Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IWC 2016

Also this January I was present at the International Waterfowl Count, as always. I started to count the birds already on Friday because I was busy on Saturday morning and that afternoon I had to show how we do it to two other girls.
The Sava Bohinjka river
I wouldn't mind living in a house like this.
I am always happy when I drive to the Gorenjska region in the NW of the country, and so it was also this time. I chose to go there on Sunday, when a nice weather was promised, and indeed we had clear sky and sun shining bright on us. But … it was very cold. -7 °C might not be cold for someone from Finland where it’s around -30 at the moment but it is for us after such a mild autumn and beginning of the winter. No snow – happy me! It is much easier to walk those 4 km one way through the woods along the river if there’s no snow. I counted no less than 15 dippers this year, almost half of them were singing. Great! I have never heard anything like this before. And again, happy me! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The white thread

It is interesting that I usually make lace or create other kinds of things in autumn and winter, but when spring comes, I just focus on other things in life. When days get longer and it gets warmer outside, I can’t sit at home, making lace. Last October I skipped my lace-making course because I could not afford it. Besides some of the Tuesday evenings were reserved for interesting lectures in the City Museum in Ljubljana. Luckily I found a group of lace-makers later, and although all of them are retired, they decided to let me join them.

So, I finished a napkin that I had started to make in 2014 (pictured), tried to make one in the Italian lace technique (I still work on it) and made a few earrings. I got a commission for another two pairs of earrings in different colors, which is a good start for my future projects. I have lots of plans for this year regarding lace-making but most of all, there’s still lots of work to be done, so that these plans, eventually, won’t just stay in my head or on paper. Besides, spring will be here in no time. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Last year

I actually don't have a good reason for being quiet for so long in this space, as in fact many things happened during this year while “I was gone”. It’s true that I am a little bit tired of being unemployed for such a long time; this somehow takes a toll of the soul. I have never lived with less, but somehow life isn’t as bad as it could be. I can just keep my fingers crossed that it won’t get worse. To tell the truth, I have asked myself many times in the last months: "What is the meaning of my life?"
Triglav, our highest mountain, from the hill above the Ljubljana Marshes.
2015 was a year of many changes. I became a local tourist guide, although I will start guiding tourists in Ljubljana no sooner than in spring this year. But … I guided quite many school groups around the Ljubljana Marshes, met many new people, found some new friends, learned lots (and lots and lots) of new things, shared my knowledge with others. I could say that it was a year of communication and lots of new people in my life. I am turning my back to those who don’t need me and I am embracing those who do.

I know that 2016 will be a busy year. That’s why I am so grateful for the peaceful days at the moment and I try to spend them where I’m always happy – above the clouds with the view on the mountains. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

To have what we wish for

Con el tiempo supo, además, que había muchas personas que tenían menos de lo que querían y podían cuidar.
Laura y el corazon de las cosas by Lorenzo Silva
I started to learn Spanish language quite some time ago but my progress is very slow. Mostly because I am lazy. I should put more effort into learning, I know. The procrastination doesn’t take me very far and it never will.

Yesterday Ž and I took a short walk along the Ljubljanica river. Celebrating our 11th anniversary of being together and the promise of a bad weather today brought us to the river banks in the old part of the city. We also spotted a very rare Bahama’s duck there, that had most probably escaped from someone’s pond. I suggested that we have a cup of coffee to round our “trip”, so we stopped in the nearest café, called Krakovc (named after a district called Krakovo). A lovely place, though empty at that time, Spanish music, tapas and Spanish beers. I was surprised, really, as the name of the café would suggest the local offer. Later I heard the waitress speaking Spanish on the phone so I asked her where she came from. Argentina, was her answer, so I had a short chat with her. I could see that her face brightened and a smile showed on her face. I am sure that I made her day. And for sure she made mine a little bit happier. Besides, I have another story to tell. But most of all, I promised myself to take Spanish language a little bit more serious, it won't do me any harm if I try harder. Because then I will have a little bit more of that what I wish to have. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A decision

I’ve been thinking about this blog of mine quite a lot lately. What to do with it? Should I continue writing it in English or in Slovenian or just quit writing it completely. The other day, though, I read a few posts I had written years ago and it struck me that I don't remember some of the events. So, I decided to continue writing my blog. Sharing good things and also sometimes bad ones is something that makes my life richer, and also others might find something “useful” in my posts. I also decided to continue writing it in English. At least for now. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

How are you doing?

It's been a long time ... and everything is still the same.
Also the paths I take.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Goodbye, Feliks!

He’s been gone since the last day of summer, I fed him the last time on 21st September. The next day he disappeared and never came back. He was seven years old. Of course I cried, not only once. Last year we took him to the vet but those girls couldn’t help him because he evolved into a wild cat for those couple of hours while we were at the clinic. The vet speculated that he had a cancer in his nose though he was far from a house cat, he was muscular and fit. Pikec didn’t like him but tolerated him anyway because I fed them both.
Feliks was exactly like the cat from the ad for the Felix cat food, hence his name. One day he appeared at my door and stayed since. He was just as nice and friendly cat as Kaj, who disappeared in 2010 while we were on vacation. Today I know who took him away or even killed him – our neighbor. When we came home from vacation then Feliks’s fur was completely black from dirt and he was obviously tortured – he didn’t come close for more than a year although he always ate food that I offered him. Feliks survived but most didn’t. Also Pikec’s and Kaj’s mom was killed by our neighbor. I just wish that each of these cats who disappear from my yard doesn’t suffer.

Only Pikec is left now. And each time I see him I fondle him also for all those cats which are gone. I miss you, Feliks.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dear Scots,

I was sorry to hear that you decided against the independence of Scotland. Money rules and pensioners make decisions, and maybe they won’t be even here tomorrow! Your time has obvisously not come yet…
I know a huge courage is needed for changes in life.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

From the garden

At least seven of such lovely pumpkins were eaten by slugs this year. I don’t count all the salad that they had eaten. A real pest, I tell you and it is very hard to fight them. I don’t kill them, so maybe they come back ... I hope that winter will be very cold and that the weather next spring will be fatal for them, otherwise we will have to find some other way to get rid of them. It takes absolutely too much time to pick them every day. The other day I found more than five of them in one single pumpkin flower! It is nothing special if I pick hundred of them on a single day.

I know that one kind of duck eats them (some say that chicken, too) but with having these comes another worry as they eat vegetables, too. We would need a fence and most probably a dog to guard them from foxes. We are actually caught in a vicious circle ...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Robbery

It is hard to believe that we have such wet weather this summer. Rain, rain, rain. I didn’t say bad weather because in a way I liked it; I had an essay to write. Though, on the other hand I wished so much to go to the mountains a few more times; now it keeps snowing up there. If we won’t have an Indian summer this autumn, so that snow will melt, I can say farewell dear mountains at this very moment.
Wet weather is also toilful for the bees. There’s a lack of food for them and illnesses take a huge toll among them. Well, the lack of food caused that the small hive on my balcony was a victim of robbery. Our bees had hive full of honey and obviously some alien and hungry bees smelled it. Too many bees died in just half an hour. Luckily I was at home, so that I could close the hive before all were killed. I took them to my cousin, who is a beekeeper, too. I almost closed the entrance of the other two hives, so that the bees can easier defend their hive from alien bees.

A sad story indeed. And I found out that it is really difficult to make a good photo of bees …