Russian Village Coffee Thoughts… (09-09-2014)

Above some Herons who are camera-shy…

The village is staying busy and it is due to the monastery. Monks everywhere and now heavy equipment everywhere also. They are leveling the monastery territory and going to fence the monastery by next year. I see that next year the monastery will most likely have a car bridge over the river near here, now that will change things drastically. The buildings are being boarded up and the bell tower is almost at the starting the roof stage. The workers are bending their own roofing panels and two of them have been pulled temporarily to another site to work there. So while things are getting done, it has slowed down on the bell tower progress…


Tossed a gallery in above for you to look at some pictures…

It looks like Boza and I will stay a little longer than expected in the village. Boza is happy and I am happy also. We love the village and really do not want to leave at all, if Sveta was not stuck in Moscow most of the time, we would never leave…

People show up to their village home and spend about two days getting ready for the winter, then leave. Most of them have not even been here all summer, they just come once a year to see what is up and party…

The people back home are all wondering when I will come back and I guess a few of them miss me. Don’t know why, I am just a grouchy bear, who grumbles at them. I guess Russians do like bears…

I went shopping yesterday and decided to compare food prices to when sanctions started in and over Russia…

Figure a dollar is 35 rubles…

Eggs are down 10 rubles for 10 eggs: 33 rubles to start and now 23 rubles…

Bread is 19 rubles a loaf and that is down from 28 rubles…

Milk that I buy is down 12 rubles per liter…

Russian made kielbasas are dropping fast in price (my favorite has dropped 50 rubles a kilo :),) I suspect that is to get everyone hooked on local kielbasas if the sanctions ever lift… (Not with how stupid the EU is though!)

It is this same way across the board for everything I buy. Everything is cheaper and I find nothing missing that I buy all the time. In fact I see a whole bunch of new products from Belarus, particularly in the milk and cheese department. I also see a whole new line of confectionery candy, minus Ukraine candy, and it seems to be from Belarus also…

Boza and I are going to take it easy today, I definitely over did it yesterday and found myself using nitro to compensate. I use a long acting nitro and it did not do the job, so I had to use some spray nitro. I am also trying to get a cellphone situation lined up better. I killed my cellphone after it was smashed, dropped and crushed too many times. I am down to an emergency phone and it is not the best. I have a new one at home that Sveta will bring, but that is almost two weeks away. i do not want to have to buy a phone just for a few weeks. We will see what I can fix, I have killed several phones down here and I ordered a Nokia E72 with steel frame, gorilla glass and hopefully tough as nails. We will see…

I am fencing the property and trying to get the new property with at least fence posts set around it. Then I will decide what I will use for fencing. But digging all the holes has caused me the nitro issue…

That is it today and in fact after I get this damn fly buzzing my head out of the village home, Boza and I are going to take a nap. We have been up since 5 am and it is now 10 am, nap time for village guys… 🙂

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