Friday, August 16, 2013

My current addiction (again)


I am trying to spend an hour a night stitching away.  Last night as so fun, the rain was lashing the house and the wind howling and Tilly and I were on a sofa each, blissfully warm and snug. I've got these long tendrils on one side and I'm fitting random group of hexies in where I like.  Quite unorthodox I'm sure, but it works for me.

Luckily it's an addiction that won't end in rehab.....


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Day in Doha - Part 1

My sister Helen is currently living in Doha, Qatar for a few years with her husband's work contract, so I flew via Doha to London on Qatar Airways to stop off and glimpse her new abode and surroundings. 

It was so interesting to see such a distinctly different environment to my own.  I loved my Day in Doha, and will hopefully return for longer to explore the gulf region a bit further.

Here's a brief overview....Helen picked me up and drove me home via the camel market. What a sight! Hundreds of camels in all sizes in smallish pens. Deals were being struck on elevated platforms where the relevant parties sat cross legged or reclined on cushions.


Sadly, the heat had taken its toll on several camels.  They had collapsed where they stood in the pens. Here one had been removed to the nearest skip bin.  It was an awful, awful sight.

 
And one dead in its pen.
 
 
 
Here's where the deals were struck - on these elevated platforms.



And here's one ready to be transported to its new home.
 


My pictures don't indicate the size of the area and the hundreds, if not thousands of camels for sale.  There were also sheep and goats - they were at least housed in covered sheds so there was some shade for them.

Next on the agenda were the weekly riding lessons, held somewhere on one of the Emir's properties or estates. His stables house 100 horses!

 
I watched for a while and then went exploring...to find he had a mini zoo with a resident Oryx, the national emblem/animal.
 
 
Here are a few pics from around the complex.  I loved the Parisian lamp posts.  The whole thing felt a bit like I was on a Doctor Who setting...totally transported to a ghost town of a parallel universe as the only inhabitants were the 2 Welsh riding instructors!
 


 
 
 

 
The temperature was escalating so next stop was for a dip in the Gulf Sea.  How beautiful the water was. We lunged in.
 
 
and gave it the thumbs up!
 
 
It was getting close to lunch time so we headed to a local jaunt passing a few Qatari style fast food outlets along the way....Falafel anyone?
 
 
We escaped from the heat of the day with a siesta.  Emerging late afternoon to head to the souk. First stop the Falconry centre, where you can buy your very own bird...
 
 
 

 
and fully accessorise it with all sorts of things, including these hoods!
 
 
 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Winter Rain

 
This is the view from my office.  Perth is sopping wet right now and I love it.  Good drenching rain, our thirsty earth is gulping it down, quenching its parched depths.  Renewing itself after our long hot endless summers.  I can feel the sigh of relief.
 
 


Monday, August 05, 2013

The Sumo Sisters

Something else I got up to in Scotland..
 

 
courtesy of a cousin who hires them out. Wish my sister and I had had these when we were kids!
 
 


 


Friday, August 02, 2013

Floral Parade

So while I was away, I fell completely in love with the array of floral colour everywhere - from pots to gardens to the fields I walked in. I delighted in it and it joyfully reflected my mood... so happy and light and positive.  Nature and colour is amazing therapy isn't it?
 
Here's a few of the hundreds of photos I snapped....starting with Scotch Thistle...



and roses at Floors Castle, Kelso, Scotland


and Peony roses (I think?)  on sale at Marks and Sparks



potted petunia colour on the streets in London

 
 
and the floral fa├žade of a pub in London
 
 
 
 
Love in the Mist at a St Albans flower stall
 
 
Roses in Holland Park
 
 
Potted colour at the Op Shop in Coldstream, Scotland
 
 


Thursday, August 01, 2013

Sunny holidays

I'm back from my holiday in Scotland and England.  What a wonderful time I had!  The WEATHER was amazing! I have come home with a tan!  It was sunny and warm everywhere we went...this was taken on Embleton Beach in Northumberland.  I didn't factor in a sun drenched day at the beach...in a way more pleasant than a day in the height of summer here...for a start you couldn't spend an entire day at the beach - you would be a blistering melted mess.