Monday, March 21, 2011

Tour of my backyard world

Happy spring to all of us in the Northern Hemisphere!
Israel turns from brown to lush green before spring actually, when the winter rains first wet ground that has been dry for half a year.
Would an end-of-winter walk in my yard count as a guided tour for That's My World Tuesday?
The view from my window for now is almond blossoms on a young tree that planted itself just a few years ago.

A 3-year-old can get lost in the tall wild grasses.

Jackals have made this their crossing place from the upper terrace to the lower terrace.
They have worn a path through the yard.
Sometimes at night they stop and howl near my window.
When I moved to this little house six years ago, the beautiful old terrace walls were covered with parasitic thorny vines.
I exposed the beauty of the stones by cutting the creeping plants and pulling them away.
I was digging around and raking once and discovered a paved path hidden beneath several inches of soil.
Now I have an easy way to reach my new compost pile of plant cuttings and kitchen scraps.
This photo shows the early morning dew sparkling.
Looking down from the street above, my yard is quite hidden from view.
The neighbors' big red-roofed house is down on a lower terrace, across another street.
The sky was hazy on the day of this photo but normally you can clearly see the western neighborhoods of Jerusalem across the valley.
The bare pomegranate and fig tree branches will soon have leaves and flowers and then fruit.
They and the olive trees and my grapevines give nice free food.
Our little village (moshav) on the hill is a quiet and pleasant place to dwell.


Kathy said...

You have a lovely place to live! It looks very peaceful.

Rayna Eliana said...

Such beautiful captures, a backyard of nature's beauty.

Eki said...

I like the wild green look of your backyard, Dina. It looks big too. How big is it? And what a pleasant view you have of those almond blossoms from your window.

Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

Thank you for this post, Dina. I love seeing more of the area right outside your home. I feel like I'm right there with you now. Beautiful photos! I'm glad spring is arrived for you.

Robin said...

Such lovely images, how wonderful the moshav is in spring, how wonderful the entire country is in spring...

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JM said...

It seems this season do cheer up many of us! :-) Happy spring, Dina.

Dina said...

Shalom friends. Yay, warm spring has sprung!

Eki, I have no idea how big the yard is. I'll have to pace it off tomorrow and let you know.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for the lovely tour in your springgarden! We had also a lovely sunny day.I went to the windmills and met Kay D. from Canada. She and her husband were on a tour in the Netherlands. We sat outside the souvenirshop with a cup of coffee. It was nice to meet her. Sofar I met three bloggers. I had the feeling that I had known them for a long time.

Anonymous said...

What a joy it must be to breath !

Thank you. Please have a good Tuesday you all.

daily athens

Staceemaree said...

What a sweet little section of the world you have alimed for yourself! Although the jackals sound frightening, I'll bet it's such a great experience.

crederae said...

ah beautiful Dina, the landscape is filled with promise-magnificent photo
shalom , love and light

spacedlaw said...

How wonderful to see all that green! Here trees are in bloom, suddenly apprearing out of nowhere, to be admired for a brief period and then forgotten again until the next onset of spring.

magiceye said...

sure is a very pleasant place!

VP said...

A very peaceful setting in the middle of the grre. I have already expressed myself about jackals (and pigeons), so I'll spare you my unenthusiasm for them.

Leif Hagen said...

Thanks for exploring the garden and yard with us! Fun to see your view and your surroundings!

Pietro said...

You live in such a green place, Dina. Beautiful your spring views.

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Andrea said...

Hi i am new here! This is my first time to see a blog from your part of the world. How wonderful to see Jerusalem full of greens instead of the normal rockies. It seems like i'm also in my backyard here in the tropics!