Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday Selfies and Mew Year Wishes

Hallo, Effurryone!

It is I, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, King of the Tigger-Tabbies, Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces, here to wish you all a Happy Mew Year on behalf of my fursibs and myself (and Our Human).

This is the last Sunday of 2018 and it has fallen to My Lot to star in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by Janet and the Kitties Blue from the Cat on My Head blog.

I must say, I do think, don't you, that My Human might have given Me a little bit of warning, before snapping away, rather than so rudely awakening Me from my Nap. After all, a chap likes to have time to smooth his furs and preen himself, before presenting himself to the world, wouldn't you agree? 

Nevertheless, if anyone can emerge straight from under the duvet, after a lengthy Snooze, still looking trim and mancatly, it is undoubtedly Yours Truly.
Now, before We say goodbye to 2018, and HALLO to 2019 - Our Human thought you might like to see the concert in which her Caterwauling Club pawticipated on Chrissymouse Eve. So here it is. The furrst three songs (from about 9 minutes to about 21 minutes) are sung by Her caterwauling friends, and then at about 1:30:00, they join the other caterwauling clubs for the Grand Finale.

And now, my Faithful Friends and Followers, here is the Blog Hop.
See you all again Next Year (mol)!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Caturday Chrissymouse Sunday Selfie Artsy-Fartsy All-In-One

Hallo, Effurrybody!

It is Moi, Queen Trixie, Empurress of Jerusalem, Israel and the Entire Middle East, Guardian of the Boudoir, Alpha Kitty Extraordinaire, and it is once again My Turn to star in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop hosted by Janet and the Kitties Blue.

Being Mewish, as you know, We don't actually celebrate Chrissymouse, but as effurryone else seems to be doing so, I was feeling a bit left out, so I decided to  sacrifice My Impurrial Dignity and make a concession by at least wearing a Santa Claws hat.

And if anyone dares to make fun of Me, there will be more Claws than Santa, believe you Me!

While We were at the LunaPic site, shopping for My New Hat, My Human suggested We check out the special Chrissymouse effects. I found some of them quite amewsing, and after I allowed Mummy to turn Me into a Chrissymouse tree decoration, She suggested We make a belated contribution to the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena and her HuMum, Marie.

What do you think of it?    

Right, now for the tricky part. We need to link to two different blog hops. I do so hope Mummy is up to it. She isn't exactly a techie (mol).

Since Caturday comes before Sunday, furrst of all, here is the link to the Caturday Art blog hop. Right after it is the linky to the Sunday Selfies blog hop. We couldn't, for the life of Us, manage to write anything between the two links. We hope you won't get confused. But it doesn't really matter. They are all lovely pictures. So - enjoy!

And have yourselves a furry meouwy Chrissymouse!


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Selfies Trio

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

Last week was a furry sad week (as Mummy wrote in her own bloggie), so We tried to cheer her up a little by playing nicely together for a change, and taking a rare selfie of the three of Us together.

It is just the teeniest bit out of focus, We admit - but it's so rare that We share a Selfie, let alone a sofa, without fighting, that We thought Mummy (and YOU) would overlook the effur so slight blurriness. You will, won't you?

Anyway, We are going to submit this Shared Selfie as Our Entry in the Sunday Selfies blog hop hosted by Janet and the Kitties Blue, from The Cat On My Head blog.

Here is their badge.

This is going to be a furry short blog, as Mummy is too lazy busy today to purr-form her petcretarial duties. She has to go and purr-actice her caterwauling because She and her Caterwauling Club friends are appearing in a concert next week on Chrissymouse Eve.

Before We go, We want to wish you all Shavoua Tov (A Good Week). May it be much, much better than Last Week...

So on with the Blog Hop:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Caturday Art - In Tribute to Pixie

Hallo, Effurrybody!

Many of you will no doubt remember Princess PixieCato aka Pixie, who came before Us and who flew away to the Rainbow Bridge on December 23, 2011.

Since Mummy and We are Mewish, it seemed to Us fitting to commemorate the Hebrew date of her receiving her Angel Wings. This would have been three days ago, on Wednesday, when We lit the fourth Hanukkah candle - but We thought it would be nice to wait until today, and to honour Pixie by featuring her in our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.

