May 2016

Removing Wallpaper in Second Floors Room

Published: 31 May, 2016 seen 53 Home Remodeling

Finally we have moved to indoor works, and this time we started with a room I haven't covered yet - a little room in second floor with a stove. We still don't have any idea what this room will be at the end, it might be either a guests bedroom or a temporary home office. Most probably something in the middle.  Stairways to the loft There is a small room on the left Old Wallpaper and still some junk inside. In matter of few hours we removed the junk, removed wallpaper and scratched chalk from ceilings. The result Clean walls and ceilings Now it is the right time to apply first base layers…

Scythe VS String Trimmer (Then and Now)

Published: 30 May, 2016 seen 250 Home Remodeling

About a year ago I had a chance to try out an old school tool called a scythe (back at these days, all I had at our newly inherited rural house). The grass were growing as crazy as it could, and I was left with no other option as to use what I have to fight back. My fight with grass have been personal already. A scythe was fun, but way to exhausting and for unprofessional not the best solution. Soon I started to rent a string trimmer, and even hired a trimmer dudes to do trimming for me. For this year I finally bought one for my self. See: Edward The Brushcutter AW-BC620TH Trimmer I was…

Veggie Garden In Handmade Wooden Boxes

Published: 29 May, 2016 seen 43 Home Remodeling

About a year ago we planted first plants in used wooden boxes (the drawers), see: Our First Veggie Garden: Planting Plants in Boxes .This year we (not me actually) decided to construct boxes by our own, making our veggie garden larger and probably more efficient than it was a year ago. The idea about using boxes for growing veggies is simple, it proves to be more efficient than planting them in soil, and cheaper than building a greenhouse, thus a greenhouse is another upcoming thing to do. Wooden boards we got from local sawmill for cheap (for free actually). There are no recommendations for…

Smiltynė Ferry Terminal (Klaipeda to Curonian Spit)

Published: 28 May, 2016 seen 1,529 Railway / Bus / Ferry

Klaipėda city is separated from Curonian Spitby Curonian Lagoon. For connection of two shores across the Curonian Lagoon,  Smiltynė Ferry Terminal is operating. Taking a ferry from Klaipėda to Curonian Spit is always full of joy short journey where passengers can smell the Curonian Lagoon, watch the white seagulls and terns flying closely around the ferry and indulge them with the windy fresh air. There is no doubt that Smiltynė Ferry Terminal is one of the main transportation companies in Klaipėda which is very appreciated not only by local inhabitants but by thousands of Klaipėda guests too…

Planting an Apple Tree (Doch Melbi / Daughter Melbi / Дочь Мелбы)

Published: 27 May, 2016 seen 48 Home Remodeling

Recently I introduced my dear readers with Edward The Brush cutter, today allow me to introduce you with a new sort of an apple tree we planted in our rural house as part of home remodeling works. Meet Doch Melbi / Daughter Melbi or Дочь Мелбы (In Russian). Bought at Kuldīga market from the tree nursery Bētras (Latvia). Digging a hole for planting an apple tree Planted at the end of April 2016. Daughter Melbi About Daughter Melbi (Дочь Мелбы) Vigorous tree. Starts fruiting in 3-4 years. High resistance to frost. Resistance to scab - medium. Yield, early appearance of fruit variety. Ripening…

Increase Page Views Using Google Matched Content

Published: 26 May, 2016 seen 189 Blogging

Page views are one of the major factors for any website or blog, and most webmasters are happy seeing them grow. Increasing page views can boost your online revenue. There are two basic principles of growing page views - by increasing visits to your site and by increasing page views per visit. Currently my site has pretty low page views per session ratio, it's about 1.30 pages/per session, with best being about 1.50 some two years ago. I have been using passively Google AdSense to monetize my site. Earnings from Google AdSense makes about 5-10% of overall income for this site.  It was a…

13 Dirt Cheap Web Hosting Under $5/mo

Published: 25 May, 2016 seen 1,124 Servers

In this article I decided to list cheapest web hosting companies available in hosting market, offering services under five bucks a month. It's a dirt cheap money, for an option to serve your website online. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links to Bluehost.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Bluehost site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you.  Thus I'm not a fan of shared hosting (and exactly shared hosting fells under dirt cheap), instead I prefer VPS (this blog is served with Linode VPS), if I would need to choose a cheap hosting for…

Grow E-mail Signups From Your Website Using HelloBar

Published: 24 May, 2016 seen 90 Blogging

Collecting an e-mail address from your business website or blog is a must have standard for the past decade (at least). Thus  - it all depends. In today's article I'll share my knowledge how you can grow your e-mail signups from your existing website / blog using HelloBar. HelloBar is not another new kid in neighborhood, in fact it has been around for a few years already. Installing and using HelloBar is really easy. You don' t even need much technical skills, as all of the HelloBar features can be enabled and customized by using visual text editor. Free and paid versions are available.…

