Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Renovation started!

This is what it looks like yesterday morning

And how it is tonight.

Yesterday was just gray, with no wind. Today has been another story.It has been pouring all morning. And more rain is expected for the rest of the week. So I'm very glad they could clean the existing walls yesterday, and build the new one today.
You may notice that the front door is blocked. Because of that.I'm  not allowed to step on it until tomorrow afternoon.
As I said, it has been pouring. Had the light on all day. Making this beauty even more enjoyable.
That is the first time I see 4 stems from the same bulb... I saw it with another kind of amaryllis, a first with the regular one.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A bit or gardening

I promise I'll go on with Mongolia soon, but there is a second subject in my mind right now.
The front garden has never been really taken care of, in 30 years... The temporary solutions had become final.


Until one day I had enough of all of it (and checked that my bank account was positive enough).
So I called a landscaper, in fact it is a team of two. They drew a project, now we are at the stage of the quotations.That include building a font wall, designing a garden, cleaning the existing walls. The project also includes transplanting the rose bush that grew out of control. The nursery man is going to take care of the rose bush, but a slight inconvenience appeared. The rose bush hinders the cleaning of the walls, and having the nursery man coming just to transplant it would increase the bill behind reason.


The solution is that I  trim the rose bush, to make room for the cleaning team. Done.
At first, I wanted to keep the rose bush where it was. The landscapers were not thrilled. But I am the customer, so they agreed. However; when I saw the plantation plan, I changed my mind because it broke the harmony of the project. Now that it is trimmed, I'm sure it was the right decision.

And I'm more impatient than ever to see the final result. Most of it should be done before  Xmas...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bayanzag - Flamming Cliffs

Aswe left the camp that morning, we saw a biker taking position on a hill. He waited for us to go by. To sell some objects his wile had made (mostly felt). You can find those object anywhere, toys, Xmas decoration and so on, But they are made locally, from local wool. And it is always a pleasure to discuss and meet the nomads.
Unfortunately, the sun was hidden when we arrived at the cliffs. So they were not flamming as much as they should.



Another sad fact is that they are a big sand castle, meaning they collapse and disappear quickly.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hongory Els - Singing Sand Dunes

First a bit of explanation about the sheep.
Men kill the sheep. They are not allowed to pour blood on the floor. And they are up to the challenge. They cut one vessel near the hear, through a small incision. Death occurs very fast. All the blood is kept inside the cavity.
They skin the sheep, cut the flesh into pieces. The women step in to take the inner organs. They will boil them with onions. They are then presented and eaten as such, or you can grill them or whatever you fancy. Most of the meat is boiled. I was surprised to see how tasty it remains, and the texture too is amazing. I suppose that is because of the way they are fed. Grass, and only that.

Now let's go to the South of theGobi desert.
This goat was a leader. While the other kept their distances, it came to us to ask for some treats.
Those are singing dunes. Not every dune can sing, but those can. Because of the shape of the grain, of the temperature and other parameters. When the sand moves, you can hear it.

 
at the bottom, there must be a lake at some time of the year.
Indeed, there is
but as you see, it is very dry.
I did notmake it up to the top. However the view was something, even from the middle.
Some local chatting together

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Food

This was our first meal in the desert. A soup with sheep raviolis, and salted butter milk.
A collection of cheese (goat and camel)
I love those steamed bread!

A typical dish : pasta with meal

This is how butter is done
A typical delicatessen : the inners (heart, liver, kidneys, etc) of the sheep. They do taste wonderful, I swear. Even in the middle of the afternoon or at breakfast.
I also recommend goat liver, yummy.
The sheep in that pot was still living less than two hours ago.
While they killed it, they heated stones in a fire. Then put layers of stones, meat and potatoes/onions in the pot, as high as possible. Closed the cover (took two men to do so) and let it steam for about 45 mn. It was plain delicious. It all disappeared in less than 15 mn.
apart from the inners that we had in the afternoon.
Whenever we would stop at a yourt, we were offered food (cheese and inners) and drinks (tea with or without butter). The tastiest experience was vodka made from goat/sheep yogourt. You have all the flavors, believe me :-)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Old carvings

The desert is not made of sand only. There are some rocks too. On them, there is art going back to the dawn of humanity.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Inside a yourt

First a tourist yourt
The furnace is used to heat the yourt, and even to cook

Then a "real" yourt