Mummy's beloved Pixie succumbed to kidney disease at the age of sixteen and a half - but in this picture, she was just seven years old, in the peak of health and at the height of her Beauty. 
Mummy used LunaPic to blend Pixie's picture with a Menorah which She found on a clipart site, as it was at Hanukkah that Pixie had to leave for the Bridge and because this evening, We light the seventh Hanukkah candle.

Then, She chose the Floating Art effect and added a picture frame border.  

Of course, no picture could really do her justice, but We think this gives you a good idea - and We think that Pixie herself would have liked the artwork.

Mummy misses Pixie - and Pixie's brofur Possum - furry much, and her eyes still get leaky when She thinks about them, but She knows that both of them are watching over her from the Rainbow Bridge and that She will see them again one day.

Now, before We wish you all  Shavoua Tov (A Good Week) and go to light the Hanukkah candles, here is the link to the blog hop. First, Athena's logo: 


And off We go....

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Basket Case of Caturday Art.

Hallo, Effurrybuddies!

It is MY turn today, to star in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena.

Who am I, do I hear you ask?

Well, hard as it is for Me to believe that there could be anyone out there who does not recognise Me, even in this artified portrait, just in case you have been living on Alpha Centauri for the last zillion years - know that I am the Mighty Shimshon (Shimshi for short) aka the Little Purrince, Captain of the Impurrial Guard and Master of the Queen's Mischiefs.

Mummy actually prepurred this picture a while back, in the summer, and She can't remember exactly what She used to edit it with. She thinks it might have been the Paper Artist app on her smartphone, but on the other hand, it might also have been something She found on LunaPic or one of the other online photo editing websites. Purrhaps some of you recognise the style and can enlighten Us...

Anyway, We see that a lot of you are prepurring for Chrissymouse, even though that is weeks and weeks away. Well, We are prepurring for Hanukkah, which starts tomorrow night. We shall purrobably be furry busy and might not have time to visit effurrybody this coming week BUT - We are going to have a Hanukkah pawty at 6 pm Israel Time next Caturday evening, when We light the SEVENTH Hanukkah candle. As it is a bit chilly outside, even in the Enchanted Forest, We are going to have the pawty indoors this time, in Our Humble Abode, so you need to reset the coordinates on your Tunnels, or other Teleporting Devices, and We will see you this time next Caturday night.
Of course, that does not mean you aren't welcome to visit any time this week and if you should happen to drop in at candle-lighting time, you can be sure of a warm welcome with catnip latkes, sufganiyot, and other goodies (mol).

Now, it is time to wish you all Shavoua Tov (a good week), as well as a Happy Hanukkah, before We join the blog hop.

Here is the badge:


And here We go:

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Caturday Art With Caspurr

Hallo, Effurryone!

We find We quite like this artsy fartsy thingy, and as they say, purr-actice makes purr-fect, so We are once again joining in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena.

So here is a picture of Me, Sir Caspurr the Courageous, King of the Tigger Tabbies and Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces.

In this portrait, I am admiring my reflection in a beautiful lake. My Human helped me create this Masterpiece using LunaPic's Water filter and Reflecting Water animation effect. The animation part doesn't seem to work, no doubt because Mummy also resized the picture, using PicResize. But I think it still looks furry nice, don't you?
In addition, We used a Picture Frame border from LunaPic, which gives it a nice, elegant finish.

Before We go live, and link to the Blog Hop, We want to wish you all 
Shavoua Tov - a Good Week.

Now, let's make sure We follow all the rules propurrly. We have already added the link to Athena's bloggie. And here is her logo:  

And here, finally,  is the link to the Blog Hop (isn't this fun?)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Caturday Art

Hallo, Effurrybody!

We don't usually post on Caturday, because of the Sabbath. But since Shabbat ends so early during the winter months, there is still plenty of Caturday left, even though Shabbat is already over and so We are going to take the oppurrtunity to purrticipate, for the furry furrst time, in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena and her Human, Marie.

We still need to remind ourself how to do this, step-by-step.

