Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Orthodox Christmas is January 7th. Traditionally, I spend this day in my garden. Yesterday after breakfast, I went there. Beside the tradition, I wanted to take a look at the plants covered with snow, at the nature in January, since this was my first visit in the New 2019.
There the sun was low, the garden was quiet, snow covered all plants and paths.
the apple tree
Garden trellises were bared and snowbound. The pines-niwaki were also whitened and their thin branches were bent under the weight of snow. I shoveled the patio, the path to the gazebo and put sunflower seeds in the bird feeder hung there. I wanted to decorate a pretty little spruce for Christmas... now take a look, what the snowfall has made. Poor thing! it was spirally covered with snow and its head wasn't seen under a lot of it.
the little spruce
It was frosty enough outside and inside the cottage. The days are short now and It was already 3pm. Although the sky was still bright the sunset has begun and I needed to go back to the city as it was quickly getting dark.
At home I was glad to see the Christmas tree and the set-out: meat, veggies, green salad, the cake 'Pancho' (biscuit, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate), red wine. Sitting at the table my family and I enjoyed Christmas dinner.
Cake 'Pancho', my favorite
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Traditionally in Russia people purchase gifts to put them under the spruce to relatives and friends at the New year eve.
Therefore, before the New Year night especially in the last days until December 31, you can find many decorations, toys, sweets and gifts in shopping centers. Buying presents to my family is very pleasantly.
The next day after I purchased gifts for my loved ones I went to my garden as I needed to clean there since snowfall was every day all previous week. The weather was cloudy, light snow and temperature was about -1 C(30F).
I show you photos of the woods around the garden and of my little pines with snow those I cleared and decorated.
Happy New 2019 year! The best wishes from Santa and me !