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22 February 2013 @ 01:42 am

This is a Russian campaign against Article 6.13.1 (of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation), the federal bill which is to ban the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. You can enjoy the full insanity of the bill in English here. It was already approved by their Parliament in its first reading, and has two more readings to pass.

So the Love is Legal site is where people’s photos and accompanying messages opposing the bill and supporting the Russian LGBT community are posted. I asked one of the Russian activists if I could join the campaign, and he gladly gave me his permission. I sent my photo and my message to the campaign’s email address, and this is the end result:

My message is in Russian (thanks to ilupin for the editing), so I’m translating it into English for you.

I am a volunteer who works with gay teenagers. I know from experience what it’s like to talk an underage boy out of killing himself over the Internet.

For such teenagers, the information that they are perfectly normal and no worse than the others can be literally life-saving. They need information and educational resources, and not protection from the “propaganda” of what is absurd to propagandize. They need to know that they are not alone on this planet. I am against Article 6.13.1.

Darina Ivanova

ETA: I'm making this post "sticky" for some time because I think it's important.

05 December 2016 @ 02:58 am
.. complete with a hand-madre Christmas card for a charity market, which at least I managed to finish, but I have one more left to make.

I've been working on all three project at the same time. Ouch, both toys are about equally urgent because I need to send one of them abroad before all mail gets hopelessly stuck in the pre-Christmas overload and the future owner of the other one may pass through my hometown on 7 December, but that "little ball of fur" has been my most difficult toy ever, so the rodent thingy is getting finished first. Can you tell how much I "enjoy" sewing and hiding loose ends of yarn? :P

Now let me see if anybody can guess what exactly they are. :)

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04 December 2016 @ 02:19 am
Winter came too early this year. They got snow in the western part of the country, including the capital Sofia, on 28 November, while we on the east got rain. And then that rain transitioned into wet snow in the small hours, or at least this is what it looked like from inside.

And then what we got on the next day wasn't exactly snow, but more like tiny balls made of even tinier ice crystals. It wasn't pleasant when they hit my face on my way to the post office, and then along my usual walking route. They didn't last, of course; the temperature was just a little bit above freezing.

So, we start with photos from our balcony:

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And as I was walking:
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Clematis fluff. :)
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A bench in the dark on my way back home.
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It was below-freezing cold the next two days, and then we were suddenly back to bearable early-winter temperatures like a daily high of 7C (and even that is a little too cold for early December in my climate).
01 December 2016 @ 03:19 am
Ginkgo trees are still an exotic rarity in my hometown; there are only three that I know of in the town centre. There are now also a few very young trees in my part of town, but I never managed to take decent photos of their autumn leaves; I forget if it was the light r the wind that ruined my photographic effort.

And by the way, ginkgo trees always remind me of susandennis now. :)

So here is a selection of my photos of the "central" trees while their leaves lasted:

Park #1, 29 October

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The most interesting-shaped leaf I saw on the ground. I'm afraid there may be a bit of bird poop on it though. lol
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And now it's suddenly winter a little too early in the year, and I haven't yet managed to post most of my autumnal photos. Ouch!
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
01 December 2016 @ 12:26 am
Sorry, it's not available anywhere else, and of course I can't embed it here. It features all the toys one of my charity craft groups produced for a Christmas cahrity fair that is being organized by one of the Bulgarian yarn companies.

Here it is.
Current Mood: happyhappy
28 November 2016 @ 09:40 pm
Does this little video sound strange to you with all those Bulgarian folklore/mythology words in it?

Here is the Bulgarian version, in case somebody here can understand it:

Alas, the Golden Apple's website seems to be in Bulgarian only (for now?), so the only thing I can offer in English is their Facebook page.
Current Mood: amusedamused
17 November 2016 @ 09:35 pm
I find this approach very refreshing (swearwords galore) :P

08 November 2016 @ 02:19 am
Photo from 30 October. Most if not all of these are silver linden leaves (yes, Tilia tomentosa).

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Alas, the more of leaves there are on the ground, the fewer there are on the trees, and I now see bare branches here and there.
08 November 2016 @ 02:01 am
Today was suddenly a much warmer day, and to my surprise I saw a few swifts in the sky in the late afternoon, flying low enough to be clearly visible. I was surprised when i saw the first two (I hadn't see any for three days) that I wondered if I had somehow confused bats for swifts (there were quite a few bats already flying around). But then I did see a few swifts again. Now I wonder if they left earlier last year, or I just stopped spotting them at some point because there was no mass evening flight.

They are so silent now that I have to specially watch for them; I know they gradually go quiet like that in autumn, but it still feels strange compared to their loud screams all summer.

And then it was just the bats, plenty of them, in the early evening, which was about 5 AM now that we are back to "regular" time (we switched on 30 October, and I'm still getting used to it). It was still so warm that I got sweaty from a short walk in my thinnest jacket - well, relatively warm compared to the early-winter cold that had come too early.
03 November 2016 @ 01:09 am
19 September was the last day of… not exactly summer, but the transitional period between summer and autumn. I knew we were unlikely to get any more of mostly summer weather, so I celebrated it by wearing a summer dress I had managed to put on only a couple of times this year. It was the last of those almost summer-hot, but somehow distinctly autumnal afternoons, and the gathering clouds were leaving no doubt that it would be the last.

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And now two little stories in photos:

1 October: an optimistic rosebud
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3 October: the same bud in full bloom (with a bonus view of my hand holding it steady in the wind)
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26 October: another optimistic rosebud on the same plant (and I never remembered to check what became of it, but it's clearly a plant with tough flowers)
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3 October: a flowering plant (two of them, actually still going strong: I can't remember when they went into bloom):
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26 October: two of the last four flowers on that plant.
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27 October: The last petals on the last flower still surviving in the wind; they wer gone the next day.
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