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Page 13 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 13 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 13 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 13 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 13 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Lilias & I went for a lovely walk along the shore & back through a little village - a colony of wooden houses. The natives are very picturesque, they wear furry caps, bright colored [coloured]skirts & blouses & long, soft leather boots. The carts they load the wood on to, are most quaint - quite small & the cart looks as if it were miles behind the horse & over the horse's head there is a high wooden arch. We spoke to such a nice Russian peasant woman & she invited us in to her house. You should have heard us trying to carry on a conversation - both parties gesticulating wildly - it was too funny! The peasants cottages are built of wood (or further south, mud) with sloping shingle or maize-thatched roofs & with the gable-end & windows facing the street. The entrance is usually from the side. There
may be one, two or three rooms, according to the wealth of the owner & the size of the family! A big, white washed brick stove occupies a prominant [prominent] position in the main room & on this stove the older people & the children sleep in winter. There is a rough table,
a few chairs & stools & square wooden trunks, adorned with gaudy pictures; in the corner "ikons", on the
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