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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Anecdotes
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:59:01 AM »
My favorite is the policeman one already mentioned. It's funny because Olga knew she was being bad.

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: September 11, 2012, 05:46:17 PM »
That is absolutely beautiful! The rhyming is lovely, and it sounds a lot like something I think Maria might say. Well done, well done indeed! I look forward to more! :)

Thanks. :) Here's the Dowager one like I said. It talks about OTMA so I figured it fitted here

"The Dowager's Heart"

She won’t yet lapse into insanity
Nor has she lost hope in humanity
Yet her jewels aren’t worth the tears she’s cried
When the news came that they had died

Her conscious fights for what her heart has stole
But she would rather believe her soul
A soul that deceives her they are still alive
At least the children have survived

But her heart is cruel making her mind dread
Screaming “Nicky is already dead!”
But lo she writes in hope of reply
She’s the Dowager Empress and queens don’t cry

Her grand children will write, send a message or call
They are strong young women, Romanovs after all
Olga will come first, poetic and blonde—
“Olga is already gone”

There’s a knock at the door made by a delicate hand
Could it be her, a duchess, one grand
Tatiana will arrive, no matter the cost
“Tatiana is already lost”

Today a letter arrived just for her eyes
She tears it open hoping for a surprise
Maria, has written her grandmother, the dear
“Maria is no longer here”

There is no hope but she won’t give in
She tries to dream, she tries to pretend
Anastasia, she lives, oh lift sorrows’ weight off her chest
“Anastasia is with all the rest”

She thinks of the heir who so needed protecting
She wipes at the tears the mirror is reflecting
Alexei is fine he’s a mere boy but strong
“Alexei Nikolaevich bids you live long”

But the poor woman refuses to see
It cannot be the truth, it just cannot be
Russia will live, she will not turn and hide
“Russia has already died”

By Russia of course I mean Romanov Russia

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:05:06 PM »
Thank you, yes it could be for all of them easily. I have one from the Dowager's point of view that I'll post later.

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:18:15 AM »
I have poems for OTandM but everyone seems to like Maria's the best so here it goes *clears throat*

"Prayer of Marie-One for Maria"

Call me your angel, your precious one
I may be little but I'll grow up strong
And like all girls I have my dreams
Made up of roses and starry scenes

Give me a husband that works real hard
Ten children playing in the yard
Give me my sisters now and forever
So we can bring our children up together
But most of all give my brother his health
For it all I will trade my wealth

Once we went sailing like the sailors do
They even dressed us up like sailors too
I want each day like that if you will
Made up of roses and daffodils

Grant my dear father the gift to see
The good all sorts of people can be
Give all the children a warm place to lie
That they will never have the need to cry
But most of all give my brother his health
For it all I will trade my wealth

The roads are rocky and dreams seem far
People no longer like who we are
They said my father brought upon strife
So one night for that they traded my life

I see no need to mourn material things
I'd much prefer to materialize my dreams
For a better world I think we both would agree
Oh Heavenly Father, grant this prayer for me

Give me my father and my mother too
My brother's health and we'll pay you all you're due
Give me my sisters until eternity ends
Oh Lord forever amen

Having Fun! / Re: Let's build a palace
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:03:33 AM »
 What would we name the palace? What country is it in?
I think it needs tall windows. This would not only be pretty but it could help keep the place cool with less electricity, then again the whole thing could be solar powered. lol. I can imagine the windows providing a lovely vista of the gardens mentioned by Maria the Beautiful. I also think the gardens should be named, maybe after the four winds. I can just see someone giving a tour now.
"in the North Garden you will find..."
or "The South Garden is a favorite because of the 'Children's Island'. In the summer months the cottage is crowned with wisteria donated from Japan."

I don't know why I think it should be four gardens but I imagine it would look nice.
Personally I'd call them this way:
The North Garden
The South Garden (a.k.a the Children's Garden)
The East Garden
The West Garden( the largest of the four) Evening glories could be the main flowers grown here.

When we have it all worked out I'd love to write a short paper on it describing all the rooms and gardens.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Jim Hercules
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:29:07 AM »
Jim Hercules had a room in the same Servant's quarters buildings as the other male servants.  As I recall, he returned back to the US after the Revolution, where he did have a family.

What great information. Good to know. How do you find information on him because I've only read what was already on this site.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Jim Hercules
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:17:10 AM »
I wonder what became of him after the revolution?  Did he go back to the U.S.?  Obviously, he's long dead by now, but one has to wonder if there are any living relatives who might know what happened to him, or where he's buried?

I wonder that too. You'd think with as popular as the Romanovs are that Jim's family would have a lot to share from his stories but Jim makes it seem possible that a person can indeed vanish off the face of the earth. If I knew better how I would try to find these people but alas I wouldn't know where to start. I wonder if the name died out or if Jim even hard children.

Having Fun! / Re: Help with Identification, Translations, Finding a Photo
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:50:13 PM »

Uploaded with in the very back, is that Gavril Konstantinovich?

The Yussupovs / Re: Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitriy Pavlovitch
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:55:12 AM »
I think it will always be harder to say with Dmitri until their is proof out of his own words.  I say so because who would have ever guessed KR's struggle? I wouldn't have even been inclined to think.

The Yussupovs / Re: Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitriy Pavlovitch
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:41:47 AM »
Didn't Alexandra say that he (Dmitri) behaved like who ever he was with for the moment? That might be something to consider too. I wish I could remember where I read this. I know Felix admitted that he charmed people often. He writes afterward in "Lost Splendor"  that he knows saying so sounds vain.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Jim Hercules
« on: September 09, 2012, 04:12:51 PM »
During the time he worked at the palace where would Jim have lived?

The Yussupovs / Re: Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitriy Pavlovitch
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:03:15 PM »
I do not know, but I still call my closest male friends "dear, dearest, loving,  etc. It may be old fashioned but it makes them happy. It shows true affection and such. They return in kind. Which makes me happy. In my case, it is a term of sincere affection, not politie 19 cenrury etttitique.
 I  reecntyly wrote an obit  about a friend and used all the flowering words I could think ,  a lot of which were not quiet really true,  but,  I do not spael ill of the dead, with few exceptions  So,  the old tradiition  has not gone. Especially in Asia.

I have to agree with this and especially in a letter. "Intimate Friend" is also another term I've heard used. I can't speak for Felix and Dmitri but I always think of Jonathan and David in the Bible. David said something along the lines that Jonathan's companionship was dearer to him than that of any woman's. 

Having Fun! / Re: Time for Another List - Royalty Nobody had a Bad Word For
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:46:00 PM »
Tatiana Konstantinovna, though not much is known about her I guess

Having Fun! / Re: Having Fun With Captions
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:41:57 PM »

Wow I just realized how much Gavril looked like his mother. How much information on Gavril's siblings are in his memories?

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