Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A field trip 5 minutes from home

It poured yesterday, but I'm pretty sure it's the last truly rainy day we had in the season. Spring is here. Soon, the warm pajamas and sweaters will be put away to wait until next winter. Everything is covered in spring flowers, and the kitties are playfully curious. Before we know it, it will be stiflingly hot.
Last week, my husband took us to the nearest mountain top - the one which I see from my kitchen window every day. It was a slow and narrow climb. We saw some cyclamens growing by the roadside, some of them already wilted and plainly at the end of their season.
When we reached the mountain top, I was surprised to discover a tiny settlement - just a few caravans out there in the wilderness. Despite the humbleness of the dwellings, they were surprisingly well-cared for, and there were little patches of plants and flowers near each one. The people who lived there were taking a stroll and chatting with one another. There were many little ones, and much laughter.
We were immediately recognized as outsiders, and as we were standing on the edge of the settlement, some inquired what we are doing. We truthfully replied that we're just taking some photos of the sunset.

It was a gorgeous day. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

16 comments:

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

What lovely photos, Anna. You are indeed fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

jAne said...

You are indeed fortunate to live in a truly blessed by God land. His hand is upon Israel. Bless His Holy Name.

**my husband took us** I just love this phrase. It touches my heart.

jAne
http://tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Mrs. Rabe said...

Gorgeous photo! God's creation is so stunning!

Persuaded said...

sounds like a such a pleasant day with your dear little family....

you know when my kids were tiny, we were all out one day walking along a nature path. an elderly man stopped us and urged us to value these days when our children were small and all still with us. he was right, those were special days... but all these days when my kids are growing up and out of the home are wonderful too♥

when i think of you anna, and of your sweet little family, i think of what a wonderful future you will have. your priorities are right, and you have laid for yourselves a good foundation...

sorry to get all philosophical on you, dear. hope you don't mind too much;)
have a blessed day, today!

Ways of Zion said...

What a G-d given blessing to be living in His land! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos!

Rebekah said...

How lovely! Such a beautiful sunset!

Dessi said...

yOU ARE SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN THE LAND OF ABRAHAM, JACOB AND IT IS SOOO BEAUTIFUL!! I PRAY FOR GOD'S BLESSINGS ON YOUR FAMILY AND ON YOUR LAND!!!

cbracken said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and adding God's grace to my day!

Anonymous said...

Indeed you live in a very beautiful place.. the pictures tell it all. I love the photo of the kittycat the most... too adorable. :)

Happy Spring! it's beginning to look a lot like it around here as well.

W

Anonymous said...

I expect the people in that isolated settlement are very wary of outsiders, as I gather you are in disputed territory (even if you do not personally consider it disputed).

motherofmany said...

Do you often find snakes in your yard/garden? I read once that the greatest concentrations of snakes in the world were Africa and Asia, particuarly the dry, hot regions. Are there venemous snakes in Israel?

Susan B said...

Such gorgeous pictures, Anna. You do live in a beautiful place. Thank you so much for sharing.

Fruit of her hands said...

You have some very pretty pictures and that sunset, I have taken many pictures of the sunsets when we have been on vacation at the ocean and none are as pretty as this...
Blessings,Joann

Mrs. Anna T said...

Motherofmany,

Yes, we do have snakes around here, but our kitties catch and strangle them while they are still little. It helps to keep the population down. Also, we never walk around the yard barefoot.

Anonymous said...

Good for the kitties!! My husband tells me sometimes, "No, that one [snake] is not a poisonous one." To which I reply, "But all snakes are 'deadly' - some are poisonous and the rest can cause heart attacks!!" So hooray for your kitties!
Mrs. L.

Mrs. Lindblom said...

Beautiful!