Goody Two Shoes Has Been Busy
What a busy month! What a busy life! What a busy Goody!
I landed in Israel after two intense weeks in the UK. My coat pockets stuffed with Cadbury's chocolate mini eggs (despite them not being fair trade) and blocks of cheese...gifts for Easter.
My youngest son returned with me after 6 months overseas, he staggered under the weight of his large metal framed back pack (also stuffed with mini eggs and cheese).
The journey had gone smoothly, on arrival there were a few fights in the non queue at passport control and the usual pushing and shoving collecting suitcases, a car blocked our exit at the carpark but for here it wasn't bad at all, I could ignore it all...I was still in the glow of the 'overseas trip' and for many of my friends that is a privilege.
I was very keen to visit the newly opened Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem sponsored by Banksy (famous British artist). The Hotel, Museum and Art gallery display the clever and sarcastic humour I love and miss so much.
After a tour of the art gallery and museum my husband and I sat down to eat a Walled Off salad. This is when I became quite emotional as the table decorations, crockery and style reminded me of my Grandparents house where I used to visit for tea (light meal with cakes around 5pm), in fact some of the plates and candelabras were the same. Granny Nellie and Granny Olive had left their mark.
I am not sure if this was the response expected by Banksy and his team. All I can say is I recommend everybody to visit there.
A few days later I found myself walking past the Hotel whilst competing in the Bethlehem Marathon (walked the 10km so using the word Marathon is stretching it a bit!) After the 10km WALK I had the usual huge breakfast at a local eatery... hardly fitting the image conjured up of healthy sporty types running for freedom...more like a group of old folk gone for a walk followed by a hearty breakfast.
Within the week there was a benefit concert for Syrian refugees. I threw myself into selling tickets to absolutely anybody that would buy one. Handels Messiah in Hebrew at the YMCA (west) in Jerusalem. All sorts and types of people came Israelis, Palestinians, ex pats and assorted others, all united in helping somebody else less fortunate than themselves.
In the midst of this I am packing my entire house into 3 rooms. Renovations are afoot, we have to temporarily vacate our home. The living room is full of different bags....for staying here, for going there, giving away, lending, throwing out, returning, undecided and miscellaneous.
Truth: Better to be busy than bored.