And then a couple of other scenes from the village, like this old fashioned haystack which looks like it had a rake made from another sapling sticking out of the hay:
And then this log house with brightly painted and curtained window and flowers growing under just said
Russian countryside to me:
And every home had a corner for the holy icon, often draped with this traditional red embroidered cloth:
Finally, a personal anecdote on travel worries. I love to travel to adventurous places and make my own way, but boy can I worry and stress about things--messed up flight plans (happened on my way to Russia--sat on tarmac for three hours in Chicago which caused me to miss connecting flight from Helsinki to St. Petersburg--had to fly through Stockholm to get there), making it through customs and immigration when I don't know the language, having my money stolen, guides not showing up, getting sick, not bonding with other travelers, troubles back at home--you get the picture. Well, on this first stop on the cruise I looked out my cabin window to see this swinging bridge stretched from the boat to the river bank. Surely not! They didn't expect us to disembark on that--many passengers were using canes, one double crutches, one was nearly blind. For myself, I'm totally intimidated by heights, and the motion from swinging bridges.
So, I just figured I'd have to stay on the boat until I explored a little further and discovered this perfectly safe dock where we could walk down a gangplank and be on the island:
Moral of the story: nothing is ever as bad as you can imagine! Now for more Friday Fences go to our host Janice's site at Life According to Jan and Jer .