Every day is Sunday

Staying in town in Stari Grad, house sitting for Peter and Lesley I lost track of the days of the week, so much so that when ever I heard Church bells I'd think, ah, today must be Sunday.  

Then I became aware that the bells seemed to ring every day and then it was also every hour and sometimes every half hour.  

From my upstairs bedroom window I could see three churches and there were more around the oerside of the house. Stari Grad is small, probably a few thousand people. Most of them must be Catholic as there are many churches.  

 

Just one of the churches in view.  

Just one of the churches in view.  

St Stephens by Silvija's garden  

St Stephens by Silvija's garden  

There are always processions for Saints Days or local history anniversaries.  

There are always processions for Saints Days or local history anniversaries.  

A little alcove,  

A little alcove,  

Look closely and you can see a few Church bells and the Ager Agricultural Plain in the background.  

Look closely and you can see a few Church bells and the Ager Agricultural Plain in the background.  

And for when the Walkie talkie fails

It has always amused me to watch people towing caravans trying to reverse park their rig in caravan parks. Generally, and not wanting to stereotype, the female gets out of the passenger seat with her walkie talkie and guides the male driver as he tries to reverse their van into the site.  

I watched this in the FKK campsite. Not a walkie talkie to be seen or heard.  

The driver got out of the towing vehicle and unhitched his van, then using a remote control guided his van into position. Amazing!! 

 

Silvija's Garden

once I'd signed up as a WWOOFer I could then access Wooffing hosts. 

Silvija was the first host I contacted. She lives in Stari Grad and needed garden help.  

As it turned out she had just had her garden jobs completed by two Canadians that stayed for three weeks and I was offered painting and house sitting jobs by Peter and Lesley. 

I did meet with Silvija several times and was invited to her open garden.  

 

Silvija with her daughter.

Silvija with her daughter.

her garden kitchen and newly planted up veggie beds 

her garden kitchen and newly planted up veggie beds 

great location, right in town, just by st Stephens church, one of the many and her restaurant Jurge Podrun, named after her father. 

great location, right in town, just by st Stephens church, one of the many and her restaurant Jurge Podrun, named after her father. 

every garden has to have a relaxing outdoor seating area. 

every garden has to have a relaxing outdoor seating area. 

her garden from the entrance 

her garden from the entrance 

her children's handprints in fresh cement. Don't we all do this!! 

her children's handprints in fresh cement. Don't we all do this!! 

the love the chrome twirly stakes she has for the tomatoes 

the love the chrome twirly stakes she has for the tomatoes 

and number three. She's one busy lady, no wonder she likes to have woofers around. 

and number three. She's one busy lady, no wonder she likes to have woofers around. 

Lavender

Hvar is well known for its lavender. Gone are the fields of lavender that one might expect if one has a romantic view of growing lavender. 😟 

Under Tito, not only did he see education as critically important he was forward thinking with agriculture, particularly on Hvar island. He is responsible for all the pine trees, that's the pine needle kind, planted on Hvar. He supported plot owners in planting lavender, for their oil.  

 

lean closer and maybe you can small it! 

lean closer and maybe you can small it! 

not so romantic films of lavender

not so romantic films of lavender

the stone walls are Heritage listed, they separate landownership. The farmers then terrace their own little plots. 

the stone walls are Heritage listed, they separate landownership. The farmers then terrace their own little plots. 

in bloom they attracts bees and butterflies. 

in bloom they attracts bees and butterflies. 

lavender AND Australian golden broom, it's everywhere!! 

lavender AND Australian golden broom, it's everywhere!! 

girl in lavender field 

girl in lavender field 

gardens in public spaces mostly grow lavender, and sometimes rosemary. Street stalls in the more touristy areas are full of lavender products. The better ones share their lavender space with rosemary and immortelle, which we know as curry plant. 

gardens in public spaces mostly grow lavender, and sometimes rosemary. Street stalls in the more touristy areas are full of lavender products. The better ones share their lavender space with rosemary and immortelle, which we know as curry plant. 

Emmortelle  

Emmortelle  

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On two wheels again.

