fourth postponement for the launch of the mission record The next attempt

Vega, the Italian missile, still hampered by the wind: fourth postponement of the launch in less than two weeks with Eolo sending again across the dark (Italian) night to those who today, 29 June, had set the alarm clock trembling for this 16th mission so important, the first after the failure (in turn the first) in the formidable career of the rocket built by the Avio in Colleferro for theEuropean space agency with the coordination ofItalian space agency. Space, as astronauts always repeat, belongs to those who have more patience than courage. In the rocket’s ogive, the 53 satellites remain assembled and must be accompanied in different orbits: a record car sharing that is waiting to be written in verdebiancorosso in the history of world missiles.

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The stop to the countdown came from Arianespace, which manages launches from the European base, and once again it was the weather conditions that pushed the technicians to postpone the mission: at high altitude, as detected by the umpteenth probe balloon raised by the Jupiter control room, too strong winds that could have hindered the missile’s trajectory. Even today, Monday, everything was ready for the launch of the 16th mission: at the time scheduled for the launch, 3.51 in Italy, based on French Guiana in the Amazon jungle, where the clock is 5 hours behind Italy , showers alternated with light winds with weak wind (4 knots) and the usual, suffocating, tropical humidity of 98%. All normal on the ground, in short. Not so from 10 thousand meters above sea level, with winds from south south east deemed too strong to continue to give green light.

«The last briefing on the weather forecast allows us to start the final chronological operations» Arianespace had announced with an encouraging tweet relaunched also at the turn of Italian midnight and still an hour from the “go”. «We continue to monitor, as some uncertainties remain». Here, the uncertainties have again become certainties.

When will the next attempt be? Not very early, because in the meantime the weather forecast for the next few days is not good and furthermore, as Arianspace explains, numerous batteries of the complex components of the missile and perhaps also of the satellites will now have to be recharged. Without forgetting that some homage to the God of winds would not spoil.

It is clear that after the failure of the 15th mission, which blocked the record streak of the first 14 launches, we want to limit the risks that something could go wrong, in short, we are looking for the perfect weather situation: we just have to wait .

Hundreds hold their breath in the suffocating heat of the night in the Amazonian jungle of French Guiana that surrounds the Kourou spaceport from where the Italian Vega rocket will take off at 3.51 on Monday 28 June. And in the same way they hold their breath in thousands in the heat of Colleferro, 80 kilometers south of Rome, where the rocket was built in the science fiction plant of the Avio which represents the autonomous road, and moreover at very competitive prices, of the Italy to space.

Fingers crossed also to Leonardo, which is 28% owned by the company listed on the stock exchange and entrusted to the CEO. Giulio Ranzo. The fact is that Vega, which has roots in the last 80’s (Gianni Agnelli called it the 500 of the skies and is a huge compliment) and boasts the blessing of the Italian space pioneer Luigi Broglio, had got used to it well by putting a record after the other from 2012 onwards.

In rocket history no rocket had ever made the first 14 missions without a hitch, a mistake, a disaster. Instead Vega had been perfect 14 times out of 14. Not even a smudge: “nominal”, as the technicians say, from the first to the last second of all those missions, always started splashing in the clouds with unparalleled agility.

And his wallet, managed by Arianespace on behalf of the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, swelled with orders because without satellites we can no longer live and progress.

Last July, however, on the 15th mission, a second stage engine failure – as established by an independent commission – caused the launch to fail after two minutes from take-off: goodbye to the UAE Falcon Eye satellite, record goodbye – indeed a little mystical – of infallibility. What is striking, in these months in which the 800 technicians of Avio have turned every component of Vega like a sock, is that the confidence in the Italian launcher missile has not decreased, on the contrary, the orders are still flaked. Furthermore, there is a need to run towards the next more powerful versions (Vega C and Vega E) of the rocket whose first and current version is 30 meters high and is able to carry a payload of orbit, in multiple orbits, a ton and a half.

But imagine the tension in the whole Avio group in these hours preceding the launch, which was also postponed for three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic which also imposed two weeks of rigid quarantine in Kourou, supervised by the massive soldiers of the foreign legion because Guyana is an overseas territory, to the seventy specialists who left Colleferro last month.

