“Russia without Peter” by Evgeniy Anisimov

Izmaylovo was a heavenly nook where time seemed to stop... The palace was encircled by silent ponds in the form of rough but solid ring and the shores were covered with blooming orchards. The three princesses get clearly visualized. They seem to wear rich colored dresses and slowly sail along in a boat bosomed in green and decorated with carvings and vivid cloth throwing about the feeding stuff to the fish emerging from the deep. M. I. Semevskiy maintained, the pikes and sterlets with golden ring gills pierced as far back as under Ivan the Terrible rule had been found in Izmaylovo ponds; these got accustomed to emerge for the feeding at the sound of silver hand bell.