Moroccan Travel Diaries: The Countryside

As I go through the photos from the countryside to edit, it brings back completely what a magical place it was. My Father-in-law lives a life that most people can only dream of. If he has worries, he buries it in the the daily enjoyment of his countryside living. My Mother-in-law stays in the countryside sometimes, but being a social person she only stays there a week or two before going back to their apartment in the city. It’s my FIL who thrives in the country air, tending to his garden. He’s perfectly content to see no one for weeks at a time, just surrounded by his trees and planted vegetables and fruits (and weeds because he doesn’t believe in pesticides); surrounded by his bees, his chickens and pheasant, and by Rocky, the dog.

This property holds a special place in my husband’s heart, for he spent his childhood summers here. But it didn’t look then what it looks like now. It is a child’s paradise. It’s a place to get dirty, and to ride the swing, and to enjoy the fresh air, and to run, and to play, and to plant, to learn about the things that are planted there. Mina declared she would live here when she’s older.

When we arrived at the countryside, it was cold, damp, and dark. I couldn’t see a thing outside. The morning revealed everything.

As I go through the photos from the countryside to edit, I find I don’t want to edit them. Here they are as I experienced them first-hand.

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The view from the front door.

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The bees that my Father In Law keeps feeds off these blossoms that grow organically (my FIL doesn’t believe in pesticides). Consequently, the honey is just SO GOOD.

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Free-range chickens and one pheasant. My FIL actually lets them roam the property, and they go back to their coop on their own to rest. Since the kids were there, he kept them in the coop.

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Just one more draw for the kids. Here is Rocky, who is so adorably and friendly.

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Organic lemon

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My Brother in Law picked off some blossoms and is now passing it to MIL through the kitchen window to put in their tea. ❤

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Meal al fresco.

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Mina got to collect the eggs. Still warm lol.

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Feeding time

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Don’t name it! This was dinner.

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Fact of life in the countryside: you are sometimes required to kill your own dinner. We asked the kids if they wanted to see this. They did.

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Rooftop dryer.

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View from the rooftop

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In honor of our visit, Basidi had us plant some trees. Here is Mina’s orange tree.

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Here’s my apricot tree.

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Almonds. Yes, this is how they look when first picked.

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One more draw: swings for the kids!

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Snack time al fresco.

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Schwaa. Grilled old-school way.

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Cous cous, my mother in-law never fails to amaze.

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