Share Your World: 2016 Week 35

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

My life as it now is, and the person I share it with

Foto am 26.08.16 um 15.09

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

No painting pictures, as I cannot paint. I leave writing to those that can do it and find a publisher, I would be too lazy.

Peterhof Palace Leningrad

This is a photo of the Peterhof Palace in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again) taken when I visited at the age of 17 in 1963, hence black and white. It is not so much about visiting new places and seeing new things, but taking photos of the things I wished I had taken when I was there. I would like to visit St. Peterburg again. When I was there I visited the Ermitage museum which was on the bank of the River Neva. The works of art were fantastic, but who needs to take photos of art when they are to be found on the computer.

No, it was something else I only discovered a few years ago. In the basement of this wonderful museum there is a cat refuge. They had many mice in this palace and I believe it originates in the early days when the cats were the best method to rid the palace of the mice. Today there are many cats living in the basement, all cared for by the people working in the museum. They contribute a small amount of their wages to their upkeep and I am sure those workers do not earn a fortune. The cats are visited regularly by a vet and anyone wanting to adopt a cat can ask at the museum and they can have one of the many kittens.

I saw a TV film about it. It is fantastic to see feeding time. The cats are given a large bowl of food outside in the grounds and there must be at least 10 cats all eating from the same bowl. They rarely actually get into the museum, they have no need, they are happy in the basement being cared for. It sometimes happens if a cat strays into the heating tubes that enter the museum and often one cat will be sitting at the entrance. I would love to take my camera and take photos of these cats and also the ladies looking after them.


Should children be seen and not heard?

The right answer would probably be “what a stupid question”. On the other hand, after having 4 children at one stage of my life (2 mine, 2 step) I would say yes, it would be a good idea, especially if you had a stressful day, everyone wanting something from you at the same time, washing, cooking, ironing and all the rest. At last you sit down in a chair, open a book or switch the TV on to relax and then “MUM………….?”. The seeing bit is OK, but the hearing bit can be a little too much. I am now a golden oldie, so such situations are now few and far between. Just don’t give the kids miniature shopping trolleys in the supermarket, because it is not the hearing but the seeing and getting out of their way that can cause problems. 🙂


List at least five of your favorite first names.

Jason, Jennifer, Vladimir, Morticia, Lucretia


Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I survived last week

This week am also looking forward to surviving.

Share Your World: 2016 Week 36

30 thoughts on “Share Your World: 2016 Week 35

  1. I love your answers. I want to go to the cat refuge in the basement and see the kittens! And I love your choice of names – imagine if someone had children called Vladimir and Morticia!

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    • I would love to see those cats. I saw it on the TV once and also read about it somewhere. On the TV they showed a Russian lady that chose her kitten for her farm somewhere outside St. Petersburg. At least they are doing something worthwhile.
      I thought Vladimir would be better than Dracula and Morticia just says it all. Those kids will always be respected.

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  2. Great answers! I love your photo with Mr. Swiss. I actually had a friend named Vladimir. His nickname was Vlado. He was gentle and cheerful with a privileged mind. For me is a very friendly name.

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    • The people that look after the cats and just average Russian workers. The lady in charge seems to know every cat that is there. It is fascinating to see so many cats together and not even having fights. It is their territory.

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  3. What a nice photo of you and your husband. 🙂 I think the photo of the palace is awesome. Black and white suits it, as I think it does many things.
    How cool that they let the kitties live in the basement and take care of them! If it is okay with you, I will reblog your post so that my cat-loving friends can read about this great place, too.

    Have a blessed day!

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    • You can go ahead and reblog, no problem. The actual colours of the palace fountains were black and gold. Unfortunately after the government system broke down in Russia, a lot of things were neglected, one being the fountains. For some time they were not working, but it seems they have now been repaired. It was the winter palace of the Csar in its time, and lays about half an hour outside of St. Petersburg.
      The Ermitage, where the cats are, is in town. I think many people visit the art museum and do not realise about the cats in the basement. The also have grounds where they can roam and get some fresh air.

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      • Thank you. I will reblog your post shortly. I am glad that the fountains have apparently been repaired. It sounds like they are really beautiful.

        I’d rather find cats in the basement than what I read about in an old courthouse basement here in Texas after a hurricane. They had to store bodies there after the storm until the flood waters receded. The descriptions that I read of that scene are just totally horrible. I wonder why the Ermitage doesn’t make it more known that the cats are there? It sounds like a very nice set-up for the kitties.


  4. Nice photo of you and Mr. Swiss. I know you mention him in your blogs and it’s nice to see the face that goes with the name now. It would be interesting to visit the Peterhof Palace and also see all the cats at feeding time. I also remember many days when life was so busy and all I wanted was a few minutes of quiet and to answer no questions or solve any problems….children are such a Joy, but there comes a time when you really need some space from them. 🙂

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    • It is nice having kids, but also nice when they grow up and do their own thing. I would very much like to re-visit Leningrad. I was only 17 at the time when I was there. When you are older you see things at a different angle.


  5. I went to the Hermitage Museum in 1990 but I did not know about the cats until I read your post. To be honest I think I would have enjoyed seeing the cats more than the art but I do think there is wonderful architecture in St Petersburg, it was still Leningrad when we were there too.

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    • I also did not know about the cats when I was there and only discovered it by chance from a TV programme. Afterwards I found some information on Internet. I remember having to wear special mega slippers over my shoes when walking around the museum to protect the floors.


  6. I think cats living in a museum is a great idea. There was a city somewhere here in Texas that had a cat living in the library. Someone complained and they had to pass a city ordinance to protect the cat. That almost didn’t happen though.

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    • Today there are even cafés and restaurants with cats. We had a two cats in our local supermarket that often visited the resturant and were spoilt very much by the customers. They were not allowed into the actual supermarket for hygenic reasons. I often took photos of them. Unfortunately their humans moved away and took the cats with them.

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    • The kittens are as as soon as they are old enough, otherwise there would soon be no room left. Many people bring the museum abandoned cats to be looked after and as soon as they have kittens the vet arrives and does the necessary. It is all very well organised.


  7. Congratulations on the surviving. I too survived last week 😀 Hurrah for us!
    I enjoyed your tale at the top. I had gone off with you there, and was waiting to see what else would happen.

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  8. First — congratulations on your long and happy marriage. With all the bad stuff that happens as we get older, it’s a gift to have a mate you love and whose company you enjoy. I feel like I won the husband lottery. Bet you feel the same 🙂

    I feel the same way about places I’ve been. I wish I’d had the cameras I have now. I wish I’d had a camera!

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    • Actually he found we are together too much. I told him that is good, because next week on Monday I will be in Basel for almost a day. “Oh” he replied. Well he did say it might be good to be apart now and again and I am looking forward to being let out on my own. you can never do the right thing all the time I suppose, just some of the time. I am sure he will be OK getting the shopping done and cooking a meal for himself and No. 1 son who will also be at home. Who am I to spoil his day alone?
      If only digital cameras had existed when I was younger, when I think of everything I could have take photos of.


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