A change in seasons punctuates the air as November strolls by casually with its falling foliage and a dip in temperatures. It also brings to Delhi/NCR the much dreaded air pollution that’s become the bane of our lives since almost a decade now. After getting my morning walk routine on point, I had to stop because of the hazardous air. I did go out with the face mask for a couple of days but then gave up as I realized how strenuous walking was in this air.
♥ Unexpected treats ♥
Went over to my cousin’s house and was pampered with conversations, family time and some yummy food. In fact we went out for dinner to a newly opened place in DLF Promenade mall and were sated with the food. And yes a pit stop was made at Big Chill for my favorite Vanilla Oreo icecream 🙂
Came back home loaded with some winter treats of rewari and gazak which had come especially from Meerut. So all set for some delish munching while writing, reading and TV watching.
The gorgeous Kachnar is in full bloom all around my colony and I delighted my heart in capturing them on the camera. Isnt nature simply the best thing we have on this planet? I am so very grateful to be living in this perfect little green corner of Gurgaon where I get to savor the changing seasons in full glory.
♥ Nature walks ♥
Went for a morning walk for the very first time in the gorgeous Jahapanah forest and was absolutely blown away by it. I cant believe I have never gone for a walk here before now. The forest is marked by a 6 KM perimeter with inner trails crossing in between all the while. So one can meander or stick to just the trail. I chose the latter as I wasn’t sure where I will end up.
I was happy to see loads of pit stops made by the generous walkers to feed the birds and other animals in the forest. Water bowls and even blankets on the forest floor for these adorable puppies, gladdened my heart to no end. Bonus of it all was the filtered sunlight on the paths through the foliage-its such a happy feeling to get that on your face. I felt so alive and happy on this walk and was so grateful for the respite.
I am so grateful to have this beautiful park nestled in the heart of my colony where I go for my morning walk. Its surrounded by tall trees on all sides and inside is a happy mix of some flowering trees and shrubs that delight the senses.
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♥ TBR update ♥
I picked up The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield for a re-read and was totally immersed in it for three whole days. Its such a beautifully written book that just draws you into the world of books and their creators. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for you.
Its been a while since I read American crime thrillers and dug into my cousin’s bookshelf to read some. She is an avid fan of Mary Higgins Clarke and Harlan Coben. Can’t believe I devoured 5 books this month, in this genre.
A random wishful tweet about books and plenty of people messaged me with a request to share my book wish list. The sweetest one has been Parul who just persisted and sent me these two books to brighten up my day.
♥ Culinary efforts ♥
Changing seasons calls winter goodies to be snacked on. Went back to Rachna’s blog to make some besan ke laddoo. Her recipes are just so perfect and easy to make. Also ended up roasting namkeen and other stuff as this season demands all such munchies.
Commenced the pickling series with these Jalapenos that we get in the markets in this season. I will also try and make my favorite pickle of Kohlrabi, carrot and cauliflower -I just love this one with aloo paranthas in winters.
♥ Green thumb ♥
A change in seasons brought out the gardener in me and I sowed some methi, palak, dhaniya in the bigger pots on the balcony. Trying my hand at growing micro greens for the first time and so far its been like this. I have been reading about their nutritional value and wish to incorporate them in my diet.
♥ Health & Fitness ♥
I have been a regular at my walks and been eating home cooked meals too. So all in all a good month for health and fitness.
♥ Blogging news ♥
I blogged a fair bit this month and am happy to see so many visitors on my blog. I am so grateful to them for reading and encouraging me in my writing process. In fact I realized that I had crossed the 50,000 visitor mark which feels really awesome!
So that’s all the news from me for November and now lets have a look at yours. Do share the links to your posts in my comment section please.
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