Monthly Archives: August 2013

summer trail

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Hello everyone! I just returned from a lovely walk in the woods with my good friends and their children, I feel rejuvenated! Just what I needed at the moment, a long walk to clear my mind. I feel more like myself again, all that ‘longing’ I felt for my homeland during the recent Eid celebration has disappeared, thank God. I cannot go on moping around can I, this is what my life is like now and I must embrace it with widely open arms. To live whole heartedly in this land that is now my home!

We were fortunate to have found rows and rows of blackberries during our walk, quite early this year to be honest. We normally find them in early autumn, mid-September thereabouts. We all spent some time picking blackberries, hoping to make jams and pies out of them. Looks like we don’t have to go to the farm this year for berries! Our children had a good time as always, the summer holidays here tend to stretch a bit (6 weeks). An outing on a sunny day is an opportunity not to be missed!

I also feel our children today need to get out more, it’s unhealthy to be stuck in front of the modern gadgets/apps! I just love the end of summer, the transition from summer to autumn is a wonderful period. It’s also extra special because it’s my wedding anniversary and my 3rd child’s birthday (yes, on the same day!). So much to look forward to as I spend these last few weeks of summer! I leave you with several images from our summer trail, take care till next time!

the lil ones heading off for their walk

the lil ones heading off for their walk

away they go!

away they go!

blackberries!

blackberries!

loads of them!

loads of them!

my lil one picking blackberries

my lil one picking blackberries

my youngest two busy picking blackberries

my youngest two busy picking blackberries

there's more here!

there’s more here!

my older two doing their bit

my older two doing their bit

that's me! we didn't have any container, so had to collect them in our crisp bag!

that’s me! we didn’t have any containers, so had to collect blackberries in our crisp bag!

on with our walk

on with our walk

children enjoy being out in nature

children enjoy being out in nature

admiring the wild summer flowers

admiring the wild summer flowers

we trailed by the river

we trailed by the river

my anniversary child with her good friend

my anniversary child with her good friend

simply enjoying their childhood!

simply enjoying their childhood!

they simply love the outdoors!

they simply love the outdoors!

last bite of blackberry!

last bite of blackberry!

my girls walking back happily

my girls walking home tired but happy!

our blackberry pie straight from the picking, perfect with vanilla ice-cream!

our blackberry pie straight from the picking, perfect with vanilla ice-cream!

 

summer ramblings

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It is late summer here in England, temperatures around 20c with sunshine, showers and wind. The typical English weather which I have grown accustomed to, the one I find rather comforting. Sometimes I cannot believe that I lived in a tropical country for 27 years, I just cannot seem to take the heat anymore! The heat wave we had in Ramadan (27c-30c for almost a fortnight) proved just a bit too much for me. Now it is almost autumnal, I can see little signs of autumn peeking through. But I hope to enjoy the last few weeks of summer that is left yet, with life’s simple pleasures.

To be honest I have not been feeling too good after our Eid celebration, I could not quite figure out the reason at first. I put it down to general tiredness after fasting in Ramadan, but that wasn’t the cause. If anything Ramadan had been really uplifting for me. It’s actually the feeling I got from missing the festive Eid atmosphere back in my homeland; the spirit of togetherness by spending time with close family, relatives and friends. Eid in England is often a quiet affair, I cannot explain it, it just is. I have got used to it after all these years (almost 2 decades now) but cannot help feeling alone at this time of the year. I pray that I get the chance to celebrate Eid with my loved ones back in my homeland sometime soon, InshaAllah. My children do not know any different, they have each other and they have been raised with so much love and affection they do not crave anything more. But I cannot help longing for them to experience that wonderful atmosphere I once knew, one fine day, God Willing.

Looking on the bright side though, I feel fortunate to have been able to meet up with a few friends recently for an Eid party at the park! These ladies do not have their families close by either to celebrate Eid with, so it was nice to be together, our children had a whale of a time. The boys played water guns and football, the girls rode their bikes and played houses, the little ones blew bubbles and enjoyed the fountain. The simplicity of our gathering and the closeness we felt brought tears to my eyes, for I realised it lifted my mood instantly. I may not have the ideal Eid celebration I longed for, but I experienced something which suited me better. A simple Eid party which taught me to appreciate others around me, to accept and be happy with something different. I leave you with several images which depict life’s simple pleasures, as a gentle reminder for me to be content and grateful always for everything that comes my way. A cheerful song at the end will not hurt either!

Eid party at the park

spending time at the local farm again

visiting the local farm again with our friends

Dreaming of a simple summer holiday now, kind of like this one, minus the mishap! 😉

drayton manor

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We were out and about again after a whole month of fasting in Ramadan! We went to Drayton Manor Theme Park, one of the 29 theme parks dotted around the United Kingdom. We arrived just before the opening time at 10.30am (the place was heaving already) and left after 7pm. We had a smashing time indeed, it catered for all ages and we all went home deliriously happy. My children are still talking about their experience there, hoping to go again someday, perhaps to a different theme park next time. Anyway, here are some of the pictures from our Eid outing at the weekend, hope you will like them. I am still recovering from Ramadan and Eid, therefore this post is brief. Hope the images make up for it. Till the next time, goodbye!

eid ul-fitr

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My Eid flowers!

My Eid bouquet!

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After a whole month of fasting in Ramadan from dawn to dusk, today Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a most blessed EID, have a lovely day! I hope you’ll enjoy the Eid song below which shows the happiness of Muslims across the world in celebrating this auspicious day. Take good care for now!

ramadan end

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Hello everyone! Just a quick update from my little corner of the world. We’re at Ramadan end now, 3 more days to go before we complete our fasting month and celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Alhamdulillah, this year’s Ramadan has been really good for my family and I. Because my children are all older now, Ramadan seems much more enjoyable. The older ones fasted fully from day one, they also read the Holy Quran everyday, Inshallah completing it by Eid. The girls and I pray together at home, it brings us closer together. They also help me out a lot, right now we’re busy baking Eid cookies! My hubby’s doing Iktikaf at our local mosque in the last 10 days of Ramadan, my son joins him there for prayers, Quran reading and Iftar (I pack them food). Ramadan has certainly strengthened our family ties and values in more ways than one. This blessed fasting month also draws us nearer to the community around us. I’ve exchanged Iftar dishes with 7 of my neighbours throughout Ramadan, we’re blessed with so much food!

We’ve also attended a couple of Iftar gatherings with friends where we shared our cooking. I also prepared some light snacks for Iftar at our local community centre, mainly for the Eastern Europe asylum seekers/immigrants. Ramadan is definitely a month of giving and sharing, it brings out the best in everyone. I shall be very busy indeed in the next few days, making the most of what’s left of Ramadan to please my Lord. And to prepare for our Eid celebration, all in moderation of course. I have mixed feelings at Ramadan end, part of me feels saddened to leave this wonderful atmosphere we have. Another part of me feels joyous, caught up with the excitement of the Eid celebration in a few days time. As simple as it may be with my family, it’s still a festive affair. The girls are already discussing their new clothes, having mehndi on their hands, exchanging Eid cookies with the neighbours, eating my lamb biryani, getting together with their friends, having mini fireworks display with their papa and brother and having a family Eid outing at the weekend! Thank you Allah for the many blessings in our life; for Your Endless Love, Guidance and Mercy.

my girls busy baking Eid cookies

my girls busy baking Eid cookies

my son busy reading the Holy Quran

my son busy reading the Holy Quran