Sunday, December 15, 2013

It was a cold, cold weekend

All over Israel. Which just proves sometimes one has to eat one's words - I have repeatedly said that we have very mild winters, that it never snows, never freezes, etc, but the past weekend proved just the opposite. It snowed heavily in Jerusalem and in the Gush Etzion settlements, and what's worse, several settlements were disconnected from electricity and had no running water (presumably because the pipes froze). Whole families, including women about to give birth and very young children, are only being evacuated now. I suppose that, precisely because summer here is a much more dominant feature than winter, we simply aren't prepared to handle so much snow.

Taking all this into account, and remembering how last year the only narrow road leading to us was blocked by a rockfall, I felt really lucky that we were able to take off in time on Friday, and spend the worst of the storm and cold in the much better insulated home of my in-laws. Still, it was so cold that we all climbed into one bed for our Shabbat midday nap and slept there bunched up together. When we came home, I felt no difference in the temperature between outside and inside, which just shows you how great our insulation is. We turned on everything we could: the a/c, the radiator, and both ovens (with the doors open, to let the heat out).

Today we are facing a new trial: our water heater had stopped working, so until our landlord can fix it we only rely on our solar panels for hot water. I can only hope today was sunshiny enough, because otherwise there will be no showers. 

"שיתוף פעולה בלתי רגיל". גוש עציון מושלג (צילום: אביה מקובסקי)
Photo: snow in Gush Etzion, from Walla! news.

7 comments:

Thia said...

As someone whose yard looks like that from November/December through March, I'd love to know what your girls thought of the snow? Have they ever seen it before? I hope you guys stay warm and safe.

sara said...

What did the girls think of the snow? Did they get a chance to play with it at all?

Rose said...

Anna that photo is amazing. We heard about the snow and temperatures in Israel and wondered about you all. It's hard to realise, it would be like us getting snow in our temperate latitudes. Take care dear friend.

Cate said...

We just had an ice storm here in Texas that knocked out power for four days. I hope you and your family keep safe and warm!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Thia and Sara, we didn't actually get snow where we live, and didn't venture out of the house for a drive to see it as the roads were so slippery and dangerous. I half-wished we could go, but it was so cold all I wanted was to keep warm!

maria smith said...

We spent one winter in Eastern Europe without heat. It was crazy! I often used an electric kettle to heat water for quick wipe downs. Showers were out of the question. Keep your housekeeping to a minimum.

Leo and Melissa said...

It appears my comment was lost in the "sign on" process -- oops.

Your weather is the same as ours in Carlsbad, NM. Our little desert rarely receives any moisture, so snow is welcome but we are not equipped to handle the cold! Our pipes are not buried very deep and the pipes will freeze if you don't take precautions. We had a very cold snap last week but today it was almost 70 degrees!