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Blog entry by Karson posted 02-25-2012 08:49 PM 4627 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a book for my son Dave the title is “What Life was Like in the Time of War and Peace” about Imperial Russia 1696-1917. I thought it would tell David a little about the country where he was born.

On the back slip cover was this bit of history.

“In the spring of 1797, Count Nicholas Sheremetev welcomed Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great to his country estate with a spectacular display. The Count stationed a serf next to every tree in the grove that led to the estate; each of the trees had been sawed nearly all the way through. As the emperor’s entourage made their way up the long drive, the trees fell away on signal.

To the visiting tsar, it was as if a curtain were opening, and there before him, set off by a tremendous fireworks display, stood the glories of Ostankino—- its church, pond, gardens, and the magnificent palace itself.”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 08:53 PM

You didn’t mention who was born there.

Now, I’m curious.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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jockmike2

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 09:11 PM

Yea Karson, you were’nt born there were you? Interesting story though. Love ya Dad. My apologies, I didn’t catch that. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 09:14 PM

It’s my son David that was born in Russia.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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grizzman

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 09:15 PM

hey fellas…read the top again…his son dave was born there…you guys might get a new pair of glasses, either that or wipe the sawdust off the pair you have…LOL…...... what a story…..at least they should have milled them..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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lew

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 09:44 PM

It seems paradoxical that in those days everyone lived off of the land and were environmentally friendly yet the waste,by the rich, was limitless.

Hope David enjoys the book.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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patron

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 11:14 PM

sounds like you and the wife
were ‘russian’ with david

just couldn’t wait ….. huh

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 12:20 AM

Thanks for sharing buddy. It’s always good to know something about our heritage. It makes the world a better place.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Roger

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 01:04 AM

gr8 story. thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Karson

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 01:39 AM

Patron; We rescued David from the foster care system.

He was born in the most radioactive city in the world. All of the cracks in the sidewalks set off a Geiger counter. The local river is polluted with radioactive and the people wash their clothes in it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 02:02 AM

history, with its tragedy, is quite fascinating.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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