Thursday, August 13, 2009

August 12, 2009 New Blackboards

The new blackboards finally arrived at #6 school. What a saga these have been! In any event, 18 new boards were delivered and installed.

Keti chats with Aliko


Stacking



Installed!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 7, 2009 Visiting Valeri's Cows in Gujareti

We, Gill, Mako, Valeri and Bob went on a long, rough and very uncomfortable ride, driven by Valeri's friend in Jeep to an abandoned village in Gujareti to where Valeri has pasture and some cows.


Village abandoned in the 90s by Ossetians


Meeting the cows
The petchi where all the food is cooked



Gill plays cards with Sopo and Akaki



This lady showed us how the cheese is made


A walk in the fields
The driver, Dato, Gill and Valeri



Akaki and Gill



Bob get's a gift of a hat - a bit small



Valeri, Sopo and Gill


Cutting the hay for the winter with scythes



Lunch



Sopo loved the headlights



Marina, Sopo, Akaki, Mako and Gill





On the return journey, we had a breakdown
Eventually fixed


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Svaneti

July 19


Today we, Gill, Amy, Mako and Bob, went to the base of the glacier. It was a long hard walk over rough ground, but it was a wonderful day!


En route



Signs indicated where the limit of the glacier was
in prior years. Global warming has reduced the
size of the glacier steadily over the years.


Our guide


The glacier



Mako at the base, testing the water!
Under an ice shelf



After the walk back - tired but satisfied


A picnic at the guards hut


Returning home



video
Svaneti

July 18

Today we went for a drive in the surrounding country. Again the roads were very rough and so we were in a large SUV.


En route


Local fauna
This chick was out in the open - perhaps fallen from its nest.


Enjoying the scenery


The local school's entrance
The remains of the river's ice dam


Picking wild strawberries