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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
 
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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: 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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Welcome to Aisha’s Oasis

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Ahlan wa Sahlan – Welcome to my little slice of Egyptian Life! 
I’m an American woman who flushed twenty years of marriage to a mean, drunk, ‘wasp’ (White Anglosaxon Protestant) in favor of an incredibly loving Egyptian Muslim man I met online. I had been divorced for two years and was learning about Islam on the internet. When I cried to Allah to make me Muslim, I also cried to Him for a wonderful Muslim husband. Allah answered both prayers, alhamdulillah! When Allah put my feet on the path of Islam, three steps later He put my husband-to-be’s ad for a wife in front of my eyes. In our email correspondence, Mohamed said to me, “Sometimes reality is more wonderful than any dream,” and I was so ripe for the picking, I fell directly into his hand. It’s been a joyride ever since! I married him in Egypt after only 50 days of correspondence, and less than 24 hours after our first actual meeting. I’m using my binders of printed emails as posts, so readers can watch the story unfold just as I did, and enjoy the whirlwind excitement of an internet romance that went right. Very right!

Continue reading for more introduction to “Aisha’s Oasis,” and to reach the complete Table of Contents, below. If you’ve already read this you can quickly jump to anywhere by clicking on a category from the menu bar, above, or from the sidebar on the right to enjoy the Places in my Oasis.

Additionally, you can Click Here to Jump to my Latest Post Or Click Here to Jump Directly to the Table of Contents

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Aisha & Mohamed Are Here!

Simultaneously, I’m sharing posts of what daily life is like for me in Egypt. You’ll find love poems and recipes, and photos of my gardening, photos of the birds, my neighbors, their animals, and all the petty drama that erupts around here, as well as shortstories and artwork, and pictures of the jewelry I love to create.

I guess this is my legacy – an attempt at a self-induced vulcan mind meld into the archives of wordpress.com because I don’t want to die without unloading it somewhere! It’s been a very exciting ride! If you’d like to believe me, start here:
My First Cup of Tea in the Oasis https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/my-first-cup-of-tea-in-the-oasis/
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EGYPT – AISHA’S JOYRIDE TO EGYPT:

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My 1st Cup Of Tea In The Oasis


Episode 1: My First Cup of Tea in the Oasis (Dec. 09, 2013)

Ep. 2: Breaking the News to my Father (Dec. 11, 2013)

Ep. 3: Seeking Wife To Be Love & Friend (Dec. 31, 2013)

Ep. 4: Salam wa Smiles, 40 years old, 5′ 5″ (Jan. 5, 2014)

Ep. 5: I’ve Got Mail! (Jan. 10, 2014)

Ep. 6: From A Mermaid Princess Named Scheherazade (Jan. 18, 2014)

Ep. 7: Oh Please Pinch Me (Jan. 23, 2014)

Ep. 8: Twenty Questions (Jan. 29, 2014)

Ep. 9: “Slow Down!” (Feb. 8, 2014)

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My Turn To Dance

Ep. 10: My Turn To Dance (Feb. 20, 2014)

Ep. 11: Did I Say Something Wrong? (Mar. 11, 2014)

Ep. 12: Are We Only Dreaming? (Mar. 25, 2014)

Ep. 13: Difficult Answers (Apr. 14, 2014)

Ep. 14: Our Hearts Are Tied (May 06, 2014)

Ep. 15: A Love Letter To Die For (Jun 11, 2014)

Ep. 16: Like A Runaway Train (Jul 21, 2014)

Ep. 17: French Chocolate English (Sept 13, 2014)

Ep. 18: The Transient Life of a Leaf (Mar 15, 2015)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE:

Poem: Oh Cairo (Dec. 07, 2013)

Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2 (Dec. 07, 2013)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 1 of 10 (Feb. 18, 2014)

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Rooftop Flowering Veggies

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 2 of 10 (Mar. 01, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 9 of 10 (Mar. 07, 2014)

Photo Poem: Leaving The Market (Aug 27, 2014)

Photo Poem: Doing The Dishes (Oct. 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening (Dec. 08, 2013)

Rooftop Gardening: Our First Tomato! (Mar. 16, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Flowering Vegetables (May 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Rebooting The Tomatoes (June 28, 2014)

Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dec. 23, 2013)

Turning Sugarcane Into Juice (Jan. 2, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – AISHA’S EGYPT:

Let’s Take A Ride! (Mar. 18, 2014)

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Mizmar-izing Music

Little Shepherd Boy (Mar. 28, 2014)

Mizmar-izing Music (Apr. 18, 2014)

11 Little Secrets and a Liebster (Apr. 26, 2014)

A Kiss From The World (May 10, 2014)

A Very Versatile Goat (May 27, 2014)

Watermelon Pyramids (Aug 14, 2014)

The Olive & Pickle Vendor (Sept 20, 2014)

The Ice Cream Man (Oct. 27, 2014)

A Heavily Loaded Horsecart (Dec 10, 2014)

French Fry Farmers (Mar 01, 2015)

Duck Market Day (Apr 12, 2015)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – BIRDS OF EGYPT:

“Cleopatra:” The Green Bee-Eater (Jan. 08, 2014)

“Hud Hud:” The Hoopoe (Jan 13, 2014)

“Fairuz:” The Collared Kingfisher (Jan. 26, 2014)

“Um Uway’e:” The Little Owl (Feb. 6, 2014)

“Abu Maghazil:” The Spur-Winged Lapwing (Feb. 16, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – ESSAYS:

