Monday, 10 February 2014
Turned into a lovely day. Cold but no wind. So we went off for a walk and got to the river. Loads of people fishing. Yes sitting on the ice and digging holes in the snow. Then lowering in some line with bait on it. Seems very successful. We stopped out there and asked if we could take a picture. “No !” But please sit down as we will take a picture of you ! See below. Made the day.
I will admit it does not make me an expert ice fisherman but I can say “been there, done that!”
This all followed by a good hot meal !!!
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Just some random thoughts on our next trip...
Organized a trip to Uk for the end of the month. So now in count down mode. Should be fun having a few days off and going to see my first Grandchild. Have not really figured it all out yet. We are coming back via Moscow. We had planned a few days there but as we are only going for 10 days total holiday it does not leave enough time. Departing Atyrau on Sunday 2nd. Few days in Farnborough for work, few in London to see the Grandchild and then it’s back to Atyura. A real flying visit.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
It’s been cold but you know what you adjust. Now find myself wearing legging and an additional vest etc. Also getting used to being well insulated. Makes life comfortable. A Russian chap in the office told me we have an expression “ its not bad weather but bad clothing that makes you feel cold” And he’s 100% right.
It’s been a bit of “groundhog day” day in day out, over the last few weeks. One day same as the next. Having Wanna here has made a major difference. Going home at lunchtime and so forth really breaks up the days. Also having become a Granddad has been a major milestone.
But day to day stuff seems to consist of work and then sleep followed by the new day and more work and then…. Well you know the rest..it repeats…
This weekend we plan to have a decent walk round different parts of town as temperatures are forecast to rise to – 4Deg C. Makes for a comfortable and good temperature if you keep moving. And there is a lot t see if you make the effort. Photos to follow.
|The Team L to R, Stephen, Wanna and Peter|
|Dressed ready for the cold....|
|Frozen River Middle of Atyrau|
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Well what a surprise. Suppose I should have seen it coming over the last few months. That sounds dumb but even when Sarah told me she had stopped smoking and gone off booze it did not register.
Sarah had a baby boy! Came in at 3.15 kg and about 50 cms long. Both Mother and baby fine. Fed the Dad, was very excited and I’ve added a couple of photos to the mix.
Wonderful. Life is quite amazing.