Wooffing with Peter and Lesley opened up many opportunities for me.  I met other Wooffing hosts, refer Silvija's Garden page, and I got to experience an FKK as well as travelling around parts of Hvar Island. Peter took me for a short excursion on his scooter and then I got to have a ride by myself also. After Mongolia I will spend some more Wooffing time with them, building a veggie patch and planting a Cadbury Corner, so very Tasmanian!! (Fruit and nut trees for those who like chocolate).

ah, yes, getting ready for Mongolia where I will wear an open face helmet. 

ah, yes, getting ready for Mongolia where I will wear an open face helmet. 

little terracotta roofed houses and fertile farmland. Very picturesque 

little terracotta roofed houses and fertile farmland. Very picturesque 

everybody is doing it!! 

everybody is doing it!! 

riding through olive groves and vineyards. 

riding through olive groves and vineyards. 

very productive farmland, very small plots, 

very productive farmland, very small plots, 

the Ager Area is World Heritage listed as it has been farmed continuously since BC times, firstly by the Greek. It's amazing for me to think these plots have been farmed for over 2000 years, and still going strong. 

simply referred to as the Ager or Old Town Field it is one of the great works of Greek culture in the Mediterranean. Despite the burning historical events over the centuries, and the multiple later divisions of land within the field, its basic structure, predetermined by Greek parcelization, has remained virtually untouched 2400 years ago.

The Greek horn was well preserved in stone drying walls that mark the particle particles. All the later divisions of the earth (Roman, Medieval, New Years) always took place within the basic Greek particles, and they were physically always marked in the same way - by raising larger or smaller stone walls built in the drywall technique.

Considering that the Old Town Field has retained its agrarian character throughout its history, and still today, it has deposited layers of all the cultures that built its existence on the fact that it was in its possession for a time and that the Field has almost 120 archaeological sites (from prehistory until the Middle Ages).

Therefore, the importance of the Old Town Field as an archaeological site has been recognized since 1993 when it was protected as an archaeological zone.

Starogradsko polje - protected landscape
Starogradsko polje is the largest and most fertile field on the Adriatic islands. Today, as well as through its entire history, it has retained its agricultural purpose, with no major modern construction that would endanger the original image. Even agricultural crops - olive and grape vines are permanent. Starting from the earliest times, the surrounding population and their beliefs tied for this fertile field. Of the archaeologically confirmed ancient (Greek and Roman) cults, apart from the supreme god Zeus-Jupiter, are especially important cults of the deities of fertility. First of all, there are Dionysus and Persephone that are directly related to the nation's birth, and in the inscriptions there is often mention of Aphrodite. The area was in the Middle Ages under the patron saint of the Diocese of Hvar, Stjepan, whose name is wearing (... campus sancti Stephani ...). Then there are many smaller churches and chapels in the field and its surroundings, which is the time of the emergence and development of the great processions associated with the mystery of the Great Friday and the resurrection of Christ that remained in the fields around the fields to this day.

FKK

 ? What does that mean, you may well ask. 

It means free clothing culture, or naturist camp  

I've done a swap with my hosts and they are at home and I'm in their campervan at the local FKK where they have been camping for the last fortnight.  

Im easily recognisable, as I'm the one wearing a dress! I'm probably the only Aussie here also. For June most of the campers are from Austria and Slovenia. Whereas in August the whole camp is full of Italians.  

The water here is very clear and there are two little handfish by the steps where I get in and out of the water.  

Everyone is very relaxed and friendly. My neighbours include Dora the explorer from Germany, retired tour GIUDE, she's been coming to Hvar to work for the last 40 years. Traudie and her husband have a big adventure rig and been to Australia three times and love it. And my other neighbours are two Polish lads that somehow packed their tent, chairs and slow cooker into their suitcases. At least they didn't have to worry about packing a wardrobe!  

 

 

The camp is on a lovely sheltered bay, and lots of rocks to lie on, just like a lizard!  

The camp is on a lovely sheltered bay, and lots of rocks to lie on, just like a lizard!  

My little camp, with all Peter and Lesley's equipment.  

My little camp, with all Peter and Lesley's equipment.  

Where you decide to set up camp is completely random. No site numbers or designated camp/rent/van areas. It's just all in together!!  

Where you decide to set up camp is completely random. No site numbers or designated camp/rent/van areas. It's just all in together!!  

Camp slippers for night time trips to the toilet!!  

Camp slippers for night time trips to the toilet!!  

Wonderful geology, Michael you'd love this!!  

Wonderful geology, Michael you'd love this!!  

Peace! Just what the doctor ordered.  

