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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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Buying a beautiful rug in Morocco can be a mine field . The sellers are persuasive and the choices endless. My son recently purchased two whilst here on a quick trip. The first purchases provided him with a learning curve enabling him to drive a hard bargain when buying rug number two. So through this process our family now has a very genuine contact and so if anyone desires a handcrafted pure wool Berber rug or hall runner, I can do some enabling and shipping. No haggling required. Just paypal. The same goes for other handcrafts including the lovely cashmere... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at mosaic road
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Gluten free, easy, no bake, no added sugar and no added fat - what could be better ?? I put dates and almonds and oats into food processor and blitz together then add other ingredients - everything should resemble a mulch and come together quite quickly. There are no rules here so increase or decrease ingredients as desired or as needed to get a pliable dough for rolling into balls or alternatively press into a slice tray and cut into squares. Hide in fridge then serve in small gorgeous Moroccan bowl. 1 cup pitted dates - soft squidgy ones few... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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This blog post is for my friend J who loves doorways. I, too, love thinking about what lies behind front doors. Entrances are so different in every country. Every house in Australia that I have lived in has had the classic fly wire screen or a heavy duty security door, neither which you will find in Morocco. In England the doors have knockers and mail slots and are often brightly painted and make quite a statement whereas In Australia we have door bells and a letter box in the front garden. And things are different again here in the modern... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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I had decided to get wifi installed in my apartment so went last weekend to a small Maroc Telecom office close by. It was manned, so to speak, by one Moroccan lady. I had decided to start small and then go to the big office in the centre of town if need be. We communicated in a mixture of languages. I paid some money and the very nice lady invited me to her house for couscous. I am still unsure if this is standard procedure or not. Today after many phone calls "en francais" the technician appeared at the door.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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I think the rich of London are very rich and their cars reflect this. Their expensive automobiles mostly don't get a garage but live on the streets for all to admire !! They are generally parked outside quaint terrace homes with manicured window boxes worth millions of pounds within a block of Harrods !! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I, sadly, ate at none of these London pubs but their menus certainly caught my eye and I am sure their offerings were delicious. British pub food is like no other and Jamie Oliver has certainly put it on todays culinary map. But I had an English father and was exposed to this type of eating from an early age Given the chance, I would have dived right into that Sausage Board and there may have been no sharing. And that gourmet Real Ale sausage surely was a far cry from the those pasty pink finger like sausages always seen... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Last week I spent four lovely nights in this hotel in Bayswater, London. It is a couple of blocks from Hyde Park and an easy walk to Portobello Rd and Notting Hill. In fact it is an easy walk to much of London or to a tube station that will take you further afield. I even walked to Harrods in Knightsbridge. This hotel was immaculate, warm and snug and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The rooms are all small but perfectly formed. The street is mainly residential so there is no night noise whatsoever. The pillow was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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This is St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and it sits on the highest point in London, Ludgate Hill. It is imposing and beautiful both day and night. It is a construction from the late seventeenth century by the very famous Christopher Wren . Princes Charles and Lady Diana were married here. I was lucky enough recently to sit at a window table at the Tate Gallery restaurant in London and this was my wonderful view across the river. After a delicious dinner we crossed the bridge and passed by the cathedral as we headed for the tube. This is a working... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Hier soir, j' ai parle avec l'homme qui vends les bouteilles de l'eau pres de mon apartement !!! He speaks Arabic and French and I speak English and understand the bare minimum when it comes to French. I frequently buy my water from him and he always gives me a few new Arabic words to try and pronounce. Last night's conversation came from left field, thats for sure. He asked my advice on where to buy clothes for his wife !!!! Well, at least I think he did !!! Now, I am no fashionista and was wearing a jacket purchased... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at mosaic road
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Here are a couple of classic signs with wordage that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at mosaic road
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As most of you know I had no second thoughts whatsoever about moving to Morocco . Every day is a good day here. I don't ever have a bad day at the office, so to speak. At the riad there are 4 great staff members, all Moroccan and now they have me as well, the crazy Australian lady. We have formed a family and there is much laughter and teasing and chatter, even Bollywood dancing. The chatter takes place in a melange of French, English and Arabic. I am given things to taste, invited to share meals and even now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at mosaic road
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When I grew up strawberries and other soft fruit were a highlight of summer. Over time they became more readily available at other times of year, either frozen or fresh at a high price. Now I think we all just take it for granted that we can get anything virtually anytime. So strawberries in London in mid winter ??? Of course but only if you want to pay three pounds a punnet. I was not tempted. I like strawberries but don't love them and if fact like them best when they are cooked - weird I know !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at mosaic road
