Today was a lovely day. The sky was blue and the air was warm enough to not wear a sweater. I took a nice long walk and took my iPhone with me which has been relegated to just a camera/iPod with some apps that still work with no network (wifi doesn't exist out here!). I shot a few photos of Shamgona to share along with a bit of a description of each one - and a story or two.
|The last few persimmons in a persimmon tree. The autumn leaves are about the same color as the fruit.|
|More autumn leaves on the road|
|The kiwi trees are laden with almost-ripe fruit|
|These little piglets were rooting around with their mother|
(who doesn't look that big in the picture, but she was huge)
and there are a few geese under the tree.
This meadow is just in front of the river-border with Abkhazia.
|This is the border of Georgia and Abkhazia. The river is very narrow and shallow.|
I don't know if the rocky wasteland on the Georgian side is from the conflict a couple of years ago or not.
I do know that the area was bombed at that time.
|Looking the other direction along the border.|
Earlier I saw a man wade across the river to Abkhazia.
The snow-covered mountains are part of Georgia called Svaneti that
I am hoping to be able to see while I am here.
|I loved the way this fence is constructed like a basket -|
the pruned clippings of the hazelnut trees don't go to waste.
|A typical gate into a hazelnut orchard|
|This is my favorite stretch of road in Shamgona. It is beside the river, so it is very quiet.|
|This little stand of trees is along my favorite stretch of road.|
There is a stone table in the middle of this wood that I like to sit on
and read or work on my laptop or just watch the animals come ambling by......
|.....like this pig.|
|This is Tea's buffalo. Yesterday when it was waiting for Koba|
to open the gate for it and the cows, it decided to wander around
the graveyard that is just across the street.
|These cows are on their way home. And you can see the condition of the road....|
and this spot is not that bad compared to other sections!
So that's a little bit of Shamgona - my temporary home!