Photos of the Day for November 30, 2015

November 29, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

Bahdanau 2015.  Багданаў 2015 г.

Train station (1920s).  Чыгуначная станцыя (1920 гг.)

Station water tower.  Воданапорная вежа.

Roadside shrine.  Прыдарожная капліца.

Photos of the Day for November 29, 2015

November 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

We took advantage of our visit to Zas’tsjen’nje to visit villages in the surrounding area.

Sidljaroushchyna 2015.  Сідляроўшчына 2015 г.

Crosses of Belarus (part XXXV):  at the entrance to the village.  Крыжы Беларусі (частка XXXV):  на ўездзе вёскі.

Looking back toward the cross from the village.  Від на крыж з вёскі.

Abandoned mailboxes:  a sign of the shrinking population of the village.

Photos of the Day for November 28, 2015

November 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

We took advantage of our visit to Zas’tsjen’nje to visit villages in the surrounding area.

Bjanjuny 2015.  Бянюны 2015 г.

A few former estate manor houses in the Belarusian lands remain intact or, as in Bjanjuny, are being restored.  Most estate complexes, however, have met a sad fate:  some were destroyed in World War I; many were burned down by Soviet partisans in World War II or ruined when the Soviet authorities incorporated them into collective farms; and others have moldered under the active neglect of the authorities since 1994.

Pond, former Karcheuski estate.  Сажалка, былая сядзіба Карчэўскіх.

Ruins of water mill, former Karcheuski estate.  Руіны млыну, былая сядзіба Карчэўскіх.

Photos of the Day for November 27, 2015

November 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

We took advantage of our visit to Zas’tsjen’nje to visit villages in the surrounding area.

Bjanjuny 2015.  Бянюны 2015 г.

Old cobblestone street.  Брукаванка.

Traditional carved house decorations.  Традыцыйныя драўляныя разьбы.

Photos of the Day for November 26, 2015

November 25, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

We took advantage of our visit to Zas’tsjen’nje to visit villages in the surrounding area.

Crosses of Belarus (parts XXXII and XXXIII): Bjanjuny 2015.  Крыжы Беларусі (часткі ХХХІІ і ХХХІІІ):  Бянюны 2015 г.

Photo of the Day for November 25, 2015

November 24, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

We took advantage of our visit to Zas’tsjen’nje to visit villages in the surrounding area.

Shal’tsiny 2015.  Шальціны 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for November 24, 2015

November 23, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

Zas’tsjen’nje 2015.  Засьценьне 2015 г.

Crosses of Belarus (part XXXII):  shrine commissioned by Sjarhjej Lipnjevich (photo of the day for November 23).  Крыжы Беларусі (частка ХХХІІ):  капліца, якую замовіў Сяргей Ліпневіч (фотаздымак дня з 23-га лістапада).

Belarus in Faces (part CXC):  master carpenter Pavjel, who built the shrine.  Беларусь у тварах (частка СХС):  майстар Павел, які пабудаваў капліцу й намаляваў абраз.

View from the cross toward the east.  Від ад крыжа на ўсход.

Photos of the Day for November 23, 2015

November 22, 2015 7:00 pm

Excursion to Ashmjany and Valozhyn Districts.  Вандроўка па Ашмянскім і Валожынскім раёнах.

City dwellers in Belarus restore old country houses or build new weekend cottages for several reasons:  to seek relief from the pressures of urban life; to renew their bonds with the land; to have the sense of achievement which comes from restoring and building with one’s own hands and tending one’s own garden and crops.

In August a group of us happily accepted Sjarhjej and Iryna’s invitation to visit them for a day at their weekend house in the hamlet of Zas’tsjen’nje in the uplands of Ashmjany District northwest of Mjensk.

Belarus in Faces (part CLXXXIX), Sjarhjej and Iryna, Zas’tsjen’nje 2015.  Беларусь у тварах (частка CLXXXIX), спадар Сяргей і спадарыня Ірына, Засьценьне 2015 г.

The house, which Sjarhjej and Iryna are restoring with the help of their neighbor, master carpenter Pavjel, is part of a former manor.  The lower wall is a fine example of stonework with gallettes, characteristic of 19th-century masonry in the Belarusian lands.  Гэтая хата – былы застенак.  Гл. файны прыклад падмурку з разынкамі.

 

Photos of the Day for November 22, 2015

November 21, 2015 7:00 pm

Blessing of pupils and the coming school year, Tsjerablichy 2015.  In Tsjerablichy’s Orthodox church, Father Vasil’ blesses pupils individually at the end of the liturgy on the Sunday nearest the September 1 opening of school.

Дабраслаўленьне вучняўі надыходзячага школьнага года, Цераблічы 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for November 21, 2015

November 20, 2015 7:00 pm

Blessing of pupils and the coming school year, Azdamichy 2015. Orthodox and Roman Catholic parishes throughout Belarus hold a blessing for pupils as the September 1 start of the school year approaches.  In Azdamichy Father Aljaksandr blesses pupils at the end of the liturgy for the feast of the Dormition (August 28).

Дабраслаўленьне вучняў і надыходзячага школьнага года, Аздамічы 2015 г.