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happy new year

It is indeed a sombre New Years Eve, with the latest bombings in Gaza.  We are watching the film Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs) which is about a Mother looking for her son when Israel attacked Lebanon in 2006.  I’m having a glass of  Marlborough pinot noir &  thinking about the new year.  I want to….

work on my mothering.

keep practising yoga.

go to Syria.

I’m looking forward to watching C & M grow & maybe getting pregnant again.  I’ll do some quiet uni study & make new friends.

Here’s to much peace & love & happiness in 2009.



Add comment December 31, 2008

Rub Al Khali

We left on Boxing Day to go camping in the Rub Al Khali or Empty Quarter.  It’s the biggest sand desert in the world & just 2 hours from Abu Dhabi.  I can’t wait to go back soon.  We slept under the stars it was freezing but unforgettable.


1 comment December 28, 2008

An Unconventional Christmas








We spent Christmas morning at the Dhafra Festival in Madinat Zayed.  The first few photo’s are of the souq & the rest are of the camel beauty contest!  The afternoon we had at home, here’s MC having her Christmas broccoli & her & CJ, their first Christmas together.



Add comment December 25, 2008


Rose works across the road as a ‘housemaid’ or ‘servant’ for a local family.  She works 7 days a week from 6am until midnight.  She has been here in Abu Dhabi for 3 years working under these conditions, it is the norm.  Her employer wants her to find a new job because they don’t like her having a cell phone.  But to release her they are going to charge her half a years salary. I’ll be thinking of Rose & the many many other women here like her tomorrow.

Add comment December 24, 2008

I Heart Oman

Over 2,000 kms & too many buffet’s later…… I love Oman, what an amazing trip we had & both babes were fantastic, incredibly cruisey.  Day one we drove through Hatta to the Oman pc050058pc0500435pc0500485border apc050053pc050083nd on to Sohar for a picnic.  Then we continued down the coast stopping at Barka and visited the Halban Tombs which are as old as the oldest pyramids in Egyptpc0501066pc05010110.  The drive was beautiful & it was so refreshing to be on holiday in Oman.  We arrived in Muscat in the evening to find out we wouldn’t be enjoying the stunning Omani beaches on this trip due to the ‘Red Tide’ which is a toxic algal bloom that’s been around the East coast of the UAE & Oman for over a month.  The ocean was a dark browny red & stinky.   The Dive Centre was a great place to stay, barasti huts on the beach & perfect for families, I highly recommend it!pc0601632

pc060196pc070200Day 2 was Saturday.  A & C headed off dolphin watchingpc060147.  They saw hundreds!  We spent the rest of the day lazying about & in the evening shopped for pc060194treasures at Muttrah souq & drove around checkipc050073ng out Muscat which is really pretty surrounded by the mountainspc0601821.pc080278pc0601761

On Sunday we headed to Nakhal.  We bought some halwa for our picnic (Arabic dessert) & explored the castlepc070209.  Then we drove part way up Wadi Bani Awf for lunch with the billy goats.  C did some goat hearding & then we had a quick drive through Rustaq before heading back to ODC, it was a full day driving with more amazing scenery.  We were hoping to swim in the fresh pools up in the wadi but we didnt make it far enough & couldn’t pc070211swim at the hot pools either as being female I “would be shy” in front of the Omani men there.pc070220

On Monday I was ready  to try diving but couldn’t because of my asthma (I needed a medical cert) so we had a day free from driving, hanging out at ODC.  The next day we got up early & drove further down the coast to Sur, once again we had pc070244stunning mountain & coastal views.  From there we headed in to Wahiba Sands and a further30km into the desert where we stayed at 1,000 Nights Desert Camp.  The camp was cool & we had a beautiful Omani pc070256dinner, they cooked Shuwa which was lamb that had been cooking underground for 24 hours.  It was freezing over night in our tent but the day soon warmed up when the sun came up on Wednesday.pc1003531 Another huge day driving from Wahiba Sands all the way to the Sayq Plateau where we stayed at the hotel up the top of Al Jebel Al Akhdar.  Thursday was our last day & we were still a loooong way from home.  Before we left the mountain we visited the abandoned mountainvillage Bani Habib then spent the day driving home stopping at Ibri.

There was so much to do & see, lots of things had to be left off the list until next time. C kept commenting ‘this holiday is really nice” and it did him good too!  The photos don’t do it justice, it was really amazing.  Will work on fixing the pics!


4 comments December 14, 2008

UAE 37th National Day

Obviously I don’t know how to take night photos but here are a fewpc020017pc020032pc020030 of the decorated cars from National Day.  The mood was fantastic.  Traffic was backed up for blocks with everyone heading down to the Corniche.  It was noisy chaos.  I noticed there were no girl racers!

It’s time to go exploring the world again.  We considered Syria, Egypt & Sri Lanka.  We settled on staying closer & taking a weeks road trip around Oman.  See you when we get back!

1 comment December 4, 2008


pc0200071Ummi is the Arabic word for Mother.  before CJ was born my uncle asked me what my parenting philosophy was.  I didn’t understand the question but after CJ arrived I quickly found myself in the ‘natural parenting’ category.  Keeping baby close, responding quickly & gently to his needs, breastfeeding & co-sleeping.  We picked up other NP elements on the way including a healthy mainly vegetarian diet, natural toys, & gentle guidance.  With the birth of MC we added 2 more major NP principles, natural birth & baby wearing.

So that’s me, a NP Ummi in Abu Dhabi, blogging about motherhood in the UAE and all our adventures along the way.

1 comment December 2, 2008

hair cut

And this is what happened the second time I sent A to get CJ’s hair cut.  Hhhmmm, next time I will take him myself!!  Tomorrow is the United Arab Emirates national day, Happy national day everyone.  There will be plenty of celebrating & a massive fireworks display tomorrow night.pc010007pc0100011

2 comments December 1, 2008

Hello world! babies are love.

Right OK so this is my blog.  Here is a photo of my babies, CJ almost 3 years old and MC 6 months.  CJ was born in Wellington, New Zealand & MC was born here in Abu Dhabi where we live.  We (that’s my partner, & I) have been here for almost 2 years.  I am Bonnie,happy at home taking care of my babies & enjoying my first expat experience.  pb180005CJ got through the morning without a meltdown today so I am feeling really pleased.  The first day we’ve made progress in a looong time.  Here is an extra photo of my baby boy, we’ve been having such a hard time lately & I want things to be right with us.  And for him within himself.  He is off to get a hair cut tonight.pb260009

2 comments December 1, 2008

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