|The train station in Tartu. I have spent many a Tuesday|
morning here. The toilets are good! Actually the station
itself has been beautifully done out and retained many
old wooden beams.
|A little bit of freedom, the chicks have|
been let out into the greenhouse, from
|Behind bars in the hospital|
|Ian chopping sticks to start a fire|
|Freedom might not be all its cracked up|
to be though. These are our excess chicks
who have joined the bigger ones out in
the field, where they can free range.
|Ian wants a camel and a llama now. To think he was a bit|
unsure about having animals at all, apart from cats a
couple of years ago. Now he is developing quite an
affinity with them.
One of the ladies who runs the camelid farm (Rakši) remembered our visit last year, but all she could remember was where we lived and we had alpacas. She was talking to a friend of hers who has moved out to our village and she asked if she knew of us, she didn't, but she said, "I will ask my friend." That friend happened to be one of our neighbours who knows we have alpacas and has our email address. The lady from Rakši said it was as if our email address dropped down from heaven - that made us smile. So thanks to a wonderful load of coincidences, we were sat in the first meeting of the Latvian Camels and Camelid Association. As far as the Association is concerned there are only four places in the whole of Latvia that keeps alpacas, ours being one of them, one is quite huge though with over 60, but the others are not so huge. So for the whole afternoon, we talked camelids and ate some great food and then talked some more, all made possible by the fact a friend of ours was also willing to put our animals away for us, allowing us to stay for a good long chat.
|Outside the train station in Riga|
|Will someone tell this sheep it is not an mountain goat.|
They do like to climb though!
|Easting the hay stack|
|Frost on the wire|
|We're not going out in that!|