First, here is Athena's Caturday Art logo:

Caturday Art

And here is Our Artistic Creation! This is Moi, Queen Trixie, the Black Panfur, Empurress of Jerusalem, Israel and the Entire Middle East, Guardian of the Boudoir, Alpha-Kitty Extraordinaire!

In this picture, I am curled up trying to sleep but keeping an eye on Mummy and her Flashy Box. Can you see my beautiful, sharp white Fangs?

For this picture, Mummy, who is new to these online photo-editing thingies, used the LunaPic Beauty Tool and added a Picture Frame border. Quite simple really, as We are just beginners at this kind of photo editing.

We hope you like it. I certainly enjoyed getting to try out all kinds of filters and so on, before choosing this one.

Before We post the link to the Blog Hop, We wanted to wish you all Shavoua Tov - A Good Week.

And also, one other thing. We know a lot of you enjoyed reading about Flat Moo's Visit and all the places she went to see in Jerusalem, and We thought that you and your Humans might enjoy seeing some other places in Israel which Mummy sometimes writes about in her own, purrsonal blog. So here is a link to Mummy's blog.

And now, here are all the purrticipants in the Blog Hop:

Monday, November 5, 2018

Meet the Community Cats

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

We purromised, a while back, to keep you updated about the feral kitties Mummy feeds effurry evening and to introduce you to some more of them.
Mummy gives them all names now, you remember - although sometimes, She isn't quite sure which is which, because She only sees most of them after dark, when She goes down to feed them. 

There are a couple, however, who come bounding up to Mummy whenever She leaves the house, so Mummy knows them purrty well.

This is one of them. Mummy calls her Callie and She is a sweet, friendly little kitty girl.

This sweet boy, who comes rushing up the moment Mummy sets foot outside the house, and who often seems more interested in Mummy's company than in the food She brings, is called Mishmish (Hebrew for "apricot"). You can purrobably guess why (mol).

Mummy's other pictures didn't turn out so well, so She'll try and take some more this evening - if it isn't raining. It isn't easy to handle a camera when you are trying to hold an umbrella as well as a box full of kitty food. Last night, Mummy went down to feed the Homeless Kitties earlier than usual - which is just as well, because later on, it started pouring and there were thunder boomies all night long.  And now, We are in for three days of rain, Mummy says. 

We hate the thought of all the poor, homeless kitties being out in the rain and cold without shelter. Mummy checked all along Our Street and She says there are several places all along the street where the kitties can find at least some shelter, like covered garages and basements. But sometimes, kitties curl up under the engine covers of cars, to keep warm - which is furry dangerous for them. Please remember, before you start up your car, to check that no kitty has taken shelter there.

And those of you who live in the UK and are celebrating Guy Fawkes Night - please make sure there are no kitties or other anipals around when you set off your fireworks this evening and that all pets are safely indoors. In fact - it would be better not to set off any fireworks at all. Animals are terrified by them.  

That's all for now, kitties. Mummy isn't feeling well and wants to go and take a nap.

Be well and be safe.

Trixie, Caspurr and Shimshi

Monday, October 15, 2018

Farewell to Flat Moo

Greetings, Effurrybuddies!

They say all good things must come to an end, and it is true. Yesterday, We bade fur-well to Flat Moo, Joanie's Travelling Cow from the 15 and Meowing blog, who has been staying with Us here in Jerusalem for the past few weeks. We were furry sad to see her go, but She has lots of other places to visit on her World Tour and lots of other anipals to meet - and We mustn't be selfish.

As We purr-omised, before she left, We took Moo to Tel Aviv for a day at the seaside. We went first to the Old Port, which was built in the 1930s to replace the Port of Jaffa, when the latter became too dangerous for Jews to use, because of the Arab riots. The port is no longer in use for maritime commerce but it was completely restored in the early years of this century, and now teems with restaurants and cafes. Well, what else could We do? We needed sustenance to give Us plenty of energy for the day's adventures (mol)!

Here We all are, #MooToo, at the port.

We strolled along the wooden deck which runs along the shore, until We met this kitty, who was on her way to her favourite eatery (she looks as if she needs feeding, don't you think?) and didn't really have time to stop and chat.

