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Al Jahili Fort in Silhouette

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Silhouette

Himself enjoys listening to opera and during our married life, we have always enjoyed going to live concerts in New Zealand.  A few years ago we lived in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. We were delighted to learn of the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Classics  Concert Season that ran from October through to May. We were in for a real treat.

In our first month in Al Ain, we settled into our apartment which was next to a mosque and a five minute drive from an historic fort. Each evening as we listened to the call to Maghrib prayer, we could see from our window, the shape of the mosque become darker, outlined against the clear sky backlit by the setting sun. As Muslims remembered God, the day began to draw to a close.  Later in the cooler evening temperatures, we, like the locals, enjoyed being outdoors under a clear, inky blue sky.

Jahili Fort in Al Ain

Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain lit up at night

Within this setting, we went to to our first concert at the nearby Al Jahili Fort in October for an open-air performance by the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. We both remember the evening very well. People from all over the world gathered in this ancient place, drawn by their common love of classical music. Alan Gilbert conducted Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Peter Zimmermann performed Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Pure musical magic. And it felt surreal for us to be sitting inside an ancient Arab fort, its high walls and towers etched in sharp relief against the dark night sky by uplights to form a magnificent silhouette

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

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