Sunday, 20 September 2015

Verkehrshaus- Museum of Transport

While we were in Switzerland we visited the "Verkehrshaus" in Lucerne- the Swiss Museum of Transport.
I remember going to this museum as a child.I guess almost 30 years passed since I visited as a child- but the museum was interesting as ever.
I just love to see those old airplanes and trains and ships. U-boats, bikes, cars, space shuttles...
There was a lot to do and see and explore. The kids loved it too- but I would not mind to go there again without the kids and really have time to study everything. The kids did not have much patience to get too many explanation :-)

As you can see- I like old planes... just wish I could also enjoy flying... I really have a hard time flying.

A area to play "construction"- Yotam loved it of course :-)

You could easily spend a full day in this museum- we did not even visit one of the special exhibitions/ shows...

And if you are hungry- just cross the street and you are in a park on the lake shore. We ate our sandwiches there, watched ducks and dangled the feet in the water.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

stones and water

Stones and water- what more do you need to occupy the kids (and yourself) for hours? You can build dams, make stone bridges and sculptures...
This is from one of our hikes in Switzerland. We had a fun time at this little creek- wish I could do this more. It reminds me also of my childhood- I loved to do play at creeks...

Monday, 10 August 2015

how life changes in a second

Well... actually I already wanted to write a new post for some time now. We spent one month in Switzerland- a beautiful month with lots of fun and happy moments... 
But not even back for 3 weeks, I already have another ticket for Switzerland in my bag- but this time it's going to be a completely different story.

My little niece died. There was a very bad car accident. 
An outing for the kids of my sister and the kids of their friends that ended in a tragedy. Leaving two bereaved families. Two little girls that now will be badly missed. Thanks God, the bigger daughter of my sister survived without physical harm.
We are all terribly sad. I cried a lot but keep myself busy with work until I will fly. 
I will spend a few days with my sister, my niece (also my god-child) and my brother-in-law.

It will probably take a while before I will post again.

Monday, 13 April 2015

mechanical parts

Years back- when I worked as a teacher in a kindergarten, I used to collect old machines- like alarm-clocks and radios- bring them to the kindergarten and the kids could take them apart.
Today I brought some old, non-functional parts from work home. I work in a factory that develops and produces water meters and those small mechanical parts are always fascinating for the kids.
Yotam and Helen spent almost one hour taking apart, checking, sorting, trying to fit together again those gears, wheels, magnets etc.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


As I wrote in the last post, we went south last weekend.

In Kibbutz Zikim we were warmly welcomed by the families that we hosted last summer during the war. 
We toured their Kibbutz and I noticed mostly all those safe-room-cubicles that were added by the Government to each house/ apartment to give shelter from rockets. The other shelters near parking places, playgrounds etc. in case the alarm sounds and people have merely a few seconds to reach a shelter.
The kids daycares are fortified with concrete structures that cover the original buildings.

We visited an Arabic house that is one of the two left from the area before 1948 from people that had to flee. They renovate the house now with it's beautiful paintings and floors. (Unfortunately I was without camera)
From there you can see Gaza and the suburbs. The border to Gaza is less than 3km away. 

On the 8th of June last summer, terrorists from Gaza tried to infiltrate Zikim by swimming and getting on land on the beach near Zikim.
I know the stories of how the families experienced this day/ night and I can hardly imagine how terrified they must have felt.

On Saturday we went for a wonderful walk along a stream/ lake that stretches from the Shikma-reserve to the beach. At this time of the year the area is full of flowers.
The kids had a lot of fun playing at the beach and they were not very disturbed by the cold wind and water…

In the distance you can see the silouhette of Gaza

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bet Guvrin- world heritage site

In one of the bell caves
We had a very interesting and fun weekend.

We went south to visit the families from Kibbutz Zikim that stayed last summer with us during the war. But before we went to there we stopped in an UNESCO world heritage site called "Bet Guvrin".

It is an amazing place- very interesting even for the kids. They still talk enthusiastically about it.

