Here we are again in Israel! We came from cold Norway yesterday afternoon to summer and sunshine in Israel, though they say it is still winter, but for us it is a wonderful good temperature. We love being here and are longing for meeting friends again. Our goal this time is to volunteer two weeks at Eden Jerusalem hotel to help Line and her staff.
Some winter-photos of our grandchildren:
|-with ice on the water|
|and some days with snow|
|just enough snow to make a snow-cottage|
We went up early this morning to do some work before we took a bus to Betlehem to visit friends through many years.
|We go to Betlehem as often as we can to visit the lovely people in the Rock-company|
|the wall is just outside the shop|
I want to tell you when we first met, I think it might have been in 2009? We wanted to buy a nativity scene in Jerusalem, but the woman in the shop asked us; "Why don't you go to Bethlehem to buy a nativity scene? They make those scenes in Bethlehem."
So we decided to take a bus to get there – but we did not know it was the last bus to Betlehem this day, and there were no busses back. We went through the check-point, a frightening experience the first time. When we got inside, it became darker and darker and it looked like a ghost-city for me. I asked Alv: “What did we promise our children? – Not to do any dangerous? “But suddenly, in some few
|from our first entrence...|
meters we looked into a shop, and it was still open. You can imagine me running into it in a hurry. At once we came in I relaxed and said to Alv; “I am sure the people here are Christians, I can feel it!” And I was right! So here begins our good friendship. It is a big family-company, and we feel we have become a part of that family through the years.
|Tony, the owner drove us to|
the nativity-church (from our first trip)
|You find lots of marvelous olive wood crafts in the shop, and also beautiful jewelries|
|at the market we found smoked mackerels - might be from Norway? But we have never seen crabs like that|
We went into a road behind the nativity church. We could study the craftsman's work with olive wood. Amazing!
I have been looking for "The milk grotto" in many years - and suddenly it was there...:
Back to the market at the old city again - you can find all you need:
The house is at the highest point in Bethlehem and with the most spectacular view I have ever seen!!
|Martin and his parents. The mother is working at "The Rock Company", but his father we met for the first time.|
Martin’s father likes to collect different things and arrange it artfully around
|What a view from the apartment!!!|
|the check point|
|not far from Herodion|
|a proud grandmother with little Tony, coming to sleep-over. Tony at the shop is his grandfather as well|
|today's catch!! :)|