Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New arrivals on the farm.

a few days ago we had five baby ducks born on the farm .  their mother would not take them so they were living in the most high traffic area in the farm and loving the attention .. where ever the excitement was they were in the middle.  

This morning we had another 7 babies born.  This mother is much more attentive, so I tried introducing the five, and they ran right into the mix and all is well, except that this mother does not think it is such a good idea that the babies play in traffic.  .  

this mornings winner of the great fly swat challenge was Dustan 

We hd a group of guests come to the farm today.  They are a team of Dr's and dentists that have been running clinics in Kyrgyzstan .  Today was their last day so they cam for a visit an a day in the mountains .  

Talgar came and brought his new eagle with him 

every one that wanted got a turn holding the eagle 

 then they put on a hunting demonstration for us.   The whole time, we had 4 horses available for people to take turns riding . 

After the guests left, we picked produce and put together food hampers to deliver to families in need .  The world really is a difficult place for some people .. i makes us so thankful for all that we do have .  

on our way home we passed through the strawberry fields , so of course we had to stop and get some for desert .. absolutely nothing like them .

As I am writing this, Julie is waiting to board a flight in the Paris airport then on to Bishkek with a connection in Moscow.  They have been there for 6 hours with still another six hours to go.  But she did tell me that her bags have been checked right through to Bishkek, and the connection was very smooth.

Tomorrow we will be working up at the ranch putting in a patio for the new yurt coming the next day .   

Monday, August 14, 2017

Team day two

The latest team arrived yesterday. They have been off to a very busy start.  They arrived and had lunch then after lunch they picked produce for the kids camp the ia just up the valley from the farm.  Then we hosted a nice visit with friends from LAMb. we had an awesome ploff and sweet corn, also a visit to the yurt and the kids had a chance to ride the horse.   I am here on my own so I don't have pictures , Toady I did remember to take a few though .. fortunately Julie will be on her way here in a few hours so I won't have to worry about that. 

The team brought lots of vitamins, band-aids , and sheets for the beds .. but best of all was a fantastic supply of coffee and peanut butter .   

right after Breakfast this morning we were off to Auxana's to start the repairs on her barn .  You may remember that it blew down a few weeks ago and all her poultry blew away. 

So this morning we started construction on a new one for her 

While we were doing that Bekah was running around Bishkek commissioning a playground for the village .  She was able to find a nice centerpiece for the playground .  It is a great start and we will be able to add more pieces to it as teams and guests wish to take part.  Bekah has this one that they are building now.  It will be delivered and set u on Monday thanks to our friends in the finger lakes .. 

We were able to get the structure framed in before lunch . 

Sergey and Auxana made lunch for the team .. it was so nice and sooo delicious . 

After lunch we put the siding and the roof on.  We brought new roofing, but we reclaimed the tin from the barn to finish the sides 


we were finished for the day by around 4:00. we will be back next week with the door, and a bunch of Chickens, ducks, geese and a a couple goats .  this will replace everything she lost, and some . 

When we got back to the farm we still had lots to do.  The girls worked at bottling up some honey , we have 20 bottles ordered for tomorrow .   While they were doing that, some of us went up to the yurt to unload patio stones and sand and blocks .  In a couple days we will be setting up the second yurt, so we need to get the platform ready for it . 

We played a new game before supper tonight .  I bought 10 fly swatters and a bag of mixed chocolate bars.  The before the meal,  everyone had exactly 5 minutes to kill as many flies as they could.. and the winner got to chose a chocolate bar.  It was great fun, and then we were all able to eat in piece. 

between the guest houses we have such a nice garden. I love looking out my window and seeing people stop to relax and enjoy it .. the video below is from a couple days ago when Nick was having a little break .. hope you enjoy . 


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Bags are packed and I am on my way.

Jam season is in full swing out at the farm now .. and everyone has a part to play, including Sammy .. his job is to eat any little bugs he can find.. 

They also have the tomato sauce under full swing as well .. this one is canned with tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage peppers and garlic.  It is great on Lugman noodles  or rice . 

Dustan is rincing the jars to get ready for the canning 

Here is a new purse design that the girls are working on for in the gift shop .  
Nuric's turn to milk the cows 

Its been nice to spend a couple weeks with Emma and Jengish, and I know Grammy Pammy will be thrilled to have them home for a while   This photo was when we were visiting some friends and the rainbow decided to drop in for a visit . 

  He is super excited, some friends gave he and Emma a car, so they are felling better not having to borrow a car when they want to go anywhere ..

 Jengish and Emma are fitting into the country life .. 

My bags are packed and at the door.  I will be heading out in about an hour.  Julie will be following next week when she comes with a couple of our long time friends. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

shucking peas

I have heard it said that the problem with today's society is that "no one shucks peas with Grandma any more" .. Well on the farm there is no end to the pea shucking, the cucumber pickling, the tomatoes stewing, carrot pealing or corn husking for that matter .. and there is a certain community building when everyone sits around the tables and helps out. 

