This month I've been at home in Dubai with a 12 day break to South Africa in the middle of Ramadan.
During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in public during daylight hours is illegal and unfortunately there is little consistency with opening hours and who has a licence for drink in or take away only and in this heat high 30's I find life in Dubai quite difficult, so I tend to escape for as much of it as I can.
Ramadan decorations at Mall of the Emirates
Eating and drinking only during the day, behind the curtain
Both the cat and the dog have been in an out of boarding as they do most of the summer while we travel and are always pleased to see us when we're home.
This stray cat is being cared for by one of our neighbours but likes to sit on our doorstep where the air con escapes underneath and keeps him cool during the day in the shade.
The garden has been doing well this year also. The lawn had its final cut. I researched how to care for the cactus over the summer.
Water once a week. Deep and slow watering over a 4-6 hour period, by making small holes in the lid and turning the bottle upside down.
No new purchases for the house, just a rearrange so we're not sitting under the full blast of the air con.
South Africa, our former home for 4 years, I have to be on high alert with my personal safety when I visit, something I've noticed I'm doing more of in the UK also, since leaving there almost 9 years ago. Dubai is so safe, we often forget we can't behave the same way everywhere else
This is NOT Bob. It's Grace she was rescued from the same area a year after Bob and is 3 years younger.
Part of the reason for my visit to South Africa is support my friends with their charity work. I'm no longer affiliated with the charities directly.
Cleaning out, sorting through donations and tidying the storage unit.
Always time for some shopping at an African Market and a typical mall.
A drive round the countryside and over the dam. The water is polluted as far as the eye can see.
Lemon trees and homegrown Granadilla
Succulents on safari
And of course time for friends and lovely food and drink. It's always great to catch up with friends, something I don't have many of in Dubai. It's important to me to maintain contact throughout the year also.
In other news this month I've decided to ditch the linkys other than #pocolo #mysundayphoto and 'Where am I in the world?' and #project365.
We were finally able to share our news that we're going to become grandparents and I've had my final round of dental surgery and have been able to ditch the plate. Won't be finished until mid July.
In June I'm off to Ireland with a friend, then visiting child 2 and 2a in Northern Ireland before flying to the UK for a week.
So that's all from me for May, how's it been for you?