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Lady Chicken Vendors

Egyptian Culture, Part 1: Islam and Sharia Law (Feb. 2, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 2: Carry Cash (Feb. 9, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 3: Don’t Forget Yourself (Feb. 24, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 4: Powdered Sugar Mustaches (March 03, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 5: Lady Chicken Vendors (May 22, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 6: Water, Water Everywhere (Jun 06, 2014)

Eguptian Culture, Part 7: Eid al Adha Celebration (Oct. 11, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – PHOTOS:

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Fun Foto 2-Tone Roses


Egyptian Fun Foto: Bicycle and Bananas (Mar. 06, 2014)

Egyptian Fun Foto: Rooftop Roses (Mar. 14, 2014)

EGYPT – WONDERFUL REBLOGS:

What a Bazaar Day, by Wandering Soles (Dec. 08, 2013)

GARDENING:

Rooftop Gardening (Dec. 08, 2013)

Rooftop Gardening: Our First Tomato! (Mar. 16, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Flowering Vegetables (May 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Rebooting The Tomatoes (June 28, 2014)

What To Do With A Ripe Papaya (Dec. 20, 2013)

JEWELRY:

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Time Is A Patient Spectator

Handmade Bracelets (Dec. 06, 2013)

Beachglass Jewelry Set with Matching Poem (Jan. 20, 2014)

PHOTO GALLERIES:

Photo Gallery #1 (Dec. 05 – 18, 2013)

POETRY & PROSE – POEMS:

Speak To Me In Kisses (Dec. 07, 2013)

Breaking Fast After Six Days Of Shawwal (Dec. 07, 2013)

Oh Cairo (Dec. 07, 2013)

Oh Cairo, Chapter 2 (Dec. 07, 2013)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 1 of 10 (Feb. 18, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 2 of 10 (Mar. 01, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 9 of 10 (Mar. 07, 2014)

Time Is A Patient Spectator (Jan. 15, 2015)

Combing The Beach In Winter (Jan. 20, 2014)

“Damn Cold Day!” (Jan. 27, 2014)

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I will Always Look Up To You


“There Was A Time When Things Were Different” (Feb. 3, 2014)

No One Could Ever Know (Feb. 10, 2014)

“Don’t Blame The Sinner” (Feb. 17, 2014)

Notorious Little Girl (Feb. 25, 2015)

Photo Poem: Brick And Mortar Outhouse (Mar. 02, 2014)

Photo Poem: I’ll Always Look Up To You (Mar. 27, 2014)

Poem: “Life Journey” – A Collaboration With Zara (Jul 12, 2014)

Photo Poem: The First Thing I Notice (Jul. 31, 2014)

Photo Poem: Leaving The Market (Aug 27, 2014)

Photo Poem: Doing The Dishes (Oct. 02, 2014)

Blog Action Day on Inequality, Oct. 16, 2014 – Poem: “She Was Born In The Respite Between Intifadas”

POETRY & PROSE – PHOTO QUOTES:

The Nest In Rumi’s Rose Garden (Jul. 06, 2014)

POETRY & PROSE – MY ARTICLES FOR EDENKEEPER.ORG:

Egypt Illuminates Ancient Alleyways With Solar Light (June 20, 2014)

Rumi: Behind The Beauty Of The Moon Is The MoonMaker (Jul. 06, 2014)

The Donkey: Egypt’s Green Machine (Aug 30, 2014)

POETRY & PROSE – SHATOETRY VIDEOS WITH WILLIAM SHATNER RECITING MY POEMS:

The Clouds Carry Embers Of Decaying Memories (Dec. 06, 2013)

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What To Do With A Ripe Papaya

The Moon Above Our Steps In The Snow (Dec. 07, 2013)

Peace Is A Time Traveler (Dec. 29, 2013)

POETRY & PROSE – SUPERSHORT STORIES:

I Have A Cold Already!  (Dec. 07, 2013)

RECIPES WITH PICTURES:

Young Pigeon (Squab) Stuffed With Rice.  (Dec. 08, 2013)

What To Do With A Ripe Papaya (Dec. 20, 2013)

Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dec. 23, 2013)

Turning Sugarcane Into Juice (Jan. 2, 2014)

The Olive & Pickle Vendor – DIY Olive Brining Recipe (Sept 20, 2014)

RESEARCH:

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Saladin And The Crusades

Saladin And The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Preface, Contents, and Tables of Illustrations (Dec. 20, 2013)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Introductory & Chapter I (Dec. 26, 2013)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter II (Jan. 2, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter III (Jan. 09, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter IV (Jan. 17, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter V (Jan. 22, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VI (Feb. 04, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VII (Feb. 13, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VIII (Feb. 27, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter IX (Mar. 20, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter X (Apr. 05, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter XI (Apr. 24, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter XII (Jun 02, 2014)

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My Official Bio Blurb

Saladin and the Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XIII (Jul. 04, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XIV (Aug 21, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XV (Nov 23, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XVI (Apr 24, 2015)

THE DPCHALLENGES:

Multimedia Storytelling – Ep. 2, Joyride to Egypt: Breaking The News To My Father (Dec. 11, 2013)

ABOUT

My Official Bio Blurb

Random facts about me, and my Blog Awards

My Interview on Expat-Blog.Com

My Guest Post on LetMeReach.com with Kim Saeed, “A Light Entered My Cocoon”

Excellent Reblog from Ms. Muslamic on what it’s like to be a White Muslim woman (Feb. 1, 2014)

Reblog from A Broads View: 7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs (June 24, 2014)

… More to come! Don’t forget to hit the FOLLOW button!

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