Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day green?

I, I, what begins with I? That's our letter of the day at ABC Wednesday. If you thought I'd say Israel, incorrect. It's Irish instead! In honor of St. Patrick's Day.
But in Israel just about no one knows of this special day. And Jerusalem has no holy (or otherwise) places connected with Ireland. We have no green beer today, no shamrocks.

Down in the Negev desert, however, is a Bedouin village that boasts something really really green.
"The wearing of the green" by a house!
This is the village where we studied Arabic and enjoyed home hospitality for five days.
We were told that the owner wanted a house the color of the buses he drives. He is a share-holding member of the Egged bus cooperative and he wants everybody to know it. Being a chaver Egged is a status symbol in Israel.

21 comments:

JM said...

This is an amazing green house! We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day either.

Lily Hydrangea said...

It's funny what lengths people go to to show their station in life. I like this man's spirit. I'm sure this person brightens other people's days with his bright green house.

Reader Wil said...

It looks lovely, Dina. St Patrick is unknown in the Netherlands too. He seems to have been a really great Saint. And I wish every Irishman and woman a happy St.Patrick Day.

Chuck Pefley said...

Is this the house of envy???

Sure does stand out amongst the others in the wider shot.

Happy St. Paddy's day, Dina!

cieldequimper said...

Wow! That really stands out!

Catherine said...

Nobody can ignore it.
We don't celebrate St Patrick Day either. Except in Irish pubs, mainly attended by english community, but there's not any other green stuffs that reminds the celebration here.

Kay said...

Good gracious! That's a stand-out house for sure.

Happy St. Paddy's Day, Dina! Don't you wish you were in Chicago today to celebrate with the wearing of the green?

Suzanne said...

Deja vu Dina! (-8

Glennis said...

Amazingly green house, very good for St Patricks day!

Petrea said...

What a hoot! Leave it to you to find the unusual and outstanding.

spacedlaw said...

Oh wow, it is colourful!

Nazzareno said...

In Italy you can find little countries on the sea (ex. Burano) where every house has a its color. Servants to the fishermen in order to recognize, also from afar, their house.

Nihal said...

I'm curious if it could be any better spot than Istanbul to celebrate St Patrick's Day? Because the City is painted in "green" too much earlier:) And I prefer wearing only green this week long.
Arabic is the language I don't know but my mom is fluent in it, though her roots from Rumelia(Balkan).
In the meantime, I do appreciate very much these kinda shots from your world that you bring on the table, Dina. I often come together w/ my Jewish-Turkish friends here, and tell me so much abt Jerusalem. Now I am feeling myself one step closer to this holy world because of you and your informative journal.

Sending my best wishes & bright thoughts & sunny 'green' smiles~

Hilda said...

That house really stands out! How wonderful!

We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day either. And I don't think we have lots of Irish ex-pats either, but don't quote me on that.

Jacob said...

That's so interesting. The house is stunning against the background...I'd guess he's not celebrating St. Patrick's Day, though.

Thanks for commenting on Florida Fotos, Dina. We've not been to Disney for awhile, either, but we're going back in May for Lois Anne's birthday.

Shalom to you, too!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Wow!! No way you can miss seeing that house, even from a distance!

Rev Buck said...

Happy St. Paddy's day Dina! I'm wearing my kilt to supper at the church tonight, because as we all know St. Patrick was born in Scotland!
shalom,
Rev

susieofarabia said...

What a lovely shade of green! you can't miss that house!

Pietro said...

An unusual house indeed! The owner certainly stands out for his very green building.

J Bar said...

Very interesting Dina. Thanks for your comments on my St Patrick's Day post. I've done some more research and made a correction. Thanks, J Bar.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

what an amazing colour for the house - i love it!