We should have taken a group photo, but I did not think of it. This is the closest we got.... from left to right:
Devra, Ruti, Yisrael, RivkA, Mrs. S, Klara, Toby, and Robin.
I must admit that I arrived about an hour late, along with four or five other bloggers (and their families). We did not plan it that way, but it was kind of funny how we all arrived at the same time!
Earlier in the afternoon, at the last moment, I had to take a nap. I had wanted to arrive early, but I just had to take some time out to rest. That set me back a bit. I really hope nobody came early and left.... The meeting place was a little off the beaten track. Next time (Isru Chag, after Pesach) we will definitely meet in Park Gilo! (b'li neder!!)
It was great to just hang out! We were 14-15 bloggers (one young guy came and went pretty quickly; apparently he intends to start a blog, but hasn't yet). Most of us came with our families (or some portion thereof). So, in the end, we were quite a respectable crowd.
We (the pseudo adults) hung out, while the kids played frisbee, jai alai (remember that game?), and even flew a kite (with help from Mr. Shiputzim)!!
Ruti's husband brought this really cool musical instrument (I have no idea what it is called, but it looks like a miniature triangle banjo) -- not only did he play, but he let the kids try it out too! (apparently it's called a strumstick)
We had a really great afternoon! And we did stay a bit longer than planned... 'cause we were having fun!!
OK, so I know y'all are wondering who came. And I do apologize for not getting around to posting a preview list of bloggers.
The bloggers who attended the first JBloggers Picnic in Jerusalem are: (drumroll please!)
David: Balashon - Hebrew Language Detective
Debbie: Debbie's Fiberwork
Devra: Every Day and Its Challenges
Gidon: How to Succeed as an Atzma'i
Gila: My Shrapnel
Jameel: The Muqata
Klara: Trees and Forests
Lurker: The Muqata (guest posts)
Mrs. S: Our Shiputzim (Mrs. S talks about our picnic in this post)
Ruti: Ki Yachol Nuchal!
Toby: A Time of the Signs
Yisrael: My Right Word (Yisrael posted pictures of the picnic here)
and me, of course!
Hope you will join us next time!!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,