Chapter 9. The country-house.
As soon as I found some interest to my country-house I've decided to tell you some details of it.
As you can see from the picture It's not as cute as most houses in countryside in Europe. For instance in comparison with house of Anita from Slovakia, one of the previous student blogger, it should seem miserable. (By the way, Anita, I think it's great than You could manage to keep on reading and commenting this blog. Keep it up!) The problem is that we don't live there instantly and keeping it in order requires lots of efforts. When we bought it ten years ago it was supposed that our relatives would live in the house. But now my mother-in law has become insane, my father-in-law has problems with his eyes, my mother still works and all we've got is getting there just for weekend.
Still there is lots of job there in summer-time. The grass grows at a very fast pace. So I usualy spend one of two weekend days for mowing the lawn. And it's not as just as easy as might seem from the first sight. Some sorts of plants are rather poisonous so I need to be well-protected while the process. Look at me! Don't I look like an astronaut? Taking into account that it's usually hot in that period you could imagine how I feel. In addition to the mowing there are several other house chores. And speaking 'several' I actually mean unlimited number. :) Meanwhile my wife usualy does gardening. She cultivates useful plants like apple trees, berry bushes, flowers and vegetables. But she does it not for profit but for pleasure. As soon as quantity of doings is overwhelming we don't treat them seriously and try to do only those things that are not too boring. Of course, sometimes our boys help us but most the time it's difficult to persuade them to do something useful and they just mess around and enjoy the life.
Despite all those problems we face with being at the place is lovely. Quiet and still surroundings (in comparison to the town) and fresh air make living there healthy and pleasant. The house is a handy base for picking up mushrooms and berries, fishing, making a barbecue (we use to call it 'shashlik') etc. We like the place, it really helps us to refresh our forces.
Bye for now.
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