Chili Pizza in Palanga

Published: 23 May, 2016 seen 147 Restaurant reviews

Chili Pizza is a popular Lithuanian pizzeria chain. Today we paid a visit to one located in Lithuanian beach town of Palanga.  Chili Pizza in Palanga, Lithuania Located in multi storey building on lively walking street in Palanga, very close to the Sea Bridge, this place serves traditional Lithuanian cuisine, which is pretty European, thus there are few Lithuanian specialties you should try once in Lithuania. For example big stuffed dumpling called cepelinai or  didžkukuliai, no, it's not the same as Georgian khinkali, according to Wikipedia: Cepelinai or didžkukuliai (singular: cepelinas)…

Sea Bridge in Palanga

Published: 22 May, 2016 seen 778 Tourism objects

Sea bridge in Palanga is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lithuanian beach resort town of Palanga. It reaches into the sea for 407 metres and is shaped in the form of letter L. The pier provides a chance to see the shore from a different perspective while going for a walk, at the same time, it is still opened for small tourist ships in summer. Sea bridge in Palanga Palanga Pier was first constructed in 1884, in order to revive the Palanga port. The steamship that was also purchased at the time allowed to successfully transport passengers and different goods to the port of…

Walking Street in Palanga

Published: 21 May, 2016 seen 248 Tourism objects

Palanga is a nice little beach resort town in Lithuania. The city features a walking street, with many cafes and restaurants, local art and craft and so on. Unfortunately I didn't figure out what name does this street wears, so lets call it just Walking street in Palanga. Turns out, this is the first geo - tagged post from Lithuania at this blog, thus I have visited Lithuania countless time prior, including Palanga.  We arrived to Palanga from Liepāja, straight from Royal Fontaine hotel. One of our goals here in Palanga was to find Amber museum (we didn't find it), so we parked our car and…

Rally Kurzeme 2016

Published: 20 May, 2016 seen 21

Sport photography has always been interesting for me. I don't feel pro enough to call myself a sport photography guru, as I understand it involves fast zoom lens as well.  Today I was equipped with kit 18-55mm lens and 70-300mm telephoto lens - the overall result - pretty good, some photos are even made in auto mode. Rally Kurzeme 2016 We booked a Royal Fontaine hotel and had a chance to observe rally in front of our hotel. Old Soviet car VAZ and Estonian Team Above photo is taken using Auto mode - excellent. Rally Kurzeme 2016 Navy ships at Liepaja Channel Piece of Life

Hotel Fontaine Royal Review In Liepāja

Published: 19 May, 2016 seen 101 Hotel reviews

Set in a converted factory building along the Tirdzniecības kanāls, this laid-back hotel with quirky, royal-inspired interiors is 8 minutes' walk from the Liepajas theater and 6 km from tours of the Karostas Cietums prison. The eclectic, colorful rooms come with TVs and Internet access. Budget rooms share bathrooms, while upgrades have en suite facilities. Family rooms sleep up to 6 people, and suites feature gilt furniture, seating areas and/or whirlpool tubs. Breakfast is offered for a fee (EUR 6, as of 2016). There's also a casual eatery, a cozy bar and a nightclub. Other amenities include…

DIY - Bed Frame King Size Rural Style

Published: 18 May, 2016 seen 106 DIY

One of the most important furniture elements in your master bedroom definitely is a bed. This time I decided to build a bed frame by my own. Last year we bought four mattress and used them in old single beds. I decided to combine them and build a King or at least a Queen Size bed. To accomplish this task I studied a few tutorials, see 21 DIY Bed Frame Projects – Sleep in Style and Comfort. I ordered planks from local carpentry, the total cost for such bed about EUR 30. Single Bed Frames To free up the space in the room I had to take those two out and put them in front of the house. A tripod…

Burning Branches

Published: 17 May, 2016 seen 36 Home Remodeling

Few days ago we did the Big Spring tree and branches trimming, we were left with many piles of branches, the only reasonable solution to get rid of them - burn them. We waited for overcast day and made three fire places today. Thus we didn't burned all of the branches today, we did a pretty good work today. Making a fire place near fish pond In contrary to the weather forecast, instead overcast day we got crystal clear sky and pretty warm day, which made me a bit nervous about safety. Burning branches in Apple orchard

