Meteorological Music

February 4, 2009 at 08:13 1 comment

“In the land of my love, the almond tree is blooming”

These days, trees with white flowers indeed dot the slopes of the Judean hills and the valleys surrounding Jerusalem. So, a few days before Tu Bi-Shvat, one’s reminded that the worst is supposed to be behind us and that spring is approaching.

The worst? Admittedly, I’m no big fan of the winter — not even in its Israeli watered-down version — but not even I would say that it’s been particularly bad this year. In fact, we haven’t received even a fraction of the rain that we would have needed. It’s going to be a long and very dry summer.

In that perspective, Lea Goldberg’s song isn’t the only one that springs to mind. It would be just as suitable to quote Caesar’s Palace:

“It was over ‘fore it started”


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  • 1. Kate  |  February 10, 2009 at 12:22

    I love watching the Shkediyot (almond trees) blooming… there are several of them on the way home, but they do remind me that winter is more then half way through and not at all what we had hoped for…


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