27.07.2010

*desert colours*

wherever I am going....I am watching the *colours*...
and I found so many colours in the *desert*....
the *faded* ones....
the *bright* ones....
*soft* colours....
and *magic* colours in the night...
for a *colourful* life :-)

what a bliss!

images: petra hassan

23.07.2010

*style of the week*

it´s a long time ago that I posted my *style of the week*....most of the time I am wearing one of my comfortable *ranipink* linen dresses and a big shawl...but when I am going for work at H&M a few hours a week... I want to be *pretty* dressed, the hairs well made and *rouge rebelle* lipstick ;-)
after the *hot* weeks the weather was cooling down last night and I wore my favourite *cool wool* pants, a simple black shirt....the latest *desert* finding....a *pretty* black berber womens shawl, made in the morocco, decorated with little, silver metal sequins :-)
my favourite *tassel necklace* in chalky turqoise & green shades...handmade from czech glassbeads, chalcedon gemstone, austrian crystal and a vintage afghan bead I found last year in the *grand bazar* in Istanbul....and a *gift* I got from my friend Mustapha in Essaouira....a handmade black *tuareg* wool string necklace, decorated with little pieces of greenish turqouise leather...usually this string is part of a traditional necklace with a beautiful silver amulet..guess the amulet is lost somewhere in the *desert* ;-)
my favourite silver leather sandals...made in *Marrakech*....ah..and some kind of  *bavarian* style braids ;-)

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22.07.2010

*48°*

heat in the *sahara* desert....
and I went out....wearing light *blue*...and dark *blue*...and a hint of  fresh *mint* colour...
 searching *fata morgana*.....but I did not found one...and I tried hard to find one....*hhh*
I found myself inbetween a flock of  *black*black* goats....
*sundried* fish.....slightly *salted* and sundried *desert* fish....
a lonely *mobylette* crossed my way.....ready for a dune *race*?
silence....48°.....but far, far away...I listened the noise....the sound of hundreds *pink flamingo*......and still no *fata morgana*....just a little lake under the *hot*hot* sun and *golden* dunes in the mirror of the *lac merzouga* :-) and a me, walking...... and wearing the *blue*blue* colour....the colour of the desert :-)

images: petra hassan

21.07.2010

*camel talk*

come with me...and *schhhhh*....
...listen.....but be quiet, please.....listen what the camels are talking about.....
"no no...I do not need *wrinkle* lotion.....*ahem*...really..there is no need....I really do not understand why do you think I need this new stuff??"..still wondering.... ;-)
"*hah*....do you want to tell me something? I will tell you something...I am from the *sahara* desert and I am speaking 67 languages...."
"*attention*...I am the *drama* queen or  the king of drama?! ... just sometimes....not every day...I promise!"
"....don´t ask me why.....but seriously I like the *pink* colour.....may be I am a *camel* girl? don´t you like my fur? ...just came back from the *camel* fur dresser.... I am the real *beauty* queen....for sure!"
"...come on...sit down next to me, do not be afraid...I will tell you a *secret*....and I will not bite you....but, please can you serve *green* grass for dinner please, now? right now!..I am HUNGRY!!"

:-)

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18.07.2010

*happy sunday*

and *news* of the Essaouira cat family :-)
I took this picture a few weeks ago in Essaouira....the red cat family is still there...and the day I arrived the mother cat got 4 more kitten again :-) ...the family is growing....this is one of the spring born kitten :-)
I am watching the cats in the Rue Marrakech in Essaouira now for more than one year....and I am happy that my friend Mustapha is taking care about them...what a bliss!

This makes me many times thinking about that many people in morocco really don´t take care in general...about animals and about each other....this is one of the dark sides in this country...there are much more darker sides...my friend Maryam told me a sad story about a moroccan woman who had been treat in many bad ways by her husband, there are thousands of women outside who are not able to live a free life....in morocco and of course...everywhere in the world...

....and how happy I am that I can live a free life and my the deepest respect for my dear friend Maryam who is listening many times to the worst stories about women life in many countries & working hard on programms to help women for a better life situation....we are really lucky girls, she told me...we are living such a great & independent life...yes, and she is so true....!

*happy sunday*

images: petra hassan

16.07.2010

*dar gnaoua*

I had been to a place in the *desert*....
got a glass of *hot* fresh mint tea...*splish*splash*......silence....
they stepped into the *cool* room....wearing *white*...and *white* soft leather slippers....silence...heat outside....silence.....
and I listened.....the *sound*.....
the *sound* of the music I love so much....
and watched the *dance*.....
of the *magic*.....the magic gnaoua music....on a perfect day....surounded by *golden* sand :-)

thanks so much to my friends who took me to this *magic* place!

images: petra hassan




14.07.2010

*oasis garden*

in the *heat* of the sahara desert......
I took a little walk....
in the *jarda*...this means the *garden*...of the oasis...
and I found *spicy*...red, red hot chili peppers....
cool *fresh* green, green mint....for the *desert* tea....I can listen the sound of the bubbles in a *blue*blue* enamel teapot now.....
inbetween....*frogs*...swimming in the water system....leopard style ones...
white *pomegranate* seeds...like jewels...diamonds of the garden....in the cold and clear water...clean *sahara* water filtered by layers of sand....and I tasted the water....what a bliss!
flowers.....pretty flowers on a tree....a hint of *purple*....
and I found the *heart*...of the desert garden....painted by mother nature on a giant *cactus* leaf....
and I watched the work...the hard, hard work....of the man in the garden.....the old man, friendly eyes....dark eyes.....a *sunbleached* yellow turban...deep respect for this work....*aman iman*...water is life....
green, green dates....and a few ripe ones....it was still too early for the dates...but may I am going back for the right time....the time of the *sunripe* dates....may be....if the *magic carpet* is ready for another flight.....

oh... I love this place!

images: petra hassan

11.07.2010

*happy sunday*

*fresh* roasted moroccan coffee....add hot *water*.....
a little red enamel teapot or coffeepot?...*hhhh*.....add a piece of white *rock* sugar....coffee anyone?
*happy sunday*

images: petra hassan

P.S.:....*ahem*...it wasn´t me brought the *sahara* heat with me back to germany...I promise!!

10.07.2010

*sahara shabby*

surounded by *hot* sun and dry wind....
colours never seen before....sunbleached.....sand blasted....faded....
*sahara shabby*.....handmade......
baskets *made in desert* from recycled plastic strings and inspiration for many days...

images: petra hassan

09.07.2010

*sahara*

in my *mind*.....
golden *sand* in my pockets and under my feet....
a room with a *view*....and a little visitor :-) ahem...giant visitor.....
*henna* on my hands.....
and my *feet*....
the *white* camel......
and *desert* in my heart.....

*tranquille*

I am back :-) .....with lots of *inspiration* and energy for my work.....more magic *moroccan* adventures coming soon, stay tuned!

images: petra hassan