My house looks like a tip and the dogs and I are semi camping. Boxes of household items are piling up in every room and most of the cupboards are empty bar vital domestic necessities. Not a pretty look !! Chaos in fact reigns especially after the break-in this week and the theft of so many of my personal belongings. I really do have to try and keep calm but my brain is often in overdrive as I try to sort out what to pack and what to store plus now I have to deal with police reports and the endless saga of insurance claims.
I left the house at 8.15 and on returning at 1.15 from work found the door open, broken glass everywhere on the porch and the house ransacked. I called 000 and waited for the police. Every electronic item has been taken and all the chargers, all my jewellery, my heart rate monitor, a new suitcase even a box of chocolates. They left a mess as you can imagine. The two guard dogs must have left their posts for the duration. So now comes the task of making the claims and dealing with the insurance company. To their credit, they sent a glazier immediately to replace the broken window in the door. No one was injured, the animals are unharmed and 'things' can be replaced. My friends and family rallied in the most amazing way to offer help and support and for this I am truly thankful, truly appreciative and my love for them knows no bounds.
Slowly and surely, I have been getting a travel company off the ground, offering bespoke tours to Morocco. The website is still a work in progress but there are three pages up for viewing if anyone has a moment and wants to take a look. Feedback is very welcome !! I would love for anyone who is thinking of travelling to Morocco to contact me as I have a wonderful guide and many wonderful tour options on offer to suit all budgets. Morocco is such an amazing country with both snow and desert and so many adventures to be had in between.
For any cook, beginner, family or even gourmet chef, this must be the quickest, easiest and most satisfying meal to make. It is literally a throw together concept using anything - meat or veg, fresh ingredients or frozen, even leftovers, all bound togther with a thin egg batter. Hopefully everyone will eat it too. It can be served hot or cold and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I used sliced leftover potatoes and tiny diced bacon pieces in mine. You can not go wrong, I promise !!!
This week I was give an amazing box of chocolates, bought to me all the way from Berlin. The store , Rausch Plantagen Schokolade, where they came from was first opened in 1890 and apparently many royals are among their customers. Their chocolate is made from single origin cocoa and each bar in my special box is made up of a different percentage of cocoa. The box , resembling a wooden cigar box, remains untouched by me as yet - it is such a lovely thing to have. I will keep it like that for a little while - till a desperate moment is upon me !!
As I have a new adventure unfolding before me I am wanting a new look blog to reflect my lifestyle change. And I would prefer not to pay for it. So while I fiddle with trialling other platforms I have chosen a new name and a new header. Manningroad is now Mosaic Road and I will continue with Typepad for now. Our life is made up of so many little pieces , some smooth , some rough. We are what we are because of all these different and often oddly shaped bits and pieces called life experiences. Some are bright and some are dull but when all adhere together, a whole person with great and individual beauty within and without is created. I am about to follow a new road that will emcompass a new country and culture. There will be rough and smooth on this journey but, like an artisan adding a new and randomly chosen square to a mosaic table each day, these experiences can only only add to growth and enhancement to my life.
Thank you to everyone who has sent greetings to me via FB, text and phone call. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing and loving friends and family. Since the same auspicious date a year ago I have had 2 very different adventures to Morocco and a very memorable trip to Boston and NYC. Also I have entered a very convoluted long distance relationship , spent many hours in the gym, walked dogs endless kilometers and drunk many a long black. And most importantly I have laughed, laughed till I have cried in fact, on a daily basis ,especially in my workplace and with my family. I have also faced an age related crossroad and have resigned from my job after 14 years. But it is onward and upward for me now as I slowly pack up my life here and prepare to embark on a new job and an international move.