Echos Of My Neighbourhood

Random Echoes of My Neighbourhood

Many weeks have gone by and I’ve not shared a post on Echoes of my neighbourhood. I miss doing so and blame it on the infernal heat in this place.

I have barely taken decent photos in the past weeks due to efforts to avoid heat stroke, melting into a puddle and baking in the sun.

I am one of those waiting for Autumns’ gate to open so I can dash out and play in nature. These past weeks have been from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car, to air-conditioned locations and it’s getting a bit old for me.

So, I’m just going to stick some random shots taken here and there.

School Apparel, Bags, Children, Academics


We are getting ready to go back to school next week.

Father and Son, Smiling, Happy


At the aquarium. I love this photo. Their smile made me smile 🙂

School of fish, aquarium, sea life

I wonder if the school of fish is going back to school as well? Ha, ha! I couldn’t resist that pun.


Happy Dance, Hershey's

I guess when you eat the Hershey’s you feel sweet enough to dance the happy dance.


Fashion, Summer sales, clothing

Summer clearance sales at every nook and cranny to make way for Winter wear.



Mundane Monday

Pigeon Plume…

Mundane Monday challenge is created to find beauty in almost everything.

The challenge is simple. Find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photographs.

Bird Plume, Feather, Pigeon, Nature

When a bird leaves its feather behind, what does that signify? I’ve seen several lost feathers on the foot path and wondered what it meant. Is it that the weather is too hot and these birds are undressing themselves one feather at a time to lighten the weight and keep cool?

Echos Of My Neighbourhood

Festival of Lights, This n’ That – Echoes of My Neighbourhood

This week zoomed past before I could say hey presto. Phew! I’m trying to exhale and catch up with lots of things.

We’ve had unprecedented drippy weather that I anticipate the heat will heat us soon with disgusting enthusiasm and my week has been a mish-mash of this n that.

From going to view the display of city lights for the festival of lights in Sharjah, to attending a jet-ski race on Dubai marina – those machines are powerful and the riders have gumption – sometimes life seems to be hurtling along on a speed train.

Have you seen the movie John Wick Chapter 2? I went to watch it over the weekend and it was a blast.  I wrote a little review on it in Niume. Have you joined yet?

Do share your neighbourhood with us. To join the fun, check this link.

It’s a beautiful new month, let’s make the best of it.

Rononvan's Weekly Haiku Challenge

Swelter… Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge

For a change, the UAE weather in the past week’s has been cool and almost chilly enough to wear my boots and sweaters. I am loving it and wish the heat will not appear too soon. On that note, for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge prompt ‘Sweat & Heat’ I offer below:


Let’s enjoy the present UAE cool weather

 before its’ notorious heat reappears,

and we get all hot and bothered.

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Under the sweltering heat of Middle-East sun,

the labourers sweat profusely,

gulping gallons of lifesaving water each day.


Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

The Daily Post

Woodlands in Little Oak

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The furry folks of Woodlands in Little Oak
busied themselves gathering with care and gusto,
into the underground went their stash of nuts and berries
for their noses could smell it in the air;
Madam Winter is heading their way.

Have you heard the news Mrs. Owl hooted
to Mrs. CurlyTail Squirrel
as she taught her babies
how to tell the good nuts from the bad ones
before they buried them underground.

Do tell ‘cos I haven’t heard, urged Mrs. CurlyTail.
It’s said that Mother Winter is quite bitter ‘cos
Spry Tornado is having an affair with little Miss Weather
they tried to keep their love underground
alas, the steam they caused came up to air, Mrs. Owl regaled.

You don’t say! Exclaimed Mrs. CurlyTail Squirrel.
I knew something was up with that sneaky Miss Weather.
Did you hear she whispered to Grouch The Badger,
It’s said that little Miss Weather is pregnant,
But no one is sure who is responsible,
For she’s having a sneaky affair with Spry Tornado and Hally Hailstorm.

I never liked Hally, said Grouch The Badger,
He nearly cracked my skull the last time he passed my way,
I had to quickly hide underground from his mean tricks.
Did you hear of the torrid affair, Grouch asked Stink the Skunk?
Tornado, Hally The Terrible and little Miss Weather were caught in flagrante delicto,
by Willy Windy who was on his way to visit, he had an appointment with her.

No wonder! Exclaimed Stink The Skunk to Rasper The Raccoon,
I now understand why Tyler the Lightning,
threw such a hissy fit, that I had to scurry underground and out of his path,
He had his eye’s set on Miss Weather and was on his way to propose to her,
He even had a huge elemental ring with lots of bling.

