Welcome to Sderot, a western Negev city and former development town in the Southern District of Israel. In 2016 it had a population of 24,016. The city centre of Sderot is about 2 kilometres from the Gaza border. Residents of Sderot live under a 15 second warning of the threat of incoming Katyusha rockets which have landed by the hundreds over the last several weeks.
ALON DAVIDI, MAYOR OF SDEROT
A somewhat bemused and quizzical Alon Davidi, mayor of Sderot, wondered what our group was doing in what he described as a war zone but was nevertheless grateful for the support.
APARTMENT ROCKET SHELTER
Each house or apartment in Sderot is required by law to have a hardened shelter.
BURNT CROP LANDS
Incendiary balloons and kites have been launched from Gaza to set thousands of acres of Israeli crops alight.
SDEROT BUS SECURITY SHELTER
BUS SECURITY SHELTER
IRON DOME ANTI-ROCKET MISSILE BATTERY
Iron Dome is an Israeli mobile all-weather air defence system. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometres to 70 kilometres away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area
IRON DOME ANTI-ROCKET MISSILE POD
Business end of the Iron Dome system.
HARDENED INDOOR PLAYGROUND
The playground was funded by the Jewish National Fund.
The climbing wall inside the JNF playground is of limited height so that a child at the top can make it down and into a shelter in less than 15 seconds.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s largest Holocaust memorial is set on the slopes of the Mount of Remembrance on the edge of Jerusalem
Photography with the museum is forbidden so I concentrated on the open air exhibits. What caught my attention the most was the iconic “Cattle Car” railway wagon perched precipitously at the very end of the line. A symbolic and emotional moment.
END OF THE LINE
The entire world class museum was made possible through the generous support of Canadians Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman. A must see if you’re visiting Jerusalem.
GUNS N MOSES …….. or my trip to Israel!!
More photos to follow in the days to come.
Many thanks to all the visitors that I received in my garden on the weekend as part of the Glebe Art in our Gardens Tour. Happy to report that a couple of my panel images have found delightful new owners. Many thanks to Martha Bowers and all the other tour organizers.
I will be participating in this year’s Glebe Art Tour, July 7 & 8, 10 am – 4 pm.
I am flattered that one of the promotional brochures features my “Fireworks over Parliameant Hill” as an inset (see above).
I’m also pleased to be “numero uno” on the tour map.
Mark the date down in your calendars. I’ll be displaying artwork on metals, canvas and paper as well as a number of photobooks of regional interest. All great gift ideas. Looking forward to seeing you in my garden.
More information on the tour in general is available here.
I recently attended the presentation of an award to Lindsay Shepherd by the Peace, Order and Good Government (POGG) Society of Ottawa. Lindsay was subjected to a star chamber trial by the diversity and inclusion thugs at Wilfrid Laurier University for the sin of rebroadcasting a TVO Agenda program featuring Dr. Jordan Peterson, the world’s best selling author. Unfortunately for them, Lindsay secretly taped the entire shameful process and exposed her tormentor’s to world oppobrium. You go girl!!
Sorry to hear the passing of Dr. Bernard Lewis just a few weeks shy of his 102 birthday. Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis’ expertise was in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. Here’s a picture I took of him several years ago during a cruise we shared off the west coast of Mexico. Great dinner companion!
His life is perhaps best summed up in the following quote:
Bernard Lewis, the West’s preeminent scholar of Islam, worked for British intelligence through the grimmest hours of the Second World War. ‘In 1940, we knew who we were, we knew who the enemy was, we knew the dangers and the issues,’ he told The Wall Street Journal. ‘In our island, we knew we would prevail, that the Americans would be drawn into the fight. It is different today. We don’t know who we are, we don’t know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy.’
Bernard Lewis. Ave Atque Vale!
Friends of the Roselawn is a charity organization involved with the repair and restoration of a heritage property, the Roselawn, in Port Colborne, Ontario. The Roselawn is the venue for summer stock theatre and other cultural activities in the local area throughout the year.
I donated a copy of the image seen below to this year’s Art Auction in support of the Roselawn. The piece was snapped up by Sister Jacquie O’Keefe and now has pride of place in Jericho House, an inter-denominational retreat which was the venue for the Auction during the ongoing restorations at the Roselawn.
Congrats to Jericho House and their contribution to the success of this year’s event.
CANAL DAYS, WEST STREET, PORT COLBORNE
COMFORT MAPLE, PELHAM, ONTARIO
The Comfort Maple is Canada’s oldest and finest example of a climax forest Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum). The tree has been estimated by the Ontario Forestry Association to be between four and five hundred years old. The above image showing the tree in full fall glory will be used by the Davey corporation in their 2019 promotional calendar. Davey has been Canada’s professional tree service since 1930.
The Comfort family donated the tree to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in 1961. Back in the 19th century, members of my family were patients of Dr. Comfort’s practice in the local area. The tree is but a stone’s throw from their final resting place in the North Pelham cemetery.
“LONG LIVE THE COMFORT MAPLE”
My new photobook, ALASKAN ADVENTURE, is available for preview here.
Hard to believe that a film could beat DUNKIRK but along comes Darkest Hour to prove me wrong.
Darkest Hour is the story of Churchill’s rise to power amidst the crisis of the European collapse in the face of the Nazi blitzkrieg. Its the political backdrop to the Dunkirk fiasco and the split within Britain’s wartime cabinet between capitulation and defiance. A hinge moment of history.
Parliament Square, London
If there’s any merit to the Academy Awards, Gary Oldham should have the Oscar for Best Actor sent signed, sealed and delivered for his portrayal of the plucky PM in his moment of greatest crisis. No contest!