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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
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Renovations are always a pretty gruelling and stressful process in any country. I have been there many times. It is not for the fainthearted and I certainly would not want to take it on here in Morocco. Here, workmen will come in and gut your interior and all the building refuse is packed manually into hessian sacks or flour bags. Hard and horrible work especially in the heat. The heavy bags are then lugged out of the property and lined up ready for a mule and cart (or a poor little frail donkey). Where the rubbish is taken is unknown... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at mosaic road
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Tangier is in the process of getting a new corniche. I cannot imagine the cost but I have seen firsthand the mess, the mini swirling dust storms, the traffic detours, the excavation equipment, the cranes and the ghastly chaos it has caused. But means to a beautiful end. In my photos you can see the transplantation of many palms, with their fronds tightly wrapped, that will ultimately flank the sidewalk. I do not know where these trees originate. I wish I did. They are huge and the digging up process and transporting must be a logistics nightmare. The old corniche... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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The saying "never work with animals or children" really needs to be altered to include peacocks !!! I faced the peacock challenge today and it was very complex trying to "get my ducks in a row". The wretched birds are twitchy, flighty, noisy and camera shy. You really have to stalk them very patiently and then they are liable to "fly the coop" and strut off squawking before you get a finger near the shutter. And don't expect to see a shake of the tail feathers. Compliance is not their strong suit. With the sun glare as an added challenge... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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The Port of Al Hoceima in Tangier is a frantic spot that serves the local fishing industry, recreational boats and daily ferries The fish market trades every day with buyers bargaining to get the best price for the catch of the day fresh off the boats. The small harbour 'parking bay' is packed with fishing boats, no room to manoeuvre whatsoever. It is seedy, smelly, salty and grimy as seaports often are with fishermen working on tangled nets and greasy engines or lounging with a glass of mint tea after a long night shift. Seagulls wheel and screech overhead ,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I did not eat all of this on my own, I could have easily but it was shared !!! Is it not the most amazing wow factor dessert ever ??? I had this unexpected culinary experience one lunchtime in Tangier. Such a glossy, velvety chocolate mousse cake, like no other !!! Morocco never ceases to amaze me as most homes in this country have no oven, just a stove top for cooking tagines. Items like bread that need to be baked go to the communal village baker. Most homes ( including the riad where I work) that do have an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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This is a fabulous children's book about a tiger who visits a family daily and consumes everything in sight including all the water in the tap. Well, I have a daily visitor , related to a tiger, who appears every afternoon. A fluffy grey cat has been dropping by off and on for quite a while. She enters the apartment quite nonchalantly and heads straight to 'her' water bowl. After a very big drink there is a long session of 'roly polies' on the cold tile flooring ( forgive the poor action photos) then a cool corner near the fan... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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I can and do eat soup all year round but those less passionate about this meal in a bowl tend to associate it with winter. Well, England seems to have wintry conditions all year round so recently, although according to the calendar it was summer, soup was on every menu. I loved both the soups I tried and they were healthy and colourful. Broccoli and Stilton was lush, hearty and delicious . Tomato and Basil was velvety and piquant. Each night, nestled beside the bowl was the softest warm and yeasty roll I can remember eating. Soup heaven for me... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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There are 99 Yew trees in the churchyard of St Mary's in Painswick. Number 100 did not grow for some reason. They flank the ancient graveyard and ring the church property creating massive hedgeways. You can even sponsor one as they need a lot of trimming and TLC as they date back to the eighteenth century. According to folkloric legend every time the 100th yew tree is planted, it dies. Another fascinating thing about this Anglican Church is that in 1686 a bell ringers association was formed and it still exists today. The church has fourteen bells. It seems to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Painswick is a Cotswoldian (is there such a word) village with a very ancient church. St Mary's first building dates back to around AD 1040 and Domesday records state that there was a priest in Painswick from AD 1086. Adding colour and beauty to the historic church is an amazing collection of 'conteporary' tapestry kneelers. I was not expecting such a sight when I quietly crept through the heavy old doors. In front of every pew, in every row, hung individual and handcrafted kneelers. No sore reddened knees on cold hard floors in this parish. The collection of 300 took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at mosaic road
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Lest We Forget. There are no poppy fields in Australia so I was excited to see the windswept wild poppies (popover rhoes) in Britain. This gorgeous pillar box red flower has major international significance as on November 11, Remembrance Day, they are worn as a memorial symbol for all the lost, missing and fallen soldiers from the past and horrific World Wars. They are often known as corn poppies and like to grow in disturbed and messed up soil conditions, where not much else will grow, hence their appearance on the battlefields of Flanders in the spring of 1915. A... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at mosaic road
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I am drawn to old architecture. Contemporary buildings often leave me cold, it's just a personal taste thing. So travelling England means my head is on a constant swivel and my eyes on stalks as this is a country overflowing with old, even ancient places. Houses interest me as I always imagine what life might be like behind the high gate or the stone fence or the shuttered windows. I saw mansions like Downton Abbey and their sheer size is amazing but it is the cottages and farm houses that I love with their climbing roses, beams and attics, exuding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at mosaic road
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Tea trays are so English and I love seeing them in guest rooms as I wake early and always want coffee. The two hotel/guesthouses where I stayed in England both supplied bottled fizzy mineral water (my favourite) and a choice of teas and coffees, good brands too. Providing the little coffee plunger gets a thumbs up from me and I certainly made use of it. The packet cookies were a little ordinary but its the coffee that counts. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at mosaic road
