Billy Goat Head in my fridge …

There are some things which never change about a person. A social or religious programming you have received as a child, or a characteristic you developed or were born with. No one persons unchangeable factors are necessarily the same, but for sure everyone has something that is unchangeable about them… Or at least something pretty much certainly unchangeable.

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The desert…

“There is a quality about the desert that is unlike anything else I have encountered.  It creates the sensation of being utterly alone, with an extension of physical distance beyond which is the unlimited extension of time itself.  In this environment, the human mind is lifted out of itself, above the level of mundane existence, until one has the feeling of being cast out into a limitless world of endless space and time.”

 World without Time – The Bedouin. By Edward Nevins and Theon Wright
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Ramadan Kareem – Tips for new Muslims

Al-hamdulilah it must be at least 7/8 years now since I fasted my first Ramadan. When I first started fasting it was a wonderful experience (nothing will ever beat the high of the first taste of dates and water after the first day of fasting). I can’t really express all the wonders and benefits of the month in the scope of this short post. However, I would like to share some thoughts on Ramadan and some tips for new Muslims out there who are perhaps preparing to fast for the first time.

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A very silly gosling

Did I mention we have geese. Well yes. Desert and geese don’t really go. But my husband was fed up with our chickens digging up our fruit tree roots, and I didn’t want to keep them in their house all day so he swapped our seven chickens plus one rooster for three geese. Two females and a male.

Apart from the odd incident (like when the male bit the bottom of my youngest son in a surprise strike attack), overall I like them very much and their funny ways.

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