All things red…

It all started with this

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One of the biggest paintings my dad is done for me and right from the start I fell in love with the red colour.

As some of you may know , we moved into our new place in the month of June (or was it late May?) and only now things are starting to take shape.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate the house so I decided to take things slowly and go with the flow ,so to speak. My energy and money were going to be spent on the open plan ground floor, where we spend most of  our time. Still not sure what I was doing but slowly,slowly  I ended up with all the big pieces, i.e. sofas, dining table…

And then one day it hit me… it was all wrong, it was looking too conservative, too neutral, too creamy… and that is not me. Can’t remember who said it but she was right, it was like a chocolate box with a few white ones…

But then something happened…kind of accidently. Ok, if I have to be honest the £6 tag attached to it influenced my choice but it turned out to be the beginning of my love affair with all things red

oh how I wish now I had chosen red for my dh new radion...
oh how I wish now I had chosen red for my dh new radio...

 So , suddenly the room was not all brown and cream anymore. The lamp base in red added a bit of what should I say…colour? interest to the room? Exactly that, so I made a conscious decision of accessorizing ( you can tell I’ve been watching too many of those decorating programmes )using warm tones of red.

Next, the big brown table with the brown leather chairs needed tackling and that is exactly what I did. And here is the pic..

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By now I was much happier but not quite  there yet. Something had to be done with the wide cream walls. Another visit to TK Maxx for inspiration and this is what caught my attention…

this was definately love at first sight
this was definitely love at first sight

And the red theme has reached other parts of the house too! Look at these cute red lamps. Actually I’m only showing you the one on the first landing but there is another identical one in the hallway.

just enough red to add that je ne sais quoi...
just enough red to add that je ne sais quoi...

The weird thing is that I don’t think of red as my favourite colour at all. When people ask me about my fave colour I always answer green. I never wear red. My jilabas and scarves are always black or dark blue and the same for almost all my clothing. But now that I think about it, my handbag is RED!

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What does that say about me? Any ideas? My guess is that…no, better leave it at that, don’t want to over analyze things and scare myself off 🙂

And that is all for now … Wishing you all a happy autumn,

Salaams and Hasta pronto,

Ines

Eid days mementoes…

I’m exhausted , literally too tired to even string a coherent sentence together so better let the pictures do the talking…

the night before just after Eid had been declared for the following day
the night before just after Eid had been declared for the following day

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El hombre in charge of the food, I couldn't have been any happier ;)
El hombre in charge of the food, I couldn't have been any happier 😉
Alhamdulilah the weather was great and ate alfresco
Alhamdulilah the weather was great and ate alfresco
aunty maryam was in charge of the henna and she did a very good job
aunty maryam was in charge of the henna and she did a very good job
this more demanding girl wanted a bracelet and aunty rose to the challenge
this more demanding girl wanted a bracelet and aunty rose to the challenge
this other teenage girl decided a while back that she was vegetarian ( subject for a separate post arrrrrrgh) and we rose to the challenge ;)
this other teenage girl decided a while back that she was vegetarian ( subject for a separate post arrrrrrgh) and we rose to the challenge 😉
this other teenage boy was forced/bribed/dragged to my party (imagine that!!) so he had the hump...thanks god he brought his own entertainment
this other teenage boy was forced/bribed/dragged to my party (imagine that!!) so he had the hump...thanks god he brought his own entertainment
after all the food a game of petanque
after all the food a game of petanque
cool or what? dd11 is very fashion concious...
cool or what? dd11 is very fashion concious...
and that is all for now folks. A very busy day tomorrow. The girls start school after tomorrow and I still haven’t managed to get their uniform. Talk about last minute dot com…
Salaams and hasta la vista,
Ines

It’s contagious…

and currently in the air… the love for gardening in our house, that is. See for yourselves. She is in her element…

and she makes it look so effortless...
and she makes it look so effortless...

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Ever since we moved into our new home, sometime in June, our garden has been the part of the house most talked about, most looked after and the one that has undergone the most changes.

Unfortunately , in our absence while on holidays in Spain, the herbs all perished 😦  We’re even considering not going on holidays for such long time anymore. Crazy , I know…

W e are looking into starting our own vegetable patch at the back of the garden but I’m not sure is the right move for our family. I’d love to but I think it would be too much considering that both my dh and I spend most of the day out at work.  I might start off with one vegetable, an easy low maintenance one and take it from there. We’ll see..

I leave you with more pics of our garden. Who would have said it, me enjoying gardening…

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m;y dad'a ivy, I brought it back from home
m;y dad'a ivy, I brought it back from home

 Salaams y Hasta Pronto,

Ines

Wishing you all a Happy New Year…

I know , I know…no I haven’t lost the plot but as far as I’m concerned each new year begins in September. Maybe is to do with working in schools and with coming back to work after a long break but I think it is more to do with starting afresh with a completely different group of children. New classroom, new children, new challenges, new colleagues, new activities…

As mentioned in the previous post , this year is somewhat different as we do not start until after the Eid celebrations which mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

I hope and pray that this new year is beneficial to me and all those around me in my work place and specially for the little ones in our care. Inshallah, we all learn and grow together. We overcome any challenges and difficulties  with sabr (patience ) and remember Allah constantly.

Salaams y Hasta pronto,

Ines