Peace! Just what the doctor ordered.  

And magical sunsets.  

And magical sunsets.  

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it appears I'm not the only one who swims in their Keen sandals. 

it appears I'm not the only one who swims in their Keen sandals. 

This is what most people wear around camp. And in the last east fashions!!  

This is what most people wear around camp. And in the last east fashions!!  

Winter solstice

proper solstice swim without even my swim sandals! 

proper solstice swim without even my swim sandals! 


And in the northern hemisphere it is the summer solstice. 

Last year I swam on St Tropez, France for my solstice swim. This year in Stari Grad, Croatia.

id been to Split for the day and on the two km walk home from the jetty I had my swim. Great way to end the day and to celebrate that now for me the days are getting shorter. Unlike Jim Starkes song where the days are getting longer.

""I`m still thinkin` about the days
I`m still thinkin` in many ways
I`ll carry on
now that you`re gone
The days are changing colours

Don`t know how long you`ll be gone
I`ll keep my head high and stay strong
It`s in my heart
It`s been there from the start
and the days are getting longer

Life is like a big long ride
We`re drifting from side to side
It`s a long way down
and there`s no way around
and the nights are getting shorter
nights are getting shorter

Just knowing you`re talking about me
and the man I used to be
makes me want to start again
as a passionate man
Then living would be so easy

Life is like a big long ride
We`re drifting from side to side
It`s a long way down
and there`s no way around
and the nights are getting shorter
nights are getting shorter""

My swim buddy, RHONDA did her usual winter solstice swim in Manly and no doubt my cousin in Hobart joined in the MONA solstice swim extravaganza. For me is was a quiet dip in 20' C water in a little bay that next year will be spoiled completely as it is about to be transformed into a huge resort for the French.  

early evening. 

early evening. 

Dusk and time to get out and continue my walk home. 

Dusk and time to get out and continue my walk home. 

Expert

Ok, so we all know the definition of an expert.  

"X" is an unknown quantity and  "spert" is a drip under pressure. 

Ive just learned the derivation of "x". I can't believe it, I've had a serious interest in numbersfor much of my working life and now I learn this.  I'm currently reading about Omar Khayyam and his Rubaiyaat.  

It was 1072, he had not yet written the Rubaiyaat, but was fully immersed in a study of cubic equations. To represent the unknown in this treatise on algebra, Khayyam used the  Arabic term "shay" which means thing. This word, spelled 'Xay' in Spanish scientific works, was gradually replaced by its first letter, x, which became the universal symbol for the unknown. 

Not only was Omar Khayyam a man of words, he was a man of numbers. Yay!!!  

Postscript.  

Screen shot of google doodle acknowledging his birthday, and co incidentally I'm reading about him at the same time.  Well, only a month later!! 

Screen shot of google doodle acknowledging his birthday, and co incidentally I'm reading about him at the same time.  Well, only a month later!! 


Google on Saturday May 18, marked renowned Persian mathematician Omar Khayyam's 971st birth anniversary with a doodle. Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, poet, philosopher, astronomer. He has known for his work on cubic equations as well as his contribution to the parallel axiom. Omar Khayyam born on May 18, 1048 in Nishapur in north-east Iran. He is remembered for the creation of the Jalali calendar, Pascal's triangle discovery. He passed away on December 04, 1131 at the age of 83.

 

June in Croatia.

The names of the months in Croatia are not based upon the Latin names as many European languages are, but upon the old Slavic language. The names therefore are very different and interestingly each month describes the season or an activity that takes places at that time, mostly in relation to the land or nature. 

Lipanj -June is the month of the Linden tree.  In Croatian the Linden tree is called Lipa. It is from the Tilia family. Croatian currency is the kuna, 100 lipa make one kuna. 

gorgeously shaped Linden Tree. 

gorgeously shaped Linden Tree. 

the leaves of the Linden tree are heart shaped, in history many early Greek and Roman myths connected the Linden to love. 

The flowers, it blooms in June, are a haven for bees, making a soothing and sedative honey. The flowers are also gathered and used in herbal teas. Having many healing properties, especially lung and heart conditions.  


Rossi, Bok!!

This time last year I was at the Catalunya MotoGP. On a mission to meet Valentino Rossi. I did see him but not close enough to meet him. I got a ticket to one of the hospitality tents to increase my chances of meeting him.  

