Spicing It Up…Echoes of My Neighbourhood

If you ever visit my neck of the woods, a visit to ‘The Spice Souk is imperative.

I visited the souk to replenish my small collection of spices, herbs and teas. Leaving sticks of cinnamon, vanilla, some aromatic herbs and essence in little corners around the house, simply creates a fresh, lovely fragrance for the house.

Inhale deeply when you step into the narrow alleyways of the Spice Souk which is located in Deira.

Savour the lively ambience and the eclectic aromas of the old World as you are introduced to mounds and mounds of aromatic herbs and spices spilling from large baskets at every turn.

Bags of spices, incense, frankincense, dry hibiscus, sunflower seeds, rose petals, traditional medicinal products and so much more are stacked outside each stall with the stall owners beckoning you from all angles to come in to patronise them.

They will promise you the best quality of spice, herbs et cetera, and if you’re looking to buy, bargaining is quite the norm in the souks.

Always ask for the best price, particularly when paying cash, which is the most common way to pay and do enjoy the haggling 😉

Every part of the world holds its delightful charms and lady Lee introduces us to Batanes. A superb adventure going by her delightful photos.

Travel itch has attacked my feet 😉




Argh! The Writers’ Block

There are days that you would find yourself scribbling and tapping away with much zeal and then the following day you wake up to a blank mind that stretches from one day to the other, then weeks…months…and you are waiting for the inspiration to ignite. You’ve just been visited by the gremlin that blocks creativity aka writers’ block.

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Writers’ block can last for as long as it chooses if you let it. It’s a common malaise that every writer struggles with now and again, but the most important thing is what you do when faced with it.

Writing is an art that takes a lot of brain power, creative energy, focus and mental acuity each time. It’s not a science that has a ‘Eureka formula fix’ as such, we have to approach its solution with that in mind.

Igniting that inspiration is not going to happen unless you take it in hand and having been writing for a while, here are some of the prescribed methods I use to doctor my creative constipation to enable easier passage of inspiration. Read More…

It’s never too late

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It’s never too late to start again.

Not as long as you’ve got the breath of life in you.

Impossible only lies in the mind.

Let no one tell you differently.

You are the only one who can define who you become,

indeed, that choice is all yours.



Written for All New Writers Quote Challenge Prompt



Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself – Billie Jean King

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Whistling Happy Tunes

Lazy mornings are coming right up – at least no early school morning dashes for the next two weeks ‘cos the kiddos are going on a school break this weekend.

I’ll savour these forthcoming quiet early moments and take positive advantage of them by just lying in and devouring some pages of a good book, working on my book, clattering away on my laptop before duty calls.

I am thankful for these mini-breaks in the hectic transmission of the days of our lives and I’m whistling – Tra la, la twiddle dee, dee… 

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I am just going to inhale lots of love, promote harmony and exhale gratitude. Jacqueline

If you wish to participate in a gratitude challenge, there are several gratitude/thankful platforms in the blogosphere that you can tune into and get your ithankful going on. I can’t express in words the enormity of Joy and fulfillment that comes from having a heart of gratitude. Please check out Maria’s blog, Colline’s blog and Bernadette’s for thankful/gratitude challenges.


Featured Posts – Share Your Post Links

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Today’s featured blogs posts are:

Do step in and show some love.

Patterns of fabric mixed with love. What beautiful handicrafts woven over time with an equally beautiful story of love and tenderness linked into the threads of its history.

3 sisters abroad Get over to the blog,  3 sisters abroad. You’ll find an interesting mix of posts on travel, tips & hints, cruises, Chronic ailments, Romance Germany, Netherlands, Ghent, Paris…

Rolling blogger A blog that I enjoy visiting. There are lots to inspire you. Pop in and say hello to The Rolling Blogger.

Oddball Are you really the person your dog thinks you are? This one had me smiling 🙂

Are you a carrot or a pea? I understand Martha’s view that grocery can be vexing. I don’t mind it some days, but most of the time, it’s a necessary chore that I partake in weekly.

Do you want more eyes on your words?’

Well then, add your LINK INTO THIS LOOP.

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The Dying Cries of Men…

History, Wars, Conflict, Cannons, Dying Men

My son, sit beside me and hear my tales

though my eyes are rheumy with age

it is said that age brings sage.

I hear the echoes of booming cannons

we fought these wars

we won by blood

yet victory rings hollow

‘cos I still hear with sorrow

the dying cries of men

who went before their tomorrow.



Why Are Humans So Careless?

I walk by these waters often enough to catch occasional sights that cause me to pause in my steps and wonder at the human attitude.

The surface of the water has a film of dark oil residue that glistens and I presume it comes from boats and I am certain that it’s not the best for marine life – then again, what do I know.

The second photo is a can of empty 7-up perched by the water. The slightest blow of breeze will certainly cause the can to tip over and into the water.

The third photo which was taken on a different day is about those who I describe in my mind as the ‘unseen one’s.’ These men go about in their boats taking out the trash that people carelessly toss into the water. I’ve seen the horrifying amount of rubbish that they pull out of the water and can’t help but wonder what the situation would be like if these unseen ones’ were not there in the background clearing filth?

The sad part is that there are visible trash collectors every few meters along the track, yet humans are far too inconsiderate to dispose of their trash in the right manner.

The interesting thing is, if you ask the next man if he cares about the environment and marine life, he would say ‘of course, I do,’ but he can’t be bothered to walk a few meters to dispose of his garbage appropriately.

It bothers me. What about you?

I am not a tree hugger, but an ordinary person who loves nature. Forget the first part of this sentence. Yes, I’m a tree hugger.