We visited caves that were over 2000 years old. In the whole area are thousands of caves. Some were used as Colobiariums (for raising doves) some were cisterns, storage rooms or used for oil presses and were situated under houses of the ancient city of Maresha. We especially liked the "Maze cave"- an underground labyrinth of caves that were originally not connected to each other, but in later periods pass ways were added.

In one of the Columbariums- you can see the niches for the doves.

A part of an ancient oilpress

There's also a large old church (St. Anne's Church) built during the byzantine period- but we skipped this one because the kids needed a break from walking.

We visited the "Bell Caves" that were used as quarries. They are huge and impressive.

I would love to go back and also visit the remains of the roman amphitheater, the crusaders fortress and others.

in the bell caves

Monday, 9 March 2015


We had a busy week. Last Wednesday was Purim- the biblical story of Esther is being told and everyone is dressing up. The week was full of events and it was way too much. I would have preferred to have everything concentrated to one-two days. I don't see the point in spreading out a holiday that lasts one day to a full week.

Anyway- Neomi wanted to be a Minion. She helped to create her costume and I think it turned out very nice. We used a wire construction covered with foamed rubber. For the head Neomi made a "helmet" from papier-mâché that we connected to the wire construction and covered with foamed rubber too. Some old jeans were used for the overall.

She won the first prize in school from all the 2nd class kids for the most unique costume.

Helen was a princess. I sew a nice dress for her, a cape and a small bag. The crown was store bought. She loved it. (Even though the other girls had store bought dresses. They are hard to compete with even if I personally prefer the handmade)
Yotam was a builder- I made a tool-belt and he used a helmet we had at home. Anyway he's always "fixing" things and walking around with his tools…
I threw together some old stuff I found at home and dressed up as a clown.
My husband and I went to the party for grown-ups as bats- but I have no pictures to post.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

for my little nephew

The family is growing. My sister gave birth to a little boy last week. 
As it is custom in the part of Switzerland where they live, friends, family members and work mates "plant trees"- which is usually a long pole, sometimes with a little decorated tree on top, and a sign with the name and birth date of the small baby. It is expected that the child parents will invite the "tree planters" later on for a feast to honor the new baby. Sometimes you can see gardens full of those trees- very colourful.
It is a nice custom and I missed it with my 3 nieces. This time I thought we should make at least a sign and send it- see above.

I made a small mobile for the baby. A wooden sailing ship and connected to it fishes and jelly fishes from fabric, felt and ribbons. I loved doing it and I think it turned out pretty nice.

The idea for the jellyfishes I got from here. They are just great!

Monday, 23 February 2015

this and that

In Neomi's after-school care they started to sew little puppets and animals from old socks. Helen wanted also to sew something. With my help she made this red, adorable cat. Now she carries it with her to wherever she's going :-)

If the kids are bored they sometimes readily help to prepare dinner. Even Yotam, at 2.5 years, cut last week all the vegetables for the salad.

If it's not freezing and rainy outside, Yotam is at his best when he can work with his (or mostly his father's) tools outside- hammering, screwing, sawing, drilling- some of it for real, some just acting. Maybe he will take up his grandfather's profession and will become a carpenter one day ;-)

But lately there was a lot of rain and cold weather and we were mostly stuck inside the house. Playing cards (Ligretto, Elfer raus, Uno/ Taki), drawing, playing other things. Yotam loves this one game we have with magnets. He can keep himself busy for a long time with it. Last week I added a baking tray- hurray- even more possibilities. 

And... my little sister gave birth to her second child. A boy. I am happy and sad at the same time. Sad because once more I can't hold one of my sisters babies in my arms and watch her/ him grow... I will see him in summer... 4 months to go. I will show you pictures of what I made for him as soon as the parcel will rech my sister. Don't want to spoil the surprise in case she's reading this...

Thursday, 19 February 2015

paper airplanes

Neomi knows how to fold a paper airplane. 
Helen does not. 
So Helen requested that I will fold one for her and after some more research on the internet we tried out all kinds of paper airplanes and "flying objects". We had small competitions and lots of fun.
Above the winner-airplane that flew the best.

The flying ring- very easy to do and flying nicely too.

The "helicopter".