“Sun City – Craftsmen’s City” festival August 14-16 2015 between Kandalaksha and Luvenga

sun-cityBased on a recent blogg51.ru report.

Handcrafts, felt-making and pottery workshops, music and dancing mini-classes and much more promise to make this event fun.

This will be the festival’s 12th year.

Location: 9th kilometer of the Kandalaksha to Umba road (between Kandalaksha and Luvenga), turn to Peschany Ruchey (“Sand Stream”), and follow the side dirt road to the sea. Or take the old road along the sea from Luvenga towards Kandalaksha..

A report from last year’s Sun City festival, with a film and lots of photos >>

A baby crow landed on my head

crow-on-headThat’s what happened when I attempted feeding baby crowns that live at the nature reserve cottage in Luvenga. I hearby officially classify it as the “misfortune of the day”. Their feet are hard with sharp claws!

P.S. from Alexandra. Not everything is so terrible.


Baby crow is cute and clever creature. Pasha is too inclined to to demonize the crows more >>

Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus, “sea hare”)

This fellow was noticed by Alexandra while she was doing her customary inspection of the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve islands measuring Common Eider eggs a couple of days ago.

This is a friendly unhurried curious animal that often emerges from the sea to observe boats, and will hang around for a while if you sing to it. Lots of them in the sea along the eco-trail just east of Kandalaksha but they rarely come ashore around humans.