Valentine’s Dilemma

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Dear Friends,

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Love you all,

Yours Ann

P.S. As my present for the upcoming holiday  I am publishing a wonderful film to enjoy at this weekend, stay in tune!

Christmas Message to the World!

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My dear little Friends, today many of you celebrate a very magical evening, Christmas Eve. And I cannot leave this occasion without my special attention. I would not like to take lots of your time, since this evening is very family one, when everybody gather together to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

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The holidays bring back memories, an appreciation of all the happy times we have shared. My Christmas message for you, at this special time of year, may your home be filled with happiness and laughter where memories are made. Good times, good memories and the love of family is one of the best we could every receive.  NEVER FEEL PAIN OR LOSS. A special Christmas prayer that God above will bless you and your family with peace and happiness this season.Hopes that your home be filled with laughter, your spirit warm and gay. The peace of the season, may it bring harmony to your heart, happiness to your life and joy to your world. LET IT BE PEACE AT EVERY CORNER OF THIS PLANET, NEVER HEAR ANY SIGN OF WAR ANYMORE! I am so thankful and feel very fortunate to have great friends like you not only at Christmas but the whole year through. A very Merry Christmas to you and those you consider dear.

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And if you did not watch my Christmas Episode yet, here is your second chance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeAgg7NffPw

Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël! Vrolijk Kerstfeest!  Vesele Vanoce! Glædelig Jul! Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi! Hyvaa Joulua! Kala Christouyenna! Boldog Karacsonyt! Gleoileg jol! Buon Natale! Priecïgus Ziemassvtkus! Linksmų Kalėdų! Wesolych Swiat! Craciun Felicit! Feliz Natal!  Vesel Bozic!Feliz Navidad!  God jul! Schoni Wiehnachte!

Love you all!

Yours Ann

How I Met a Puppy

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“I’m convinced that petting a puppy is good luck.”
                                             Meg Donohue, Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

I think I agree with you, Meg, at least I had such a feeling when I met Boni. The cutest Akita puppy ever. I spent with her a day full of lovely mischievous adventures. A two months puppy who is worse than a baby and even more demanding. She needs your 100% attention and does not get used to any restrictions. She disobeys all rules and puts her upper feet on your legs in an attempt to attract your attention while you are sitting at the table (as in the picture above). Moreover, she barks and shows her voice in case you still go on chewing without recognizing her. Boni looks innocently at you while climbing one of your leg or tasting one of your slippers, or one of your drawer’s handles. She is a sweet little imp energetic 24 hours without charging!

And now you are looking at her dad, serious Mr Yuko Sun! Don’t you find that girls are always similar to their dads? They are, indeed!

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
                                                                                                                           Josh Billings

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Making Yuko Sun’s picture was a real challenge. He doesn’t like posing at all. I was chasing after him. I guess I was pretty lucky when he sat in the bushes and even turned his head to look at me. Perhaps Yuko became rather curious at the lady with a camera pointing at him for so long. Or maybe he even felt pity and decided to give me a chance. His glance is very intense and suspicious a bit. As if asking me: “Lady, what do you want from me?.

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”
                                                                                                                  Andy Rooney

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Boni is a teddy bear especially when she sleeps, which happens very rear. This girl is a source of boundless energy. Take my word, until she is somewhere in a room and her eyes are open, you won’t be able to have your usual lunchtime nap. Forget it. This young lady will bring you something to play or will try to jump to you and start poking her tiny wet nose everywhere. Be aware that puppies after playing or being too active like drinking water and as well-mannered ladies will try to wipe their wet mouth with …not a napkin as everybody usually do, but your shirt’s sleeve. Adorable little lady!

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”
                                                                                        Dean Koontz, False Memory

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Also Boni as her dad likes looking at the mirror. They are those dandies. They are very proud of being certified Akita. Yuko Sun is the champion of many dog’s competitions. He often goes abroad to show people how handsome and smart he is. Although, owners of Akita cannot boast about their being obedient. I heard that Akitas have their own character and may not follow your commands. They are incredibly intelligent and loyal dogs though, and are loving, devoted and gentle towards their master and family. The Akita is also known to be a good guard dog as it is very suspicious of any person or animal that it doesn’t know.Akitas consider making eye contact as a form of challenge for dominance.That’s I felt and you?

