Friday, November 13, 2015

Kyrgyzstan 2015



Kyrgyzstan – November 2015
Our trip to Kyrgyzstan has been a great one.  We visit different villages each day and get to teach local growers and women how to care for their orchards and do budgets, make hand creams, lip balms and home products. 
While here (Bokonbaevo village on the south side of Lake Issykul, Kyrgyzstan) we visited a felt factory where they make high quality felt AND the felt for what I call REAL yurts.
Reality – we needed to get a visa off for our next coming trip.  The visa in a PDF and can’t be saved.  I got the Adobe Pro but it wasn’t working.  So to the local computer shop.  I had saved the PDF and it was mostly done.  We printed off the form by wifi in the computer office.  Then Kate filled out the form, we scanned the form so we could send the form off for getting the visa.  The form couldn’t be saved as a PDF so had to be saved as a Word document.  Then my Flash drive I was told had a virus but I checked it the day before, but who knows.
So, if we were at home this would have taken 5 minutes, it took almost an hour to get this done.    Kind of like walking back in time.  But it got done.  This cost 75 coms or just over $1.00USD.
Out in the field we have run across some traditions that are not good traditions.  1 – many people STILL think that pruning their tree will kill or hurt the tree.  I have tried for 50 years to kill a tree, any tree.  Not been successful yet.  So they are very timid at pruning.  They ARE pruning but very timidly. 2- They irrigate the trees right against the trunk.  So the trunk and roots are wet a good portion of the time, PLUS they dig a hole to hold the water right at the trunk so we are seeing root rot AND what is called crown rot.  We explain that the tree roots that absorb the water and fertilizer are out at the drip line and the water and fertilizer needs to be absorbed at the drip line, not near the trunk.  Fortunately I see a lot of nodding heads.

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