My long trip is almost over. Just one more day in Latvia, and I’m flying home.
This was such a pleasurable travel experience, even though, the weather was not showing its sunny side at first.
Not only was I enjoying a lot, but I also got some useful things done.
My daughter had arranged a very interesting come-together in her garden. The funny part was borsch which her guests cooked straight over the fire in a special pot since modern pots would simply split apart. The taste of this soup was superb since it cooked slowly and became like an extract of all good and fresh things within it.
Cooking outdoors borsch
The surprise guest was the famous Latvian musician Gacho who did not mind attending this small party since he is a friend of my daughter’s friend. Gacho’s musical genre is best described as a mix of electronic music, hip-hop and punk rock, and his shows are attracting plenty of audience which is taken away by his charming manner of performance. Why do I like his music? I’m not that young: getting close to 56. The content of Gacho’s music is not limited to plain rhythmic experiences decorated with some equally simple lyrics.
The well-known and amazing Latvian musician Gacho (Gatis Irbe) did not mind to have some photos taken
Here we go: Gacho enjoying our delicious snacks, and I am enjoying the entire party and guests
I admire mostly the very rich lyrics, the feeling of something behind tunes and words in his songs. He also has a rich, impressive personality, and we had an amazing talk about his background, family (mom artist, dad sportsman), and it was surprising how he was not trying to make himself more important or less approachable than just a regular guy. Anyway, that was a big pleasure. His manners were excellent, too. He sent a thank you message for the nice conversation. I wish Gacho (his real name is Gatis Irbe) lots of new shows (he just had one huge in Liepaja, Latvia), plenty of luck and musical inspiration. I’d love to thank him, as well.
The first of two paintings
My paintings of poppies in acrylic
I managed to get done two poppy paintings which I had promised a while ago. Time was pushing me, but the client was very satisfied after these paintings were installed on the wall. The worst part was, I had very little time to take some pictures, and no chance to take some pictures in a good light. Oh well, they loved these paintings, and who cares how their images look like?
Side by side: commissioned poppy paintings
We had a chance to attend the Rose Festival in a small Latvian town Tukums.
My family, however, the oldest grandson and my husband were not present, and my son-in-law was taking this picture
The huge wreath was made only of live roses. Just imagine how many should be there!
Small town: Tukums
The Rose Festival was well attended
Poppies along the road
This town was very attractive. Beautiful views were on both sides of the road, but twilight was getting closer really rapidly, so my small camera was unable to take good pictures of wild poppies.
My farewell cake: delicious and beautiful
Anyway, my grandson has started to worry about his computer, so I have to finish my writing. I’d love to finish it with a beautiful and fantastically tasting, oh-so delicious farewell cake. My sister made it knowing how much I love home-made cakes, all from scratch with real fresh garden strawberries. Thanks my dear sister! The cake was wonderful.