Thursday, 13 November 2014

a prickly post

Anyone who has travelled around rural morocco will know the abundance of the prickly pear cactus - hindiya -  which has a multitude of uses from boundary fence to culinary delight. And as my mind wonders around the logistics of planning and building a rural property I do spend an {unneccesary} amount of time dreaming up house names  . . . 


and top of my list 
at the moment 
is Dar Hindiya  {hin-dee-ya} - what do you think?
surrounded as we are by this paddle shaped plant it  seems appropriate?
I am feeling inspired by the plant on a variety of different levels at the moment:

Its sculptural and graphic form

Cactus Print by Polly Rowan via Bodie uand Fou

Its shades and colours 


that transform easily into interior or exterior inspiration I think?


And happily my research has thrown up a wealth of cocktails and other sweet delights to make from the fruit - with this pretty prickly pear margarita via Pink Patisserie top of my list!

Prickly Pear Margarita

I will however do my best to resist the temptation to fashion wearable garments out of it - in any shape or form!

Miss Cactus 1962 via 

Dar Hindiya
what do you think