Mad as a March hare – A blog by Devendra Babu – founder/owner (Mango Tree Eco Resort, Lamjung 30th March 2015 )(The name March is derived from the Roman Martius named after Mars, the Roman god of war. In ancient Rome, March 1st marked the first day of spring, which coincided with the beginning of the calendar year and the start of the military campaign season—which may explain why soldiers “march into battle.” The Roman ruler, Numa Pompilius, added January and February to the calendar thus making March the third month of the year. While many have adopted the Gregorian calendar, some cultures and religions still celebrate the start of the New Year on March 1st. Hares mate during the month of March and a female hare may be seen “boxing” (striking another hare with her paws) off a male to prevent an act of procreation – hence “Mad as a March hare”—a phrase that appeared for the first time in Sir Thomas More’s “The supplycacyon of soulys,” published in 1529 – script taken from http://blog.dictionary.com/march) Each day, Mango Tree gets tens of thousands of small tiny visitors! The green leafs are back, bees, flies and bugs are in plentiful supply. There is all around greenery now. Looks like the nature is on full bloom! The eagles show off their playful side, catching thermals. As they soar up high in the sky, the Chebe’s (nepali black bird) likes to chase them up for a playful flight! I think they are like cats and dogs of our sky. Cool air is blowing, people crossing the bridge over the Marshyangadi river and waters reflecting everything above and around…one can easily spend time gawking all day long, i love Spring! It’s so easy to loose track of time – sitting under the tree watching the world ! I leave a very stressful life
Well, it’s been a great month! Firstly, the arrival of Tabea from Switzerland as a volunteer/wwofer, was god send. she arrives as we were in the middle of developing plans to make Baraha Pokhari in Lamjung a conservation area and were busy writing project plans.When we told her about Baraha Pokhari Community Eco Trail and showed the project proposal, she smiles mysteriously and tells us that this is exactly the sort of thing she has been studying all her life. She is M.Sc in Environment Science – specializing in forest and landscape management, how cool is that! She also brought some cool gifts from my ex intern, brother from another mother – Adrian Ruby- thanks man!
Since then, I have also set up a group page on Facebook, where we invite people to the. The group hopes to find the support in various capacity to make Baraha Pokhari Area – a place of outstanding natural beauty! We are creating a grass root movement. We call upon all the friends of Braha Pokahari to come together to realize the potential and support the Baraha Pokhari conservation. We are hopeful that the conservation will attract eco tourism in this area. The ultimate goal of our initiative is to provide sustainable income generating opportunities for the rural communities that live along the trail!
Also it was my pure luck that my very good friends from Nepal and Denmark were also planning a visit to Mango Tree! They arrived just in time for the Spring Season in Nepal. Together, we managed to also map out part of the trail on an App and came up with Mango Tree Roti Circuit which is an excellent day hike for our guest and people visiting the area who are short on time. Thanks Vibeak Dai.Since i get a lot of request from volunteers for stay with the local family in our villages so that they can learn hands on – our way of organic farming and simple living. I managed to document some of the willing families for the pilot phase! At the same time, I am working to make a web platform – to connect our community who are involved with organic farming. I thought it would be an excellent idea to first document their properties which i can put up on a website. I took photos as we walked the trail! The phrase – kill two birds with one stone sounds about right! For last couple of months, i was also in talks with couple of young girls from Kathmandu city who were interested to bring their friends from college, currently studying Environment Science together, for a permaculture workshop at Mango Tree and tour of Chiti VDC. I jumped at the opportunity and prospect of meeting like minded people and share what i know. I ran the workshop with 7 really talented youngsters. Tabea, also helped me to run the course and shared her knowledge on plants,trees and sowing seeds. The whole workshop theme was based on outdoor experimental learning. We played games, spend the nights under the stars in a tent,we made pizzas, we sang, we danced. We all had a great time! You all Rock!
We also gave them a little insight into our adventure side – Canyoning. On the last day, we showed them how one can climb up and down on a rope with just few carbiners, descender and nifty T Block for ascending! When they said they had the most amazing time ever – it made our day and made every thing worth while!
We are taking it easy now! We have lot more to do! Yokel, my brother from another mother, helped me through the workshop. I could not have done it with out him. Now, Yokel and Tabea, our Swiss volunteer/bahini and a friend, are gearing up for Annapurna Circuit. Yesterday, they got the permit from Besisahar from the Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) check post. They were suppose to leave today but got held back due to bad weather. Hopefully it will clear tomorrow and they can make their way to do the Annapurna Circuit! Wish you guys all the best and see you back in 2 weeks or so!
All in all it’s been an awesome March. Thank you everyone for making this the best March ever for me!