[8:43 AM, 5/3/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: No signal in our camping site/ger/yurt accommodation!!! Will send pix shortly xxx
[1:03 AM, 5/4/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: So up early to the airport- total crazzzyness as it was the start of a three day w/e but we made it to our flight. Under two hours to Ulaanbaatar. A pretty disheveled and somewhat chaotic place old Soviet buildings and lots of new ones going up. They are having a mining boom which is probably only semi good. A strong first impression was of colour!! Painted buildings in all sorts of hues!!! So I coloured my Ulanbaatar pix as Rose had some aquarelle pencils. Xx
[1:11 AM, 5/4/2017] Half a day of close inspection of cashmere shops. Our co shoppers in one were a raft of about four llamas in proper robes one with a fancy hat. They left the shop with bulging bags. The shop's motto 'From goat to coat'. Next morning a ride from our huge garrulous Dutch host out to his ger camp. Stopping on the way to buy hay for his cows four bales hoisted onto the roof of the Land Cruiser by a man parked in some waist ground with his hay lorry! Sorry pix are on the camera not phone. Far end of the journey is cross country through a river and over the ground no road. After a lunch of hearty Dutch apple pie. He made it the day before f his daughters birthday we set out up the cow trail to the top of the nearest hill
[1:16 AM, 5/4/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: Was VERY steep getting up there. The camp is at abt 1600m so we hoped the altitude was making us extra puffed!!
[1:18 AM, 5/4/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: Spring not really underway. Bear trees with no hints of buds in UB. At the camp one willow just in flower but flowers opening on the stony dry hillsides.
[1:39 AM, 5/4/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: Our second night less cold (above freezing!). Third day we decide to walk along the river. Now lots of the willows are haloed in pale yellow and as we walk we see hints of spring green buds and ducks/geese in the river and flying in pairs. At least three species golden, brownish and black and white. Also a black and white woodpecker. Felt like we were witnessing the first opening of spring! In the woods we came to a sacred tree a huge and ancient larch a shamanic worshiping spot a wooden fence around it and triangular corrales of smooth river stones each with three poles, around it. All draped and wound around with blue rags. Blue scarves for the sky which is worshiped. I would suspect that shamanic and Buddhist beliefs are quite intertwined as they are Tibetan Buddhists.
[1:40 AM, 5/4/2017] Anwyl Cooper-Willis: On the way home we drew the ice n compacted snow on the river
[1:40 AM, 5/4/2017] Looking into the get