Dobro Pozhalovat (welcome)!

Once we went to England in the summer and we kept a blog ( for those who could not come with us.

We came home to Siberia and thought, "Why not start a blog about our life here?"

We will not be posting everyday, but hope to give you some glimpses into our lives!

вторник, 28 августа 2012 г.

Our Dacha

Our dacha is 35 km (about 20 miles) outside of Krasnoyarsk.

There is one room and a "kitchen" downstairs and a second room upstairs

Downstairs room. We decorated it with lots of the kids old paintings (as a rule anything old goes to the dacha to live out it's last days)

Kitchen, from the staircase.

Upstairs room

Anita and friends painted the murals, the big picture is of the church summer camp.

This is the view from the upstairs balcony.

For most people dachas are for growing things, we look at ours more as a place to relax and get away from the city and the polution.

That's why we have a climbing frame and sand pit, instead of plant beds.
Now that I have finished building the climbing frame (after only six years) 
I am turning my hand to making raised beds.

This summer we dug out the top layer of grass and sowed clover, we used the turf to make
raised beds

There's always something to do at the dacha!

You can run around,

play in the pool



take pictures

Climb a tree

In the evening we like to watch films by candlelight!

суббота, 25 августа 2012 г.


When we first moved to Krasnoyarsk we made friends, in church, with two girls from a children's home. Tanya was one of them. She later lived with us for a couple of years.

Tanya graduated as a social worker and got a job working in the children's home 
where she was brought up.

A year ago she married Artem

Now she has two children, both adopted.


and Artem.

четверг, 23 августа 2012 г.

Only in Russia - Sushki

These dried bread rings get their name from the verb, "to dry" - "sushat".
They come in different varieties and sizes. 
These ones are made with milk, which makes them softer, others are more crunchy.

These sushki are made at the bakery.

They have Peter's seal of approval!

понедельник, 20 августа 2012 г.

A Botanical Walk

One of our neighbours, Ira, came up with the idea of taking the kids on a walk to learn about some of  the local plants. She even prepared a guide with pictures. 

Our band of botanists set off in search of samples.

Their labours were rewarded, richly!

Those who could not wait for the picnic, tried placing sticks on an anthill,

and licking them afterwards (I am told it tastes sour).

Berries were also sampled

At the top of the hill we admired the view, although smoke from distant forest fires affected it badly.

Then we shared a picnic,

took a group picture

and headed back down the hill.

The track comes out at the biathlon stadium, where some, 
who could not wait for winter, ski on rollers!

Tired, but happy!

суббота, 18 августа 2012 г.

Only in Russia - Sirok

This is the first of what I hope will be a series of posts, showing you things that especially Russian, and might not be available elsewhere (although I am sure some countries have their own equivilents).
"Sirok" translates as "little cheese", which is a little misleading, as they do not taste of cheese.
They come in different flavours the two below are: 
caramalised sweetened condensed milk, and strawberry flavoured.  

They are made from milk curds, butter and sugar, with a chocolate coating, and a flavoured centre.

These ones are 23% fat!

They make a very good snack, although they can leave your fingers sticky!