Life at Kerjacob .

Life at Kerjacob .

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

More from Fes - Morocco.

I am sorry that I have been somewhat slow in posting but here we go with 
some more photos of our visit to Fes.

Amazing curtain cords - looked wonderful.

We went one afternoon to a beautiful park full of cactus, orange trees,
fountains and many very large trees.

When passing one very knurled one I noticed the beautiful
scene pictured below.

This very pretty contented mother cat had found the best place possible to be with
her little kitten.
If you look very carefully to the left of the two photographs you will see her baby
curled up happily next to its mum.
I could have looked at the two of them for some time but didn't want to spoil their peace.

In the medina everywhere there are people, mainly men, making the most beautiful things.
There are areas that are specific to a particular craft.
Here a plate is being decorated in the metal souk.

An example here below of one of the pierced brass lanterns and a beautiful painted ceiling.

Cactus growing happily in the gardens.

The distinctive green glazed roof tiles of a mosque.

One of the many handmade carpets for sale.

In many of the buildings that are being renovated the traditional
skills are being used - this plaster work was in a riad that had been designed inside by a 
young Belgian couple.

In the newly renovated riad the couple had gone for a simpler, more modern approach
to the decor but still keeping the essential elements of the crafts of the area.
These simple brushes are beautifully made craft pieces but are used in everyday life
in a country were so little is churned out by machines.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A first look at Morocco.

About 3 weeks ago we went to Fes in Morocco.
After so many health problems it was just what was needed.

A beautiful hand painted door.

After a flight of about two and a half hours from Nantes we arrived in a totally different world.
One that fascinated us and delighted us from the start .

The first week was spent in a beautiful old colonial house with a wonderful French lady called
Cecile. ( more of this house in later posts )

This was breakfast laid out for us each morning . We sat out looking at the garden whilst above
us storks flew overhead - amazing.

Then of course it was off to the medina.
Another world awaited.
One to get lost in, one to explore and one to completely fall in love with.

Back to the house and Ginge would be there looking elegantl on one of the beautiful
carpets. Cecile is a lady with style !

The cockerel below was obviously the "boss" at one of the eating places - he strutted
around in all his glory while his relations roasted on the spit - ironic.

Everywhere in the medina there are beautiful things all made by hand.
The skills of the people there is just amazing.

Of course there are many cats. They have a hard life but the maternal instinct fights on.
We saw this cat suckling her kitten whilst protecting it - very moving with all the hustle
and bustle.

So there will be quite a few more posts showing you about Fez .