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Winter birchstand.

Winter birchstand.

Nikolai Gogol, The Night before Christmas (from Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka).“The frost had grown more severe than during the day; but, to make up for this, everything had become so still that the crisping of the snow under foot might be heard nearly half a verst round. “ (Translated by George Tolstoy; published by London, J. Blackwood 1860)

Nikolai Gogol, The Night before Christmas (from Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka).“The frost had grown more severe than during the day; but, to make up for this, everything had become so still that the crisping of the snow under foot might be heard nearly half a verst round. “ (Translated by George Tolstoy; published by London, J. Blackwood 1860)

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As a child my mother titled my elder sister the 'Peach' and me the 'Cherry'. Perhaps that helps explain my lifelong penchant for these little bursts of ruby sweetness.