It was a Hussar holiday. I began a new book, Fire in the Stubble. During the morning it was snowing and it warmed up until 8 o'clock in the evening. A strong wind blew for awhile and after dinner it went up to 13 degrees above frost and the barometer went down to 73.5.
Our commissar Vershinin and Zhorzheliani returned from Sevastopol and told us a few things, including the fact that the Winter Palace has been half destroyed and looted, with the chambers of my beloved Nicky and Alika particularly afflicted by the latter – what infamy! See more
Those brutes ripped Serov’s magnificent portrait of Nicky from its frame and threw it out of the window, and when some boy picked it up, wishing to salvage it, the scoundrels snatched the canvas from his hands and ripped it to shreds.
There is currently no government to speak of. We’re like a ship sailing through stormy waters without aim or direction. Kerensky has vanished and Bolsheviks have got their paws on everything.
We got up at 7 o'clock when it was still completely dark and at 8 o'clock we went to Mass. After the second tea we took a walk. The weather was mild and overcast, I wrote to Olga [Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, sister of Nicholas]. I began the tenth volume of Leskov. Today we repaired a collection of things donated by the people for use of the army on the front.
It was nice weather — four degrees above frost during the night and up to 10 degrees above frost during the day. We walked a long time and I chopped firewood for a long time.
From 10 o'clock to 11 o'clock I was with Kastritsky. During the evening I said goodbye to him. He left for the Crimea. The day became nice; in the sun it was 11 degrees. For a long time I chopped firewood.
At 8 o'clock we went to Mass and the whole family received the Eucharist. It was a very sincere and consoling experience. The weather grew mild but it snowed all day. For a long time we worked in the garden.
Today is already the 23rd. anniversary of the death of dear Papa. Such circumstances he never lived to see! God, how trying for poor. Russia! In the evening before dinner we attended vespers.
It was warm, with a wet snow falling. Before breakfast, I sat for a while with Kastritsky. I read for awhile. During the evening I began to read aloud Dracula.
Those who arrived from Riga tell of an interesting directive of the German forces in Riga.
After the capture of Ezel, the Superintendent of Riga suggested to all priests in Russian churches, during mass, to refer in their prayers to Nicholas II and his family as the rulers of Russia, as in the times before the revolution. See more
The Germans are not concealing their certitude that they can install Nicholas II back to the throne and that they will carry out all peace negotiations with Nicholas II as the Russian Tsar.
That’s who the Germans are catering to in Russia—not to workers and soldiers, but to Nicholas II. The soldiers should keep this in mind.
Finally the sun came out, the day was fine and the snow melted. During the evening I read aloud The Marriage by Gogol.
Twenty-nine years have passed from the day of our salvation from the train wreck; no one here other than myself was in it.
It seems that kinship never fades, no matter what happens. In Moscow, Rodzianko claims that he heard that in Riga, Emperor Wilhelm II visited an Orthodox cathedral, kissed the icons and ordered that Nicholas II be mentioned during the service.
It's fine to mention him, but how - they should think about that.
Уже два месяца, что мы живём в этом доме. Отличный солнечный день; провели его как всегда.
It has already been two months that we have lived in this house. It was a wonderful sunny day and it passed as usual.
It was a nice sunny day, after a light, cold night. We have started taking our walks again at 4 o'clock since the children have an added number of lessons.