A successful collective farm, fell apart, a small semi-ghost village was left behind. Gloom and despair incarnate. Actually no, I’m wrong here, no “despair”. People here are well adapted to going on in good cheer despite numerous despites. My hat off. But the scenery is of the sort that makes one expect packs of wild dogs and zombies.
Picked up 5 fruiting bodies of Brain Fungus (Gyromitra esculenta) yesterday near Luvenga. Intend to eat them today.
Since this mushroom is of somewhat controversial edibility I want to say possible good by to friends and clients. (I do intend to boil it twice before consuming though.)
Rumours have reached me that New Year celebration in Luvenga, 14km east from Kandalaksha along the South coast of the peninsula, resulted in two dead bodies, reduced to this sorry state in the evening of Jan. 1 by means of an axe.
It is usual and typical for this sort of things to happen during long holidays.
Details, if available, will be shared with humanity later.
Colorful autumn continues on the south coast of the Kola Peninsula. I looked at these views for 1.5 hours last night on the coast between Kandalaksha and Luvenga.
In my nearly three years in Kandalaksha and area I haven’t seen the famous aurora borealis even once, and was starting to think that numerous reports are but a conspiracy to entice tourists into coming here. That is, till last night, when it was noticed over Luvenga, and seen with my own eyes for about 15 minutes, around 11pm. I hearby confirm aurora borealis is real.