Museum of Islamic Art – Visits Past – Part I

The Museum of Islamic Art is one the places in Qatar that is a must see.  During my Staycation, I decided to spend an afternoon wandering it’s keeps.  This, in turn, had me thinking of my visits past. So this is where I will start…. With my time spent at this museum, also called the…

Spring Break 2018 – StayCation!

With our recent return from two weeks in Canada and Michael not having the same time off as me, well he only gets two days off but not even on the same week – I decided not to travel this week. This week is Spring Break for me. This was an easy decision but not…

Hack Ride – Bay Mare!

Bay Mare, as she is affectionately called, is one of the old girls at the stables.  A good horse to ride, I’m told as I’m led to an arena to trot her out and get a feel for her.  But I was startled to find this old mare was full of energy because she hadn’t…

Let Me Introduce You To Fizal!

Well, reintroduce as I already did introduce him in my blog about Marlow. Fizal is our “foster” dog! I’ve never fostered a dog before.  Fostering pets is a regular happening for pet lovers here in Qatar as there are so many cats, dogs…horses even, that once had a home and perhaps were horribly abandoned by…

Hack Ride – Mafnood

Today a new horse was presented to me for my morning ride around the farm.  This horse needed a crop as this horse likes to find a patch of sand, and wants to roll – doesn’t matter that I’m on his back! The crop gently reminds him that he can’t do that! However, what happened…

The Avatars – Their Reputation Grows!

Last night The Avatars played their welcomed gig at the Ritz Carlton – Admiral’s Club.  Welcomed because The Avatar’s are a favorite band of this club!  The band plays a variety of music that people love, recognize and usually have an emotional connection to!  Guests dance, sing and are inspired by the talented guitar playing…

Riding Lesson #2 – My Fall Off Of Farfoor

My ride to the farm early this morning required a stop to fill the car’s tank with petrol (that’s what you call it here).  Here are pictures of one of the world’s most expensive cars, a McLaren, parked next to the petrol station….. Today at the stables I started out with a ride around the…

Hack Ride – Patcher

  Today I rode one of the horses from the “Middle Stable”.  These horses are a bit of a step up from the main stable.  My horse, Patcher, a French Arabian race horse was a dream to ride!  I rode with staff member Josh, from England.  Josh is a retired jockey, because of injury, who…

Riding Lesson #1 – Emeron!

Today I arrived, early of course, to settle in and have another look around! Tara gave me a pair of chaps, that were given to her at the centre!  So, with my new-to-me chaps, work-out tights and sneakers and borrowed riding helmet I was ready to go! I was given a big black horse named…

Visit to the Al-Farden Family Farm

The Al-Farden or spelled Alfarden family is known for luxury cars and precious jewelry.  These are pictures of a visit to their farm to see the animals! The farm is located in the Al Khor area of Qatar, in the middle of the desert.  Once off the main highway, then driving down a long, narrow…

Sharing Smiles!

This is International Week at work.  Today was the highly anticipated parade of flags where, at an assembly of the entire school in the main gym, every country represented at the school is walked in a parade.  There were over 80 flags!  Smiles energized with school spirit and national pride were everywhere!! But there was…

Saddam the Falcon

This is International Week at work.  There are two traditional Arab tents set up on campus, with a falcon at each one.  I was lucky to have spent some time with one falcon named Saddam. This falcon was purchased in Iraq, and is about a year old.   I didn’t ask how much Saddam cost…