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Darina
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.

 
 
Darina
05 May 2016 @ 02:46 am
This year's first generation reached the stage at which they needed the most feeding and cleaning last week. And then the leaves of the trees from which I picked their leaves got mysteriously contaminated with something that kills caterpillars (I'm almost certain that was Bacillus thuringiensis, judging from the symptoms, but I'd better spare you the details). I'm less certain that it came from the leaves, but using leaves from other trees (which involved a lot of extra walking in bad weather :P) seemed to help. I'm still not sure I've completely got rid of the infection, but things seem to be finally under control for now.

But now the spinning of cocoons has begun, which means extra work again. I especially "love" it when some of them start busily spinning away in the small hours and have to be separated from their box-mates at once, or else I may be forced to destroy some cocoon in the making they've attached at the wrong place to separate them from the ones that still want to eat.

So I was very busy with them today, in addition to some regular housework. And now I'm going to bed because I have a dental appointment tomorrow (ouch!). Let's hope that tooth doesn't need much more drilling.
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Darina
15 April 2016 @ 01:56 am
This was the last bunch (or whatever the right English word is) of relatively fresh blossoms on one of those Japanese cherry trees when I visited them again early last evening.

I don't know if the pink colour got more intense as they got older, or the bright sunlight prevented my camera from capturing it properly the previous time. I picked up one of the fallen blossoms from the ground to compare with the photos at home, and it got almost herbarized in a pocket of my handbag, but part of it has stayed that pink even now, and maybe even slightly darker in the middle.

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Darina
08 April 2016 @ 03:57 am
I found these on two young trees in the new park in my home town. I had never seen such a tree before, so they only looked vaguely cherry-like to me. After an inquiry in a Facebook group for plants and some research of my own, it was identified as Prunus serrulata"Kwanzan" (Japanese cherry) (special thanks to dan4behr and his partner for the confirmation).

So these are the best photos I managed in terribly bright sunlight (alas, I didn't have my camera with me last evening when the blossoms still looked their best, and I was afraid the suddenly too hot weather would soon destroy them completely, so I shot while I had the chance instead of waiting for my next visit at some better time of day).

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Darina
06 April 2016 @ 02:18 am
Remember that mystery creature I was knitting? I finally managed to take decent photos from enough angles.

Fromt this pattern (but the designer's prototype ins't in such crazy colours): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zeke-baby-zebra

The future owner insists that it's a boy zebra, in spite of the "girly" colours. :)

And dan4behr , that's the white LADA outside the window. :P

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Darina
29 March 2016 @ 03:03 am
It occurred to me to at least show you (the smallest parts of) one of the things that have been keeping me away from LJ lately:

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This is going to be a very crazy-coloured tiy animal. Can you guess what it is? LOL

Ouch, finishing work is always fiddly, and it doesn't help that I'm sooo not good at sewing!

No, it's not my own design.

And by the way, my mother says it's high time I learned to crochet these small parts because knitting them is much more difficult (she claims).
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Darina
27 March 2016 @ 04:12 am
The Municipality helpfully planted these here and there in public gardens in the town centre for me to notice a couple of days after I said in an online chat that I'd never seen a red variety "in person". ;) So I got to photograph some of them today, and I'm showing you the best one.

It's Bellis perennis (unless it's some other related species). It seems to be called "English daisy" in English, so here you have an English daisy from Bulgaria. :P

I'll show you more photos when I manage to select and edit them, and also some photos of the wilder (but not really wild, I think) version that we've had in some of our parks and gardens for as long as I remember. And for now I'm just leaving you with this strange (to me) little piece of beauty. :)

Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate it! :) Our Easter here is on 1 May this year.

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Darina
18 March 2016 @ 03:59 am
This one is a gift from my father, so it joined our "flora" when already in full bloom:

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And this is how the one from my previous photo post developed after it got ab it sun in the middle of the back-to-winter weather we had:

15 March. The top bud (left of the flower in front) was still almost closed.
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16 March: that bud was finally half-open:
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I don't know if it's more clearly visible here:
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It didn't look much different today, so I didn't take any more photos

And now an outdoor hyacinth (photo from 11 March). This was actually a secondary stem ( puddleshark , is this the correct term?) after someone picked the main one - maybe because its flowers had faded, or maybe just because they wanted it).
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And this is what the main stem looked like (evening photo from 5 March):
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I have more hyacinth photos, but I have to search for them among the tons of early-spring photos I took and see if any of them are good enough to be edited for posting.
 
 
Darina
17 March 2016 @ 03:41 am
The battery of the wall clock in my room died last Sunday, and I kept forgetting to find a replacement. At some point, I got the clock off the wall to stop looking at it and getting confused, and then kept forgetting to get a new battery again, and this is how a couple of days passed. :)

And then I unexpectedly realized that even when I was on the computer and see the clock in the corner of its screen, I didn't really have a feeling of what time it was when I couldn't see it on the wall clock!

It was evening already, so I was lucky that I managed to find the last new battery left at home after a lot of searching for it. And then I got the clock back onto the wall, and I felt much more comfortable when I could track the passage of time that way; it suddenly became "real" again.

My own brain never ceases to amaze me. :)
 
 
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Darina
14 March 2016 @ 03:16 am
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The winter flower (Kalanchoe) on 7 March.
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The spring flower (hyacinth) sitting near the winter plant on 7 March.
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The last time I looked, that hyacinth hadn't opened up completely, which is no surprise because our balcony doesn't get much sun at this time of year, and bulb plants generally stop in their tracks at whatever stage of flowering they are on each colder day.