August 2016

Gravel and Crushed Stone For Foundation

Published: 31 August, 2016 seen 689 Home Remodeling

This Summer I will need a lot of gravel and crushed stone for home remodeling tasks, mainly for foundation sealing works. Some time ago (while digging a pond),  I negotiated a few cubic meters of gravel from neighbor, who was sealing surface of the road meanwhile, it turned out that neighbors' gravel was not ideal for foundation as it consisted from clay particles, and we decided re-use clay/gravel for rock garden instead.  I had no chance but to look for other source for gravel and crushed stone. I found a gravel quarry and ordered a load of gravel and crushed stone. Today I got the delivery…

Sponge Cake With Wild Berries

Published: 30 August, 2016 seen 154 Food blogger

Here comes another post on food blogger series, and again I must admit I'm not the original creator of following sponge cake, my better part is.  Sponge cake with wild berries Really cool cake, here is photos and cooking directions: Biscuit dough: 4 eggs, 4 tbs. flour, 4 tbs. sugar Cooking directions: Separate egg white form the egg yolk. Whip egg white to hard foam. Separately whip yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar. Fold into the egg yolks Whipped egg whites and flour. Bake for about 10-15 minutes in 180-200 degrees. When done baking cut into 3 equal parts. Cream: Sweet cream with vanilla…

Digging a trench around existing foundation - Building a bathroom from scratch - part 4

Published: 29 August, 2016 seen 569 Home Remodeling

Here comes another update on building a bathroom from scratch series in project home remodeling. The thing is - the house we got didn't pamper us a lot, and so for example I had to install new supporting beams, not to speak about changing a roof, prior to before ever dreaming about having a bathroom. OK, I had a vision about a bathroom once we replaced roof last year, but to actually feature bathroom, we have to build many new things, among them - completely replace old and rotten wood beams with AAC blocks. Sealing old foundation is one of the top priorities before building new AAC walls.…

Concreting Foundation For a Garden Pizza Oven - Part 2

Published: 28 August, 2016 seen 47 Home Remodeling

This Summer I excelled in concreting works, the major concreting works involves concreting stone wall inside our rural country house and concreting house foundation (more on that in upcoming posts from home remodeling series) In spare time from major home reconstruction works this Summer we decided to build a cool and fancy garden pizza oven, connected with a water supply (sink) and electricity - making a cool outdoor kitchen with a lot of space for not only baking pizzas but doing some other exciting things. Some time ago I built a foundation form using old clay bricks from chimney we took…

Forest Mushrooms - Penny Bun & Red-Capped Scaber Stalk

Published: 27 August, 2016 seen 222

A few days ago I reported a photo story with a harvest of mushrooms from our backyard, then we gathered fungus called Slippery Jack, in today's Piece of Life series - a harvest from deepest woods of Courland (Latvia), meet Penny Bun & Red-Capped Scaber Stalk. And again, those mushrooms were actually gathered by my better part and not me. I was actually drilling holes in a stone wall meanwhile: Penny Buns and Red-Capped Scaber Stalk Red Capped scaber stalk or Leccinum aurantiacum, is a species of fungus in the genus Leccinum. It is found in forests of Europe, North America and Asia and…

Beam Strengthening on Stone Wall - Building Bathroom from Scratch - Part 3

Published: 26 August, 2016 seen 272 Home Remodeling

The never ending story with my adventures on home remodeling and building a bathroom continues. In todays part 3 I will tell you a brief photo story how I strengthened a beam on the stone wall. See part 1 and learn more how I actually concreted this stone wall, while in part 2 see how we actually installed first bearing beams above bathroom ceiling. I'm of course talking not only about bathroom, but about a stronger and stable house as well (as bathroom will be built later into this space) Tonight I didn't sleep, I was thinking all night along on how should I will replace outer wood walls…

Mushrooms in backyard

Published: 25 August, 2016 seen 35

The other day my aunt visited us at our country house, we spent some lovely time together, and while somewhere in the woods near Akmenrags lighthouse we hunted for chanterelle fungi, should I mention we found just enough to make a barely pan of sauce?  The day my aunt left, my better part went for mushrooms again, this time at our backyard: Our backyard Yes, the veggie garden in the boxes and skew barn as well. Wait, there is a rock garden also. Here is the catch from nearby pine coppice: Suillus luteus Commonly referred to as slippery jack or sticky bun in English-speaking countries, its…

