Friday, December 07, 2007

The Desert is Busy but Still Beautiful


I am writing this post when I should be preparing! The number for tonight has grown to 51 not counting ourselves and kids! Oh, why didn't I get it catered - because it started out as a drinks party for twenty and that thanks to my mother's brilliant training I can do with my eyes closed. However for 50 ( I have done 60 before) I need eyes open and normally a day or two - but no. I was in the desert yesterday.





I love desert trips. I love the desert. The sensual shapes of the rolling dunes, the changing colours of the sands, the bag trees and the shrub bushes, even the odd roaming camel. Since we left three years ago the desert has become busy. I looked to one big dune last evening and watched the white land cruisers swarming over it like ants. As I saw the number of cars in our group join up I wondered if it was possible to get lost in the desert any more??? My heart sank - it had been a special treat even when going on a tourist trip like we did last night. The desert was empty but not any more.






My spirits lifted as we took to our big dune. I prayed as our skillful driver pushed us up over and down amazing grades. There is nothing like the feeling of the land cruisers hitting the top and then skidding in the decent at an angle - will you roll or won't you? Thank God we didn't.




The sunset was all the God intended it to be even if the other groups were lined up on the other hills like sentinels. The evening camp was fun and filled with light hearted banter of my dh's colleagues. It was their last hurrah as a company. Dh's old company signed the final paper and brought his new last night. A sadness of what could have been tinged the air with the fear of what the future may hold........




Well, my future holds a massive party tonight so I best get cracking!

9 comments:

JJ said...

Oh god. Liz, when you want to swap condos for a holiday just you let me know. Those pictures are just beautiful.

My party is looking like a doddle in comparison now. Husband has organised everything, including caterers, so I salute you girl - going it alone - Wow!

JJx

Jan Jones said...

Desert looks weirdly, alien-ly beautiful, Liz.

Sure tonight will be fine.

Jessica Raymond said...

Liz, I've never done anything remotely like driving over sand dunes but I really felt like I was there by reading your post :) Have a great party tonight!

Jess x

Lane said...

glorious pictures.

Enjoy your 'do':-)
x

Jan said...

Enjoy the party and think about more wonderful desert trips...beautiful spaciousness ( hmm. IS there such a word??)

CC Devine said...

hope the party is a great success - am sure it will be!

leatherdykeuk said...

Just 'wow' about the desert.

Good luck for tonight :)

Flowerpot said...

hope you enjoyed teh party Liz!

Lisa said...

Good luck on the party -- it sounds like it will be fabulous!