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Snapshots of Morocco

I was primarily in Morocco on a rug-buying jaunt for clients, so didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to slow down and take in the atmosphere. But I did catch a few moments here and there.

A quick lunch in the Fes souk…

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…the view from the Fes café…

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…people watching in Marrakech…

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…while enjoying a nus nus coffee…

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…knick knacks for sale in the souk…

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…and carpets, lots and lots of carpets… I was in search of the lovely white and black Beni Ourain wool carpets of the north…

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Animals were a regular part of the scenery…

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…Ifrane’s famous limestone lion…

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…and storks industriously building nests anywhere high… They particularly like phone masts.

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And, of course, there were flowers…

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…and views…

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…and sunsets.

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In the Marrakech Souk

Berberman and I headed into Marrakech for a few days. We approached the pink city just as the sun was setting.

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By the time we’d settled into our riad hotel…

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…the sun had set and the moon hung over the old Jemaa el Fna square at the heart of the ancient medina.

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We settled into a café and ate some tagine, then we headed into the square for a wander…

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…past the orange juice sellers’ stalls…

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…and the food stalls doing a brisk trade.

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We stopped for some apple milkshakes at the Dallas stall…

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…before heading back to our riad to rest up for a day in the souk.

After breakfast the next day we headed into the souk — I had some birthday presents to buy.

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We took our time, wandering through the winding alleyways, protected from the hot sun by slatted wooden trellises. I poked, and prodded, and sniffed, and pointed.

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I wondered what “Hekking” was.

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We found a man selling sweet cactus pears so I had to try one…

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Hmmm. A bit like a pulpy pear.

Then we found a haven of quiet in the courtyard of the Dar Si Said — the Museum of Moroccan Arts.

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It’s always good to know a place to find calm at the centre of a storm.

Mooching in Camden

I found myself in Camden Passage just off Islington High Street in London the other day, one of my favourite places in London to mooch around. It’s full of antiques shops and tables full of bits and pieces.

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It was a drizzly day, which was a relief after the weeks of +30 we’d been having. I tucked myself under my umbrella and dodged down the alleyways…

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…having a peak here…

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…and a mosey there.

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Not a bad way to spend a rainy day in London.

Selling at a Vintage Fair

I phoned the guy, paid my £30, and it was done. I’d just secured my first pitch at a vintage and antiques fair. So today was the day. I’d sorted through the boxes of stuff I have in storage that I wanted to sell, and Tootsie and Henry valiantly got up at 5:30am this morning to drive me to Brighton for the fair.

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They dropped me off before heading off to Brighton for a Tootsie/Hankenstein day, and I set about organising my stall, filling it up with what I hopped would be tempting treasures for the show’s visitors.

A Victorian birdcage…

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…cushions embroidered by my own fair hand…

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…pictures and a retro clock and a rustic watering can…IMG_9078

…baskets…

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…1920s Chinese lanterns (so pretty in a garden)…

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… ten Art Deco advertising prints (sold to the man furnishing a cocktail bar in London!)…

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…and lots of vintage china and glassware.

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My friend Spicegirl joined me to help soften up potential buyers, and brought a delicious picnic to sustain us through the busy day.

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I said good-bye to some of my much-loved treasures, happy to see them go off to good homes, and, at the end, only a few boxes and bits and pieces were left.

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Back to storage for the next fair.