In my last post back in 2014, I was talking about Advent and looking forward to Christmas with the Tribe. Well, life once again, took over and only now do I find that I have a spare five minutes to put ‘pen to paper’ and the all that remains of Christmas are piles of greenery and missletoe outside and the telltale trail of pine needles as the tree was hastily dragged out of the house late on Tuesday evening to be put onto the ever-growing bonfire in the field.
Somehow, the beginning of December has sneaked up on me (again) and I have had the frantic searching in the attic for the much loved Playmobil advent calendars and the baby socks calendar that I made just before the birth of the Littlest. I managed to fill most of the baby socks with chocolate treats (but hadn’t bought quite enough to fill them all; 4 x 25 = 100, which is quite a lot of chocolate coins!). The Tribe had the right amount of oohs and ahhhs when they saw the filled socks at breakfast on 1st December. I love the fact that even the Eldest gets excited by these little things. The Playmobil advent calendars were a different matter however and yesterday evening just before I read the Littlest her bedtime story, I was still putting the right box on the right number. Maybe I’ll learn one year to do a bit of advance planning, but I’m sure that I’m not alone with this last minute flurry of activity. Continue reading What exactly is Advent?→
On 2nd December 1971, the United Arab Emirates was created in a ceremony in Dubai at a site on Jumeirah Beach Road, not far from where we currently live. The UAE is made up of seven Emirates that we are now able to name – you will probably not recognize some of the names – we didn’t. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, although at the 2 December 1971 signing, Ras Al Khaimah was still in negotiations, so it was just the 6 Emirates signing. They joined 2 months later on 10 February 1972. Bahrain and Qatar decided to remain independent states although they had originally intended to join and Oman decided not to join but would consider joining in the future. Queen Elizabeth and the PM at the time, Edward Heath, were amongst the first global leaders to congratulate the new state.