Nothing new in our captivity. The only distraction is going out. It is very hot, and for some days Alexis Nikolaevitch has been bathing in the pond round the children's island. It is a great joy to him.
During the morning I went outside with Alexis. The weather was cold. We went to iVlass. We went for a walk until 2 o'clock. We were drenched by a short rainstorm. We cut down and sawed up a small fir tree. We watched as our people cut the grass. We sat in the garden a while and then returned home. I read aloud until dinner time.
It was a nice, cool day. I took a long walk. I gave Alexis a history lesson. During the day we worked in the same place as yesterday. We cut down another two fir trees. A light rain fell for a while. After tea I read until dinner time.
The rain had stopped before my morning walk, and at 3 o'clock the weather cleared up. Until dinner I gave Alexis a history lesson. We worked In the park, and Alix was there sitting in her chair. I finished Julian; I liked it. See more
Until dinner we took a walk. During the evening I read aloud the sixth book of Le comte de Monte Christo.
It was a hot, clear day. I took a long walk in the morning. I gave Alexis a geography lesson. Alix remained home. We chopped down and sawed up trees in the same place as before. We knocked over a large fir tree near the small path. I took a refreshing bath until tea time. We walked before dinner. See more
During the evening I began to read aloud the 5th, part of Le comte de Monte Christo. Benckendorf, Valya [Dologrukov] and both maids of honor received information about their release from service.
After a pleasantly cool night, the day turned hot. During the morning I took a nice walk with Valya Dolgorukov. I gave a geography lesson to Alexis. During the day we dug up a large flower bed in our garden, after which we rested in the canoe. During dinner a thunderstorm came up, with a refreshing shower.
It became wonderful weather, although it was a cooler day. I took a walk from 11 to 12 while Alexis played on the island. After breakfast we went out into the garden at 2 o'clock. Some of the workers helped me, chopping and sawing firewood. See more
Dear Tatiana turned 20 years old. I walked to Mass with Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia. Korovichenko was one of the officers of the army guards. The weather had become lovely. During the day we went out for two hours. I went with the children to work in the forest. See more
It was a warm, overcast day. I went for a walk until 11 o'clock with Olga, Anastasia and Alexis. We had lunch at 12 o'clock. During the day we spent three hours in the garden, on the island and the pond. See more
Towards the end it started to rain, and it continued until 8 o'clock. The aroma coming in through the windows was wonderful. Today is the anniversary of the Army attack on the south-western front. How different my sentiments were from what they are now.
It was an ideally warm day, with no breeze. I took a walk for an hour and a quarter during the morning with Alexis. During the day I worked with the others in the vegetable garden, and we rested and took a ride in the canoe. At 6:30 we went to vespers. The aroma from the garden was wonderful while sitting at the window. In the evening I began to read aloud Le fauteuil hante.
During the morning there were a lot of storm clouds, but at 11 o'clock the sun came out and the weather became quite clear and immediately warmer. After my walk I gave Alexis a history lesson. During the day I diligently dug in the beds with the others. See more
Sixty-five guards of the 2nd, Infantry Regiment were again undisciplined, and the officers were indifferent. Until dinner time we took a ride on the bicycle.
It was a clear, warm day. After my walk I gave Alexei a geography lesson. We went out into the garden at 2:15. I worked all the time with the others in the vegetable garden; Alexis and the girls planted various things in the beds which we had prepared. At 5 o'clock we returned home perspiring. See more
After tea I read. At 7:00 I went out with Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia and went for a ride on the bicycle until 7:15. The evening went as always.