And then it also put the wind at high altitude to gnaw another 10 days late. Yesterday, however, the countdown to Vega resumed, which will bring several 53 satellites into orbit for the first time, thus becoming “a tool in support of the new space economy,” said the president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Giorgio Saccoccia.

It is a revolution that promises to make space accessible to universities and small and medium-sized enterprises and to make that of mini satellites a new interesting market and “in which – said Saccoccia – Italy is ready to invest”.

There is a very long wait for this launch, initially scheduled for June 19, but so far always canceled by the high altitude winds that have forced Arianespace, the company that manages the launches to Kourou, three times.

However, the Ssms (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) system is ready to debut, a sort of dispenser that allows you to send a large number of small satellites into orbit at the same time, weighing between one and 500 kilograms.

Of the 13 countries that have entrusted their mini satellites to Vega, eight are European and Italy is among them. With Israel, our country brings the Argtm experiments into orbit, from the Federico II University of Naples, which will study the effects of microgravity on the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics; Mambo, from the University of Roma Tre, to evaluate the release of drugs into the body in microgravity conditions; Spacelys, of the University of Bologna, to evaluate the effects of microgravity on a protein linked to the immune system; Nogquad, from the University of Tor Vergata, for the study of gene expression and the appearance of diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or fragile X syndrome.

“Thanks to the ability to carry loads of different sizes, Vega is a launcher born with a remarkable gift of flexibility, but with the SMS system it can now increase the amount of satellites that can be launched on different orbits,” said Saccoccia. «Just when the demand for satellites to be delivered to space is changing, Vega becomes a tool to support the new space economy, a new opportunity».

An opportunity that Italy is ready to seize: “we have initiatives in which public and tried work together and we want to encourage more and more the development of small and nano satellites, which Vega – he continued – will fly, also in reference to high innovative content both nationally and ESA ». Italy, with its network of small and medium-sized enterprises, “is able to build small satellites” and is ready to participate in this change with “the whole chain, which goes from development to use. We want to promote – concluded the president of ASI – this new chapter of access to space “.

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The peonies of Bénédicte de Foucaud

Bénédicte de Foucaud loves talking about “her” peonies, but time is running out. At the end of May, the collection that she gradually installed in the old moats of the castle of Sourches opened to the public two weeks later than usual, because of the Covid-19. And, everything must be perfect for the arrival of visitors, from 2 p.m.

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While chatting, she therefore cuts the deflowering stems immediately in the wicker cart with the pruner, which she holds with the other hand. If the earliest peonies have already passed, many others still bear open buds and corollas. There are all heights and all shapes, all textures, all colors, from dark red almost black to white through yellow, orange and the whole range of roses.

Pest deer

” At the beginning, says Bénédicte de Foucaud, I just wanted to have fun with a personal garden. Since I don’t like to do things like everyone else, I opted for peonies rather than roses. I also appreciate roses, but they seem more banal to me: I would have been afraid of getting tired. “

The first peonies were installed in the château’s vegetable patch in 2003. Very quickly, this antique dealer, specialist in old snuff boxes, got caught up in the game, despite some disappointments. Indeed, the deer, numerous in the region, have wreaked havoc on its plantations. She then had the idea of ​​sheltering them from game – and also from the winds – by transferring them to the old moats.

Located below the castle bought in 2001 and surrounded by powerful walls, these dry moats – a large grassy area of ​​14,000 m2 where donkeys were grazing until then – are in the shape of a horseshoe: the walls on the fourth side have indeed served as a seat for the current castle of neo-classical style built, between 1761 and 1786, at the site of an older construction, by the king’s architect, Gabriel de Lestrade, for Louis II of Bouchet de Sourches, Provost Marshal of France.

Chinese friend

From 2009, Bénédicte de Foucaud began to travel, notably to America and China, to bring back rare specimens. “I don’t like doing things by halves”, she insists.

During this time, her husband Jean was fascinated, documents in support, for the history of this castle: big names of the French nobility lived there and, during the Second World War, he was requisitioned to shelter in his imposing vaulted cellars of precious paintings from the Louvre – notably Delacroix -, furniture from Versailles and the tapestry from Bayeux.

Finally, a Chinese friend convinced Bénédicte de Foucaud to “share” with the public his collection of 2,500 peonies. Like the quest of the lord for this “Fantastic and fragile botanical treasure” is far from finished, other varieties should be added.

