Eid-al-Fitr 2015/1436: Happy Eid

Allah

Eid Mubarak to everyone who is celebrating Eid-al-Fitr after a month of fasting. I hope your day is filled with happiness, fun and thankfulness to Allah (God) for all his blessings.

Above is the Arabic word for Allah (God) and some of his ninety-nine names, beautifully painted on papyrus paper.

Number 10

Downing street

Its finally Election day here in the UK. It’s been a neck and neck race between the major parties up until now so it’ll be interesting to see who wins and occupies Number 10. I haven’t casted my vote yet but will do once I finish work. May the best man (or party) win

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben is one of the landmarks of London that I haven’t really been able to see close up. I’ve seen it many times from across the River Thames or far off in the distance and I thought it was about time that I got up close to have a proper look.

The tower which holds the clock face is really beautiful, with gold and black engravings, and lots of intricate details carved into the sides. There’s Latin engravings, crowns and shields, all created with steady hands to create a stunning building which is part of the London’s historical landscape. It’s definitely a building that I can imagine visiting again and again.

1920’s bridal shower

You may have wondered where I’ve disappeared to this last week; I haven’t forgotten to post I’ve just been super busy helping with preparations for my younger sister‘s wedding which is coming up fast. In the last couple of weeks my family have been celebrating and having lots of fun with parties and planning for the upcoming event.

My sister-in-law threw a 1920s bridal shower and as we all had fun at the last one we were looking forward to it

The colours to go with the theme were red, white and black and my sister-in-law’s lovely house was the perfect setting

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There was also some tasty food to eat; chicken skewers and fruit tarts and my other younger sister brought along a lovely chocolate cake she made

My older sister made a pretty banner to add to the decor and there were also pearls and feathers which looked great. Even the babies wore flapper dresses and puffy dresses that looked cute (my niece pulled the feather out of her hair in this pic)

We played ‘pin the moustach on the groom’ which was fun and I came pretty close to winning but I think the babies enjoyed themselves the most, getting lots of attention and running around together

Next is the Henna (Mehndi) party which will have lots of colour and which we are all really excited about. Pictures coming soon

Red phone box

Phone box
A red phone box is seen as one of the iconic images of London, and I came across this one on my travels recently around Central London. This one is still in full working order and although most people these days have mobile phones it’s still really nice to see these around (even if it is mostly for tourists I think) as there is a lot of history and culture entrenched in these.