Rain, rain

At first it was hard to decide what to write about his week,

since threats seem to be coming from all directions.

The death toll is rising in Syria as violent protests continue.

In Cairo there are more casualties and democratic elections seem elusive.

New demonstrations are taking place in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Reports are coming in of CIA undercover agents being arrested in Iran and Lebanon.

And locally, the doctors’ struggle  continues

 and the light rail drivers still have not agreed on their wages.

In the meantime, a long list of political and celebrity visitors were in Jerusalem.

But the focus of the real streets has not been celebrity sightings,

political strife or the lack of Supreme Court Justices,

it has been rain, and lots of it.

 A break in the weather with the sun peeking through was a rare sight this week.

The rain is great for the lime tree at the end of its season,

but does not make for good photography.

The Knesset looks grey in the rain,

while the walls and smoke from the Israel Museum blend into the horizon.

Water filling the streets make it difficult to drive

and traffic often slows down.

Figuring out when and how hard it will rain, how to stay dry,

and how to avoid the puddles

 has been a challenge.

But not for everyone….there are those little people who love each new splash.

Prayers for rain have been answered.

After last year’s dry and mild winter, this has been a wet week,

 and it is getting colder, making it difficult to stay dry and warm.

While there is plenty of complaining about getting wet,

 no one is singing “rain, rain go away” yet.

It was cold enough for a winter jacket, hat and scarf today,

see Tourist of the Week…gotta love the Canadians!

9 thoughts on “Rain, rain

  • November 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I just love these photos, you seem to be everywhere just when the photoshot is perfect. I can see why your boots are not dry yet. Kol Hakovod to you for presenting such wonderful photos of the Real Jerusalem. Phyllis K.

    • November 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. Tried putting my boots on and my feet are still cold, so think it is time for some sun now and to warm up

  • November 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    You wrote: The rain is great for the lime tree at the end of its season,but does not make for good photography.
    Look closely at the photograph again. I see five perfect limes on branches dripping with sparkling rain drops. Food, water and shade – what more can man want from our Garden of Eden.
    How come man (and especially now) our neighbours cannot or will not, just stop their hate and killing, bless the rain, the breath they wake up to each morning and the love of life. Democracy ha!

  • November 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    nice pics! love the rain, and umbrellas! keep it up!

  • November 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you.
    Your photos are a highlight of my week and lets me imagine that I am in the holycity.

  • November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    The shot of the sky is absolutely stunning. Kol Hakavod.


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