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Not the easiest shots I’ve taken recently… especially when wearing a suit! I took these early this morning outside my hotel before heading to our France office in Sens.  It was -3°c and it continued to snow the rest of the day.

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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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Since the storm damage to our front two trees back in May , our house name looked like an after-thought. Well, the trees have finally started to fill with leaves, and I now pray for some long sturdy branches.  This should start to bring them back to their former glory.

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I needed some time before I was able to write this post.  Three years ago, I bought two trees which were two metres high for our entrance.  I looked after them almost weekly and finally decided what final shape to go for.  I decided to cut vertical lines matching the entrance on the nearer sides, and to let the rest of the trees develop naturally.  I feel this gives the best of both worlds: manicured and cared for, as well as maintaining natural shape and beauty.

The main branch on one of the trees was becoming top-heavy – and I ignored the problem for a few weeks.  You see, I was excited about the new heights the trees were reaching. They were recently visible from the roof which means an astounding height of just under eight metres in three years.  Not any more!  After the mini storm last week, I lost the top half of one of the trees and I had to face my fears!  I butchered both to a manageable size and removed all the small/weak branches.  I want to see them grow again – but this time properly.

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Last week, I found out that the first Friday of every May is International Female Ride Day.  The BMW Motorcycle Club organised Kuwait’s – actually – the Middle East’s first participation in this annual world-wide synchronised campaign.  It promotes female motor cyclists and  started in Canada in 2007.  I found this out because I was kindly invited.  I was however on four wheels – and the only wind I felt through my hair was through the sunroof. I closed that too after a while.

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The journey from Jeddah to Yanbu was nothing exciting.  The road is long, has two lanes, and desert on either side.

However there was one point near where the road splits to Medina which was rather beautiful.  There were more trees and mountains in the background.  In fact the roat to Medina is behind the mountains that are just about visible.  I heard today that that road is a gorgeous drive all the way to sacred Medina.

I love this time of year.  It’s Spring time and we’re shaking off the cold weather. The garden starts to blossom like no other time in the year.  New shoots, new flower buds and the grass is standing upright ready to invade the bald patches.  We have two trees in front of our house, one of which insists on shedding almost all its leaves around mid February. It’s now filling up with new fresh green foliage, and the result is very pleasing indeed.  It baffles me how two identical trees getting the same amount of water and light, of the same species and age, behave very differently. When this happened the first two years, I thought the tree was ill.

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I haven’t had a chance to see Abu Dhabi.  This is my second trip here and the photograph sums up my experience of this changing city.  I zoom around from meeting to meeting and back to the hotel in the evening for a flight the next day.

I am so impressed by how much is happening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  In Kuwait, we have new towns and towers being built.  In these two cities, cities are being built within them.  I am a little concerned about who will fill these buildings? but impressive is too weak a word to describe the progress.

Driving out of Abu Dhabi, I saw Khalifa City.  This is four phases of houses after houses and more.  The other side of the highway has office blocks and apartment buildings.  Malls and leisure facilities are all around.  Huge road bridges connecting the two sides are being constructed.  Reem Island is another massive development with everything that you can imagine (and some that you can’t).  Good luck Abu Dhabi.

My absolute favorite sight today was the Grand Mosque.  The driver was going fast so I couldn’t get a good shot.  It’s definitely on my list of photographs for my next trip. I hope I get more time.

This the front of our house.  The view has completely changed in the past few weeks and it will continue to do so.  They’re working on the third floor!  I will post about their progress on my Mangaf blog.

Summer is now here and is showing its muscles. It reached 48°C today and gardening was hard work! The two trees are finding their way into the ground and shaping up nicely. I managed to get rid of the cube shape theu had when I bought them.

Still debating whether to let them grow naturally or banzai….

I know I will be late for work this morning. I’m having my morning coffee in the garden…. and perhaps for today only…. WHAT A VIEW!