It took quite a long time for the dust to settle after our holidays, what with returning to work, illness and family gatherings, but I am finally back blogging! We had a wonderful trip to the Middle East, and spent time with family and friends there. Our priorities were relaxation and eating great food, so not many photos were taken! But here are a few photo highlights: 


Sumptuous food at Kitchen 6 in Dubai – so many different cuisines on offer including a wonderful roast turkey meal. I especially enjoyed seeing my son eating a baby octopus – he even surprised himself!


The market place at Global Village – admittedly a little kitschy but the goods on offer are genuine enough. The Yemen market had some beautiful displays of dried herbs and fruit, and we tried some Sidr honey which is prized for its medical benefits and fine quality. 




Sultan Qaboos mosque in Muscat, which was beautiful and serene. We were a bit disappointed that no (well behaved!) children under 10 were allowed in, but as the weather was good we enjoyed being outside during the Friday prayers. 



The view from our hotel in Musannah


The kids enjoying the view 



The stunningly restored fort at Nizwa surrounded by mountains. 


Nizwa fort

As you can tell, it took a bit of time to adjust to the weather and change in pace when we got back! I attended the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting soon after we got back and am looking forward to starting some new projects and learning new skills. I’ve also made my first fabric purchase in a long time – of course it is Anna Maria Horner’s new line, Dowry which looks beautiful. I am hoping I can sort out the rest of the decorating too so I can finally show what I have been busy with! 



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