Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Branch turned into stick turned into art

I found this stick on our last outing to the Golan, at Mount Choset. Somebody had already stripped a branch off all the small twigs and leaves and turned it into a stick, probably for walking, and then just left it in the woods. I took it home and embellished it, totally exaggerating - but honestly, isn't it gorgeous? I had so much fun, that was play of many hours, and somehow very relaxing, almost meditative...  :-)

Sunday, October 22, 2017


I made some belly pouches. They are pretty, practical and comfortable. :-)

Saturday, October 21, 2017


As we do almost every year at this time in autumn, we went yesterday to look for these yellow and pink greeters of fall, the Sternbergia and the Crocus.

Sternbergia clusiana, chelmonit gdola, חלמונית גדולה

Colchicum feinbruniae, Feinbrun's Autumn Crocus, sitvanit ha tashbez,  סתוונית התשבץ

My husband took so many gorgeous photos, that I have a hard time deciding what to choose for this blog post.

The flowers are nestled between the rocks of the forest and are just so beautiful.

The weather was wonderful yesterday, warm and sunny with blue sky, another happy day!

Some lovely autumn colors downhill

 Photos by Uri Eshkar


A Shabatt visit to Park Canada, located north of Highway 1, to explore the ancient ruins of Hurvat Eked at the top of the park. 

Encircled by an impressive stone wall at the highest spot of the hill, are the remains of a settlement and a fortress from the Hellenistic period more than 2000 years ago.  The fortress was constructed by Bacchides, the Seleucid general, who fought against the Hasmonean kingdom.The construction of the fortress was the beginning of the establishment of the city of Emmaus/Nicopolis, which later relocated several kilometer to the west.  

The fortress was also used by the rebels during the Bar Kokhva revolt against the Romans. 

The wall

The Gate

 A press for olive oil

A water reservoir, cistern? A wine press?

I am quite sure that these beautiful flowers, the chazav, the squill, were part of the landscape and did bloom in autumn two millenniums ago as well.

A view down the Judean plain

We had a gorgeous day, all three of us, me, the photographer (my husband Uri Eshkar) and Ella. :-)