Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Best of 2017 - Part II

Happy New Year! When I started writing this blog back in 2008 I initially kept it as a blog purely about my papercut art. However, I soon found out that people were interested in reading a little more about me and my life here in Israel, as well as viewing my latest creations. Whilst I still don't write every single detail about myself here, I have opened up to you about my Jewish faith and many of the holidays we celebrate, and I have written about some of the beautiful places I have been fortunate to visit in Israel.
I will soon be marking 23 years in Israel. That's almost half my life! Over the years I have enjoyed exploring the country and finding off the beaten track places to visit, particularly when the kids were younger. Just from compiling this collection, I can see that 2017 saw me visit less outdoor locations but more art exhibitions. My boys are now well in to their teens and are busy with their own lives. Whilst we would once spend the school holidays searching out new places, they now do their own thing, leaving me with more time to do mine. A win-win situation!
This year I travelled abroad several times (lucky me!) so I have not been to the Golan or down to Eilat. However, I have seen beautiful narcissi growing wild in a field north of Tel Aviv, I have travelled further south to see the anemone bloom, and I have walked along the pretty riverbank at Nahal HaShofet, the Judge's Stream. In addition, I have enjoyed several wonderful exhibitions, my favourites by far being the brilliant "From Within" presenting the incredible life-size statues of Nirit Levav Packer, and the inspiring  "60 Years of Design" showcasing the work of the award-winning Israeli designer Dan Reisinger. I would say it was a good year!
I have blogged about all of these places and more, but thought it would be fun to pick my top 10 of 2017. So, in no particular order, please click on the names above and enjoy exploring Israel with me!

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Tamar SB said...

So many highlights!

Villrose said...

Nice collage!
I have visited Israel (Haifa ++) some years ago.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Happy New Year wishing you a fantastic 2018!

handmade by amalia said...

Nice to see your year in review, Lisa. I hope that you are keeping warm, it is bitterly cold here today, but I hope this abundance of rain will bring us more flowers. We are behind schedule :-) Happy 2018, my friend.

Jann Olson said...

You have been fortunate to get to see so many wonderful things! Thanks for sharing Israel with us at SYC.

Jibber JabberUK said...

I've really enjoyed your adventures around Israel and beyond in 2017. Here's to 2018!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Happy New Year! Glad to know you seize the opportunity to experience the things you love (outdoors or art). I have lived many years in California and keep discovering new places and spaces. Wish you the best for 2018! #TPThursday

restlessjo said...

It does sound like a good year and if I had more time I'd come a-rambling with you. It is interesting to learn a little more about a place that tends to be surrounded by mystery and quite possibly false impressions, Lisa.

bettyl-NZ said...

Thanks for showing us your part of the world. I doubt I will ever get there to see it myself, so I really do appreciate your photos and all the information that you give.

Quinn said...

Your artwork always impresses, but your travel posts are so well-written, reading one and perusing the images is almost like visiting a place with you. Thank you for sharing so many lovely photographs and posts in 2017! Here's to a wonderful 2018 for you and yours :)

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