Bekah was out to the farm to bring out salaries for everyone and to get an idea of the work force that we will have next month .  We will be losing several of the kids at the end of the month when they head back to collage and university.  We still have a little ways to go with the tuition needs, but we will just "Keep calm and carry on" as if the money was in .. I think we are still about $2800 short, but we still have a couple weeks, and it is such an important need that I have no doubt that we will meet that target.  

The roses in the apple orchard were getting a little over grown  so we had to trim them right down so they could get in to add some irrigation ditches .   Some amount of "over grown" is welcome, like the flowers along the walk between the main house and the hostel.  

Since Emma and Jengish have been home we have hosted a couple bbq's at the house for friends and supporters  .  I think we had about 77 the first night for ploff and shashleek made in our outdoor Kyrgyz kazan and oven . 

The second party was for the Kawartha Bikers Church .  For them we made a trip to the farmers market for some sweet corn.  Jengish found is new favorite dog .. he just needs a saddle.  

Out at the bonfire Jengish shared about the work they do in Kyrgyzstan and had a time of question and answers .. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Orphans visiting the widows in their time of need.

Jengish and Emma landed safely last night. The flights were great and they cleared customs  with out a hitch, and all their bags made it with them.. can't ask for much more then that. 

 The blessings continue to flow from the farm.  Today Sergey and Arture lent us a hand.  The delivery was to the seniors home in Kemin, a little far for our guys so Sergey volunteered to help.

There is certainly another bumper crop.. It was just a few days ago that this field was picked clean of peppers for Bacute orphanage , and today it gives up another incredible bounty . 

this picking we have started to get corn and beets to add to the usual cucumbers, tomatoes, zuccini lettuce and cabbages . 

 I love witnessing the bounty again this year, it is so incredible  Knowing the impact this we have on all those we are able to support with all this fresh food is such a blessing.  

But most of all seeing the sense of accomplishment and joy in the orphans as they "visit" the widows in their time of need.   This is something that all our our sponsors have planted seeds in over the years, and today we again see some of the "fruits" of our labors .. 

Thank you all so much for being a part of this in so many ways. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

even more smiles

We have some guests staying at the guest house this week.  They have been checking out the village and the farm.  They were also up to the yurt for a visit.  This morning they were helping the kids working in the garden.  I got a text from Nick that they needed to do another delivery.  
So today the delivery went to Bacute orphanage.  πŸ˜„

This is a huge delivery and a huge blessing to them . 

It was nice for the kids to have a visit as well .. 

a delivery like this will be enough for a few weeks of great nutrition, it will also be enough for the orphanage to start canning for the winter .  

today's delivery has a value of about $200 .. the cost for us to deliver is about $10 .  It may not seem like a lot but if we are looking at daily deliveries like this for the next couple months  we could be soon overwhelmed by the delivery expenses, but right now we are fortunate to have guests staying at the farm .. a couple nights stay will pay for our delivery expenses for the next couple weeksπŸ˜„ .  Next up is the seniors home. 

I have shared so many needs over the last few weeks , I am always hesitant to share, but am overwhelmed by the continuous  out pouring of support .. Just in the last few weeks we have been able to purchase the tickets for Emma and Jengish  πŸ˜„ as well as their medical insuranceπŸ˜„, and they will be leaving Kyrgyzstan in a few hours  πŸ˜„ ...  Marat was able to go to the dentist πŸ˜„ and has registered in Art school and has had a week of entrance exams πŸ˜„, Nick got his new glasses so he is ready for school in the fall πŸ˜„ Olga has had her operation thanks to many of you πŸ˜„three other orphanages have received food drops in the last couple weeks πŸ˜„, we are making great headway with the scholarships and the thermometer has begun to climb πŸ˜„we were able to get about two weeks worth of canning supplies πŸ˜„we have been able to get material for crafts in the gift shop and blankets to give out to families in need πŸ˜„ we have been able to give away goats and pigs to families who are so blessed by the boost πŸ˜„  We also have one sponsor that will help Auxana rebuild her home and barn πŸ˜„and another that is going to replace all her lost animals , and some πŸ˜„ A couple days ago we ordered and put the deposit on a second yurt that will make it possible for kids from the orphanage to have some outings at the mountain ranch. πŸ˜„ and Julie and I have our tickets to return in a couple weeks. πŸ˜„     Then there was the air conditioning we put in one hospital clinic  πŸ˜„ and about 80 % finished the needed renovations on Dr Tatyana's clinic πŸ˜„   One of our boys was able to complete his driving lessons and got his drivers licence πŸ˜„ we were able to receive a new boy on the farm.  πŸ˜„

As I look ahead at the projects in the next couple months, like  winter coal needs , more tuition's and on going health care and operating expenses on the farm, it is easy to get overwhelmed, but all I have to do is look back at all the great sponsors and actually start to get excited about what is going to be next