Blogs I Follow
- so here is the thing
- View From Our Hill
- The Sandy Chronicles
- Once a designer...
- Going Batty in Wales
- Alice Fox Textiles
- The Shrub Queen
- Photographic Memories
- lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown
- Amanda Jones Crochet
- Ramblings From Jewels
- Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
- The Loopy Stitch
- Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
- The Dorset Rambler
- The Wee House Of Crochet
- Dorset Dawdlers
- The Crafty Therapist
- Morale Fiber
- Tea & Paper
- Julia's Creative Year
- Maria Clarke-Wilson
- The Contented Crafter
- Sewing Etc.
- Words and Herbs
- It's all in a Nutshell Crochet
- Notes From the Hinterland
- Eliza Waters
- Pink Cobwebs
- Buttercup and Bee
- the willow witch
- Life is too short to drink bad wine
- I Am Branching Out
- Well Hopper
- from sewing room to potting shed
- Barn House Garden
- T H I M B E R L I N A
- Postcard from Gibraltar
- An Artist's Journal
- KDD & Co
- Petal & Pins
- The Green Dragonfly
Tag Archives: Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi heat
sweet sweaty heat to warm me
and heal my tired bones
I had to dig deep to find a picture of TRAFFIC for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge this week. There is some traffic there, really there is.
Click on the link to see a whole year of subjects ready and waiting for you to have fun with. This picture goes well with Ronovan’s prompt words of SWEAT and HEAT for his Haiku Challenge.
I had to go back to January 2014 when I went to Abu Dhabi to spend two weeks in the sunshine. That winter I had had one illness after the other and needed to feel sunshine on my body to feel well again. Luckily my brother-in-law was working in Abu Dhabi and I was able to stay with him. I spent long delicious hours wandering the beach collecting shells.
And my favourite shell picture here.
Escaping from the relentless rain here in the south of England, I go over my pictures of the glorious sunshine of Abu Dhabi. I can take my self back there with this view from my bedroom
Join me in soaking up the sunshine,
wandering along the beach …
finding interesting pieces of coral – is that what this is?
the beach did not at first look promising for beachcombing – one of my very favourite pastimes – but when I looked really closely
there were such delicate colours and beautiful fragments to be found ….
and eventually finding a few larger shells, I started to write names
And then I realised if I did a picture of the name of one of my grandchildren, then all eight needed to be done! More shells needed. …..
I got into a lovely routine of wandering slowly along the beach first thing each morning and ……..
mandalas started to take over from knitting designs.. . . …
Such a grasshopper mind!
What is it about sorting and arranging that is SO pleasing and relaxing ……
This blog had been a bit quiet recently due to a little bit of hibernation followed by a self styled knitting retreat in Abu Dhabi – oh boy was it WONDERFUL to get some sun on my bones this winter:
My favourite knitting spot
I went for a fortnight – Now how much yarn would you pack for 14 days of virtually uninterrupted knitting
I went to stay with my brother-in-law who is working in Abu Dhabi. He was at work all day and I had the place to myself to work on my Hat Wig designs.
I thought I was taking so long to get new ones finished because I have so many other calls on my time at home, and a fortnight away would see a batch of new patterns ready to put in the Etsy Shop and on Ravelry. It turns out it just does take me AGES to finish writing a pattern. Ideas, creating designs, knitting new creations – easy, but actually getting them down on paper for others to follow – that is HARD work. If anyone has any tips or computer programmes that can help PLEASE let me know!!!
and that does take time of course, but it is the methodical, ordered, organised careful writing of knitting patterns that my grasshopper mind resists.
And then of course the view could be a bit distracting ……