Akmenrags Lighthouse

Published: 24 August, 2016 seen 142 Tourism objects

Akmenrags Lighthouse (Latvian: Akmeņraga bāka) - a lighthouse on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea, located to the south of the resort town of Pāvilosta. I first visited Akmensrags Lighthouse in the mid Summer of 2016 together with my aunt - we made a lovely excursion with her around Courland. Akmensrags lighthouse is located some 11 km south of the Pāvilosta, the road is not in the best shape (Breakstone road) There is a small museum/kiosk/ information center located in front of the lighthouse. When we approached lighthouse some people from kiosk asked what are we doing here. It seemed…

Another morning, another beatiful mist

Published: 23 August, 2016 seen 37

It seems I have a new tradition - for the second year in the row I have captured beautiful morning mist in our country house backyard. Alright, previous year my beloved did the shooting while I was dreaming about roof works. This time I couldn't sleep (as I was thinking of upcoming bathroom remodeling works), and I noticed - a mist. In our backyard. See it for yourself: Mist over our pond and neighbors meadow Few things have changed this year: we have freshly dug pond and neighbor have packed hay into plastic packages. Mist in our backyard territory Few things have changed in this scene as…

Top 15 Budget Laptops Under $200 as of 2016

Published: 22 August, 2016 seen 2,080 Online Shopping

Yes, that's correct, you can get a decent budget laptop for $200 and less. Are you looking for a laptop to take with you on your travels, maybe perform your basic accounting? Surf online and watch your favorite shows on Netflix? Maybe preparing for a college and you are not willing to spend much on laptop? I hear you - In this article you will find rop 15  best selling laptop models as of 2016 just under $200. They are simple, but worth of their money. Good look choosing your budget friendly notebook/laptop: Please note: items listed bellow contains affiliate links to, by clicking…

Cats on The Rocks

Published: 21 August, 2016 seen 43

Recently I featured a post about how we built a rock garden in the front of our country house. I reported a lovely sunset just shortly. In today's Piece of Life series - little creatures who enjoys the most of our new rock garden. Meet our lovely cats Tiger and Richard. Cat on the rock A nice observation place for planing an attack on...birds? Or at least a try. Cats on the rocks Double attack? Cat on the rock Are you shooting me?

About Sponsored Blog Posts

Published: 20 August, 2016 seen 191 Blogging

In this article, you will find a short overview on how digital agencies, organizations or individuals, could get sponsored blog post on website, and how much it costs. Update: Buy a Sponsored post here. I haven't published any sponsored posts yet, and if you will decide to pay for sponsored content on my blog you will be the first. On the other hand, time after time, I keep publishing promotional content for free as I have enjoyed content or thought it might be useful for blog readers. Blog Traffic On average blog gets ~ 100,000 users/mo (see: From 0 To Over 100,000 Monthly…

How To Embed Facebook Posts into Drupal CMS

Published: 19 August, 2016 seen 1,610 Drupal Development

OK, I just need to finish this article as it has been in drafts section since November 2013 (Have no clue why I haven't finished it for so long). It's a good idea to finish your drafts once in a while. I believe embedding a Facebook post is not the most desired feature (Twitter status might be), at least I haven't found many embedded Facebook posts around, but that doesn't mean, you cannot embed one. Bellow is an example for one of my Facebook posts embedded in Drupal using simplest way - iframe: Embedded Posts are a simple way to put public posts - by a Page or a person on Facebook - into…

New Ambrolauri Airport will be constructed in Georgia's Racha Region

Published: 18 August, 2016 seen 177 Caucasus overview

Georgia will never end to surprise you, so today after finish concreting tasks for my country house foundation I spent some time reading Georgian websites (I have been absent from Georgia for about 4 months and haven't red news lately). One of the first I red was article about new airport/airfield construction in Ambrolauri, region of Racha.  I red the title and thought - wow, cool, then I red the whole article, and condemned - Awesome, they are not only to construct new airport, but they are going it to finish until the end of the year (2016), that's about 4 months. There is just one thing…

Red Sunset in our Rock Garden - Cool Evening Mood

Published: 17 August, 2016 seen 43

This Summer spoiled us with a lovely sunsets, but one of the most empathic had been observed  in front of our house at rock garden.  Red/Orange Sunset at Rock Garden See how we built this rock garden a few days ago. Country house during sunset There is still a lot of to do, and it will require a huge investment to completely remodel/rebuild this house, but evenings like this breaks it even. Sunset over pond Yup, we dug this pond as well a few days ago.