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No homesickness for me ! I only had to walk a block from my very British Georgian style hotel to see Morocco. This cafe looked the part as did the menu but the prices were very London and really quite outrageous. A lamb tagine in the cafe downstairs from my apartment here in Marrakech is 8 euros and is fabulous. This cafe is charging an almighty 20 euros for the identical dish. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at mosaic road
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Today was very cold, no frugal rays of sunshine, just the still, icy, English air. So no better day for Hyde Park !!!!! Funnily enough the last time I walked the length and breadth of this park it was also mid winter. I was greatly amused by these three swans 'parked' !! A variety of artwork for sale lined the hedgeways, no buyers that I could detect. I would have been keen to buy as I have many bare walls in my apartment except I am facing the restrictions on luggage that travel sadly enforces. When warming up and thawing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at mosaic road
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Today I had a lovely day meandering through the Portobello Rd market with some lovely friends from Australia who live and work in London. Most of England was also there it seemed wandering among the stalls, probably because a few frugal rays of sunshine appeared. Despite vast crowds we went into the famous Hummingbird Bakery and looked longingly at their edible works of art . We inhaled the sugary cupcake smells and left before any calorific purchases were made. As I headed back to my hotel I spotted this car - very Notting Hill ! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at mosaic road
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I love London and always have. It may be grey and cold and crowded but it feels genteel. My childhood is on every street - Monopoly, Paddington Bear, Dr Who, Clarks shoes, the hallowed Marks & Sparks, scones, Twiggy, the Mini Minor, Mary Poppins, A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin - I could go on and on !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at mosaic road
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I have been to London many times and one thing never changes !!! It is bleak and grey as per usual. But I rugged up well and headed out sightseeing. But the sights I saw were not the things on the Trip Advisor list. I took a different tack. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at mosaic road
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Unsurprisingly my day was one mainly of interminable queues, a delayed flight and me, chafing at the bit, overcome with boredom. A highpoint was a great espresso at Menara Airport Marrakech and then lo and behold a second highlight appeared, a chocolate one. I have had a long and very close relationship with Toblerone over many years and today I discovered a newly released flavour called Crushed Corn. So this discovery became breakfast as I waited and waited and waited. Crushed Corn means the addition of Rice bubbles {or Rice Crispies if you are not Australian !! } to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at mosaic road
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Everyone can probably tell I was very taken with the sheer simplicity and beauty of this wonderful guesthouse, both inside and out. Who would not want to sit in this gorgeous salon, reading by the open fire or dreaming the evening away in the muted mood lighting cast by this incredible and unique light fitting ?? Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at mosaic road
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This amazing property was built and opened just when tourism hit a big slump due to 9/11 and was empty of guests for months. Not so now. Everywhere, both inside and out, has that low key less is more wow factor. A day spent lunching by this pool is an option for visitors to Marrakech. You can even be dropped at the front door by camel. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at mosaic road
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About 9 acres are part and parcel of Jnane Tamsna and have all been planted out from scratch by green thumb owner Gary Martin. The guest house is located in Palmeraie, an oasis like district on the outskirts of the city of Marrakech. Palmerie is noted for, of course, the masses, some 150,000 in fact, of palm trees that you will find here. Many luxury hotels and very high end resorts are also found in this area. Gary has specifically planted out much of the acreage with plants that do not require watering and he has no lawns to either... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at mosaic road
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My intensive week of Arabic classes has ended and the class had a celebratory break-up lunch. OMIGOD !! We did it in style. The owner of the above boutique cultural guest house was in the group and invited us to a light luncheon and a wander around the 9 acres of gardens attached to the 24 room hotel. The day was perfect for al fresco eating and it was so much fun to sit chatting and laughing [in English] with such an interesting group of people from all parts of the globe. We ate beautifully prepared open faced vegetarian tarts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at mosaic road
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Most of the streets in Marrakech , both big and small, are lined with orange trees. No scurvy here !! They are just beautiful to see and so fruit laden. City councils in Melbourne could certainly take a leaf out of this book I think. Nature strips could so easily be planted with citrus trees like this. They don't lose their leaves, they have sweet smelling blossoms, they don't require huge amounts of water and passers by can munch on something fresh and healthy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at mosaic road
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I am used to shopping in enormous stores but really a small store can be just as good. This little shop is the equivalent of Officeworks. On reading the sign I can see that all the same services are offered and even a letterbox is strategically placed. I am sure the service is way more personalized too. I actually know the location now of three post boxes in Marrakech which pleases me no end as so many times when I have travelled letter boxes are totally elusive so post cards then have to be left in the hands of hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at mosaic road
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I walk to my Arabic class each day . It is a good 30 minute stroll along a busy thoroughfare via a mainly suburban area. If you live in Melbourne think Dandenong Rd, but with only 4 lanes of traffic not 8. I pass blocks of apartments, villas and a variety of shops including many bathroom renovation stores and ceramic tile outlets plus a big McDonalds. Mixed up between them all are assorted patisseries, cafes, motorbike mechanics, banks and one nice hygienic looking butcher . The one stop shop that did catch my eye was the car wash where you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at mosaic road