September 15, 2014

view on cloudy morning Mosor Mountains

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A short post, to busy doing other things, but.....
how about such a view from our terrace in the morning.

Hope you can imagine how very nice it is to slowly wake up
with a cup of strong coffee, sitting on our terrace.
This is the true treasure of our hidden valley in Svinisce,
with only the sound of birds and crickets.

Yes, the Dalmatian hinterland (Dalmatinska Zagora) ís beautiful.
And we are extremely lucky to be living in it.

So next time you're planning your holidays in Dalmatia, 
and prefer a less crowded stay in the middle of nature,
we've got it, and móre than enough of it.

Beach and sea less than ten minutes by car from here, 
historic Split or Trogir within half an hour's drive, 
the Cetina Canyon, Biokovo and Mosor.

And.....PEACE, without any stress !!!!

Sorry to say, but we're not in the renting business.
If looking for some nice house or place, see the many agencies.
Try for instance.

September 10, 2014

Zrmanje River Canyon and Knin's Krčić waterfall

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Recently drove to the Zrmanje River Canyon 
with a couple of best friends.
Normally I don't drive that far (three hours) from home, with plenty of stunning nature around us.
But this area was on my bucket list for a while, so.....
So we had a fantastic day in a totally different area.
And if you think you've seen it all, forget it !
I am even thinking to go back,
however than it would be wise to stay for a couple of days.

On our way home from the Zrmanje we went through Knin, 
and again I was amazed by the diversity of our part of Croatia.
I would have never found this spot, if my friends had not guided us.
Was it worth it, well uh......HELL YES.
Krcic is about 20 meters high and in winter a great place for those who want to practice some ice climbing.

I tried to film it as good as possible, 
but it's impossible to put on video what we saw, felt, and heard. 
The power of the water falling down was simply immense !
Just in front of it is a wooden bridge, where a storm of wind and spray felt like standing behind a jet getting ready to fly of.
Nature, impressive Croatian nature !!!

Click on the video I uploaded to Youtube:

Zrmanje River Canyon is worth to be on your list, 
and so is this waterfall in Knin.
My advise to you for the waterfall: 
better hurry to experience it, because HEP, 
the Croatian Electricity Company seems to have some bád plans with it !

And my advise to them: 
DÓN'T even THINK of it !!!!

August 27, 2014

Split, oh Split, you're beautiful (from a distance)

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Split, beautiful Split, visited by so many tourists every summer.
They fill the centre, the Riva, Diocletian's Palace, and all those tiny streets, but do they see Split's true beauty ?

Licking ice creams, eating pizza, drinking wine, taking pictures,
but do they really feel what Split is about.

I think just óne person, óne photographer saw Split at it's very best.
From Marijan, from a distance, and right on time !
As there and than Split showed its amazing beauty.
As Split in summer is nice, but it's much nicer, as you can see,
after a moment of rain.
And off season, there is more rain, so there are more perfect moments to see Split like on this picture.
And even much nicer Split is from a distance, from Split's green zone, 
that pine tree covered hill next to the town called Marijan. 

Lidija Lolic, one of the very best photographers in Split,
she knows her stuff, her moment, her art,
went to the very best location to take this picture.

Couple of days ago, a rain front was passing, with loads of rain, 
a burst of violent wind, and thunderstorms hitting the mountains around Split with impressive flashes.

And Lidija, clever Lidija, must have thought "Marijan !!!!!".
As that was, as you can see, the ultimate location to take
the ultimate picture of Split.
Bravo Lidija.

Living in our tiny village, well hidden from the crowds,
I love to go to Split, but óff season (if there is an óff season),
as than all Split is all mine (and yours).

As Lidija is a pro, all her work is protected, and not to be copied, shared or used without her permission.
Therefore I asked her if I could use it on my blog, so you could see Split the way she sees it, being the way I love to see it 
(....from a distance).
Need a true photographer, for whatever project, 
no doubt she delivers the very best result.
While you, I and most others, well uh....just take pictures, 
here's the link to her various work:

August 24, 2014

if a true cook and if interested, just write me

Another picture (see the previous blog post), this time however as a presentation,
worth to be served in a high end restaurant.
(Not for pizza bakers, not for grill chefs).

And however I am nót (repeat NÓT !!!) looking for a job or obligations,
I might try to teach a friend here to produce such delicious vegetables, a king's table worthy.

I simply wanted to prove there is so much more possible under the Dalmatian sun,
and like I said before, all of it without any artificial "help".
Pure eco, pure domaci (home grown), pure delicious ingredients for a fantastic salade, or as extra to a perfect dish.
Ánd.....a true joy for any professional chef.

If interested *), my email address is in the header of my blog.
So write me an email,
and we'll think of some growing plan for next season.

Enjoy Dalmatian summer, rich of delicious vegetables.

*) If, of course cooking in the Split region !

August 23, 2014

happiness is not for sale

Happiness is not for sale, at least not in most supermarkets.
Happiness grows in small gardens like mine.

Does that mean I am a true gardener, to be honest: not really :-)
But if you're not afraid of some (not even much) work,
putting seeds in the ground is véry rewarding.

Last year I was in Holland for a short while,
as we still have some things to take care of over there.
I keep those visits as shórt as possible,
as Holland is history, Svinisce our today and tomorrow.
To say it in other words, here I am happy, véry happy,
and there.............

