Sunday, 17 June 2018

The China Anniversary

May-June is birthday and anniversary time in the Handmade in Israel household. Mister Handmade in Israel's birthday is coming up soon, mine was in May, and our 20th wedding anniversary was a week or so ago. Of course I made a special card to mark the day.
The 20th anniversary is the china anniversary and the anniversary colour is emerald green and white. I made Mister Handmade in Israel this card with some "china" on it - a teapot covered in little hearts pouring tea into a cup - and added our names and 20 Years. Those teeny tiny hearts were very fiddly to cut out! I added a bright green paper inlay and cut the card out of white stock. The 20th wedding anniversary symbols were well and truly covered.
On my birthday Mister Handmade in Israel took me horse riding. It is something we have done once or twice before, though I am certainly no great expert. We went to Chava BaKfar in the nearby moshav of Kfar Rut, which is named after the ancient village of Kfar Ruta that appears on the Madaba Map in the area of the new settlement. Chava BaKfar was founded in 2006 and specializes in several types of horse riding including therapeutic riding, jumping and dressage, Western riding and nature treks. We took a nature trek and our guide led us through a local area, where he pointed out mosaics and the ruins of Khirbet Kfar Rut. We spotted birds of prey, many butterflies and saw several beautiful deer. It was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. 
My birthday present was tickets for the play סימני דרך (Road Signs) at the Jerusalem Theatre. It is a musical play about the life of Naomi Shemer, the composer of the Six-Day War anthem "Jerusalem of Gold". The play depicts Shemer at four junctions in her life, when she is forced to fight for her personal and professional future. It incorporates songs she wrote and composed, and portrays Shemer not as a national icon but rather as she really was: a complex artist, a revolutionary feminist, a woman who was not afraid to make herself heard, a private individual - who was funny, witty and warm - and the great woman of the songs.
Mister Handmade in Israel and I haven't seen so much Hebrew theatre in the years we have lived here but we both thoroughly enjoyed the play. I now see many more theatre visits on the horizon.
Naomi Shemer wrote the song "Jerusalem of Gold" for the Israeli Song Festival held on 15th May 1967, the night after Israel's nineteenth Independence Day. The song described the Jewish people's 2,000-year longing to return to Jerusalem. At that time, the Old City was still controlled by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and under its sovereign rule. Jews had been banned from the Old City and the rest of Jerusalem east of it, losing their homes and possessions and becoming refugees. All Jews were barred from either returning or entering the areas under Jordanian control, and many holy sites were desecrated and damaged during that period. Only three weeks after the song was published, the Six-Day War broke out, and the song became a morale-boosting battle cry of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Shemer herself sang it for the troops before the war and the festival, making them among the first in the world to hear it.
On 7th June, the IDF wrested East Jerusalem and the Old City from the Jordanians. When Shemer heard the paratroopers singing "Jerusalem of Gold" at the Western Wall she added a new verse to the song, about shofars sounding from the Temple Mount, a reference to an event that actually took place on that day.
For those of you not familiar with Naomi Shemer's beautiful song, here it is, sung by Shuli Natan, who, in 1967, was a young unknown singer. When Naomi Shemer heard her voice, Shemer knew that Natan was the one to sing her new song about Jerusalem.

18 comments:

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like you had a fantastic day and you were showered with love!

Anne Stone Sweet said...

Belated birthday and Anniversary wishes. It sounds like you have been having a lovely time celebrating. x
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful card - I don't know how you cut out such tiny hearts! Happy Anniversary and Belated Birthday. A play is always fun.

betty-NZ said...

Such stunning work, as usual. And happy belated birthday, my bloggy friend. It looks like you had a great day with those that love you!

VeggieMummy said...

Happy birthday and anniversary! Your horse riding trip sounds fantastic; what a wonderful way to spend the day. xx

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That's an amazing card. I can tell it was made with much love. Happy Anniversary! And, Happy Birthday to you and your Husband!

jeannettestgermain said...

What a fun- English sounding- birthday! Happy belated:) Amazing what you told about Naomi, her song, and the six day war. Have heard her song many times, but didn't know what it was about! Also, amazing are the shofars being sounded at that time - no wonder Israel won the war! Israel is truly the apple of Adonai's eye:) Many thanks for telling all these details for your All Seasons's post!

handmade by amalia said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Exciting times at your home, Lisa, so great that you enjoyed both the ride and the play. And that is one beautiful card to remember the occasion.
Amalia
xo

Tamar SB said...

Mazal tov!

Betty Crow said...

Congratulations on 20 years and happy birthday! The flowers are beautiful. No better way to celebrate than a horseback ride.

Sum of their Stories said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!
This card is lovely, teapot and hearts - two of my favourite things!

NC Sue said...

Beautiful, you do such nice work!
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nic@nipitinthebud said...

What a fabulous month of celebrations. I love your anniversary card and you've saved me some research as it's our 20th in September. #keepingitreal

Captured By Jade said...

A beautiful and thoughtful card - I love how you took the tradition of china and put it on the card. #keepingitreal

Debbie Roberts - Debs Random Writings said...

Hi Lisa, I never get over your card making skills. The tiny detail in the cup and teapot are quite something. The horse trekking sounds like fun and at least the horse wasn't too big... I've not been to the theatre for years (children's plays not included), I tend to avoid places with crowds of people. It does sound like your birthday present could be the start of many more theatre visits thoough!

Thank you for stopping by and linking up with #keepingitreal.

xx

Jibber JabberUK said...

Happy anniversary and birthday! It was our 20th wedding anniversary in April and I stamped my husband a card with a cup and teapot too with the phrase, 'You're just my cup of tea!'

Jayne SMABL said...

Happy belated birthday to you Lisa! And I hope you both had a lovely anniversary too. A lovely couple of months full of celebrations! Beautiful creations as always.

Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

Mi bitácora artesanal said...

Que trabajo tan bonito, me parece muy difícil de hacer, por ello mi admiración al él. Te sigo para no perderme tus lindas creaciones. Besos y feliz semana

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