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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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The word breakfast seems obsolete when you sit on a rooftop in the gentle heat of the early morning here. I am drinking lovely coffee from a charming pottery mug and contemplating breaking my fast with Moroccan pancakes, olives and a fresh baguette with local apricot jam. It will be a vastly different story tomorrow morning when I wake up as I will be in my own appartment. I am sure there will be nothing photoworthy on my table - it will be back to muesli, fruit and yoghurt !!! Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at mosaic road
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All the riads or old houses here have fabulous rooftop gardens and patio areas. In the olden days when women were forbidden to leave the house these rooftops were there domain and sanctuary, bringing the outside in. Riad Sesame has a high wall around the roof top but you can still see other higher gardens and the main Kotoubia mosque. Wonderful also to see they are using solar energy. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I have moved across the alley to a different riad called Riad Sesame as Riad Mur Akush is full. I have been there over a week as a privileged guest but do not wish to outstay my welcome. Riad Sesame is lovely as all these riads are but it has new ownership so there are a few wrinkles to be ironed out but let me show you around. Below is the door to my room, such wonderful arched doors. Also it is on the ground floor which is a blessing when I am not travelling light. No lugging 40 kgs... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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I was invited to attend a consular evening in Rabat for Australians living in Morocco. That's me for now I thought , so I set off. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and a 4 hour train trip from Marrakech. The station - Gare du Train - is new, contemporary and immaculate. The obligatory golden arches of McDonalds are well entrenched here as you can see. This is a very modern part of town that includes KFC, Zara, H&M, Adidas etc. The ancient Medina is only about a 20 minute walk from this stark newnesss. Immaculate station and train and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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I needed to move rooms at the Riad yesterday and I moved upstairs to Meli Room, on the lower rooftop level. It is, again, very gorgeous, like all the other rooms here. Imagine the romantic feel when the fire is lit. You will not be able to see it but the silver tap at the basin is embossed and an artwork in itself. I must say here that M, my employer, is the most generous and open hearted soul one would ever want to meet. I am here as a guest and her consideration of me at all times has... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I have a new address. Below are some preliminary photos of my new abode, none were taken by me. I will be living on the 5th floor with a view to the Atlas Mountains. Guests welcome. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Come with me and I will take you on a little tour of my gorgeous room here at Riad Mur Akush where I am a guest for a week while I try to find myself a suitable apartment. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at mosaic road
mosaic road is now following Lambsearshoney
Oct 23, 2014
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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 Oct 23, 2014 at mosaic road
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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 Oct 21, 2014 at mosaic road
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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 Oct 21, 2014 at mosaic road
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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 Oct 20, 2014 at mosaic road
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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 Oct 19, 2014 at mosaic road
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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
mosaic road added a favorite at http://www.AgnesPages.typepad.com
Oct 11, 2014
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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
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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
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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
mosaic road is now following Kelly James
Sep 29, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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