This year I'm in Croatia and in a coffee shop in Stari Grad, Hvar Island, more like the coffee palaces of old. I'm thinking of the one on Maria Island!!  

All week I've been in and out of the cafe trying to organise for them to show the MotoGP on their big screen. The compromise was, yes they would show the telecast, but no sound. I'm happy with that. Every time I mentioned MotoGP to them they would reply, "Rossi" without fail. By the time Sunday came around, I was at there cafe At 11 am, they called me Rossi!! And Bok, is an informal hello or goodbye, like Hi and 'bye. 

I even saw one of the cafe fellows in my street today and I get a big smile and nod, "Rossi, Bok" 

Gotta love the Croatians for that.  

Last year Rossi raced really well and got a podium finish. This year, entirely different scenario. He along with three others were all involved in a crash caused by Lorenzo's dodgy braking technique. Boo hoo. 😢😢 

Rossi, Lorenzo, Vinales and Dovisioso all crashed out in lap 2 of race. Marquez escaped the melee and went on to win and now has a huge points advantage.  

Rossi, Lorenzo, Vinales and Dovisioso all crashed out in lap 2 of race. Marquez escaped the melee and went on to win and now has a huge points advantage.  

The wind!

No! I haven't had beans for dinner.  

Looking at a compass, like beautiful one made from local marble on Hvar island, gets me quite confused. Everything is upside down for me. North is of course towards the North Pole, and unlike in Victoria it does not blow hot dry winds and remind me of fire danger.             I think Z or Pulenat is West. Pulenat Is especially common in Dalmatia, and in the Hvar Island its known as "vitar priko škoja" or "wind across the Island". It often creates larger waves and is generally a strongwind.   

Looking at a compass, like beautiful one made from local marble on Hvar island, gets me quite confused. Everything is upside down for me. North is of course towards the North Pole, and unlike in Victoria it does not blow hot dry winds and remind me of fire danger. 

 

 

 

I think Z or Pulenat is West. Pulenat Is especially common in Dalmatia, and in the Hvar Island its known as "vitar priko škoja" or "wind across the Island". It often creates larger waves and is generally a strongwind.

 

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Ostro is east, but it's the jugo (SE) wind that is more important, the  Jugo wind is a frequent wind in the autumn, when it gets speeds of up to 50 knots, and even more. In the Summer it’s a rare wind and mostly blows at slow speeds. However in the late summer, it Jugo is more frequent, and this should be noted, as it can be a dangerous wind for sailors. Jugo is a Cyclonal wind often associated with bad weather, constant blowing, and big waves. In the autumn time the waves from Jugo reach 5 m in height in the more open sea areas. This is what happened in May when most ferry services in and out of Dalmatian ports were cancelled and some ferries stranded at sea.       

Ostro is east, but it's the jugo (SE) wind that is more important, the  Jugo wind is a frequent wind in the autumn, when it gets speeds of up to 50 knots, and even more. In the Summer it’s a rare wind and mostly blows at slow speeds. However in the late summer, it Jugo is more frequent, and this should be noted, as it can be a dangerous wind for sailors. Jugo is a Cyclonal wind often associated with bad weather, constant blowing, and big waves. In the autumn time the waves from Jugo reach 5 m in height in the more open sea areas. This is what happened in May when most ferry services in and out of Dalmatian ports were cancelled and some ferries stranded at sea. 

 

 




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Bura  is a cold NE wind, which blows predominately in the winter time in Croatia, and in that period it reaches stormy speeds of up to 300 km/h. In the summertime, however bura is not that dangerous, and it blows in much lighter speeds, predominately in the night time when the land cools down. Bura wind variates in speed and blows in gusts. 

 

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The Tramontana wind is the northerly, rarely associated with strong winds or storms. Tramuntana or Tramontana, depending on a regional pronunciation, mostly blows in the northern Adriatic, and it’s especially known in the area of Rijeka, and Istria in general. However tramontana is less common in the summer, even though its common mistaken for a strong Maestral, because of the terrain configuration in Croatia.

