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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 31 Aug 2010 09:23 
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The Russian Dacha.

Dacha (да́ча) is a Russian word for seasonal second homes often located in the country or the outskirts of the city.

Looking to the hills beyond the dacha.

The view at the back of the dacha.

When I first arrived in Russia I discovered a great source of pride was the owning of a Dacha.

It was the guys that I worked with that explained to me that.

The dacha is where they go for a bit of Rest and Relaxation when they can escape from the city.

Also that growing one's own food supplies is a long-lived Russian tradition.

Many small dacha plots, especially the ones that were recently purchased, are not used for only for fruit and vegetable farming.

Instead, they are frequently used for gardening and planting exotic plants.

In autumn the grown potatoes and other crops are gathered and transported to the city where they are stored in cellars, dugouts or even inside apartments (normally in the balcony).

Many Russians prefer to grow vegetables themselves because of the excessive use of agrochemicals in the store-bought vegetables, and the higher costs of the vegetables in the stores and bazaars.

The collapse of communism in the Soviet Union saw the return to private land ownership.

Most dachas have since been privatized and Russia is now the nation with the largest number of owners of second homes.

The growth of living standards in recent years has allowed many dacha owners to spend their discretionary income on improvements.

While providing food for the table the love of flowers cannot be ignored.


The History of the Dacha.

The first dachas in Russia began to appear during the reign of Peter the Great. Initially they were small estates in the country, which were given to loyal vassals by the Tsar. In archaic Russian, the word dacha means something given.

During the Age of Enlightenment, Russian aristocracy used their dachas for social and cultural gatherings, which were usually accompanied by masquerade balls and fireworks displays. The Industrial Revolution brought about a rapid growth in the urban population, and urban residents increasingly desired to escape the heavily polluted cities, at least temporarily. By the end of the 19th century, the dacha became a favorite summer retreat for the upper and middle classes of Russian society.

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Very nice photos......

And very nice laid out together with the text.

Well done for everything!

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I agree with Wiz. Having been and even stayed in a few dachas I found the thread quite interesting.

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Great thread Ras

I take it that this is your good ladys family Dacha?

Do you have Banya there as well?


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Sparky114 wrote:
Great thread Ras



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Sparky114 wrote:
I take it that this is your good ladys family Dacha?
Do you have Banya there as well?

Yes most (but not all) of the photos are from my good ladies family dacha.

Regards to a Banya, sadly not yet but I am working on it, there are also some other improvements to be made but I am taking it slowly.

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