The hay left on the wagons last night went in the mow this morning, Garry had quite the crew of guys up there today, including yet another prospective new student who may join us in the fall, if we have space for him. He is not an orphan, but comes from a very large poor family (8 or 9 kids) close to the separated east of Ukraine and is interested in the program. You may remember that we had a few kids like that during the initial year of the trade school with John. Garry said he was a real hard worker.
They will have about four more loads to bale today, they keep cutting more of the alfalfa fields everyday, so there is some dry to bale a few loads. Garry tells me that the haymow is getting pretty full, soon they will have to hire the round baler for the rest of the year, because there will be no place to store the regular bales. Straw from the wheat fields will all go into the big pyramid stacks like the last few years.
|Max's brother Artem standing on the bucket, Student grad Nikolai driving,|
new student Svitaslav, milker lady Nastia's two little girls and student Vika
|Nikolai and Svitaslav pushing, Vika and the little girls watching|
I did get a little work done on my grouting yesterday afternoon, I got too busy with freezing peas and planting sweet potato plants in the morning. We are also working on prepping lessons for teaching English for three weeks for Summer English Institute, starting two weeks from today. Garry will be teaching young teens and me adults (16 & over). Hopefully the car is actually done today so I can drive in to help with the last day of testing for it Saturday, because if we only have the Mercedes, Garry will have to go, no matter how busy he is, I refuse to drive that van.
They are all from a village a couple hours ride from here, often the ladies go back there when they are on their 10 days off (they are on a 20 on- 10 off schedule along with our third milker lady, who lives in the village). Yana bought a house in the village about six down from us a couple years ago that they live in when they are here, since one or both ladies are here all the time. They have some animals and a garden. It's the first time this year that the girls have come with their mother, but they seem to be happy to be here and have made friends with Polo, our dog. Garry tells me they have learned to say "Hello Garry" in English/