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I recently bought another new house and enjoing the true Russian winter in Smolensk forests, where's my father from (6000 years ago europeans searched for the new frontiers). I'm rediscovering the territories of ancestors.
CountryGardens, I believe it looks like Minnesota- that's why Vikings liked it.
Resin, in fact I was en route: St.Petersburg- Sochi in the mid-November, but I liked it here in Smolensk reg., that decided to stay here for some more time than 3 days. Actually I was here in archaelogical expedition in Jul-Aug (State Hermitage volontire group: early neolithic period feild excavations since 1940), and in the minwhile found the pretty country house to buy.
Oh, thank's Al ! Cool Pic ! Now I'm in St.Petersburg, and it's raining here and 39F. I had a phone call from friends in Smolensk reg. and they say the weather is the same there too. I thought of skiing, but the snow is too soft in the forest, as well. I will post the pics of some artifacts in a while, to give the idea of what the gardening was 6000 years back.
Here's the potsherd with the ornament on it and the wooden fragments of some utencils used back then.
They do also grow tomatoes and squash in the north ( Near Pskov) - my friends do ! I'll post some pics on that issue soon.
Actualy, I try to live an active life and travel, having several houses - so is Russia, which is my land ( from California to the New York Island) Lol
I'm still looking for a gardener in Russia that grows tomatoes from seed. If you know of any, perhaps they could write to me or contact by G-mail. I would like to trade some seed if that is allowed by postal customs. Thanks
I was there. It was just awesome, like feeding the oven with fresh pine-wood firewood. Yeah- it gives some scent to your country house ! We did ski, and I had some Scotch talking at night with my neighbor, who faught in Afganistan back then. I think it was all too early trimming the orchard trees then. Could be better in March. Lol