October 2009 – a quick visit to Russia

 In preparation for Christmas, Katia made a very brief trip to Russia, visiting Moscow (and her mum!) Sergiev Possad (where we source our Matryoshka dolls) and several other villages around the “Golden Ring” where we find many traditional Russian crafts which are all but unknown in Britain.  She was also able to arrange to meet up with her friend from the Urals who brought across a selection of Orenburg shawls – beautiful, rare and warm cashmere shawls.