As a child I always remember my mother held onto keys for years. The key to the wardrobe that was always let open. The key to her old house before we children came along. The key to a window that was always left open to the breeze…. She would be pleased to hear about The Giving Keys a company which repurposes old keys and gives them a new lease of life as jewellery. The keys can be engraved with words such as love, breathe, wish and grateful and encourages wearers to share their story via the website. All proceeds go towards helping people out of homelessness in LA.
The thing about winter in the UK is that it is cold. Freezing cold. On the spur of the moment after trudging through the snow to my London office I booked Exodus’ Week in Jordan. It sounded so perfect. Only five hours away from the UK, yet 15 degrees warmer. Jordan has history and culture in bucket loads and the itinerary meant I could really get under the skin of the country in a short time, and without having to fly halfway across the world.
The trip began in the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, 30 miles north of the capital, where we spent several hours exploring well preserved monuments including the Temple of Artemis and Temple of Zeus. Buried under sand for centuries until being rediscovered in 1806, Jerash was famed as one of the ten wealthy self-governing cities of the Decapolis. With a long and colourful history, Jerash enjoyed a golden age with luminaries including Alexander the Great and Emperor Pompey amongst the visitors to this great city.
As a Saadiyat local, marine enthusiast and general beach babe, it took very little persuasion for me to be lured to a lecture on the beach!
Sustainability Week Abu Dhabi (20 – 22 January 2014) saw a packed schedule of lectures, screenings and talks take place at key locations across Abu Dhabi. My favourite were the ‘feet in the sand’ lectures at my local Blue flag beach – Saadiyat – managed by Bake, where local experts and marine biologists shared their knowledge about the aquatic life found in Arabian waters.