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Perfect(ly hot) June

Perfect(ly hot) June

I have learned by now that complaining about anything really is at least boring if not unnecessary. Still, I do complain, most often about the rain and cold weather and how I need socks when one most definitely should not wear socks any more. But then June came and it...

Spring!

Spring!

First there was glorious end of April. We came down from Zagreb for Easter break with friends. And had the most amazing weekend. Big Easter breakfast that turned into lunch outside, sun, talking and even biking (!). Traditional onion skin coloured eggs. And less...

Hello season seven!

Hello season seven!

And here we are again. With the hint of spring in the air - it was a perfect, sunny morning here in Zagreb today - I am back at summer Pruga thinking and doing. Lists are written and re-written, handymen contacted to try and get Pruga time booked with them, garden...

Height of the season

Height of the season

And here we are again. Really far apart from the latest blog post and in the middle of yet another lovely season at Pruga. The bouquet (brought to me by a friend who hid this talent well, he picked these on his walk not far from Pruga) really illustrates the...

Getting ready for summer 2018!

Getting ready for summer 2018!

Writing again from kinda wintery Zagreb. Going over all the photos since last blog post (22 August!?!) thinking how while I too often feel not much is happening, so many things happened since August. Small selection follows. After saying goodbye to last guests of the...

A bird was harmed during making of this post

A bird was harmed during making of this post

So, cats. Pets or predators, pets and predators, pets or predators,.... Still so confusing. We thought Mjumju was a hunter. There were few mice, countless grasshoppers and lizard tails, even a baby bird or two. But 'lightning speed claw' Mitzy is becoming scary...
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance

That is five stages of grief. There is also a model where there are seven stages (shock and denial; pain and guilt; anger and bargaining; depression, reflection, loneliness; the upward turn; reconstruction and working through; acceptance and hope) which maybe explains...

Pruga 2017 – so far

Pruga 2017 – so far

Huh, uh. Ten months since last post. Crazy! Better get on with the updates. Lots has happened since August. Mostly good, some bad. First picture is how the meadows looked in April. And this one is how they looked in October. Both beautiful. Spring always wins for me...

Stresses of country life

Stresses of country life

There is, I think, a serious point to be made on the "stresses of country life" subject.Living here, wanting to be part of at least some of the things that "country" means: having a garden with some food, flowers and trees, living in sync with what seasons offer,...

Season 4 is here

Season 4 is here

And here we are again. Pruga, Lovrinići, Istria, Croatia! Our first guests just left so I sit down to review last two weeks since we moved. Our wisteria finally decided it can flower - from one branch only for now, but apparently this is a good sign. After driving...

Blog debt

Blog debt

I am sitting here at my desk, in a drizzly and kinda slimy Zagreb, trying to bring some illusion of order to my photo collection (as if even that is possible) and I came across these lovelies that I seem to owe this blog since November 2015. The above is our finished...

Season 3, nearing the end of

Season 3, nearing the end of

Sunday afternoon. Vanja is in Zagreb for EuroBasket 2015 (!?!), Mjumju and me relaxing, thinking "let's enjoy those last warm hours of the summer 2015". By looking at the sky. Little did we know that the summer will keep going on and on. It is glorious. The two...

All along the watchtower

All along the watchtower

Whenever I sit to write another post Joni Mitchell and her Circle game song just starts playing in my head. We have been here - some of the pictures below will look familiar to careful readers. Above are the two first tomatoes of season 2015. Now there are more....

Cat on a hot tin roof

Cat on a hot tin roof

Two months since we moved down for season 2015! Lovely, sunny (yay!) two months. What happened at Pruga during that time? Food was prepared, including a new thing - sage flower cordial (beggining of the preparation above right). Very nice and already drank. Kinda like...

Cat and birds

Cat and birds

This is the said cat. I know I am not the first one to be fascinated by the transformation from a warm, cuddly, fuzzy gorgeousness into a ruthless killer. Still... It is fascinating! The above is one of the said birds. Weather in Istria is amazing this May - proper...

