Quickly, while the wifi works and S naps!

Yes, I know, the gaps between post are getting longer and longer. Would you believe I actually have bigger and better plans for this blog? Just got to figure out some techy stuff… so it will be a while I guess.

This will be a domestic babble. The temperature is rising, it got to 45deg C in Muscat yesterday apparently. From my pervious experience in Riyadh I’m thinking it will not feel too much worse than this from now on as ‘hot is hot’. Water has started dribbling down the outside of our windows at times. OK, so it will get worse, thanks to the humidity rising.

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Pretty tiles and fretwork catch my eye quite often. I have been meaning to take a walk with my camera (aka phone) but it’s too hot to take the girls out walking in the afternoon now, and mornings are full of other stuff. Nearby villas have some really detailed fretwork. We have recently had visitors, our first! Mum celebrated a ummm, ‘important’ birthday here with us, my step-dad, and my brother and SIL. While I drove about my brother commented on the lack of colour in Muscat, but I found myself quick to disagree as the pops of bright aqua, green, blue and gold on top of mosques, and the tile work scattered everywhere colour the place beautifully.

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We celebrated Mum’s birthday with a ‘bubbly brunch’ at The Grand Hyatt, our old home. The girls got to decorate eggs on the garden while we took it in turns watching them and drinking and eating. We walked home along the beachfront as the sun started to set and watched hundreds of families and friends enjoying the cooler hours with BBQs, games of football, walks, and chats while smoking sheesha pipes. No joke, I think the sight would have been called a ‘festival’ in the UK, but it was simply what happens here.

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The actual birthday was spent on a massive trip up into the mountains, which will be included in a blog post very soon. It was my biggest drive yet by HOURS!

The ship / cargo finally arrived, and brought both tears and joy.

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Boxes had got very wet somehow, and the contents grew gardens of stinky stuff in the heat of the trip over and wait at the docks. Not everything had to be chucked, but a lot.

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However, our cherished cloth nappies, which I had bagged up in one of those big laundry / storage bags prior to the packers coming, were all fine and were freshened up and back in use just in time for Real Nappy Week 2014.

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I will be taking some pics of them in use so I can post online to ‘flash the fluff’ and join in the RNW party 🙂

The girls are thriving. Both of them are becoming little dolphins in the pool, and we are getting pretty good at getting messy when inside escaping the heat. This week alone we have knocked up 2 batches of play dough, 1 batch of cloud dough, a victoria sponge and later today we will use up the remaining Easter chocolates in a batch of chocolate chip cookies… Must remember to make another batch ready for Sunday morning when I will host a weekly breastfeeding support group here at home for the first time.

The cloud dough had them busy for hours! When I learn how to tag / link other blogs I will share the creatively inspiring blogs here!

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The Tallest Tower in the Whole Wide World, and an apology

I am so sorry. A lesson has truly be learnt; if I have just a shortie to write then so be it, because if I leave it ’til I have more to say there soon becomes so much that it’s a ‘put off’ to sit and type when I am pooped at the end of the day. Take this pic for example, I took it to show what the last bit of my walk back from L’s nursery (aka THE MONTESSORI) looked like on a cloudy day, though most of it was along the beach to be honest…Image

I thought walking back would take me a good 2hrs which would equal a reasonable workout, so I was happy and also frustrated when it took just an hour.  That was the week before last (we are at the end of the week today, Saturday, the start on another is tomorrow, Sunday). I didn’t write about my lovely walks, and then we had a storm. The wind blew, there was a crack of  thunder and a good amount of rain, and M got called to collect L from nursery as it was closing down due to the weather. Roads flooded, airport closed, we cancelled our plans for a non hotel dinner for M’s birthday thinking it would not be sensible to drive. Thankfully the hotel knocked him up a yummy chocolate cake…Image

On Valentines day we flew to Dubai, hoping that on our return at least M would have the necessary stamp in his passport to start the next stage of LIVING here. It was a relief not to drive with the risk of puke hanging over us. We stayed at a hotel right next to Dubai Festival City Mall so we could get to Ikea easily for another attempt at buying guest beds. From the 19th floor we had a stunning view over the creek and out to the city skyline with the Burj Khalifa rising oh so high. L had us grinning from ear to ear every time she referred to it as ‘The Tallest Tower in the Whole Wide World’. I really wanted a proper camera rather than just the one on my phone…

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S had us up far to early for Dubai opening times, so we took ourselves of the ‘TTTITWWW’, though couldn’t get up to the top as several thousand people seemed to have booked beforehand.

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We explored probably only about a third of the massive Dubai Mall. It’s HUGE! The girls loved the fish, sharks, rays and penguins in the aquarium and ‘Underwater Zoo’  in the middle, it was impressive, though I did feel there were too many fish, sharks, rays and penguins to be honest.

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We hit Ikea the next day, and now have guest beds and some furniture for the roof terrace on their way to Muscat. Dubai Festival City Mall is much more modest in size 😉

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We have also been busy making some new friends, and having fun on the beach. This brilliant pic was taken by 7yr old D, the elder sister of K, and I love it..

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And I have also been busy with snot. S got poorly with high temps the day after the beach and although now the fevers have gone, her poor nose has bled it’s so raw from the gallons of snot coming from it. However, they have been loving hanging at the new house both today and yesterday, where it is now part painted (I’m going back tomorrow after the nursery drop off to ‘encourage’ some swifter work) and there is an assembled bunk bed and double bed and a partly assembled sofa. Well done M (minimal help from me due to needing to keep girls out of the way). We HOPE to move in on Tuesday and finish assembling furniture once in as, as lovely as this hotel is, we would really like to get stuck in to normality and home cooking now. So, unless something really juicy happens between now and us getting a couple of rooms fully ready, you will not get another post until then, when I have some ‘look at our new home’ pics to show off 😉