Cycling through the countryside in Suffolk

Peace and Blessings be with you.

 

 

bright yellow fields...
bright yellow fields...

 

country lane...
country lane...
Spring sprung...
Spring sprung...

 

a kiddies birthday party at the destination...
a kiddies birthday party at the destination...
Jason and the organic lamb...
Jason and the organic lamb...

Now in South Africa we pride ourselves on being unabashed carnivores, but i have never seen lamb put over the coals on a spit like this. From the results, i would highly recommend it. The lamb is from Jason’s farm.

 

I keep on calling but i cant get through...
I keep on calling but i cant get through...

And more likely than not i will be trying a very long time.I think Mr. Brown and possibly the entire cabinet has their hands full, not to mention the speaker… after the major expenses scandal that has claimed at least one minister thus far, and turned the public opinion against parliament, not to mention the devastation of trust in the ultimate authority of the United Kingdom. Do you suppose that the vehemence of the unveiling and call to accountability from the public is an outlet for the many, many , many bankers whose actions are  responsible for the “credit crunch” and got off scot free, and in some cases are still looking forward to big bonuses for failed, no disastrous policies? If my understanding is correct, then the banks in England are Nationalized, which means that the suffering public are in fact paying bonuses to the very people responsible for a lot of them being jobless, and in some cases homeless….

oh well , back to the beautiful countryside…

 

 

Idyllic isn't it?
Idyllic isn't it?

 

welcome to the countryside...
welcome to the countryside...
snoopy...
snoopy...

Interestingly enough, snoopy was one of the daily cartoons i used to look forward to in the newspaper of my father or grandfather. In the context of a small english country town, it reminded me of all the english soldiers still in Iraq. What percentage of the Army needs to be in Iraq before England becomes a nation “at war”? 

Salaam

yasser

The Suffolk coast

 

Peace and Blessings be with you.
Dunwich Cliffs
Dunwich Cliffs
Close to the edge...
Close to the edge...
Aldeburough beach
Aldeburough beach
Also a place to get fresh Cod, straight out of the sea and literally off the boat. The fisherman we bought the Cod from has been Fishing for 28 years. Surprisingly  his father was a plumber, he had taken up fishing after school with his mates, and naturally his passion became his livelihood. one of th lucky ones!
Cloud, sky sea and beach...
Cloud, sky sea and beach…
Not exactly white sand, but quite lovely to snooze on...
Not exactly white sand, but quite lovely to snooze on…
lollipop...
lollipop…
Sizewell pebble bed nuclear reactor
Sizewell pebble bed nuclear reactor
It has an Area51 , Rosswell  sound to it no? if you go close enough, you can toast bread , microwave cold coffee etc!:) 
H20 inlet and outlet...
H20 inlet and outlet…
Salaam
 Yasser

Great Glemham House, Suffolk

Peace and Blessings be with you .

The day after the wedding we took the opportunity to go for a walk around the grounds of Great Glemham House.

The story bench...
The story bench...

This image i call the story bench for 2 reasons, firstly this is where i picture children sitting around their grandmother while she reads to them and secondly, itself is wrapped in the magical light that one finds in stories .

 

Tulips...
Tulips...

Have you ever considered what it must be like to see in the spectrums of bees or butterflies? To think that the entirety of the beautiful rich red, the texture of the petals, the shape of the stalk, the patterning of the display, and the time of its blooming was all contained in the seed, brings to mind  “reality programming ” to  the infinite order. This is Creation.

 

Forget me nots...
Forget me nots...

Again, this “Brand” of “programming” has no limitations with regards to the amount of intricacy incorporated into the available “space”… it is an interface of complexity upon complexity, a subtle coordination of moment and “stuff”.

 

Suffolk showing off...
Suffolk showing off...

 

The wall around the vegetable gar
The wall around the vegetable garden...

 

Salaam 

Yasser

Wedding bells were ringing…

 

Peace and Blessings be with you.

 

the invitation...
the invitation...

 

 That we were arriving was a given, when we arriving was to a large extent decided by the wedding of Nel and Sam, which meant that we arrived in the UK, and the English country side in Spring!

 

the coffee to get the day going...
the coffee to get the day going...

The morning of the wedding had finally arrived, like every other day though, the ritual coffee precedes any serious cognitive activities requiring higher mental faculties, like conversation for example!

Algy...
Algy...

Algy finishing the last few lyrics of the wedding song he will be performing in the evening, this happened after coffee. 

 

the church...
the church...

We had arrived at the church on time, which was to say about half  an hour early.