 The Akita  first bred in Japan in the 1600s. The Akita originates from the Akita Prefecture in the north-east of Japan, hence it’s name. During ancient times, mothers in Japan relied heavily on their pet Akitas to take care of their very young children. While mothers worked the fields, their pets played nanny to the children at home.

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ”
Roger A. Caras

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Yuko Sun’s and Boni’s masters seem to be the happiest people, at least, that’s what I saw while looking at them. A big family where dogs play even more important role.  I was lucky to meet the Akita puppy and her dad! Dogs are our best friends!

I was smiling while writing this post, hope you can join me and smile in reply!

Happy smiling day!

Yours Ann

Lifeclicker (Issue 1, page 4)

Not Seriously About Serious Things

Have a blooming day!

LIFECLICKER

You can go as far as your dream!

Let Us Have Fun Click

Spring is a romantic time of year!

 KISSES IN THE LILAC BUSHES

Today in the heading “Let Us Have Fun” I would like to kiss you…are not you surprised? You should be, as I am planning to overwhelm and confuse you, although I am not sure it will be successful, since I can be even more confused. Anyway, who do not like talking about kisses? Hands up! No, I do not see your hands. Thus, you do like it. Every person remembers his/her first kiss. It is the most innocent and sweet reminiscence of youth. Who will refuse to get back the time and enjoy it to the full? That’s it! In our modern almost ugly world we seem to be lack of that first feelings and emotions. We are so thirsty. Therefore, I decided to use my magical mouse and plunge into the unknown world of honeyed kisses (or with another flavor) accompanied with my lilac photos!

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Did you know that the word “kiss” origins from the old English cyssan, which is from the proto-Germanic word “kussijanan” stemming from the sound kissing makes. Let us try. Make yourself comfortably in a chair, relax, stretch out your lips, and close your eyes…oh, almost forgot, did you refresh your breath? Then go ahead to the bathroom, use some mouth liquid or just brush your teeth. Great! (Why I want to write “Ready! Steady! Go!” it is not a racing or is it?). Oh my! So here it is the moment when you, my dear readers, and I will share our first kiss. We have a noble purpose, we need to check whether we are able to reproduce this sound or not. Not because you like me. It is not that I am not attractive or you are. It is just because we do not know well each other and…muah (at this exact moment some strange lips from my big screen suddenly covered mine). Wow! Not bad! But, sweetheart, sound was completely another. Therefore, theory is theory, and in practice everything sounds different! One more thing: sugar, why did you use your tongue? Bad Boy! Aha, I guess you just wanted to make me change the subject! No problem!

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“Kissing is passion and romance, and what keeps people together,” says Michael Cane, author of The Art of Kissing. The first recorded kiss is in the early Vedic scriptures, dating around 1500BC. It describes people as sniffing with their mouths. I guess ancient people were smarter than we are. Kissing is not only an emotional pleasure, unity of two souls, but also very healthy. Among the benefits of a good kiss: that extra saliva washes bacteria off your teeth, which can help break down oral plaque, says Mathew Messina, DDS, a private practice dentist in Fairview Park, Ohio, and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association. “Still, I would not go around advocating kissing after meals instead of brushing,” he says. See, guys, brushing cannot be replaced with kissing. Do not be lazy and remember that hygiene is at the first place. Also, be aware of the fact that fresh breath helps to make this moment more romantic. Nobody will kiss a person whose breath needs a good cleaning service. Moreover, kissing might even help you lose weight.  During a really passionate kiss, you might burn two calories a minute. Great? We can cross our morning exercises out, better let us kiss. One more fact, kissing helps us release tension and stress. When you come after work, grab your wife or husband and give him/her a hot kiss, result will not wait you long. In case there is nobody at home, kiss your dog or cat or your TV screen, anything you will find, but do it and you will feel better. I know that this is not the same; however, there can be different situations.