A little further along, We met another one of the locals, who didn't want to let go of the Fishie between her teeth to answer Our query, but pointed Us with a toss of her glossy black head in the direction of one of the jetties.

We eventually stumbled upon a long, stone wall jutting into the waves. From a distance, it looks like the deck of a half-submerged submarine, doesn't it (mol)?

We didn't think anyone but a sure-footed Feline would brave the wet, slippery stones, but there were fishermen there and Moo summoned up all her courage and posed for a photo with them.

The fishermen were quite surprised because, although they are used to kitties hoping for some fishy tidbits, they had neffur met a travelling cow before. Still, they were furry kind and shared their catch with Us.

By now, it was getting quite late, so We walked back along the wooden deck and down to the seashore, where We had some ice-cream and enjoyed the beautiful sunset.

Then it was time to head back home to Jerusalem, where We had a Fur-well Supper with Moo and helped her to pack.

This morning, We said Our goodbyes and waved her on her way. We shall miss her furry much - but We are somewhat comforted by the fact that Mummy remembered that She, too, has a travelling cow, Milka, who came from Switzerland as the representative of a Chocolate Manufacturer, and liked it so much in Israel that she decided to stay. Here she is, with Flat Moo:

We are looking forward to reading about Moo's adventures at her next port of call.

Bon voyage, Moo - or, as We say in Hebrew, Nessia Tova  (נסיעה טובה).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Flat Moo Comes To Town - Part 7

Hallo again, Effurrybody!

Here We are again - which is to say, Moi, Queen Trixie and My brofurs, Caspurr and Shimshi, and Our Special Guest, Joanie's Travelling Cow from the 15 and Meowing blog, Flat Moo.

Flat Moo has been with Us for several weeks now and her visit is drawing to a close. We will be furry sorry to see her go - but We were furry glad that she was able to spend the High Holy Days with Us and also to enjoy Sukkot (Tabernacles) here in Jerusalem. We were effur so glad to be able to welcome her to Our Sukkah:

Earlier this week, We took her to visit the Nachlaot neighbourhood, where there are lots of quaint little houses built around picturesque, interconnected  courtyards, each courtyard a mini-neighbourhood originally populated by a different Jewish community - Syrian Jews, Iraqi Jews, Sephardic and Ashkenazi, etc.  

Once one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Jerusalem, it has now become gentrified and the tiny one-room and two-room houses are gradually being replaced by extremely expensive houses which the local people cannot afford and which are being bought up by outsiders:

As you would expect, each of the courtyards of Nachlaot has its own resident cat population, and naturally, the local population treat them with the Respect to which We Felines are entitled, which includes feeding them furry well - as you can see from this picture:

In fact, this kitty was definitely a bit - well, chubby.

And we also made the acquaintance of this elegant panfur, in one of the courtyards:

There are many synagogues in Nachlaot, some of them tiny little enclaves in the middle of the famous Machane Yehuda market (which lies at the heart of Nachlaot and about which, more later), like this one, sandwiched between two shops: 

and some of them quite impressive, like the Hesed VeRahamim synagogue, seen below, where Moo and Caspurr posed for a picture outside its silver-covered doors, which have twelve panels depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel:  

The Chubby Kitty whom We met earlier told Us that, as well as being fed by the humans who lived there, they could always find plenty to eat in the Machane Yehuda market, commonly known as HaShuk (THE Market).
I should explain that when Jerusalemites talk about going to "the market" - they mean Machane Yehuda, where now, in addition to all the food stalls, there are also more and more cafes and restaurants.  

We all enjoyed the market. Here I am, outside one of the shops:

And then Our Official Photographer (aka Mummy) found a Sweet Shop:   

If you look carefully, you can just about see Me in the lower right-hand corner.

Shimshi, of course, hit the jackpot:

Unfortunately, the one thing that did not appear to be for sale in the Shuk was grass, so, as Moo was now beginning to feel rather hungry, We decided to head back home.

Before Moo leaves, We want to take her to the seaside at Tel Aviv, so watch out for next week's blog. We hope the weather will hold. On Shemini Atzeret, which immediately follows Sukkot, the Humans start to pray for rain. It is officially autumn. But so far, you would neffur guess that (mol). So We are hopeful that We will be able to enjoy a fun day with Moo at the beach, before We have to say goodbye to her.

