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Aisha’s Egypt: Duck Market Day

Aisha's Egypt: Duck Market Day

Duck Market Day
 
Carrying her duck perched high on her head
She’s walking her duck to the market
 
He pokes out his head to get a good look
Observing his fate, sitting patiently
 
He calmly enjoys the view from on high
While the ducks back home view his privileged life
 
As the lucky duck who gets to travel
Escaping the farm with the farmer’s wife
 
How smugly he smiles and proudly displays
His best behavior while riding her head
 
Ignorance is bliss even for a duck
Travelling the world in an orange basket
 
Carried on the head of a farmer’s wife
As she walks her duck to the market
 
This moment of fun will soon be over
Life changes like that, and soon life’s over
 
Someone will eat him for dinner tonight
He won’t return home with the farmer’s wife
 
Even lucky ducks living privileged lives
Travelling the world while riding high
 
May escape the farm with the farmer’s wife
But won’t escape fate when it’s dinnertime
 
 
© 2015 by Aisha Abdelhamid
 
;^)

 
 

Photo Poem: Doing The Dishes

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Doing The Dishes

Imagine, next time you stand at your sink,
In your air conditioned home, with your hot water heater
Delivering comfort and ease to your fingers
As you complain about doing the dishes –
Imagine a life with no running water,
Windows always open to the weather,
Your big stack of dirty dishes waiting
For you to carry them down to the well.
Hurry, your neighbor is watering his field,
He won’t complain about sharing the water
As you get advantage from the gushing machine
To scrub your dirty dishes clean
As you laugh and joke with your neighbor.

© 2014 by Aisha Abdelhamid

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Egyptian Fun Foto: Rooftop Roses

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This week’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography Blog is having fun with two-tone photos.
Cee says, The only requirement is that there are only two colors in your photo.   
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Egyptian Fun Foto: Bicycle and Bananas

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"Egyptian Bicycle & Bananas" © Aisha Abdelhamid

Today I discovered and began following a wonderful blog, “Cee’s Photography.” Cee is an incredibly creative soul with a talent for sharing her fun with many other creative souls through several different challenges she has originated on her blog. I’m looking forward to participating in her “Share Your World” weekly activity, but the Fun Foto Challenge caught my sleeve and tugged my hand until I found myself wanting to join in the fun!
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Birds of Egypt: “Cleopatra,” The Green Bee-Eater

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Cleopatra, The Green Bee-Eater of Egypt, "Merops Orientalis“

This is the first in a series of posts about my bird neighbors here in Egypt. I’m not a card carrying member of the Audubon Society, but I really love my bird neighbors, wherever I live. Here in the rural Nile Delta, birds are very different from my friends back on the farm in South Carolina. Come to think of it, all of my neighbors here are quite different from those in South Carolina! But I’ll stick to the birds for now. They are far less sensitive to the strange American Lady with her camera, and I don’t have to be quite so stealthy to take their pictures.

These pretty green birds have been catching my eye, and eluding my camera, for almost two years. Finally I caught this nice little beauty unaware while Mohamed and I were preparing new soil to add to our rooftop barrels. It is officially winter here, so even though most of the deciduous trees still haven’t lost their leaves, we must catch up on our winter gardening tasks while we have a chance. So we were up on the roof over our garage, preparing soil, and this nice green bird must have felt safe, seeing we were obviously occupied in a harmless activity nearby her perch in the Mulberry, or “Toot” Tree, as it is called in Arabic. I spied her up there, flashing bright green in the morning sunshine as she hunted bugs for breakfast. Nonchalantly I turned and went downstairs to grab my camera, praying her breakfast of bugs was big today. It was! I was able to set my camera on the fence of the roof to get a few really well focused shots before she felt full enough to leave her place at the mulberry table. That was fun!

Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Cleopatra, The Green Bee-Eater Bird Sitting Pretty in the Mulberry Tree


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Recipe w/Pics: Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves

A better title for this post is probably, “Why God Made Restraunts”

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Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Within this post, you will learn how to make stuffed grape leaves, and also find recipes for delicious roasted chicken, great chicken soup, and also rich pasta sauce, all made from scratch. If you are vegetarian, you can omit the chicken from the broth and still get a delicious onion soup.

Preserved grape leaves can be purchased in a jar at middle eastern and mediterranean grocery stores. That’s the easy way. I, on the other hand, have no grocery store nearby, and Abu Khalid at the little ‘dukan’ down the street will scandal my husband’s wife all over the village if I ask him to import me a jar of grape leaves from someplace exotic like Cairo or Alexandria. So if you are like me, you’ll just have to pull them off the vine. We’ll save the post for growing your own grapes up on the roof for another time, when you return for another visit!

So, you can use young tender grape leaves, turnip leaves, cabbage, romaine lettuce, any edible green leaf that is large enough to work with. Large leaves, like some varieties of grape leaves, and of course cabbage, must be cut down to proper size. A leaf or a section the size of the palm of your hand (don’t include your fingers – palm only) is a very good size for making stuffed [anything] leaves.
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Recipe w/Pics: What To Do With A Ripe Papaya

RIPE PAPAYA ALERT!

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Ripe Papaya Alert!

I don’t have much experience with papayas yet, but I’m starting to get the hang of them. When a neighbor gave us a papaya two springs ago, I had never actually held a whole one in my hand before. Honestly, it didn’t taste all that great, but if you put enough sugar on anything you can acquire a taste for it right away. Papayas are famously good for our health, and are incredibly rich in antioxidants, so I felt obligated to appreciate the gift. Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes and when I saw all those seeds inside it, it was a challenge I couldn’t resist! I was then advised by the same neighbor to never touch a papaya seed by my skin, or it will only produce a male tree. I’m not superstitious, but I took the advice seriously and never touched the seeds except with a spoon. It took forever for the seeds to germinate, but my patience paid off. All my baby papaya trees that I grew on the back sunroof are now growing very nicely in the land where Mohamed transplanted them just about one year ago. (Click here to see the photos in a previous post)

Papaya trees grow incredibly fast, and even more amazingly, they produce fruit from their first flowering cycle! They went from slender seedlings to tender transplants and then blossomed into a papaya jungle!

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My Papaya babies grew up fast!


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