|There was a lot of rattling as we passed this truck!|
When he got back, around two o'clock, he had to go breed a cow, and then he was driving to Salone (towards Dnepro) to pick up a sample of the sunflowers combined yesterday and then drive it back past the village on the highway to Zaporohia to have it analysed at a mill.
Here are the photos so you can see some of the things we saw in Salone (Sa-lon-neeah) and Zap.
|still hard to take photos out the front window of the van|
|a little clearer when you snap it out the side window!|
|Combine (in) on the road as we go around town to Vitaly's business|
|The gate lady who let us in and out at Vitaly's|
|Two guys on a scooter- the one behind is holding onto the rack|
|You can see part of this Glory to the Heroes sign in the pig photo, too.|
|Hard to get a good photo of the repainted city sign|
out the far side window, but I took one on the way out of town
Photos in Zaporoshia
|They had to repaint the letters on the city sign again, it faded|
Then we went to the famous old oak in Zaporoshia, which is sacred not just to the Mennonites, who talk about meeting under it in the Chortitza settlement 200 years ago, but also to the Ukrainian Cossacks in earlier times. It is thought to be more that 400 years old, from what I understand. We had not visited in a number of years so were surprised to see there is still one live branch on the tree as before but one of the big branches supported by wires and ropes has fallen down. There seems to be more development about Ukrainian history at the site now, as you can see in the photos.
|view from the parking lot- there is an Orthodox church at the site|
|A mix of the old stone statues at every history site and woodcarvings|
|mosaic over the church doors|
You could hear someone playing an old Beatles tune on a trumpet as we walked into the park, and although we never saw them, we heard several more songs, including the Ukrainian national anthem, before we left. There are many houses nearby.
|the old tree is supported by many poles and wires|
|New Ukrainian atmosphere- a tiny cottage|
|the metal horse you can climb up on is a favorite of the children|
|Me with another new Cossack carving|
|Kids hanging out near the playground under other oaks|
|Peeking over the wall behind the restaurant, we see even more new stuff!|
We drove to the other side of the city to a restaurant for dinner. Interestingly there was a group of teenagers hanging out near the underpass and what mischief were they up to? Singing the Ukrainian anthem!
|It seems every bridge in Ukraine has a new coat of blue and yellow paint|
|The new bridge is in limbo again - all road projects are stalled now|
|that's the 4 Points Sheraton poking up in the distance|
|downtown on Lenina (street)|
|A billboard for Ukrainian Independence day downtown Zaporoshia|
|a little loving Ukrainian graffiti on the bridge|
|Lots of these billboards going up around the city|
|If you look closely the Lada ahead of the motorcycle (yes the driver has a |
helmet, not the guy on the back) is being towed with a blue towrope strap
The results were in and according to Max who read the report when we got back to the village, the sunflowers were a little dirtier than Garry thought; but then he did not take the sample either. The sunflowers that were combined are sold to Vitaly in exchange for mookooka - the ground waste after they press sunfloweroil, it is a good protein source feed which will be used next winter during the time that there isn't any pivtravina (brewers' grain) available to buy because the beer plant closes for a month or so for the holidays.