Peony expert

After listening to it, no one can ignore more than the genre Paeonia comes in several species: herbaceous peonies (the best known is Paeonia lactiflora, sometimes called Chinese peony), shrubs (Paeonia suffruticosa) and finally the “ intersectional hybrids »Born from the crossing of the two previous ones successfully carried out in 1948 by the Japanese Toichi Itoh, after more than 20,000 tests. Up to this point, no breeder had ever succeeded.

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Over the years, Bénédicte de Foucaud has become a true expert. She knows all of her proteges by name, sometimes unpronounceable as «Shimazukurenaï» or «Niigala Ten’hyonomaï» (“Celestial dance”, in Japanese)… She cites without hesitation their kinship, their date of creation, their country of origin, the name of their breeder.

It is also unbeatable on the intense varietal creation of the XVIIIe to the XXe century under the impetus of horticultural geniuses such as Gratwick, Saunders, Nassos Daphnis and the French Guérin, Verdier, Doriat, Lemoine, Cayeux, Cornu, Rivière, Pardo, Rat…

Peony Conservatory

She herself does not have the ambition to create new peonies. Attach, to the XXIe century, the name of the castle of Sourches to that of a peony conservatory without equivalent in the world, is enough to fill it.

Definitely an expert and passionate, she devoted three works, beautifully illustrated with photos and watercolors, to her proteges, which are sold on the website and at the chateau shop (1). To its visitors (6,000 in 2019), it nevertheless recommends the purchase of French peonies, those of the Rivière houses in Crest (Drôme) (2) and Tricot in Orléans (Loiret) (3).


His inspiration. “A memory of my childhood”

“When I was born, my mother planted a seed of peony which germinated. When I was 6 years old, this peony gave a pink flower. My mother was so proud that she made me pose next to this flower, with my English and my smocked dress. This pose session lasted a very long time, two hours, perhaps, an eternity in my child’s eyes. It was for a black and white photo. I kept it. The memory of this moment has never been erased from my memory. This is probably where my passion for peonies comes from. “


“When everyone is at home” visiting Viktor Saltykov / Film and TV News /

This Sunday, June 28, Timur Kizyakov and the program “When everyone is at home” went to visit the musician Viktor Saltykov. At a large and comfortable table gathered the closest artist – wife Irina and son Svyatoslav. The singer openly spoke about his family, meeting his wife, raising children and his musical career.

Anna, the daughter of a musician, recently married and left home. “She often calls me from there, complains about some of her problems. And I tell her:” You wanted an adult life? Get it, ”Victor admitted. Spouses said that Anna used to be actively involved in photography, but at some point she was fond of editing and now makes short videos. Although her life could have turned out differently.“ It all started with music. She graduated from a special musical institution with us, even participated in one project. But after that she said that she didn’t want to do this, it wasn’t her, “Saltykov recalls.

The musician was 51 years old when he was born son Svyatoslav. “For me, these years have been more energetic, stimulating. I even sometimes ask Ira:“ Maybe more? ”After all, God loves a trinity. But the brain tells us that it’s scary to leave a child without a father,” the singer admitted. Svyatoslav is a sports boy, all in Saltykova. “The first thing my father did at the time was to put me on a bicycle. At six years old I was already skating, I was riding my bicycle with might and main, and went to the pool,” recalls Victor.

Saltykov himself brought up mom and aunt. Father died when the boy was 13 years old: “My dad was left only in my memories. He was kind, he helped everyone. We lived in a communal apartment on Kirovsky Prospekt, they called him” Volodya – golden hands. Because he could fix everything ” .

The singer admitted that he always women had a big impact: “A man is a small child. In adulthood, he wants to get the same thing that his mother taught him. Together with Ira, we were together only because she was able to do this. She could always come up in difficult times, say:“ Vitenka, you how? “. And I felt something maternal or aunty from her – something that always warmed me in life.”

Spouses have been together for 26 years. It’s hard to believe, but at the beginning of dating Victor didn’t even have the courage to take Irina’s phone number. It then began calls, walks, dates. But the girl’s parents were against that the daughter met with the musician: “They said:” This is an artist. They have a terrible world, life. “But I was in love as they say in beautiful novels. And I told her that I had never met a better woman in my lifetime,” Saltykov said.

Does the artist believe in fate? What do the Saltykovs grow in their garden? How did the spouses meet? Who in the family of Irina supported her choice? And why did Viktor Saltykov change teams so often? The answers are in the “When Everyone is Home” program.


