Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January and Christmas


Orthodox Christmas is on January, 7th. After breakfast I've driven to my garden. It's my tradition to go there on Christmas eve furthermore I wanted to look at the plants covered with snow and at woods in January, as it has been the first time in this year. 
The sun was low, the forest was quiet, snow covered all roads and paths. The garden trellis were bared, transparent and snowbound. My small pines-niwaki behind the trellis and chokeberry bushes were covered with snow too, tits' twitter was only heard.



I shoveled the patio and the path to the gazebo and put sunflower seed in my new bird feeder made of a plastic bottle and hung at the gazebo. Tits immediately noticed that the feeder was filled and quickly began to fly and grab the seeds. It was frosty enough inside the cottage because nobody lives there now in winter. Look how nice the Santa's drawing on the window glass is!





I've soon realized that It was already 3pm and was getting dark. Although the sky was still blue but sunset has begun and I've needed to get back to the city. 




Coming home I've immediately laid the table precooked meat, veggies, salad and the cake with whipped cream, redcurrant jelly and kiwi; yesterday I also made cookies with nuts. Sitting in the dining room my family, friends and I celebrate Christmas enjoying a glass of good old red wine and a piece of cake.




A Merry Christmas!
After a week we have Old New year. What this strange holiday is I'll write in my next post, buy now!











39 comments:

  1. Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas for this older tradition ... I think it is wonderful to be able to stretch out the holidays like that : )
    Your winter pictures are so pretty Nadezda ! ... we are going through a deeper cold snap here now ... -28, so I try to stay indoors to avoid the human popsicle thing happening to me ... haha
    Enjoy your holidays girl !
    All the best for 2015 !
    Joy from the Canadian great white north : )

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    1. Hi, Joy!
      You have very strong frost, take care. We have not yet much frost, no more than -14C.
      Thank you!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family Nadezda.
    Your pictures are beautiful. I particularly like the 3rd one.

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    1. The photo you liked in a road to our summer cottage, Alain. It's completely covered with snow.
      Thank you!

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  3. Today is also Armenian Christmas, which is the same in many Christian Orthodox countries where 145,000,000 people celebrate it, but in the US very few people know about it – nothing can be found in the stores to celebrate it. Today I received several Christmas greeting emails from Armenians relatives though, but it feels strange since here, in the US that is, no one really cares. Your garden looks cold but so very pretty with the snow. We have not had snow yet but it is supposed to be very cold in the next two days

    Your cake looks so beautiful and I am sure it must be quite tasty! Greetings!

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    1. Hi, Vagabonde!
      You're right, it's not well known the fact that orthodox Christmas in today. I wish you health and success in your blogging. A merry Christmas, dear!

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  4. Looks so beautiful! Although it must be so cold there. Keep warm and stay healthy.

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    1. It's beautiful and cold, Endah, you're right. Thank you!

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  5. So interesting Christmas is on January 7th for the Orthodox, I did not know. Wish you a Happy Christmas.
    The cake and cookies look delicious. And what about the garden and the snow, wonderful to have snow on Christmas and the frosted window of your cottage is a real Christmas treat.
    Regards from Janneke

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    1. The is delicious and disappearing very fast, Janneke.
      Than you!

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  6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family ! Lovely photos around you !It's really Christmas !!!

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  7. The birds will be really grateful to you,

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  8. A very merry Christmas to you, Nadezda! Your garden looks beautiful in the winter! Santa's drawing on your window is gorgeous! Did you previously live in your country home in the winter? Happy New Year.

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    1. No, I didn't Peter. There is no normal heating in this summer cottage, it's not enough for winter frost.
      Thank you!

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family Nadezda!Happy new year!
    Your pictures are gorgeous!Like the snow images!
    Your cake and your cookies look so delicious!
    Wish you all the best!
    Dimi...

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too, Dimi!
      Have a nice holiday!

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  10. Merry Christmas and a happy new Year Nadezda ! Your garden looks so beautiful in the snow, although it is hard to imagine that it will be full of plants and flowers in a few months !

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    1. Jane, it will bloom in April, when the snow melts. I wait for this moment. Thank you!

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  11. Merry Christmas, Nadezda! That cake looks delicious. Your country house looks like it is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. How far is it from St. Petersburg?

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    1. My summer cottage is about 24 km from the area where I live. There always is more snow than in the city. Thank you Jason!

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  12. Seasons greetings Nadezda and hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Your photos are stunning and I'm very envious of your snow. We've not had any snow here in Essex yet but still hoping.
    Patricia x

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    1. I love when snow covers all the plants but it covers the road too! You have no such a problem, haven't you?

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  13. Happy Christmas to you. My children were telling me that they know a girl who celebrates on the 7th, which is also the 1st day back at school here after the holidays. I must ask them if she took the day off to celebrate. Doesn't the snow look lovely on your garden?

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    1. Yes, it does, Sarah! Sure, the family of this girl celebrate orthodox Christmas too.Thank you!

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  14. What a wonderful way to have a Christmas Holidays with snow! We were lucky too to have snow for winter holidays this year. But I rememer that Christmas in last year was as green as winter in Ireland!
    Your holiday treats look absolutely delicious!

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    1. This Christmas is white as well Tistou, the cake was delicious but disappeared quickly.

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    2. Hello Nadezda
      Merry Christmas!
      I admire your pictures. Winter at you looks very beautiful.
      I suppose that in you is a big frost.
      Birds quickly eat sunflower. They have to wait for the next batch.
      Cake looks very appetizing.
      Happy New Year.
      Greetings from Polish.
      Lucia

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    3. Navidades blancas has tenido amiga. Aquí la nieve sólo en la sierra, pero hace mucho frio y tenemos mucha helada.Está precioso tu jardín vestido de blanco... Que pena que ya no quede pastel para llevarme un tozo;))) Se ve delicioso.

      Buen 2015 Nadezda. Todos los 357 días que nos quedan!!
      Un beso.

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    4. Thank you Lucja! We have no much frost but enough snow now. Birds wait for my visit and eat seed very quickly.

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    5. Laura, si, es verdad, el pastel fue delicioso, pero desaparecio muy pronto :((
      Hay mucha nieve en este Navidad, aunque no hay mucho frio. Gracias!

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  15. Happy holidays and happy New Year to you Nadezda. The landscape in your pictures looks very familiar and not unlike winter in Canada. It is -18 here at the moment and there is a dusting of snow. Stay warm!

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    1. Jennifer, I think you have more frost than we have here. Take care and sure spring will come!

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  16. I hope you had a lovely Christmas celebration with your family and friends, your winter photos look so familiar to me they could have been taken right out of my windows where I lived in Norway :-)
    Happy New Year and all the best for a splendid gardening year 2015!

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    1. Sure, in Norway there is snow as well Helene! I've seen ski championship from there, a lot of snow!
      Thank you!

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  17. The snow is so beautiful. We don't get much of that where i'm from in Australia. I want to visit Russia one dat.

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    1. I hope you come to Russia and see snow here, Alex.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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