The trees have rebounded beautifully from the winter storm- they have grown back much thicker and healthier than even before.
Birds hover on the wind currents over us when we are working, watching and drinking from the water we have put in troughs, the ground is chock full of footprints from our nightly visitors...hyenas, foxes, jackals, hares, gerbils, mice porcupines...it is a joy to see.
One evening a jackal came right up to us on her way to the water trough. After she had drank her fill she returned even closer, stopping a few meters away from us and we exchanged silent acknowledgment. It was as if she was saying thank you for the water...
We are happy that the Land will rest soon and plan to use this year to work on some infrastructure development that is needed, like gravel roads, construction of a shaded area, entrance gates and perhaps a small abode for volunteers.
Until then we are busy with staking trees, weeding and all sorts of shmitta preparation.
much blessings from the Land, with wishes for prosperity and peace for all,
Shoshana and Yoni