Friday, August 14, 2015

A Walk in Kibbutz Regavim



10 things I've learned during my walk in Kibbutz Regavim:

1. If you go for a walk at noon on the most scorching day of the year
don't be surprised if you don't meet anyone on the way

2. Alternately, they may all have been abducted by aliens, joined a cult,
or run away with the circus. Heat does funny things to you.

3. These people have a sound grasp of outdoor living.
That shaded mattress under the red canopy looked very inviting.

4. The outdoor bath with the hose was a step too far, though.

5. This must be the most child-friendly place ever.
That dress-up corner was pure magic!

6. My little niece Dana was a perfect walking companion.
She did lose her head when she saw the tree house and insisted on climbing it,
three times, but, really, who wouldn't.

7. For low maintenance plants go for indigenous species.
Oleander, palm trees, olive trees, bougainvilleas,
beautiful bold colors.

8. But don't ever try to pick a wild prickly pear.
Just don't do it!

9. Personally, I would not leave a piano outside
but Dana enjoyed playing on it and there was so much to keep her interested.

10. There may one day be an end to this endless summer!
We saw beautiful pomegranates on the trees,
a sure sign of autumn.



103 comments:

  1. Lovely fabrics seem to soften the sun-baked environment there. My little granddaughter would have headed for the wings of gauze and flown around the kibbutz.

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    1. I can see her up there, among the clouds with her pretty wings :-)

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  2. You took us on a wonderful stroll, loved the old piano I wonder if it still played? The treehouse and dress up corner is any child,s dream wonderful.

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    1. Yes, the piano played! Dana enjoyed banging on it. She is taking lessons next year and believes that she can already play a little.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful stroll .... It seems so quiet there .... have a lovely weekend !

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  4. This was so interesting to see Amalia! The bed and the bathtub really surprised me. Pianos in the outdoors is becoming a 'thing' here in cities and public gardens - often painted with beautiful bright scenes. Hard to believe in our climate but I think they are stored for the winter. ;) Thank you for visiting me. Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. Looks like you enjoyed the walk in Kibbutz Regavim. The pomegranate tree looks very healthy!

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    1. Yes, some lucky person will have a lot of fruit next month :-)

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  6. I enjoyed the walk very much and I am so glad that you and Dana were along, too.

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  7. I love outdoor living, and I think you found an oasis someone has made! Love the bougainvillea and the fruit tree.
    Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing them. :)

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  8. I love the dress up corner..actually there is magic in all your photos.

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  9. It was all very magical and looks like a great place to be a kid!!

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  10. Wow what a fun place to visit! Have a nice weekend!

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  11. Hi Amelia, lovely photographs! It looks like you and your niece must have had a lovely time at Kibbutz Regavim. Barbara xx

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  12. Hi Amalia,
    I can actually feel the heat coming from each picture...Hee, hee, hee. But although it was a hot day it seems like you and your niece had a great time. Those prickly pears are actually very tasty, just make sure you are very, very careful when cutting them and peeling them :-) Thank you for stopping by. Hope you come and visit again. Happy Weekend.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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    1. I love prickly pears but you can be sure that if there is a thorn within miles it would find its way to me :-)

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  13. How many details making me feel serene and peaceful you've caught with your photographs Amelia, thank you so much for sharing them in your beautiful and interesting post !

    Have a most beautiful end of the week, dear one
    sending much love
    Dany

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  14. Thank you, this was a fun walk. I love all the outdoor surprises.
    I always love your 10 fun facts. :-))
    Carla

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    1. We had fun, the two of us, but now that the photos are up other people have hinted that they wouldn't mind being asked along as well :-)

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  15. From the opening photo of that glorious, rusted trailer filled with floralicious delight, to the delicious looking fruit hanging from the tree....a vision splendid!! What I would give to ly languidly in that refreshing looking outdoor bath!

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  16. What beautiful pictures Amalia!! Really enjoyed all the pictures and what sweet girl:)

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  17. Oh what lovely pictures and post Amalia.

    Hugs Diane

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  18. Our spring is definitely coming... so you autumn will be with you soon, sure as eggs is eggs, or wild prickly pears are prickly!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Wren x

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    1. I'll take your word for it, it's still scorching :-) Looking forward to September

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  19. The rusty cart full of flowers, I loved. I also enjoyed seeing all of the "outdoor living" going on there. A relaxed atmosphere. I'm curious what the trellis looking thing was next to the doorway? I liked how the ivy was crawling up the wall there.

    We have prickly pear cactus too, but not as big as yours. Have you ever had prickly pear jelly? Some prairie women make it, but I don't. Way too much work for me.