An involuntary actor. To the birthday of Alexander Pankratov-Cherny

As a child, he wanted to become a clown. Later I decided: as a director. But I read that for this you first need to learn to be an actor. And he went to his goal consistently and persistently. However, they didn’t give him a movie – it was painfully “non-Soviet”. The acting helped out – on the verge of clowning. June 28 is the birthday of a wonderful and popularly beloved artist Alexandra Pankratova-Cherny. How much he looks like his heroes, they will tell a video interview of the TV channel “Russia”. Watch it now!

In the documentary “Altai Nugget. Pankratov-Black” fragments of the artist’s own memories are interspersed with stories of his friends and colleagues about him: Nikita Mikhalkov, Karen Shakhnazarov, Olga Kormukhina, Elena Tsyplakova, Savely Yamshchikova, Vladimir Grammatikov, Larisa Guzeeva, Andrei Konchalovsky, Mikhail Porechenkov and Vladimir Ilyin. “Naughty, sonorous. A geyser man. A real man. Temperamental,” they say about him. And then: “Touching. Sad.” And also: “It didn’t even occur to him that one could choose between” profitable “and” in good conscience. “

Not everyone remembers that his acting debut took place in “Siberiade”. And the famous he woke up five years after the film “We are from jazz”. His hero – easy, funny, charming – captivated the audience. Such inspiring characters were in demand in the late 80s – early 90s. When domestic cinema was in crisis, Pankratov-Cherny was filmed more often than our other actors, and was at the top of popularity. He played dozens of reckless roles, his guys on the board. It seems to the audience that he plays himself – a carefree, cheerful person. But few people know what kind of tests from childhood fell on this joker and joker, who suffered two heart attacks by the age of 35 …

How did he fall into the caste without hearing, voice and dancing skills and starred in musical comedy? Why did fellow countrymen in a remote Altai village obmaterit artist when he brought to show them “We are from jazz”? What caused his party father to die? How did Pankratov-Cherny fight movie officials and who made him take his second name? What brilliant continuation did his “poetry” receive, as his grandfather called his childhood passion, who had broken his grandson for every new rhyme? About this and much more – in the film “Altai Nugget. Pankratov-Black”.

In 1927, the actor’s grandfather was exiled to St. Petersburg from Altai. The five of them lived in a small hut: little Sasha, his sister, mother, grandmother and grandfather. My father died when the boy was three years old. Bread was not on the table every day. Already at six years old, Sasha began to work for workdays – he drove the hocks – and for the first time he saw a light bulb at ten (they lived with kerosene). He got into the circus when his mother went into the city in fierce hunger to sell a cow. Returning, he tried to juggle with torches, but burned the barn, and with it his dream to work in the circus, said the actor Boris Korchevnikov.

Mom wanted Sasha to follow in the footsteps of relatives and become a military man. “It’s very beneficial to be an officer: government food, clothes. Besides, you’re ugly, and the officers always look after pretty girls. You look, you will have a beautiful wife,” the actor recalls his mother’s words. And she proudly declares: “And my wife is already beautiful.” His Julia he worships: for her kindness and unlimited patience. They lived together for 40 years, of which the first 16 wandered around Moscow without their own housing. He left her many times — he felt that his disorder spoiled her life — but he always returned. Only in 2012, Julia Monakhova and Alexander Pankratov-Cherny finally legalized their relationship.

How was a student of the Gorky Theater School once nearly killed for mother’s parcel with potatoes, lard and three rubles, and with whose money the student of VGIKA beautifully looked after Julia? How (long before working together in the film “Winter evening in Gagra”) he made friends with Evgeny Evstignevhow I met Vladimir Vysotsky, in whose honor he later named his son, and what did “Height” prophesy to a novice colleague? How did Alexander almost die during the filming of Sibiriada? Why didn’t I sign with Yulia for so long and why did I sign it? The answers are in dedicated to the artist issue of the program “The fate of man”.


He lived two million years ago … the discovery of a fossil frog in Argentina

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Argentine scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a frog that lived in central Buenos Aires nearly two million years ago, according to Agence France-Presse.

“We don’t know much about prehistoric frogs,” said Federico Aniolan, a researcher at the Argentine Institute of Natural Sciences, at the Science Publishing Agency at the National University of Matanza.

