Dienstag, Juni 27, 2006
Freitag, Juni 23, 2006
3 stacks of notebooks,a stack of booklets, several folders with xerox copies (mostly German), a pile of Russian, English and German newspapers and magazines,
a shelf full of dictionaries, also an English-English and a German-German dictionary kept in the desk (not featured here)
One has to make a speech at a students' conference - and of course to write that speech first:
Donnerstag, Juni 22, 2006
"I think an old, deserted house is such a sad sight," said Anne dreamily. "It always seems to me to be thinking about its pastand mourning for its old-time joys. Marilla says that a large family was raised in that old house long ago, and that it was a realpretty place, with a lovely garden and roses climbing all over it. It was full of little children and laughter and songs; and now itis empty, and nothing ever wanders through it but the wind. Howlonely and sorrowful it must feel! Perhaps they all come back onmoonlit nights. . .the ghosts of the little children of long agoand the roses and the songs. . .and for a little while the oldhouse can dream it is young and joyous again."
From Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Seeing old deserted houses I always imagine the same thing Anne does.
Dienstag, Juni 20, 2006
And here comes the final one which I think the best:
Montag, Juni 19, 2006
Sonntag, Juni 18, 2006
Mittwoch, Juni 14, 2006
wild vetch - мышиный горошек - Vicia cracca
The Russian name is the cutest :)
Dienstag, Juni 13, 2006
Look here to see what I saw around the Uni and on my way home
Pictures of the whole group and some other shots (e.g. my brilliant adviser and me) to follow later from Stacy's (or was it Ira V's ?) camera (mine wasn't on - the problem of sharing the only set of batteries with my NAUGHTY little sister)
I'm having some problems uploading the photos, views of Nizhny from the ferry deck and some flowers near the port (cannot miss even the smallest one!) are to follow soon (now that Dornroeschen - the sleeping Princess is free from the 5 year's charm!:))
Sonntag, Juni 11, 2006
There's a kind of saying you can tell that spring is over when lilac blossoms are falling down. They have already fallen, except on those pink-blossoming bushes in the centre of Nizhny (Minin Square, the Philology Department of the NN Uni building etc.), which are not lilacs exactly. And here comes Apple Trees in Blossom (you can see lilacs too) by Nikolay Khokhryakov, with spring we have seen not long ago. I found this beautiful postcard in a bookshop a couple of days ago, when the pink-blossoming bushes were still blooming and it did not look like summer with that could wet wind and rain though lilac blossoms had already fallen.
P.S. Why are students always to have exams at the end of May - the beginning of June? It's the most beautiful time of the year when the days are lond and are growing even longer and you feel that the whole summer is ahead and do not yet have that somewhat bitter feeling that time is slipping away ?
A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sanwich, eats it , then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.
"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
"I'm a panda," ha says, at the door. "Look it up."
The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
"Panda. Large black-and-white mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
From Eats, Shoots and Leaves, the book I'm reading now. Or rather reading some random excerpts (first at the back, then in the middle then somewhere between the back and the middle - I might eventually read the beginning!).I seem to never have time to read a book properly.
Quite entertaining. Especially that we never seem to have never been taught English punctuation at the University.
The panda on the shelf came to live with me from Beijing.
And here's the panda I saw at Panda Park in Beijing this March. 11 in the morning is an early hour for pandas, and most of them were still asleep inside.
Samstag, Juni 10, 2006
This one is a very good salad recipe (haven't made it for ages). I made it once for my 17th Birthday and then for the cooking contest in the group in the 1st year and both times it was a grat success!
I had to return it to the library and these are the things I had to take out.
Indeed, being about to leave the Uni I feel very much like what Anne says about leaving the place where you might have felt very different at different times...
Heute raume ich in meinem Zimmer auf und dieses Bild habe ich gefunden. Im 4. Stuienjahr hatten wir Umweltschutz mit Stefan, und er hat gesagt, dass das Bild sehr umweltschutzfreundlich aussah und sogar dass ich das Haus ganz scoen gezeichnet hatte!
Montag, Juni 05, 2006
To have something brighter to treat the eye after the two black-and-white drawings. Done with coloured oil pastels (not professional, kid's stuff apparently but all my drawings are a bit of children's style anyway)