The tree that walked

On my walk through the neighborhood this morning I saw this.


I pointed it out to the tall person and asked him why this tree had legs. He smiled and told me that it did seem unusual.

I suggested to the tall person that perhaps the tree had been unhappy living in a forest and decided to grow legs so that it could walk to a better place.

The tall person agreed and said that sometimes it is difficult to see the wood for the trees and it becomes necessary to remove yourself from a situation.

I didn’t understand that and asked him why the tree decided to come and live here by the side of a road in a city.

The tall person smiled and said that all journeys finish somewhere.

Fence contractor goes the extra mile to save tree

On my walk through the neighborhood today I saw this.

Funny Tree

I pointed it out to the tall person and remarked that the fencing contractor went to incredible lengths to preserve the tree. He smiled and said that it was indeed an extraordinary engineering feat.

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Bassa’s Blog Wins Bronze in Top 5 Funniest Travel Blogs Awards

Top U.K. travel company,, names Bassa’s Blog as a Bronze Award Winner in its 2012 Top 5 Funniest Travel Blogs Awards.

Acknowledged as the “Oscars of the Travel Blogging world” the awards are a celebration of travel blogging excellence.

“As avid followers of a variety of travel blogs, we wanted to acknowledge and reward the sheer breadth of entertaining, educating and inspiring travel content.” Daniel Abrahams, Managing Director,

In announcing the winners, chief editor Lynda Hamilton said, “Welcome to the daily diary of Bassa – a large, Caucasian Shepherd dog living in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. This multi award winning blog documents the world of Tbilisi through Bassa’s eyes and is followed by 5,000 people worldwide.

Written by Mike Day, who also authors the successful Georgia About blog, which featured in one of our previous awards categories, it’s not only funny but gives a great insight into what real life is like in every day Georgia. Bassa is pretty cute, too. Just take a look at her profile pic to see what we mean. Congratulations, Bassa, you’ve landed our Bronze badge.”

Bassa’s Blog is delighted and honoured to be chosen as a Bronze Award Winner in these prestigious awards.

Thank you

Tall person says thank you!

I am writing on behalf of the tall person to thank everyone who has visited his new blog, ‘Georgia About’.

He has been very busy writing posts and taking photographs of the best of everything about our beautiful country.

De has also been very busy cooking and preparing recipes for Georgian meals, which tall person has posted on the new blog (and then eaten!).

I am also pleased to report that the little person has been enjoying the spin off benefits of the new blog, partly because of De’s delicious meals but also because he has accompanied the tall person and De on their Georgia About reporting missions, which have included a visit to a bakery to see how real Georgian bread is made, a trip to Tbilisi’s Narikala Castle, a walk across the Bridge of Peace, a ride on the new aerial tramway, lots of rides at Mtatsminda amusement park and lots more!

Tall person loves Georgia and loves to share his experience of this wonderful country.

Here are some of the comments he has received on his Georgia About blog:

WOW!!!! What a beautiful country…. I could move to Georgia in a minute… its has to be one of the prettiest places in the world… amazing. What a secret gem of beauty Georgia is! 

You are doing an amazing job here! It was clear already from Bassa’s blog that you had a beautiful and unique style in writing, so as a reader I’m really happy that I can now enjoy more of your work in this blog.

What a country… so much is so historical yet other parts are so far into the future that it is stunning…. amazing!

We absolutely love this! It is so interesting learning about Georgia and what a cool place to visit! Sure is a beautiful country! Keep up the great posts!!!

More and more you’re making me want to travel to Georgia.

Sounds delicious! And I love your photos of all the ingredients… they’re attractive and helpful. Thanks!

I knew this was going to be a great blog. I enjoyed this so much.

I want some now! No, wait – I want a big bowl!

Our mouths are watering! Great post!!!

So much history and yet so much on the cutting edge of modern design and beauty!!!

If you have not yet visited Georgia About please drop by and say hi to the tall person – he will be very happy to see you!

New blog about Georgia

I have some exciting news! Tall person has launched a new blog to share his experiences about life in the Republic of Georgia. Having lived here for several years he wants to show the best of the best of this wonderful country and with the help of De and Mari his new blog will take you on a guided tour of its unique culture, rich history, amazing food and wines, colorful markets and natural wonders.

Walk with him in the snow covered Caucasus mountains and lush forests. Tour the towns and cities and countryside and meet the Georgian people, renowned for their hospitality and love of life. Learn how to cook Georgian food. Visit centuries old churches filled with exquisite icons and murals. Learn about traditional crafts and customs. See the best of the best of Georgia.

Called Georgia About, the new blog will bring beautiful Georgia to you!

Visit Georgia About and see the best of the best of Georgia:

Good luck with your new blog tall person. I see you have found something thinner than you!

He always receives a very smart welcome!

Tall person returned from London late last night.

Barnaby and me waited up for him and were so happy to see him. We asked him about his trip to England and he said that he was a little tired and would tell us all about it in the morning.

He did say that he was very impressed with the honor guard that met him at London airport.

Wow, tall person must be very important to receive a ceremonial welcome.

Meet my baker

There is a lot of news about bad bankers on television at the moment and how they have lost a lot of ‘dough’ so I thought it would be nice to talk about good bakers who make very good use of dough.

This is my baker. He makes delicious bread for me and the tall person and De and the little person and other families in my neighborhood.

He looks as if he is dressed to go to the beach but that is because the circular clay oven, called a tone (pronounced “ton-AY”), is very hot. In summer, the heat inside the bakery is almost unbearable.

The tall person likes to watch the baker make the traditional long pointed bread called shotis puri. The dough is stretched on to a long handled shovel and placed on the inside walls of the oven. When it is ready the baker uses long sticks to take the loaves out and puts them on slatted wooden shelves to cool. It smells fantastic!

The bread is very hot when it is freshly baked and when you buy it the baker will usually wrap it in a sheet of paper, otherwise it would be too hot to carry.