First Snow

It snowed this morning for the first time this coming season. Technically it is still autumn as the Central Heating in Ulaanbaatar is not turned on until 15 September but this morning was as cold as a mother-in-law’s kiss and it snowed. Bucket loads of it dropped, then melted. I remember waking up and thinking it was too quiet for Ulaanbaatar, then I saw the white stuff falling.

OK – so winter is just around the corner again.

But the good news is the hot water is back on today. And it is hot, hot, hot! So hot you could poach eggs in it.

Today I also added some more pictures to Thomo’s Toys – these are ships I have been painting. For those that know these things, they are 1/3000th scale. For those who do not know these things, they are about 3cm long (well, except for the destroyers which are about 15mm long).

And now gentle reader, after 13 days of washing from the hand basin, Thomo is going to have a long hot shower.

Old Cars and Autumn Days

The Citroën Traction Avant outside the apartment building

I believe that the delightful car is an old German car. It looks like it is straight from a 30s or 40s movie, a black car with doors that open the opposite way to cars today. It could have been in a scene from the movie Casablanca maybe. But there is was, parked outside the apartment building today.I was strolling out to buy some music, have a strawberry milkshake with a slice of rare cheesecake and generally just stretch the legs in the autumn sunshine. It was, after all, a pleasant 19 degrees today. So, as I strolled out of the building this beautiful old machine was sitting there. It had driven in. I shall see if I can get some more pictures later as well as find out exactly what it is – but I have never seen one like this in Australia.

Update Note: Jim, a friend from the US, sent me an email today (30 September 2005) letting me know that one of his friends thought he identified the car as a Citroën Traction Avant, although he was not sure of the year.

Seasonal Change

I noted it before when winter passed through into Spring, and then into Summer. These were overnight changes in Mongolia. Well, they seemed overnight at least. Here we are, sitting at the end of summer. Last weekend I wore shorts, this weekend I am wearing jeans and a flannelette shirt. Summer disappeared sometime in the last 15 days or so. Leaves will fall from trees soon (again, they will be there one day, gone the next).

Today is the 10th of September, it is overcast, very light rain from time to time. Temperature at night now is about 3 or 4 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperature between 10 and 18 Celsius. In 5 days time the central heating goes back on in Ulaanbaatar.

Hmm, grey days, short days, long nights and cold cold cold to come. I am looking forward to this first winter in Mongolia. I have some books on order and hopefully they will arrive this week as well as some more hobby stuff so I should be fine on the weekends and in the evenings. Then, if course, there is the internet — when surfing international sites it is slightly faster than snail mail – but just slightly.