Spring is here: March 25 2014

It is now five thirty pm and I am walking the dog in the valley below Yuval Park. Now that spring is here everything is green and blooming. I cannot share the sounds of the birds chirping and the grass rustling or the wonderful fresh air but here are some pictures that I hope will make you want to join me next spring…

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Saturday Feb 22nd

I’m sorry for not posting for so long.

After the snow we’ve had a very dry winter with hardly any rain. The nights have been cold and the days warm. Luckily the local council is taking care and watering the plants in Yuval Park, including the olive trees you planted. Most of them survived the snow and yesterday I took a video of them, they are already sprouting new leaves.

There have been a few changes in the park – look at the photos I’ve just put.
A local sculptor, called Moshe Hazan, (the one who made the gazebo) donated an oven that he made. The council is making a safe corner for bonfires and the people will be able to bake pitta bread in the oven. We now have a new council head, called Benny, and he is making a huge efforts and is making a great change in the look of the town.

There is a new neighborhood being built on the East side of Tzur Hadassah and the JNF transplanted oak and other trees from the building site to various places around Tzur Hadassah, including Yuval Park. You can see them in the photo. They also transplanted wild flower bulbs, including wild orchids. Hopefully next year I will post photos of them

At the bottom if the park the council built a path for the school kids to cut across the valley from Har Kitron neighborhood to the school

There are now two swings and I confess that I tried them out. It is lovely to swing in front of that beautiful scenery.

The Yuval park looks really lovely and there are lots of flowers especially lupins that are blooming now. I made some video yesterday and I will try to edit it and post it too.

The Yuval park has really become a meeting place for young and old at all hours of the day. Thank you all for making your contribution.

Jane

Saturday December 7th

It finally rained. The Hebrew language is very agriculturally orientated and there is a word for the first and last rain each year. The first (Yoreh) is easy because there has been none yet but we cannot call the last one (malkosh) until too late because we never know if its the last one or not.
We had a lovely walk around Tzur Hadassah; the rain has washed all the dust away and so many people were out and about. I didn’t take any photos of the trees today but here are a few flowers

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today, Nov 30th, I went to see the park and visit your trees.

This year is very special, because it is the only time EVER that Thanksgiving and Hanukah fall on the same day. The Scouts organized a march for all the kids with torches and a fire display. I wasnt there, so dont have any pictures for you, but I am adding a couple of photos from Yuval’s park.

When the scouts make an activity for the community they advertise it by painting the town pink (which is their troup’s color). I have included a photo of a statue of a lion with a pink baloon tied to it’s neckso you can get the feel.

The weather is glorious – but this isnt too good for the trees, we need some cold and rain for them to grow. Meanwhile they are still being irrigated, as you can see by the weeds growing around them.

One of our neighbors has carved a love seat out of the natural rock, see how beautiful it is.

I am going to try to add photos for the people who told me where their trees are. I will also add a map that Pat very kindly made, to help me know whose tree is whose.

Wishing you all a lovely thanksgiving

Jane

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Nov 1st was a beautiful sunny day in Tzur Hadassah

On Friday Nov 1st, a group of school kids came to Yuval’s park to plant a tree and some flowers – in Hebrew they are called Nurit, and when I looked them up in the dictionary it said buttercups – but are there red buttercups? Hopefully in a month or so, the weather will get cold and rainy, and the flowers will suddenly bloom.

My husband went to help and so I tagged along and took these videos for you. The trees all look good – it is the end of the summer so I dont expect any new growth until the spring, but they are watered regularly and all look healthy.

I dont know how the weather is in Iowa – but here we have very distinct seasons – long dry summers and a cold winter. Spring and autumn are short. We usually have snow once or twice each year – sometimes it is deep enough to cut us off for a couple of hours. In the spring all the plants will spring back to life and hopefuly the olive trees will spurt into growth. They flower usually around May. Dud you know that olive trees have alternate good years, with abundant fruit and lean years? All the trees have the same good years and bad years, so we have cheaper olive oil every other year.

Have a lovely week

Jane

I am sorry – I see now that I should have filmed these horizontally, not vertically! but i hope you enjoy them anyway, and can find your personal tree