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    1. I think they will probably put something up on the trellis in the fall. The whole place was low maintenance and as little watering as possible.

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  20. What lovely colors you found along your walk. An outdoor bath would really be something!

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  21. What an amazing looking kibbutz...the outdoor bath was quite funny... and the prickly pear reminded me of the time I visited Israel as a young girl and you could buy and eat them from little vendors on the street

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    1. They still sell them in some markets, mostly its figs now, equally delicious.

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  22. 10 good things to see and learn on a walk! xx

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  23. Hello Amalia !! That's so a gorgeous place to walk and relax !!!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures !!
    Happy weekend !

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  24. Hello Amalia !! That's so a gorgeous place to walk and relax !!!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures !!
    Happy weekend !

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  25. What an interesting place to be! And I agree; that dress up corner is FUN LOOKING! Anita

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  26. Thank you for taking me to such an interesting place, Amalia. I agree about the outdoor tub! I'm sure it was lovely being with your niece on such an adventure. ♥

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  27. Great photo's - thanks for sharing.

    For some reason I just love that piano, and I too would have sat down and played it,very simply and not well but enjoyed it!

    Hope you are fully over your nasty cold /flu.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I'm as good as new, Jan, thanks.
      I also liked the piano, it was such a nice invitation to linger for a moment and play.

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  28. Those prickly pears reminded me some sweet memories of my time in Southern France...

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  29. The light is so clear and bright Amalia! What an interesting adventure you had here. I'm with your niece - that tree house is just too tempting. Hope whoever had a close encounter with the prickly pear is feeling fine now.

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  30. Great photos Amalia, I'm sure about the bath either though! :)
    I do love bougainvillea.

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  31. Yes, I'm a great fan of outdoor living, if only we had the weather in the UK - great selection of photos!
    Caz xx

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    1. The grass really is greener, Caz, we envy your coolness and rain :-)

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  32. What a fun place to explore. I'd be in that tree with your niece!!

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  33. Thanks for sharing the lovely sights and views from your walk! I would have been tempted to peek inside that treehouse, too :)

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  34. Gorgeous photos as always, Amalia. That piano is beautiful and I wouldn't have it outside either, but I'm glad your sweet niece enjoyed it :)

    xo,
    rue

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  35. ❤ه° ·.
    Bonitas fotos, o que mais gostei foi da vegetação que torna o ambiente muito agradável.

    Bom domingo!
    °ه✿♫ Boa semana!
    °ه✿ Beijinhos.
    ºه✿✿ ♫° ·.

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  36. The kibbutz lifestyle looks like a lot of fun - for a bit! Roughing it in the great (hot!) outdoors, is for those who have a lot of energy, (like the kiddies!).

    Lovely pics; love the pomegranates. They remind me of my own in Crete.

    xo
    Poppy

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  37. Another beautiful photo roundup that really speaks to your adventure. So cool - what a neat place! Have a great week

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  38. It looks like an amazing place to visit - I agree about the outdoor bath though! Your niece looks like she had a great time. I'm not sure a piano would survive for very long outside in the UK! xx

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  39. It looks like an amazing place to visit - I agree about the outdoor bath though! Your niece looks like she had a great time. I'm not sure a piano would survive for very long outside in the UK! xx

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  40. magic photos <333333
    are amazing . . . really love it <3

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  41. Lovely photos that make me want to go on a adventure! Thanks for the virtual relaxation trip! :)

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  42. Fabulous photos! You could actually tell that it was incredibly hot out. I love the outdoor cushion chaise under the canopy. Perfect place for an afternoon nap.

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    1. Yes, an afternoon nap on a very hot day is a special kind of pleasure :-)

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  43. Every one of your photos tells a beautiful story!

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  44. An enchanting place! So child friendly and inviting. Thanks for taking us along, Amalia!

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  45. Lovely tour that you shared. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Wow, what a wonderful adventure! Your pictures and descriptions are always so worth the read!!

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  47. Beautiful and interesting photos! I think I prefer to do my bathing inside though :)

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  48. I am absolutely certain I could nap under that red canopy, Amalia. Oh, that looks soooo inviting. I adore outdoor rooms. With a privacy screen I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy bathing in that tub. When I was a young girl our neighbors had an outdoor shower and in the summer it was wonderful. It had high walls around it, but no roof. I still have fond memories of that place. Also, I've been thinking a lot lately about my grandfather's grape arbor in the back yard, and how it shaded a little dining set. So enchanting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. We used to have grapes as well when I was growing up and they would give out the best shade. There is an old-fashioned vibe to this place that brings back memories.

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  49. Your photography is wonderful - I felt as if I was there feeling the heat of the day.

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  50. Beautiful photos!

