Last day in the village for a few weeks and the Old Monastery…

Old Picture: The belltower still there and the church that is gone...

Sveta and I (and Boza of course) are getting things together on this last day in the village. It makes me kinda sad and I really do not want to leave. But we have things to get caught upon at home in Moscow and since it is a new school year in Russia. I have to get ready to start teaching my students again…

We are coming back in a few weeks to finish the fence. We have to gather supplies to build a new complete fence across the back of our village home. It will be the last 60 meters and the hardest to get done. We are also trying to see if we can fence off more land than what is now fenced. Sveta will work on that while I get the supplies together. Sveta says that we can almost double our land legally according to the old regulations. She is going to see what is what and if we can. I would love to have a whole bunch of new land to work on with the village home…

I have to work on the car and make sure all is running good before we travel the 400+ kilometers back home. With school back in session we will have an easy trip until we get into Moscow. In the summer everyone leaves Moscow and when school starts everyone comes pouring back. The city swells like a big fat balloon… 🙂

It is getting cold already. The trees are turning yellow and red already. Last night it dipped into the single digits and frost will be right around the corner. As I have said many times in posts. Winter is 7+ months long and it does not wait for autumn to play around. It (Winter) just comes on full force. So in a few weeks we either get the back fence done or hold our peace until Winters over. Several villagers have packed up and left for the city for the Winter already. That surprised me but as I stepped out this morning and shivered. I realized that they are responding to the change in weather…

It looks like next year that I will spend 3 to 4 months in the village. There is just too much to be done and if it does not get done we will have serious issues with the village home. Sveta will come down on weekends and such. Boza of course will stay with me and enjoy the life of a village dog. Chasing birds, cats, goats away from the yard and running through the woods…

Would love to have seen it in its glory...

So I thought I would post a picture that Sveta found of the village. It was created by a student of the school that use to be located here where the Monastery is and was. It is accurate to a degree and is beautiful. Several of the structures in the foreground of the Monastery are still there and used as homes by villagers. The picture above is one that stirred my soul. It is of the huge church that was located at the Monastery and it was blown up by a real scumbag type person many many years ago. What a crying shame for it was a beautiful church. As you can tell from the picture…

Kyle and Sveta
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