Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the woods

Some said I was too late but actually I was just in time. Bear’s garlic covered the ground in the woods again. Lovely sight, especially if one plans to pick full basket of it.
Though, there was more than that. There were also all those beautiful flowers which usually bloom in spring, and beside this the birds were singing their spring songs.
It was so peaceful, the sounds around me so soothing. I will have to return, soon.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spanish language

Autumn was a bit desperate season in my life when I also tried to apply for a Spanish course in one of the libraries. It was already full on the first day when the invitation was published. I tried again a couple of months later. The same story again – full. Then I received an invitation in the middle of March. This time I was lucky. We started with the course two weeks ago, again from the beginning, and it is much easier as it was last year. We practice a lot and we learn slowly.

It is weird how attracted I am by the foreign languages lately; I also flipped through the pages of “Step by step - Russian” which still patiently waits for Ž to open it.
Russian is at the moment one of the most popular languages in Slovenia because so many (usually rich and arrogant) tourists from Russia visit this country. It is probably not that difficult to learn it because many words are similar in Slovenian, but in spite of this I am more attracted to Italian or French than to any Slavic languages.
(The photo was taken during the Carnival in Ljubljana when also the Russians were presenting us their culture in the Week of Russian culture.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Purple beauty

One of those things that I hardly miss each year is this:

Meadows of Fritillaria meleagris. They keep disappearing because of greedy farmers who change marshy meadows into corn fields. They get high subsidies for those fields and our government keeps doing this in spite of repeated reminding from different organizations and individuals that they keep destroying our environment with this. It is not very pleasant to live in this corruptive country anymore where some steal and most are (literally) hungry.

These purple beauties have almost stopped flowering by now. But hopefully they will be there, in full bloom, next year again.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring time

I guess it is time to write a post a two again because spring has finally arrived (the swallows, too) and life seems to be a bit better. Busy, that’s what I can say about my life at the moment, and it will be even bussier in April and May. I spent lots of time outside in the past few weeks; temperatures were very high for March, around 20 degrees C, which actually suits me very well as I have always been a seeker of warmth and sun. The spring is early this year and Easter is late. Though, the cold can still come. My mom has already sown some seeds but I think that for our boggy area this is a bit too early. Floods can still come. I will wait with sowing a couple of weeks more because also the soil will be warmer then.
And here’s some news. At the beginning of March I attended a training to qualify myself as a guide in Ljubljansko barje (the Ljubljana moor - so, the area I live in). It lasted four days and after that we also had to attend two guided tours to get the certificates which prove that we are the guides. Coincindentaly I had to lead a part of one of these excursions.

The sad news about being a guide for this area is that I can’t live on that. There are too many guides and not enough people who would pay for the guidance. Nevermind, I had a good experience with this training and met some wonderful and very capable people. Besides I learned so many new things about the Ljubljana moor that it was really worth spending four days indoors and listening to the lectures.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tidying up

I couldn’t do it for years, gather so much energy to put the biggest room in my house in order. As we have no wardrobes or drawers (yet!) all our things are in boxes, and papers and magazines are usually piled up all around the room. It took me a week, each day a few hours, to sort everything, gather together and put it into boxes. I am sure that nobody will read all those magazines that gathered over the years again. Thousands of recipes which I will never use. Clothes that I will never wear again. So much trash of all sorts. I was pleased but also sad to browse through the old photos when life was still good and happy and promising, but I also found my diary from May 2003 when I was going through the hardest time of my life. So shocking to read all that.
I also found a photo of myself with Kiki, a cat I used to have when I lived in Kranjska Gora. Tears started to run down my cheeks when I remembered her. The last time I saw her, years after I moved away from there, she had five little kittens which all looked just like her, and she jumped into my lap just like in the old days when I called her. B kept telling me, when we were in contact, that she was fine. I doubt that she’s still alive; she would be 11 years old now. Heartbreaking, really.

I am glad that all that cleaning is after me. It seemed like a life project. My mom was always judging me because of the mess in that room but I couldn’t help it, it felt like if the room was cursed; I couldn’t move a thing in there over five years. Maybe it is time for a new life, maybe that’s why I could finally do it. It is a great relief; and I knew all these years that it would be.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Memories

Once upon a time a girl was living like in a fairytale. She had a boy who strongly believed in her and her gifts.
Although in truth she never lived up to his hidden expectations and like lots of other stories also this one had to end. The ending was, of course, not a happy one for the girl. She still believes that she will be as happy as she once was.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The big year

In my opinion one of the best movies, The big year was an inspiration also for our ornithologists and birdwatchers. I’m competing, too, just for fun. I know I won’t win (Ž won last year) but it’s a good stimulation to go out even if it’s raining or the temperatures are very low. Going out also means seeing new places and interesting things, meeting people. At the beginning of February Ž and I drove to one of the lakes not far from Ljubljana where we could see this quite rare bird for our places (with a red beak):
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina). Indeed, one of the most beautiful ducks I have ever seen.
And it was so lovely to hear the Starlings imitating the Golden Oriole song when those beautiful birds are still somewhere in Africa. It felt like, for a day, as if spring was already here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Floods

If such weather extremes will continue (warm weather and rain, rain, rain) then I will have to consider about moving to some other, drier place. It looks lovely when the landscape is flooded but for some people such high waters are a nightmare. It is not really pleasant to have water all over the house and the cattle temporarily staying at the neighbor’s.
Our garden was flooded again, the third time in eight years. I hope that this will at least reduce the number of slugs. And my grandmom still can’t understand why we sow the seeds so late in spring. If we don’t, all seeds just float away with the high waters or rot under them.

What a lousy weather we have this year. I miss the sun, really. And I am not the only one.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Love is in the air

At least for some it is.
I wish it would be for all of us.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Olympic Games in Russia

We, Slovenians, keep repeating that we live in a small country and that there are only two million Slovenians living here, on the sunny side of the Alps. But just imagine, although we are so small and “scarse”, we have, on the seventh day of the Olympic Games, already won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Amazing, isn’t it? Hearing our national anthem at such competitions always brings tears into my eyes. I am proud of being a Slovenian (as long as it doesn’t get to the politics and the economic situation in my country).