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London ~ street performers.

Hello friends ~ Like I promised in my previous post, I am continuing my “pictorial story” about our English holidays this past August.

We visited Central London only a couple of times, which still did not seem enough time to admire the amazing museums, parks, changing of guards etc. One thing that made the entire package even more enjoying was the amazing street performers which were present from Trafalgar square right upto the park adjacent the London Eye.

Each one of them were dressed in cartoonish or period costumes with face makeup et all, had some form talent (except the Halloween mask guy ) and would enact the role to the T.  They did not ask for money and were very civilized. I just kept admiring the bloke who  was sitting and looked like he just came out of coal mine. What brilliant make up !! Also the  guy in the silver costume ! And the other silver military guy would perform a slow-motion break dance !

Naturally this is all to unusual for us here in the Middle-East or in other parts of Asia  as well.  The only armies of performers one witnesses in the Asian countries, sadly are the, beggars, who line up in masses right from the airport terminal to the traffic lights to any of the tourist spots. That does leave a sour taste in the mouths of the average traveler what like having to constantly hush them away and if you pay one then a dozen of them reach for your purse.  But its all a part of the Asian itenary !

I am sharing a few of the images with you ~ I am certain you will find them fascinating.

 

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Sharing these pictures for some Halloween inspirations with the following blogs :-
Simply Creations Link Party at My Simple Homelife, Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed, Inspire Me Please Link Party at Liz Marie Blog, Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, What Have You Redone at Redoux Interiors.

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Muslim pilgrimage ~ Umrah in Mecca.

About our recent Umrah Trip to Saudi Arabia !

A Creative Mom in Dubai

salam Alaikum dear brothers and sisters in Deen and hello friends,

We returned from our lovely Umrah ( muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia) trip just a couple of days back and I’m almost just, rested enough, unpacked enough and awoken enough to pen about my fantastic trip to Mecca.

We stayed a couple of Days in Mecca and then hired a taxi to drive us to Medina, where we stayed for a couple of days, again.

We have been performing an umrah, every year for the past 4-5 years and its always even more exceptional than the year before. The feeling that one experiences, just standing infront of the Haram (kaaba) is like nothing comparable. You dont SEE God but like someone once said,  “You are guests of Allah swt and you already feel it.” How beautifully said.

Preparations :- If any of you are interested in performing Umrah, I…

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Back from blog hibernation.

Hello friends.

I’m so glad to be back. I know, Doodle Buddies has been MIA here but I assure you, its for good reason infact several reasons.

I havent been able to be as consistent in my posts, as I would want to be for various reasons. Some of which are that, towards the begining of this year, I had joined a very elite company in designing greeting cards for them. The order being as large as it was, took nearly a couple of months before all of them were submitted. These here are not even 1/10th of the actual production !!

The summer holidays came and went …. and its unbelievable how quickly that time flew by !!! Between the blessed month of Ramadhan and house hunting ~ we barely had time to prepare for the mammoth task ahead of me. Whats that ? you ask … … … what comes after house hunting and before moving !!! Naturally packing. Inspite of nothing being finalized yet on the house front, I am already ” trying so very hard ” to just pack my studio and three weeks and 22 cartons later, I have still not touched the west end of my studio !!!!

One great news that I wanted to share is that Eman (my youngest) qualified his entrance exam for year 5 in Bilal and sawaab’s school. So thats, one huge worry off my shoulder ! Its such a relief knowing I dont have to run around for the pick and drop. And that, now I can manage holidays which coincide with all of their schedules unlike before where there were too many variables which constantly played havoc with our plans.

Around June, I also got the Silhouette Cameo and as thrilled as I was to receive it, I am so ashamed to report, that inspite of having it all connected et al, I am yet to start working on it. There’s this real invisible glass between me and digital technology !! I suppose, I am one of those freaks who prefers to leave it intact, rather than fear damaging it.

Between all this, ofcourse, I did manage a couple of baby showers and was guest designer for two sites.  How I managed that ???  . . . . . . . was another story, what with all my supplies enjoying their vacation in the cartons that are flooding almost all my rooms !!!! 

Its been a good year so far. I am grateful to Allah swt for giving us all good health and keeping us together. I am thankful that we are safe and have less time but are still blessed with creativity in our lives.

So now that I have broken the MIA spell, I look forward to filling you guys up with some of the “creative and unusual things happening lately” in the forthcoming posts.

Till then,

thank you for visiting me.

Naush.