Road Trip with friends!

I have a group of girlfriends in the community where I live, and we take an overnight trip around once a year, leaving our husbands to handle the kids.
We are each different, with totally different tastes in all kinds of things, but we love this time we have together. There’s nothing like a long drive where we can talk about all the things that have been happening recently in our lives – Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and births coming up, family issues and work issues, community issues and what our kids are up to.

Every trip like this, we try to visit different restaurants, and use the little time we have for various activities that we haven’t done before. We’ve gone horseback riding, cherry picking, hiking, gourmet cooking workshops and all manner of things. At each one of these activities, there is always one of us who really FINDS herself in the activity.

This trip was *mine*.
We started out with a quick visit to the Kinneret (I have this need to see the Kinneret every so often. It helps me focus and refills my energy reserves).

Kinneret Panorama

Kinneret Panorama

From there we went to a Wine Festival in Rosh Pinna. Of course there wasn’t only wine (so many local wineries, unbelievable). There were cheese stalls, bakeries and a wonderful place with jams and sauces in flavors I’d never heard of before, each more wonderful than the next (this was where I spent the most time. And cash). Flavors like Peppered Fig Vinaigrette, Eggplant & Mint spread.. Couldn’t help myself.

Collecting business cards from all the wineries so I can make next year's Graphic Design class better than ever

Collecting business cards from all the wineries so I can make next year’s Graphic Design class better than ever

Showing off the early morning handiwork

From there we continued to a sweet boutique hotel in Tzfat with a really nice restaurant for supper, and then back down the hills to Tiberius where we had an apartment for the night. We were extremely tired by the time we got there, but everyone freshened up, and we listened to music, played Blokus and talked.. and then surprised one of the friends with drinks, cakes and a present for her birthday.
When we got up we had a nail-polish session with our morning coffee, and set off. It was all great fun!

But the highlight for me was really where we went that day.

Best Apple Strudel I have ever had the pleasure to sampleWe started the day with breakfast at a sweet little country cafe full of 50’s-flavored paintings, and the food was outstanding. As we were finishing up, the girl (woman? Lady? What do I call my friends? Let’s leave it at girl. I think we’re all 19 anyway when it really comes down to it) who had organized the day’s activity said she can now reveal that the place we were at was where we were going to spend the rest of the day.
It’s a little village called Kfar Kish.

Best Apple Strudel I have ever had the pleasure to sample

We visited a wonderful little shop called “Riksha” that “lives” in a converted home, and collects collections, retro items like old radios and records, and work by local artists. We were limited officially to half an hour there before the next thing was scheduled to start, but we had a hard time leaving..

Books from the mists of ancient time.. or at least the early days of the State of Israel.. old style, wonderful nostalgia feel

Books from the mists of ancient time.. or at least the early days of the State of Israel.. old style, wonderful nostalgia feel

Shelves of old tools and do-dads, note the dial phone, the intricate slotted spoon and the washboard

Shelves of old tools and do-dads, note the dial phone, the intricate slotted spoon and the washboard

 

But the best was yet to come!

 

We drove to the end of the village, and parked near a sweet little flower garden, with a simple sign on the door: “HaSadariya”. It means a metal typesetter’s workshop.
Really.

HaSadariya entrance sign

HaSadariya entrance sign

As soon as I walked inside I felt like I had come home.

The place is full of trays and trays of metal type, hand-operated machines for print and embossing, it all smells of wonderful print inks and glue.. I can’t tell you how HAPPY I was from the instant I set foot inside the place. Drawers and drawers of metal engravings, old logos from 60, 70 years ago – some perhaps older, trays of print ink with rollers and presses, an old medical form complete with the rows of metal type, perforation symbols, logos and all.

The owner’s name is Haim, and he gives us a tour of the place, including a demonstration of one of the hand-and-foot operated machines. It’s wonderful to watch the rollers disperse the ink on the plate, and the plate gives a small turn after each roll to create an even distribution.. I’m totally enchanted.

Haim offers two types of workshops: print & binding. We split up.
The print workshop provides you with several cut cards, explains how to set up an engraving to print, how to roll the ink and use the press – and you can use any of the wonderful engravings they have, and many of the metal texts – time to mind your p’s and q’s!

I chose the binding workshop.

We were given several pieces of cardboard that were to be the base of our bound postcard album, and Haim explained the process step by step, with all the required patience. We also got wonderful (*WONDERFUL*) Italian paper to cover our albums with. Every step was explained and demonstrated, and we spent a happy nearly two hours gluing, cutting, scoring and folding. Even those of us who didn’t feel like they had just walked into their destiny..

Here’s a little taster of what we did:

 

And here is the final, folded, glued and beribboned album.

The final album, with pockets glued into place, folded and beribboned. I can't believe I MADE that!

The final album, with pockets glued into place, folded and beribboned. I can’t believe I MADE that!

Once our bound albums were ready, we were given 10 envelopes, and were allowed to choose postcards to go into them (these sit in the pockets of our new album) from the collection printed on site, using all the wonderful engravings they have collected over the last several decades.
I *loved* it.

I was on cloud nine the whole way home, and of course I immediately located the website where the wonderful Italian papers can be obtained. I also decided this would be a great thing to do with my daughter for her 14th birthday this August. Happily she sounded as excited as I was.

ps. Anyone who wants to work in book design would do well to learn a little bookbinding. The understanding of the process enriches the work you do, and gives you an edge you won’t even know you’re missing if you don’t.

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One thought on “Road Trip with friends!

  1. talya — great blog, great places, great weekend. i enjoyed reading all about it and will recommend kfar kish to others. thanks for the heads-up on the place!

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