This week's photo matches the mood around here perfectly - we're all down with the flu, the weather's cold and rainy, and spring seems like something that only happens to other people.
What you're looking at is площадь Калинина (Kalinin Square) in Korolev. Several years ago on a snowy New Year's day I watched my son and nephew ride stocky little ponies around this square. There was at least a foot of new snow on the ground and the city was absolutely silent after the big holiday night. The boys both held tight to the ponies' manes and looked down to keep the soft snowflakes out of their eyes. It was a memorable end to a memorable holiday,