  ‘Our Trees still grow in Dehra,’ ‘The Night Train to Deoli and other stories,’ are some of his best books. Pick up one of these today to give him the perfect birthday gift! Yup, it’s the octogenarian’s 82 birthday today (19th May) so Happy Birthday Mr. Bond!

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Image courtesy: dailymail UK

Now mull over these wonderful quotes.

If you too love being in the presence of nature, these quotes of his will fill your heart with joy.

“…for every time I see the sky I’m aware of belonging to the universe than to just one corner of the earth.”

“And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

“Live close to nature and you’ll never feel lonely. Don’t drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won’t hack into your computer.”

“The adventure is not in getting somewhere, it’s the on-the-way experience. It is not the expected; it’s the surprise.”

“A story never really ends and happiness is something that comes and goes. It is as rare as a rainbow.”

“By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease, but at night, late at night, the world is at peace.”

“I have come to believe that the best kind of walk, or journey, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.”

“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”

“Happiness is as elusive as a butterfly, and you must never pursue it. If you stay very still, it may come and settle on your hand. But only briefly. Savour those moments, for they will not come in your way very often.”

“It wouldn’t be much fun living on a planet where grass could not grow.”