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Days 3 & 4 in Israel

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Oops! I am behind in posting! Day 3’s video came out awful and then yesterday I was out most of the day and was so tired I decided to wait before posting to avoid it being in gibberish. On the plus side, I did 2 videos yesterday so bonus!

Day 3

Wednesday (day 3) was a crazy day where plans kept changing. Yoni’s school is apparently in the habit of letting out early so Dan & I had to forego some of our plans to go and collect him. The journey was good though as I got to see orchards and a few kibbutzs’ plus the place where Dan & Esti get LPG for their van. I also saw horses! Here are a few pictures from that day…

LPG Petrol StationThe LPG Petrol Station!

There are ‘normal’ ones too but not with LPG.

KibbutzThis is part of one Kibbutz – it was across the dirt road from the petrol station.

Horses 1Dan took this pic – I’ll go back and get ones closer up. The Palamino on the right was so gorgeous! The mane and tail were shiny and beautiful and made me wish I could see my Hoovy riding it.

Horses 2This is not so good a picture but it is a dark brown horse and her foal. These horses were just around the corner from the LPG station so easy to go back and take more pictures!

Day 4

I spent this day at the Institute where Dan studies. It was an interesting day. First we walked for ages to get to the bus stop. The bus was a small van type but at least had air conditioning. A crazy drive for some distance and we finally got off and walked a fair way up the long drive leading to the institute. We were a bit early so had lunch. Dan went off to class but I opted to stay out and explore the campus. There are masses of Aloe plants growing in the plant beds – they are huge and I would just love to have one at home. There are also gigantic Eucalyptus trees and several flowers that I haven’t seen since living in America. Here are a few pictures of the plants and campus…

Aloe

Aloe Plants

Palm TreesPalm Trees

Spikey TreeSpikey Tree

Eucalyptus Tree TrunkEucalyptus Tree Trunk

Palm Tree 2Palm Tree

Cactus Tree & FruitCactus Tree and Fruit

Football PitchThe football pitch

AuditoriumThe “Auditorium”

While sitting out across from the auditorium, I was watching a cat (there are lots of cats) and without me seeing in advance, a small kitten hopped up onto my lap! He was just a wee one and soooo cute! So I grabbed my camera and recorded him … PLEASE EXCUSE THE RIDICULOUS AUDIO – I FORGOT THE CAMERA RECORDS SOUND AS WELL AS IMAGES!

Wild about wildflowers!

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NB: This post has been made in advance so something happens on my blog while I am away. However, I will do my best while in Israel to post a few blogs of things that I see, do or whatnot.
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Last year, I planted wildflower seeds in the small flower bed in the front of the house. A neighbourhood cat (or 2 or 3) unfortunately took to using said flowerbed as a huge litterbox. Aside from having to clean up the poo (yuck!) it also meant that my carefully planned planting got entirely mixed up!

I had ensured the taller flowers were at the back and graduating down to the smaller ones in the front as one would normally do. But as the cat(s) had other ideas, the flowers grew very erratically and the wildflower garden was much more wild than planned.

In April this year as some of the flowers were growing again I had the sense to move the ones I recognized as being tall to the back and everything was going along just fine. They were growing and aside from one tall purple flowering plant being at the front corner beside the path, they were not as badly mixed up as last year. (Although I did have to construct a fence to stop said tall purple flowering plant from falling into the path and getting trampled by careless people).

Why am I blogging this? Because two new species have appeared in the wildflower patch this year 🙂

First is a gorgeous bright orange flower that opens wide like a poppy in the sunshine and closes up at night. I had some warning of these as I had spied them growing and their tubular buds so I had been watching with interest to find out what they would look like as I didn’t know what they would be …

Orange Poppies?

And the next surprise was two different purple bell shaped flowers that literally sprung up without me even noticing they were coming. One day I was coming out of the door to get into the car and there they were!

Purple Surprises

(Notice my wonky homemade fence!)

Dark Purple BellsAren’t these just sweet as can be?!

Light Purple Bells

Now if anyone knows what any of these little darlings are, please let me know as I would love to have more of them!

Last but not least is not new to the garden but rather has grown from a twig I cut about 2.5 years ago and have nurtured along. That twig has grown into a lovely bush and seems very happy living outside my front door…

Bleeding Hearts

So that is it for this little flower show – once the plants I grew from seed this year bloom I will post pictures of them. They include … marigolds, cornflowers, sunflowers, echinacea and sweet sultans.