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After kissing almost everything you found around, I would like to offer you a break and check something. I decided to make a study on different types of kisses. There are plenty of ways how you can kiss each other. Here I need extra help, I Googled a bit. It is said that every kiss is a talk of two souls (or more) and it differs from the next one. Can I be honest with you? My favorite kiss is the forehead kiss. Somebody can call me silly and girlish, and I agree with you. But, little fellows, this kiss means a lot, since it symbolizes true friendship and innocent intimacy. If you touch your partner’s forehead with your lips it means you completely trust each other. As if the bond you share is practically unbreakable! Then, I am a fan of cheek kiss; it is the most innocent and intriguing at the same time. Who does not know French kiss? One of the hottest and most difficult kisses. This type of kiss is very easy to execute but it may take years to master. Is there an expert among you? The single lip kiss is also a very exciting one. If done in the correct manner, this kiss can send a strong romantic signal to you partner. Lingering lip kiss is a closed mouth kiss that lasts for more than 20 seconds. Lingering lip kisses involve the lips only. This kiss serves as an indication of deep love. I was surprised to hear that there is a lizard kiss, wow! It is done in quick strokes. The lizard kiss is usually practiced just for fun. Oh, there are so many more, but I feel that it is better to stop here or some of us need a bucket of cold water! Let us cool down a bit. Topic is too hot, please switch on some fan! Not to mention Katy Perry’s “I kissed a girl and I liked doing it”…wow, it is really getting hot here!

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In conclusion I would like to introduce you a Kissenger. Singapore-based company Lovotics has created a range of robotic kissing toys that allow long-distance lovers to transfer kisses over the internet. The strange creatures – called Kissengers – look like little spherical pigs and have an artificial mouth that provides “the convincing properties of a real kiss”. The idea is that you’d be Skyping your loved one and, when the moment takes you, you’d pick up your Kissenger and lock lips. Be quick – the amount is limited! Muah!

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

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

Yours Ann

 

 

All Roads Lead to … L’viv or Eros and Rose Delicious Date

Lviv Ice CreamEros woke up…this morning earlier. His dream-fantasy made him exhausted, his body and brain flooded with pleasure. He had been wrung like a sponge. He hardly stirred from his bed. Eros was curious why a short message on his birthday from someone he even does not know made him lose his head. His life was so calm and stable, he got used to his bachelor’s life and did not let himself feel so stressed over women. Eros could not let him feel so confused and so helpless. He took himself and his emotion in hand, had a very cold (almost icy) shower and came downstairs for breakfast. Eros Clumsy had a usual lovely breakfast chat with his mom as if nothing has happened. He deleted this strange message from his phone and went to work. He was decisive and refreshed, ready to immerse fully into his adorable work. As a senior computer administrator Eros has been dealing with many software tasks at the UK Council in Ukraine. He liked his job and did it very well. He even received a diplomatic status and moved from country to country. Dolly always followed his son and enjoyed every new designation. They learn new languages together and exchange experiences. When he came to his office he was smiling until he found out that today will not be the same as he get used it. Immediately he should go for a business trip to L’viv to install some software. Surely he was not against some summer trip to a very nice city, but somehow he felt odd about his new task for today. Maybe was something in the air or it was because of his sleepless night. Eros got to his car and started the engine…A few seconds later the door of the car burst open and a woman’s silhouette slowly slipped to the car saloon. As soon as he dropped his eyes on her Eros knew…she was Rose,  a flower or a woman whose late evening message turned his life upside down…

“Good day, Mr Clumsy! I am ready to go!” Rose said cheerfully, closed the door and took off her summer glasses. While arranging her things and mini-skirt she recognized that she did not hear any reply back. She turned her head and looked directly at him. And the picture she saw was impressive. Eros was sitting motionless like a frozen statue, his eyes wide open and he did not breathe…at least it seemed to her. This view made her feel uneasy, she thought that he might not feel himself well. She slowly touched his elbow.

