Sunday, May 27, 2012

last week

A week gone by, slowly but surely. A weekend gone by, racing away. And now, it's time to face another week. Time to do the same thing all over again, the routine, the repetition, the repetition, again and again. Yes, it sometimes gets to me. Doing the daily thing, again and again. But what else is there to do, everyone has some sort of routine to their lives, and so we must carry on.

What will make this past week more memorable for me is the lovely little getogether we hosted a few days back. Some of my favorite guests had come over, people whom I love, people who love me, and we all sat and chatted, put our feet up, chilled, ate, drank and had a good time. When ever we host a dinner, I try to do as much prep before hand, so that I can relax with the guests, instead of running around. And with modern apartments and open kitchens, you really can't afford to be making a mess or a racket, so it's all best done beforehand.

I never take photos when I no shots of the food or drinks etc, but here are some other shots from my week.

A shot of one of my favorite spots on my walks. The gulmohar trees opposite is where I love to sit when we stop to have something to eat on our early morning walks. 

Leftover dessert from our dinner...dark chocolate tart with a gingersnap crust. I've made this several times before, and decided to make this again since its a dessert that works well when made a day in advance. So, that's less for me to do on the actual day!

Out on an evening walk. The bougainvillea's are flowering everywhere...and here they have lots of new growth too. And that's E in the bg :-) Yup, these days, she's always running away from me!


Once Upon A Tea Time said...

I am really enjoying these recent posts. They remind me of my childhood growing up in the 'Gulf' :). All those small things: the way the weather can take over your life in the summer, the early morning walks, the fact that there are flowering trees, a fact that always surprised visitors etc. I lived there until the 1990's and the more time passes, the more I idealize my life there. We visited Dubai a year ago and I was coming back after 14 years. On the one hand, an entire city of skyscrapers had sprung up and changed the entire landscape but on the other, the city felt the same. I don't know it that makes sense!

Shalini said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comment. It's always nice to be able to connect with readers, to bring back memories or to learn something new, and I'm so glad you were reminded of your time in this part of the world.

Lol, I was so surprised to see masses of petunias on the interchanges when I fist visited Dubai, before we moved here!

I think if you've lived in a place long enough, it will always seem familiar, no matter how much it changes in your absence.

Hena Tayeb said...

I have never been to Dubai.. my parents were just there.. I have plenty of family and friends living there.. many reasons to visit.. but still haven't had the chance.. maybe this year.. who knows.. looks lovely

Shalini said...

Thank you Hena! It's a nice place to visit, but if you have friends and family then it's a lovely place to live.

Mom with a Dot said...

Lovely photographs once again, Shalini. Monotony get to me too, sometimes.....hang in there !

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I think I have to visit you and soon. Love seeing Dubai through your eyes :-) Thanks for the comment about the rug. Yes, its such a wonderful feeling to have a few things that go back a few generations. Lucky you :-) Love to all of you.

Shalini said...

Thanks Mom with a Dot!

Anu, Yes, you really must stop here on your way home next time. It'll be a lot of fun and you'll be able to stock up on some treasures from here as well.