And the Maestral or Mistral is a cool wind that comes from the sea and to the land, so it blows from NW in most part of Croatia, due to its position. Maestral is a thermic wind that blows in the afternoon, because the land warms up faster than the sea, so the difference of pressures and temperatures creates wind. Though it’s mainly a soft to medium powered wind, it sometimes gets strong, especially in the narrow passes in Dalmatia such as Brac channel, and the Peljesac channel (which is why these areas are widely known windsurfing destinations). Maestral mainly doesn’t create big waves.

so there you have a little story about some of the winds. They are a big part of local islanders lives and also something the myriad of tourist sailors need to be aware of.  

I don't have a white linen outfit, so I'm not going to be invited onto one of these fancy yachts or catermarans! 💃🏼💃🏼 

Figaro

Last weekend I joined the latte set and visited a small coastal village on north coast of Hvar Island. The whole courtyard is lined with cafes. Local knowledge tells me that the patrons on the east side of the courtyard are the Catholics, well let's say they are on the right hand side!  the patrons having coffee on the other side, that would be the left, are enjoying  hospitality from the Macedonians.. The best thing about these cafes is the little cakes you get with your coffee. 

So I ordered a herbal tea and got a delicious walnut toffee morsel to have with it. Yumm. 

The next day I decided to head out there again and walk to one of the nearby beaches and then catch the bus home. The Macedonian cafe owner remembered me from yesterday and I asked for two pieces of walnut toffee (Figaro) to have with a cup of hot water. He was delighted. This is what he served me.  

 

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I got two complete slabs of Figaro, so I managed to eat one and left the other with my name on it collect after my beach visit.  

I mentioned to Lesley that I'd enjoyed my Figaro and would head out again on the bus, just to enjoy the sweet treat. Huh. She told me of a cafe at the end of her street that sells it. It's a Macedonian run cafe, of course. 

today I took myself off there and bought a slab!! On the way out I showed the owner how pleased I was with my purchase, I got a high Five from him and then a handshake and a respectful bow.  

 

At home, jug on and im sitting in the window eating cake!!! Mind you, I had earned it, I'd been up since 5am painting the pergola, trying to beat the heat. Finally summer has arrived and days are in the mid 30's, sunny and a light breeze.  

At home, jug on and im sitting in the window eating cake!!! Mind you, I had earned it, I'd been up since 5am painting the pergola, trying to beat the heat. Finally summer has arrived and days are in the mid 30's, sunny and a light breeze.  

Nicola Tesla Technical Museum

Nicola Tesla was born in Croatia and attended primary and technical schools in Croatia until he was drawn further afield to find people that matched his intellect.  

In Zagreb alone there are streets named after him, bronze sculptures and a museum acknowledging his contributions to shedding the light. 

 

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Zagrebs Nicola Tesla Technical Museum is a beauty. As well as having a large area devoted to him there are some wonderful collections of aeroplanes, boats and trains, to name a few.  

Teslas family home on the left and the Church where his Dad was the minster on the right. He grew up in Gospic, in central Croatia.  

Teslas family home on the left and the Church where his Dad was the minster on the right. He grew up in Gospic, in central Croatia.  

Another bronze sculpture of Tesla  

Another bronze sculpture of Tesla  

This exhibition is interactive, and he sits patiently in the corner.  

This exhibition is interactive, and he sits patiently in the corner.  

A display reminding me of my failed magneto!  

A display reminding me of my failed magneto!  

Great quote!!  

Great quote!!  

Albatres, small plane. Some think I am an Albatross, they meet and mate for life.

Albatres, small plane. Some think I am an Albatross, they meet and mate for life.

Small plane details!  

Small plane details!  

Croatias first green car. PS. It's electric  

Croatias first green car. PS. It's electric  

More planes.  

More planes.  

Sailing ship from the early 1900's, just like the two ships the Unkovic brothers bought when they returned from two years working in the forests in Australia. 

Sailing ship from the early 1900's, just like the two ships the Unkovic brothers bought when they returned from two years working in the forests in Australia. 

Croatian version of a treadle Singer sewing machine.  

Croatian version of a treadle Singer sewing machine.  

I love the simplicity of this ironing board. Still not enough to convince me to take up ironing!!  

I love the simplicity of this ironing board. Still not enough to convince me to take up ironing!!  

yuck! An old dentists chair!! 

yuck! An old dentists chair!! 

Now this is really interesting. Foucaults Pendulum.  

Now this is really interesting. Foucaults Pendulum.  

