Friday, October 25, 2013

Haircut Time


We decide that our three lambs were looking a bit shaggy so we called pulp cal sheep shearer who showed up with his entire tool chest, a pair of hand forged steel scissors. Hard wor and better him than me. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yes, We Have Bananas!


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

Doing It The Hard Way


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

Cairo Sunset



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!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vegan Lizard


I spent the day today at the New Cairo British International School as part of their community service program. Groups from all over Cairo were there explaining their activities to students who were looking for something for the school year. I've been working with them for a while providing educational programs and horseback riding so a young friend decided that since I couldn't bring my goats as I did last spring, she'd Lian me her Egyptian Uromastyx lizard whose favorite food is hibiscus flowers.