Drupal 7.50 introduces User warning messages for incorectly removed modules

Published: 16 August, 2016 seen 680 Drupal Development

The other day I did perform a minor upgrade from Drupal 7.43 to Drupal 7.50, and was a bit scarred when noticed a huge warning page, at first I thought there are some problems with my files and folders or I have done something terribly wrong. Thus I learnt that this is a new feature, implemented starting Drupal 7.50 version Drupal user warning User warning: The following module is missing from the file system:Module Name. In order to fix this, put the module back in its original location. For more information, see the documentation page. I actually visited that documentation page and found…

Beam Replacement for Old house - Building Bathroom from Scratch - Part 2

Published: 15 August, 2016 seen 110 Home Remodeling

Here comes another update on home remodeling works - building a bathroom from scratch. After I successfully concreted stone wall it was time to install new beams. For this side of house we did not had any beams installed (ok, they were, but they were rotted, as the roof was leaky, see how we changed a roof) A while ago I ordered beams at local sawmill (beams are 20cm X 20cm) and about 4 meter long. Today I called to the father and son (these guys are helping me out this year), and it was the matter of chainsaw, chisel and a little bit of math. Some stamina was required as well to lift those…

Do you like polls?

Published: 14 August, 2016 seen 37

Our neighbor - Fox baby

Published: 14 August, 2016 seen 20

For the second year in the row we have one small and lovely neighbor - baby fox. Once we met him at the bus stop, looked amazing - fox going to the city, the other morning bad farmers had mowed crop fields and baby fox seemed very disappointed. Today we met our friend, just wandering on the road. baby fox on the road I wish I had a telephoto lens attached, to capture a lovely portrait, as the fox didn't seemed scared or so, just wandered. road and the fox Piece of Life after all!

Making Rhubarb Wine

Published: 13 August, 2016 seen 44 DIY

In our garden we have a lot of rhubarbs, one thing you can make out of them is a rhubarb cake, but turns out there is at least one more thing you can do with rhubarbs - you can try to make a wine.  In today's Do It yourself series - my (our )attempt of making a rhubarb wine - I'm calling this an attempt - because we actually didn't make any wine this year. But if you are looking for a receipt on how to make a rhubarb wine, here is one: How to Make Rhubarb Wine at Home Rhubarbs Above is our rhubarb harvest from our garden. First thing you will want to do - to remove leaves. Cleared rhubarbs…

Gravel for road surface and rock garden

Published: 12 August, 2016 seen 29 Home Remodeling

The other day I first met with one of our closet neighbors, he approached me and told me, that in couple of days he will cover road (we are sharing together) with a gravel. I already mentioned it in my previous post about pond works.  I asked what kind of gravel does he is using for road surface, and decided it would be a good idea to have a little bit gravel for upcoming home foundation works (concreting). We agreed that he will give me a little bit gravel (I asked for about 1m3, but got some 3m3). Pile of gravel Just later I learnt, this gravel won't be suitable for concreting as it…

Building a Rock Garden

Published: 11 August, 2016 seen 83 Home Remodeling

Today we made a rock garden from scratch, well almost. The thing is - idea to have a rock garden have always been in our minds, but we hadn't yet figured out how to solve the biggest question - rocks. We had already idea of place were rock garden will be situated (in front of house, were use to had been a dump - see: The Big Spring Territory Cleanup ) Luckily after pond works were done, pond guy told he could help us with his New Holland excavator to do something else, and we agreed to take down that collapsed cowshed in front of house, it turned out there are huge rocks laid for the…

Building a foundation for a garden oven - Part 1

Published: 10 August, 2016 seen 129 Home Remodeling

Idea to have a nice garden pizza oven were sit first already last year, together with the works we started shaping a form of our rural house, we recently inherited. Thus we had to wait for more than a year, before actually proceeding.  The other day, while the pond guys were finishing digging pond, I dug some soil, to lay in the foundation for garden brick. Laying foundation for garden oven With the help of a shovel, I will dug off the ground surface Shaping the form of foundation We will go for a L for garden oven, attached with a sink and water (nice outdoor kitchen) Laying in bricks I'm…

Pond Digging - Part 3 - The Result

Published: 9 August, 2016 seen 197 Home Remodeling

This morning started with a surprise, I was still sleeping, when my partner awakened me and told - pond guys are digging. I was surprised, because I didn't heard a sound. Maybe I was too tired from yesterday's pond draining or as it turned latter - the modern excavators are quiet.  Anyway, I was not surprised at all - because when pond guys started, they didn't even informed me, see how it started in part 1. I made (more correct, my partner did it) my morning coffee and took my camera to document the progress. Excavator digging pond from the road side I was a bit worried about the road,…

