Friday, March 24, 2017

New water line is in

Did I happen to mention how happy I am that spring is here .. We have so much to do and the winter hung on so long that it has put us fa behind.  Before we know it the planting season will be on us, and then the work will really start .   

Over at the main house, the new water line is berried out tot he road .  we got down about 2 feet crossing the driveway, then hit an old concrete driveway that is about a foot thick so we have wrapped the pipe this insulation, and will cover it with more  insulation to stop the frost. 

Yesterday we started the footings for the addition,  there is already a foundation there , but it was not level, as well we wanted to get the base plate of the walls up off of ground level . 

We had some guests at the guest house so we took them for a drive up to the ranch .  While there our little friend from next door came to say hi .. a quick deel was made, and he got to take the  hunter for a drive, and we got to take his horse for a spin. 

the snow has finaly retreated from this section of the mountain.  and today they will come and turn on the power, so hopefully we will be able to start the platform for the yurt on Tuesday. .  The yurt itself is still deep in the mountains and continued snow has delayed being able to get it for another week or so, but that will give us time to get things set up. In this video Emma and Julie are standing on the site that we chose for the yurt. 


everyone  is working so hard.  Even late last night the boys are working at cleaning the strings and weeds out of the blades of the rototiller so that we can continue working the fields today. 

We just got word that the bunk bed are ready for the kindergarten, and they will come out on Monday morning to deliver and set them up.   Also today Sergey is heading to the city with the man we are helping to set up a business.. they are hoping to get the rest of the tools in the city. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring is here

Spring is finally here, and was kicked off with a community  Nowruz celebration.   It was fun to get together with every one,  They had tables set up representing each street in the town, and prizes for the best set table , and best singers and dancers. We got to spend time at two tables as the farm is on two streets in town . 

The duck made its reappearance for the celebration.  

We have the extra door in now for where the addition will go on the house.  the other three sides of the house are finished and now starting to work on scraping and painting the window frames and shutters. 

Today we also picked up all the materials for the addition of a bathroom and laundry room. 

At the main house we have started gutting out the kitchen.  the plumbing has all but given up and we need to replace it all..also we will put in some hoods over the cooking appliances. 

Nothing is ever as easy as you think though ,  When we stared removing the rotten water pipes, we realized that they are bad right back to the road, so all new lines will have to be put in . Fortunately we have some great workers at the farm that are busy digging as I type this 

 We should get the addition framed up this week,  Saturday the power company is coming to the ranch to hook up the electricity there, so next week we will be able to start work on the platform for the yurt.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A blog post for Jack

The last couple days I have had a hard time blogging .  There is so much going on, but it is just hard to start.   When we first started coming to Kyrgyzstan, we met a couple, Jack and Carol who live in Espanola.. (Northern Ontario)  early on they started sponsoring many projects and kids here.  But more then just sponsors, We became good friends.  

My friend Jack would start his day by checking in on the blog to see what we were up to, and I knew would be praying for us through out the day.  There were many times when I would go too long with out blogging, but would remember Jack, and that would get me back to the computer.  

I only got to spend time with Jack about once a year when we would make the trip north, but was ALWAYS encouraged and blessed by my time with him.  His stories of life in the north , running a market garden on a small farm, raising rabbits, and his life reaching out to help others.. 

A couple days ago I recieved word that  my friend Jack went on to be with the Lord.   

As the world of communications has moved to twitter and Facebook,  we have kept this blog active.  We post photos every day on facebook . our personal pages, "the farm,"  " the guest house,"   "Goosey" "Bahanka rentals"are all ways of keeping in touch with followers, but I can not tell you how many times I have said, or Julie has said " You better do a blog post for Jack ".. 

So as I sit here with tears in my eyes, I am telling myself .. "You better do a blog post for Jack"... and I will choose to keep doing blog posts for Jack. 

I have to be honest, my heart is just not in it.  I wish I could write one of those bell ringer blogs right now ... The kind that Jack's memory would deserve, but its just not there.   so here goes .. 

The house we are renovating on the farm is coming along great .  The boys are learning a lot about cement work.  Mirlan has been haveing a hard time lately, through the winter there was not a lot of the kind of work that he was suited to, and was starting to get a little depressed that he did not have work suited to his abilities.. Good hard work the kind others would run from is just the thing that Mirlan loves .. We are glad to see the smile back on his face now. 

We were going to build the addition with blocks, but it has been such a cold spring that no one has been able to make blocks so there is a one month wait for them, so we will build it wood frame.  

