Every time I go to Khan el Khalili I almost have to tie my hands to keep from buying lamps. These metal lamps with their cutouts are beautiful to look at and cast a lovely light as well. But with the media saying how "dangerous" Cairo is, the three of us women were the only foreigners we saw there. It's tragic as so many families are in desperate straits for the lack of tourism.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
What happens when you put an Egyptian on a camel at Giza and you give him a camera? You get even more funny pictures than you might expect from a foreigner. And oddly enough some of them get seasick.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Yesterday we were doing a mobile veterinary clinic for the Rural Wellness Initiative just outside of Shabramant/Abu Sir, a farming area of Giza that is south of the Giza plateau. With all the governmental unrest and changes in the past few years, agricultural services to farmers have essentially died in Egypt, so members of my farm staff, some veterinarians and members of the Donkey Sanctuary staff have gotten together to provide free vet care for the small farmers in a roughly 300 acre square. Neighbours and friends donate money to buy simple preventative care veterinary medications such as wormers, vitamins, and antibiotics for wound care. The Donkey Sanctuary trained our staff in hoof trimming, abscess treatment and also how to flush the tear ducts of donkeys, which when blocked cause the tears to run down the donkeys' faces attracting flies which infect the skin with parasites causing long open sores on the face.
We have found a local craftsman to manufacture sturdy fly masks to protect the donkeys' faces from the flies, more humane halters that help to control wayward donkeys without causing damage to their noses as is caused by the usual chain halters, and noseband covers to prevent chain damage for people who are using the chain halters.
But a huge part of the fun of this work is seeing the children of the countryside playing, like these two girls who were on their way home from school and hitched a ride on a VERY slow moving truck. As it slowed even more to pass our clinic site, a little boy joined them on the bumper.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
...and a sad comment on pollution. Roughy ten or fifteen years ago a friend of mine was visiting the antiquities at Sakkara and took this photo except that in hers you could see the pyramids of Giza as well as the pyramids of Abu Sir. As little as six years ago the Giza pyramids were visible from Abu Sir more often than not, but it is no longer true.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Believe it or not, people do import bananas to Egypt although I can't imagine why. Maybe some shoppers like fruit that will sit unchanged on your countertop, but my preference is for the tang and flavor of the local fruit.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
This is a sakia, an old fashioned metal water wheel that runs on donkey power. Usually they blindfold the donkey so that he doesn't know that he's walking in circles. Donkeys are much too smart to do THAT willingly. This donkey, however, is sporting a nice fly mask rather than a blindfold, so the boy gets to walk in circles as well to keep the motor running.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
If you are driving in Cairo in the mid afternoon, the odds are good that you will see one of these, the fiery yellow ball settling into the west over miles and miles of cars crawling in second gear down the road. Of course it helps to be crossing one of Cairo's bridges across the Nile to the Giza side. We all hate Cairo traffic!