Winter is Here and Fall was Lost…

old-man-winterA few weeks ago I told you all that autumn was here. The tree leaves were turning and pumpkins were everywhere. Frost was on the ground every morning and the weather was perfect, but two days ago, Old Man Winter woke from his summer siesta and decided enough is enough and winter is ready to come back…

We hear of tales of snow in Moscow and I have seen a few flakes here in the village. The fish village is working overtime and trying to get all the fish in for the season. We saw that the fingerling lakes are full and the hatchery is full, So that means another crop of fish has already been started. I have no idea how they care for the fish all winter long. There is a part of the farm that we never get to travel to and I suspect that there are winter lakes that they keep ice free and warmer for all  the babies. Though heaven forbid how in the Russian Winters they could do that?

Therefore today as I walked the dog and noticed the trees are leaf bare, the fish guys are freezing and the wind is blowing 20 kilometers per hour. I realized that it is time to go home and I will have the village home ready for full time living after next summer. We have been using the fireplace I rebuilt and it is doing good and the house stays very warm, I rebuilt several doors and they are weather tight now, so it is up to me to finish next year and then we can start living here year around if we desire…

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The process that they use to get the fish out of the lakes is basically man power, with some cranes and such. The trucks are just small tankers, par normal, with an occasional huge tanker truck thrown in. These are trucks number in the hundreds and they are all old Soviet style trucks. They run day and night as weather permits and deliver Carp all over Russia…

The image above is of the fisher guys in their process of emptying our lake. The men are fed three meals a day, a huge fire is going to keep warm and they work hard for their money. This is what all their work all summer long has been for and they now spend the next few weeks earning their pay. Before this they basically watch the lakes for sneak fisher men and feed the fish to get them fat…

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Therefore all this gibberish is about us getting ready to leave the village. Around five months in the village this time and I had a dream last night of taking a long hot shower. I have not had a hot shower for five months and have used cold water 99% of the time to clean up. I am looking forward to a long hot shower… 🙂

We will leave Saturday morning early…

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I am saddened at the thought of leaving and I know that Boza will be the same after he realizes that we are gone from freedom to run as all dogs should be allowed to run. Sveta and I have talked and we are looking at five years till she retires and then we will be able to live in the village full time. Since I have been living in Russia eight years, what is another five years?

So I have to get going, we have a lot to do and a short time to do it in…

Have a nice day, for I sure will…

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

That Russian Way of Life: Ignore the Rules…

Hares hop turnstiles – but not for long?
Things are turning in great style in Moscow. But do you know what? They’re thinking of getting rid of the turnstile on public transport.Read More >>>

This is a great article above and I had to laugh when I read it. In fact I ended up reading it to Sveta and she laughed. I myself was thinking of Sveta and how she is with these turnstiles…

Sveta is a proud hard core Soviet in mind and heart. She loved her life during the Soviet era and wishes most times that things had never changed. Life was good and fun and free then…

Enough of that and now lets get into the present time…

One thing that Russians are prone toward, is not obeying the rules and laws. It is something that I have grown to admire of them…

The article is about one little item and it makes light of that item. But I am here to tell you that the attitude in the article is applicable to everything in Russia. {The article is also giving a message to the new Moscow Mayor and his putting his nose into everything. (Russians like to give warning shots)} In the Soviet era they did not have things like turnstiles on the Buses…

Sveta is an expert at the Russian Public Transport system. Be it from the buses to the Metro and everything in between that they call Public Transport. It helps that she grew up here all her life and that she is nimble and tiny. Sveta is a Train Hare! I listen everyday to the new story of how she got around the system at the train station and saved 30 rubles! I say in return everyday, “I don’t want to have to come and visit you in jail. :)” That is my Sveta and I love her dearly. “The train Hare…”

She dislikes curtailment on her freedom of movements (That is why she disliked America so much.) and like many Russians, ignore the laws and rules that pertain to those curtailments. Sveta is a Hare as the article portrays and she is proud of it just like millions of others are proud of it…

Now she does not do it when I am around. I am too slow and large (a bear not a hare) and American. She knows that I will grumble and rumble at any attempt to circumvent said turnstiles. I being raised as a law abiding citizen have been programed that we never do turnstile wrong… 🙂

But when I am not around…

Soviet mentality is without a doubt much different than American mentality and the residues of that mentality are still very ingrained in Russia…

The Hares will keep hopping the turnstiles or what ever they put in front of the Russians to corral the Hares. My sweetie will be right there with them…

Freedom comes to mind as I walk around Russia…

Post by Kyle Keeton
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