Michael on May 25th, 2017

I’m finally able to post to the website. Our site was hacked and it took quite a while to clean up all the files and get things ship-shape. Last Sunday after church we went for a walk in the Summer Garden here in St. Petersburg. Spring is finally (pretty much) here, and it was nice to […]

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Michael on July 12th, 2014

Quick link: Newsletter from Stoneworks We’ve just returned from dacha where we moved a lot of dirt. Val worked (some) in the garden while Olga and I installed a simple drainage system; we need to get the water away from the house so we can improve the foundation. (Olga and I may start a drainage […]

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Michael on May 13th, 2014

We’ve just returned from a nice visit to Olga’s grandmother’s summer house in the country, better known as a dacha. This dacha is well over 200 years old. The siding on the front part of the house is made of larch, a tree that was used for ship building (it’s known to be tough and […]

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Michael on September 28th, 2013

We had an abundant harvest of apples at dacha this year. Olga spent the last few days juicing and canning apples. Quite fun! Meanwhile, Princess Valerie was being goofy (the band-aid is more for effect; it’s covering a very small scratch) And this is classically Russian: buckwheat, tea and ketchup

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Michael on September 29th, 2012

Pastor Andrei Furmanov wrote this great article about Russian Dachas — In the days when the USSR was still a country collective farms, which were the backbone of Russian agriculture, were unable to produce enough, and the money for importing food was sufficient to only buy grain. The result was an official policy was that […]

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Michael on May 11th, 2012

We were all at dacha for the May 9 Victory Day holidays earlier this week. I go to Montenegro tomorrow to meet a mission team, and it was nice to have this family time before my trip. The little white flowers are called “Under the Snow” and are considered to be the first flowers of […]

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Michael on August 30th, 2011

Recently we were at dacha, Olga’s grandparents’ house in a small village named Dolgovka. The house is well over 200 years old. It was clearly built by a wealthier family; the house is one of the largest and was built with high-quality materials and workmanship. Now, it’s run-down and needs a lot of TLC. One […]

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Michael on August 28th, 2011

Ten years ago today I proposed to Olga in the garden at dacha. We’re at dacha again, just like 10 years ago, to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday today. Earlier that morning Olga and I both felt God’s clear call for us to be married (she had a dream and I had a miraculous revelation as […]

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Michael on May 20th, 2011

You don’t see this every day — At dacha last week, a member of our family (who shall remain un-named) was cleaning the inside of the reservoir we use for the water system. (That’s our banya in the background.)

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Michael on May 15th, 2011

We are back in Russia after a great visit to the US. We arrived in St. Pete a little over a week ago. After battling jet lag, we are finally back on schedule. This weekend we are at dacha (rhymes with ‘gotcha’). A dacha is a Russian country house, anything from a hovel to a […]

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