Well I'm back in Dubai after a trip to the UK, but only for 3 weeks then I'm off to South Africa to work with two volunteer projects with vulnerable children for 5 weeks.
I can't believe the difference in the weather, in Dubai, in the 3 weeks we were away. Although temps are still in the mid to high 30's it is noticeably different and the cold water tap actually doesn't run as hot and I was able to bathe the dog after our trip to the lakes in the desert today from the hose pipe rather than having to cool water down in buckets in the shade.
Before we left Dubai we were moved on from our usual Friday morning watering hole where we met weekly to socialise the dogs and ourselves as it was private property. We didn't manage getting up in time on Friday to meet the usual crowd at the new destination, but did manage it yesterday. The other people there weren't in a group and although friendly when we said hello as we walked past you could tell they weren't there for socialising, so we walked around the new lake, which is something we wouldn't have been able to do 3 weeks ago in the heat and humidity.
This part of the desert is covered with trees, the lakes are much bigger and the water is pumped through filters to keep them clean, there is an abundance of wildlife and in the centre of the picture although not very clear is a crane that was circling around (I must remember to take my grown up camera with me next week as well as my iPhone)
I was rather disappointed to find 3 dog poo bags that people had obviously gone to the trouble of cleaning up after their dog then just dumped them by the trees, the cycle centre is less than 2 kms away and has bins. There was also a lot of rubbish, plastic cups, drink bottles and food waste and wrappers, but I'm assuming this has been left behind by people celebrating Eid as there was also lots of ash piles from bonfires which I very much doubt were lit by the dog walkers so early in the morning. Teams of workers were out picking up the litter and thanked me for the carrier bag full of rubbish I gave them that I'd collected as we walked around the lake.
It's good to be back at the lakes and lovely to have both the cat and dog home after their holiday to the cattery and kennels while we were away and it doesn't appear that their adventure has caused them any issues.
My eye is drawn to the bird almost in the centre of the shot. Sorry to hear of the foul litter people leave lying around. That's quite grim. Enjoy your trip to SA though.ReplyDelete
thanks John, I must take my other camera with me next week, so much wildlife out thereDelete
Oh my it looks so hot there!ReplyDelete
it's much cooler since we returned from the uk with temps in mid to high 30sDelete
Such a beautiful and calm scene although so sorry to hear of the litter that was left lying around to spoil the beauty of it all. I never realised that you would have to cool down cold water in the shade - it just never occurred to me that the heat would mean the cold water comes out of the tap hot.ReplyDelete
it never occurred to us either, been a steep learning curve on keeping coolDelete
An unusual and unexpected view of the desert. All the litter sounds unappealing, good on you for clearing some of it up.ReplyDelete
we clear up every time we go out, quite often there are children with their parents and they join in as they get boredDelete
It looks so picture perfect there, still much much warmer than in the UKReplyDelete
Thank you for linking up
twice as hot as the UKDelete
What a lovely view, so peaceful and quiet x #mysundayphotoReplyDelete
it is lovely out thereDelete
Litter doesn't sound great. It does look very hot in this picture!ReplyDelete
it was rather cool by Dubai standards only 29cDelete
Beautiful scenery! It think those people are their to dig up oil??? Anyway, the photo here reminds me of when I went to Ghadamis in Libya before the political turmoil. All you can see is deserts, but then there were people living in these deserts. It was such an amazing place. Sad about their political situation though. Anyway, enjoy your time in South Africa. I hope you have a grand time. Love to see your update soon! :)ReplyDelete
Hi, there's no oil in Dubai itself and the political situation here in the UAE is stable, but I can't say the same for countries nearbyDelete
Hi Suzanne, it's not as hot here as it is in Dubai, but I love it when we can actually put our hands under the cold water tap safely again!ReplyDelete
Glad to hear that your pets didn't suffer from there 'holiday' away either and hope all goes well on your next trip.
the humidity has shot back up again adding 10c to the tempDelete
it is lovely but looks very hot and dry. ooh litter makes me so cross. such bad behavour. good on you for picking it upReplyDelete
back out there again this morning, much cleaner this weekDelete