“Is everything alright, Mr Eros”, – she asked worriedly. Eros suddenly became aware of her touches and words. He jerked back his arm and pressed on gas pedal. They journey to L’viv was in silence. In the city Rose and Eros had a strange conversation based on some jokes from Rose’s side, however, Eros was in his most awful mood. Moreover, when he found out that she will be his boss and that from now on he will work with her and that this is not exactly a business trip rather a test for him he understood that he  got caught…

Coffee Mine XIX Century

This is a picture of an entrance to a very famous Coffee Mine in L’viv, yeah, you did hear me right, a mine. This picture was made in XIX century. You may guess that it is not a real mine, since we know too well how coffee is made, it cannot be simply dug out from the ground. Otherwise everybody who has a plot can try his/her luck. The owners of this coffee shop are smart enough to make their future clients intrigued and believe me it works.

StrudelAnyway, whatever one may think, this is not a simple coffee shop, but a real museum of coffee and its production. Here a choice of coffee will surprise you a lot because it is very diverse and for all tastes. I even do not mention the deserts that are so yammi.

Every time Rose was in L’viv she cannot refuse herself a very small caprice – a cup of Benderivs’ka coffee with strudel and ice-cream. However, today she ordered ice-cream for Eros to cajole him at least a bit. His attitude and behavior were so cold, she could not imagine that. She knew how odd he was, but that was even beyond her expectations. Rose pined her hopes on the delicious flavor of ice-cream that must melt his heart (literary and figuratively).

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While they were siting and enjoying friendly atmosphere of this coffee mine Rose decided to try to find out what was wrong with him and she kindly asked him, “Eros, why are you so angry at me? Did I do something wrong? I confess that my style of testing my future employees is not so common and maybe even called unusual, but I prefer getting to know my colleagues in informal way, this is my know-how and…”, Eros abruptly stopped her with his gesture and quickly replied, “Miss Flower or…sorry, miss Rose, who can be happy to get such a strange message almost at midnight from an unknown person…it is not polite, did not your parents teach you the manners?”

Oh, so that made you angry at me…I see” Rose made a sigh and smiled. “Then why do not you get your belt and give me a spanking?

“Very funny, miss Spice”, shortly admitted Eros and stared at her. She was too beautiful like from his dream, so he cannot be angry at her, but he was not ready to leave his guard off. He knew that as soon as he let her in he would not have peace in his life. 

Coffee Pots

This coffee mine is a kind of shop as well. Here you can find very nice cups and kettles.

Lions Everywhere

You should remember that L’viv is a city of lions, so lions will follow you everywhere whenever you go. It is said, Lviv, or as it is often called Lemberg, reminds Prague, Vienna or Krakow by its atmosphere. This is a city where every street, every cobblestone retains its legend. His majestic name tells a rich history of the city. According to legends of the old chronicles, Lviv was founded by Prince Danylo Galician and named a city after his son Leo Danylovych. However, citizens love to tell another romantic legend about the origin of the city.
Once upon a time, near the high mountains around the area of future Lviv city there were small villages. The mountains were covered with forests, where farmers successfully hide from attacks of enemies. But once a luck turned away from them – people began to disappear. It was found out that they were stolen by the king of beasts – the lion. He lies in wait for those who dare to walk alone in the wood, stun them by a big paw and eats victims in his cave. Panic swept all the villages in the district.
Once in the tavern appeared a brave knight, who promised to kill the predator. He asked to forge so strong sword and armor that none force could break or bend it. Village blacksmiths worked all day and night long without a break, but in vain. It seemed as inevitable bad luck.
A traveler who got lost somewhere has come to tavern to eat. He said he knew how to conquer the beast. Let all the young girls prick a little finger by needles, drop  two or three drops of blood to a common Chan, where weapons and armor should be dipped.
The farmer did it. And the lion’s fangs and claws could not do anything with enchanted armor. Then mighty cut a head of furious lion by magic sword and exclaimed  “People you are free!”.  Since then, the mountain where this story has happened was  called lion mountain, and the town that grew up under the mountain – Lviv.
If  this story was real, or just imagination of the people, no one knows.  But a fact is that Lviv city fascinates anyone who at least once visited here.

