Monday, January 28, 2008

Birthday at the Barrage



To celebrate my husband's birthday, a group of us decided to go to the Barrage - a big, artificial lake/resevoir in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Unfortunately it is rather low this year -which leaves a lot of room for children to play on the beach.



The dessert was wonderfully healthy. the main course was salad, chicken and meat brochettes - with a huge pile of French fries.



There are a variety of places to sit - some bright and colorful.



Others a little quieter.............
It was very warm - really much warmer than it usually is this time of year - so we sat under the trees looking out at the lake with a little umbrella to shade us too.



This character wandered up all on his own wanting something to eat.
He liked bread quite a lot and oranges - but not orange peel.



After lunch we went for a walk round part of the lake and saw a few interepid souls swimming. I paddled a little bit.
The clay we walked on - which is usually underwater - was a little like the surface of the moon - dry and colorless.



It's hard to get a really good shot of the distant mountains with my little camera. Claudia would probably know how to do it better.

13 comments:

Tracy said...

Looks and sounds like a great way to celebrate a birthday...many happy returns of the day to your hubby! Gorgeous photos saturated with color...Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

Claudia Schmid said...

What a nice donkey! Did anyone ever come to claim him?

Liisa said...

Oh, you have it all. The light and the colours and the warmth. Or is it heat?

Lovely pictures! I´d love to be in a place like yours at the moment.

MadameMonet said...

Your photos are as colorful as paintings! I really enjoy them, especially on the yellow background of your blog.

Madame Monet
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Krimo said...

Great birthday celebrations.
Love the snowcapped Atlas in the background. Your husband's paintings are amazing!

Sara said...

Thank you for sharing your day in the desert...and I see you have snowy mountains too!

I also got lost for a while in all the beautiful photos on that Flickr tag on your sidebar...

paris parfait said...

Sounds like a lovely birthday celebration. I am always struck by how parts of Morocco look like parts of Spain!

Willow said...

Happy Birthday to your husband!

His celebration seemed to be filled with everything wonderful-food, color, scenery, amusement.

Kate and Roger Skophammer said...

Happy Birthday Uncle Bob!!!

Karen Cole said...

Even the "colorless" sand over there is beautiful.

Sad about the lake being low. There are many lakes these days that are way below their usual level.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Elizabeth....

I’ve come to you via Willow’s blog and I would like to say how much I have enjoyed your pictures, its been such a pleasure to see warm sunny scenes on this dull January day here in Wales. Marion

Britt-Arnhild said...

Ah, looks like a perfect birthday.

I love the orange and blue.

Paz said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! Wonderful way to celebrate.

Paz