|Flower vendors in front of my apartment building|
It is 38 degrees outside .... inside is about 45. The heat is officially turned on sometime in late October or early November. I do not think I have worn this much clothing unless I was in Utah skiing. Now I understand why the Peace Corps had us carry a 40-lb. electric heater on the train to our work assignments.
I thought it might be fun to post a pictures of the last weeks of summer in Luhansk.
|Dancing on the Square- Sunday evening outdoor concerts|
Every Sunday night in the summer in the park across the street from my apartment, the "Luhansk Municipal Orchestra" performs for 90 minutes. There must have been 150 people dancing on the square-- on the last Sunday of September. It was still warm then!
|Luhansk City Garden Festival|
The City of Luhansk had the annual "City Birthday weekend"- in September. Luhansk is 215 years young. One of the events was a huge outdoor garden festival, held in the park in front of the train station. School groups had displays, local growers were selling plants, the major garden centers had displays. Fabulous displays everywhere.
|First display when entering the garden festival|
|An idea of the size of the garden festival|
|A school display- note construction paper flowers |
and the rather bored student
|Another entry in the City Garden Festival- model RR train and |
flowers - paper and real!
|Students playing instruments that looked like carrots at the Garden Festival|
|Children's playground exhibit at Garden Festival|
|Mums for sale at the Garden Festival|
|"Dinner-plate" dahlias for sale at the Garden Festival|
|Balloon flowers for sale at the Garden Festival|
|Deciding which bare root rose to purchase at the Garden Festival?|
|Bare root rose purchased and wrapped to go home|
|This motorcycle and side car are a common mode of transportation |
in this area of Ukraine
|Entertainment for non-garden people|
|Garden art (?) for sale-- Gnomes and БАБУШКА sculptures|
|More garden art (?) for sale|
|Feng shui or "water element"- Parts other than the clam also light up|
|For only $30 (229 UAH), she can be "yours"|
|Love the name- Expert Tools!|
|Fall colors in the parks|
|Fall colors in the parks|
More information will come as I have been to Kiev four times now for meetings and thought the next blog will be photos of Kiev.
Big hug to everyone and I hope everyone at home is doing well.
More fun photos of Luhansk, Ukraine
|Church about one-half mile from my flat|
|Fire station about four long blocks from my flat|
|One of several main town parks in the center of the city|
|Monument to the victims of Chernobyl - the monument is behind my apartment complex|
|One of several places for a beer, just down the street from my flat|
|Park across the street from my flat where the band plays on Sunday nights.|
This is where everyone dances on Sunday evenings.
|Two friends playing soccer on the fields at the edge of the city of Luhansk|
|Celebration banner for Coal Miner's Day|
|My friend Bill Bauer's famous salsa - now famous in Luhansk|
|Local steak house advertising 30% off to celebrate on your birthday|
|"Foxtrot"-- our local Best Buy|
|Luhansk Philharmonic Concert Hall|
|Luhansk Philharmonic -- weekly concerts, Oct to June -- season tickets $50 for entire season|
|My local "chain" grocery store, Mandarin|
|Bliny stand on the corner of the drive to my building|
|Eggs, by the "each" or 10 for 50 cents. |
You bring the carton.