Blossoming Easter

My dear little Friends, Easter is approaching and this is the last week before a very important holiday that is celebrated this year at the same day by all Christians. Isn’t it great?

In Ukraine, last week before Easter is called Holy Week. This is a special week when people should find some harmony and peace with this world and with each other. No bad thoughts, no abusive language, no bad behavior, no alcohol, and etc. New beginnings come from endings, many people are able to draw a parable of their own lives and faith journey from the observances of Holy Week. We are given a chance to take a look around, to forgive and be forgiven, to experience the truth and honesty. Not even food restrictions are important as our souls purification.

The preparations for the Great Day are in full swing and many of you have a long to-do-lists. At this vanity of vanities I would like to come to your home as Easter Bunny and bring you some minutes of blossoming springtime I was lucky to observe during last weeks. Just click and relax:

“Easter is…
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Cuddling newborns,
Hoping, believing,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Happy forthcoming Easter! May you be blessed and loved!

Love you all,

Yours Film Director

Culinary Venture

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Yours Chef-Cook

Ukrainian Christmas

Hello, my little Friends. I know that all your Christmas holidays are over and you are fully immersed into your working lives. I confess that mine are over as well. However, I would like to put a full period with my last short film devoted to something new about my own Christmas.A short film about my Christmas…songs, food and Ann on ice…these are not all the components of Ukrainian Christmas, but you still have a great chance to glance at my Christmas day in Kyiv. Promise to prepare much more serious for the next Christmas and tell you more, trust me there is a lot yet to show, you cannot even imagine!

Please make me happy and leave a little (almost invisible) comment!

Love you all!

Have a lovely week!

Yours Big Dreamer

Love is the Dawn of Marriage, and Marriage is the Sunset of Love

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

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Though my photo equipment is pretty modest I managed to capture several breathtaking sunsets presented by this Fall. We all are busy nowadays and any opportunity to look up is being treasured. At one of the evening strolls I caught several pictures of splashy pallette that made me wonder whether there is yet anything more beautiful. I am sure that nature will never stop surprising me.

The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in rememberance more than long things past.” ~William Shakespeare

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Aw, Will, your fantastic ability to give your observations a poetic touch is overwhelming. Both the picture (made by a very modest photographer) and the quote (written by the talented poet) make me enjoy the life. Such divine moments exactly help me understand why life is so wonderful. I almost hear “It’s a Beautiful Life” in my ears. Don’t you? I will ask to add music button below.

When do you think the Sun has completely set? Think a bit….Who said that?

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The Earth’s air bends the image of the Sun upward, so we can still see the Sun even though it is physically below the horizon. The light is bent upward by just about the same size as the Sun, so when the lower limb of the Sun just kisses the horizon it’s actually already set. I confess I am not that smart, the answer I found in one of the magazines! But maybe you know that without a hint!

Do not forget to look at the sky today, tomorrow, always, and you might be impressed with what you see. Probably time will stop and your eyes can admire the view…just like now!

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Wish you many beautiful sunsets! Let me know if you watch sunset this night!

Take care,

Yours Ann

What’s Your Name? (Competition)

My name is Ann and yours? This phrase plays an important role in every day’s life. It has a profound effect on everyone. Especially if you have an unusual name, which might be not clear from the first pronounce. It may even lead to some confusion (in case you still don’t remember his/her name) or a smile at someone’s face. Nevertheless, it is a powerful way of successful communication.

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Every name is unique as its owner. In my country it is not so popular to celebrate name days, however, in Europe and other part of the world it is a wide known reason to have a party with some presents. People cannot be satisfied with only one day per year celebration (birthday), so they came to the conclusion that they need an extra one. Surely, I know that the custom originated with the Catholic and Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint’s name day.

