Random …very random pics

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just because I can and because i want to……You see the comic book? It’s actually an adaptation of a classic…can you guess which?

A while back my daughters had their friends round for a sleepover and as mandatory they had a midnight feast followed by a big mess to be tidied up the following morning afternoon. But to my surprise amongst the rubbish underneath the sea of cushions, blankets and dirty clothing I discovered a very peculiar book. It was actually a comic , a brilliant adaptation of an English classic. I was ever so impressed by my daughter’s friend’s choice of reading material…..

You see the ‘Moving Monster’?  In D&T we have been creating moving monsters. The monsters move thanks to a pneumatic system. Can you see the two syringes hidden inside and behind? Quite impressive creations and they all had fun…

You see the quilt? That’s the one I want for my bed…only another three to go before I can start on mine…but I don’t mind cause practice makes better…

Two more sleeps and dh will be home with us again…insh’Allah…can’t wait…

Salaams y hasta la vista,






To read or not to read…

Are you caught up in ‘The Hunger Game’ fever? Do you even know what I’m talking about? Any good? Suffered any side effects?

According to both my teenage girls ‘they are the coolest books ever…’ and’ everyone should read them before going to see the movie that has just come out’. And this is exactly my dilemma…should I read the book or not?

  •  Not my genre to be honest Vs. I’ll be seen as cool by my teenagers
  • I don’t have the time , we’re going to the movies on Saturday!! Vs. I might be pleasantly surprised
  • I’ve got better things to do Vs. I’ll have something to talk about with my teenagers

So for the sake of helping me make up my mind will you let me know your intellectual, smart, well-informed opinion on the book? Thank you.

Salaams y hasta la vista,


Busy…..very busy

1 2 3 4 ….skip two holes…1 2 3 4 ….three into the next hole

1 2 3 4 ….skip two holes…1 2 3 4 ….three into the next hole

1 2 3 4 ….skip two holes…1 2 3 4 ….three into the next hole

And if I stop to talk or even think, I get all muddled up and have to start all over again…Oh I’m talking crochet btw…My new discovered love…and I’m loving it. I’m working on a throw for dd16. No pics as dh took the camera with him abroad and he is not back until Sunday.

I’m almost done with the quilt , working on the binding and finishing touches…pics will have to wait too…

and now bullet points…just because I love them and I’m ramdom like that…

  • only 8 working days till easter break (2 whole weeks!!)
  • i’m missing dh soooo much, old age is making me all mushy
  • the seeds in the shed are not sprouting but the ones in the kitchen windowsill are all out
  • corn and beans straight outside this year, will do it next month
  • the apprentice is back!!! starting tomorrow night…I love you Sir Allan Sugar
  • i’m quite enjoying ‘upstairs downstairs’ but not as much as ‘Downton Abbey’
  • it’s all non processed food at home…we got there eventually…so if you want biscuits bake them…
  • I sinned today…I had a pepsi…but it’s ok…we’ve come a looooooooong way…
  • I miss dh very very much
  • My daughter bought me a hoody with ‘Djeridi mum’ written on the back (my kids surname) and I cried…all age is making me all mushy
  • I’m tired so….

Salaams y hasta la vista,





On reading, books and technology…

I’m quite an avid reader and so are my girls. My husband , that is another story…
My love for reading, books and getting lost in fantastic magical places, meeting interesting people and so on,  began at a very early age.
My first memories of reading go all the way back to playschool..I can still picture the books the nuns used to teach me to read.As soon as I cracked the first few words I knew reading was for me. I was going to be good at reading and I was going to do a lot of it.
Many afternoons, as soon as the bell went at the end of the school day, I would take myself to the library and borrow as many books as I was allowed.They never seemed enough. How could they make me wait another week before I could take out more…

When I had my first daughter I read to her from the word go…Those long nights of feeding, burping  and never-ending crying were made more bearable because I would hold a book in my hands and baby in the other arm. Many a times I would read out loud and it seemed to do the trick. Other times I would choose a book more appropriate to her age group. But I’m pretty sure she didn’t mind as long as it was well read.

That baby is now a young lady of 16 and she still reads with the same passion her mother read to her. It seems I was able to instill in her the love of reading.

Fast forward 16 years and I’m doing pretty much the same with baby number four and she seems as keen on books as her three older sisters. The only difference is that the technology has advanced and she likes her online stories as well as her hardbacks. Her favourite is ‘We are going on a bear hunt’. When I’m at the pc she will pester me until I put it on for her…

I must have read the book to her at least 200 times but she never seems to tire. I still remember her sisters’ favourites as if it was only yesterday. Dd16 loved ‘The tiger who came to tea’, dd13 could not have enough of ‘The hungry caterpillar’ and dd11 was crazy about ‘The ugly duckling’.

I’m a strong believer in starting them early. In fact I don’t think there’s such a thing as too early…

What about you? What are your earliest memories of reading? What are your children’s favourites?  I’m going round second hand shops looking for all the classics for the little one’s library. Which books do you consider a must for a child’s collection?

Salaams y hasta la vista,


Goverment tells us…

to staycate this summer and enjoy everything that London has to offer us…Not only are the Olympics being held in London but also the Queen’s Jubilee and The London Festival are to be added to the bag of fun things to do in what I call my city.
And my response to the Government is…”I’m only staying put because is Ramadan and there is no place like home during Ramadan. Otherwise I would be flying out of here without giving it a second thought.”

I could write a whole rant about why I’m opposing the games but I will spare you the torture.I could also rant about the whole not shaking hands with other athletes business… Haven’t you heard? Well, believe it or not the health department is strongly advising team GB not to shake hands with sportspeople arriving from other countries in case they catch a bug which could affect their performance…pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaase…I know STUPID…but what can I say? I’m almost speechless…Politicians should stick their noses elsewhere and let us do what we feel is best for us. Whatever next…

Anyways, I’m not one to rant here or share imperfections with you. I’m almost a yummy mummy as far as you are concerned right? LOL…well let me tell you that I’m not and to prove it…

Remember me showing off to you about my first breadmaking machine and how I was making a wonderful brioche blah blah blah…well it was a disaster. I nearly burnt the house down, the smoke got everywhere. As you can see there was too much dough and it spilled out and down the sides of the bread container and it burnt….BUT…believe it or not the brioche was edible and very yummy…only the bit that did not sit in the container was wasted, the rest was very nice indeed. The whole brioche disappeared in the blink of an eye…smothered in nutella of course 🙂

Next to come out of the bread machine…an ordinary wholemeal loaf…let’s hope is plain sailing.

Salaams y hasta la vista,


Thrifting 3…

and this babe here is our latest acquisition….


I’ve wanted one for quite a while and as soon as I saw it in the British Heart Foundation charity shop I had to have it. I paid only £20 for it and as you can see it is in very good condition, not a scrach or dent. The instructions or recipe books didn’t come with it but thanks to the wonderful mr google I have downloaded both and put both to good use too. The machine is hard at work while I’m busy elsewhere 🙂

First thing to come out of it, insh’Allah….a brioche…will tell you all about it in the very near future.

Next on the thrifting wish list…a yogurt maker, ice cream maker and a dutch oven.

I must admit that to begin with I was a bit sceptical about buying electrical goods from second hand shops but as the guy in the shop assured me all goods are tested and come with 6 months warranty. So, I can’t see why not. As long as they look clean and well looked after I’m willing to give them a go.

Salaams y hasta la vista,