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Frozen Camera and coffee time…

Sveta found out what I have talked about in the past here in the Tiny Russian Village. Her camera froze up and quit working. She walked Boza and tried to take pictures. The camera shutdown and froze with the lens extended. I had to laugh and then frowned, because, I hoped that the camera was not broken. We thawed it out and recharged it and it started to work okay again. But as I have said, ¨It gets damn cold when the wind is blowing like crazy!¨ Svetochka found out that was true…

The wind blows hard in the Tiny Russian Village. We are located on the highest point around and they call it a mountain, the wind whips up the side of the mountain and shoots across the village at an accelerated pace. Good for the summer, but hard in the winter…

This weekend it will warm up some and Svetochka will be able to get images taken. She wants to capture all she sees. She did get a picture of George the Birdbrain…

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George was being hard to capture, but you can see him in the middle of the image above….I imagine the camera froze while she tried to get pictures of him…

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Today we will put out a birdbrain buffet. We bought oatmeal and millet to feed them with. Both are dirt cheap here and I know that they will be happy birdbrains…

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Went to the Big Village yesterday and gathered more supplies. I am well stocked and Svetochka leaves Sunday. After she leaves, the weather looks to get real bad and Boza and I will be snowed in for a few months. The Volga does good, except when the snow gets to deep. It snowed yesterday and the world is becoming pure white…

In town we found Ninaś daughter; Nina is a full time Tiny Russian Village person I have talked about before and the daughter is here for a week to help Nina get ready for winter. We brought the daughter back with us to the village when we were done shopping. It saves her a bunch of money and hard work. She has to take a taxi to our walk bridge and then walk a couple of kilometers carrying huge bags. We were glad to help. So we made room next to Boza and she climbed in the car…

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Vova had a birthday earlier this month and we were not here, so we had a party for him when we got here. We bought him a disco ball with a light and a sensor to flash to the music playing. He has it on his front porch, next to his outside speaker and plays music at night. The multi colored flashing lights explode all over the village top and this morning at 4 a.m. Boza and I walked around the monastery with lights dancing in the snow and wind…

Vova is a mess…

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I am charging my cameras and will try to start recording images again. I have a little camera that seems to do the best in the cold and will start carrying it as Boza and I walk. Right now I walk Boza early in the morning and let Svetochka walk him the rest of the times. She loves to walk Boza and after a few more days, I will get the job of walking Boza all the time. We have to watch the weather and decided if Svetochka can come to the village or not during the winter. Last year she was able to come several times, but this year, winter looks to be rough. It is all good and if the going gets too rough, there are three of us full timers here to pull together. We will have one more stack of wood done by next week and that will be the buffer stack of wood. Saturday, Svetochka will help me stack a bunch of rotted fence pieces. I will break them into smaller fireplace size and she will stack. These make great fire starters…

I have a huge barrel full of wood shavings and that is what I use to start the beginning fire and build from that. Do not need paper at all and I have some newspaper though, ready if needed. The secrete is simply to keep the wood dry…

I also have two big bottles of charcoal starter fluid. The very slow burning type and that makes a huge difference in starting wetter wood. I learned that trick from Vova. This morning as Svetochka was sleeping, I started the wood stove and the home is 20 degrees right now. Just perfect and comfy. The wind is blowing, the snow is drifting and my two buddies are sleeping soundly…

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Tidbit:

While they might have been enemies in real life, in a twist of fate, Tsar Nicholas II and the Bolshevik leader of 1917 October revolution, Vladimir Lenin, have been sharing one canvas for almost a century.

The secret double nature of the painting was discovered by pure chance during restoration works at the St. Petersburg’s Stieglitz Art and Industry Academy.

The full-length Lenin portrait was commissioned in 1924, the year Lenin died, to the Soviet artist Vladislav Izmailovich, who is believed to have been ordered to cover politically inappropriate image with Lenin. However, the artist apparently decided there’s a room for both revolutionary hero and monarch on the canvas, painting the Lenin portrait on the reverse side while at the same time masking the image of Nicholas II from inquisitive eye beneath layers of washable paint.

Read More: https://www.rt.com/news/367336-lenin-painting-reveals-tsar-nicholas/

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Svetochka remembered something that will save me in the village. Well it is important to me at least. We have a laptop at Svetaś work that she use to use as backup for her stuff. She now has a personal desktop and does not use the old laptop. It is a laptop that I used for years when I first came to Russia. It is a Dell computer and runs Windows XP. When she comes the next time, she will bring it and I will have a good mainstay computer again. I am limping this one along using 99% of the functions only in Ram. Puppy Linux is awesome and everyone should try it out at sometime in their lives. Puppy can even be install within Windows and allow you to experience Linux in a great form factor…

I completely forgot about that old laptop… 🙂

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imagesWell gotta go. I am taking Boza and walk to the big well and turn it on. The only well that needs to be filled is ours, for the top well is half full, but since ours leaks, gotta keep at it…

Have a nice day…

WtR

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