On Friday, while driving back up the hill from an Ikea run, I found out my kids had been picked up from home by a friend because a forest fire went rogue coming too close to our residential area. By the time I saw the giant smoke cloud rising on the horizon, a text had... Continue Reading →
We brought you superhero explorers... we brought you dinosaur adventures... this year, it was a birthday party on a hike. And this was by far the easiest and best and most all-around enjoyable birthday party that we've done so far. We are fortunate to live within a nature area, and in our town itself, right... Continue Reading →
Last week's Fifty-Two Frames entry was part of a new year vow to more frequently and more deeply explore the amazing nature that surrounds my home. Week 35: On the Edge After jumping off the edge of the rocky cliff, I realized I should have done a before picture, too.
I wanted to put some effort into this but I'm so surrounded by nature here that I didn't know where to start. So I took Koala out, promising him a nature walk. He wanted to stay near our building and watch a moving truck get loaded. I suppose that's only... natural. But I got him... Continue Reading →
I live in a beautiful nature park-slash-construction zone. Pretty sure that at any given time in the last year there are around a dozen construction sites within our town. The flagship of Tzur Hadassah construction would be the megatron community center/school district being built in the center, towards the valley. Har Kitron is good for a... Continue Reading →
Loving the weather. On my walk today, I literally went off the beaten track and decided to do what I've been wanting to do for months. I turned into the valley here in Tzur Hadassah and walked through our local nature zone. The grass is *spectacular* because of all the rain we've been getting. Lush, green,... Continue Reading →
In honor of Tu B'shvat and an actual sunny day, we took a lil stroll in our backyard, the (now green) woodsy hills around Nes Harim. See how green the grass is? Mashiv HaRuach U'Morid HaGeshem.
Posted under a day ago, Israeli dude Evgeny Vainshtok Broitman shared a shameful scene he witnessed at יער הנשיא, a park off the 44 and 38, near Beit Shemesh. And while the crime is so disgusting, the fact that Evgeny decided to take the perpetrator up on it means there's hope. Apparently this guy proposed... Continue Reading →
The following are 1/10 the amount of photos I took in the last 48 hours I've been in Colorado visiting family. It was hard to pick out just ten, and even that is a ridiculous amount to post. But guess what? The Colorado Rockies are breathtaking and I'm a country girl now. Ok, the Judean... Continue Reading →
In an effort to clear the mind and explore new territory, we ventured into one of the 726548724 hiking trails around Tzur Hadassah in the Judean Hills this afternoon. It was a small park leading into the 'backyard' of a tiny yishuv called Nes Harim, which itself offers a cafe, horse back riding, a winery... Continue Reading →
After almost a week of driving back and forth to work through trees and hills (the way God intended, no doubt) I have to say that it's as if I'm only just now settling into my Israeli life. Jerusalem is more international, more global... in importance, position, people. It was a very different Israel, if... Continue Reading →