Youth Don’t Leave Me

I may well have slipped onto the slide of middle-age and am currently flying past every marker on route. This week's marker was, at first glance, something only the young do: waiting for concert tickets to go on sale to ensure purchase. Then I realised I was over 40 and my chosen concert was to…

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WTF?

Ten years on and there are many things in Israel, quirks shall we say, that I didn't think I would ever get used to. In fact on arrival many of them struck me at the least strange and at the worst absurd.  Here are my favourites; 1. Cottage.  No not a small quaint house in…

Confessions

December 14th, 2013 "Would you like the same present for your birthday that I got you last year?", "what was it? pyjamas? yes I like new pyjamas", "no, sellotape*" (*that's scotch tape to my American friends) And with that it all came rushing back, the trauma and turmoil of this time last year when I…

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…

Looks like we made it

Note to self: do not get on a budget airline with a 5 year old and two almost 3 year olds again unless you are a) desperate b) guaranteed two rows of seats c) drunk/on prozac and with a ready supply of top ups for a 6 hour flight.  Actually make that 8 hours if…

A little mouse with clogs on

You'd be forgiven for thinking my home is infested with vermin as there are days when I believe it to be true. If it's not the cockroach colony raving in my back garden at night, it's the ants that appear from nowhere and form lines across my work surfaces if I don't disinfect them every 3…

How much is that doggie in the window?

It's a sad day in our house today as we are recovering from the news that our dear doggie has died.  I chose Jesse from a shelter when he was around 6 months old and I was around 6 months in Israel.  We were both struggling.  He was flea infested and his ginger hair was…

Dedication, that’s what you need

Bureaucracy stinks.  There is not a country in the world that does not have its own set of bureaucratic problems.  However, I don't live in another country in the world, I live in Israel. Here is a quick guide on how to answer questions, fill in forms and deal with bureaucracy, Israel-style. 1.  A straightforward…

Do you want to come to a party?

It’s been a weekend of parties.  Unfortunately not parties of the adult variety but 5-year-old birthday parties.  A strange phenomenon of my eldest’s nursery is that all the kids seem to have birthdays from May to July.  Must be something in the water in the autumn here.  Anyway every week I duly head off to…