Out in the green house, the cucumbers continue to reach for the sky, and are still loaded with new cucumbers .   The tomatoes are coming along great as well .  They will be ready to transplant into the second green house by this time next week . 

Yesterday they got two crates of cucumbers, and the vines are still full.  

We took a little run up to the ranch .  The snow is starting to melt a bit, enough to expose the site for the yurt.   We hope to have the power turned back on this week so we can get busy building the base.   Just look at that view.  

The village is having a big Nowruz celebration ( a Persian new years ), and has asked that we could help them, so we doped off supplies for them.  100 lbs of carrots, rice, onions, and a gallon of cooking oil, enough to feed ploff to the whole village .

Little Sammy is getting big, but he is not the only baby growing fast .  

Today there is a volunteer out at the farm that is teaching the kids about carving.  they are starting by carving spoons. 

Tomorrow we will start plans for the kitchen at the farm .  The humidity from all the cooking has created a bit of a mold problem , so our hand is forced a little here and we will have to go ahead and get it done.  We will have to put in new water lines, and paint and treat for the mold, then put up a hood over the cooking area to vent to the outside ,, then we will need to build new counters and shelving , also we need a bigger water heater. We do have some money in general fund to get us started , but if anyone would like to help with this  that would be great .It would be nice to do a little more then the bare minimum  to make the kitchen a nice work environment.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Queen Julie

The new truck arrived last night . 

Sergey was visiting a family in need today , bringing them food supplies.  The father has been laid off for the winter   He works in the window business for nine years now., but when things slow down he is one of the first to get laid off.  He has been collecting tools that he needs to start his own window business.  There are just two more tool needed , one is $120 and one is $200, then he will be ready to start his business.  He is looking for money  to get started.  If anyone was interested in helping with this, we would offer the money to him interest free with 30% forgivable if the rest was paid back before the end of the summer.  
Out at the farm , we are sinking in the mud and clay.  Where we have the barns and walk ways used to be garden, so it gets pretty slick, and after going for the tumbelina this week, I decided to get some gravel to clean things up a bit .  We have all the B gravel down now, and in a week or two when it is packed down we will get the washed rock for the top coat. . 

We were back up to the ranch to make planes for bringing the animals up, and placing the base for the yurt.  There is still so much snow there that we will not be able to get started there for a couple weeks.

Tomorrow we will call to arrange to have the power turned back on , then we can start getting things ready for the animals.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend is over, back to work today.

Down to our last bag of coal, This morning we had to get another truck load, hopefully it will make it till spring. 

I was able to pick up a few good deals today.  this is some of the furniture for the yurt. 

the money came in for the hospital, so this morning they
started putting up the lights 
Mom and baby are doing well 

they started making the bunk beds for the Kindergarten today.  we got a great deal so we were able to purchase 8 beds instead of 7.  We will have Aiperi make the mattresses for them. 

and last but not least, Jengish and Emma picked up the new truck for the Ranch today . With the bees, the animals and the Ranch up in the mountains not to mention the other families we help out time to time., this will be the perfect vehicle . 

Friday, March 10, 2017

a face lift for an old house

We began the day by getting the renovations under way for house two at the farm .
This home we patched up a but when we first bought it, but with out some extensive work on the foundation and walls it will quickly crumble .  

We weer planing to get this house fixed up this spring, but like everything else the plans have been hastened as we need to have it ready for Samat and his family to move in at the end of the month.  We were blessed when we were in Milbrook a few weeks ago and they wanted to sponsor this project.  

Well the new windows are in , and now we have started chipping off all the old plaster .  getting ready to re plaster   

 the fridges and the second washing machine arrived today for the kindergarten project so we took some time to deliver them.  Just a couple more items then the kitchen will be stocked and ready.  

We are hoping that in the next week or so we will be done and be able to host the Bishkek Rotary club for a visit to the farm and a chance to see this project that was sponsored by the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary club.

Back on the farm we were excited about the arrival of a new healthy baby calf .. yeah.. its a girl !

she is a very watchful mom , and with horns like that I need to be watchful too. 

Before leaving the farm, we made a trip up to the ranch to to see the house our selves .. It has such great potential.  hahaha OK so you have to have a vision. but you know the greatest asset is the view and the location .. the rest is just bricks and mortar.   here is a great view of the house ! 

we took a scout around to see the best place to set up the yurt.  We are thinking this looks like a good spot.    The camp where we bought the yurt is rigging up a sled to pull behind the horses to get it down out of the deep snow,so we will be ready to go sooner then we thought.  

what a beautiful sight  

and the view is not so bad either.