Downshifting blog about Georgia -

Published: 8 August, 2016 seen 342 Living in Georgia

The other day - I was contacted by Elene, she introduced me with her project website- which features interviews with people who have moved to Georgia and run interesting projects. I decided to share this blog with you readers, as I really enjoyed it. By now it features few, but pretty strong stories about down shifters from other countries, if you are up for a moving to Georgia and looking for some like minded mates to chat with, at least  - waystogeorgia might be a great starting point. On the other hand, if you have spent already some time here - you can tell your own…

Top 20 Tbilisi and Tskneti Restaurants 2016

Published: 7 August, 2016 seen 2,075 Living in Georgia

Welcome to the subjective TOP 20 Tbilisi and Tskneti restaurant list. This is the second annual Tbilisi restaurant top crafted by me, see TOP 20 Tbilisi restaurants for previous year. In this year top I have extended reach by adding two more great restaurants from Tskneti (suburbs of Tbilisi) as lately I really love to visit this area. Many restaurants and cafeterias from last years list haven't made into this years top, simply I haven't visited them lately and that could mean following - some of them are out of business, like my personal favorite - 11 Katkha restaurant near Dinamo Stadium,…

How to drain a pond with a pump and hose - Digging Pond - Part 2

Published: 6 August, 2016 seen 1,071 Home Remodeling

Today I had a chance to excel in pond works - I was left with no choice but to drain the pond. Luckily the pond guys brought an electric pump to make my life much easier.  If you are new to home remodeling series, make sure you check out an article on how it all started about a year ago. And of course check out first part on pond digging, when we discovered that pond have been dug without our presence. Surprise pond digging in the middle of Summer. Now, pond guy phoned me and told me that it would be great that we should drain the pond, he will bring a pump and all I have to do - just to…

Chasing Sunset Photography with a Strong Foreground (Pāvilosta / Jūrkalne)

Published: 5 August, 2016 seen 46

Chasing sunset photography with a strong foreground is a brief story, which happened on the next day after Summer Solstice. We took our moms and a little doggie and decided to visit coastal Latvian beaches.  At start we headed to Pāvilosta piers, I left girls wandering around while installed a tripod and thought I will make a few HDR's here. I have been into HDR photography since the day 1 I discovered this lovely technique back in Tbilisi. The rule of thumb for a great HDR is so called Golden hour - 30 minutes before sunrise/sunset to get interesting colors. Pāvilosta piers I have felt in…

Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs

Published: 4 August, 2016 seen 153 Tourism objects

The Jurkalne Seashore bluffs (Jūrkalnes stāvkrasti) are one of the most picturesque parts of Latvia's Western part seashore, located some 20 km from Pāvilosta. Jūrkanle bluffs are great for photography or quiet walk near the beach. The bluffs in Jurkalne belong to the landslide-landfall type. The largest amount of erosion can be observed in Jurkalne. Seashore near Jūrkalne A quiet beach untouched by civilization and bluffs of up to 20 metres high.  The stairs that lead from the top of the bluffs to the beach have been replaced many times, due to the shore receding after powerful storms. It…

Postcards from Pāvilosta

Published: 3 August, 2016 seen 27

In today's Piece of Life photo series - Postcards from Pāvilosta. I made an article about Pāvilosta and Pāvilosta's lighthouse a while ago. This time we headed to Pāvilosta in company of five after we celebrated Summer Solstice.  I was equipped with a tripod and I already knew - I will catch a sunset today Pāvilosta piers Much of the Pāvilosta history and foundation is related to harbor here - Information(link is external) about the history of Pavilosta dates back to the period of Duke Jekabs (1642-1682) when ships could enter the Saka River and Pavilosta served as Aizputes harbor. This…

Rude Manor

Published: 2 August, 2016 seen 254 Tourism objects

Rude manor (Rudes muiža) is located in Laidi parish, Kuldīga district Latvia. According to Kuldīga tourism information center it's one of the best preserved Empire style manors in Kurzeme. Rude manor complex with a simple, but elegant Empire stylemaster’s house, a stable, a few barns and servants’ houses is located on the picturesque Rude hill. Rude manor In 1819 the estate became Firck family’s property. In 1882 Rude changed its owners again, and was bought by baron Paul von Manteuffel, who was its owner until the manor was expropriated in 1921. However, the Fircks family gave the most…

Top 10 Best Selling Laptop Computers / Notebooks - August 2016

Published: 1 August, 2016 seen 329 Online Shopping

Best selling laptop on Amazon at start of the August 2016 is Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD laptop. Among  top 10 popular laptop models you will find: Acer, HP, Asus and DELL brands.  Please note this list contains affiliate links to, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptop computers listed on this page is retrieved by using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG 6th…

What type of traveler are you?

Published: 1 August, 2016 seen 42