Well, a week to go until the big trip! Grettle, Molly, Travel Monkey, Siberian Tortoise and myself are all most excited at the prospect of getting going at long last and taking on the vast Siberian wilderness together!
Having said this, Travel Monkey is somewhat poorly having been subject to Molly's meal a month ago and sadly has lost his entire bottom half! The good news is that his arms are still intact and so he can continue to hang loyally from Grettle's wing mirror during the long journey home.
Dad has been and gone and we had a wonderful time together during his visit. We went for a spin into the countryside to see Turtle rock a few days ago, where we spent a rather sleepless night in a Ger together. Molly was getting awfully agitated about Dad's snoring and spent the whole night transfixed by his bed, growling gently and yapping at random.
Dar rather sensibly opted not to ride with molly on the back of Grettle and instead hired a driver called Bilguun whom he insisted on calling Bengoon for the duration of the drive. Molly very much enjoyed the journey out and encountered huge eagles, camels, horses, cows, chickens and dogs along the way.
Sadly dad had his camera pick-pocketed and so the majority of our photos from the night in the Ger have been lost but the weather was super, albeit a little windy,and we spent most of our time on a small bench outside the Ger reading, sketching and chatting.
Other than the Dar visit, I have finished off my series of cockerel drawings as well as a few others which i sent home in a folder with dad along with all the luggage i won't be taking on my trip....
So i think this brings you more or less up to date on life in Mongolia, apart from a new idea of mine which arose after seeing a flying car on the news yesterday; to attach a pair of wings or propeller to Grettle once i return home and revolutionize Vespa travel world wide! More on these thoughts to come and until the big trip- adios!