Saturday, March 24

almost

basting, quilting and binding......then its finished.
I will write the pattern very soon

Wednesday, March 21

this week in the u.a.e.



lunch on the rooftop of the central souk



lunch with a friend at the golf club. The club house is a " falcon" and it is reported the sheik will not enter through the front door of the building as it is the tail of the bird.

 dinner at a vegetarian indian resturant. the only english on the menu is the name so this meal was quite a surprise when  it arrived....indian mcdonalds? It was beautiful and we had a dosa as well. The biggest surprise was the bill at the end, a whopping 15AED which is less than $5, oh and this included 2 bottles of water.



 house hunting as we will have to decide soon where we are going to live...so many decisions. apartment, villa, low rise, on island, off island ( didn't know what people were talking about to begin with thought it must have been Manhattan). Then the agent took us to Etihad towers and that view was hard to see past. Over looking the palace on level 32, but as you can see the area is a building site, the rooms small and no balcony which we would prefer so we keep looking

but eating and house hunting are not the only things I have been doing... my new quilt is almost finished so here is a little teaser. Must go now as I have important things to do GREYS ANATOMY is about to start!

Sunday, March 11

Wednesday, March 7

oman

 Yesterday we had to take a flying trip to Oman to renew my visa. It is not easy to cross the border but we were fortunate to have a really lovely man from the company Richard works with take us across as he has authority and this saved us a lot of time. This is approaching border control and then I was asked to put the camera away.


 The landscape here in the UAE is really quite flat with rolling sand dunes but as we approached the border the most rugged but beautiful mountains appeared. Rich in minerals ( their main export), the colours were varied and spectacular. I really want to spend some more time in Oman as it appeals to me. The male headwear was heavily embroidered...makes me wonder what other treasures I could find.

 We were treated to lunch by Mr Najeeb and had a lovely time with him, asking many questions about local culture, history etc. He was delightful and we couldn't help laugh when he explained that his marriage was arranged, as was his sons. The difference being  his some got to see the face and hands of his prospective wife while Mr Najeeb wife was like a gift....wrapped and a big surprise on opening! He said you just hoped that you didn't get someone with crooked eyes and teeth. Many hand gestures accompanied the story. I am guessing his wife was OK as they have been married for 38 years and have 7 children. He has only 1 wife but his friend has 4 wives and 36 children!!!!!

It has been really windy here the last couple of weeks and at times the sand almost looks like smog/fog

Sunday, March 4

seeing stars



Just a little sample of the sewing going on (as Jenny M) stated so well on a previous post comments). The stars are for a new quilt I am making and the applique is something ordered by my girls

Friday, March 2

out and about



We have had some wonderful meals here and this moroccan/iranian/lebanese was no exception, as you can see the tabouli was so good I ate before the photo.


 Even the placemats were great.

 A really large mural on the wall of Cafe Arabia


The view from the roof top


The Grand Mosque at night


Marina Mall shopping centre. Ice skating is popular here in the desert.