Dominic, Joshua, and Maxime returned yesterday from Maxime's grandmother's house in the village of Mykhilivka (Михайлівка). Dominic did a great job of documenting all of their exploits in the village. The only real work they did was ridding the potato plants of little bugs that destroy the plant. They collected them in a jar and then disposed of it. How's that for organic. The rest of their time was spent watching over the chickens, ducks, and geese as well as pursuing every boy's dream of fishing like Huck Finn. With just a long stick, some fishing line, a hook, and a worm, they managed to catch enough fish to satisfy Maxime's grandmother's cats.
Dominic was able to capture the spirit of life in the village and I'm pretty impressed with the photos. Here are a few of them. Feel free to let Dominic know what you think of his new found talent.
Joshua doing some laundry
Breakfast on the porch
Kittens in the kitchen
Digging for worms
Maxime with the catch
"Whadya mean there're leeches in here?"
When the cows come home
The boys all had a good time at Babusya Luda's khata (хата), or village home. No running water or toilets, no stores or conveniences, but lots of ducks, geese, chickens, and kittens running around, including in the house.