He also added: “frogs and frogs are highly affected by climate and environmental changes, so they are an important source of information to understand past climates.”

This was discovered at a depth of 44 meters during the drilling of a water well in San Pedro, 180 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

The researcher stressed that the scientists found the bone of the arm of a very small amphibian being different from the pelagae and the dead frogs of trees.

He emphasized that the petite fossil was identified despite its size because the petroats; It is a group of amphibians, including frogs and toads, with a special structure at the tip of the humerus in the elbow joint. This special structure provides it with great ductility to make quick movements and stability. “The discovery is a great contribution to paleontology in Argentina,” said Federico Aniolan.


He lived two million years ago … the discovery of a fossil frog in Argentina

Dubai –

Argentine scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a frog that lived in central Buenos Aires nearly two million years ago, according to Agence France-Presse.

“We don’t know much about prehistoric frogs,” said Federico Aniolan, a researcher at the Argentine Institute of Natural Sciences, at the Science Publishing Agency at the National University of Matanza.

He also added: “frogs and frogs are highly affected by climate and environmental changes, so they are an important source of information to understand past climates.”

This was discovered at a depth of 44 meters during the drilling of a water well in San Pedro, 180 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

The researcher stressed that the scientists found the bone of the arm of a very small amphibian being different from the pelagae and the dead frogs of trees.

He emphasized that the petite fossil was identified despite its size because the petroats; It is a group of amphibians, including frogs and toads, with a special structure at the tip of the humerus in the elbow joint. This special structure provides it with great ductility to make quick movements and stability. “The discovery is a great contribution to paleontology in Argentina,” said Federico Aniolan.


6 historical tours in one click


Cathedral basilica of Saint-Denis

Few religious buildings combine with as much force spirituality and history. Built over the tomb of saint Denis, beheaded in 250, the basilica, elevated to the rank of cathedral houses the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens. If we except a passage through the mass grave, after the Terror, all found here their last resting place. It is within the framework of the ” us To the basilica ! “(project to promote the meeting between the site and the inhabitants of the city) that has been created this virtual tour with the help of three young Dionysiens trained in photography at 360 degrees. Plans allow you to view all of the basilica to get to easily in the bedside, with recumbent figures, or in the garden.

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Inaccessible in real life, the great Cavaillé-Coll organ give a spectacular view over the nave. Written documents and sound enrich the visit with explanations of the specific characteristics of the sites, as well as on the story of abbot Suger and his conviction that the beauty and harmony of ornaments make it easier to mystical illumination.


Castle of Chambord

If it’s not a place of power, the castle of Chambord manifest the power of the kings of France. Francis Ier the building to the glory of this palace, which became the emblem of the French Renaissance. He comes here for the hunting, taking advantage of its location in the heart of the forest game, but spent only a few tens of days, in thirty-two years of reign. If it brings not much information, the virtual tour provides a nice overview of the castle.

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Is required first the vision of an imposing building, and yet lightweight, by the exuberance of its chimneys and carved capitals. Different 360 degree views from terraces and roofs, where contrast freestone and slate, and allow you to understand the building within its environment of marshy lands solognotes. Of the south façade, one enters the great room in cross, with its vaulted coffered decorated with emblems of Francis Ier, and the double stairway, architectural element, the most striking of the castle. A pity that this virtual tour done before the restoration of the gardens to the French in 2017 do not realize.


Memorial of Verdun

In 1967, the founders of the Memorial of Verdun have the ambition of making the city lorraine, the ” world capital of peace “. Fifty years earlier, from February to December 1917, the battle of Verdun resulted in more than 700,000 victims, German and French, without the two armies will not be able to move the lines of their war of position. First place of remembrance for the veterans of the First world War, the Memorial has since 2016 the conflict under a point of view of the franco-German.

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Since the containment, it offers a virtual tour, a part of which only is free. The complete tour, at a price of 3 € to support the museum and have access to the information and audio-visual documents of the rich permanent exhibition. There are discussed with pedagogy the context and the main places of fights, and there are very concrete things, such as uniforms, supplies and the daily lives of fighters holed up in shell holes.

Jealously looked upon

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Success meteoric Nicolas Fouquet, no more than the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The superintendent of finance had brought together the greatest talents of his time (the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles Le Brun and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre) to build the castle that caused his loss : Louis XIV took umbrage at his pomp, and did it throw them in jail, before asking the same artists to build Versailles.