Have a lovely weekend, Effurryone!
And Moooooooo from Our Guest!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday (Sukkot) Selfies

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

Yes, it's ME again, Shimshi the Little Purrince!

This is our THIRD Sunday Selfie post. We think We are starting to get the hang of things now, although Mummy still has to re-read the instructions effurrytime!

Anyway, this time, it is MY Turn to post a Sunday Selfie.

So - furrst of all, here is the Cat on my Head Badge, because they are hosting the Sunday Selfies:

And here is my selfie. As you can see, I was awaiting a furry impawtant phone call when this was taken:

Now, before We paste in the link to the blog hop, We want to remind you all that Sukkot starts this evening and you are all invited to our sukkah up in the Enchanted Forest, where, of course, We will be having a festive meal this evening, at about 7 pm, Israel time.

Okay. We hope Mummy hasn't We haven't forgotten anything (mol)!

So, here is the blog hop linky.

Chag Sameach, effurryone!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Flat Moo Comes To Town - Part 6

Hallo again, Effurrybuddies!

It is I - the Mighty Shimshon a.k.a. the Little Purrince (Shimshi for short), Captain of the Guard and Master of the Queen's Mischiefs. How are you all? Did you have a good time over Rosh Hashana? Are you ready for Yom Kippaw, which starts at sunset today?

We have lots to tell you - because, as you know, We have a furry special guest - Joanie's travelling cow from the 15 and Meowing blog. If you have been following our last few posts, you will remember that Flat Moo is on a world tour and that she has been here in Jerusalem for several weeks already. Moo expressed a wish to stay for the High Holy Days, which made Us furry happy - and, in fact, We have purr-suaded her to stay for Sukkot also, not that she needed much purr-suading (mol).

We have been showing Flat Moo all around Jerusalem, which, although it is quite small when compared to other capital cities, such as London and Paris, has a lot of furry impawtant places to see.  But besides the well-known sites which all the tourists visit, there are some beautiful spots which not even many local people know about, unless they happen to be right under their noses. One such place is the Railtrack Park in the south of Jerusalem, just a short drive from where We live.  It follows the route of the old railway track from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and is furry popular with joggers, cyclists and so on.

Along part of the route, one can find examples of urban art - such as mosaics representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Here, for example, Moo and Caspurr  are admiring one representing the Tribe of Naftali:


Naftali is represented as a hind or a doe, because in the Bible, his father, Jacob says:  "Naftali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words."

I, Shimshi, posed with Moo beside a depiction of the symbol of the Tribe of Simeon - a city wall and gate. This is supposed to represent the city wall and gate of Shechem, which Simeon and his brother Levi destroyed in their attack on the city. I chose it because the name Simeon in Hebrew is Shimon, which sounds furry much like My own full name, Shimshon: 

Caspurr remarked that many of the houses along this street have walled gardens with arched gateways like the one in the mosaic. He, himself, was born in one of those gardens which line the former rail track, although he doesn't remember it furry well. He was only a few weeks old when Mummy gotcha-ed him, and that was more than five years ago. 

Trixie's favourite was the depiction of the Lion of Judah - because We are related to lions. They are also felines (mol).  In fact, We will show you some more lions later on...  

Judah's symbol is a lion, because in the Bible, it says: "Judah is a lion's whelp...he couched as a lion..."

We like the Bible. Mummy reads Us a chapter effurry day!

After a long walk in the Railtrack Park, We thought Moo might like to see Emeq Refaim Street, hub of the German Colony, so called because in the late 19th century, many Germans belonging to the sect known as the Templers, settled there and built beautiful European-style mansions. The British kicked them out when World War Two began, as they made no secret of their support for the Nazis. But their beautiful houses remained and are amongst the most expensive in Jerusalem. Moo could not resist a peak in some of their lovely gardens - especially as she was feeling rather hungry by now, and the grass lawns, although not so lush at the end of the long, hot, dry summer as they might have been, were still too much of a temptation.

Of course, that was rather naughty of her - but there was nobody around from whom she could ask purr-mission, and they surely won't miss a few blades of grass...

