Telmenu Saimnieks
                The Lord of Telmeni
historical fiction from GGGoncarovs
Telmenu Saimnieks ~ The Lord of Telmeni is a fast-paced, character centered family
saga set in the Eastern European World War I stage.
All work on this web page is coyrighted material by
Guntis Goncarovs. The author would be very interested
in your impressions of Telmenu Saimnieks. You may
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This page modified on June 1. 2006, and originally
created 1 June 2002.


Each farm needs a Saimnieks, or Lord. Telmenu Saimnieks in the year 1912 was
Janis Vechi. His son, Voldemars was one of the youngest Latvians to attain
officer status in the Czarist Cavalry.  But the Great World War sparked to life
with the consummation of young heroes, the Russian Empire imploding at the
seams, the Latvian populous clamoring for independence, and the Kaiser's
German military ravaging the bucolic landscape. Voldemars finds himself caught
between duty to his conscripted country, Russia, and his heart and heritage,
Latvia and Telmeni.
Voldemars' destiny is his struggle
between his legal loyalty to the Czar,
his own country's rise forindependence,
his father's desires for his future, and
the welfare of his wife and new-born
daughter.

      Janis Vechi folded his hands over the carved handle of his pitchfork, leaned his wispy frame forward, and
perused his farm's wind-swept, budding rye fields. Grain extended forever, dipping and rising like an open sea
along the rolling terrain. Resting quietly below and to the west of the land's contours, spread the placid, sapphire
cover of Bauzis, a natural reservoir and fish supply. Across the water and nestled among freshly scented spruce
and birches along the far bank, liepa trees swayed, teeming with tiny sallow clusters of wintergreen scented
blossoms amidst glossy,heart-shaped leaves. In all his travels he had never before seen any tree like the liepa
except in Latvia.

      Telmeni, he mused, recalling the first time he'd walked this land. Forty-five years ago, the old Lettish word
that meant 'in The Father's hand' immediately came to his mind. And nothing over the forty years it belonged to
him had made him think any differently.


                                                                              page 35 from Telmenu Saimnieks - The Lord of Telmeni
A Touch of Telmeni
(an excerpt from Telmenu Saimnieks)

Telmeni Farm,
Vidzeme Province, Latvia ~
18 May 1912