It is a beautiful morning this morning in Melbourne, the sun is shining and the neighbour's
kids are squealing with delight at what Santa has given them.
Wishing all my blog friends and their families a wonderful day today and every good wish for a happy, healthy and special 2014.
This year seems to have flown so fast, it seems the older we get the quicker it goes.
I am looking forward to 2014, have a couple of get aways planned especially now that I will be able to walk without pain.
After all that has happened in my family over the last 18 months with an amazing outcome to it all and being told by someone that it is "not about me", I want to spend more time doing quilts, quilts for love etc for others.
Enjoy your day with your families.
Many thanks for reading my blog. I hope you have enjoyed my posts.
I am very excited, have put a deposit down for the 17 Day Japan Quilt Tour taking in the 2014 Yokohama Quilt Festival.
The tour is organised through Lisa Walton from Dyed and Gone to Heaven.
I have always wanted to go to Japan, ever since I had a pen pal there when I was in primary school. Autumn is my favourite time of year and the tour is in November, looking forward to seeing the beautiful Japanese trees in colour.
This week I have been sorting through my repo and civil war fabric stash to decide on fabrics for the next border of "Medallion Melody" by Lori Smith. Sad to say, it is not a task I am particulary fond of.
The modern side of Dubai is like an overdose of Bling!!!
Each new building has to be bigger, higher and more exotic than the previous.
It is an architectural palette for designers.
Each architect is trying to beat the Guinness World records for buildings.
The shopping malls are over the top with waterfalls, laser light shows, ice skating rinks, ski runs and aquariums. Dubai Mall is the largest, over 2200 shops and my only complaint is that they spend millions on their malls, but there only a handful of seats for shoppers to sit on.
The tallest building, the lift rises at over 240 km per hour.
Atlantis resort on the Palm. There is so much money spent that we wondered if they do anything for charity. 99% of the residents have private health insurance. There 0 - 01% crime rate.
The date palm is their sacred tree, 3,000 dirham fine if you hit a palm tree with a car and 30,000 dirham if you accidently hit a camel. The majority of cars driven are Japanese makes.
If you are a non national and you lose your job, you are given 30 days to find another job or you are asked and HAVE to leave the country.
The Germans are the highest rate of tourists. Majority of the UAE's speak German.
The driverless train metro system.
We got the impression that we were in a huge Disneyland.
There are 2 sides to Dubai, the old and the new modern side.
The heat was bearable, 25 - 30 degrees for winter up to 45 - 52 degrees in Summer.
The old section has so much character. The tall towers are for cooling, the first type of air conditioners. The canal through the middle can be crossed by traditional Dhows, these small boast carry passengers sitting on either side.
Friday is Holy Day in Dubai, their weekends are Friday and Saturday.
The pale colour of the old buildings blend in with the sand and looked great
against the deep blue sky.
There are over 900 mosques. The Jumeriah mosque is the only one that can be visited by non Muslims, a tour at 10am, only on a Thursday.
The Souks (markets). Unfortunately the spice market decided to close for the day, we visited the Gold Souk, after walking past several, I was turned off gold. There is no price, all the gold is priced according to weight. I bought myself 2 cashmere scarves. Bargaining was a must, so I really don't know if I did it right or not. Anyway, I loved the scarves.
The Muslims are called to prayer 5 times a day.
At the top of each mosque tower are sets of speakers and after the first couple of times, you get used to hearing the calling. Our hotel room had a prayer mat in the bed side drawer as well as a Bible.
On the ceiling of our room, there is an arrow, showing the direction of Mecca.
We were explained the women's dress and was surprised to ear that the veil and long black gowns are not worn for religion but for culture and custom only.