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  • Day1096

    Ginkūnai, 3 year vaniversary!

    June 27 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today is our 3 year vaniversary. On this day in 2016, we drove away from our bricks and mortar home for the last time and have been living in Martha Motorhome ever since! We didn't mark the occasion with a big celebration like we did after the first 12 months of travelling, but we did quietly reflect on how settled we are with life on the road and how content we feel when looking forward to continuing this lifestyle over the coming few years.

    A long strip of slightly sloping mown grass in Ginkūnai is where we've chosen to overnight. On our left is a band of reeds in which a channel has been cleared, giving access to a tree lined lake (handy for Will's fishing). On our right are meadows, divided into building plots. Some already have homes on them. It appears that individuals have purchased the land, because the modern, low key houses all seem unique and at different stages of construction. Their walls are shades of cream, beige or grey, with shiny plastic tiles on shallow sloping rooves.

    On the way here we topped up with water, LPG and diesel at a Circle K station as well as dropping into a Maxima. It's not uncommon to see fruit stalls outside supermarkets and this seller's strawberries looked particularly delicious, so we picked up a punnet. The owner displayed a printed certificate to show their licence. We can't see the likes of TESCO allowing this in the UK.

    While settling in at our overnight spot we noticed the wind had picked up and brought a little rain with it, subduing the temperature to a pleasant 24°C. Come evening time a huge flock of Starlings flew by the van, diving down to roost in a tree. The wind blew dried leaves through the air. Midsummer has only just passed, but already we are noticing changes heralding the coming season.

    On the way here we had planned to visit the Hill of Crosses, but Vicky's health wasn't good, so we stayed one night, did a day trip and returned to this same spot afterwards (see separate post). On the second evening, Vicky was lucky enough to spot a Bittern as it flew along the lakeshore before cruising into its hidden reed nest. Although we've hear a number of the distinctive 'Bittern booms' since arriving in Lithuania, neither of us have ever seen one, so it was a special moment.

    The grassy parking area had been relatively quiet, just a few fishers with little boats coming and going, but from just after midnight, Will heard the cars starting to arrive. When Vicky woke the following morning the place was packed with empty boat trailers and the locals were out on the lake having enjoyed a bit of night fishing.
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