Morning of sixth august began as some other days in this project. We had to go out for half of day. Project members should see local region’s workers to find out how they are doing their job and share their experience with us.
First we sow the place, where one family have their own business of water lilies. One or two people were all time near their little pond to protect area where they growing water lilies. They invited us to feed fishes by our hands. They were eating the bread, and it seemed like spa therapy on the hands. They explained us how water lilies are growing. It need no more one meter deep water, at the bottom there should be ground. They were selling lilies only in Latvia, because transporting the flowers depends on many things, it needs environment as their usual pond has. Lilies can stay live only 3 days without its home. It is used only for decoration of little ponds but flowers are not usable separately. This job for them was something like family tradition. Father left this business for two daughters after death, and they decided to continue fathers work.
After water lilies we saw man who had honey business. He had many bee houses and he was working alone with them. He explained us how to work with bees. It was very interesting, and we found out many new things about bees. After ten years of working he and his wife learned by themselves many new things about carrying of bees. There we saw a lot of electrical equipment to work easier with bees. He also showed us how he was working earlier times, which was more familiar for us. Carrying bees is very hard work, but honey gets you money, as this guy told us. He was talking English which he learned in school. Especially I was really happy for seeing beekeeper and learn his experience which I think I will use in the future.
We also saw one of our project member’s family farm, where they were growing cows for meat. There are different kinds of cows growing in Latvia – for milk and for meat. The meat cows where bigger sized then others. All of them had yellow paper pinned on their ears with unique number, depended on their family, like a passport. These cows were for selling after several months, when they would get sized owners sell them. This family, like other families in Latvia had big yard and little wooden buildings in there. Sauna as well, old dry grass keeper and so on… we also saw tractor which is making round dry grass roulons.
In the middle of the day we were in one Lutheran church of Vecpiebalga, there we tried to play on huge organ, but unexpectedly! . This village as I found out is based on river Balga, there are two villages named Vecpiebalga and Jaunpiebalga, first means old Piebalga (Near balga), and second one means new Piebalga. In Vecpiebalga we eat our lunch and went home.
Vecpiebalga Local Municipality project manager Inese Asarite explained us how to write business plan and divided us to groups. We wrote our very interesting plans. For example my group had great idea of coffee kiosks and by our business we would became billionaires in few years.
This was the day when I was in the key group, I should work and help them to clean everything, but other project member helped me in this job, I was doing my important business plan work.
And finally, evening was also as usual, we had our dinner, dances, enjoying ourselves and lots of fun. Later it started to rain, but it didn’t disturb our fun. Some of girls tried sauna, we went to sleep happily, as usually in Latvia we had.