End of season round up

End of season round up

The main reason why my last post is from July (geee!) is that I found myself thinking about writing and then concluding that I would only repeat what I wrote last year at about same time. So I was kinda waiting for some excitement to happen that I would be happy to...

2 yrs of drinking coffee and lying in the sun

2 yrs of drinking coffee and lying in the sun

I said to myself the other day "I will not talk about the weather" and then all my conversations start with "I said to myself that I will not talk about the weather". The title of the post is a quote from my very dear friend. "2 yrs" is not spelled/spelt (i just...

Tiny castle

Tiny castle

Let's start with a tail. Or the tail. Mju Mju's tail. We had some lovely, talented people visiting who took some beautiful photos that I will soon scatter around the site. We moved to Istria on 14. April and waited for sunshine since. It has finally arrived and I...

New season

New season

Winter has been very uneventful at Pruga, hence no posts for such a long time. There was not even the snow drama of last year. However, as spring sprung I spend days editing todo lists before our "transhumance" (word I just learned - "seasonal movement of people with...

Remembrance of things autumn

Remembrance of things autumn

As overcast is the norm here in Zagreb, plus some serious cold from yesterday morning, I decided it is time to finally write the last post of the season. It may look like a selection of fruit and vegetables photos - which it is of course. The only thing going for this...

Ajvar

Ajvar

Small digression from the usual Pruga topics. Autumn is, especially if you are trying to embrace country life, time for preserving food. I did quite a bit throughout the summer but there is this one thing, pretty important in the continental part of Croatia, that...

Leisure

Leisure

More days have gone by, the summer is still here although autumn can be felt in the air. And in shorter days and colder nights. Ah, the inevitability of change. Those tiny (and rather tart) yellow plums (called ciburini locally) happened in such abundance that two...

Summer

Summer

Yes, summer is definitely here and with it the life at Pruga as we planned and imagined... Quick overview in pictures of the last month and a half. We are enjoying it all, guests are lovely, breakfast routine has been established. In it there is a time for making the...

Devil is in the detail

Devil is in the detail

I have survived the visit from an inspector in charge of deciding whether Pruga is officially ready for guests and if it meets the criteria for a star rating (I've asked for three stars). I will not bore you with bureaucratic intricacies - I believe it all went fine...

Flurry of activity

Flurry of activity

Spring is (finally and seriously) here and with it a flurry of activity at Pruga. The "missed at Easter" asparagus frittata was enjoyed, there are spring blossoms galore, and we are finishing things, finishing things. At first, I thought I must work on the apartments...

Waiting for the sun

Waiting for the sun

Me and the rest of Europe it seems. We just came back from almost ten days in Lovrinići. While fun was had and work was done, I cannot escape mentioning the weather. It sucked. Despite that, some people - in form of our dear friends who spent Easter with us - who have...

Winter victims and survivors

Winter victims and survivors

After three months of waiting for a sunny weekend coinciding with us not being busy in Zagreb we have finally packed a vanload of stuff and, braving snowy mountains on our way, headed sunless towards Pruga. It was really cold, we met some people, arranged few things,...

Winter slump

Winter slump

I was debating if I should post this picture or not - after all, where in it is the promise of eternal sunshine and never-ending summer that is Pruga? An Istrian friend stayed at Pruga this weekend while we were stranded in Zagreb and its 40cm of snow. He sent this...

The kitchens are here

The kitchens are here

Finally. I am writing this from our flat in Zagreb - far, far away from Pruga and a lovely, long summer. Sigh. Not that Zagreb is bad of course - in fact, we are still maintaining that if we manage this life of the country for six months a year and of the city for...

Manual labour

Manual labour

...is, well, physically exhausting. And, for me, much more often, much more rewarding than a day in the office. And I've been doing quite a bit of it for the last three weeks. Having spent the summer welcoming friends and family, lazing about in the sun and not making...