Sunday, February 28, 2010

At Home in Qatar

This post is in response to requests for some more pictures of our house. The big plus in moving here has been this very comfortable home. It really does feel like home to us, at least for the next year or two.

The Middle Eastern Room

This is the guest room. Very comfortable with it's own bathroom. Visitors welcome. I was quite pleased with my interior design efforts in furnishing and decorating this room, with some help from the resident architect.

Courtyard and back patio

The upstairs balcony is off the master bedroom. This is one of the downstairs courtyards.

Dining room

This is also my sewing room. Off to the right is my sewing table. Perfect for quilting because it has so much light. There are sliding doors onto garden courtyards downstairs.

Living room

Entry, stairs and upstairs landing

Study is by the front door. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms upstairs.

The den or the cave?

Don gets very territorial in here. Note my little corner of the desk for my computer.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Doha, Qatar

New city, new home, old friends.

You might wonder why it has taken me two months to update my blog. Could it be that I was looking for something interesting and fun to put on it?? Now it does take time to find your way around when you move and at first it may not be all that fun. We are appreciating having some Aussie friends here - the Coopers and the Innises. We are all looking for some things to do to make our time here in Doha enjoyable. We checked out jet skiiing on the bay today. Ephraim has promised to take us "sand duning" in the desert in his Hummer. Not too sure about that myself, Grace says it's like roller coaster riding. Going to the camel races is also on the program. I laugh every time I think about camels running.

Jet skiing

Don and I didn't do any jet skiing this time, but we checked it out and will take a ride next time. Wayne, Alicia, Ephraim and Eph Jnr are definitely the experts.

Home sweet home (for now)

The house is working out well for us. With 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 bathrooms, and a downstairs study, it has more than enough space for us. But space is wonderful after our small apartment in Abu Dhabi.

Museum of Islamic Art and city area

The city skyline has many new buildings, some still under construction. The new part of the city is built along the bay (Corniche) and is very attractive. While this looks like a modern city, it is less developed as you go further out of town, where there are desert areas between building construction sites.
The Museum has an ideal location on the Corniche. The city skyline can be seen in the background.

Old downtown area and Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art opened in December 2008. It is renowned for its innovative design by acclaimed contemporary architect I.M Pei. Photos really don't do the design justice. Set on the bay front (Corniche) it has wonderful views through the glassed back section of the building. of the waterfront and city.