From the German Colony, We went on to Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe, the first Jewish neighbourhoods to be built outside the Old City walls in modern times. Yemin Moshe is named for Sir Meowses (Moshe) Montefiore, a British-Jewish philanthropist (isn't that a big word, kitties?) who donated a great deal of money to build these new Jewish neighbourhoods. He also built a windmill there, which can still be seen today and beside which, Moo was anxious to have her photo taken:

Next to the windmill is a replica of the carriage Sir Meowses used on his travels in the Land of Israel. The original was destroyed in a fire in 1986.  
According to a song made popular by the singer Yehoram Gaon, there are people who swear that on dark, windy nights, they have seen Montefiore standing by the carriage...   

What's that, Mummy?

Oh, okay! I will tell them.

Kitties, Mummy says that is puff-fectly true and that one evening, she herself thinks she saw Sir Meowses standing by his carriage...   

Between Mishkenot Sha'ananim and the main road is a park, and in the park, there is a fountain, called the Lions' Fountain. I told you We would be seeing more lions, didn't I? It was there that Moo and I posed for our last photo shot of the day, before heading home.   




That's all for now, dear furriends. We would like to wish you all Gmar Chatima Tova and, for those of you for whom it is relevant, We wish you well over the Fast.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday (Rosh Hashana) Selfies

Hallo again, Effurryone!

Caspurr the Courageous here, King of the Tigger-Tabbies, and Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Forces.

We are going to participate - for only the second time - in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop hosted by The Cat On My Head.

  Since we are still fairly new to this whole blog hopping business, and Our Human still doesn't have a clue what She is doing We are still on a learning curve, this will probably take Her Us an hour to do what effuryone else manages to do in ten minutes, but We are sure that eventually, Purractice will make Purrfect.

Trixie was the fursst of Us to attempt a Blog Hop a few weeks ago, so, it is now My Turn.

And here I am - as Large as Life and Twice as Natural (mol).

I am not one to blow my own shofar trumpet but be honest - did you effur see such a Handsome Mancat as myself?

Now, as I said, technically it is My Turn today to star in the Blog Hop. However, since Rosh Hashana (the Jewish Mew Year) starts tonight, my fursibs, Trixie and Shimshi also wanted to get in on the picture, as it were and wish you all Shana Tova - A Happy Mew Year.
So here is a picture of all three of Us - and of Flat Moo, who is visiting Us, as part of her World Tour (see purrevious Posts), relaxing on the sofa so as to be well-rested for tonight's Rosh Hashana Feast (to which, of course, all Our Furriends are invited, as usual) which will be at 8 pm Israel time, up at (where else?) the Enchanted Forest.

Have a wonderful Mew Year, Shana Tova!
May it be a Year full of Love, Fun, Mischiefs, plenty of Fancy Feasties and Catnip too! May it be a year in which effurry homeless kitty finds someone to care for them, a year in which effurry shelter kitty finds his or her furever home!

Love to you all.

Trixie, Caspurr, Shimshi, Mummy Shimona and #MooToo.

And here is the blog hop:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Flat Moo Comes To Town - Part 5

Hallo, Effurryone!

Caspurr the Courageous, here - Commander-in-Chief of the Impurrial Guard, King of the Tigger-Tabbies.

As We purr-omised, this Post is going to be about the Visit of Flat Moo to the Old City of Jerusalem!

There is a lot to see in the Old City, so We spent the whole day there with Moo.
First of all, we took her to see the City of David archaeological excavations. Now, as We discovered on our furrst day of touring with Moo, it is furry impawtant to have a purr-fessional guide. We love Our Home Town, and We know quite a lot about it, but there are often all sorts of things that are new to Us also. By the greatest stroke of Good Fortune, Cleopatra, whom, as you may recall, We met at the Israel Mewseum, was able to put Us in touch with her Esteemed Colleague, Sara, one of the Guardian Cats of the City of David:

And by equally good fortune, Sara was able to make time, despite her extremely busy schedule (this being the height of the Tourist Season), to show Us around the archaeological excavations and explain effurrything to Moo, who had neffur seen an archaeological excavation before and who was fascinated to hear how layer by layer, the earth is stripped back to discover the historical remains underneath, going further and further back in time.

