They are back

They are back! Bahrain’s annual vacationers – the migratory birds – have returned! The first real sign of the weather easing up, cool evenings and mornings, is our feathered friends on the Arad coast. Taken this evening, this picture conveys just the start of the winter which, experts say, will be “severe” this time round,…


Mushroom? Here? Now?

It looked like a piece of thermocol in the far corner of the “10 am flower” patch, or was it plastic? But as I continued to water the plants, I forgot about it – until the gardener came over this evening. And he saw it. before I could say the proverbial ‘Jack Robinson,’ he had…

Red Flowers

A Certain Spring in the Air

The times, they are a changing! As I stepped into the garden early this morning, the difference was very evident. Slightly cool, a gentle breeze and loads of dew on the grass meant it is finally getting ‘winetry’. While it will still be a month before we can get anywhere near  what we can loosely…


Pier Perfect

One of the scores of piers at Bahrain’s Busaiteen coast waits for the winter fishermen as the evening weather starts to cool down after a torrid five months of summer. Such piers, in their hundreds across this small island nation, are used by amateurs and professionals alike who get their fishing rods out to take…

Sunset in Manama

Looking Out

Bahraini youngsters on a pier look at the Manama skyline as they prepare to settle down for an evening of fishing off the coast of Muharraq. With the sizzling summer weather easing, particularly late in the evening, such scenes will become even more commonplace in the days and weeks to come.

Tree Alone

Star power rules?

This tree stands proudly on the Manama waterfront as if to say it has weathered the severely high temperatures and is ready for the pleasant months ahead. A leading Bahrain astronomer claimed yesterday the worst of the summer is over and declared today as the first day of the ‘departure of the hot weather’. He…


Tyson’s close shave

Tyson’s had a shave today – a really close shave – partly to help him beat the heat but mainly to deal with the mess of his 24×7 shedding hair by the bucketful. We find him rather odd looking after spending nearly a hour and a half at the ‘saloon’ but he seems to be…