In Russia it is said that chickens are milked, and cows carry eggs. (A mockery of those who believe ridiculous rumors.)

Another good Russian village friend died…

Yes I have fond memories!

Nicolai or Nikolai Ivanovich.

He passed away last week and we just found out about it. I wish that his wife had let me know, I would have gone, the funeral was this last Monday in Moscow…

This wonderful man became a good friend of mine. I was not so much a friend with his wife (she tolerated me 🙂 ) but with Nicolai, he was my buddy. We traveled to town every week during the summer and shopped for food…

I was the one who saw the deterioration of his health and it crushed me. He was a good friend. He taught me to use a scythe, he helped with the fence, he taught me lots of new Russia words, he gave me his childhood fishing poll and he sat with me at our picnic table and we talked about life in general…

I was lucky to have such a good friend as he was… He was my друг (friend)…

I will miss him in my Tiny Russian Village escapades…

This winter we lost Boza, Nicolai and Boris, they say death it comes in threes and these were all three very good friends of mine…

Sad day today…

WtR

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A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is Russian and she puts up with this bear of a man and keeps him in line...

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Jon B

Kyle, sorry for the loss of Nikolai, your friend (друг). ‘Подруга’ means ‘girlfriend’. Anyway, I was so shocked to visit your site after being out of town some weeks (months?) ago, and seeing you lost your beloved Boza. Enjoyed much your posts about you and Boza strolling about the TRV. I have been to Russia, 29 years ago, and admire annnd ENVY you for your newfound happiness in that fascinating land. Sveta sounds wonderful. I wish you peace/joy during this time of your sorrow, and hope Nikolai is in the arms of his ancestors in a beautiful place. Best, JW