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There are really name ways to celebrate your nameday and every country competes for the most extravagant. Unfortunately, I heard only about quite typical traditions including exchange of greetings and presents for this day. I believe it could be nice to witness a very bizzare tradition of celebration with some kind of smashing cakes like Americans do for their birthdays, or “bumps” given to kids at their birthdays in UK, or in Jamaica, a person can expect to have his or her special day celebrated by having copious amounts of flour thrown at them from friends, family and occasionally random onlookers alike, or in Hungary (as well Ukraine), where following the opening of the presents all tug on the earlobes of the lucky birthday boy or girls and etc. It can be pretty nice to establish some particular traditions for namedays as well. What do you think, my little Fellows? Any weird ideas? How do you celebrate your nameday or birthday (if celebrate)? And what does your name mean?

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I’d love to hear your stories…please, please! And the most interesting answers will get a reward, one of the postcards presented in this post upon your choice for free! How about it? Aren’t you interested? The winner will be announced next Friday, June 8, in the beginning of my next scheduled post. Your reward will be delivered to you via post on the address provided to me personally (secrecy guaranteed)!

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Happy weekend!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

Magyarorszag Mysteries (Back To History)

Charles Brown, an American detective writer, went through the airport doors and headed to the open taxi’s door. A man in an elegant dark suit was standing next to it and smiling at him. For a second Charles glanced at him and was bewildered with his attractive face of typical national features. He shacked his hand and sat to the car. That was not an easy trip for him, crossing the ocean, but, first of all, he was a real adventurer who was eager to write a new book and he has already found a perfect place for his crime scene- Castle of Diósgyőr located in Miskolc, Hungary.

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The name “Hungary” (or Magyarorszag in Hungarian) may originate from the Medieval Latin Hungary, which is translated as the “Land of Huns”. Another source states that the name is derived from the Turkish words meaning “ten arrows” or “ten people”. I guess, it is pretty fair, as the population of the whole Hungary for today is circa 10 million people. Not much, I agree. Only in Kyiv, as I know, population is more than 5 million, you can compare! Hungary was part of the Celtic world, later the Roman Empire. Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896 before France and Germany became separate entities. How about that? In the picture above you can see the map dated 1301-1382 and you definitely pay attention that it is very different from nowadays. Hungary was a large country with a seaside and huge territory in the heart of Europe. What about now? Look at the map and compare, perhaps you will be disappointed as well as many Hungarian nationalists who still dream of seeing their country in its full-scale original size. Then they can enjoy lovely Adriatic seaside and many oxygen-rich forests of the Carpathian  mountain ridge.

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When Charles came out of his car he was impressed with the majesty and beauty of the Castle of Diósgyőr. From the first breath he knew he chose a right place for his next book. He quickly asked his Hungarian assistance to let him in and feel this magnificent place from inside. In his mind he has already sat in his mental writer’s time machine and traveled back in time…

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On the display of his time machine he saw the first number – 1241. This was the date when it was built and firstly destroyed by the Mongol invasion. “How much these walls have seen” he thought about the role of architecture, place and memory in re-constructing the sense of self-identity in a built environment. Charles slightly touched the wall and felt how his hand shivered from some electrical impulse. He felt so joyful as if he has got a taste of History…

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The castle reached the peak of its importance during the reign of King Louis the Great. King Louis was famous for his campaigns in Naples, where with the help and leadership of God regained command of the Kingdom of Sicily, in Rome, where the Roman nobles greeted him with “Long Live the Hungarian King”. When he entered the city, people accompanied him to the stairs of St Peter’s Apostle Church…“What does Louis fell at that moment?” Charles thought again and tried to imagine…

