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This is Galilee (TIG) Newsletter, Issue #012 -- Spring Is In the Air!
March 15, 2012


Welcome to the 12th edition of the TIG Newsletter! I hope you have enjoyed my monthly e-zines until now. I'm always happy to get feedback, so if you have any comments or critiques or anything you would like me to add to future newsletters, please do contact me.

Spring is in the air, and the abundant rainfall has made the country green and beautiful - especially in the north! I've been trying to get out into the countryside at every opportunity and it's wonderful to see the gushing rivers and waterfalls, the spring flowers and the trees starting to blossom.

Next month, I will be writing a page on some of my favourite nature trails, but just to give you a preview, these photos were taken at the Zalmon (pronounced Tsalmon) Stream Nature Reserve, about a quarter of an hour drive from Karmiel. There's a short, easy hike along the river which takes about half an hour each way. You pass on the way deserted flour mills and there are places to stop to picnic and wade in the river.

We didn't take a picnic on this occassion because we had just eaten a delicious breakfast at Rotman - a rustic restaurant tucked away at the top of the hill in nearby Kibbutz Lotem. The food is great, the atmosphere is laid-back and the view is just awesome. I have, of course, added it to my Cool Eateries page.

Click here to read more about Rotman restaurant.

If you're ever in the area ... very highly recommended!

The Brits are known for talking the weather, but this winter it has became a hot topic in Israel, too. After a dry start to the winter, we had a record-breaking January with 28 continuous days of rainfall and more rain and snow in February. There was even some light snowfall on high ground at the beginning of this month!

If you don't live in Israel, I can tell you that this was the coldest and wettest winter that I remember!

But ... as I've said before, this is all good news for the country and has put an end to the seven years of drought that we've been experiencing. The Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), which pessimists had predicted was in danger of drying up, has risen a whopping 1.5 meters since the beginning of the winter. And there's still time for more rain before the summer - not to mention the snow on Mount Hermon which will melt and fill the rivers which flow into the lake.

I'm happy to say that I will have to make some changes to my Water Shortage page!

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