Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: The Woods

I went to undergrad college in Mumbai, in a lovely college in the heart of the city. At the center of the college (and at the center of college life) was a quadrangle with about four and a half trees in it. It was called "The Woods"- only half-jokingly, because in the urban jungle of Mumbai, a rag tag bunch of greenery qualified as the woods.

This picture is from our new backyard- and even though our house is located in town, it is packed with trees and I think I can legitimately call it "The Woods". We see deer walking through it once in a while- a totally novel experience for the city-dwellers that V and I are. There's a little tree house in the backyard, built by some previous owners. I hope Lila will have many happy adventures there in a few years.
The treehouse in the woods
I'm linking this picture to the Saturday Snapshot meme at At Home With Books.


33 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Our house also backs up to woods and we love it. It is calming and peaceful just to look out there.

    I have never been to your blog before but will be back - books and cooking are two of my favorite things, too!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Sue. The other nice thing about having woods for a backyard- no mowing ;)

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  2. So beautiful! And what a lovely, magical place for a child to run around.
    Wasn't the quadrangle at Xavier's called The Woods? Is that what you meant?

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    1. Yes, magical, but I'm always going to be anxious because one could get lost in the tangled vegetation!

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  3. It's beautiful!! I'm sure Lila and Dale are going to have a lot of adventures there.

    Mamatha

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    1. Dale's retired from adventures in the woods, poor guy.

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  4. I am feeling jealous. could only have dreams about such neighborhoods in India

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    1. SURELY you're joking?? I've been in neighborhoods in India that are brimming over with greenery and woods and other natural delights like beaches and mountains. And I'm talking even in the suburbs of Mumbai- say in Powai. Also in Goa, Konkan, Maharashtra and dozens of other places (and I'm not a well traveled person). Now of course you won't find wild land in the heart of the big metros.

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  5. Wow! I have backyard envy!! What a wonderful place for your family to grow up in :-)

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    1. I hope so- we're excited to be here although it is too quiet and dark after sunset :)

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  6. That is beautiful! You would never know that it's near or in a city.

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    1. Yes, the advantage of being in a small town!!

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  7. Wow.. Your backyard looks great, the tree house is perfect for the kids. My son soooooo wants to have one in our backyard.
    Hope you guys have settled in the new house and getting used to the new neighborhood.

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    1. Yeah, this is a small little treehouse, just a ledge really but a child's imagination would make it all sorts of fun. I hope your son gets his wish!

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  8. Are thos trees actually in your back garden? How fantastic! My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/qkrST

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    1. Yes, this is an actual photo of my backyard. I do feel like I'm on vacation here.

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  9. I loved tree-houses as a child. My school had a couple of them - we called them "jungle gym". Come to think of it, that's the only kind of gym I've ever been to in my life ;) One of your readers was rightfully wistful, such luxurious back-yards are often a distant dream back at home. Even our town which had acres of paddy fields when I was growing up has now been run over by apartment complexes and malls/multiplexes :( Bungalows with immaculate gardens and shady trees have been torn down to accommodate flats for a growing population. Everything comes with a price I suppose. Sigh!
    I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts Nupur.

    Love, Shoots :)

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    1. Hey Shoots! LOL and yes, my gym were also over once I graduated from the jungle gym. Hey, they should make jungle gyms for grown ups.
      The big metros certainly have changed over the decades, but my parents' town still has the bungalows with the shady backyards which are so darling.

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  10. I'm in love with your backyard and which of us hasn't dreamt of a tree house! :)

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    1. Yeah, I climbed into the treehouse and did not want to come down. Some day when Lila is at school I'll go there with a book and a snack for some me-time.

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  11. Nice yard. Although some may disagree with me, you really can't have too many trees. I wish I had more of them. I lost a few mature Elms to disease and I still miss them. I put in new trees, but they will take years to grow. Enjoy you trees! :)

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    1. WE love the trees! Although now in Fall there's about 2 metric tons of leaves in the yard :)

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  12. i grew up in a large rambling house on an acre of land on a very busy highway... i didnt know what boardgames were till i was almost 18, i miss that... took me years to modulate my voice volume to be conducive to apartment living... your woods are lovely... i wish Lila has a wonderful time exploring....when she is ready tho.

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    1. Oh what a lovely place to grow up!

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  13. Awww! This is so dreamy! I love it! I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton books while growing up and one of my favorite series were 'The Enchanted Woods' and 'The Magic of Faraway Tree'. If I had a backyard like this; my imagination would run wild, I can see hours of happy playtime for Lila in future, she's one lucky girl! Lots of Love to her. :)

    - Priti

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    1. Oh yeah those Enid Blyton books with their magical locales were the joy of my childhood.

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  14. Such a pretty house in the woods! Hard to believe that it's in the city. I love the colors of the Fall that you were able to capture so well in this photo!

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