Wednesday, January 14, 2015

let it snow

I live in a little seaside town, south of the Mediterranean. Most of this country is made up of desert. But if you head up in to the mountains at this time of year ... 


Yes, those mountains.


After a scenic drive ...




It's cold! 


Chrea (pronounced Shreea) is a town in the city of Blida, just west of Algiers and up, up, up in the mountains! 


It's gorgeous! Allahumma baarik! Imagine living in this, all tucked up in the snow.


We had snowball fights.


Then we got back in the car to have some soup and hot chocolate. 


Did I say it was cold?

Tikijda is another place to visit if you like snow, but this time, East of Algiers.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

a year


It's been that long ... Plus a bit more! In a new country, a new culture, a very different set-up, with a new little person in our family, for just over a year.  We left what we were familiar with. We left our friends and family and moved to a different set of friends and family. It has been an experience. There were some bumps along the way. Although it wasn't an unwelcome change for me, we've all had to adapt. And things like that take time. But for now, I'm happy to feel more settled. I've found some lovely new things. I've found some lovely familiar things too. The most surprising thing of all, is that I seem to be finding myself more and more. I guess that's how adventures go! 



We've had new experiences but we've also had picnic iftars by the sea just like we would have in Jeddah!




My parents visited Algiers. It was wonderful to have them here but I was so new here back then, I'd just had a baby AND my husband had to go back to Jeddah ... yes two days after I gave birth!

My aunt also came over in the summer. 






I'm pleased to be knitting and crocheting again. I want to knit and crochet ALL the things! Especially for my one-year old.





In fact, we were inspired by others, such as Ines, to start up our own little craft sessions! Need I mention that much tea and coffee is drunk and much cake is eaten at these weekly, knitty, hooky sessions? Lots of chatter is thrown in too! And one of the best things about having craft-y friends is that they make wonderful things for you (and your baby)!








It's extremely cold here these days. 



Summery days went on for quite a while but then December brought plenty of rain and the kind of weather that has you bundling up before heading out. Better still, you might want to just stay under the covers with hot drinks! Perfect weather for knitting up things to keep everyone warm. 























I've been wearing this cowl to death this winter. I received it in a swap and just LOVE it! 



And oh was I excited when I received it all the way from America and I got post from my family in Malaysia (goodies for baby)!



If you'd like to read more about life in Algiers, you might like to read this and this, where my friends blog all about their lives in this crazy, quirky, place!

I do hope you've all been well this past year and faring well during the winter (if it is indeed winter where you are)!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Eid's coming up!

I've been meaning to pop over to this space for a while now. Life has been going on, as it does and we've been living in Algeria for a year now! With Eid Al Adha fast approaching, I need to get my thinking cap on and plan ahead. This Eid of Sacrifice is quite hands-on here in Algeria. There are sheep for sale everywhere! And the day of Eid, after going to the mosque, is almost certainly spent slaughtering and then prepping the meat. I thought I'd share a few of the things I'm loving to do with Eid and Hajj activities/treats for kids.











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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Al Mubdiaat - The Creatives!!!

I posted it yesterday ... the beginnings of a new and exciting project: Creating change for women in Algeria! But things are moving faster than I'd expected! Zoomaal, a crowd-funding organisation, approved our project and went LIVE with it today!!! How exciting!!! Please have a look HERE and see if you can donate whatever is within your means. And you know what, if you can't donate, no problem, but please share the project with others. Pretty please!



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

still here ... but in algeria!

I've been away from this space for a while for various reasons. Life has kept me busy. We picked up and carted ourselves over to North Africa. I was hormonal. I was a stranger in a strange land (or so I thought). I watched my children take it all in and adapt to school here, language and new friends and family too. I was blessed with another little bundle of joy (ma sha Allah) and my parents came over to Algeria for the very first time. It's a very different place. But I think (and hope!) they left knowing that I'm ok here. My mojo had taken a flying leap somewhere and I think it's starting to make an appearance again! Alhamdulillah. I haven't completely found my feet here ... but every little step helps ... and it can be that "strange" if ...

I'm still crocheting for my baby ...

I'm still admiring intricate Algerian sweets (but now I get to help make them before a family wedding)


I'm still having fun with instagram @fruitfulfusion :)

while I discover more of the city I'm in

I'm still noticing different architectural styles ...


I'm still enjoying flowers


I'm still baking

I'm still by the sea 

but I'm not far from lakes


and mountains that have the last bits of snow on them

and I'm enjoying fresh, local produce

and I've found wonderful friends Allahumma baarik 

and I've been busy with something new and exciting!!! 



So STAY TUNED!!!

But in the meantime, do head over and check out THE CREATIVES! "Like" us! Go on, you know want to! And don't forget to follow @almubdiaatdz on instagram! We NEED you to cheer us on! 













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Friday, February 7, 2014

istanbul

I've been away from this place for quite some time. A lot has happened. We visited Istanbul, Turkey on our way to our new home in Algiers, Algeria. And then, two months ago, I was blessed with a baby girl ma sha Allah tabarak Allah. Here are some of the things I saw/noticed/enjoyed as I waddled around Istanbul, before the big move!

















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