I was researching a recipe for Banana Bread when I came across some line drawings of the bread mice I used to make when I was working in Neal’s Yard Bakery. Every baker had a signature, whether it was the way they sliced the bread or stacked it or the specials they made, mine was […]
Winter has come to a close down here at Basunti, although it still snows occasionally on the low Himalayan peaks above Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. The Gaddi shepherd is camping with his large flock of goats and sheep with their lambs on the meadows below; it must be still cold up on the mountains and […]
And just before we go on to welcome new arrivals and returning yoga teachers in the coming autumn 2018, here is a brief mention and a big thank-you to everyone who participated and contributed in the last 12 months. We really could not have done it without you !
There was yoga of different styles, […]
Turmeric in the foreground, Arbi in the middle and Okra at the back.
My favourite is the Arbi, you can eat the root, which looks like a knobbly potato, but I think it is rather tasteless. Its real glory is the leaves. You take the leaf and lay it flat then cover it with a […]
Anne Bateman’s poem – Duncan Hulin & Andrea Guest retreat – here it is, with images. Many thanks, Anne, it’s all there.
This is the real world
Letting go, closing your eyes
The early morning sun warming your skin,
The dawn birds, a wall of sound, pulsating energy.
Following your […]
We’ve been at Basunti for a few days now.( I’m not actually sure of the day of the week any more!)
It is great to be here. It is really hot and the pool and lake are welcome counterposes to our week of travels.
Nothing seems to change. David, Izzy and staff continue to make […]
By boat to a wedding across the lake, a beautiful journey with only a few goats and a troupe of monkeys for company.
Was greeted by the usual riot of colour and noise, with sometimes three different sources of music all happening at once.
What an irresistible opportunity to photograph people, shapes, colours, attempting to […]
I arrived at Basunti in the dark, straight from Amritsar airport and yet to see any of India in daylight. I was warmly welcomed by Izzy, co-owner/creator of Basunti with her husband Dave, who showed me to my lovely room. I then crashed into bed without a second thought for where I was. When I […]
This seasons carrot chutney is ready to be cooked; 20kg carrots, 6 kg onions, 6kg tomato, half kilo fresh green chillies, 400 grams garlic, 400 grams ginger, one kilo raisins […]
I decided to explore a remote location on the other side of the lake, as the day was overcast and cool, perfect for slashing your way through the undergrowth and climbing steep ravines. The cooler weather also means that the snakes and numerous creepy crawlies are less likely to be around, having gone deep underground […]