Flying Fish over Venta Rapid in Kuldīga

Published: 16 May, 2016 seen 47

This was my second attempt to photograph flying fish over Venta rapid this year, first I did it around April 20, but didn't choose the right position and the weather was damn cold (sky were totally gray).  Second time, on April 29,  it was crystal clear sky, which in result got me a little bit boring photography, but hey at least captured some of the flying fishes this time. The best place to photograph flying fish over Venta rapid, is by directly installing a tripod in front of it, Which means you'll have to climb down the rocky stairways and cross the muddy river-bed (your foot will be wet…

DIY - Kitchen Cabinets With a Sink

Published: 15 May, 2016 seen 212 DIY

I have always loved to construct and develop some new things, I love to spend my free time by figuring out how to improve space around me, that's why probably for a second season I have been doing home remodeling works by my own. In today's article, not about my adventures from home remodeling, but a simple trick how I improved the temporary living space around me - kitchen cabinets with a sink. Lets start with what we got here: Old Kitchen Corner Yup, it sucks, as you can see, it is overloaded with household cleaning products, the old plumbing is just catastrophic (that's how it's done in…

Kuldīga Food Market

Published: 14 May, 2016 seen 164 Shopping Venues

Kuldīga Food Market (Kuldīgas pārtikas tirgus, in Latvian) is located on Aizputes street 2a in Kuldīga, Latvia. Frankly speaking I have no idea why they call it a food market, as from food there are little to nothing to choose. Instead this is a great place to buy plants, seeds, wood products (spoons, decorative wood figures), honey and yes, they have a small stand selling smoked fish. Does it sounds like a food market?  Kuldīga market Flower plants for sale Honey Prices are in EUR Strawberry plants Bought here a dozen of strawberry plants, paid just EUR 4 total Wood products

Top 10 Budget hotels near Frankfurt - Hahn airport in Germany

Published: 13 May, 2016 seen 321 Hotel reviews

In this article I have listed top 10 budget hotels close or near to Frankfurt - Hahn airport in Germany.  About a year ago I did a short but very memorable trip to Germany and The Netherlands, and my trip started (and ended at Frankfurt Hahn Airport), back then I choose to stay at Hotel Zur Morschabch, for other valuable deals please see listing bellow. B&B Hotel Frankfurt Hahn-Airport Located directly opposite Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, this modern hotel in Hahn offers soundproofed rooms with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi access, and a 24-hour reception. Breakfast is available from 06:00. The…

Edward The Brushcutter AW-BC620TH Trimmer

Published: 12 May, 2016 seen 541 Home Remodeling

Meet Edward, our newest team member to help us out in our home remodeling works. I first met Edward at local DEPO DIY store in Liepāja, Latvia. The sales person wanted me to buy  a Jasper, as Jasper was listed just under EUR 100. In my mind I had allocated about EUR 400 for a new brush cutter / trimmer purchase and I asked to the salesperson can he show me something more powerful than Jasper? I was introduced with many never heard brand names before, when Edward popped up. Sales guy told me - hey take a look on Edward! I asked who the hell is Edward? Ahh - you know, some Chinese guy, but…

The Big Spring Cleanup Part 2 - Trimming Trees and Branches

Published: 11 May, 2016 seen 53 Home Remodeling

After the successful Big Spring cleanup of territory surrounding our rural house, and after masonry works with chimney it was time to get rid of old and broken branches. Frankly speaking I thought it will be enough just to cut one broken branch from our apple orchard and trimming some smaller bushes in garden. Turned out I was wrong. After all we trimmed many trees and way more branches. For this task I hired a professional saw guy, which I was already familiar since last summer's home remodeling works. We made a first barbecue picnic today as well.  Let me show exactly what we did today:…

Former Kolkhoz Spartak

Published: 10 May, 2016 seen 85

It was on a still and tranquil Friday evening when we took our cat Tiger on a walk. I took a tripod and camera and just documented were we went. Turned out we were walking with our cat at former kolkhoz Spartaks territory, A kolkhoz was a form of collective farm in the Soviet Union. Kolkhozes existed along with state farms or sovkhoz. These were the two components of the socialized farm sector that began to emerge in Soviet agriculture after the October Revolution of 1917, as an antithesis both to the feudal structure of impoverished serfdom and aristocratic landlords and to individual or…

Drupal Patch For Location Module To Update Province List for Latvia With Latest Data

Published: 9 May, 2016 seen 50 Drupal Development

Made a simple Drupal patch for Location module to display latest administrative divisions of Latvia. Default one is still showing outdated data using old "Rayon" as administrative divisions of Latvia. Will try to submit this patch to official module release on Drupal.orf From Wikipedia:   According to the Administrative territorial reform of Latvia (2009), Latvia changed its administrative divisions from two-level municipalities (the districts were the first-level municipalities, while towns, cities, towns countryside territories and parishes were the second-level municipalities) to one-level…

