Monday, July 24, 2017

Baltic Yacht Week, St. Petersburg 2017

For the 5th year running, the Yacht Club of St Petersburg welcomed a fleet for Baltic Yacht Week 2017 that takes part in 3 major regattas for classic boats on the Baltic sea: the Stockholm, St Petersburg and Helsinki Classic Weeks. So I decided to learn more about it and to organize my day off for a visit.
Two vessels joined to regattas is the sailing vessel "Young Baltic sailor" built in 1980 in Russia, St Petersburg and another one is the sailing vessel "Roald Amundsen" that was built in 1952 in Germany, Hamburg.

"Young Baltic sailor"
"Roald Amundsen"

It was written the event offers an excellent opportunity for young people in St Petersburg to touch upon marine culture, the spirit of travel and the beauty of antique sailing vessels. I thought: why the young people only will be interested? I am also interested in sailor boats those remind me old movies about buccaneers and adventures...
The sailing boat "Roald Amundsen" named after the Norwegian traveler. This 50-meter-long ship is currently the training ship to cross the Atlantic ocean.
The vessels arrived through the St.Petersburg draw bridges into the Neva river, before finally anchoring on an embankment of the Vasilievsky island. This year the festival is to include exhibitions and competitions in the time of the current Russian 'White Nights'.

The day when I came the "Roald Amundsen" open vessel day has been As other people I have had a chance to climb aboard to see the vessel and take pictures.

At first I've read about the crew:
'At the heart of the voyage lies the experience of the whole crew sailing our ship together in accordance with traditional seamanship. On the first day of your voyage the regular crew will show the new trainees how our ship works and sails - sailing experience is thus not necessary. All the jobs on board, whether in the rigging or on deck, are undertaken together instructed by the experienced watch leaders and deck hands'.

There is a pier for the cruise ferry at the other side of Neva river, on the England embankment. This summer cruise season the Passenger port of St. Petersburg has received 12 cruise ships. The ferries "Silver Sea" and "Princess Anna" called to St. Petersburg for the first time during the 2017 cruise season.

The cruise tourists partake in guided tours in my city, visit the famous museums as Hermitage and Russian Art State museum, the historic suburbs Peterhof and Tsar village.
I loved visiting vessels because I couldn't miss such interesting event that day.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GBBD: Variegated Kiwi Vine

Actinidia kolomikta  (common name Variegated Kiwi Vine) is recommended for zone 4 to 8. My Aktinidia usually blooms in May but this year due to the cold spring the blooming time changed to July :-). 
Kiwi vine can grow in full sun to part shade. In my garden it grows near the cottage wall that protects it from cold North wind.

I love its foliage color that changes to partly white/pink when the abundant slightly fragrant flowers appear on Kiwi vine branches. The flowers are often hidden by the foliage. As this species is dioecious it is said: 'If growing for fruit production, plant one male plant for every three to four females. If growing only for ornamental foliage and flowers, consider planting any plants'.

I'm not sure what kind my Actinidia is, but it's pollinated every May-June and at the end of August I have a good harvest of small Kiwi. The greenish-yellow edible berries are sweet-sour, very soft. Therefore it's better to collect them in mid-mature stage to not to сrumple the juicy berries.

Did you know about this plant before? Perhaps you have Variegated Kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) in your garden, what is your experience in growth and in use?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wordless: Roses for Monday

in a vase on Monday