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Summer at the Dacha

Summer at the Dacha

on Aug 19, 2016

The Russian Dacha is a family home outside the city where everyone goes at weekends and holidays. In England you have to be very wealthy to have a country home as well as an apartment in the city, but in Moscow, Russian families of all sizes and incomes seem to have one. Dachas vary with some being large modern houses that you can live in all year round, while...

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Spring in Moscow

Spring in Moscow

on Apr 23, 2016

For years when I thought of spring, daffodils were the image that came to mind. They are everywhere in Britain – grass verges, traffic junctions, gardens, parks – whether in the city or the countryside daffodils are simply on every street corner. I took the picture at the top of the page here in Gorky Park but actually daffodils aren’t something I...

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Easter in Moscow

Easter in Moscow

on Mar 27, 2016

For many Christians across the world, today is Easter Sunday, but you won’t find much evidence of Easter here in Moscow because for Orthodox Russia this is still the season of Lent. The reason the dates for Easter differ is a little complex and is all to do with how you calculate lunar cycles – last year Easter was only one week apart, this year it is a...

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Christmas in Moscow

Christmas in Moscow

on Dec 20, 2015

Fir tree decorated with baubles and tinsel? Yes. Old man with a white beard and red suit delivering presents? Yes. Celebrating with the family. Absolutely. Christmas? No. Not Christmas… but New Year. You see, the thing is that Communism and Christianity don’t exactly go together, so since the 1930s the more secular Christmas traditions in Russia have...

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Little Teddy and the Russian Cartoon Rivals

Little Teddy and the Russian Cartoon Rivals

on Nov 27, 2015

There has been a dark cloud hanging over our household for the past fortnight – Beanie-boy’s beloved Little Teddy went Absent Without Leave. We searched everywhere for him – behind cupboards, under beds, in the car – we even got the staff at Beanie’s pre-school to search their cupboards too. All to no avail. My son himself was not too...

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Autumn – a time to play and prepare

Autumn – a time to play and prepare

on Oct 27, 2015

Autumn has always been one of my favourite times of the year. It is such a beautiful season – each year the trees seem to have more hues of red, orange and yellow than I remembered existed. And such a wonderfully playful time – games with conkers, crunching leaves underfoot and kicking piles of them in the air. Plus, if I’m honest, the opportunity...

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