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page 106, Kindred, a cradle mountain love story by Kate Legge 

page 106, Kindred, a cradle mountain love story by Kate Legge 

The rate of rotation of a Foucault pendulum can be stated mathematically as equal to the rate of rotation of the Earth times the sine of the number of degrees of latitude. Because the Earth rotates once a sidereal day, or 360° approximately every 24 hours, its rate of rotation may be expressed as 15° per hour, which corresponds to the rate of rotation of a Foucault pendulum at the North or South Pole. At latitude 30° N—for example, at Cairo or New Orleans—a Foucault pendulum would rotate at the rate of 7.5° per hour, for the sine of 30° is equal to one-half. The rate of rotation of a Foucault pendulum at any given point is, in fact, numerically equal to the component of the Earth’s rate of rotation perpendicular to the Earth’s surface at that point.

WWOOF

No, I am not living at kennels. I have been offered two weeks work with ex Hobart friends, Peter and Lesley. I am housesitting for them, haha. I've done that before, and they are off on a holiday. I have cats to feed and some trellis to paint, and a few windows and shutters to clean.  All fabulous, only down side is no wifi in the house, so doesn't expect too much from me for the next two weeks. 

Now, where did I put that paint brush??  

first coat finished! 

first coat finished! 

the to-do section 

the to-do section 

I'm in Croatia, where it seems there is never a wheel barrow to far away. The Croatians call them carry alls. 

I'm in Croatia, where it seems there is never a wheel barrow to far away. The Croatians call them carry alls. 

George's challenge

Guzzi riding George, whom I met in Morocco and will catch up with again in Mongolia has been to Croatia and knows that there are no Dalmatian dogs on the dalmation coast of Croatia. So he has thrown out the challenge for me to find one!!  

 

Im up for the challenge.  I knew it would be difficult so I though maybe he wouldn't notice that these Tasmanian dairy cows were not Dalmatians. 

he said: No cheating!!! 

he said: No cheating!!! 

I thought I was on a winner when I saw this dog!!  

 

Apparently it's a Great Dane, that's how much I know about doggies. 

Apparently it's a Great Dane, that's how much I know about doggies. 

this was on a t shirt. Two dimensional doesn't count! 

this was on a t shirt. Two dimensional doesn't count! 

gotta love this little scooter. I got a wry smile from him with this set of dots! 

gotta love this little scooter. I got a wry smile from him with this set of dots! 

Then Bingo, Jackpot! Look what I saw walking home from watching the MotoGP in a sports bar!! 

 

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Nadalina revisited

While I'm in Split it is my daily ritual to go to Nadalina Chocolate shop to buy 100 g of chocolate coated ginger. They have beautiful chocolate and chocolate bars of many descriptions, but the loose pieces of choc coated ginger is all I've ever bought and tasted there. 

 

fave shop 

fave shop 

Yesterday when I was again visiting the tiny shop of Nadalina there was a gentleman hanging around chatting to the salesgirl. When I came in he stepped back into a corner of the shop. He stood near a newspaper cutting of a fellow holding an EP. So I guessed and asked if the photo was him. Bingo! Not only was it him in the photo, he is Mr Nadalina, chocolatier and muso!! 

Last year he recorded a chocolate EP with his music and sells it. It's quite playable AND edible. 

His core business, in Split is wholesaling local herbs and spices. Chocolate and music are his passions.  

Muso, Marinko Biscic and his EP 

Muso, Marinko Biscic and his EP 

He suggested I try  two of his fave chocolates- a carob crusted truffle of goooy chocolate and another similar truffle of chocolate that was flavoured with olive oil. The carob, or rogac one was divine, it certainly rivalled the choc coated ginger. 

The EP was played at the London Chocolate Fest last year, where he picked up some awards for his chocolate bars 

Veilette

Another rainy day in Split, so A visit to the Frizerski seemed like a good idea.

It transformed my veil of grace  to a veilette of grace. 

 

I liked my long hair but really I had no idea how to manage it. 

I liked my long hair but really I had no idea how to manage it. 

my veil of grace. 

my veil of grace. 

it was a lot of hair to dry after a swim. 

it was a lot of hair to dry after a swim. 

the hairdressers daughter and my grey locks on the floor! 

the hairdressers daughter and my grey locks on the floor! 

back at the hostel, showing off my veilette!

back at the hostel, showing off my veilette!

the staff were most impressed with my transformation. 

the staff were most impressed with my transformation. 

and so was I. 

and so was I.