Daddy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow

It's hot, it's humid, it's the end of the school year. Schools are out for summer and the summer playschemes/school camps or as we know them here, kaytanot, are in full swing for the smaller kids. This can only mean one thing for a mother of three younglings; arguing, short tempers, over excitement followed by…

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Remember my Name

I have always had a bad memory for names and it's even worse now I live somewhere where the names are not familiar and have no point of reference for me.  Following a visit to Israel I telephoned the house that my Husband-To-Be was staying at and spoke to one of my now very good friends,…

Just add matches

It's that time of year again when the air smells of wood smoke, children are spotted pushing shopping trolleys of wood and the fire service are on high alert.  Yes, it's Lag Ba'Omer which is which is I suppose the Israeli equivalent to bonfire night, minus the fireworks.  You can read all about the historical…

My children stroke snails

Whilst in Switzerland in January I ate, a lot.  My friend's partner is a bit of a foodie.  He likes nothing better than cooking up a storm of an evening, especially when they have visitors. He picked me up from the airport and we went straight from one country to another by driving the 5…

AEIOU I sometimes cry

You have probably noticed that that slogan t shirts are back in style after a 30 year break.  Yes it was the 80's when we sported 'Choose Life', 'Just say NO' and 'Frankie says Relax' t-shirts and yes that was indeed 30 years ago.  Hmmm.  I had a particularly fetching pale pink cut off t-shirt…

Just another winter’s tale

The sun is shining the temperature is 28 degrees Celsius and whilst Europe and the States is frozen in the grips of a polar vortex or 3 feet under water, the sun in Israel is shining as ever.  No sign of winter here.  In fact it would be fair to say that Spring has sprung…

The Joys of Parenthood

One overheated room, one five-year-old at a swimming lesson, two three-year-olds trying to get into pool to join said swimming lesson.  Just another Monday afternoon chez nous.  Last week after overheating the twins for half an hour whilst trying to hold them back from the water (without someone calling social services) we all went outside…

A bitter sweet symphony, that’s life

Parents will do anything to protect their children but sometimes it's the little things that you can't protect them from and though they may be life lessons, they are so hard to learn. Yesterday was voting day for local government in Israel.  We chose a mayor and the members of the city council and so…

It’s life Kate, but not as you knew it

My friend is a teacher back home and her Remembrance Day assembly this year is how wars affect families.  She asked me to write about my family's experiences, she actually suggested I make a video to which I snorted and said no, although seeing as she is an English teacher I am a bit scared…

Ging gang gooley

When Israelis go away for the weekend they stay in zimmers (or they camp but that's a pretty dusty/sandy experience).   Zimmer comes from the German word and has been adopted by Israel, pronounced tsimmer in Israeli-speak and is a little self contained cottage usually set in a small garden in a rural community. Zimmers…