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Two virtual tours allow you to explore this magnificent building, furnished and decorated as at the time of Fouquet, as well as its gardens, which foreshadow the style of the French. The lack of comments may be offset by
online exhibitions. One, ” Louis XIV/Nicholas Fouquet : A history of taste “, beyond the perpetual opposition between the two men to acknowledge their artistic visions common ; the other, ” Vaux-le-Vicomte, a masterpiece step by step “, commented on the model whose splendor and the harmonious composition inspired the whole of Europe.


Castle of Pierrefonds

With its towers, its keep, its battlements, covered, and its machicolations, this imposing castle in the Oise, at the edge of the forest of Compiègne, has all the features of the medieval building. There remains, however, that the ruins when Napoleon III is concerned with the building constructed at the end of the XIVe century by the duke Louis of Orleans, and dismantled in the SEVENTEENTHe. The head of State entrusted the reconstruction to the architect Viollet-le-Duc, who re-creates of all parts on the model of an ideal castle in the Middle Age.

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The virtual tour, which begins with a panoramic view outside, and is accompanied by texts which detail every step : the drawbridge, the courtyard, the chapel, with his head in gray stone, the remains of the medieval building, the great room of preuses… clicks on items in the world can approach and obtain explanations. A map shows at any time where the virtual visitor and the orientation of its field of vision.


► The Pantheon

Votive church desired in 1744 by Louis XV, after having survived an unexplained fever, the building was transformed at the death of Mirabeau, a leading figure in revolutionary Pantheon which will be met in the tombs of the great men of France. On seventy-four personalities who have a tomb or a funerary urn, only four women are buried to their personal merit : Marie Curie in a coffin surrounded by a layer of lead, his body continuing to send waves of radioactive, resistant Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and the politician Simone Veil.

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If, strangely enough, the virtual tour does not reach the crypt, it offers stunning views of the facade, the roofs and the dome which dominate a part of Paris, the nave, the memorial to the national Convention and the Foucault pendulum, placed there in 1851 by the physicist of the same name, in the search of a tall building to prove the rotation of the Earth.


Invite artists in the garden !

The garden offers good times, between contemplation and conviviality. This is by encouraging your loved ones to visit that you made a place of sharing.

Plan this meeting a few weeks in advance, inviting a few friends having a penchant put at the service of nature : a painter, a sculptor, an embroiderer, a musician, a photographer… These friends will settle at random in an alley, drawing a bird, sculpting a branch of a tree, embroidering a butterfly, playing a catchy jingle on a guitar… One of your relatives has written a book about the nature or the garden ? Suggest that she come to sign that… another honey ? He comes to taste ! Then, send an invitation card informal to all your other friends, asking them to join you with a cake or a bottle…

Prepare this day as a feast : a few bouquets in the countryside, scattered in the garden, a corner sheltered, with a table beautifully decorated to ask the pastries of your visitors… The artists set up an hour before everyone else, the visitors will arrive little by little. All this small world will have a chat, admire your know-how of gardener, and that of the artists, the exchange of recipes of home-made cakes, and planting advice. Don’t tell “this is not possible, my garden is too small “this meeting can be realized in a small courtyard ! To adapt the number of guests to the surface of the place.

At the château du Rivau

On a larger scale, but always in a spirit of conviviality, in Touraine, in the heart of a garden classified ” Remarkable Garden “, within the Conservatory of the Scented Rose, the Rivau welcomes four artists specialists in painting in the open air for a residence international. This artistic collaboration, which started in 2014 by the Association of Festival Cultures Cross and the Foundation of Parks and Gardens of France, under the high patronage of the Embassy of Russia in France, helping to develop the friendship franco-Russian, spreading the art and love of gardens.

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You can without worry take your little, and let it guide you. Follow in the footsteps of elves, ogres, giants, good fairies, animals outrageous, in a world of the fantastic through 14 gardens. The grounds of nodes of lavender, the Garden of Gargantua, the Enchanted Forest, the Path to the Petit Poucet, Alice in the Country of the Rivau, the Border Delight, the Cassinina, alley, fragrant, the Orchard of Paradise, the garden of the Philtres of love, the Secret Garden, and the garden of the Princess Rapunzel combines botanical collections, humor, games and artistic creations.