Hahaha, me too, very funny Sent from my iPad
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2016 on Bread and Water at mosaic road
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Every country has iconic things that the world at large only associates with that place . To most, beer, prawns on the barbie and surfing smack of Australiana, Italy has coffee and gelato, Holland has tulips and clogs and so on. I saw a lot of quintessential England (but maybe only to me) recently. Not all were things that were glaringly obvious Britannia, but some touching things that you would not find outside the UK in all probability and that made me smile inside a little. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at mosaic road
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On my recent walking trip I really did criss cross the Cotswolds, taking the high road, the low road, the highway and the byway. Every, often muddy, step was worth it. The terrain is so varied, up hill and down dale, but one thing remained consistent - the amazing greenness. Also, to be honest, the drizzle was pretty much off and on but I know you don't get such verdure without a lot of water.. After living in Morocco and Australia where brown is the countryside colour, the lush green really impacted on my senses. Many different pathways and walking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at mosaic road
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For the last few days in the Cotswolds I have felt like the pages of an English country life magazine had come to life. My days were flower filled. Not the cut sort of florals from a florist but many were wild, rambling and climbing, scraggily scattered and others were growing neatly , pretty and manicured, in pots or on patios. I have seen them all en masse. Many blooms in many colours, some blowsy and open, some still tightly furled but all wearing the dewey droplets of English summer drizzle. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at mosaic road
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Secret Hills is a walking group for trampers and hikers. They run guided walks in scenic places in Europe and England. I joined them as they had a walk in the Cotswolds that coincided with the dates I was free in Britain. It was an all inclusive long weekend with three day walks, each covering ten plus miles. You definitely need some fitness, a love of route marching and some well worn in sturdy hike boots as all sorts of terrain is covered, a lot of it in typical English summer drizzle. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at mosaic road
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Forever I have loved, loved, loved the Cotswolds. My visits have been too few and never long enough. I have just returned for three days of walking, hiking, rambling this wonderful countryside. At every turn of the way there are views of velvety rolling hills, quaint storybook cottages, churches exuding history, babbling brooks and Downton Abbey mansions . The gardens are in full, exquisite bloom, the pastures rich and green and the caramel coloured Cotswold stone villages as picture perfect as ever. This place, this whole area of England makes me run out of superlatives and I am sure I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at mosaic road
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I am on a little English country break (read necessary visa run). Instead of seeing camels, goats and flat, sandy, dry, arid, pebbly landscape broken up by vicious prickly pear cacti, I am seeing lush green pastures verdantly dotted with baby, yellow buttercups grazed upon by beautiful, healthy livestock. The wide, blue, Moroccan skies that I love have been swapped for low grey cloud and much drizzle. Luckily the cows and horses don't mind and munch on happily. I am ok with a short dose of drizzle so will also munch on happily till it passes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at mosaic road
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Today as I walked along the Cotswold Way, I saw some fabulous countryside and also many lovely dogs out frolicking and walking with their owners. It really was a dogs day afternoon. I certainly miss animals especially owning a dog so seeing such happy cared for dogs chasing and fetching made me very happy. Just like Dr Dolittle I talked to all the dogs and all the cows, sheep and horses as I passed them by. In all likelihood I will own another dog or dogs in the future but until then I just have to enjoy seeing all the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at mosaic road
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Here is the moose/mousse that bought me undone recently at the Hotel Selman . In my life there have been many, way too many, chocolate mousse/s to count but this particular one blitzed the lot. Dark and silky with a proper very deep chocolate taste, not just sweet but very cocoa noir. So many desserts and cakes in Morocco look so eye catching and wonderful but then disappoint as they have no depth of flavour. I must confess to having a second scoop from this enormous bowl of edible joy. I could not resist, I was helpless, powerless and pathetic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at mosaic road
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Vying for top position on my favourite food list is the raspberry. It was a staple in my freezer all year round in Australia as supermarkets sell big bags snap frozen (Mommas) or smaller boxes (Sara Lee) . In Morocco it is up to me to buy up big when in season and do the freezing myself and when they are gone, they are gone till next year. These desserts at the Hotel Selman were made with the most perfectly formed raspberries, enhanced with tiny droplets of water from a gentle misting rinse. So exquisite to photograph, even more so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at mosaic road
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The words fish stew, to me, conjure up something unappetising and unattractive and I am sure there is a much more culinary acceptable name for this dish. It was not paella as no rice, not bouillabaisse as not soupy enough so I have to go with fish stew. The real name is probably Portuguese or Spanish and I am clearly lacking in food knowledge from these countries. It was bubbling away on an element in a huge wok and although I am not a great fisher eater it looked and smelled so tempting, Mediterraneanesque and delicious. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at mosaic road
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Here is a situation where the title does not matter and taste wins out. Mostly I cannot tell the difference between any of the crustaceans that lurk on ocean floors or habitate in deep bodies of the sea. I don't want to buy them or cook them but if someone presents me with a delicious ready to inhale morsel every now and again then yum !!!!!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at mosaic road
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Two basics, two necessities, two items that do not always exude excitement ! When I saw the bread and water at the Hotel Selman buffet lunch I did actually feel a thrill. The displays were so lovely and enticing, even calling for photo evidence of their splendour. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at mosaic road