    My absolute fave is the colorful hopscotch game. I loved to play hopscotch!

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  51. The Kibbutz lifestyle is ingenious in their outdoor living. I really enjoyed this post, Amalia, especially the 10 things you learned.
    Mary Alice

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  52. I was wondering about that tub! But the mattress was inviting. Really fun to stroll through the kibbutz with you!

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  53. Thank you for an interesting stroll through the kibutz. I paid my special attention to bougenville. Once I tried to grow this plant on my balcony. Despite our rather cool climate my small bougenville bloomed nicely (you can see: http://ewa777.blox.pl/2007/08/BOUGANVILLE.html )
    Little pianist, Dana, is a very nice girl:)

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    1. That is brave of you! The kind of bougainvillea we have here has thorns and would scratch you without mercy :-)

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  54. Thanks for sharing your walk, Amalia, and the precious baby gift you shared in the last post. I enjoyed viewing both, and am smiling at you as I type : ) I love the outdoor living ideas you photographed and seeing Dana exploring them. While driving up and down California last week I especially appreciated seeing the pretty oleanders in bloom in the median strips on some of the freeways...a pretty and practical choice to grow in a climate that must be similar to where you are. Thanks for posting! xx

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    1. You really can get beautiful results with precious little water, and oleanders are as sturdy as they come

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  55. Love all the photos but Dana...wow..she's just adorable!

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  56. Love all the photos but Dana...wow..she's just adorable!

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  57. Hello Amelia, such a refreshing post to read and such beautiful photos.
    The place looks really amazing!! Your niece looks like she enjoyed herself - like you did!

    Never cease to look at the world with wonder!!

    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  58. Amalia,
    how wonderful. It must been ages ago I've been to Israel, but I still remember this wonderful country! Thank you for taking me to this interesting place.
    Happy days
    Elisabeth

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  59. Amalia,
    how wonderful. It must been ages ago I've been to Israel, but I still remember this wonderful country! Thank you for taking me to this interesting place.
    Happy days
    Elisabeth

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  60. Very nice pictures, I didn't know about that place. I once tried to pick a wild prickly pear. xoxo

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  61. Wow, what a great adventure! Sounds like it's pretty hot there! Your daughter is so cute.
    Enjoy the rest of your summer:)

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  62. Number 1 and 8 makes me laugh! :) I stupidly touched a prickly pear. Yeah. It has been so hot where I am as well! Lovely photos! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I think it is cooling of a big - it is going to be an excellent weekend.

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  63. Hello, what a lovely series of images. Looks like a nice walk with your niece! She looks happy climbing up the treehouse. I love the bougainvillea and the cactus. Have a great weekend!

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  64. Fabulous post, Amalia! Definitely go with the indigenous plants especially since they are so gorgeous! I've had a bad experience with a prickly pear so I won't be doing THAT again! And the out-door tub? No thanks. BUT the tree house and dress-up clothes? Yes, please!

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    1. Looking over the comments I think that everyone agrees about the prickly pears. It is the out-door bath that divides the crowd :-)

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  65. Like your niece, I would have to look up into the tree house. Your walk was filled with many interesting things and i enjoyed all. The cart full of flowers just gorgeous.
    Enjoy your weekend............

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    1. Thank you. Is there anything better than looking at the world through the eyes of a child?

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  66. Looks like your niece was having a good time despite the heat.

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  67. so much to see and explore, i'd have been investigating it, too. :)

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  68. What an amazing walk with you! Love the pics and I just have to add that your pillows you've created in a previous post are gorgeous! Cheers.

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  69. What an incredible place to explore and walk. Such interest and fun. Your pics are interesting. Love the piano. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment. I am still trying to catch up after being away from the computer for a bit. Hugs, cm

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  70. Beautiful photographs, I love exploring...I love that old piano and the huge rustic container of flowers; the cutie-pies in the pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful excursion!

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  71. That looks such an interesting place to wander! You have been so busy lately with your visits to London, Cannes and Scotland. It was good to see the best of all of these locations. Sarah x

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  72. Wow it's really pretty. A piano outside? Well you might see that in Texas...parked right next to an old car. :)

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  73. Beautiful photo's! I especially love the wagon of flowers... I would love to do something like that some day.
    I agree with you on the bath!

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  74. Awesome tree house!! Neat wagon full of red flowers!!

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  75. Some beautiful little spaces, outdoor living sounds very civilised there, even the bath I think!

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  76. Some beautiful little spaces, outdoor living sounds very civilised there, even the bath I think!

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  77. Um passeio interessante, com locais inusitados...
    As romãs estão lindas e as peras, ainda não tinha visto rs.
    Abraços e lindo dia.

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