Introducing New Section - All About Georgia

Published: 8 May, 2016 seen 335 Living in Georgia

Everyday readers of this blog are already familiar - author of this blog has been spending his days in Georgia for more than five years (since 2011). I have traveled Georgia forth and back, with just two major destinations been excluded from my travel map - regions of Svaneti and Racha. I hope I will cover these parts of Georgia anytime soon. Since author of this blog is an eager Drupal developer (you can hire me for your next Drupal web dev project) and fan of Geo tagging - there is no surprise that at one lovely night (after some heavy working day at home remodeling)  - All About Georgia…

Repairing Old Brick Chimney

Published: 7 May, 2016 seen 93 Home Remodeling

On April 20, 2016 we completely changed a top of our brick chimney at our rural country house. It was not planned actually to change all top of chimney, just to add two rows of bricks. Thus after a quick inspection it was clear - it's time to replace it all. Read how we lost a chimney in past: Replacing Roof - Part 3: Removing the old roofing (Losing Chimney) Workers inspecting chimney It was clear - there are no other option, but to remove brick by brick from atop of the chimney, and rebuild it from scratch (almost) Removing old bricks from chimney It was much easier that it seemed - due…

Restaurant "Ukrainochka" in Batumi

Published: 6 May, 2016 seen 440 Restaurant reviews

Restaurant Ukrainochka is located at Batumi Railway Station terminal building, some 3 km from Batumi city centre. Food served here is true masterpieces of Ukrainian cuisine, not to mention blonde and beautiful Ukrainian girls serving your meal here.  We enjoyed our Ukrainian meal here, while waited for train departing back to Tbilisi. Spacious space at Ukrainochka in Batumi Menu at Ukrainochka restaurant Both traditional Ukrainian cuisine and Georgian is served here Traditional Ukrainian Borsch served with smetana (sour cream) Really delicious Pancakes served with cold milk Milk was not…

Batumi Railway Station

Published: 5 May, 2016 seen 2,678 Railway / Bus / Ferry

Batumi railway station has been recently constructed and opened for public, making travels by train from Tbilisi to Batumi a little bit easier. Prior that, train stopped at Makjinjauri station (some 7 km from Batumi city center) I took a train ride from Tbilisi to Batumi at start of March 2016, and was 100% sure that new station will be located somewhere in Batumi city - I was wrong. The new station is still located some 3 km from city, and to actually get to the city, you must take additional taxi or bus. Very strange. Newly constructed Batumi Railway Station It has been opened in Summer of…

How To Make Burger Buns at Home

Published: 4 May, 2016 seen 461 Food blogger

If you asked me how to make hamburger buns at home question some eight years ago - I would say - it's complicated and most probably impossible. Ask me today - and I will not only exactly tell - but I will show some cool pictures of both how to make burger buns at home and some really delicious home made burgers and variation of hotdogs. Allow me to inform you - I'm not the original creator of what you will see next (I was allowed just to photograph) - but since we made burger buns at home - let me say - there is nothing impossible a man can handle. For today's photography I used 100mm zoom…

The Big Spring Territory Cleanup

Published: 3 May, 2016 seen 77 Home Remodeling

Few days ago I announced start for Season 2 of our home remodeling adventures. We have some really big plans to achieve this year - like getting a water supply and constructing from scratch few walls. Also a bathroom is planned to be finished until end of this Summer. But our home renovation tasks starts with outdoor territory. More precise with the big Spring cleanup. We had to clean area not only from old leaves and branches, but also from plastic bottles, cans and even TV picture tubes. Let me introduce - The Big Spring Cleanup of 2016 Dump with old TV picture tubes, plastic bottles and…

Batumi Botanical Garden

Published: 2 May, 2016 seen 996 Tourism objects

Batumi Botanical Garden is a must have to visit tourism attraction site when in Batumi. Botanical Garden is actually located at the place called Mtsvane Kontskhi ("The Green Cape") in distance of some 10 km from Batumi city on the Black Sea shore, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union.  You can get here either by hiring a taxi from Batumi (I negotiated price for about 10 GEL .March 2016) or using mini vans (marshrutkas) from city, If you have already visited Tbilisi Botanical Garden you will notice that Tbilisi garden is a weak echo of botanical garden if…

I Will Miss This Tbilisi Wall

Published: 1 May, 2016 seen 251 Living in Georgia

I have observed this wall for the last three years (with short interruptions, when on longer travels) from our Tbilisi balcony. Probably, right at this wallI started to improve my photographer skills when about two years ago I reported first time lapse - Brick Wall turning green. Looking on this wall I have spent countless hours by zooming, experimenting with f stops, changing lenses and so on, making many photographs for my 365 days photo challenge project. The following picture is how I will  remember you, my dearest wall, for next couple of months, until I will return back to Tbilisi to…