Saturday, 28 March 2015

Week 13 Project 365

I've had a very busy and a very long week. The week started with rain, but I'm afraid the temperature didn't drop much. Hubby has been in Turkey this week and apart from a coffee with friends on Thursday I've been on my own.

Even when hubby isn't away, he's out all day at work so I plan my weeks in advance with the help from Time Out Dubai and look for the free things the city has to offer. This week I've been to a Street Festival, to see a film in the park, a wedding fayre and to the souks to buy material to make scarves for charity and bunting and table clothes for my nieces wedding in the UK next week. I even snuck in some gardening, bathed the dog as well as his daily walks and cleaned the house of sand (again).

The house is already now, projects out the way and waiting for the teenager to fly over on Tuesday for the school holidays.

Day 81 #onedailypositive #leaves #fmsphotoaday #inthedistance #snaphappybritmums #project365

One of the many views of The #BurjKhalifa taken from our local #beach in #MyDubai I love how the palm trees flank the Burj. My one daily positive is I have the freedom to go and explore with my camera and capture some amazing sights. I apologise for the bin but I took the photo with my iPhone yesterday with every intention of returning today with my Nikon but there's been a sandstorm and I can't see the Burj at the moment.

Day 82 #onedailypositive #toomuch #fmsphotoaday #sparkle #snaphappybritmums #project365

My wardrobe is BORING, as try as I might I can't get away from jeans and T-shirts. I own a few smart blouses and trousers and quite a few dresses but every day I go out in my trusty jeans and t shirt and a pair of Birkenstocks. I've a wedding coming up soon and although I've chosen my outfit, dress, jacket and heels, I can't help but look at some of the more exciting clothes in the stores. I loved this top in Monsoon, I've had tops like this before, I end up wearing them once and decide there is too much sparkle for me and actually I'm happy in jeans and T-shirts, I just seem to like window shopping.

Day 83 #onedailypositive #Atreasure #fmsphotoaday #flowers #snaphappybritmums #project365

Probably my earliest memory after a long drive was seeing this vase on the window sill at my Gran's house. When she died, I was asked if there was anything that I wanted, despite my gran having given me many things prior to her death and I requested this vase. I'm too frightened to put it on my window ledge for fear of breaking it, so it sits in my glass cabinet, A treasure that holds flowers.

Day 84 #onedailypositive #half #fmsphotoaday #whereI'mStanding #snaphappybritmums #project365

Wherever I am in Dubai I can see the Burj Khalifa, including from my front door step, there are few places where I can actually view the whole of the Burj so most of my views are just half of it.  Not exactly on my route and a 1km walk from the train to the mall, down 3 floors and a walk to the other side of the mall for this shot but on a positive note after 3 months, I'm not tiring of seeing it.

Day 85 #onedailypositive #ILove #fmsphotoaday #OhYes! #snaphappybritmums #project365

There's nothing I love more than a coffee with friends. Especially when I only moved to Dubai 3 months ago and after the difficulties I had making friends in South Africa, mainly due to the safety aspect of getting out and about. The group of women I meet up with have a deal with the coffee shop and Oh Yes! I take advantage of the blue berry muffin.

Day 86 #onedailypositive #somethingwhite #fmsphotoaday #vintage #snaphappybritmums #project365

Another delve into my memories of my gran with a whale bone petty coat. I have no idea if it is actual whale bone and is very dirty and falling apart in places. I believe it would have been made in the 1850's if it is whale bone, if not, it could be anything from the mid 1920's. I have outfits from 1850 up to the 70's that belonged to my gran, including my favourite, a genuine flapper dress that I last wore to a Night on the Orient Express fund raising ball in 2006.

Day 87 #onedailypositive #give #fmsphotoaday #stationary #snaphappybritmums #project365

This is where I've sat stationary for 2 days making scarves to sell for charity in South Africa for education. I make, I sell, I give.


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    1. my memory told me there was a crack in the vase, but on getting it out for the photo i discovered it was in perfect condition

  2. Looks like an amazing week with some lovely pictures. That vase is gorgeous I must say.

  3. How nice to have articles from your gran, lovely to have the memories. I like that vase, and your quite right to keep it safe.
    Nice to get out with friends for a coffee, esp while hubby is away.

  4. That boned petticoat is an amazing thing to have, and I love the vase. Such special memories x

    1. I'd love to have the room to display a few more things of my grans, but I'm worried about the cat and dog breaking stuff

  5. What an amazing thing to make scarves for charity. I love seeing your views of the Burj Khalifa. So does my daughter - she's been learning about skyscrapers at school! Your gran's vase is a lovely memory.
    I'm just the same as you with clothes - that blouse is beautiful and I know I would stop and look at it too, but would never buy it as I would never actually wear it!

    1. I'm fascinated by the buildings in Dubai and have actually started some research on the architects etc, not many animals and birds to look out for here unlike South Africa

  6. The Burj Khalifa is absolutely majestic isn't it? A very dramatic sight. I'm curious if charity is something that happens out there, when we visited there didn't seem to be much tolerance for those in need, despite one of the five pillars of Islam being to donate to charity.

    Thanks for linking up to Project 365.

    1. there are numerous charities here in Dubai, in all the malls and the supermarkets there is a coin/note bin for donations, they are also very good with children and disabilities especially autism and lots of cat and dog charities, it is something I'm going to look into with more detail.

  7. Your vase is beautiful. When my grandmother moved into an old people's home a few years ago, I ended up with a number of her vases, which were actually my great aunt's vases (she seemed to have lovely taste and whilst they aren't valuable they are lovely).

    1. the value is in the memory, i love getting my grans stuff out and looking at it from time to time