Today is the last day of my fathers 2 week visit here in Israel. It has really been a wonderful time and I have learned a lot.
My father is 73 years old and has worked as a carpenter for most of his life. He actually built our summerhouse in Sweden and all its interiors alone and it´s still standing strong, looking the same after nearly 40 years!
I really admire his way through life and his way of looking at things. Despite illness, he fights on and wants to get as much out of life as he can!
One of the things that I have in common with him, is that we both like the challenge of making something out of nothing. Using the tools and materials that we have and try to come up with solutions to what´s missing! So this is what we have been doing a lot of these 2 weeks, especially since this is a typical Israeli house:-).
There was no gate between the outside wall and the fence, but now we have one thanks to my dad! And now, we can also close the doors to all the rooms properly, hang the towels on the bathroom wall etc. But I am most happy for the new working table that he put together for me outside, made by blocks and a pallet on top! Finally I can work without hurting my back. Why didn't I come up with that before???
Another thing that he helped me with was a turned wooden chair that I found on the road. We needed to pick it all apart and glue it back on again. But since the chair was so delicate, you couldn't use screw clamps. Instead we had to press it together, using thin ropes and tension rods of smooth wood. I took some pictures of it to remember how to do it the next time and maybe someone else can have use for the information too!
Anyway, my dad is going tomorrow morning and my heart is aching. But I am so thankful for this time. We don´t see each other so often now when I live in Israel. But when we do, it is for a longer period and we both appreciate the time more than before.
Linnea & Caroline
2 foreigners in Israel trying to find their space. Up-cycling furniture and clothes for a better environment and future.
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