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In Israel, cucumbers and pickles are BIG BUSINESS, and Ducky (always the entrepreneur) has been busy preparing a crop of grade-A “mel-ah-fe-FONE” (that’s Hebrew for cucumber). First he used his hoe to make the dirt really soft. Then he planted some cucumber vines. A few days later, some flowers started to bloom. After a few weeks, a few tiny cucumbers appeared. In a month or two, it all add up to one thing. PICKLE MAKING TIME!! Only, he is not sure how to make pickles, but he will figure that out when it is time.

Makin' pickles is hard work!

Makin’ pickles is hard work!

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Ducky and Pembleton are living in a mysterious and amazing place called Haifa, Israel. Every weekend they explore new places in the city. Last weekend, they explored the Haifa zoo and met lots of new friends. Today, Pembleton woke everyone up early and announced that he found an amazing place called the Bahai gardens, right here in Haifa. So they packed their backpacks with snacks and juice and took the bus downtown.

When they first got off the bus, Pembleton said, “that doesn’t look right. We were supposed to be in a different place.” Pembleton checked the map and couldn’t recognize any of the street names. He turned to the others and said, “I’m sorry guys. I think we are lost.”

Ducky turned to him and said, “Don’t worry Pembleton. I’ll ask someone for directions.” Once Ducky got directions from a local puppy, they discovered they were only one street over from the entrance to the Bahai gardens.

The gang spent all day exploring the incredible Bahai gardens, and when they were done, they finished the afternoon with lunch and an ice cream cone. Before heading home, they stopped back at the base of the gardens for a group photo. It was a pretty awesome day.

"Whoa! That's quite a view!"

“Whoa! That’s quite a view!”

Ducky and the gang are currently living in Israel. As such they are learning about and celebrating many Jewish holidays. Tonight starts Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year! As part of the celebrations they ate apples with honey and pieces of a special round challah bread, and then they blew rams horns (which was kinda gross).

Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday! Shana Tova! Good Year!

Blizzard's Midnight Snack.

Blizzard’s Midnight Snack.

While traveling in the Arabian desert, Ducky and the gang visited a small village, where their favorite restaurant, Ali Baba Ganoush, is located. They ordered a full spread: grapes, hummus, pita, and shakshouka (poached eggs in a tomato stew). They were enjoying themselves, when all of a sudden a disheveled monkey crawled through the door and collapsed. In his hands he gripped a map.

“Quick! Get some water!” Pembleton yelled as he came around the table to check on the poor fellow.

“Your friends are in danger. You must help them ” the monkey gasped as he handed the map to Pembleton.

Blizzard rushed over with a glass of water. Pembleton helped the monkey to a pillow in the corner of the restaurant and urged him to take a few sips, before he fell asleep, exhausted by the journey.

“I think he will be okay.” Pembleton said, “but he will need to spend a few days in the hospital resting.”

“What about the map?” Ducky asked. “And the friends he mentioned. Who needs our help?”

“I don’t know, Ducky, but we are going to find out.” Pembleton said as he looked at the map and examined it closer.

To be continued.

"Your friends are in danger"

“Your friends are in danger”

Lately, Pembleton has been having a lot of trouble in his Hebrew class. He just can’t remember the sounds made by all of the funny looking letters. But Pembleton has also been too embarrassed to ask for help.

Pembleton usually excels at everything academic, but learning a new language is so strange. You have to make noises that you’ve never heard before, and read letters that you’ve never seen before. To make things worse, Ducky, who usually has lots of trouble in school, is learning Hebrew so quickly. Ducky, Ted, Blizzard, and all the other animals read everything perfectly, but when it was Pembleton’s turn he felt like he was just speaking jibberish.

Pembleton felt ashamed, until he finally worked up the courage to ask his teacher what he should do. His teacher said, “How about you study with my star student?” Pembleton wondered who the teacher’s “star” student was. He hoped it wasn’t Ducky, but he needed help so much he was willing to do whatever the teacher thought would help. To Pembleton’s surprise the teacher walked over to Blizzard’s desk and asked him if he would be willing to study with Pembleton.

Pembleton felt so relieved because he felt comfortable studying with Blizzard. But just to be sure, Pembleton asked Blizzard if they could study after Ducky went to bed so that no one would laugh at his mistakes.

After only a few study sessions, Pembleton and Blizzard have both improved a lot, and Pembleton is feeling much more confident about the Hebrew class.

Shalom! Shmi Blizzard!

