Thursday, December 10, 2009

Brushing Things Aside


It isn't easy to keep things clean when you live in the middle of the world's biggest sandbox. We are surrounded by desert in Cairo and it blows in with every breeze. We have the normal plastic brooms, but also make some interesting local ones. These are garden brooms made from the stems of the dates that are harvested every fall.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

There's so much to see and learn in this post. The brooms have a hand-made beauty. And all the metal hanging behind. Your posts should never be brushed aside.

Merri said...

ohhhhh Jose and Mac would love to help sweep with those brooms!

Isabella said...

I see things like this and wish that I had a useful life skill. I mean this in the best way possible. We all have our skills of course but would they really be useful if the world changed to what it was say 200 or even 100 years ago. My skils would need to be revamped if that every happened. I can cook... but if my recipes every got lost I'd be up a creak! And forget it if I ever had to make bread, tortilla ect from scratch.

r l n ! said...

Hi, Maryanne :) Your pictures are worth a thousand words...Have you thought of making them a little bigger (600 pixels wide will fill the allotted space nicely) -- so that we may enjoy them more.

i like foreign places and exotic things...GOD's creation is so diverse! We'll never see everything in this lifetime, but we sure can appreciate what's available to us. And your blog gives us another window by which to enjoy the view.

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

Are those the brooms that the city workers (if that's what they are) use to push the dust from one place to another? We never saw it dumped anywher...just moved.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

LOL They brush it into piles and then scoop them up with a piece of old cardboard. Sometimes it gets dumped over the side of an overpass onto the road below. Every now and then you see a cart that collects it and dumps it somewhere else. And then the desert gives you more!