24 Romance Of The Hermit’s Life

Romance Of The Hermit’s Life

Posted on January 7, 2011 by team

This 60-year old man is a hermit living in a thick forest somewhere in the Novgorod Region. What made him (and all such people) choose this way of life? Nobody knows…

It’s extremely difficult to get to his house. Tons of snow hamper your movements. Ski is the only solution.

On the way to the hut.

At first, Victor (this is the man’s name) lived in a real badger hole. But sometime later he realized it was too small and dusty and decided to build this hut. The location is very successful – a river not far from the hut,  nature is extremely beautiful and offers various kinds of useful plants.

The villagers tell many good things about this man – an honest, hardworking person, grows potatoes, melons, watermelons, grapes, very calm and what’s the most striking is he doesn’t drink and only uses alcohol as an disinfectant.

He doesn’t like guests, especially journalists, leaves his hut only once a month and avoids people but the villagers still like him because he sells them grapes and other fruits at a rather low price.

Inside the hut there are a big iron stove, wooden plank bed and box serving as a table. Part of a small room is completely filled with hay sacks. The lightening is natural. Candles are used in the evenings. No electricity, no mobile phones.

He beat a Guinness Record in growing the most little watermelon in the world. Though all fruits, vegetables and hundreds of other household things are inside the hut, one can hardly feel uncomfortable there for some reason.

The daily routine isn’t easy at all. When it becomes dark it’s time to stoke the stove. At 9-10 p.m. – goes to bed. At 4 a.m. – wakes up. Stokes again. And then the day full of different kinds of work begins. In winter there is more free time than in summer. So Victor reads and sometimes even writes poems.

His poems are good, very vivid and emotional. While reading them he chuckles into his beard.


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24 Responses to “Romance Of The Hermit’s Life”

  1. George Bush says:

    He smokes Parliament. Most expensive cigarettes in Russia. Nice. Maybe reporter brought him pack of cigs as a gift?

  2. First says:

    I’m first!!!

  3. allen says:


  4. name says:

    reminds me the movie “in to the wild” :))

  5. Unknown says:


  6. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Is today April 1st? He lived in a badger hole? Did he build the hut over the badger hole so he would have a basement?
    He grew the world.s smallest watermelon? How small was it?

  7. CZenda says:

    He sells GRAPES? How does he get them – they can hardly be grown anywhere near Novgorod.

  8. CZenda says:

    Ah, “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” KGB or drunk admin?

  9. SSSR says:

    Sometimes it is good to live by your self.I would spend the money for a dwelling with power and plumbing!

    “Congradulations,you won”-does anyone else hear that dork say that when you come onto this site?

  10. DougW says:

    11rd! Cat is plotting overthrow of ER.

  11. AMIN says:

    A pover has a miserable life everywhere on this global village.

  12. Musa says:

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

  13. ME says:

    OMG OMG . Love that!

    .. first

  14. nokia says:

    this is made up story:
    how the man can grow watermelons,grapes?somebody tell me.otherwise his life sounds too good to be true

  15. LMHTFY says:

    Nice set of images but the story? come on ^^

  16. Raleigh Cansler says:

    Hey, thanks for the blog. Want more.

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