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hello summer!

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Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. –Ā Darell Hammond

Well, looks like summer is here at last! My girls and I have just returned from our home-education group outing today, it’s been lovely. My legs are killing me a bit, been a while since I’ve gone on a proper walk like today. We were out exploring our local country park with the Ranger, it was well worth it. Not only was it educational (I never knew there were around 15 types of different grasses there, and a whole list of British wildlife animals) for the children, it was a much needed exercise for the moms as well. The weather was great, 21c warm sunshine with a gentle breeze blowing, the typical English summer’s day which I’ve come to love.

As usual I’ve got some good shots to share with you, not as perfect as the ones by you professional photographers out there, but sufficient for me! I’m just going to chill out with a cuppa tea after this and try to finish off my novel before our monthly library trip tomorrow. I just love days like this, hope there’ll be plenty more beautiful summer days to come, InshaAllah. As usual I’ve got a song to share too at the end. This song seems to be a favourite choice at superstores here during summer time! Possibly because summer romance is fleeting but memorable, not unlike the season itself. Anyway, I’m rather tired to analyse, over and out now, you take good care ok! šŸ™‚

A sweet summer time oldie!

rapeseed field

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Life is not lived in the past, neither is it lived wandering in future. Life is for today, and it is today. Live it, love it, see it, and show how capable you are of everything you wish to achieve. Enjoy this beautiful day! Always thank God for life…theĀ simple fact you’re still breathing and smiling!

Greetings everyone! How are you all? I’m currently enjoying the last day of our Spring heatwave before the rain pours down on us again. The weather’s been good, Alhamdulillah. We’ve been enjoying the garden (I’ve mowed our lawn twice!), we even managed a couple of barbeques already. As usual I’ve been taking lots of photos as I go about my daily life, but these days I just find it difficult to find the time to blog as often as I’d like to. Never mind, I do what I can! This post is actually about the rapeseed field I discovered not too far away from where a friend lives. I only see her once in a blue moon so I suppose the field wouldn’t have been noticeable during other seasons. But it is bright yellow in Spring, one can’t help but notice it!

I managed to get close enough to snap some photos, I couldn’t venture to the middle though for fear of trespassing. Nonetheless, I am quite satisfied with the few photos I managed to capture via my mobile phone, I don’t always carry my camera with me. I’ve always wanted to take photos of a rapeseed field, this one is the closest one to me and easily accessible. The rest are often seen as we drive along the countryside roads/dual carriageways/motorways at 50-80 miles per hour! Anyway, hope you will like them. It was a bright sunny day when I took the pictures, I remember feeling really happy, it certainly lifted my spirits up. Till next time then folks, take good care! šŸ™‚

Somehow this song came to mind as I was admiring the beautiful landscape, hope you will enjoy it too!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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my older 3 and I at a world famous street back in 2007

This is one picture which came to mind when I read this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life. It was buzzing and I loved it, despite looking stressed with 3 kids in tow at the time! Now I have 4 in total, but they are much older! Anyway, rather than informing you the location of this photograph, why don’t you have a guess instead? It’s not in England, that much I can tell you. Go on, have a guess, you can leave your answers in the comments below if you like. Take good care for now!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

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Hello there, this week I have decided to participate in the latest WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge : Curves. Mainly because I realised I have countless pictures on curves, especially from my trip to AndalusiaĀ in the southern tip ofĀ Spain several years ago. I visited the cities of Granada, SevilleĀ and Cordoba over 10 days, certainly the most enchanting region I have ever been to, I was transported well back in time! I’ve also included a few curve photos from my Paris visit and one from England too. Curves are popular designs in Islāmic Architecture, they can be pretty impressive. Anyway, enough said, I am going to allow the images in my gallery below do the talking. Au revoir till we meet again sometime soon, Inshallah! šŸ™‚

gujarat state

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This is my final installment on India, in terms of batches of photos, I might however create random posts based on a photo or two in the near future. All the picturesĀ were captured by my other half during his recent trip, do read mumbai city and memorable india to view my earlier stacks of photos. I have chosen photos taken around various villages and the city of Surat in the state of Gujarat this time. This was where my hubby had stayed mainly, back in the village of his ancestors in Gujarat. This trip has been a real eye opener for him. He realised how fortunate he’s been, for had his grandparents not migrated to Africa then England he would not be where he is now, having been highly educated and leading a fairly comfortable life. He is where he is at present through the sacrifice and hard work of his forefathers, there are no two ways about it. And for that he is truly grateful to them, Alhamdulillah.

There are many reasons why people migrate to other parts of the world; to escape poverty, for marriage, religious, education or work purposes. In my opinion, the whole world was created by God for us to explore and benefit from. As long as we work hard to earn an honest living and contribute to the society we live in, it does not really matter where we end up in as long as we are happy and content. Having said that, I don’t think anyone can forget their homeland ever, no matter where they migrate to afterwards. Enough said, do browse my photos for an insight into India through my hubby’s eyes, an unforgettable trip, deeply imprinted in his mind and heart.

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fruit seller pushing his cart

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village Hindu temple

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village Muslim mosque

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village woman washing clothes

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village women attending to their daily chores

lush village fruits

lush fruits at village

my hubby and his grand uncle at the village

my hubby and his grand uncle at their village home

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huge textile store in Surat city

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inside a textile store

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village school girls

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camel cart in a village

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busy cooks at a village wedding

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enjoying food served at a village wedding

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hustle and bustle at train crossing near village

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row of houses in a village

a cute village kid, a proud owner of those chickens behind him!

a cute village kid, a proud owner of those chickens behind him!