Nature Study: Burgess Seashore Book

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Happy Solstice!

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.

“I am Jesus… I am sending you
to open their eyes,
so that they may turn from darkness to light
and from the power of Satan to God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins…”

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will
not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”

(From Isaiah 9, Acts 26, John 8

Foraging for Nuts

 

We went to the forest with our friend Olya to gather hazelnuts.
We went to the forest with our friend Olya to gather hazelnuts.

 

She wanted to find the meadow she loves for our picnic.
She wanted to find the meadow she loves for our picnic. But since she always walks and we were driving, she couldn’t find it.

 

We ended up navigating narrow paths, spinning our wheels in sand, and getting the truck paint scratched.
We ended up navigating narrow paths, spinning our wheels in sand, and getting the truck paint scratched.

 

Our picnic was peaceful, the trees were beautiful, and we gathered hazelnuts in the woods.
Our picnic was peaceful, the trees were beautiful, and we gathered hazelnuts in the woods — a perfect Ukrainian autumn day.

 

 

 

Lovely Lilacs

Spring in Ukraine is probably my favorite season anywhere.

Even though this winter was relatively mild, weather-wise, it was not an easy winter. Our evacuation to Poland seemed like a vacation, even with the uncertainty associated with it!

But now it is spring…  overnight, leaves are budding and flowers are blooming.  The sun is shining and I want to be outside every moment, soaking up the warmth and light.

I am filling my home with flowers.  A little babushka was selling lilacs for 7 grivnia a bunch outside the metro, and at the current exchange rate that meant I spent under two dollars for lilacs in the living room and entry. I think I’ll make some lilac sugar and lilac simple syrup before this bounty is gone.

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