Sunday, 29 May 2016

Week 74 - My Sunday Photo -Burj Khalifa

Taken from the 10th floor car park at The Dubai Mall on Friday. We arrived at 4.30pm and left at 9.30pm.

Week 21 - One daily Positive, Project366 and SnapHappyBritMums

I've been rather neglecting my blog recently, I have a ton of lovely comments I want to respond to and 2 weeks worth of links I need to visit, read and comment on also. I've 2 months of travel to look forward to in July and August to visit family and friends and I've already packed my case for South Africa despite not flying till July 2nd.

I think we've accepted the relentless heat, it's been our only topic of conversation this week 'I can't it's too hot' Although we did manage to spend Friday morning on the beach with Bob, with thanks to shower facilities, shade and plenty to drink.

Peter and I have been doing much more in the evenings now as we're hurtling towards Ramadan and the end of the school year, things haven't slowed down with work, I've just caught up and over taken. I'm looking forward to my first full year of teaching after a break of 5 years in September, I feel I've got back into the swing of things now. You can see this by the fact I've managed a full week of photo prompts without a picture of the cat or dog or taking a snap of my dinner to fill the gap at the last minute.

On the blog this week:
#MySundayPhoto  Getting ready for Ramadan
#AnimalTales Bob is feeling much better now
#HDYGG and #PoCoLo I've been preparing the garden for the summer months when I'm travelling.

Sunday Day 143 #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #ISpy #may #SnapHappyBritMums I spy the @burjkhalifa from my front door step.

Monday Day 144 #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #pattern #may #SnapHappyBritMums my summer wardrobe, it's summer clothing all year round in Dubai, adding a pashmina and jacket in December. Which means everything in my wardrobe gets worn all the time.

Tuesday Day 145 #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #new #may#SnapHappyBritMums sadly rather looking forward to using my new pens #stationery I've 27 end of year reports and 27 pupil passports to write, although they'll end up being typed I find it easy to physically write them.

Wednesday Day 146 #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #Really!#may #SnapHappyBritMums home from work early after a child threw up on me, it gets so hot during the day that the air con was on full blast trying to cool the house DOWN to 30c. #summerindubai #summer#dubai #dubailife

Thursday Day 147 Day #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #car #may#SnapHappyBritMums along with deck chairs, a tent and the breakfast picnic, this lot is ready to go in the car tomorrow for our first beach trip with Bob in#Dubai. #dog #pets #dogsindubai #dogsofinstagram #dog
Friday Day 148 #OneDailyPositive #Project366#bibs #may #SnapHappyBritMumson the day of the#bibs2016 I shall be having afternoon tea at the @burjalarab celebrating my 45th birthday#burjalarab #skyviewbar

Saturday Day 149 #OneDailyPositive #Project366 #alive #may#SnapHappyBritMums we've had a great weekend, took #BobTheDog to the beach yesterday followed by shopping in the evening @thedubaimall Today Peter cooked breakfast, bought me chocolate and flowers and after a lazy day at home we popped out for coffee, he cooked dinner and we're sitting down now to watch a movie.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Getting the garden looking nice for summer with #HDYGG

There was a cool breeze this evening in Dubai, the temperature was still 32c, but the sun had set and the wind felt cooler, than it had done all day.

To get an idea of what it feels like to live in Dubai in the summer, stick the central heating on to 30c, as that's what we're battling to cool our villa down to, wrap yourself in cling film to represent the humidity, sit in front of the hot oven with the door open and aim a hairdryer at the back of your neck, then remember it's not the height of summer yet and it's going to be at least 10c hotter.

Anyway, I took advantage of the cooler air and decided to do some gardening, I've noticed quite a few triffid like weeds and the sand is covered in green ground cover and scraggly grass.

        I opted to uproot the tall spiky plants as on closer inspection there was a lot of colour underneath their foliage that I wasn't getting to see. i may have made a mistake, it may have only been flowering due to the protection from the leaves from the sun, but I've nothing to lose, I wasn't benefitting from the underneath, so only time will tell.
             What I found is 2 plants and a tray of bedding that I forgot all about, as well as a lot of shrubs, that are still in flower.



And grass, more suited to the side of a motorway than a lawn, thick, strong, lanky grass, with roots that go down forever. Today's high was 35c, the rest of the week it's 38c+. It's under 30c at 5am when I get up for work in the morning, so I'm going to set the alarm 30 minutes early next week so I can finish tidying up, before it gets too hot to go out in.


The remains of the spiky plants will have to sit by garage door until the gardener comes on Saturday.
I say gardener, but what I mean is 'tidy upper' sweeper' and 'waterer of the sand'.

I'm in the UK in July and August and I'm really looking forward to the cooler weather there, despite it looking like it's going to be a hot summer by UK standards. I'm staying in Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, South Wales, Somerset and Dorest, so if you're around and fancy visiting a stately home or public gardens with me do let me know. But first I have winter in South Africa and a week in Germany to see as much of the outdoors as possible, whilst catching up with friends.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bob is feeling better

Well Bob is feeling a lot better and thank you to everyone who has commented on last week's post, face book, instagram and twitter.

Bob has only put on .2kg over the past week after rapid weight loss over the previous 3 weeks, it seems that the rash has something to do with the sand, the skin infection was probably due to the rats in one of the out buildings he showed a close interest in and we still have no idea about why he has been losing weight.

However this weekend we are going to a dog meet up on the beach. it's a private event with a small charge. Dogs are banned on the beach in Dubai, which is a shame seeing as we only live 1km from it.

We'll deal with any sand rash by taking a large container of water with us to rinse him with before we drive home and we have cream from the vets. As you know we live in Dubai so avoiding the sand is very difficult, almost impossible.

Sunday, 22 May 2016