Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oh, the beautiful countryside!

So this is the dream: a little country house in the countryside somewhere outside of Algiers or in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

If that little country house happened to be in Algeria then add a couple of sheep, a few chickens, some fruit trees like fig, apricot, lemon etc, maybe some vines and I'd be a very happy bunny; I really am a country gal at heart. :)

We went for a late afternoon drive at the weekend, that beautiful part of the day when the sky is a rich blue and the sunlight falls on the trees and fields in such a way as to intensify the greenness.

We drove past green valleys, apricot groves, fields of grape vines...

Fields of tomatoes:

Beautiful scenery:

Prickly pears that just seem to grow wild at the road side:

They are just coming into season; they need to take on an orangey tinge on their skin before they are ready. The ones in the photo are still too green:


Adventurous Ammena said...

masha'allah.. im with you there sis.. not a country girl, but sick of the city and the produce! insha'allah we will find somewhere :D glad youre having a good time over there

The Muslim Wife's Kitchen said...

Assalaamu Alaikum! I just caught up with all your Algerian adventures, masha'allah! The wedding sounds great, may Allah bless the new couple, ameen! The pictures look beautiful, subhanAllah. Really makes me wanna get out of the city..!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

The fruit and veg in Saudi aren't great so it makes a nice change I tell ya!

MW: Haven't been posting on the forum as that particular one won't open for me. :(

Anisah said...

Salam aleikum.. I have a question.. wat do thoe prickly pears taste like? and how are they eaten?
thanks !!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum

They taste very sweet and nice Anisah although the pips are quite hard. You have to peel them with a knife and preferably wear heavy duty rubber gloves because those prickles are NASTY!

L_Oman said...

Aaaah! We can get the prickly pears here too, but I've never tried them. I'll have to give them a try!