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It’s that time of year when we take back our garden and own the outside space of our home.   We maintain our small garden to give us pleasure all year from the window looking out, but during autumn and spring it offers us a more tangeable pay-back.

This post is a collection of images taken in the past few days.  It’s a small space with many users.

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This has to be one of the most fun activities for a family: on horseback through the woods.  The weather was beautiful and so was the place.  The people (and animals) at the Riding Centre were very welcoming, which made the afternoon even more pleasant.  They managed to fit us in on a busy day , which was just as well since I had already promised the kids.

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I know it’s summer when I look around and see an empty house.  It feels strange to have the place to myself.  The garden is not used – even on nice afternoons, there is nothing fresh in the fridge, books are untouched, toys are neatly stacked and the dining table has not seen plates for days.  My brothers have been staying with me occasionally, watching football and movies.

This photo, taken back in May, is what makes a house a home.  One’s loved-ones surrounding one with joy and laughter.  I am truly blessed and I thank God whenever I remember.

This is my first attempt in a local photography competition.  I’ve tried a couple of times online (National Geographic and British Airways’ HighLife magazine) but this time I had to provide prints, which somehow made it feel more real.  I read about the competition on Mathai’s blog some time ago.  The deadline is tomorrow, so if you’re interested you will need to hurry up. Link.

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We went bowling on Wednesday.  It was our first time as a family, and I cannot recommend it enough.  No gadgets, no phones, no inturruptions, just good quality family time full of fun with a competitive spirit.

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The weather has been very warm for this time of year.  For me, this makes a great change after the freezing two weeks I had abroad.  Coupled with the heavy rain we had last month, the warm period has meant an explosion in these beautiful flowers. They are quite literarily everywhere you look…

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We spent the long Eid weekend in and around Muscat.  This post is a little late – but I hope you enjoy the images from out trip.  It makes a nice change being on holiday with my camera and not on business.  This was a good four days with the family and all we did is explore this beautiful part of the world.

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The weather has been wonderful this weekend.  I love the clear blue sky, occasionally decorated with faint clouds.  We had a nice desert walk on Friday morning, and spent most of Saturday on the beach.  It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this relaxed.

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It’s not a serious piece of kit, but you can have some serious fun with this little camera.  When I read the review, I thought it was a little gimmicky.  Then I saw the Stuff TV video review, and I couldn’t wait to buy one.  The Canon D10 is the best companion on wet holidays.

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Remember this post? Well, I was reminded by SomeContrast to try it with a torch. The possibilities are endless with the different things you draw on an invisible board. It’s clearer than a clear canvas!  For the above photo I wrote God’s name in Arabic (Allah) and that has given me a nice idea for an original Ramadan e-card…

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Inspired by Mathai’s Light Writing post, I wanted to do something that gives similar drama but with a faster shutter.  I can’t get Yousef and Noor to stand still for 2 seconds – so an ordinary torch would produce a rather dull result. Then I saw that my wife had bought sparklers.  I knew instantly that this would produce fun results.

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I thought I had seen everything they can do with a remote-controlled car, then I saw these.  They’re not well built/put-together, quite ugly and not robust enough for what they’ve been designed for.  For a child however, none of this matters… It can drive on walls and ceilings!

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I chose this title because the last thing you expect your four-year-old daughter to say is: ‘Are we going to my production today?’  Noor joined a ballet class a few weeks ago, and today she played the starring, leading role of a little flower.

In a weekend that’s about nothing but the ballot paper, ours began at the Ballet. When my wife told me about it I thought it was going to be little children only – but it’s actually students of the academy from all levels and ages.  They came together to make what in my opinion was a wonderful production of Cinderella.  I’m not an art critic but it was genuinely a good experience and some of the participants showed real talent.

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I’m not sure who started this “tradition” nor when it all began, but it has become part of our celebrations.  Friends and family have mixed views, but it seems fathers of young children are in agreement.  Seriousness aside, we had a blast.  Noor cried a little when she was “attacked” by a future pick-up driver and both her and Yousef kept reminding me to lock our doors 🙂

The story was somewhat different when we parked and got out.  It was revenge time…

I received an email just before Christmas from the Middle East Director at Sovereign Strategy asking to use one of my photographs.  When I found out they were working with KNPC on their new Corporate Social Responsibility programme, I had no hesitation in agreeing.  The photograph is of my daughter Noor, which I took on Independence Day last year.

Yesterday, my wife and I were invited to the Press Launch for KNPC’s CSR.  The special thing about this project is that their aim is to be one of the first companies in the world to achieve a new ISO standard for social responsibility.  The first reported press release online was on Zawya.  It’s also featured in most of today’s papers.

Noor had her moment of fame yesterday.  She was at Kuwait Zoo at the time (school trip) and didn’t know anything about it 🙂