zaterdag 30 april 2016
Posted by Peter at zaterdag, april 30, 2016
vrijdag 13 februari 2015
|Stevo Mrdenovic teaches us a lot|
Posted by Peter at vrijdag, februari 13, 2015
dinsdag 19 augustus 2014
Here we go to cool off. In the first years we didn't have a bathroom. So as soon as possible in the season, we would be the first to 'dip in'. The local population usually waits a little longer before they declare it 'summertime' let's jump!. Under the stony bottom crayfish are hiding. The water is usually christal clear. It creates the Plitvice waterfalls and lakes. Next to our little paradise is Cafe Markan. Family owned, you can sit in the shadow under the trees and be served all day.
'The sun always shines at the Korana you know'. Now you must be frowning...... Like, what, summer? We missed a serious amount of sun. This season was different from all seasons I experienced ever anywhere. The amount of rain falling in one night recently would be enough for 3 months in autumn. So the summer elected to take some time off this year.
And really cafe Markan is the place to go. While it is sunny :) .
zondag 17 maart 2013
Here Barbara is buying at the local market. Obviously these two are enjoying their company. All foods come from local smallfarms. It is within a reasonable distance. What we don't have we buy. We have no hesitation in buying local. And the quality is all the more compared to supermarket goods.
Posted by Peter at zondag, maart 17, 2013
Somewhat ominous here you see how our trailer is filled with a cubic meter of sand. I googled the weight of that. It seems a cubic meter weighs up to 1,5 tons. The trailer was way over it's maximum therefore. I took it easy. Anyhow, the mazda pickup and the trailer are the best buy if you know you are building. If you are building your own project and involved in buying and transporting a small pickup and trailer are indispensable. Masses of material can be bought by truck. In between and smaller loads you have to do your self. Otherwise the supplier is going to take the most effective way to get the goods to you. You will not know when they will arrive. Also transport costs are going to go up. The trailer is 3 meters long. The pickup is up to 14 years old. Technically that is also an advantage. These days auto builders are more and more choosing to build cars and profit from repairs. Therefore the cars are less durable. I am glad I bought a slightly older combination.
Every country in the world has it's own system for organizing, documenting and storing. The separation of Yugoslav countries also had to take place on administrative level. Through hundreds of years ownership, use, inheritance etc of real estate was done between people. It wasn't updated with every change in reality. Someone died. Family continued use of lands. Hey, we live here. What do we care about administration. Life is more important than paper. If you want to know something, if it is in the piles of paper they know their way in and the pile of paper has your document hidden, they know how to find it. They have some system in their head and they know how to google in age old piles of paper. They walk straight to it, pick up a bundle and out comes your document. And mind you, there are I think miles of those piles.
Our dutch friends the Colijn family from Leiden on the road to Mozambque arrived at our place in september 2012. We had a lot of fun together. Cooking and eating together. For their trip they have the best tools. A safari trailer and an air cooled landcruiser. For the jeep to cross the Mediterranean there was separate barge. They arrived earlier in Egypt. Some days later the barge arrived and they were reunited with their mobile camp combination. They are experienced overland long distance voyagers. Earlier they made a trip down east Africa and up west. They took more or less 2 years for that. In the meantime they experienced all kinds of adventures that have to do with border crossings, repares and long distance travelling in general. Let's say that every country has it's own culture of how they organize and administrate things. At least they are enjoying their house on the coast of the Indian ocean now. Marcel is contemplating going into farming. We are looking forward to their next steps.