Anyway, here in our hidden valley, the soil is very fertile and the climate extremely nice for some home grown vegetable experiments.
So, as I had to fill the gap between flying in and back, I visited a shop with thousands (!) of vegetable-, flower-and herb-seeds, so I spent a couple of hours in pure delight, emptying my wallet.

The result of all those different seeds can be seen on this picture,
and since you can just look at it,
I better explain to you the taste of it.
Yellow olive shaped tomatoes: sweet and mild,
red cherry tomatoes: sweet and juicy,
chocolate coloured smaller peppers (paprikas): extremely tasteful, firm structure, and mildly spicy.
And those two varieties of basil of six different sorts I grow:
an explosion of taste one can only experience when picked straight from the plant.

To make my point: GROW YOUR OWN !!!!!!
Even if you only have a balcony, or just a tiny garden, dó it !!!!
The result is simply great, and very rewarding.

And on top of that, since you (or I) are no professionals,
so if something fails, who cares.
We don't have contracts, do we, which force us to produce a lot and just in time, all of it perfectly shaped, and perfectly "healthy".
And...... "perfectly" withóut the taste you'll experience
once you start to harvest your very own results.
 As that is pure happiness, pure delight.

I don't like to use pesticides, fertilizers, or any other artificial stuff.
Some plants need some manure or humus, that's all.
And of course some water if necessary and not even much. 
I can take the risk of some failures, and in the end I knów I can safely put it my mouth, straight from the plant.
Picked at the bést moment (and nót before), 
lovingly selected to become a nice dish.
Tasty, colourful, healthy and proudly shared with good friends.
With of course a glass of good local wine*).
*) Wine making is not my thing, that's for the true pro's here.
And we've got a lot of them, thank heaven.

August 20, 2014

the very best tip ever !!!

You know my blog pages,
most, if not all, related to beautiful Dalmatia.

As here we settled a couple of years ago, leaving Holland (the Netherlands), for a móst happy retired life in the móst beautiful part of Croatia.
And no doubt I will continue to share the real feeling of this part of paradise, especially about the not so well known delights.
This time however, I better share another secret with you.

I had a working life :-).
During those many years, I saw and used many software programs.
Many of them connected to the company I worked for, 
many because they seemed useful (but were not).

One however I purchased in 1996, on recommendation of a friend.
It's name: TIME and CHAOS.
Not the easiest decision (but that's life), as it was in English,
and being a Dutchman my native speech is.....

Never scared of a bit of struggle, I slowly managed to make it my very best tool ever.
As all of us know, time and chaos are like ying and yang,
always together, like me and my wife.
I created my part of CHAOS, so it was TIME for a change.
And never ever, not for one split second, I regretted my step.

And however not stuffed with client details (in every thinkable way) anymore, it's still a fantastic tool for whatever hobby I have.
(And that's a lot).

Today, for instance, I store every result of my gardening experiments, from a single potato I planted and recently harvested, to all those tomatoes, peppers, herbs and beans I try to produce and reproduce.
And eat of course, all of them strictly without pesticides or poisons.
(Why the hell do people still accept those things).

Anyway, áll my hobbies are well organised in what's today called Intellect, one of the great software programs Chaossoftware is providing ánd supporting.

So this time not a single word about Dalmatia, 
but three cheers for those guys.
In one word:

So leave this page (and come back the next time),
and click to have a look here:
You wont regret it,
as it's cheaper than a delicious Dalmatian dinner for six !

August 15, 2014

is it a seagull, no it's an airplane !

Some things take a while in Croatia.
Some things even longer than necessary.
And some things even last decades.

But here they are, after móre than tén years of fighting bureaucracy in Croatia. 
The first plane of European Coastal Airlines has arrived in Split.
Congratulations, to both Dalmatia ánd the ECA-team.

I sometimes wonder why so little investors choose to start up a business in Dalmatia, 
with it's high unemployment rates, low wages and great potential.
Well, it seems old (socialist/communist) habits still rule.

Come on Croatia, member of the European Union, on a blessed logistic position, 
capable to serve as the main entrance to the entire Balkan (ánd Southern Europe).

Let's compare Split to Rotterdam for a moment.
Ok, you may say, there are some "minor" differences.
Well than, let me answer than: THINK BIG !!!
Rotterdam once started small, but clever politicians and inventive entrepreneurs máde it BIG.

Croatia, nowadays with excellent highways, many deep water ports like Split and Rijeka,
could and should take those paper walls down, obstructing so many initiatives.
Many great initiatives die out, sighing "problem, problem, problem".

My immediate answer (being a Dutchman) is: "than solve those problems".
In other words, I LOVE PROBLEMS !!!
Problems make me find solutions, always a learning process, result guaranteed.

Anyway, if it wasn't for those persistent people of ECA, you would still be waiting in cue at Jadrolinija,
to hop over to one of the hundreds of lovely islands.
Not anymore, hell nó.

As ECA is going to fly you over in no time, and even than their one way ticket is less than hundred kunas, which is 15 EURO's !!!! (depending of course on the destination).
Cheaper still is swimming from Split to let's say Hvar or Dubrovnik,
but times change, flying goes faster, and no cues involved.
And being the lazy bugger I turned out to be,
it's more comfortable, and your feet stay dry :-)

Éven when they land on water.
And that's a thing even a seagull cant say (if it could talk).

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