Farewell Summer and Fall

Flower vendors in front of my apartment building
11 October 2010

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
Photos below are other fun distractions from the Garden Festival!

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.

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