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A beautiful home for sale

A beautiful home for sale

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We’ve spent 13 years in our current home and most of those have truly been the best in all our lives. We made 1813 a place of quiet and safe refuge for us. We love the coolness and tranquility of the spaces inside the house, and the various “rooms” we’ve created in the garden – which won an award at the Bahrain International Garden Show. A point of pride for me.

But it’s now time to move on and make space for another fortunate family to be happy in it.

So if you would like a beautiful, safe and tranquil place to enjoy with your family, please have a look at http://1813.mahmood.tv you might just be fortunate enough to move into it and enjoy what it offers for decades to come.

Give me a call on 33668811 and I’d be glad to give you a grand tour. But please, serious buyers only. Thank you.

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Video Postcard – Birds in my Garden
MGS S01E06 – Constructing the Patio

MGS S01E06 – Constructing the Patio

I’ve always wanted a small “proper” sitting area in the front garden but never got round to doing something about it. Until now. Thanks to Almanaratain who wanted to parter with Mahmood’s Garden Show and offered to construct it for me using their material, staff and equipment to do so. How can I refuse?

In this episode, we follow the complete process of constructing the patio from start to finish. Yes, you will be able to see two days’ worth of time-lapse footage compressed in under a minute! Quite fun, I assure you. More important of course is finding out the patio’s construction process so you can be informed when you construct your own.

The process I adopted here is quite economical actually because I utilised cement-based tiles made exclusively at Almanaratain through a special process. The tiles are died through and not simply painted. They’re durable and look as good as natural stone because they’re not manufactured using one single mould, but have several types in order to produce the required “natural” variation. I know that these tiles vary in price between BD3 – BD6 per square meter. Check with Almanaratain for the latest pricing. The cost per square meter including full installation won’t exceed BD15, a real bargain in my book, and the results are quite acceptable.

I hope to have a few of you over for teas and coffees on the new patio once the weather changes for the better soon 😉

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The Seeding of the Nursery – Gallery

The Seeding of the Nursery – Gallery

Here are the seeds which have been sown today (Friday 29 Aug 2014) in the nursery. A total of 16 seed trays and 34 types of plants. Watch the video for more of the seeding info and background:

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Filbert, going walkabouts in the garden

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Filbert, going walkabouts in the garden

Filbert, going walkabouts in the garden, originally uploaded by malyousif.



Taking Filbert out several times a day to the garden or to be with his mother for a while, which she uses to feeds and encourages him to fly has become a tradition in our house-hold.

It’s fun spending time with them in the garden, the mother has lost a lot of her timidity around us and now comes even within a meter and has no qualms on feeding her baby at that distance from us either.

Filbert does not exhibit any ill effects from these experiences. He comes back to hand quite readily and continues to play with his toys in his cage or waddles about the house or on someone’s shoulder.

In fact, he is spending an awful lot more time outside his cage than in it!

Have a wonderful Friday my friends!

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My first Chico Fruit!

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My first Chico Fruit!

My first Chico Fruit!, originally uploaded by malyousif.



I’m rather chuffed this morning as I discovered that my chico tree has produced a single fruit!

Chico (or Sapodilla – Manilkara zapota) is one of my favourite fruits, I couldn’t get enough of them. If you’ve never had them, go buy some if at all available in your area, you will probably love them.

My wife and kids don’t much appreciate Chico though, which is a "good thing™", I can have the whole lot by myself!

Yummy :w00t:

This was also the first day that I could do some light gardening for ages. I managed to re-distribute some of the allysums which were concentrated in almost just one location in their border, and dug out and potted two Cineraria Hybridas!

Me a rather happy cookie!

Have a wonderful and peaceful Friday my friends…

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Canna X Generalis

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Canna X Generalis

Canna X Generalis, originally uploaded by malyousif.



We’ve had these lovely giants since we redone the garden over a year and a half ago, but now they have reproduced and we have a lot of them in their patch, sometimes because they are so tall, if the wind picks up, I have to come and support each and every one otherwise because they are so severely bent, they are lost..

They just started flowering a couple of weeks ago or so, and I must say that these are some of my favourite plants in the garden.

Again I apologise for the crappy quality (mobile phone) as my “proper” camera has not made an appearance yet, and it looks like the useless Canon dealer in Bahrain can’t pull the finger out to get the required spares to fix it, or Canon ME based in Dubai is actually worse than I expected it for its pro-am products. In either case, it is highly frustrating when the gardening season has started and I can’t take “proper” pictures of my plants!

But in any case, I hope you enjoyed and are enjoying your Friday my friends… so Happy Friday all!

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