I leave for work, in Pinki, every morning about 6.30 am, the journey takes about 90 minutes. I arrive home between 5.30 and 6.00. I don’t particularly mind the travelling, I have a nice car, I listen to some classic rock on SWF Rock and then tune into BBC World Service when I get nearer to Riga. What gets me down is leaving home in the dark and arriving home in the dark. During the summer and early autumn months I so looked forward to getting home and then getting my hands dirty, it was so therapeutic.
December was a fairly uneventful month. Apart from a 4000 km car journey to Scotland and then to Manchester over Christmas holidays, where I left my lovely Opel Vectra to be sold by my brother, very little of note happened. The builders are all out of the house now so I’m now left with a list of jobs to do like finishing the window surrounds inside and out where the new windows were fitted, fitting skirting boards around the bottom of walls and fitting door surrounds. I won’t bore you with the full list but I’ve realised I’m a big picture person and small details like window surrounds hold little interest to me. I find small details annoying, that’s why I love Inta, she likes small details. We’re the perfect team.
For as long as long as I can remember i have had this romantic image of going into a snow covered forest, with only the sound of by boots crunching through the snow for company whilst searching for my ideal Christmas tree, chopping it down and taking it home. This year thanks to Latvian laws/customs as was able to realise my dream and it was as every bit as fulfilling as I had hoped for. Finding the perfect tree wasn’t easy, lots of scrawny, straggly ones, but as you can see we finally found one. So rewarding to get it home and decorate it.
The snow has also given me an opportunity together with a full moon to indulge in my photography interest. It’s been like white nights here in Limbazi, don’t need a torch to see where you are going, even at midnight. This was taken on a tripod at midnight, no flash but a long exposure. I’m really pleased with it.
On a penultimate note I am pleased to announce that customer service in Latvia is definitely on the way up. Had to take my car to the Toyota garage for a service. Wow!! the service we received was fantastic. Apart from the garage itself looking like an operating theatre in a hospital the quality of communication was accurate and informative and we got free coffees thrown in. Just perfect, and a few days later a follow up call. A little on the expensive side but inspired confidence and I’ll be going back.
So back to my original thought of the short days. Please hurry up spring. Although I’m looking forward to some really deep snow, walking across the frozen Daugava in Riga and seeing the sea frozen, I do miss getting outside in the evenings after work. I guess I will just have to content myself with planning what we should grow in our first planting season here in Limbazi. There doesn’t seem any point in planting potatoes as we can buy them so cheaply from local farmers. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.