Here she is, having a closer look at part of the ancient city wall. The bit with smaller stones that you can see behind her dates back to Roman - Byzantine times:


One of the most exciting discoveries in the City of David excavations is a Large Stone Structure which the archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar believes was the Palace of King David. Not effurryone agrees with her - but We like to think she is right.
Moo furry much wanted to have her photo taken in the place believed to be the site of King David's Palace, but it was fenced off in such a way that only a cat could access it - which is exactly what Trixie did:

Later on in the day, however, Moo was able to have her photo taken with Trixie in one of the courtyards of the Southern Wall excavations, which were carried out in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Dr. Mazar's grandfather, Prof. Binyamin Mazar:  

Psssst. Don't tell a soul (because Mummy doesn't like people to be able to guess her advanced age), but as a student, Mummy took part in one of the last digging sessions of the Southern Wall, as well as one of the first seasons of the Ophel/City of David excavations.

Now it was time to enter the Old City Walls. The City Wall in existence today was built in the 16th century CE by the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It had seven gates - but an extra gate, the New Gate (no prizes for guessing why it is so called) was added in the 19th century CE - and one gate, the Golden Gate (known in Hebrew as Sha'ar Harachamim - שער הרחמים - The Gate of Mercy) has been sealed for hundreds of years and, according to Jewish tradition, will miraculously open when the Messiah comes.

We entered the Old City by the Zion Gate, where, in 1948,  there was a failed attempt by Israeli forces to break through into the besieged Jewish Quarter of the Old City, during the War of Independence. It is called Zion Gate because it faces Mount Zion, where King David is supposed to have been buried.

Here you can see Moo just outside the Zion Gate. If you look carefully, you can still see the bullet holes from the War of Independence!


And here she is wandering the picturesque lanes and alleys of the renovated Jewish Quarter:

Jerusalem is a furry special city because it is holy to THREE great religions. We took Moo to see the Holy Places of all three, of course.

Here she is on the Temple Mount. The Muslims call it Haram esh-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary. It is the third holiest place in Islam, after the cities of Mecca and Medina and there are two furry big mosques there - Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, which you can see in this picture:

Muslims believe their prophet, Muhammed, flew here by night on his magic horse, El Burak and landed where Al Aqsa now stands. They also believe you can see the footprint of his horse in the huge rock which is in the centre of the Dome of the Rock. 

But 1700 years before that, King Solomon built his Temple on this hill and that is why We call it the Temple Mount. And according to Jewish tradition, the Rock is the Foundation Stone of the World. Some believe that is where the Holy of Holies was in Solomon's Temple. Others say it was the site of the altar. It is also believed this was the site where Abraham prepared to offer up his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice.

We also took Moo to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the site of the Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus, according to Christian belief.

We have no idea who those people are who walked into the picture!

There is a lot to see in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, including lots of little chapels belonging to different denominations, some of which can only be reached by narrow, winding stairs - which made things rather hard for Moo, and exhausting as well.

By now, it was getting quite late. We had left the best till last. We  wanted to show Moo the Western Wall at night, when it is all lit up by projectors.
The Western Wall is the last remnant of the Temple. It was actually part of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount which is the holiest place in the world to the Jewish People. Since this is the month of Ellul, the last month before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, when it is customary to recite special purrayers of repentance, known as selichot, there were rather a lot of people there, despite the lateness of the hour.  

Here you can see Moo and Trixie, with the Western Wall in the background and behind that, the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.

Moo was furry impurressed and decided she also wanted to go and purray at the wall and leave a note there. This was rather awkward, considering that she - like Us - lacks opposable thumbs and can't write. It is true that Our Human had accompanied Us, as Official Photographer, but Moo said that what she wanted to write was a Secret, and she wouldn't share it with ANYONE.
In the end, she decided to go and whisper her secret purrayer into one of the cracks in the Wall. So We don't know what it was that Moo purrayed for. But We are sure her purrayer was heard.

After that, We all decided to go and purray too.

And then We walked back through the darkened streets to the Jaffa Gate and Mummy caught a taxi and brought Us all safely home.