Monday, May 12, 2014

Life under the bridge

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Finally! -- a mural to contribute to Monday Murals!
And it turned out to be just a few minutes from where my kids were renting a house in Meitar. 

I was expecting the little tunnel under where the street crosses the wadi to be dirty (from the rare flow of heavy rain in the streambed).
Or maybe there would be bugs or scorpions or MICE . . . .

But no!
Instead we found that other people had been there before us, people with paint and brushes. 


A strange grandmother, you say, to take her visiting grandkids and venture  into an unknown, unused tunnel?
Well, as Vonnegut said, "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."

We made it fun by shouting and waiting for the echo to return.
Dean, Eyal, and Libby, artists themselves, enjoyed examining the artwork on the walls. 


And there was the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
We exited onto the stone-paved bed of the wadi and went on to explore the desert in her winter green.
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Too bad the family had to return to Australia a few weeks ago.
I wish them exciting adventures down under.
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(Linking also to Our World Tuesday.)

20 comments:

Hels said...

I think by "peculiar travel suggestions"... he meant Finland or Latvia :)

Dina said...

Hels, haha, yeah, it's all relative.
When the grandkids were here, their parents, their other grandparents, and their uncles drove them all over Israel to see all the wonderful places. MY SIL's father even took Dean up in a glider! But me, I don't even have a car. So the outings with the kids for me meant playing in the eucalyptus grove, climbing Meitar's "mountain," or exploring the desert or trying out all the different playgrounds.

Spiderdama said...

I saw an almost identical mouse painted over an entire house in Gdansk ..
I think you're the best grandma:-)

Dina said...

Spiderdama, really, in Gdansk? I wonder if it is a well known image.

crystal said...

"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."

Interesting quote :) When I think of him, I think of that book/movie Slaughterhouse-Five.

Dina said...

Crystal, yeah. This quotation is from another book, Cat's Cradle.

carol l mckenna said...

Vonnegut was right about a lot things ~ What a lovely grandmother to be so adventurous and creative ~ Wonderful post and photos for OWT ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

RedPat said...

He looks rather scary!

William Kendall said...

That mouse has something of a demonic thing going on.

I like the view coming out of the tunnel!

Hilda said...

I'm just glad there were no real rats that huge in the tunnel! And what a contrast that tunnel is to the lovely stone-paved path.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Dina, welcome! Seems that you were engaging in contemporary urban (close enough) archeology with the grandkids. I bet you're the cool grandma. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

cieldequimper said...

Ah! You are a bit like me, happy when you finally spot one.

Is that a rat???

Fun60 said...

Quite an adventure for young and old to explore the unknown.

Reader Wil said...

It doesn't make any difference for you whether you own a car or not, you get there where you want to be! I admire you for that! Do you remember our walks to the monastery
of the Franciscan monks? I liked the forest there and the house of the sisters too.
The murial is great! Real art.

Gary Phillips said...

Great wall murals!! Boom & Gary.

VP said...

Here you would find that tunnel inhabited, and not only by rats...

Karl Demetz said...

Oh, that's a huge rat, must have been a great adventure.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Only a perfect grandmother will take the kids to places they have never been before!Great idea and you will go down in history as the " cool grandmother"…great mural by the way!

José Mendonça said...

Great painting! A bit sinister but very well done. Glad you posted it.

Kay said...

I know your grandchildren enjoyed (LOVED) seeing all the very interesting things their grandma found for them.