Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Mall with Hot New Products

Hey, we have a new mall in Abu Dhabi (yeah, we really really need another mall, but hey ...)

Anyway, while moseying around, we found a delightful shop where you can taste and personalise olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

Look what we also found on their shelves : Oil filled camels ... no pun intended!

And a little piece of home ... Viva Mama Afrika!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Useless fact .....

alternates vowels and consonants

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lulu - The Rock Chick!!

Ok, well...... Lulu - The Old Rock Hen ....

Off we (DD and me) grooved to see Aerosmith live in Dubai. Don't believe me? Well, here are the photos to prove it ....

We would never have had this opportunity back home

You need a magnifying glass to see any sign of human life on the stage (we were in the cheap seats, ok?)

It was hot (in a cool way!) and it was HOT (in a Dubai middle of summer way) but it was

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Knitting Parcel from Heaven

(Well, it is from an angel at the very least!!)

A RAK parcel came today - completely out of the blue (the VERY best kind!!) It felt like Christmas, my birthday and Chinese New Year all rolled into one. Look what the angel sent me :
Firstly, notice the exquisite box - it screams class, but it also screamed "Open me, open me, open me ..."

Okay, I admit, I ripped into the box with my car keys, there and then - in the car park - well, there was NO WAY I was going to wait until I got home - forgetaboudit.

A bag with not one, not two, but three skeins/hanks of THE most incredible sock yarn - ACTUAL, REAL sock yarn. (I have never seen a skein of anything in real life, and I have never seen or felt or smelt or snuggled real, live sock yarn. (But I did today - right there in the PO car park - with a glazed look of love on my face, too!!)

Then out popped some dpns - bamboo, no less - never seen those before either!! And two circular needles to play with and a really useful booklet for notes on my adventures in sock knitting land. Oh, oh, oh..... it couldn't get any better, could it? .... it all smelt so delicious - just like honey, why? Because the angel had added some Bee Bar lotion too.

DD and I had a tug of war over possession of the plastic carrier bag - the little brat won!

Then we fought over the yarn - hah, this time I won!

And the yarn is now sitting on my laptop, where I can see it and snuggle it while I surf!!

Thank you Lori aka Crazyknits - you are simply the best!!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Abu Dhabi Heritage Crafts

A recent visit to the Heritage Craft Village intrigued those of us with an obsession with handmade craft objects .....

Like this guy (who was up to his neck in weaving!) :

A Work In Progress

Samples of beautiful woven silks :

Looms for making larger tapestries and carpets :

The finished products

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Another Yum Yum

ONION juice??

Do you want your card swiped?

I suppose that depends on what you mean by "swiped" .....

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The kitty gets a new toy ...

A story with pictures!

Once upon a time there was a Princess ... (aka Brat Cat)

One day the Princess asked her humom to make her a nice knitted toy ...

"Please make me a nice knitted toy, please, please, pleeeez"

"You feel sleepy, you will make me a nice knitted toy ..."


"MY TOY!!"

"MY toy!!"


"Oops ..."

"It is so tiring being a Princess ..."

The End !!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Let's eat out ... yumm-o

Some of the interesting menus we have seen lately ....

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Prince Charles and his Camil

So, Prince Charles and Camilla came to visit us in Abu Dhabi (just for one day, but what the heck ...) And they drove past OUR house, and WE SAW THEM (from the window of the 14th floor, but what the heck ...) And here are the photos to prove it .....

First, the cops blocked off the intersection ...
That's HIM in the first black car ...

Closely followed by his personal ambulance (right side of photo) and then (presumably) some bodyguards ...

And some more bodyguards ...

And some more bodyguards ... and finally the cops ...

Then the excitement was over
and life returned to "normal" once again.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Fame at last !!!

Did you spot the whirling South African dervishes swinging pillows ?????
Not sure why they fuzzed our faces - perhaps to protect the innocent involved...!!

Pillow Fighting - and FAME

Recently a group called Foresight ( organised a Guinness Record breaking attempt to hold the biggest pillow fight. They were hoping for 5000 participants - so DD and I joined in (who can resist a good pillow fight??)

It started out in an orderly(??) fashion, with the handing out of pillows to participants ....

But, BEFORE the start of the actual fight, things quickly deteriorated into a free-for-all, a a certain person (who shall remain nameless on this blog!) couldn't contain the urge to bash the sh*t out of someone smaller ....

until, exhausted from showing the DD who is the boss, he finally collapsed on said pillow ...

THEN, the actual fight began .....

It only lasted for 1 minute, but was the most fun I have had with a pillow since I was a teenager .......!!!

Afterwards, we drove away feeling exhausted, stress-less and knowing that we would be famous one day - so, when you see the biggest pillowfight listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, YOU can say : I know someone who was there ......

... and a baby blanket ...

More Jerseys for Jack

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Shhhh .... knit happens .....

This is why I have been TBTB (Too Busy To Blog) for a while ...

Someone asked me to knit some jerseys for her first grandchild. What fun it was - casting on 20 stitches instead of 120! BTW congratulations Janet on baby Jack ... have fun spoiling him.

Souf Effrican sense of humour

I just love our sense of humour - we found these on holiday too .....