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Walk the Souks in Marrakech. – 1

  Take a walk with me through the Souk in Marrakech, a photographic tour.  We’ve been exposed to so many breathtaking things. Souks, that wind under huge sand coloured buildings lined with colourful things. It’s a maze of brilliant object d’art. But you share the confined spaces with motorbikes, donkeys, horses and hand pushed carts. It’s noisy, the smells are foreign and exotically sweet. During the day it is almost predominately men present and the stalls appear to be run by men rather than women. I’ve been chastised very loudly for photographing a fruit stall and yet invited to take photos in other places. Its quite cold, You have to layer and I would dearly love to be here in Summer. Marrakech has the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souks. Paul Sullivan cites the souks as the principal shopping attraction in the city, describing it as “a honeycomb of intricately connected alleyways, this fundamental section of the old city is a micro-medina in …

Great things.

No, indeed they didn’t. So with that quote in mind I find myself here in Marrakech Morocco, a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. I’m here with 60 other like minded people, husbands, wives and friends to experience the magic of Morocco. The group arrived yesterday and today we formally begin to sight see. I will be teaching two classes this afternoon. I took these images just across the street from our hotel in the  Gueliz. This part of the city was laid out in the twentieth century and shows a fusion of French and Moroccan architecture. There are modern buildings, wide boulevards, traffic circles, upscale hotels. The shopping looks fascinating but I enjoyed watching the street vendors making juice from bright red pomegranates, admiring the bread coated with something unknown and sitting on the pavement and tucking into a delicious meal of kababs cooked in front of you. The weather is cool and refreshing. Actually as I speak it’s 4 degrees Celsius  and despite being 6.38 am, dawn is still …

A few hours in Narita.

  Yesterday, we had a short one day stop over in Japan en route  to Bangkok. We were supposed to have a day and a half, but leaving ones passport in a hire car put paid to that unfortunately and rescheduling gave us less time to explore. Traveling from the USA to Bangkok, our fare was booked as a one world round the world fare and this leg was with JAL Japan airlines. So we took the opportunity to visit a very special person we hadn’t seen for 23 year. Short but sweet. everything eventually fell into place. As I mentioned we stayed at the Hilton Narita. A large hotel born of the Hilton standard of excellence. They offered a shuttle to and from the airport and also shuttles to local train and bus stations and we took advantage of that. It’s a great service. Our shuttle took us to the bus station in the city of Narita where we met Rimi our host student of several decades back.  Then a short walk to a …

Spaghetti for Breakfast.

  One of the things about travel… specially in the USA is that I can make one purchased meal last for three meals. Lunch at Olive Garden yesterday provided dinner and breakfast this morning. Yes, spaghetti for breakfast this morning. I stay in hotels for a large part of the year and I like to have a microwave and a fridge in my room… that means I can be self contained. I can’t come at eggs and sausages that taste like plastic. I can also make a toasted cheese sandwich in my room… just bring a little aluminium foil in your case.

Working

This is a new format from Word Press.   I’m going to use it now on the new Ipad.  This is my third Ipad pro and its by far the most interesting to use.   So I pass the oldest one to my husband and I can actually use two at the same time…. do I need to, well sort of, it’s handy to have three screens.  I began the day by drawing these parrots for a project, I am influenced by the wonderful illustrations I saw on walls at the Craft Museum in Delhi. Green parrots are everywhere, even in the city… they are seen all over India, but this picture taken at the craft Museum was my inspiration. I like the bird and the flower, but the leaves are too heavy so I will work on them.

People, Portraits and Figures. Winners and my picks.

People, portraits, and figures, sponsored by the Grace Company. First Place.     Second Place, graphically portrayed with fabric.   Third Place. Makes me smile. I love this quilt. The portrait has an amazing command. I want to look at it over and over again. Judges Choice. Strong emotion.  

Quilts from the International Quilt Festival.

  I have so many quilts to share with you and so little time before we begin our next adventure. It’s so interesting going to Houston and walking around the quilt exhibition. Have you walked the aisles and seen a new technique and suddenly thought well why didn’t I think of that? Then on the other hand some of the quilts and ideas look very familiar.! I love to look at the use of colour, the quilting and the expert techniques the makers employ. I think it gives me an idea as to the personality of the maker. Then again when I look at some of the quilts in detail, some Carnival by Beth Nufer of Brookings Oregon USA with Clem Buzic. This quilt won a second place in the pieced large section. How did she piece that? and the shading is amazing. This Quilt won a third place.  I thing it is visibly stunning, imagine making all of those little flying geese.   One of my favourites, the use of colour and the integration …