 

Everybody else arriving at the church...
Everybody else arriving at the church...

 The service was well timed, not being to long or short, that is to say long enough to get all the essentials done plus a flourish of beautiful musical performances and  poetry readings, and short enough so that all the children would get close to the end of the time that they could actually sit quietly just as the proceedings were done.

 

Newlywed...
Newlywed...

Nel and Sam leaving the church in a rather interesting Land Rover.

 

farewell for now...
farewell for now...

On to the reception!

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Algy’s song, performed with gusto, and getting everyone to join in!

 

the fire outside...
the fire outside...

did i mention that the reception took place on the farm of Nel’s parents?

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and the conversation around the fire .

All in all , a beautiful day was had, with many new and wonderful people met, and remembered. Thank  you for the invitation :)!!

Salaam

 

Yasser

Snape, Suffolk…

Peace and Blessings be with you.

Just so you have an idea why I am feeling well rested and Nourished, not to mention content I am going to well… you’ll see.

The Beautiful home...
The Beautiful home...

 

The Fresh air...
The Fresh air...
Park off...
Park off...

 

Next door...
Next door...

 

Shooting leaves in a bucket...
Shooting leaves in a bucket...
Beautiful light...
Beautiful light...

 

The AGA...
The AGA...
The recipe...
The recipe...

 

The Result...
The Result...

 

Salaam

 

Yasser

Day 2 in hind-sight

Peace and Blessings be with you.

 

I have an obligation to take care of…
This is for everybody in Cape Town on the 9th May 2009.  Weeam is performing, and she’s not alone…. !!  So if you are in the Mother City, go!!! , not only will you be supporting her, but you’ll be attending an event that will go down in history!!! 

The gig NOT to miss!!
The gig NOT to miss!!

check out http://www.shamanic.co.za for more details about Weaam and Nafia’s production company in Cape  Town…

Otherwise… a day of portraits , people and political protests about rightly sums up this particular day, if not necessarily in the correct order, which happened to be last week and Wednesday. Right now I am nestled in the incredibly beautiful English countryside in Suffolk, sitting in the bay windows of a beautiful old family house in Snape, but more about that when I get to it, which to my calculations could be next week sometime. 

coffee around the corner from Newington Green
coffee around the corner from Newington Green

The day started off with good friends and a cup of coffee around the corner from Newington green, at a very interesting venue that I would like to revisit. The building is occupied b a variety of artists, with a coffee shop venue beneath, perfect!

 

London Bus...
London Bus...

which is what we did next, to Liverpool Str. Station . I only realised when I had a look at this photo again that the Driver of this particular bus had a beard bested only by Santa Claus , and that yes, he was Muslim. This made me think about the complex realities underlying the “us & them “  rhetoric of the stereotype constructing machinery, especially in countries where the lines between “us & them” blur, as it does in the United Kingdom.

Abdul...
Abdul...

I had a preconception that people in big bustling cities are not necessarily friendly, and I am glad that at least in this instance I proved myself wrong. We ended up sitting opposite each other, I motioned to him if it was okay to take a picture, and he motioned back, so I did. 

Liverpool Street Station
Liverpool Street Station

At this stage I am sure there are more than a few South Africans recollecting stories, or remembering good food joints close to this tube station or that train station. 

The Underground...
The Underground...

Did you know that (like the chappies bubblegum wrapper starts) , work for the London Underground started in 1863???  It is quite a daunting thought is it not, being 4 stories under the surface, and then having buildings going up another ten at the same time? 

Subterranean by design...
Subterranean by design...

How much time, how many hours, or what percent of our time in a day do we have to spend in one or another of the tube stations before we are classified subterranean? 

Credit Crunched...
Credit Crunched...

2 minutes walk from  Tottenham Court  Rd tube station, just after Jessop’s (the camera/photography people) we encountered our first evidence of the “credit crunch” in the form of this business whose windows were covered with news paper from the inside. I wonder if the person who did this saw the article on the paper stuck to the front door? the title of the article reads “Britain cannot afford to throw money at crisis”

The Arab Press Center...
The Arab Press Center...

One of the buildings we passed was the Arab Press Center , most of the building is covered in mirrors, which makes for interesting images.

Time-out...
Time-out...

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city on a spring afternoon one can find a beautiful place to rest against a tree. 

Outside St. Martins Church....
Outside St. Martins Church....

“Stop rape, mass murder and occupation” is what the entire banner reads.  a group of people had gathered on the stairs of St. Martin’s Church at Trafalgar Square to show support for the people of Haiti and Sri Lanka.