Practical Information

Outdoor Russian In The Gardens Of The Rivau.

From 30 June to 3 July. Demonstration commented every day at 14 hours. Exhibition and sale of works carried out on 3 July from 14 hours.


The nature at the reach of children

If one proposes the children to watch, observe, feel, make, play, they become aware of all that nature gives us. From a young age, explain to them that not everything you eat and do not touch it, because there are plants ‘poison’.

They assimilate very well all of these parameters, and make the difference between a wild strawberry and a bay-toxic. Offer a mini-plot in the garden, or a box on the balcony – it is a way to connect urban children and the children of the fields -so they sow and plant what they prefer.

A mini garden just for them

Once, in the countryside, we picked up a small piece of a vegetable garden by the children. Now, we offered them a square of wood ! Very playful, a square allows them to take ownership of the place that they will cultivate, by finding themselves in front of a small space and their height. In gardening, they are going to understand the rhythm of the seasons, take confidence in them, to have the joy and pride of the harvest.

The taste of the good things

Adults, they will remember fragrance, successes and failures and have learned the taste of good things. With their range, leave the seeds, pots, a few tools without danger, catalogs, highly illustrated, books selected according to their age. They eat very little vegetables and don’t appreciate the herbs ? If they grow them themselves, they are proud to present them at the table… and the taste. The children “crack” for certain perfumes. They especially like the mints to smell Ricqlès, the lemon balm smells of lemon.

A herbarium, to learn

Among the workshops in which our dear little may be exercised, as well in the garden than in forest, at edges of way, and even in the city, it is the preparation of a herbarium. There is no better school to have good basics in botany, noting the name, the family, and the characteristics of each plant. Over the blooms of the garden, random walks, plants are everywhere !

For the identification, indispensable, it takes a good flora. Teach them that no one picks ever a plant protected or endangered : we just photographed ! It is a morning of fine weather, when the dew is evaporated, that you have to cut the stem chosen, with the flowers and the leaves. Let them ask the plants gathered on a paper towel. Help them for the future. Identify the plants, then put, flat, between the paper journal, with leaves and flowers, and then place this assembly under a considerable weight (Atlas, encyclopedia). You can also use a special press. Wait two weeks before placing them in the herbarium, on boards in stock. Secure each plant with the help of a small bit of scotch. Record all the information collected, and then close the herbarium, so that the colors do not deteriorate too fast.

The small fauna

Tell them why bees and other pollinating insects are essential for the production of our fruits and vegetables. Follow with them in the course of the ants, give them a magnifying glass, so that they detect the larvae and how they develop into adults. Install a “building” to insects, to manufacture with hollow stems close to the logs.

In order to better observe the birds

Attract birds by gluttony, it works every time. Let your little ones prepare for an ornamental edible, to be hung near a window… out of the reach of cats ! Make available to the wire, a large needle and fruit : raisins, dried apricots, nuts (without the shells !), slices of apples etc…. They should just put each fruit, by inserting, after having been soaked in warm water for one hour, to form a garland. Impossible, then, not to be hypnotized by the incessant ballet of birds who come to feast on. A cup of water placed on the rim completes the feast.


Ukrainians and Belarusians were allowed to receive Russian citizenship without the exam :: Society :: RBC

Entered into force the Federal law that calls for citizens of Ukraine and Belarus a mandatory exam on the Russian language knowledge when obtaining Russian citizenship.

President Vladimir Putin signed the document on March 19, it took effect 90 days later on June 17. The bill on simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainians and Belarusians started to prepare at the end of 2019 at the initiative of the Ministry of interior.

Previously, citizens of neighboring countries could get Russian citizenship only after completing the interview the knowledge of the language. Now Belarusians and Ukrainians are fluent in Russian, automatically recognized by native speakers, if they or their direct relatives reside or previously resided on the territory of Russia, USSR or Russian Empire.

Putin canceled for Ukrainians and Belarusians, the language exam for citizenship

According to Deputy interior Minister Igor Zubov, the level of knowledge of Russian language will be fixing Commission act, and by means of audio surveillance when receiving a personal application with the immigration service. This will allow to simplify the procedure of obtaining citizenship for the more than 200 thousand Ukrainians and Belarusians, who are now in Russia with a residence permit.