Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Second half of day four

After lunch Charlie got the stool put together and ready for painting. 

We then went to the Bauna tower.  We were going to pick up the kids from the orphanage but they still have the chicken pox so they had to opt out. 

from the tower we went back to the canal where we had arranged for the eagle hunter and the horse games.   It was very exciting for the team to get so up close and personal with not only Tamara the eagle, but a front row seat with the horse games . 

Its great fun to watch how much the horses get into the games. 

After supper we went back to the farm and put on a big shashleek supper with all the guests. 

Now we are off to bed after a fun filled and  productive day. 

Day two and three with the team.

So much has gone on in such a short time. This team has been kept busy the last couple days.  Here is a bit of a recap.  

We spent an afternoon at the seniors home, and cooked them supper.  They loved all the produce from the farm.  It was great for them to spend time with the team.  Above all else, the time spent just visiting is more valuable then anything else .. I did have one of those reality checks when one of the Babushka's in the bed ridden section got so excited and started clapping when she heard that we had brought some apples .. So much joy from an apple. 

We canned the last of the strawberries then sealed them with bees wax .. 

the cellr is getting full .. good thing the last team made those shelves so solid . 

They got the pumpkins moved to the barn.  We will be adding them into the cattle feed . its very good for them . 

Yesterday afternoon we had bubbles the clown with us  and we visited the Baby orphanage and   the Children's treatment center ..  It was a big hit as usual. 

Lunch was at a local restaurant where they got to experience some of the local dishes. 

At the Baby orphanage we brought Bananas and at the treatment center we brought popcorn and mittens and hats for all the kids. We also brought vitamins  for the kids and nurses uniforms for the adults. 

This morning is a work morning around the farm . 
Charlie is making stools. Today the template, and tomorrow we will be teaching the boys. 

Aiperies baby was registered today .. 

Joe is fixing the windows around the farm before winter and the ladies are learning to make baskets . 

Dave is showing off the blankets that the kids make with Aigoola .. And the laddies are learning how to make baskets with Misha while the beets are cooking for the pickled beets 

After lunch we will be going to the Baurana tower and then taking the kids from Bacute orphanage to the mountains to watch the horse games and the see the eagle hunter. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

First full day with the team

Our next team is here.  Their flight came in the afternoon, an the boys really wanted to go to the airport to pick up "Johns People " so we had Isar drive and we all piled in.  They had god flights, but did manage to have 3 bags delayed.  Apparently they are here now and Sergey will go to Bishkek in the morning to pick them up for us.  But we are excited to have them here. 

Before they got here we had a bit of work to do. Olga and her volunteers have started a homeless feeding program.  I stooped by and was happy to see an old friend.  

At the farm the boys helped me to build a table saw and router table.  We wil be able to use it to make furniture and to make our own window and door trim. 

So back at the airport, the boys thought that the best part was the coffee shop.  They enjoyed their Vanilla Late . 

This morning we were at the bazaar.  We went to buy some beef cattle, but while waiting for Jengish and Dave I came across Peter .. As I walked through the small animal section there was something a little different about him..  I made a low ball offer and next thing I know he was mine.  He is so friendly and rode around perched on my arm for the rest of the morning, very comfortable their and in tune with everything going on.  he never tried to fly away despite all the action going on, and loved any attention I gave him . 

We did manage to get three awesome bulls.  We had arranged to have the butcher come out to the farm next week, but I am fairly sure that this one will be with us a little longer. He is absolutely beautiful . Jengish says that maybe we should hurry up and name him.   

we did end up with a couple new calves as well .. Both were very nice calves and even better prices.  Since the cattle truck was full, they rode home in the back of Jengish's truck. 

After the bazaar we took the team for a little tour of the farm and some of the projects there that they will be working on over the next week and a bit.   It is looking like by the end of the week we may even gets some seeds in the ground in the green house. 

We found a great deal at the farm on winter boots, so we got new boots for the boys.  The team gave them out after supper tonight.  

Tomorrow morning we will be working around the farm.  Fixing some windows and doors before winter, as well as making strawberry jam with the last of the berries.  We will also make a big chicken stew, then will be going out to the seniors home for a visit and make them supper.

Monday, October 17, 2016

a great window of opportunity

We have been making weekly *trips to the bazaar looking for deals for good quality animals for outrageously low prices, and we have managed to get some great deals . like this pregnant  mother cow and calf that we got for about half the going rate because the farm hands looking after them were always drunk so the owner just wanted to sell quick.  We often have a vet friend there with us to check them before we bring them to the farm. 

We now have a good solid group of people that purchase meet from us.  The butcher comes to the farm once a month and prepares the meat and we deliver it to the city where a small community comes out and buys the meat right from the back of the truck .  We have now sold the last of our beef cows,  

So now when we go to the bazaar to look for deals we have started bringing our butcher rather then the vet .. The butcher knows how much meat we will be able to get from each cow, and we have buyers lined up for the meat , and we know the cost of transportation and food to finish them, so we can quickly calculate the profit.  

Yesterday at the bazaar we got some advance notice of a special sale happening a day early this week. 
 At the end of the season, all the cows that had been sent to the far mountains of Narin for grazing are sold off before winter.  This floods the local market there, so the surplus is sent by train to our bazaar to sell.  They cows will arrive the day before the bazaar to be ready in time to sell the next day. The cows are sold as soon as they arrive, then purchasers stay over night with them to sell in the regular bazaar the next day.  

We have been invited to attend this first influx of cattle.  We have enough money in our cattle fund for one beef cow right now, but if anyone would like to help us take advantage of this day, we are expecting to be able to purchase a cow we can sell for $800 for around $500 .  It might be a good time to purchase a few. 

Another interesting thing we found last week is that the market was packed full of horses that has been brought from Kazakhstan for sale.  the usual prices for horses are about $800 for a colt and up to $1500 for a mature horse.  This week we were looking at colts that we could get for about between $200 and $300.  I am told that this happens once every year or two, and the prices only stay low for a few weeks before they return to normal.  We have some one that can saddle train them over next summer.  This week we may bring him to the bazaar with us as he will know better what is the bast horse. 

Emma would like to get her own horse at some point, and this may be the time, we will see.  The colt could stay at the farm over the winter and get to know Emma and the kids, then it would go to  to the mountain right behind the farm to be trained for the summer .. Emma could still go and spend time with it there as well.  In the fall it could return to the farm fully trained.    

We have had people express interest in purchasing horses or cows for the farm in the past, and often around Christmas .. Perhaps now is the time if you have been thinking about it to act.  There appears to be a great window of opportunity here. 

A friend is coming to town .

My morning commute to the farm has just gotten a whole lot brighter. but no this is not the friend I am referring to . 

The last few days we have had some guests at the farm .  They have been experiencing life on the farm , joining in the daily chores , this morning they learned to milk the cows.  They had such a great time , and they have certainly left a piece of their hearts "On the Farm" .. Today they said their good buys and have headed on their way . 

The roof is on the green house utility shed now.   They are still plugging away. 

We are excited that Joe is on his way back to Kyrgyzstan.  We will be leaving from Montreal later today and will arrive here on Wednesday morning.  

Joe was last in Kyrgyzstan about 4 years ago.  Like our current guests, he too left part of his heart here, and a couple weeks ago, he contacted us to tell us that he NEEDS to come back .. Joe is such an awesome young man and we are over joyed that he will be staying with us for the rest of our stay.    

Joe visiting the village after we brought running water to the village .

Joe and Bekah hamming it up .
In the mountains right behind the farm.