Easter 2017

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My best wishes to you all!

This year every christians churches are celebrating Easter at the same time, so I could say my wishes over the split for East and West ( where Poland is located in the middle of it, and I think Ukraine even more… ). And if you are not celebrating Easter you may take my wishes as my good will , or not… It’s up to you.

I have to admit, that the weather this year is miserable and really unpleasant. In April we had been having so lot of gorgeous, warm and sunny days, so I was completely sure that beautiful weather is been here for longer and simply it will roll into a summer. And a week  ago it turned to almost wintery weather! Chilly rain, almost freezy, very strong wind, and is windy non- stop, day and night, and days are murky, so I cannot take a pictures of these marvellous blooming trees all around. And also I got a cold, because my sneakers have been wet, while rain started to fall during my stroll with my lovely dog.

The crocuses here in Warsaw had faded right now and the boars have not eaten it. Our boars like more a tulips and every flowers with onions inside the ground.

Sitting in the kitchen: December part 2

Hi, there! Welcome in 2017! But remember, we are still in December for a while.  Currently you have one leg in December, and the second here in 2017 – until you will finish read this post. White winter right now. Air from the North Pole is here. This time for sure! The weather is not very freezy to be frank, is about minus ten at a day and in a nightime is something like minus eightteen. Snow is beautiful and fresh, my dog is very keen on running and playing outside. She is a big fan of freeze, and the dog I had before also was. While sun is shining snow glitters in the sun rays. I adore the sound of crispy snow, especially I love to walk and hear it in a nighttime. The sound is like no other! ( Not to mention, that more snow and better visibility in the darkness, that means it isn’t a problem to notice a boar). The pond here is actually iced over, many people were skating there today – my dog was in the rapture of it. She found the weather rapturous at all! ( And I have been snapping photos). A glorious brain- wave! I had. Although I’m not absolutely sure… Do I really want my tv set ??? Imagine a homely, simply life without it! Or only you own it for watching old, carefully selected by yourself, DVD movies? Maybe I will do that… By now for example, whenever I have turned on this device, I must look at terrible and overwhelming ” Warning!”, ” Please remain at home!” and ” The Weather Alarm!” – all with printed characters and bold type, in every Polish channel, I think… You know, the freeze is a normal thing during winter season and that is not the reason to start the panic. I want to live my life. I mean to say I want to live my life with no bold type. ( Not literally, of course ). I need to be close to nature and I do know by myself how to live when the weather has gotten freezy.  This is going too far! I really should hide the tv set somewhere in the house. My wintry hat!

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For that matter, this is the warmest and most comfy hat I ever had! I purchased this funny hat in a supermarket  four years ago and I still wear and love it. It looks like an acrylic yarn, although the lining is very warm. Along with good shoes and long puffer coat it’s enough for a stroll in  these creepy cold nights. Let’s talk Christmasy food at last!

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Maybe I should rather post on something Maudy Thursday ( Donut’ s Day) and Mardi Gras, because it is been a while since Christmas, but I want to finish my story. So, we eat a carp, I have mentioned in my previous post. Then, the soup is a must, I mean to say, two soups. In Poland some of us are in the habit of eating ” barszcz” ( bortsch) – a beetroot soup with small dumplings inside. In other families they eat a mushrooms soup, but I’m not big on it. We are having barszcz with uszka for Christmas Eve . ( ” Uszka” – small ears, although that is not my sense of humour, I must say, that these dumplings filled with mushrooms are delicious) . Then, also awesome, “pierogi z kapustą i z grzybami” ( pierogies/dumplings stuffed with sauerkraut and dried mushrooms). And I have to mention, that these mushrooms must be mostly dried boletuses. Oh no, I forgot, before “pierogi” we  already ate a carp – that is correct! Go on! Right now, giving a presents!!! Then, sweets, cakes, coffee etc. At least in my household. But you can meet a Pole who will tell you another story, about compeletely other dishes and habits. Here is also popular ” ryba w galarecie”  what means a fish in a jelly, but this is not my favourite dish. Or ” śledż pod pierzyną” , very popular here in  the Masovia region ( a herring under a feather bed). This is a herring’s salad with creamy sauce – quite yummy, but my mother does not like it. I think very Polish tradition is to live in a multi-cultural society. I’m always very surprised, while I meet the opinion, that Polish culture is homogeneous. ( Popular belief in the U.S.) Absolutely not a truth! Oh, noI I forgot to tell you about speaking animals… This is lovely tradition from Polish rural areas, that in the Christmas Eve at midnight, pets and animals in the household are speaking with a human voice! Cows, dogs, hens, cats, donkey… This is also the custom of sharing wishes with them. See you soon and in another era, again!And wait for my photos, because these are taken with my vintage analogue camera.

