Wednesday, March 4, 2015

gondar, ethiopia:

After spending a few days in Harar, in eastern Ethiopia, we headed north to Gondar (also spelt Gonder). Gondar is part of the more popular northern, historical circuit which is the most visited part of Ethiopia. The area is dotted with significant architectural and religious sites, most of which represent Ethiopia's Christian history. Ethiopia is the second oldest Christian nation, and therefore has a very rich history and many sites (which you will see in some posts later on) that reflect this.

We didn't spend that much time in Gondar, using it more as a jumping point for a trek in the nearby Simien mountains, but it was a great stay nonetheless. The main drawcard for the area is the historical castle complex of Fasil Ghebbi,  Fasiladas Bath and Debre Berhan Selaassie church. Unfortunately we didn't get time to visit the church, but we did explore the castles and bath, which were both pretty impressive - especially as were in Africa (as opposed to seeing many a castle in Europe)! The castles and bath were built in the 17th century, with Fasil Ghebbi serving as a fortress/city and the baths used for Timket celebrations (the Epiphany).

We were both surprised at how good the condition of some of the structures were, and especially loved being inside the largest castle of the complex, which even had its original ebony balcony still intact. The whole place had me wishing I could I travel back in time and see itin its heyday. I imagine it would have been quite a sight!

next: the Simien mountains.

fasil ghebbi

fasalias bath

Sunday, March 1, 2015

february happenings:

a snap from today - some yachts racing an oncoming storm

Can you believe February is now finished?! Crazy!

This month flew by, so it feels like not a whole heap has happened. But here are a couple of tiny happenings at LxSxC HQ.

Back with more Ethiopia shots next!

Butterfly Chair
We finally got around to finding a cover for our Butterfly chair frame, and I love it! I originally wanted a nice tan leather cover, however after seeing some nice examples on Pinterest, decided to go for a natural rawloom cotton canvas from Muumuu Design here in Sydney.

Having just recently discovered to joys of Fimo, I have had some fun experimenting with the clay and making some beads which I have used to create some necklaces. They're not perfect, but are a heap of fun to make!

If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen me post the above snap last week. I'm going to start sharing and giving a little limelight to some of my favourite textile pieces, many of which are currently hidden away in storage. So if you love textiles or aren't following me already, feel free to do so.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

harar, ethiopia - part 3:

Ah, Harar. I have to admit while editing and preparing these posts, I have let out a bit of sigh each time. I miss it so much. While Harar is a small town, and one you can easily see in a day or two, it is a place you will want to spend much longer in.
And while it isn't perfect, with the effects of the local chat trade being clearly evident (chat is native plant to the Horn of Africa. When the leaves are chewed, it acts like an amphetamine stimulant), its positives far outweigh any negatives you may experience. It is definitely a must-do on any visit to Ethiopia!

We spent our last day in Harar walking, buying Somali textiles and soaking up as much of Harari life as possible, trying to savour all the colours, smells and friendly faces we had met. I cannot wait to return one day.

next: we head to Gondar in the historical northern circuit.

inside a traditional harari house


outside one of the gates into Harar

Harar from a distance

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