25 Chapters of My Life by Olga Alexandrovna

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Heath. He had white, curly hair and was very fatherly in his manner. We always called him ‘Old Man’, that dear soul. ‘Old Man’ was a sportsman in the best sense of the word. He used to say: ‘A gentleman must be able to do many things – and do them well. ’ Oh dear, I shed many a tear when Old Man insisted that a girl should also have a beautiful and clear handwriting. He was so adamant about that point. Mr. Heath could also paint and he was a prolific artist. As soon as he had a spare moment he would grab his brushes and paint away at his many pretty watercolours.

They settled on a farm by the name of Nassaguja in Campbellville in the vast, flat countryside outside Toronto. The scene inspired Olga and reminded her of Imperial Russia, as well as of Denmark. She continued painting, sending much of her artwork back to Copenhagen to be sold. In 1952 the upkeep of the farm had become a burden and the farm was sold. Olga and Nicholas retired to a smaller home in Cooksville, closer to Toronto. There, in 1958, Nicholas died. He was buried in the Russian section of York Cemetery in Toronto.

It brought doctors, nurses and first-aid supplies along, and the wounded were taken to Kharkov. However, as soon as we arrived at the first small station a priest turned up to hold a requiem to commemorate the 36 casualties … and celebrate a thanksgiving service for our rescue. After the service we all gathered for a meal together in the station building … both Father, Mother, us children, all the servants and the train staff. Everyone had a deep feeling of being brothers and sisters because we were all God’s children and under his protection.

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