Spread the Word... Dignity Spre budskapet

We have been blogging for a while now... Trying to familiarise people with our Maghdouche project: "Dignity" and how important art is in solving social, environmental and economical problems in the day to day life of human beings.
We have to admit that it was a little sad, during that period, to watch the counter of our blogg increasing slowly while most of our visitors were norwegian friends that support our project. That was wonderful... but we wanted Maghdouche people to join and to be more involved.

Until the rumour started to circulate among Maghdouche people and boosted our statistics enormously in the last three days. Such a wonderful feeling it is to realise that people still care for making a change, a better Maghdouche, despite our sad diaspora.

People of Maghdouche, wherever you are in the world, spread the word, let our "Dignity" project get to everyone and keep us energised by leaving us a comment under "kommentarer" so we know who you are.
På norsk i kortversjon:
Vi har blogget en stund nå.......prøvd å fortelle litt om hvordan det sosiale livet er.
Vi var litt lei oss siden "telleren" på blogsiden stod ganske stille.....men det har snudd etter at ryktene om bloggen begynte å gå i Maghdouche. Nå er det blitt mer fart, det er morro.
Vi har en oppfordring, spre budskapet om vårt Dignity prosjekt, bli med å holde energien oppe ved å legge til en kommentar.


Course #1 - Here We go !!!

Dear all, the first "Dignity" course is decided and planned !!! It is going to be a 20 hour colour theory course based on Johannes Itten colour theory. After the course, the participants should have a better understanding of how colours work together.

Course Title: "Understanding Colours"
Participants Age: ---Over 15 years----
Pre-requirements: ---------None---------
Date: 26th. to 30st. of December 2008
Timing: -----from 06:00 to 08:00 pm------

For registration , contact Georgette Hayek - Maghdouche

For more information about the course, send us an email.


News from the House - Nytt fra huset

Finally, we got some new photos from the house! Work is in progress. Now, using the metallic stairs instead of a ladder, we can easily access the roof terasse and enjoy a glass of wine or a lebanese coffee there and admire the beauty of Maghdouche's church and the vine trees that are covering the roof of every house.
Endelig......noen nye bilder fra huset. Det går framover. Trappen opp til takterassen er ferdig, så nå kan vi sitte der med libanesisk kaffe og nyte utsikten å alle vinstokkene som lager terassene om til grønne hager med druer.

As parts of the house are 100 year old, the walls needed to be handled properly. Applying layers of anti rain absorption treatment from outside is supposed to solve the problem.
Deler av huset er over 100 år gammelt så veggene må behandles riktig. Flere lag med beskyttelse mot fuktighet må til............

In addition, the old parts of the house were covered from inside by a certain kind of plaques with a very natural texture. In this way, we avoid having the problem that almost every house in Lebanon is having, and that is paint getting off the walls.

Perfect result!!! at least we hope and we keep our fingers crossed... For such a big bill, it should better be!!!

In anyway, after painting white, the light seems wonderful especially in the studio area and the space seems to be bigger. Good work boys!!!
Det blir lyst og flott. Det ser med en gang større ut ettter at det er pusset opp, det er så vakkert lys i disse to studiorommene. Flott arbeid!


Norge rundt - Around Norway

In an interview with the Norwegian Television (NRK), Trond Einar Solberg Indsetviken explained the importance of watercolour as a serious medium of painting and as a form of art standing by itself.

This form of art is what Trond Einar will be taking with him to Maghdouche. He will be trying to initiate a group of youngsters to this technique, both theoretically and practically. Furthermore, he is excited to see which direction his artworks will be developping when he is painting in Maghdouche.

Grapes of Maghdouche

With the beginning of October, Maghdouche is picking its last bunches of grapes. People usually save them to get a little taste of the summer at this time of the year... The summer was fine, the season was abundant and mother earth was generous as always.

Mothers of Maghdouche are done with the preparation of the "mouneh" which includes many products derived from grapes: raisins, vinigar, jam, molasse and wine...
For those who are unfamiliar with the word, "mouneh" is an old tradition in the lebanese culture. People dry or preserve different kinds of vegetables, fruits and grains to be used during the winter months.

Years of war in Lebanon gave the "mouneh" tradition an extra kick. People had to fill their cupboards with different products in case that the local shop around the corner is not accessible.
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