I visited the villages of Narizhzhya (population 300) and Novyi Kalkaiv (population 30) (about a 4 hour car ride from Kyiv) this past weekend and it was humbling to see how villagers live. We were welcomed with food, beds, and warm smiles.
bus stop ~ автобусна зупинка
bicycle ~ велосипед
Katya and her cat. Unlocking the basement door to take steps down to pickled tomatoes.
Kitchen in the ‘summer house,’ separate from the main house.
Ducks ~ качки
Cheese dumplings ~ пельмені з сиру
Tomatoes ~ помідори
Cabbage dumplings ~ капустяні пельмені
A kalunya (sp), hut, where she keeps hay.
Organic cherry tomatoes.
With beetroot for the rabbits.
The next morning I walked out of the main house to this scene ~ cleaning onions
Katya’s favorite cake from Kyiv, a special treat for her.
For breakfast, last night’s cheese dumplings, fried. Awesome. Delicious ~ смачно
Breakfast spread: coffee, dumplings, jam, sour cream, and cake
This cabinet is over 100 years old and was a gift from her best friend of 60 + years, whose childhood home, it used to be in.
with humility and gratitude
The doorway into another meal in another village: Novyi Kalkaiv. The husband and wife who live here, are 2 of the 30 people living in the village.
A meal of kapusnyak (Ukrainian sauerkraut soup) and stuffed red peppers.
In Luda’s kitchen.
9sep18. Narizhzhya & Novyi Kalkaiv, Ukraine.