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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.

29 June 2015 @ 02:15 am
This is to let you know that I'm safely back home from Sofia, tired but happy.

Clicky here to see a photo of me at Sofia Pride. The full gallery is here. Interestingly, the photographer is Russian (I don't know him). The whole gallery is here.

And here is another photo galleryin a Bulgarian newspaper, but it doesn't feature me. :P

Yes, it was very tame. Eastern Europe, people.:)
23 June 2015 @ 10:12 pm
I always secure my joins with knots because I'm paranoid like that as is the custom here, but sometimes I need a better-looking wrong side.

…or maybe of the human brain in general?

That weird feeling when you suddenly discover that you can translate little bits of text of average difficulty from Russian into Bulgarian with such an ease that it frightens you, after all that time when any translation from Russian cost you an awful lot of effort…

Putting an article together is still much more difficult for me than translating the quotes in it, alas. I felt so tired in the end and it was so late already that I left the headline to the site administrator. :)

And I guess I’ll now have to write a summary and put up a couple of links to sources in English for those of you who don’t understand a word of Bulgarian. :)
27 May 2015 @ 02:57 am

Here are some photos from 16 May, a day when it should still be late spring, but it felt like early summer (after most of the earlier spring felt like late winter). This is the...I don't know what to call it, the uncultivated (or in the case of the maple, the less cultivated?) plant selection, the plants that aren't garden flowers. The wilder part of the plant life around me. :)

I wish I could give you the mood together with the photos, the moments of quiet contemplation amid the joy that the outdoor world wass again full of lush greenery, and the depressiveness of winter was finally gone..something like that. :)

By the way,I wonder what the plant in the second photo is. It looks like something of the legume family, Lathyrus something?

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08 May 2015 @ 02:13 am
This is how my village grandmother used to make "variegated" yarn from two different-coloured balls of yarn, and now I tried it with three; I just knitted all yarns together. She sometimes even spun the two yarns together with one of her spindles, but I don't think I would want to try that.

And yes, this is another one of my charity blanket squares. I'll knit something for myself someday, I swear!:)

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29 April 2015 @ 01:38 am
I finshed a second baby blanket for another friend's baby yesterday (ouch, I haven't shown you the first one yet!), and the baby'smother wrote to me this evening that they had already received it and liked it very much.

I finished another round of charity knitting today (for a second charity knitting group I joined), and I'm now taking a break from big and/or urgent projects, and even planning to knit something for myself at last this year. :)

I'm way too far behind on my Friends Page again, but I'll try to go as far back as I can in the next days. It's time to return back to normal... if therecan besucha thing as"normal" for me. ;)

And oh, this evening I caught one of those rare times when swallows and bats fly at the same time; maybe the bats got out a little earlier because it was cloudy? :)

Now prepare for the nevitable flood of plant photos from me later this week. :P
17 April 2015 @ 01:51 am
I found her in a public garden today. She looked lazily at me a couple of times as I slowly approached to photograph her, decided that I wasn't dangerous and returned to her afternoon nap each time. :)

She looked well-fed and pretty tame; a favourite neighbourhood cat, I suppose. I only hope she has a safe place to hide her kittens when the time comes for them to get born.

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24 March 2015 @ 03:24 am
It's been a long battle between winter and spring since... some time in late February. We had only two days of real spring weather after the last return of winter, and then it was cloudy and windy again, but the cherry plum trees have been stubbornly going into bloom in spite of everything, and even survived a nigh of wet snow.

And guess what, the swallows returned last Saturday, or at least that's when I first saw them and heard them. :) Just when I finally began to see insects around, so the swallows aren't going to starve. :) I haven't seen bats yet though.

And I finally saw a what looked like a big fat bumble bee the next way, so at least some pollinators must be around.

In other news, I finished a huge knitting project (photos to follow tomorrow), I'm struggling to fill in my tax return (ugh, they changed the form beyond recognition this year), and I may finally return properly to LJ in one of the next days.

And here are some photos from my neighbourhood I took on 21 March:

Cherry plum trees:
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An outdoor daffodil (so much later than the one we had at home):
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One of the last almond trees to go into bloom, with some martenitsi tied to it.
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14 March 2015 @ 04:30 am
My poor old computer suddenly needed some fixin' again... I got it back in a couple of days this time, and it didn't have any parts replaced this time. It seems to work fine for now, but I'll never know when it will just "refuse" to start again in spite of the Maintenance Guy's tricks to try to get everything inside to work together.

Somebody buy me a new computer, please. :P