March & April marked the start of our yoga season with new teachers joining the growing family of teachers who are returning on a […]
Went out with my camera this morning, curious to see what birds I could photograph in an hour, without leaving the garden – a few of the resulting images are displayed below.
I also spotted about 30 other species that I did not have the chance of photographing.
Have asked father Christmas for an 800 […]
The Rangpurs, known locally as Ghumerees, are all beginning to ripen. It is a cross between an orange and a lemon. Looks like an orange, peels like an orange, segments like an orange, but tastes more like a slightly less tangy lemon.
The way the locals eat it is to make a paste of sugar, […]
Every morning at 5am, I take my cup of tea to the deck and watch the Peacock strut his stuff. His display area is amongst the Basunti flowers, on the meadow below the observation deck. At 8:30am he leaves, looking slightly dejected, all that effort posturing and calling and no results.
This morning […]
Even after the daily depredations of the Barbets, Parakeets and Himalayan Civet Cat, we still managed to harvest over seventy Kilos of organic, Italian peaches, just from one tree. After sharing some with the staff, fifty were put in the fridge for later consumption. The remaining peaches were diced and put in the sun to […]
Rajendra, our truck driver friend, recently celebrated his sons fifth birthday with a big celebration in his honour. This consisted of producing industrial quantities of food and then feeding the entire village. The son helped serve the hundreds of guests that arrived, which is customary in this type of Pooja.
The meal comprised […]
“The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.” Walt Whitman
I had a novel to write. It was neither burning to be written nor demanded by a publisher. But I needed to write, knew that writing a first draft was the toughest graft of all, so I decided on a retreat and […]
We recently rediscovered some photographs of Basunti taken in 2007, and subsequently shot the same angles again to show the tremendous changes that have taken place in just seven years.
In this first image of the main house from 2007 the walls are positively pink and the […]
Our 2014 photography tour will be small and special. Number of participants will be limited in order to allow personal attention from David Bathgate. It will be 12 days of touring and exploring with […]
A few thoughts about Basunti (by Helen Humble)
Basunti, Basunti… the name makes me sigh with contentment and were I a cat, I would purr! It would be easy for me to write 300 words about how beautiful, peaceful, stunning and panoramic it was; but for me, the experience was deeper and longer […]