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some of the people gathered there had been protesting for a long time…

 

Riga from Tibet...
Riga from Tibet...

Riga’s been in the UK for 36years, that’s 3 years longer than I have thus far lived. A kindly enough woman who got into trouble with one of the Sri Lankan protesters because she had a small board pointing out the fact that the Sri Lankan Government are Buddhists.

The aim of the day...
The aim of the day...

eventually we managed to reach the National portrait Gallery. Then we relaxed for a little on Trafalgar Square with the ever watchful Nelson, that sign of the Great British Empire standing vigil.

 

Admiral Nelson i presume...
Admiral Nelson i presume...

and so ends Day 2 in hindsight.

 

Salaam

 

Yasser

Europe!!

Peace and blessings be with you.

DAY 1 . 

 

from the landing...
from the landing...

 

I find it amazing how even the light here is English , European, there is a visual  sensibility, with all its

cues that tells me that Dorothy is no longer in Kansas.

 

from the landing...
from the landing...

 

on our way to Highbury Islington...
on our way to Highbury Islington...
closer to highbury islington ...
closer to highbury islington ...

 

somewhere in east London....
somewhere in east London....

 

a wall, and in the background if you're lucky you can see k and fi...
a wall, and in the background if you're lucky you can see k and fi...

 

spring !!
spring !!
bluebells.... i'm not allowed to  say where this magical place is.
bluebells.... i'm not allowed to say where this magical place is.

and now for departure…

elbow grease...
elbow grease...

 

All Praise and All Gratitude is due to the ever Immanent Source of Momentary existence. Thanks is due to everybody who helped, everybody who attended, and everybody who purchased work!!! A special thanks to Miriam and Lebo from Cape Africa Platform !!!

 

preliminary...
preliminary...

 

a lot of energy went into putting the exhibition and it seems almost a pity that all the work had to come down after 4 days, though this is the way it meant to be, so I am satisfied, no, happy that now I can look forward to boarding

 

 

Mustapha And Abdul Lateef
Mustapha And Abdul Lateef

 Then there are the gentlemen without whom there would only be pictures on the floor of the space!! Ameen Habib, Mustapha and Abdul Lateef!!

And then finally things started taking shape .

 

Recycled paper prints...
Recycled paper prints...

This time around i wanted to make sure that everyone could take something away with them as it were , so i designed some posters with this blog address on them , might as well get some promotion no?

 

posters...
posters...
part of one wall...
part of one wall...

 

 

 

 

 

part of the opposite wall
part of the opposite wall

 Now I can look forward to boarding an Airplane with my wife on Sunday destined for the shores of the United Kingdom!

 

Salaam

 

Yasser.

beginning again…?

 

Peace and Blessing be with you.

the whole picture...
the whole picture...

I want to start this post with a quote i got off a friends site…

“whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” – Goethe.

Thank you for that Ayyub!! To say that the last few days have been eventful would be an understatement of note! To be nakedly honest there were at least 3 occasions where my wife managed to convince me that i should not just throw up my hands and call it quits . Thank you peanut !!! 

If my maths is (or is that are?) correct  , then we are now on day (at least ) 9 since the “lets have a photo exhibition”  idea became a “reality” . no money to speak of, no money to speak of , did i mention that i did not have a cent in my pocket? 

I am a very grateful man … and i would like o thank everyone for their support and good energy. I need to thank The Burgess brothers from fine art framers in dorp street cape town, they came in at the moment just after the last one, and decided to help out with the framing and block mounting of more than half of the images. To Henry Ludsky  of Cape Africa Media, who printed my work at personal cost to himself , to Cyril ,who stayed late laying out my prints , To Mirjam and Lebo from the Cape Africa Platform for conspiring with Providence to provide a space for this exhibition, and of course my Incredible Wife, for changin my mind when she needed to, for oushing through exhaustion to help and support . Alghamdulillah wa Shukrillah!

Now the photo above …. you remember the days of film? 8 out of 10 times my best shot would be my first one, and ten out of ten times it would resemble the one above! the beginning of the light sensitive chemicals on the negative…. its a habit i could not shake, grew to love, from the days where every frame counts. i  would like to do a book one day and call it “firsts” . so anyone out there interested , get your people to speak to my people.  Why the photo above ?

The edge of consciousness in a way is what it  represents in my mind, the beginning of recognition, the start of the act of realising… pick one that feels good to you.

 

Salaam

 

Yasser

 

its happening!!!

Peace and Blessings be with you .

i would like to invite you to an exhibition….

see you there...
see you there...

Please spread this around 🙂

 

salaams 

 

 yasser