Sitting in the kitchen: December, part 1

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This is late in the night and I’m sitting in my kitchen, waiting for the apple crumble. The strong smell is all around me and is adorable and extremely cosy. That is wintertime I like most! And I can hear the voice of the train from the other shore of the river. I love to hear a train through a night hours. ( I guess I will wake up at midday). I am an owl person all my life. Yesterday we experienced something really rare here, I mean a hurricaine. The name of it is Barbara, although it seems like it is gone by now. In Warsaw, where I live, it was very strong, very annoying and it was heavy rainy, in addition. Unluckily, I was outside while rain started to fall. It was very short and very heavy rain. The five minutes it was enough to leave me completely wet, my shoes were also wet as well, so this is even weird I have not a flu today.
So, Christmas is over, but we still have the Christmas season in some sense and I am going to tell you about a Christmasy food, here in Poland. Thus, the first issue is the carp’s problem. I don’t know about other countries, but here is the custom – and perhaps the religious rule – that during a Christmas Eve we should not eat a meat. In Poland Christmas Holidays begin at 24 December, in a Christmas Eve, unlike f.ex. in the UK, where people start with that at 25 December in the morning. Here is also popular to “wait until the first star will visible onto the sky” – you cannot eat before. In my home we are not in the habit of waiting for the first star, although we eat a carp. ( I eat meat, but not much and not often). A carp is a must in Poland for this time! The problem is that some people have been killing these fishes by themselves ( stupid and cruel ritual, not connected with religion). You can easily buy living carp in every supermarket before Christmas and they always have these creepy customers. I do condemn it and cannot imagine this idiotic custom in my household. We usually are buying fillets and I bake a casserrole with leaks, beer and cream. This casserrole is my own idea, the traditional way is to make it on a frying pan with breeding. I remember the interesting idea of some wildlife defenders here… They went to the market and bought all of those carps, then they did let loose them to the ponds next to this market.I was very surprised before I had known about this event, because I was observing that the shores of those ponds are overcrowded by aglers… I was wondering what is going on. Looks like aglers have another point of view. C’est la vie!
Well,I see my crumble is ready ! The next part is coming soon ( on bortsch, animals speaking with human’s voices, Vienna Apfelstrudel my grandmother did, and pierogies filled with cabbage and wood mushrooms ).

A bit of unknown places , old photos

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Well, my father told me it must be St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, but obviously it is not! And I guess it can be some another church in Vienna ( although I’m not sure)… Very difficult to recognize, while you cannot see the front of the building, don’t you.

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My father and my mother had been visiting Germany, France, England, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and my father was also in Sweden ( in the 60’s and 70’s ). I absolutely give up, when it comes to recognize it! Do you know?

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My father has some hazy memory, that it was taken on some camping in Switzerland ( or not in Switzerland, but obviously it looks like camping)

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These are from Germany, and he told me where he took it, but I forgot.

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The days are getting shorter and I still watch woman football in Amman at tv ( better than war in Mosul and CNN in these days – only Trump against Hillary or Clinton against Trump). Sometimes I watch Russian romantic movies, because I know this language quite good. I understand about 70% while they’re speaking fast, and I could simply imagine the rest, because in Russian many words are very similar to Polish words. I also read in Russian, but for me is hard to speak, because I have been learning long time ago. In English, while they are speaking fast, like in CNN, I sometimes miss some message, but recently I made big progress ( watching Quest means buissnes).

Have to take my dog for a walk! Last week one woman asked me : ” Have you seen any boars in these days?”, and I said : ” No…” So she said : ” I saw two boars, near our building, it was after midnight, then they were running somewhere… And later one old man stopped me and said: I have seen two boars, they were running not far from the supermarket. Better watch out!”