|tire fixing first thing in the morning (there was a nail)|
|The car has a Soviet-era licence plate, the red bus may be older|
|at a crossroads we passed trucks lined up loaded with produce|
|and then a long line of seller booths opening for the morning|
We saw some interesting things, some of which we got photos of, drove through the edge of Odessa, went through more checkpoints (they seem to have ones going into every city and near railroads and canals) Of course we checked out what the local farmers were up to, how the crops looked, what was harvested. There was a large field of tomatoes that had been pulled up and there were a few people out gleaning, another guy was hunting for fallen sunflower heads in a field that had been combined. There were a few people with long poles knocking walnuts out of trees along the highway. Most Ukrainians are putting away as much food as possible in their basements for what they assume will be a bad winter.
|Another check point, they had a box to donate to the troops|
|more beautiful Orthodox churches|
|Ukraine still has sea salt flats near Odessa (the others are in Crimea)|
|Garry buying grapes to snack on|
This made it convenient for him to spit out seeds as he drove. He bought another bunch on the way home, somewhere in the Kherson region.
However, with the windows open I was wishing I had remembered something to tie my hair down since it got rather tangled by the end of the day!
|Even wifi with lunch, checking the latest news|
|not just another checkpoint!|
|Is that really passport control?|
|let's check that paper map|
|Coming up to the Ukrainian border #2|
We saw herds of cows, mostly reds, but some other colors and after our excursion to Moldova we started to see herds of goats and sheep. We even had to wait as one herd crossed the road in front of us, which meant I got some good photos. The shepherd was grinning at us when he noticed me clicking away after they were safely on the other side.
|There was a bus waiting too|
|There were dogs herding them across the road|
|See the donkey cart in the middle?|
We saw sunflowers being combined and tractors working up the harvested fields everywhere we drove. However, we were surprised to see that they seemed to have already planted wheat the further southwest we drove. In our village September 15th is when winter wheat planting gets started, hopefully after some rain.
More about Ismail and Rene to come...
|sunflower seed going into a truck from the combine|