Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Engagement

We went to a party yesterday.  My youngest sister in law but one is all grown up.  When I met her, she was a young teenager, an earnest student always to be found with her head in a text book.  She is smart and beautiful and yesterday she got engaged.

We arrived way too early - not because we were incredibly organized because that.just.does.not.happen.(ask my mum) but because her fiance and his family were late.  Isn`t that meant to happen on a different date?  So there was lots of waiting around...

Why is it that girls wait patiently grasping lacy adornments to their dress...

Zaki`s cousin Salma
while boys my boy investigates snails and no doubt puppy dog`s tails (to be found later in pockets while doing the laundry)...


My sister in law`s fiance forgot his suit and so had to drive back home from the hotel in which they were staying to retrieve it - a round journey of a couple of hours, and couldn`t find the engagement ring (isn`t it the bestman`s job to lose it on a different day?)  But all was well in the end.  There was laughter and lots of happiness for Rokia and her beau.


We dressed in our traditional Moroccan finery and some of us closed our eyes (tsk)


ate pigeon pie known as b`stilla  - chicken often substitutes for the pigeon, which is mixed with almonds, egg and icing sugar and is covered in a filo-like pastry. I have a feeling that the one we ate was authentic.  Poor `pidg`. Zaki was hugely disappointed as he thought this was dessert - in his dreams a concoction of chocolate and cream.


followed by....meat complete with odd little cheese and olives on sticks! 

Over the meat, that`s my brother in law and his very pretty wife
The wedding will probably be in the spring when there will be music and dancing, food and 7 dress changes for the bride.  Yes, 7!

Congratulations Rokia and Youssef!

I haven`t anything to show you sewingwise. I`ve slightly fallen off the hamster wheel what with going away for a couple of days and then being sick with this horrible flu virus which came and went and came back with migraine headache vengeance.  I feel fine now and will post something beautiful very soon.  There`s been a fabric delivery.  Would you like a clue?

Can you hear me?
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Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me? 

Any guesses?

22 comments:

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Thanks for sharing about this beautiful engagement!

No clue about the fabric name!?

Catherine said...

blimey thats a long way to go for a suit! Great photos - and ha, ha: great clue :-)

Little Island Quilting said...

Echo echo echo ;-)

diane said...

Oh, how I love an engagement story, and a new culture for me with different food and traditions!
Can't wait for the wedding and those 7 dress changes. Poor bride will be exhausted before the honeymoon!

Leanne said...

How nice! They do look very happy. And the food looks amazing.

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, congrats to them (albeit the 7 dress changes might just do me in lol) Not entirely sure about the meat with the cocktail finger food mind you...

Enjoy your new Echo ;o)

Caren said...

Is it ECHO? Echo? echo?!!! Oh I had to laugh when I saw your boy - my son wasn't a "pocket collector" but my 2-yr-old daughter is fascinated with pockets. Unfortunately I usually find the stuff AFTER it's been ruined (or ruined everything else) in the dryer. :)

Ellie said...

What a good looking engaged couple. Love the clothes and what a lot of cooking. It sounds as if everybody had really good time - apart from the suit journey lol.
I'm glad you are feeling back to normal now. Not get sewing he he.

Sheila said...

Fun to have a peek into a different culture - that is some piece of meat!!

two hippos said...

congratulations to the engaged couple, 7 changes of dresses - wow! echo like little island quilting guessed?

Flying Blind... said...

Oh my - Zaki and I have the same dreams then!
Not jealous of the fabric, oh not in the slightest - I am a big fat liar, pants on fire!

Pippa Parsons said...

hehe I had a fabric delivery on Friday and am due a ups visit tomorrow :O)

susan said...

Everyone has said it already so I will just be a little background ECHO! Love the engagement party photos. Thanks for those.

Debbie said...

very fun.....If you got some ECHO you are mighty lucky!! ;-)

Sarah said...

Echo, echo, echo!!! Lol! Congrats to your SIL - looks like a good time was had by all! I'm jealous of the food, looks fab :-)

Fiona said...

I always love seeing your Moroccan pictures. Fascinating and beautiful! Enjoy your new fabric......fabric......fabric......…

Leanne said...

Looks like a lovely time, that is a very pretty and fancy outfit you have on. I wonder what you are making with the Echo.

Barb said...

Beautiful ladies and handsome men!! I love the Echo designs, too.

Paula said...

A gorgeous family celebration! Thanks for sharing, Annabella. All look so very happy :)

Rebecca Lynne said...

B'stilla is my FAVORITE. I can't believe you posted about it because I was just telling the Mr. that I had a crazy craving for it. So hard to find Moroccan around here! Glad everyone was so happy for such a wonderful occassion!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love the photos of the engagement celebration - thanks for sharing!

Sunnybec said...

Thanks for sharing I love to see different traditions.... enjoy your fabric,fabric,fabric. x