Tuesday 19 December 2006

Oman: back to Muscat

The fire was still smouldering in the dawn mist, so more wood was applied to bring it back to optimum operating capacity. At his point the children both arose. I assumed their tent must have been on fire, but it was not. A little later, the zip from mother's tent furiously opened and a head appeared – she thought someone was throwing stones. This did not bode well.

I was right. However, despite feeling the need to sport a Paddington Bear style floppy hat to disguise her bad hair, we unstruck camp with remarkable efficiency and were back in Muscat by late morning.

In the afternoon a need for lasagne was identified by Flossie, which required hours of shopping trying to find such things as bacon and chicken liver. Although construction commenced immediately, it was not until nine o'clock that three hot dishes were removed from the oven (this is known as 'Mandy & Simon' time in culinary circles). We ate like four hungry hippos. Afterwards we rubbed our bellies in a satisfying manner while watching the Borat film (superb).

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