Shalom! Shmi Blizzard!

Yesterday morning Ducky went on a walk. As he walked by the local Jewish community center, he saw a group of humans standing around a bonfire. He was curious so he waddled over to see what was going on. As he peeked through the crowd, he was shocked by what he saw! They were burning bread and crackers! “WHY?” Ducky thought. Then Ducky noticed a wise old owl near by. He walked over and asked what was going on.

The owl replied “It’s the burning of the Chametz.”

“What is that?” Ducky asked even more confused.

“During Pesach, or Passover as you know it, the Jewish people burn anything leaven and do not eat bread or other leaven foods for a whole week in remembrance of their escape from Egypt.” said the owl.

“What? No bread? No pita? Not cake? No cookies? No nothing?” Ducky asked. “When does this start?”

“Tonight.”

Before the owl could say “Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)”, Ducky ran past the bonfire, grabbed a bag of pita and headed home. He had some eating to do before Pesach started!

"Yummy... Hummus...Pita...Pita...Hummus..."

“Yummy… Hummus…Pita…Pita…Hummus…”

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“Oh no! What are we going to do now?” Ducky cried as he shook the bamboo bars of the cage. “We need to get home before dinner time!”

“Calm down Ducky,” said Ted. “Blizzard and I know what to do.”

Ted and Blizzard were small enough to slip through the bars. They walked over to a nearby palm where a pile of pirate swords laid. Together they dragged one over to Pembleton, who used the sword to break free from the cage.

“Quick, we need to get out of here,” Pembleton said. “But how will we escape when our boat is stuck?”

“Don’t worry, I got a plan!” Ducky said. As they reached the beach Ducky put his wings in his beak and whistled as loud as he could. Within minutes, the pod of dolphins from earlier in the day appeared. They hopped on to their backs and headed back to safety just in time.

When they looked back, Captain One Mitten was on the beach waving his sword. “Arrr… No body steals the treasure of Captain One Mitten!”

As soon as they made it back to port, they notified the authorities about the pirates. Soon after the police arrested the cat pirates and were able to give back the treasures stolen from a local museum, including the treasure the gang escaped with. The police were also able to tow the USS DtPb back to port.

Once Ducky and the gang got back home they were ready for a snack and a nap. They had had enough adventure for one day.

Until next time.

Woo Hoo! Tally Ho!

Woo Hoo! Tally Ho!

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 4 The Pirates! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 5 Trapped! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Once the pirates left, Pembelton gave Ducky and the little guys the all clear to join him near the pirates camp site. Pembleton was searching high and low for the radio jammer, but was unable to find anything.

Meanwhile, Ducky was becoming more and more curious about the pirates loot. He picked up a stick and started pocking and prodding around. Finally after becoming bored, Ducky hit one of the barrels and cracked it. Then gold coins started falling out.

Ducky lifted Ted and Blizzard up to one of the locks on a rusty chest. Since they were little, they were able to easily pick the lock. When they opened them up, there were crowns, scepters, jewels, and more golds coins. They were so excited they didn’t even see the bamboo trap hanging just above their heads.

Just as they were about to leave the pirates camp, Ducky wanted to grab one last coin that rolled next to the chest. As Ducky waddled over to get it, they heard a CLICK. Before they knew it, the cage came crashing down on them. They were TRAPPED! Like rats!

To be continued…

"Can we keep it?" -Ducky asked.

“Can we keep all of it?” -Ducky asked.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 4 The Pirates! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Their boat was stuck in a sandbar and Pembleton felt like something fishy was going on because every attempt to radio for help was being jammed. The only thing they could do is take their life raft to the nearby island and search for help.

Once Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard made it to shore, they decided to explore the island. But Ducky insisted that they all stick together and Pembleton reminded them to walk quietly.

It didn’t take long for them to discover what was going on. Ducky and Pembleton heard rough voices through the dense jungle foliage. They carefully peeked through the bushes only to find CAT PIRATES!

“That explains it”, said Pembleton. “The pirates must be jamming our radio and they probably put that sandbar near the island to trap boats like ours.”

Ducky said, “Why does it have to be CATS? I hate CATS!”

“Except for kittens”, Ted reminded him.

As they listened to the cat pirates, they found out that their leader, Captain One Mitten, was aware of their boat. He had sent his first mate to check on the boat, but he returned saying that no one was on the ship and there was no treasure – only a few sandwiches. Both pirates agreed that they were hungry and went down to the boat to eat Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys’ sandwiches.

