I like doors. On my walks through the neighborhood I see many doors that have opened and closed and kept things in and kept things out time after time.
My neighborhood is one of the oldest parts of Tbilisi and its doors are weathered and beautiful.
I am a great admirer of the ladies who sell things and I am constantly amazed by their innovative sales techniques.
On my walk today I noticed that this lady who sells things has obtained a number of very colorful and decorative frisbees and is using them to entice customers to buy her lemons.
You can see from the photograph that the lady has set up her lemon shop close to a money exchange kiosk. She is obviously targeting the tourist trade. One tourist family has already decided to buy the lady’s lemons and receive a free limited edition frisbee and is queuing at the money exchange kiosk to get Georgian currency.
I think the lady was about to demonstrate a two handed frisbee throwing technique but I didn’t see it because the tall person wanted us to walk on.
Later, the tall person told me that the lady was holding containers for eggs and not limited edition frisbees as I had thought. Hmm, I’m not so sure. Who would sell containers for eggs when they are selling lemons?
In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was a terrifying serpent like beast that possessed many heads. It would attack herds of cattle and local villagers, totally terrorizing the land.
One of its heads could never be harmed by any weapon, and if any of the other heads were severed another would grow in its place.
It sounds very scary.
I was relieved to hear that it was eventually killed by Heracles as the second of his Twelve Labours.
Well done Heracles!
I do like a good myth.
However, you can imagine my surprise when I found the remains of the terrifying serpent like beast in my neighborhood!
Someone must have dug it up, not knowing what it was and although it is long dead it still looks very scary.
Hmm, I do hope it is dead.
I walked past the tire man’s shop yesterday and noticed that he has expanded his stock to include flotation aids for swimmers. You will see from the photo that he has displayed an inflated tire inner tube on the awning outside his shop. I suppose now that Spring has arrived children will be eager to go swimming again and nervous swimmers may be seeking the extra reassurance of a flotation aid.
I think that it is admirable that the tire man has considered the needs of less confident swimmers.
On my walk today I noticed that a new fitness studio has opened. The complex also contains a locksmith shop.
I am not usually surprised by the retail partnerships that I see in Tbilisi but I had to think hard about the rationale for this particular business model.
I suppose if you have locked yourself out of your home it is safer to work out your frustrations in a gym whilst your new key is being cut, rather than risk climbing a drain pipe to get in through an open window.
On my walk today I came across a cat who lives in a shop window. He was enjoying an afternoon nap in the warm Spring sunshine.
Although his home is quite small it appears to be well equipped. It even has an electric kettle so he can warm up his milk at bedtime.
I know from my own kitten, Barnaby, that cats are renowned for being very clean animals and this particular cat even has a traditional Georgian brush to keep his shop window home super clean.
The packets on the shelf above his head are baking soda. I asked the tall person why the cat has baking soda in his home and he told me that baking soda has many uses, including absorbing kitty litter odors. Wow! This cat is serious about personal hygiene.
I’m not sure what is in the shiny keg but the cat is obviously very attached to it because he was hugging it very affectionately.