Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ice Cream Ad on the Ring Road

Living in a non-PC country does have its advantages.

Ice Cream Ad on the Ring Road.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hippotherapy in Kyiv

If you are a regular visitor on this blog, you might have noticed the link that's been posted on the upper right hand side for the past two months. Teen One has been fundraising for the Elena Petrusevich Foundation - Elena being the Mother of hippotherapy in Kyiv. She has also made a short video.  

The last day of school on June 18 was also, formally, the last designated day of fundraising (informally you can still give if you so wish - any money that's donated to our account will find its way to Elena, needless to say). On Friday, June 20, Miss Almost Four and I accompanied Kamilla to her meeting with Elena to document the handing over of the money raised.

There were so many smiles and tears of joy.  Elena had known about the fundraising of course but I don't think she had any idea of how much money she would receive.  

I am so proud of this teenager.  It was her idea, her project, her relentless effort (and just a bit of my help), her creativity and dedication, her film.

But it was just an idea and a lovely project - until you all chipped in to help.   Without you, amazing friends, none of this would have materialised.  20, 000 UAH.  What do you say?

Thank you so much, again. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Lamps in Love Get New Clothes

I have blogged about the Lamps in Love down at the end of Suicide Street (do you know the story of Kreshatyik?) before.

While waiting in front of the Kozatzkiy Hotel for Igor,  our tour guide to Chernobyl** arrive on Saturday,

I had just enough time to admire their new clothes.

'Love is light, it does not fade' is the main motif of the Lamps.  One of Kyiv's landmarks, Vladimir Belokon's sculpture appeared on Maidan on Valentine's day in 2009 and is now a favourite place of rendezvous. 

***Yes, I went to Chernobyl and Pripyat on Saturday.  I am planning to go back now with a private guide in September as there are a few more things I would like to see that are not possible if you go with a bigger group.  Blog post delayed.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Day Out: A Trip to the Ostrich Farm

I love this time of life when  the 3 year old wakes up in the morning and says, let's go to the ostrich farm today - and you can! She'll be starting pre-school in 2 months, our whole life will change once again. You can't stop them growing up but.... bittersweet times.  The past three years have been the best of my life, this child, born ten years after I thought we were done having babies, has been such a gift.  She would soo be staying at home with me another year under 'normal' circumstances, i.e. if the city we lived in offered more child-mind-and-senses stimulating opportunities.

But we saviour the moments of these last few weeks of innocent childhood that is only ours, not to be shared.  So we hop in the car and think nothing of the one our ride to be outdoors, to see actual live animals at this oh, so rare mini zoo.

We have fun in Yasnogorodka, at the Ostrich Farm.

Take my word for it - highly recommended for a daytrip.  Even the drive through the half dozen villages out of Kyiv is perfect, scenic all the way.  Here's the map.

P.S.  As a friend pointed out  - I posted pictures of everything except the ostriches.  Well, it's not only that the beasts refused to pose for us but I should have mentioned anyways  - the fact that the ostrich farm has ostriches (really, they do, but you can only go and see them with a Russian/Ukrainian speaking guide) is almost irrelevant.   It is an unusually child-friendly place with plenty of small animals to observe and that's why we go back over and over again.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Oh, The Tricks I Have Up My Sleeve....

They did not seem very happy that I was trying to take a picture of The Big Bench.

Oh, but you know me and the tricks up my sleeve....  All I had to do was stick Norman Price up there and not a word was said.

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