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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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I paid the above company an exorbitant price to ship a box of personal belongings to me - door to door. The box has arrived in Casablanca and naturally there is a customs tariff to be paid but apparently I have to go in person with passport in hand to pay and collect the 20 kg box. Doesn't sound like a door to door service to me. I am happy to pay the tariff, I expected it but I am not happy to sort out the logistics of collection given that I am about a 3 hour drive away with... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at mosaic road
And served wherever you want - in bed, on the rooftop, in the downstairs courtyard or on the balcony outside your room. Nothing is too much trouble. There is always freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, {yesterday was pistachio flavoured, remember that Franny !!! }, cake freshly made, Moroccan pancakes with local honey and classic French pastries. Omelettes also somethimes appear. This a meal to sit and linger over, to savour and enjoy. A far cry from 3 or 4 spoonfuls of cereal hastily eaten [or shovelled ] at the kitchen bench before dashing off to work. Being here has enforeced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
If I climb this beautiful time worn staircase I get to a roof top garden on two levels with views in every direction across Marrakech. It is a city of low rise buildings and I can even see across to a faint smudge representing the Atlas mountains. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
When I arose I took myself on a little photo tour of my new place of work so all these were taken this morning at Riad Mur Akush Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
FLATBED !!!! Travelling business class is a very expensive habit of mine. I don't always indulge , in fact on my last three overseas trips I was down 'the back of the bus'. This time, to celebrate retirment, I purchased a Singapore Airlines business class ticket and it certainly made this long haul trip way less of an endurance test . I, with my 40 kgs of luggage have arrived safe and sound and I am now tucked up in a gorgeous 4 poster bed that is draped in swathes of muslin. I am all over the place time wise... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
I wanted to give small tokens to my beloved friends at work when I left but wanted to give something that meant something but was also fun. So I somehow came up with this key ring idea. The British Keep Calm website has lots of options and ideas plus lots of icons and backgrounds. I found the right things to match my theme luckily. My wonderful sister then did the necessary downloading and printing and fun gifts were made. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at mosaic road
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Oct 11, 2014
Today we went 'en famille plus some' to the Yarraville Botanic Gardens for a picnic. We did not lug baskets of food as the park is lined with food trucks so everyone can head off and choose the lunch of their choice. The servings were enormous and I shared a vast aamount of chile cheese fries and a pulled pork and salad roll. The day was such fun, the sun was shining and no washing up had to be done at the end . Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at mosaic road
Last night I was a most privileged guest at an amazing family dinner. My Afghani friend of 19 years invited me to her house for a goodbye feast. My children and I drove 31 kilometres to her home and we joined her huge extended family and ate the most wonderful meal. The pilau [rice dish] was just incredible, served on a vast platter and beautifully adorned. Platters of chickens and lamb followed and spicy pickled vegetable salads accompanied by bread and dips. As per her culture the men vanished into another room to eat . Then her Pakistani neighbours joined... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at mosaic road
This is it !!! Last day at the clinic after 14 years at the coal face !!! Quite unbelievable !!!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at mosaic road
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Sep 29, 2014
I have got something fabulous in my garden and I feel like showing it off. Excuse my boasting but I have this amazing ornamental artichoke !! There are two or three more growing up beside it. Tough globes amongst silver fernlike frondy leaves . I love them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at mosaic road
My dogs are both family members and best friends and it will certainly break my heart to say goodbye to them in 3 weeks time. So much of my day revolves around them and no one could ask for better companions. No matter if I am happy or sad they remain constantly by my side, wagging their tails and grinning their doggie grins. Lucy will turn 15 in 4 weeks and as to be expected, she is looking grizzled and more fragile by the week. Of course I must face facts that she may not be around when I return... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at mosaic road
And it is a bad one and of course involves sugar !! Frozen soft serve yogurt shops are springing up all over the place and I cannot keep out of them. Last night's indulgence consisted of two flavours - coconut and rose with lychee, sprinkled with lychee jelly cubes. I fear the term yogurt is a very loose title for such a confection. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at mosaic road
A lovely lady from my home insurance company came today and we trawled through the long list of stolen items. She made the whole claim thing very straightforward. Luckily I had serial numbers and receipts for the bigger items. Smooth sailing with the new for old policy !! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at mosaic road
My house looks like a tip and the dogs and I are semi camping. Boxes of household items are piling up in every room and most of the cupboards are empty bar vital domestic necessities. Not a pretty look !! Chaos in fact reigns especially after the break-in this week and the theft of so many of my personal belongings. I really do have to try and keep calm but my brain is often in overdrive as I try to sort out what to pack and what to store plus now I have to deal with police reports and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at mosaic road
I left the house at 8.15 and on returning at 1.15 from work found the door open, broken glass everywhere on the porch and the house ransacked. I called 000 and waited for the police. Every electronic item has been taken and all the chargers, all my jewellery, my heart rate monitor, a new suitcase even a box of chocolates. They left a mess as you can imagine. The two guard dogs must have left their posts for the duration. So now comes the task of making the claims and dealing with the insurance company. To their credit, they sent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at mosaic road
Slowly and surely, I have been getting a travel company off the ground, offering bespoke tours to Morocco. The website is still a work in progress but there are three pages up for viewing if anyone has a moment and wants to take a look. Feedback is very welcome !! I would love for anyone who is thinking of travelling to Morocco to contact me as I have a wonderful guide and many wonderful tour options on offer to suit all budgets. Morocco is such an amazing country with both snow and desert and so many adventures to be had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at mosaic road
Why , when I am buying lovely crispy apples, grown here in Australia, do I put them in a plastic bag made in USA ?? Can't Australia make a plastic bag ?? Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at mosaic road
For any cook, beginner, family or even gourmet chef, this must be the quickest, easiest and most satisfying meal to make. It is literally a throw together concept using anything - meat or veg, fresh ingredients or frozen, even leftovers, all bound togther with a thin egg batter. Hopefully everyone will eat it too. It can be served hot or cold and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I used sliced leftover potatoes and tiny diced bacon pieces in mine. You can not go wrong, I promise !!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at mosaic road
This week I was give an amazing box of chocolates, bought to me all the way from Berlin. The store , Rausch Plantagen Schokolade, where they came from was first opened in 1890 and apparently many royals are among their customers. Their chocolate is made from single origin cocoa and each bar in my special box is made up of a different percentage of cocoa. The box , resembling a wooden cigar box, remains untouched by me as yet - it is such a lovely thing to have. I will keep it like that for a little while - till... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at mosaic road
I don't enter many competitions and I certainly don't take prize winning photos so this just was just my lucky day. I did what was required - I shared my snaps - and won churros for two at San Churros in Windsor. Yum !!!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at mosaic road
As I have a new adventure unfolding before me I am wanting a new look blog to reflect my lifestyle change. And I would prefer not to pay for it. So while I fiddle with trialling other platforms I have chosen a new name and a new header. Manningroad is now Mosaic Road and I will continue with Typepad for now. Our life is made up of so many little pieces , some smooth , some rough. We are what we are because of all these different and often oddly shaped bits and pieces called life experiences. Some are bright... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at mosaic road
Thank you to everyone who has sent greetings to me via FB, text and phone call. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing and loving friends and family. Since the same auspicious date a year ago I have had 2 very different adventures to Morocco and a very memorable trip to Boston and NYC. Also I have entered a very convoluted long distance relationship , spent many hours in the gym, walked dogs endless kilometers and drunk many a long black. And most importantly I have laughed, laughed till I have cried in fact, on a daily basis... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at mosaic road