Chocolate Heaven

L’viv can be called a chocolate city, since every you step you see various chocolate shops and you cannot pass by…chocolate is too delicious and aromatic…meeting the serious demands of even the most critical chocolate fans. Legend has it that Chocolate from Lviv was well-known from the middle ages. In the 19th century, chocolate was exported from Lviv to aristocracy throughout Europe.

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Here you can find only hand-made chocolate, which is a bit more expensive, but it’s worth, trust me. On the ground floor of this chocolate shop you can even watch the process of its production. In my film devoted to L’viv you can see it through the glass windows. Everything is open for visitors.

Adam Mitskevitch Monument

Rose did not manage to melt Eros’s heart even with the help of huge dark chocolate bar, he was still silent and only answered her questions concerning their future work together. Unfortunately he showed his indifference and sometimes hostility towards her, which made Rose very upset. She did not get used to give up and she did not get used to refuses. Rose Spice was the young daughter of David Spice who adored and satisfied all her wishes, she has never heard any “no” answers in her life. Now she also felt that inexpugnable wall should be broken very soon…

Alive Bier

L’viv can be also called a brewing city…here you can taste a live beer almost at every corner. Beer was brewed in Lviv since XV century and in 1533 Polish king has issued a decree allowing brewing beer in the city. Important role was also played by monasteries, where monks were brewing this wonderful drink from best hops, molt and pure artesian water. Owing to its quality Lviv beer shortly became popular in Austro-Hungarian Empire. And now in the time of Ukraine independence beer in Lviv doesn’t lose its legendary taste and quality and is popular among citizens and tourists.

Flower Clock

“Isn’t this clock beautiful,” babbled Rose and stopped next to it.

“Yes, maybe,” coldly replied Eros and turned his head. He looked at her once again as if he wanted to check whether she was a reality or a vision. Eros again felt himself not so well. Rose also turned and simply stare directly into his eyes. The tension between them could have been cut with a rusty knife. He saw a curiosity and stubbornness that leaped in her eyes, but he also saw a flicker of interest and gentleness. She was Amazon strength and beauty in her white suit. She was gorgeous, tempestuous and hot.  He felt that he lost his control…

Maybe…that’s all what you can say about this wonderful and charming flower clock, now I can really understand what a difficult time in office is waiting for me with such a cold, callous, aloof and insensate to any beauty man who…” Rose could not finish her sentence because her lips were quickly covered with his and he kissed the breath out of her…

Caramel World

You can make lot’s of window picture while walking L’viv streets. This is the pictures of the city made of caramel (boiled sweet). Have you every tasted it? The first types of caramel were hard candies that date back to the 17th century. In America, the settlers cooked sugar and water together to make these sweet treats. Caramels were a candy staple for many years because the ingredients were affordable, they were easy to make at home and they had a long shelf life.

Opera House

If you did not see Opera House, it means you did not see L’viv, it’s the city cultural symbol. If you ask someone who sight of architecture he\she likes the most, you will hear a certain answer that the Opera and Ballet theater named after Solomiya Krushelnytska is the one. Local people never stop saying that there are no even than the Opera is and it is one of the most beautiful not only in Europe but in the whole world.

L’viv is a very symbolic city of Western Ukraine. It does not look like any other Ukrainian city, it mostly looks like any other Western Europe city with many narrow streets like in Italy, typical architecture like in Poland and beer pubs like in Germany. You will not feel here like abroad, most probably you feel yourself here as cozy as at home. My advice to you to come here in autumn or winter when the tourist season is not so high and the city shows you its charm in full.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours Ann

