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Archive for January, 2016


My daughter D has almost finished reading the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It is a thick book. It is over 1300 pages. When she stated to read it I remember I read it when I was in secondary school in Iraq, I think I was 15 when I read this book. I used to wait for the summer holiday to read as much as many books as I could.

My father used to have a nice collection of books in Arabic and English, in addition to the daily newspaper which was delivered daily to our house and a monthly Arabic magazine called Al Arabie.

I used to go to Hilla library in our area every two weeks with my friends Ameria or Intesar to borrow some books. We usually went at around 10.30 or 11 am because after that the temperature is raised to 40 centigrade or more. In this library we can’t see what books were inside. There is two entrances – one for women and one for men. Then we would knock on the small wooden window. The librarian’s name is Zuher – he had a miserable face, black glasses, never smiled or said anything – he just wanted us to pick books and leave. To pick a book we were given a list of what books were in the library and if they were available to borrow. I don’t know if the library is still in the same place or has been destroyed.





Yesterday evening I saw the moon and thought it looked lovely.



Winter Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

I visited the Winter Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park. I always like to go to these fairs to look around and to have a day out and look for inspiration. Here are some photos from the fair.




I just finished knitting fingerless gloves.



David Bowie

These are two photos I took at a David Bowie exhibition in Amsterdam in June 2013.

Pom poms

Last December I was asked to do a crafts workshop for adults. I decided to focus on making pom poms in different sizes and the people who took part really enjoyed it! These are some of the results.

Crochet scarf

I made this crochet scarf for my granddaughter.