my East Talpiyot neighbours

My neighbours are nice, I don’t seem them that often, apart from the odd shalom to the Ethiopian family in our block, some people say Israelis are hard to get to know initially which maybe true to some degree, but in the flat that I live in East Talpiyot, I burnt some toast, and someone knocked on the door asking if I was ok and to make sure I had not set the place on fire, I have had people twice knock on the door asking to borrow a bottle opener (sadly I didn’t have one)   and someone else below me pointed out when I had a leaking tap on the balcony gushing out over the side of the block, but today I had someone else knock on the door to say she was watering her plants and some of the dirty water had gone into my balcony, and she wanted to say sorry and clean it up.  I told her thanks but it wasn’t necessary, but was quite touched but how thoughtful this was.

Across the car park from my block is a large house owned by an Arab family, I don’t know them so well, apart from see the kids out playing at the front, but I have seen a very large tame rabbit jump out in front of me on my bike as well as their large garden at the back and have three sheep I can often hearing baaing and a few chickens, the sheep seem to be a recent purchase though.  I guess Arab people may chose to buy sheep ready for Eid, the Islamic festival in November.  Either way, with 100 yards down the road is across the 1949 Armistice line, as the Palestinian territories I sometimes go to a shop to get supplies as they are open most of the time.   I think its great that many Arab families with largish amounts of land around their house aim to be self sufficient and keep their own animals.

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3 comments on “my East Talpiyot neighbours

  1. Jon, I’m so glad you have tagged this post under ‘funny’. It made me laugh out loud several times and for several minutes.
    Is the shop that you use in Palestinian Territories a Tesco Express by chance?
    I hope you weren’t too shocked from your encounter with a giant rabbit. Was there any emergency braking/swerving to avoid it?
    Keep up the blogging mate. Good to get updates from you.

  2. Hey Jon, glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I haven’t seen that comedy sketch you and Matt about a middle east Tescos, let me have a link if you have it 🙂 Tell you what I will write some stuff soon about the shop round the corner there is amusing things there.

    I had to brake a bit to avoid the rabbit yeah!

    Great to follow what you are doing also, look forward to more 🙂

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