Charles Arthur Brown regarded himself as a real warrior, leader, a strong personality who can conquer this world, digest  and split it out. He was a tough man. In his early thirties he has already seen and felt a lot. He was an orphan without not much information on his family. As he found out his mother died during his birth, she was on drugs, so having a healthy boy was a miracle for this butterfly. As Charles knew somewhere he has a sister, older one, who has been left alone in some other hospital. His grandparents died long before his birth. Chances to get some information on his dad were zero, since his mom’s reputation was “well-known” in certain circles. He can be anyone. He grew up completely alone, a very shy boy with so many complexes. He did not like socializing, instead he was always writing something. His small notebook accompanied him whenever he went. He managed to graduate from school with excellent grades almost at all subjects, but especially he liked literature and history. He entered faculty of History and was a good student until one day he met HER…a mysterious crazy girl who showed him a world from which he was hiding among his notes. He tried everything with her, including drugs…during one of the overdoses they had a car accident and girl died…she was behind the wheel, but Charles felt guilty. He was severely injured, physically and emotionally. He went to a hospital for mentally disabled people…his young student’s years were abruptly over, he had to learn how to be an adult with serious emotional problems. One of his doctors found his notebook and encouraged him to write more as well as to think about publishing a book. This doctor saw a real talent in him, talent for writing very weird stories that you cannot stop reading as they caught your attention to the full. Several years later Charles left hospital as a writer whose first two books became bestsellers…

Castle History

Later this Castle was a wedding gift for the queens of Hungary, which it remained until the Ottoman invasion of Hungary in the 16th century. By the end of the 17th century it was already in ruins. Archaeological excavations started in the 1960s. In 2014 the castle was completely rebuilt, the reconstructed rooms are furnished with Medieval-style furniture.

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“Mr Brown, hey…Mr Brown!” a young Hungarian assistant was desperately trying to bring Charles back from his traveling in the past. He even touched his elbow lightly. Charles slowly turned his head and blinked twice.

“What?” he said angrily.

“I am sorry, sir, but here is your personal guide as you asked – Ms Lokietek”, his assistant shyly replied  and showed towards a young lady who was standing a bit further. Charles again turned his head, this time in the other direction, and saw HER…and at this magical instant of time he gasped for air…

King and Qeen

Hungarian King Charles had already buried two young wives, so it was not surprising that he wanted to forget it and find new love. A lot of fight tournaments and parades were held in the royal court of Timisoara. He was having a frivolous life and started to think about having a family again. Thus, he met Elizabeth Lokietek who was the daughter of Polish King Wladislaw the Short of Elbow-High. Because of his short height he was nicknamed ‘Łokietek’, a diminutive of the word ‘łokieć’. It translates as “ell” or “elbow”, a medieval measure of length, as in “elbow-high”. Elizabeth gave a birth to five children. From the five, Andrew became the heir to the Naples throne, and Louis later became Hungarian King.

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“Mr Brown, please follow me, I will show you their bedroom,” said a very attractive lady wearing a specific medieval dress of that times at whom Charles was frankly staring. He does not for how long he was not able to say a word or even move as if he was struck by lightening. He almost does not feel anything except pure admiration of the natural woman’s beauty. He knew many woman, but he has never seen these big black as coal eyes who were looking at him so innocently and smiling. Yes, exactly “smiling eyes”!

“Their bedroom?” Charles asked abruptly. Ms Lokietek quickly turned her head and looked at him quizzically.

“Yes, sir, royal bedroom…” she replied and blinked with her long thick eyelashes.

It was quite odd for Charles to happen to be in the bedroom with a woman almost at once after several minutes after they met. It has never been so quick before. “What are you thinking about now?” thought Charles and tried to change his completely lost look to much serious one. He decided to leave his inappropriate feelings and thoughts for later. It was strictly unprofessional to do like that in a foreign country where he came for work.

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Many Hungarian kings and queens slept in this bedroom. I believe you paid attention to the size of the bed, isn’t it too small? You are right, it is indeed. However, the most weird is that people who slept in it never do it in their full height, I mean they never stretch there fully according to their size. Usually they slept in a bended position, since sleeping straight was a bed sign associated with dead. It was accepted that only dead sleep straight in their tombs. Wow, what a logic?

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At that times there was no usual bathroom. As I found out these things showed above were replaced to their room where king and queen took so-called bath. The question is whether they did it separately or not? Who knows, let each of your imagination decide!

Clothes always play an important role in our lives and it is still. Every epoch dictated its own trends. It is very pity that you cannot try on these fabulous dresses. I am certain we, dear dames, would look pretty in them!

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And you too, dear cavaliers. Would not you like to try on one of these heavy things? I bet you would look so powerful and strong like real knights in armors who is ready for a battle. On Guard!

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Charles listened to his guide very attentively. He regain control over his unexpected emotions and took everything with his writer’s curiosity and professionalism. He even started to made notes while walking with this young dame. She talked with passion about this castle, Charles admired her gestures and voice. Her delicate voice sounded like crystal. Moreover, her English was so well that it almost amazed Charles. She spoke clearly, slowly, but with a hidden delight that was visible only for him, who caught her every word, her every comma…

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“Ms Lokietek, will you excuse my brevity, I have one question?” Charles stopped her with a little gesture. He came to her closer almost took her by her hand. They were standing on the top of the castle and looking at the beautiful, almost breathtaking view, of the surrounding city Miskolc.

“Certainly, Mr Brown,” she shyly whispered and looked aside.

“What is your name?”

“Beth…Elizabeth!” she proudly pronounced and looked right at him. Her gaze was silently deep.

“Are you kidding me, you are Elizabeth Lokietek, and you work in this Castle as a guide, the castle where so many years ago lived another Elizabeth Lokietek, Hungarian Queen…Oh my, I came to the right place!” he loudly claimed and started to laugh. Elizabeth also smiled and caught his laughing tone.

“Yes, Sir, you really came to the right place, King Charles, your Majesty, if you excuse me!”she playfully admitted and joined laughing. Her playful tone immediately brought back all his sweet feelings and images in his head. His heart jumped wildly and he felt happy. As happy as a lark…

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To be continued!

Greetings From Hungary

Dear little Friends, I attached this greeting card specially for you!

Designed by Ann!

Looking forward to your thoughts, ideas, remarks, comments!

Hope yor Queen or King is with you! If not, then I wish you to meet him/her as soon as possible! How about today?

Yours Ann

Mating Season

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March is in our calendar and spring is in the air! Or better to say that romance is in the air. Beginning of a new season to bloom and not only for flowers. After being wrapped in many layers of winter clothes, women have already taken their sweet minis from their wardrobes. Ladies would like to inspire and be noticed, and it does work. Men are on alert. Air is a mixture of different aromas of flirt. Folks, do we miss it so much? I mean flirt.. oh, yes, who don’t like flirting? It arouses our curiosity, makes us feel attractive, and ready for challenges. As if we add some pepper to make our food spicier or some strawberries to make it sweeter. Both are good and damn seductive!

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When my Nikki captures a picture like that…

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Then I feel that nature does flirt with me, I am the first who is in love with her colors, shapes,  sounds, and flavors…Nature makes me want to be there without even my notice! Bravo, Mother Nature, you are the best at it!

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As far as exotic birds are concerned, here some other rules of flirt are accepted. Guess which ones? Recently, I visited one of the gardens with exotic animals and look what I saw there. As soon as I entered a big room where temperature was higher than at summer I saw this couple in a quite delicate pose…my eyes went wide open, they were hardly ashamed…(they were doing “it” so intensively that even my photo lens were blurred)!

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As I gave up trying to make a better picture of them, the other couple came to my horizon. Unfortunately, I did not recognize them in time, they were yet on the stage of sweet kissing, who knows where it could bring them some minutes later. I decided not to disturb their love games.

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For some minutes I left my eyes drifting to the lonely big tortoise who looked more concentrated on food, other than some love affairs. She or he ( I did not check under the shell) was walking around and looking at me a bit angrily, as if she/he didn’t like me being here with that big photocamera. Yeah, I think I can feel the same if I were them. We are the invaders into their private life. Awful people!

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Owners of tortoises claim that they believe that tortoises do have emotions. For example, one guy told me that he is sure they don’t have a “simple brain”. Because his turtle loves to look out the window while he’s on his basking platform. So, they do have emotions, you cannot deny it!

And how do they behave when the spring period comes? Courtship techniques vary from species to species, but the common denominating factor between the entire groups is aggression. Wow, I did not expect it? Ladies, keep in mind that when a man is capricious about your food  it means he is in mating period, he needs something special.

The male circles the female, often nodding his head and biting at her legs and the edges of her carapace. He rams into her, attempting to trap her, so she can be mounted. Their mating is a noisy affair, filled with the sounds of hissing and grunting. Eventually the female after enduring bites on all of her limbs, will stop attempting to escape and retract into her shell. This is the cue for the male to mount her. I think I have already seen something similar, LOL!

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Wow, look at this guy, he became green from a desire…poor him! People, let us find him a girl or soon he will explode like a bomb.

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Hey, dude, don’t be sad, miracles are happen and even for your not so handsome face we can find a good mate. Keep on dreaming and don’t change your color to red till next time!

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As I see we have a good eye contact with you, dear, that’s I am about the photo above! Or maybe even with you…yep, you who is reading my post now. Do you know how to make eyes? The guy in the picture below wears his best outfit today just for me. He is one of the most handsome today! He knows that ladies prefer bright colors!

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Crocodiles, for instance, during mating period like dancing…The mating dance involves almost all the senses. Males begin by bellowing above water, while producing low-frequency infra-sound, which humans cannot hear. Honestly, I did not hear any sound. Perhaps he was “not in his mood” or “had a headache”. Males may also slap their snouts on the water, blow water from their noses or perform certain arched postures. Though the male is leading the dance, the female is participating with her own set of auditory, visual and olfactory signals during this time. Once they meet up, they’ll tenderly rub each other’s snouts and backs, ride one another or blow bubbles. A well-known scene:

“Dear, will you rub my back?” he/she (depends what you like) says into your ear, and smiles playfully.

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Ouch, I guess I opened the wrong door. Here is already a group banging (excuse my English). You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Frogs, frogs. Frenchmen like eating your legs not without purpose! On the contrary, frogs prefer making specific sound during the “right” period. Male frogs even compete with each other who can make stranger sounds. I suppose I caught them already when the mates are chosen. Shame on you!

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Lonely snake, don’t look at me like that! Male snakes will try to attract a female by doing a type of ‘play fighting’ with other males who want her attention.  They do not try to kill each other…just win the fight! However, dude, with whom you are going to fight, you seem to be all alone!

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No, you are not exactly alone, look who is here! He also needs an attention and a pair for this season. Life can a bit unfair!

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My dear little Fellows, I do hope that this mating season you won’t be alone and have a person with whom you can mate. The season is open…

“What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Philosophers have pondered that question for centuries. I’m afraid the answer is disappointingly simple: Mating. That’s it.”
Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

Yours Ann

You Won’t Drink More Than a Bucket of Horilka

There is a good Ukrainian proverb that “man is not a cow, he won’t drink more than a bucket of horilka“. Isn’t it funny! Can you drink a bucket of horilka? I bet, you won’t be… otherwise you will be walking out of my kitchen horizontally, or will be staying there till tomorrow as minimum, but in the morning during breakfast you might receive a new glass of horilka to help you deal with hangover and then everything repeats. So, be careful it is a tricky alcoholic beverage.

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As you may recognize the talk is today about traditional Ukrainian beverage- horilka (vodka in Ukrainian language). In my country, since we speak Ukrainian, we differentiate between vodka and horilka, let’s not mix them. It can be explosive!

I chose such a topic for my post, because many of you expressed a wish to hear about it. And you know that I cannot turn down your requests. Moreover, I thought that it might be pretty interesting to find out more about this well-known beverage. That’s why I prepare two glasses of horilka for you and waiting you to join me in this fascinating alcoholic trip.

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 Cheers (“Bud’mo” in Ukrainian), but I will probably say after something like “guys, how can you drink it? It’s awful?”. I should confess that I almost don’t drink any alcoholic beverage. I just don’t understand its taste. Sorry, folks, can’t do much. However, as a person who likes discovering this world I would like to find out where does horilka come from and what is behind…

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 The word ‘alcohol’ comes from the Arabic ‘al-kuhl’. Arabs borrowed the technology and carried it to western Europe. In western Europe, distilling alcohol from wine was practiced in Italy in the 11th century, but generally this was done secretly by alchemists. Distilled alcohol reached Poland probably from Germany in the 15th century and it is recorded that the term ‘wodka’ was known from at least 1534.  It is believed that distilled alcohol spread from Poland via Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, and only then to Russia. So, see, my dear polish Friends, we should thank you for having horilka as one of our beloved spirits. Who is our Big Brother now! Niech Zyje, Polska! Na zdrowie!

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Our chronicle mentions that mead was brewed for the funeral wake which Princess Olga held for her husband. With the introduction of distillation flavored horilka appeared. In the 19th century a ‘nalyvka’ was made by steeping fruit in 25% horilka, while a ‘nastojanka’ (‘nastojka’) was made by steeping herbs and spices in a similar strength horilka. Later, when it became easier, sugar was added for sweetness. The term ‘nalyvka’ was also used for a type of sweet fruit wine made by fermenting fruit and berries without added water, but with sufficient sugar to provide a residual sweetness. This was naturally weakly alcoholic, and to increase the strength, horilka was added. A stronger variant, was called ‘spotykach’, the name derived from the Ukrainian verb ‘to tumble’. Who is the tumbler? Wow, I got to know so much new, friends. Even I feel a bit drunk from all this information and you? How about one more glass? Na zdorowja! (“for good health” in Ukrainian).

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You can be more surprised to hear that Ukrainians are very good at cooking homemade horilka, which is called “samogon”. I am sure you never heard this word before and have never tried samogon before. It can have a more tricky effect on you, since samogon can be even stronger. At once, I had a funny experience. I was much younger, at university yet. I went to a trip to Mountains for summer holidays. I had an infection spot in my mouth and it was painful. During celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day our company had horilka and since I usually don’t drink, they decided to seduce me in other way. They offered me not to drink it, but take a sip of horilka and keep it in my mouth to cure my infection. I followed their advice…don’t you guess what was the result? You are right, Ann felt drunk, eyes are funny, and I wanted to sing…la-la-la-la!

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If you do not smile yet, then another story for you. Did you know that alcohol content in our horilka is measure with the help of nose? Nope, you are not mistaken. A usual human nose. Are you confused? It is pretty simple. There are three stages. First one – after drinking a sip of freshly brewed samohon your nose has not changed its color, at all, it means that samohon is not ready yet, it is too close to beer, concentration is too low. Second –  brewing longer and gain tasting, the tip of your nose gets pink just a bit similar to rosy cheeks of a young lady who is blushing. Third – after one more sip your nose is already red like a red-rip tomato, which means that alcohol concentration is almost the maximum. Samohon is ready to be served. Who is ready to taste?

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One more glass of horilka? Cheers…Nazdravlje! Skål! Proost! Kippis! Santé! Prost! Egészségedre! Salute! Na zdrowie! Saúde! Noroc! Salud! Будьмо! I have no idea I am a polyglot, after several glasses of horilka I started to speak so many languages. It is a magical liquid!!!

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See you after one more glass! Happy Weekend!

Truly yours,

Ann

Earth Surprises Us in Orchids

Earth really surprises us in orchids, am I right? Orchids are one of the most beautiful and unusual flowers. Just look at their peculiar shape and structure. At the top of a very long body you can find such lovely, smiling heads that are looking at you and say “hello” to you! They are charming…Orchids will always make us look, make us smile and remind us of the pure awesomeness of nature. I was lucky this week to visit a small exhibition of orchids at one of our Botanical Gardens. In the middle of winter I happened to be in an exotic place with a temperature above twenty and a high humidity (orchids like), which means that I could turn the calendar and found myself at summer! I also have orchids at home and I do know that growing them takes a lot of time and patience. They are so capricious like girls. Don’t you think so, my sweet girls? It seems that my post today will be more interesting to my female audience, since flowers are our best friends (yeah, I paraphrased a bit). And maybe because tomorrow will be St. Valentine’s Day, which is a special day when many women can get many, many flowers and boxes of chocolates. Although, my ladies, don’t you think that we deserve to get flowers not only once a year, but every day. Would you like to hear a confession? I DO NOT like this holiday. You may call me unromantic and cynic, but I cannot agree with the idea that love should be celebrated only once in a year, which means that we are in love only this day and what about the next one? You woke up next day and find no flowers, no breakfast in bed, and your dear gentleman snores loudly? That’s all, romance is over, time to go to kitchen and make breakfast…don’t you recognize the picture? I bet!

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Anyway, it’s up to you to celebrate or not! I would not like to spoil your romantic mood. I just share with you my thoughts. Let’s get back to orchids. I was wondering what does their name mean? Don’t you know? Aw…As I found out orchid literary means “testicles” because of the shape of its root. Can you believe it? Ladies, do you know what testicles are…oh, somebody is blushing now. If you don’t know, check in the dictionary and you will understand why I am smiling now! Definitely, I choose the right topic for today’s post. From my pictures we cannot see their root, so let’s believe it’s the truth!

Once I look at the orchids and I see some similarity with a human face. Am I a freak? To some extend yet, but let us look closer! It’s not only my observations.  An orchid has bilateral symmetry — like a human face — so if a line is drawn vertically down the middle of the flower, the two halves are mirror images of each other.

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When someone looks at an orchid, it looks back at you, just like at this moment! Hello to you, babes! By the way, are there any men yet? Haloo. If you do not know yet how to surprise the lady of your heart tomorrow, think about orchids. It can be a great present, trust me. Choose nice color and make your lady happy. And she can make you happy too…later…you know what I mean! And you might prepare a lovely compliment for your lady and compare her beauty with a bewitched flower!

Yellow Orchids

You know, I do like experimenting and changing the formats of my posts. Thus, I would like to interrupt our sweet talk about orchids for some minutes and change the subject. Recently, I have been nominated for Creative Blogger Award by Laura Lecce from my colorful view of the world and I would like to thank her for that honor. Honestly, I am very thankful for any mentioning of my blog and your comments, and I cannot leave it without any reply. Though I prefer breaking all possible rules, at least, here. Don’t worry, fellows, my nominations are always for all of you, if I start counting it will take too much time. According to the rules I should mention 5 unknown facts about myself. Oh my, I thought I would not find so many. You have already  found out a lot about me and how can I be a mysterious lady for you after that. I will loose my charm and anonymity! That’s why I decided to ask you, what do you what to know? In case, there are any interesting questions, please feel free and ask me in your comments. But be sensible, I will answer only intriguing questions! Joking! Thank you, dear Laura, for this award! You are a wonderful friend!

Violet Orchids

Oh, and again lovely orchids. They are so different and so captivating. I know there are people who like them so much that they even talk to them. However, I guess it is not bad to talk to flowers, since they are alive creatures. We should greet them and touch their leaves, which can help us to understand whether they feel good themselves or not, whether their atmosphere is appropriate for them or not, whether it is enough warm or not. Orchids need a lot of attention and care. But when they are blooming, they look gorgeous. I think they know about it!

Spotty Orchids

Dear Ladies, if you do not have an orchid at one of your windowsills, then you have to give a hint to your loved one. These flowers are born to beguile woman’s eyes. They should be in your flower garden and you should admire them every day! Put aside your vacuum cleaner or frying pans, and take a comfortable position next to your computer screen! Welcome ORCHIDS!

Dark Orange Orchids

Have a love weekend! And not only one weekend, but each of the following!

Yours Ann

 

 

Nature Clothed To Its Very Hollows in Snow

Winter House

I am so happy to see you, dear Friends, how are you there? Did you miss me? I missed you a lot. I apologize for my absence, however, you know very well that our life consists not only of pleasant moments, but also of hard work, which takes most of our lifetime. But being optimistic, I hope not for all of you! I should confess that I am curently working on my new project that I promised to present you, it also grabs my time and holds my breath, not sure I have time to breathe even. Untill it is not ready, I would like to chat with you a bit and present you some of my latest pictures and thoughts. How about that?

Fragile Snowflake

I am in a lyrical mood today…Maybe because it is sunny and a bit cold, and I am in my comfortable chair and with my notebook hiding in a warm place. And outside world is fragile, cold and beautiful as snowflakes. Snow brings us some winter joy of something uknown and magical, which is mysterious for us. We hardly know how it forms and from where its roots grow. You know me I am quite curious, so I want to know more. I switched on Global Web and clicked on several online resources. Would you like to hear something interesting?

Snow Web

Did you know that snow is actually clear and colorless? Then you are smarter than I thought!

Snow Branches

In the early 1900s skiers created their own terminology to describe various types of snow. The crazy vocabulary includes funny terms such as “pow pow,” “mashed potatoes,” “champagne snow (powder),” “cauliflower,” “sticky snow,” “dust on crust” and many other descriptive terms. Did you know that “pow pow” or simply pow (from powder) is the fresh powder snow, which is actually a soft, fluffy type of snow?  “Champagne snow” has such an extremely low moisture content that you can’t even make a snowball with it. While “champagne powder” is great for skiing because it’s smooth and dry, “mashed potatoes” is an old, dense and heavy snow that is hard to turn skis in. Hm, so my first task for you is to guess which snow is in the picture below?

Almost Colorless

If you have a fear of snow, it is called chionophobia.  If you are crazy about snow, it is chionomainia.  (You decide, I know what I am!) I am made of snow, cannot imagine my life without it. Snow makes me happy when I do not need to clean my backyard.

Snow Colors

In one study, men rated pictures of women’s breasts and bodies as more attractive in the winter months, while they rated pictures of women’s faces the same. Researchers believe men don’t see women’s bodies as much during the winter, so they’re more excited when they do. Hey, ladies, can you believe it? Now I understand why spring is the season of March Cats. WOW!

Winter Love

There is so much interesting yet to discover about snow that I am afraid you can be tired. I just feel that snow brings some magic to our world, which is so different and complicated. Snow symbolizes for me innocence and purity. It seems that Lord sends us snow to clean not only roads, but our souls, to make us more understanding and supportive, to look around and help others, to find happiness in everything. Certainly, snow covers nature to protect it from cold and help to survive, on the contrast, snow is a disaster for houses, electrcity roads and people as well as animals. And I do worry about poor animals who cannot find food under thick snow layes, that’s why I constantly try to help as much as I can and offer you to join me. This can be fun and brings positive energy to your life. I suppose snow is not only a winter wonder, but a challenge for this world, how to survive in colder periods and how not be depressive when you can not go out due to heavy snowfalls.

Crow On Snow

It is indeed. I may conclude that winter as any season has its beautiful periods (especailly for photographers) and difficult periods that can have even negative results. You know what we still should enjoy it and have fun! Who is going with me to play snowballs??? By the way did you hear that a snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship? I am throwing a snowball in your face…