“Mother Superior Taisila on the veranda, Leushinskii Monastery” in 1909, by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The monastery was (and possibly still is) in Leushina, in the Tver (or Tverskaya) Oblast of Russia — between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.