Soon the undergrounds of Woodlands in Little Oak
was abuzz with the juicy gossip
Each had a version of their tale to tell
and they all eyed little Miss Weather in disdain
They knew Madam Winter would give her the icy treatment
and they waited in anticipation of the showdown.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Underground – The Daily Post

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Rononvan's Weekly Haiku Challenge

Yay! Soon it will be beach time – Ronovan writes weekly haiku challenge

Well, I must say that Ronovan’s prompt ‘beach & time,’ anticipates some good time in the near future with me. The weather over here has been sweltering, hopefully, we should see a turn to cooler climes in a few weeks.


Soon the weather will be cooler here
then we get to indulge,
and spend some time at the beach.

Book, beach bag, towels, ball, sunglasses & all,
we frolick in the sand
and it’s always a time well spent.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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Short Stories

The Harvest…

Jeremiah wiped beads of sweat from his brows intermittently as he carried on with his garden work…raking, sowing, watering, mulching…

Raised on the acres of his parents’ farmland where they had cultivated all manners of crops for sale and for food, gardening was work that he could do with eyes closed.

However, today, as much as he tried to concentrate, he worried. He worried over the poor harvest of the cropping season; he worried over the weather forecast of heavier rains and the flood that ensued which always affected the crops; he worried about how he would fend for his growing family even as his wife’s painful groans and the encouraging voice of the midwife floated into the backyard.

A baby is a blessing he reminded himself, though he hadn’t been too happy when Ruth broke the news that she was expecting. He had expressly told her to be more careful after they had Gideon their sixth child.

An unmistakable wail of a newborns’ voice rang from the house and his lips curved in a wide smile; his family was certainly growing in numbers.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Thank you, Louise  for the photo and Priceless Joy for hosting this charming platform where we unleash our stories:-)

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‘A Richly Layered and Passionate Read.’ Jan Cliff

Out of the silent breath

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Rononvan's Weekly Haiku Challenge

Dazzling and Scorching – Ronovan writes weekly haiku challenge


You are certainly moving with the times Ronovan by giving us a prompt ‘Dazzle & Sky’ that aptly matches the blazing Sun that comes out so early these days and the heat is not mild by any means. The photo I used for the prompt was taken this morning around 5.00 a.m. when I woke up.

Recently, as early as 4:30 a.m.

the Sun rises, rays dazzle and glow

in the Middle-Eastern sky.


It’s brilliance warms you up

if you can catch an early walk

under the dazzling clear sky


When you miss the hour

that the Sun gently embraces the sky

you’ll face dazzling, scorching heat.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

 Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.


Wonderful, evocative poetry by a talented writer. Left me hungry for more. Jacqueline can write! Linda Bethea

Out of the silent breath

If you enjoy my works and would like to do so, you can fuel my creativity with a slice of cake or coffee😉

Everyday People

Repose…Every day beautiful people # 62

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it’s all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius

“Life is pretty much what we make of it and to finding peace and pause in the midst of a hectic day is the sweet spot.” Jacqueline


The weather has heated up quite a bit, but these men are able to find some repose on their push carts. The heat actually tends to make one feel a bit lethargic.

Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

Stars, Five Stars, Logo, Icon, Symbol, Five, Rating

I have to say I’m in awe and spellbound by her poetry. She is amazing at describing love and life in her poems. She creates such beautiful images with her words. Truly, she is a talented writer and I’m so excited to have her poetry book and to continue reading through it.

Out of the silent breath

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A Season and Friends like this…


I love the blooming flowers and the cheery mood on people’s faces. There’s something very pretty about this season, even if we are all sneezing in my house at this point in time.

I appreciate that it’s not yet baking hot which is a condition synonymous to the Middle East and as such, I am still taking advantage of the airiness of the outdoors and spending as much time as I can before it all changes.

I am quite thankful for the connections that I have made in this space.

Some bloggers have extended their hands of fellowship way beyond my expectations this past week in their show of kindness to me.

To you dear Dehan Taylor and Tasha , I say thank you.

Both of you might not see what you’ve done as much, but it means a lot to me.

I sincerely appreciate your care and can only leave this word of blessing for you, ‘as you show love to those around you, you pave way to your own greatness.

I hope that you are thankful for something today. You can join Colline’s  or Maria Jansson gratitude challenge platforms.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha