Stay Healthy, Vegetables From Garden

 

Hello, my little Friends,

Summer is the best season for our health since the choice of vegetables and fruits is the largest one. So many vitamins in one plate. Who would know that cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated crop, originated mainly in northern India. Cucumbers are excellent source of vitamins K, C and different B vitamins. They are also very good source of sodium, copper, amino acids, carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber content. It is no wonder that your skin will look great after smashing yourself with a piece of cucumber.

The word “radish” comes from the Latin “radix,” meaning “root,” and the Greek word “raphanus,” which translates to “quickly appearing”. Well, I did recognize it, radishes were the first in my garden! Radishes contain significant amounts of vitamin C and several other vitamins and minerals. I love radishes, they are my favorite red buddies!

Mister Onion is the main at my plate. Onions have been used as food for thousands of years; in ancient Egypt, they were worshiped and used in burial rituals. Onion helps killing microbes in your body, a good disinfector as well, not to mention that it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals! Onions kisses…muuah!

Stay in tune for more veggies and fruits from my garden and many fun facts about them!

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Chat With Nature (Movie)

My dear little Friends, you know how much I love all of you and how much I would like to surprise you! I believe you know! And you also remember that I not only like making some photos, writing funny things and chatting with you, but I also adore filming, almost everything I see. So, I present you my new video, my newly born baby. I am still a big dreamer and passionate film director. Some weeks ago I took my equipment, went to my favorite place and started shooting without any scenario, pure impromptu…Let’s see what came out of it…

Looking forward to hearing any of your comments and ideas! I will also kindly ask you to let me know what you would like to see in my next films! I highly appreciate your every idea, thought, suggestion or offer! Stay in touch!

Yours Ann

Little Korea in the heart of Ukraine

Pagoda in Kyiv

My dear Friends, first December snow melted fairly quickly and I decided to travel back and recall wonderful Fall days in my sweet city. As usually during one of my lunch breaks I went out for a walk and turned to the unknown path that brought me to Korea…

I felt that it was right time to use my time machine…

Korean Garden Gates.jpg

 I was lucky to land in Changdeok Palace (Aeryeonjeong pavilion) in Seoul.  Aeryeon means “love to lotus flower”.

Little Korea

This little island of Korean culture is a little miracle. Here is true Korean atmosphere. Koreans enjoy a sense of inner peace from becoming one with nature. Gardens can also serve practical purposes, such as for growing fruit or medicinal herbs, in addition to being delightful playgrounds. Sometimes they are used as an inspirational backdrop for writing poetry, or meditation.

Meditation Fall.jpg

The influences that shaped the identity of the Korean garden include Korea’s natural environment as well as the lifestyle and ideological values of its people, which have changed with the times. My time was limited, I could not stay here forever, time machine gave a signal…I had to come back, but it was so good here, so peaceful…I knew that I would come back here and very soon!

Wish you peaceful and relaxing weekend!

Happy Friday, my dear Friends!

Yours Ann

Fruity-Tutti That Are Healthy and Bright

Cherry Lady

It is believed that every man should build a house, plant a tree and father a son. I may assume that the same can be said about a woman as well. Do not you agree? Planting a tree is a lifelong investment. We do not only make our planet greener, but also produce more oxygen, and it’s vital for everyone. We had an occasion to plant a cherry tree in my granny’s garden and now this summer tree pleased us with its first fruits. You can see the first picture! You cannot even imagine how happy we were to see it and taste it. You have no idea how sweet it was…was, because we have eaten it already. Yeah, I know it’s not good that I did not share it with you, bad girl!

You might recognize that I like gathering information almost about everything I make a picture of, so I could not resist the temptation to get to know more about this particular fruit. Did you know that the word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus. Cherries are not only very beautiful and bright fruit, however, very healthy as well. As I read red cherries contain melatonin which helps to fight against harmful toxins. These fruits also contain a high level of antioxidants which are beneficial to the human body. They also ensure the proper functioning of the body and help the immune system get stronger. Right now I understand why I like it so much, I confess I am a fan of sweet cherries, I can eat a half of kilo at once, they are very delicious. 

Fruit Piece

How do you like my fruit piece that I captured specially for you? Any comments? Does it look nice? Well, my 
little apples are without a make-up, but trust me they are tasteful!

I live in a capital city and coming to the countryside gives me always a positive feedback. You can simply change the atmosphere to which you get used and discover something new, unknown for you. I know that life in the countryside is not so entertaining as well, since people should work hard in order to get good harvest. There are benefits and drawbacks of both lifestyles. A nice balance is possible if you are able to combine both, guess. So, when I have time I should escape from my lovely, but very noisy city, and grasp some fresh countryside air as well as taste juicy fruits. 

Raspberries

However, before putting these delicious and colorful fruits to my mouth, I have to pick them up. I adore raspberries, they are very sweet, but gathering them is not so funny. Raspberries are grown in bushes , so when you gather them you have to dive into the forest of bushes where a lot of ants waiting to bite you. Or you may be “lucky” to meet some other, not too pretty, animals that usually live in these bushes. Anyway, everybody likes raspberries, but not everybody likes gathering them. Can you share your experience?

Nevertheless, let us enjoy raspberries and find out more about them.

Raspberries have been enjoyed by man since the times of cavemen. This berry is unique and fascinating, and has even worked its way into our popular culture. The word “raspberry” seems to come from the Old French raspise, a term meaning “sweet rose-colored wine”.

Raspberries are sold and produced throughout the world, which has given rise to myths about why raspberries are red and even one myth about the magical qualities of the fruit. a modern myth tells the story of how raspberries turned a fox’s fur red.  In the Tale of the Raspberry Fox, by Henning Buchhagen, there is a fox named Ferdinand.  At that time, all foxes were grey in colour.  The tale tells how Ferdinand didn’t like to eat meat, so one day he decided to eat some raspberries and discovered that he loved eating them.  He kept eating raspberries and the more he ate, the redder his fur became.  Ever since then, all foxes have had red fur and like to eat fruit.

Delicious raspberries are low in calories and fats. Raspberries are a wonderful source of vitamin C, containing 40 percent of a person’s daily needs. Raspberry contains anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, and vitamin E. 

I adore raspberry jam which is prepared in a very easy way. You just should add sugar to raspberries and bend it together, then put to small glass bowls and leave in a fridge. It is very yammi! I spread it on roll and eat it with milk or tea. Ohh, you should try it!!! Highly recommend!

Apricot

And then I found apricots. who do not like apricots? Many of my colleagues who are much older than me (age of my granny) usually confess that apricots are their favourite fruits, they can eat them till their tummies will be big like a balloon. 

The apricot, discovered about 4,000 years ago in China, was introduced to the United States in the 18th century. Greek mythology experts believe apricots are the “golden apples” of Hesperides — the fruit Hercules was ordered to pick in the eleventh of his twelve labors. In Latin, apricot means “precious”. Indeed, my colleagues consider this fruit exactly precious, they are crazy about it. Maybe because they know that it was long considered an aphrodisiac, huh, ladies…do you remember A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and apricot was used as an inducer of childbirth as depicted in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Right now I see it very clearly. Ladies like apricots!!!

Moreover, apricots are regarded as a healthy source of Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A promotes eye and skin health, while Vitamin C helps boost the immune system. Apricots are also rich in beta-carotene and don’t contain any cholesterol or sodium. 

Dreaming of apricots, in English folklore, is said to be good luck. Wish you sweet apricot dreams this night!

Pear

I have no right to forget about pears, even if it is not their period yet. They are mostly green now, but when their time comes….hum….we cannot resist not to eat juicy pears as soon as we pick them from a tree. And here I should again boast about planting a pear tree, which is ready to produce its first babies. 

Chinese people believe that sharing of pear may disturb relationship between friends or lovers. Pears are a symbol of immortality in China. Well, I do not live in China, but I can feel they are pretty right about it. 

Pears were important part of diet in ancient Greece and remedy for nausea. Greek poet Homer described pears as “gifts of the gods”. 

Have you ever smoked pears? Nope…well, then you are a looser….kidding…pear leaves were used for the preparation of cigarettes, before tobacco became popular. So, my dear fans of unhealthy cigarettes – maybe it’s time you gave up smoking “who knows what” and start smoking healthy pear leaves…

Pears contain anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Eating pears helps maintain a healthy immune system. Pears help treat hypertension. I can see only benefits and you? How do you like pears?

Blackberries

Finally, I cannot finish my story without currants, a Queen among healthy fruits. This fruit is not so sweet as previously mentioned, but very healthy. 

Being a rich source of several antioxidant minerals, regular intake of raw red currant fruit helps in the detoxification of your body as well as in the elimination of the free radicals produced as a result of biochemical reactions in the body. Red currants as a great food to add to your skin care diet. Red currant helps control blood pressure by regulating the circulatory system, and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack and other coronary disorders.

Black currants have extraordinarily high vitamin C content, good DV levels of dietary fiber, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B5; and a broad range of other essential nutrient. If you catch a cold in winter, there is nothing better than a tea with black currant, it helps to fight with high temperature and microbes. I tested it on myself. So, I always prepare a package of black currant and leave it frozen in my freezer. And you?

Have a nice weekend!

Your Doctor Ann

Goddess Peony

Which flower comes to your mind when you think of May? Huh…yep, right you are, peonies! Who can resist the attraction of fragrant peonies? Once you experience the delicious fragrances that vary from rose scented to hints of citrus you’ll want to include fragrant peonies in a bouquet to grace your table.  

