Sunday, April 10, 2011

It is time to catch up...

Yes we are alive and well... I know, I know... I did promise to be more faithful about keeping up to date with posts... sorry but not too sorry because we have been incredibly busy!  Lots of people visiting the Garden and we have been run ragged... We are tired but a very good kind of tired!

We have been blessed with a significant increase in visitors to the Garden, including some old friends as well!  
Larry & I graduated from High School together 50 years ago!

Jonathan Falwell's Father, Jerry, was our Pastor 1977-1982
Dr. Erwin Lutzer and his wife
Sarah Palin
Sarah and her husband Todd
Dr. Woodrow Michael Kroll
Dr. Kroll's daughter, Tracy
Dr. Kroll's son, Tim
Dr. Kroll's daughter, Tina

And... for my "Bloomin' Friends!"
The Garden is getting dressed up for Easter!

 Jerusalem is always a fun place during holiday celebrations...
video

In the midst of a very busy season, we did have the opportunity to get away to Eilat for a few days to rest.  On the way down through the Negev, we stopped off at David Ben-Gurion's tomb.  Incredible views!!!


 Jews, when visiting the tomb of a loved one, instead
leaving flowers leave a "Stone of Remembrance."
A great idea, if you forgot to bring flowers, there 
are always stones around!
 Awesome view!
 Now, the view is perfect!
 There were a number of Ibex in the memorial park.
We drove on down to Eilat for a restful couple of days.  Our hotel was on the water with a balcony overlooking a lagoon that emptied into the Red Sea... We were two blocks from the sea and about a mile from the Oceanarium.  Fun visit and very restful... much needed!
 View from our hotel balcony looking East
 Looking North
 Sun rising over the mountains in Jordan
 Koi Pond at the Oceanarium
 Oceanarium



 New Pet for Carly!
 We found Nemo!
 A pet for Ben!
 A pet for Al?
 We found this guy swimming near the beach...
 We stopped off in Timnah Park on our way back to Jerusalem
 Incredible!

 Solomon mined Copper from here.
 Copper Ingots ready to be transported.
 There is a full size model of the Tabernacle in Timnah Park
 Fascinating


 The Holy of Holies is behind the stripped curtain.
 Altar
 Table of Shew Bread
 Altar of Incense
 High Priest
 Menorah
 Ark of the Covenant
Inside the Ark: Arron's Rod, Ten Commandments and Mannah