Wednesday, 24 September 2008


They’re back.

Ready to invade our house again.

They won’t be chased again, they seem to have decided.

They’ve been staring at us for hours.


But the cat won't let us down.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Bare Feet Souk

How to buy cheap furniture in Fez ? You can go to the Mellah souk, or to Bab Ftoh. But the most secret place is the Bare Feet Souk – Souk l Hafa.

And that’s where we went – and that’s where we got lost.

Souk l Hafa is the last home of all orphan, broken, and forgotten furniture of Fez.

The last home, that is, if nobody takes pity of a dresser or of a table and buys it.

In certain alleys, it seems very unlikely that it will ever happen.

Elsewhere, a succession of deserted and touching bedrooms.

When we finally found what we wanted – a cupboard for our kitchen -, we made an unexpected encounter...

Souk l Hafa is in Bendebbab, a neighborhood in Fez. If you liked it, take a walk in the rural souk of Qaria Ba Mohammed.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

A Glass of Tea in Ouled Mgatel

Tea glasses, teapots, and trays. Made from the gray earth of the fields of Ouled Mgatel.

A lot of teapots in fact – those kids must have been very thirsty when they made this tiny tea set. Watching the cows and the sheep can get very dull.

Do you want to take a closer look ?

And since wishes are often granted in Ouled Mgatel, real glasses of milk with apple juice and real cookies were soon served.

And when the little shepherds play, their herds scatters in the fields.

Read more about those children.

Friday, 5 September 2008

A Miracle in Ouled Mgatel

It’s blue.

It has water in it.

It is kind of magical.

It’s a washing machine.

The world’s smallest washing machine.

And it looks like a miracle to us - you wonder how we did before? Well, we handwashed everything. We've done this for 5 years. So I feel like a new life begins for me !

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Busy summer in Ouled Mgatel

The houses have been whitewashed… (Not ours though. Not yet.)

Strange things have appeared in the fields.

That’s how they store wheat in Ouled Mgatel

Mohammed has built a house for his newly acquired tractor…

And Smaïn is still waiting for his cow to eat all the capers bushes.

Monday, 1 September 2008

He was born yesterday

… the lamb Houria came to show us this morning.