It is midsummer, and while I do love my semi-urban apartment, at times my daydreams take me to the countryside. In our area, many go to "the cabin" on weekends, but my idyllic getaway is a bit less rustic, and a tad more romantic. Where I come from, this little house in the country is called a "dacha". These weekend homes range from tiny to grandiose, but most will have a little cutting garden, a potager, and a cool lake or river nearby for a midday refreshment. Some families stay at the family dacha all summer long, but for most it is a quiet retreat for restoration of mind and body after a stressful week at work. As a child, I remember the beauty of these little homes when we visited friends and relatives. Alas, our family did not own a dacha, so I have decided to invite you on a lovely virtual visit to the dacha of my reveries......enjoy!
welcome to my little dream in the country....
it might look like this
or perhaps green....
maybe these little beauties in aqua...
a gentle breeze and fresh flowers greet you in your bedroom
now that you're settled in, let's have some tea
no Russian home is complete without a bit of Imperial porcelain
after tea, we stroll through my little garden
it's getting rather warm, so we make our way to the lovely lake nearby
we've worked up quite an appetite splashing in the lake...
let's go home to a scrumptious Russian lunch
we'll begin with some berries, salads and vegetables from the garden
for the next course, a bit of fresh borscht
it's so delicious and refreshing!
we then move on to the pelmeni, dumplings with all sorts of fillings
and how about blini with caviar?
what a feast, yet we must finish the meal with a spot of tea...
and now, for a quiet nook where you can read a little, then take a nap
now what's this? a gypsy wagon?
welcome, friends! we dance and sing until sundown!
what a glorious day this has been... the sun is now setting
before that sweet time of slumber, we sit around the tea table reminiscing...
and basking in the sweetness and joy of our friendship...
au revoir mes amies, until we meet again!
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