Rose Message

Rose Flirts

Eros Clumsy has a birthday today. He is thirty-five years of age, he was already a mature man in his prime, however, his personal life was locked in his computer in his room on the second floor. He still lives with his mom who cares after him and cooks him delicious meals. His mom Dolly devoted her life to her only wished,boy. Dolly was left on the shelf far too long, she was quite obstinate and could not find a good man for her. When at last she met a man who conquered her heart, she had to wait for her baby to be brought by a stork. Finally, this day has come and she gave a birth to a very handsome baby with huge blue eyes and long black eyelashes (envy of all girls). Eros was a truly nice baby, she has never had any troubles with him. She and her husband Tom lived a happy and prosperous life. Dolly had everything she dreamt of – a big house and nice family. Tom was a pilot, so his salary let him to satisfy all wife’s wishes. Anything Dolly would like to have – she received almost at once: car, jewelry, clothes and etc. They were a couple like from a Hollywood film, their life was too perfect and happy….but not too long. From one of his flights Tom did not come back….he died in an airplane crash…Eros was only 16th and his life changed forever. He had to become a grownup and took care about his mom. Maybe this was the main reason of his choice to stay a bachelor, his life did not belong to him anymore. He cannot complain about lack of women’s’ attention in his early twentieth, however, girls liked his appearance and he was looking for his soul mate. He never considered a girl only as a pretty picture, Eros wanted to know a woman as another person and discover her inner world. Yet women did not give him such a chance. He gave up and started to get used to the idea of eternal bachelor. Hm, Eros was exactly not enough smart though and not farsighted, he has no idea that exactly this moment one crazy and passionate woman with a tricky name Rose was going to come….and make a big mess!

Rose Thinks

At this usual day, almost in the end, Eros got a very unusual message where a girl named Rose greeted him with his birthday and invited to meet tomorrow afternoon in the local park. Eros was so confused, frustrated and flabbergasted that he almost could not move, so in this pose he accidentally fell asleep and saw...

fRose's Soul

HER – a woman or a flower who befuddled him with its smell that  is thought to be relaxing and restorative because it encourages him to breath deeply and slowly. Eros found himself walking through paths full of ROSES of various colors and shapes…ROSES were breathtakingly beautiful…and soo mysterious…

Garden of Roses

“The rose is a legend in it’s own. The story goes that during the Roman empire, there was an incredibly beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. Her beauty drew many zealous suitors who pursued her relentlessly. Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was forced to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of her friend Diana. Unfortunately, Diana became jealous. And when the suitors broke down her temple gates to get near their beloved Rhodanthe she also became angry, turning Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.”

Rose Enjoys Sky

Eros made several unsteady steps further…suddenly the still afternoon had become more torpid than before. Even the insects in this rose garden had ceased their droning buzz. The air was so sweet, full of aromas. A butter-colored sun beat down on the earth, which released its heat in rising shimmer. It was like being in a perfumed sauna, only he was not naked…

Roses Fly

The father of Botany Theophrastus (371-286 BC) first classified and identified plants. In his classic books Enquiry into plants and De Causis Plantarum (The causes of plants) he wrote about a “hundred-petaled rose” and called it centifolia (literally: hundred petals).”

Rose Feels

“Why white roses are so special is no mystery – it’s a myth. Perhaps it started with the Romans who believed white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as she mourned the loss of her beloved Adonis. Myth also has it that Venus’ son Cupid accidentally shot arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him, and it was the “sting” of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns. And when Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, it was the droplets of her blood which turned the roses red.”

Roses in White

At that exact instant Eros caught a glimpse of her…again not sure a woman or a flower…tilting her head back she closed her eyes and let the sunlight spill across her face. She breathed deeply of the aromatic air, which was scented with delicious candies…

Roses Fall

She turned her head and looked at him directly…her stare was intense…his blue eyes looked more blue than usual reflecting the sky…

Roses in Color

He moved behind her, he tried to touch her hand…but wind blew his hand away…he could not touch and ensure that she was real…she seemed too perfect and so out-of-reach…and even if he could not touch her he felt so happy…

Roses in Yellow and White

Eros felt like the prince of the world. The sunlight painted stripes on her hair. He felt that light, so free. Joy bubbled from a feeling of a newfound friend…

Rose in Dream

Then he woke up…

Rose Drops

To be continued!

Ann