Meanwhile, Ducky said, “Now’s our chance to find out what they are doing here.” Pembleton added, “Maybe we can disable their radio jammer.”

To be continued…

"Arrr... what kinda sandwiches, thee be?" -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

“Arrr… what kinda sandwiches, thee be?” -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Pembleton, the Captain of the USS DtPb, searched his maps high and low for the best island or beach to have a picnic on. He was very careful to check his nautical maps and equipment to make sure he was sailing the proper channels.

However, he was SHOCKED when they pulled into what he thought was a safe bay, but turned out to have a hidden sandbar that was not on his maps! Their ship was stuck in the sand, just below the waterline. He tried to reverse the engine, but it was no use! In fact the engine started smoking!

Pembleton tried to call for help using his radio, but the signal was jammed. The only thing left to do was to take their life raft to shore and try to find help or at least eat their lunch.

To be continued…

"Oh No!!! We're stuck!" Ducky cried, "SOS! SOS!"

“Oh No!!! We’re stuck!” Ducky cried, “SOS! SOS!”

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Pembleton finally agreed to let Ducky strap on his skis and hop out into the water. Ducky is a very good swimmer. For some reason floating comes naturally to his round body. Ted and Blizzard hooked up the cord so that Ducky could hold on as the boat cruised through the water.

Shortly after Pembleton pushed the throttle forward a pod of dolphins joined Ducky as he road the waves. Ted and Blizzard were bouncing up and down waving to the dolphins. Then the dolphins started jumping out of the water and waving their flippers back at the little guys. One dolphin even did a flip out of the water.

When Ducky road over an especially large wave he sailed clear out of the water. The next time a wave came he headed straight for it on purpose. Ducky kept trying to go higher and higher until at one point a splashed out of control losing the cord attached to the boat. When Pembleton turned the boat around to check on him, Ducky came up spitting out water and laughing. The dolphins even helped Ducky get back on to the boat.

Next on their agenda, Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys needed to find a small island to have a picnic on.

To be continued…

Ducky water skiing in the mediterranean

Whaa Whoo! Faster! Faster!

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Ducky and the gang recently went on a Mediterranean Cruise off the coast of Haifa, Israel. They took Pembleton’s new boat, the “USS DtPb,” for a short cruise around Haifa bay.

There was a slight breeze and the sun kept them nice and warm. The weather was perfect for a day out at sea.

Ted and Blizzard had heard that a pod of dolphins often liked to play nearby. They hoped they would be able to see them and maybe even see them do a trick or two.

Ducky was excited, when Pembleton told him the water would be calm today, with the occasional wave. It was perfect for some tubing or water skiing. Shortly after leaving the harbor, Ducky asked, “Is it time to get out my water skis?”

To be continued…

"Full Steam Ahead!"

“Full Steam Ahead!”

Did you know you can ski in Israel? When Pembleton found out Mt. Hermon had snow and a ski resort, he couldn’t wait to take Ted and Blizzard on their first skiing adventure. Who would have known it would be in Israel?

Even though it was Ted and Blizzard’s first time skiing, they caught on very quickly. Pembleton instructed them on some basic techniques: to go forward keep your skis straight like french fries, to slow down and stop wedge your skis like a slice of pizza and to turn move your hips slightly in the direction you want to go. By the end of the end of the day, the little guys had skiing the bunny slope mastered. Ducky on the other hand, had some problems.

Baby Animals

“How do I stop?”-Ducky
“Pizza! Pizza!”- Ted & Blizzard

Ducky has been enjoying the food in Israel. He has been trying new things every day, but Pembleton has been a little less adventurous. Today, Pembleton bumped into Ducky during lunchtime. Ducky was holding a huge stuff sandwich with little balls, cabbage, tomatoes, and onions inside.

“What’s that Ducky? It looks tasty.”

“Yumm, Yumm, It’s falafel! Do you want some?”

“Umm, I don’t know, what’s falafel?”

“Fried goodness. It’s made of chickpeas that are mashed, seasoned and fried. Then it is stuffed into a yummy pita with hummas and veggies.”

“What’s hummas?”

“Stop asking questions, just eat!” Ducky shouted as he passed Pembleton his enormous sandwich.

After taking a small bite, Pembleton, took another, and another. “Wow, that’s pretty tasty. I like it.”

“Good, now get your own!”

Eating Falafel

“Ducky, what’s that? It looks tasty.”

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