Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer kitchen update

Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Michael
            I just wanted to update our blog with some pictures from the summer kitchen. Today we got the place ready for our friend Rick, who will be visiting us soon. Yulia and I are going to the city tomorrow, and we will be picking Rick up at the train station. We will bring him back here. He will be our first guest to spend the night. I sure hope we did a good job renovating the space. Since the last post about the summer kitchen, we covered the metal plates on the pichka with bricks and clay. When we fired the oven we noticed that smoke was coming through the slits in the plates. It’s an old pichka, so they don’t fit like they used to I guess. We also did not like the floor. It was too beat up and dirty to make for a comfortable living space, so we covered it with some carpet that we (luckily) had lying around. It softened up the space quite a bit. It sure feels cozy in there now!

Yulia hung some herbs off the unused gas pipe and put some nasturtiums she grew from seed on the table. She added firewood to the pichka, as well.

The evening light makes for a cool atmosphere in this picture. Pan Oleh was a sculptor. He sculpted that head on the table. It’s a copy of a Roman sculpture. We don’t know who he is, but we call him Nestor.

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