Ok, I admit it – I have a thing for gates and doors. They are one of my favorite things in the world to paint (I do watercolors). I loved the rich color of the wall, the curvy shapes above the gate, the detail in the opaque area, and the strong columns on each side. I also like the wood with the painted black panels and the contrast it provides with the walls and its lighter trim. Some villas here in Jeddah occupy areas of entire city blocks, and sometimes even more. Villas are all surrounded by big solid walls to provide privacy for the villa’s occupants. This allows the women to be able to go outside, sans abaya, if they would like. However from what I have seen, women here, for the most part, shun being out in the sun anyway. Spending time outside is one of my biggest challenges about living here. We live in an apartment building with no outdoor area where we can hang out. And honestly, it is too warm for me to go out just to take a walk, wearing the black abaya and having my neck and hair covered up. It’s cooler down on the Corniche by the Red Sea, but my husband hates to drive here so he doesn’t take me very often. I would love to live in a villa instead because I would love to have the freedom to spend more time outside. (sigh…)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY NEPHEW RAY IN UTAH!