Peony Goddess

Folklore mentions the flower which further links Peony to the moon. It is believed that this flower of sheer romance was created by the Goddess of moon to reflect the lustrous shimmer of the moon’s beam at night…or sunshine at day time. Peonies do not look at you, they usually turn their heads into opposite direction mostly to sun. They enjoy being under direct sunlight. These Goddesses cannot imagine their happy life without sun.

Peony in White

As usually I caught myself at being unaware of what kind of flower peony is? So, I had to look through some useful information, the most interesting I share with you.

Colorful Peony

Did you know that Peonies have been grown in China for thousands of years, though at first they were primarily revered not for their blooms, but for their medicinal purposes.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the bark of tree peonies and their roots used for cooling the blood and relieving both pain and infections. We can say that peonies are very regarded in China even nowadays. China does not have an “official” national flower, but the tree peony can be regarded as a national favorite. The tree peony received the most votes in an unofficial survey conducted in 1994 in every district in China asking people to select a national flower. Isn’t it impressive? And what about your country? Do you have a national flower, if not, then what kind of flower you can choose for your country? My country has a variety of national flowers, one of them is penwinkle. 

Enchanted Peony

You may notice that I like legends, every flower has its own legend and my Goddess Peony is not an exception. I found out that its legend connected to Greece. The Greek story goes that the Greek god of medicine Asclepius had a student named Paena. But, the student was actually better than the master, so the teacher because jealous of him. The story goes that Zeus actually had to save the student from the teacher’s wrath by turning him into a flower. I do not wonder, I saw many examples when students were smarter than teacher and usually nothing good happened. From my student’s life I recall such teachers who were not able to read correctly in English, so how could they teach us? It is a shame! Thanks to this story we know that Peonies are very smart girls, when you come along paths with peonies be careful and do not say anything stupid, they will recognize!

Bushes of Peonies

Marco Polo once described peonies as “roses, big as cabbages.” If you look close you may find the similarity to a cabbage or funny hairstyle, am I not right?

Peony as Cabbage

White peonies traditionally symbolize young girls who are distinguished mainly by their wit but also by their beauty.

White Peonies

Peony  is often understood as a positive influence for woman and man living harmoniously together.

It also symbolizes good fortune and happy marriages because the blossoms of the peony flower is round which symbolizes money. The generous look of the peony flower also represents fortune in romance thus it symbolize a happy marriage. Traditionally, couples that are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary are given peonies as present.

Couple of Peonies

Another symbolic meaning of the peony flower is peace but only when the flower is in full bloom. As for the negative connotation of peony, it could mean indignation and put to shame.

Gentle Peonies

This flower brings some hidden positive emotion that fulfills your heart and your nose…I saw people who were walking among them; there were only happy and smiling faces. We live in a difficult world and difficult time, so lack of positive became critical. Peonies can save the world from problems at least for some valuable minutes…

Sunny Peonies

My dear Reader, I ask you to leave all your tasks, sit comfortable next to your computer and spend with my peonies several positive minutes, you will not regret, trust me! Let us enjoy this world of peonies which is so sparkling…

Sparkling Peony

In my country peonies are blooming almost in every garden and what about you, do you invite peonies to make your garden more beautiful? They are right on their way to you…

What's Inside

My little Goddesses wish you a positive and sunny weekend! Enjoy summer, enjoy life, enjoy peonies!

Lady Pinky MAGNOLIA

Pink Shades

Charming Lady Pinky…mysterious lady-flower that likes wearing pink! She impresses me every time I look at her. Her posture is so gracious!

Branch of Pinkies

I wonder what thoughts are circling in her head! What does usually a real Lady think of? 

Enchanted Magnolia

It seems they usually concern of their hair and outfit, whether they are still pretty and slim. Well, usual women do like that, but these Ladies have some other issues to think of. They need bright sun and gentle wind to hold their heads at right angles. They need to see you smile when you look at them!  They would like to be pretty as much time as possible. As Nino Rota wrote:

 A rose will bloom,
it then will fade
So does a youth.
So does the fairest maid.

They are afraid of time that does not play well for them. As soon as they bloom clock starts ticking. Lady Pinkies are not ready to fade, so does any women. 

Inside Triplet

Lady Pink is in harmony with its inner world. And what about women? Whether we feel the same and always. Oh, I have big doubts. We do not feel ourselves so well as lady flowers. We are always unsatisfied with our inner or outer world. Lady Pinky is luckier, we can envy her! 

Lady Pinky

Time spent with Lady Pinky can cure you from all your troubles. You should just be next to her and you will feel better at once.

Lonely Pinky

Lady Pinky is always beautiful and slim. She doesn’t need to be on a diet!

Pink Baby Girl

Lady Pinky likes company and enjoys sharing her positive energy!

Pink In Blue

Pinky likes to be in a pair! 

Pink Magnolia Tree

However, sometimes Pinky needs some space!

S White-and-Pinky

Pinkies always can make us curious. Their world is so mysterious and full of puzzles… 

Pink Sky

but when we look at them we do feel ourselves better and happier. They have a magical power! Don’t you feel?