Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice 2023

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In case you wondered how we celebrated Summer's Solstice 2023  - we celebrated it at our rural country house some 25 km from Liepåja in Latvia. Having a lot of fun. I invited my mom to join us for the little party. Just four of us. We bought this little Dacha last year for just EUR 5,000 and now we have a place where to come and celebrate at least Līgo once in a year. I had to spend a good evening trimming grass tonight Having a property puts on a lot of responsibility, and my biggest fight…


Weekend trip to Dedoplis Tskaro and nearby vicinity

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This is a round-up post from a very easy weekend trip to Dedoplis Tskaro and the nearby vicinity. We did this trip the end of June 2019, traveling by car. It was actually Summer Solstice if other years we had a large fire and amazing sunset photography, or at least a grill on Tbilisi apartments balcony, then this year it was completely different. Originally it was planned to visit only lavender fields at Nukriani lavender, but then we extended this route to Dedoplis Tskaro, from here on we…


Summer Solstice 2017

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This is already fourth Summer Solstice featured on this blog. see how three years ago we made a barbeque on our Tbilisi's balcony and how we celebrated our first Summer Solstice in our newly inherited house two years ago. Also compare how did it go last year. This year we celebrated Summer Solstice already for the third time at our rural country house, see home remodeling.  This year it was just us two and cats. Nothing fancy. Improvised DJ Remote control and some snacks  Fireplace…


Summer Solstice 2016

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This is already third Summer Solstice featured on this blog, see how two years ago we made a barbeque on our Tbilisi's balcony and how we celebrated our first Summer Solstice in our newly inherited house, last year. This year we celebrated Summer Solstice second year in a row back in our rural house.  I was pleased to apply my recently developed skills in night photography and experimented with long exposures, HDR and panoramic photography technique tonight. Fire place Made a lovely…


First Summer Solstice in Our New (Old) House

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Last year we celebrated Summer Solstice on our apartments balcony in Tbilisi, this year we did it the right way. After I tried out how it's to move grass with a scythe, then with a trimmer and finally hiring a professional grass mover we started to repair our recent acquisition, after room and kitchen was cleaned out ouf junk and some paint job was applied both to walls and ceilings we did a test with a first garden party in order to prepare for this Summer Solstice night. Now we were ready to…


Ēdole Castle and Emila Market with 17 Cheeses and Crayfish

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Ēdole Castle is a Gothic Revival castle situated on the banks of Ēdole Lake, Ēdole parish, in the historical region of Courland, western Latvia. I had an opportunity to visit Ēdole castle and taste some of the 17 cheeses few days before Summer Solstice Līgo was held (back n 2015). During my visit a fair called Emīla market (Emīla tirgus) took action. Famous Latvian film Emīla nedarbi was filmed here in 1985. So that's the reason why this fair is named after Emīls. If you enjoy medieval…


Summer Solstice in Tbilisi (2014)

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There are some nations that celebrate Summer Solstice, most of them located in Eastern Europe. Celebrating Summer Solstice involves having a bonfire. Since in Georgia, nobody celebrates Summer Solstice, and it was a working day, we decided to make a little fiesta on our balcony How to chill your beer for Summer Solstice (and not only) Typical food at Eastern European celebrated Summer Solstice includes yeast dough for patties, cheese (Georgian Sulguni), Rosol salads, and beer. How about a…