Monthly Archives: September 2015

London Travelogue – National History Museum

I have not been written about my travelogues for ages. It’s been five years in London and I have not written much about the place, this beautiful victorian world-famous city.

Who don’t love museums, they are the place of knowledge, history, something to ponder about what we have come from but few times boring! My first formal visit to Museum abroad was not in London – it was Louvre Paris. You can read all about it here.

London has kept its museums well and beautiful, place is a real treat for museum lovers – above all they all are FREE. So here is my brief on the museum –

image5(1)Museum itself looks so beautiful from outside. The Natural History Museum has an ornate terracotta façade by of high Victorian architecture. The terracotta mouldings represent the past and present diversity of nature.

image1(1)The museum is home to may be million of life and earth science specimens. There are huge collections of botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology, zoology and what nots. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, the famous one is  large Diplodocus cast which dominates the main hall. It looks familiar, isn’t?

image15The one which shows the beginning –

image4(1)It is commendable that how they have put all the effort in restoring the original and recreating the replica.

This one took me to Muir Woods, California –

image13Muir Woods in California is famous for its long Strangely I haven’t written about it on my blog. It holds the large area for Redwood trees, also called Sequoia. Quick introduction to Redwoods – It is an evergreen, long-lived tree living 1,200–1,800 years or more. This species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 29.2 feet (8.9 m) in diameter. These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth.

image14The next thing intrigued me there was Mars’s rock –

image12This rock was fell in Egypt in 1911. Around 11 million years ago it was believed that a comet or an asteroid hit the surface of Mars and was so powerful that few pieces eventually landed on Earth as meteorite.

Also museum has a huge collection of gemstones,

image9Above are organic minerals.

image10Can’t believe these rocks are natural – colours and textures are so intricate.

image11I was so last admiring the diamonds collection in th museum that forgot to take its pictures!

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Museum has a huge collection of fossils too –

image7(1)Marry Anning is called as fossil woman. Some of the finest fossils in the museum are collected by Mary.

image6(1)Reva’s favorite section where they have kept butterfly’s fossils –

image2(1)And lastly but not the very least – mammals section, this is where kids had all the fun

image17 image16 image3(1)I have not even covered the 50% of the museum in my post, this is the area we could manage to see with both the kids in 2-3 hrs of time. You need a day or two to visit the museum and admire its collections.

Highly recommended to visit with kids or when in London.

Sibling Love

My childhood with my little sister, well I wouldn’t have quoted it as ‘Sibling Love’. Boy! we were real fighters, literally! We fought for every little things, used all the physical and verbal strength to let each other down, nothing we agreed upon and everything was meant to be disagreed. But keeping differences aside – I love my sister dearly and think this loves matured when I got Reva and Viraj. Watching them growing and playing together gives me immense pleasure and inner satisfaction, Though I feel bad that me and my sister could have spent our days less fighting and more loving, but hey we have each other at least! Someone to call upon and rant over randomly.

Reva and Viraj has been clicked recently (touchwood!) but still here and there I hear Reva mouning about ‘how I should eat more and get a baby in my tummy again and this time she should be having her baby sister’ as she didn’t ask for baby brother!’ – how on earth she got this idea I really don’t know…

They have started to play tag together, hide and seek and the best one is shouting and screaming in rhythms and oh watching tv together as if there are no kids in the house…

IMG_1564Frozen is favorite between two – nothing beats the title song.

IMG_1697Enjoying on the swing…

We decided that we will call Reva as ‘Didi’ so that Viraj will follow us and call her Didi, but we forgot that kids are Smart! So when Reva is getting ready for school or we have to chase her to be quick – we shout for her which is followed by Viraj shouting ‘VEVAAAA’. Now where is Didi – he cutely points to Reva and say ‘VEVVAA’. First thing in the morning, he wants tea biscuit because we are having tea and both kids love dunked biscuits in the tea, so it has to be two – one for him and one for ‘VEVAA’.

Love you my munchkins xx

Revisitng old pictures

Picture of my princess taken in Oct 2012 –

Below is taken some time in April/May 2015 –

IMG_1688She has grown so much since then – turned six years this August, in Year 2 and still havent finished her first coloring book 🙂

We parents are so crazy I tell you – every morning after breakfast and school run chaos, when I see elder kids on the way to school and hope for the day soon to come when I will be having independent kids like them but when seeing these pictures when Reva was so little and boss around so cutely then I feel why she has to grow up – cant i have my cute and naughty kids be the same age forever but hint of independence too 😛

The Lazy Me

If you would have asked me like couple of months (lets take couple of months = 12 months), what kind of person you are, I would proudly quote me as an active, energetic, never like to stop etc etc. But now I am just the opposite (in the making for sure). I don’t feel like to do anything, just wanted to lie in the cozy blanket with a book in hand or iPad to watch endless light movies or TV shows – the one I’m catching up with is ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and at the moment watching ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ (cheeky eh?)

So coming back to being lazy – I have so many things in my mind to start, to complete but all are just sitting there and brewing, waiting that when the lady will come out of her ‘comfort zone’ and act on them :-/

Where shall I start, my list looks like a perfect list that anybody wants to do – reading, crocheting, running, meditating, sewing and last one is updating the blog more frequently……but pagal lazy man just don’t let me 😦

[sigh] [sigh]