Wow! Hard to believe my birthday was a week ago. This is a view from my balcony at 7:00 am this morning.
Yes, that little white dot is the sun. And yes, it is still dusty. The kind that just hangs in the air. (Think of it as fog with texture.) Not pleasant at all and yet Zack had a baseball game at 9 am this morning. Baseball isn't cancelled for anything.
Last Friday, this was the view from our lunch balcony in Sri Lanka.
Now that's more like it! A view overlooking the city of Kandy.
You can just make out the big white buddha that sits atop a mountain.
And since Kuwait is a dry country (in more ways than one), I thoroughly enjoyed my Sri Lankan beer on a hot day.
After lunch was our visit to the gemstone factory. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures there. We saw a 10 minute video that explained how gemstone mining is done in Sri Lanka which was quite interesting and informative. We were then able to view samples of stones in their natural state and how they appear after they've been cut and polished. Finally, upstairs to where the jewelry was located. The trip itself was my birthday present, but since we just happened to be in the presence of gems, Sam decided I should pick something out for myself. Although my birthstone is amethyst, I didn't like the settings, so this is what I wound up getting.
Garnet -- more my style and color (and happens to be Sam's birthstone).
From the wood factory we visited earlier that day, we purchased this fisherman who is made from ebony and teak.
And these bowls and plates are made from the trunk of a pineapple tree.
Our evening ended with a cultural dance that was quite colorful and exciting!
A little hard to take pictures as they were moving and dancing so fast.
It was certainly a full day and a definitely a most wonderful birthday to remember!
One last thing before I go, please take a moment to visit Deborah at Art & Soul by Deborah. She has a lovely blog and paints the most amazing watercolors and right now is having her first giveaway of beautiful art pendants that she makes from her watercolor images. You have until noon tomorrow to put your name in the hat, so please head on over and tell her I sent you. Thanks so much and have a most blessed and dust free day. :) Tammy