Dragonfly closeup

6This morning I was out pretty early, and my car was still in the shades and pretty cool to the touch. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see a dragonfly resting on the side and considering she was very still while I was trying to take a photo, she must have been enjoying the cold surface of my silver car. I googled it afterwards and identified the species as the female blue hawker (Aeshna Cyanea), a species commonly found in Europe.

Mid-day time off

The first time in almost two months, the girls in our family enjoyed a lunch outdoors. One had a bottle of milk, the other one just a salad. After a short shopping spree getting some essentials for home and a new shade for the stroller, we hit the road to my favourite place, local botanical garden Arboretum Volcji potok. It’s been a while since I visited it during the day on a working day, and I had the pleasure to enjoy the peace and quiet and cool and fresh air. Even the bench by the fountain was unoccopied. When I returned to the gardens later in the afternoon, the noise from the children’s playground was filling the air.

Spring awakening

Last weeks were all about creating a daily routine to include all the activities to keep a toddler active, a baby fed and rested and me with some time off. The last was not as succesful as I’d hoped. Nevertheless, despite the April rainy days I enjoyed beautiful spring nature in the local botanical gardens. Despite being a frequent visitor I can still discover hidden places within the park.

Winter travel

The end of the year is always a great time to travel, either to snow covered lands or Christmas decorated cities. I had a chance for both, but my train conection didn’t allow much time off, so I didn’t get to see much of the Christmas decorations of the Austrian cities Salzburg and Innsbruck. Nevertheless, a short stay in south Tyrol mountains was very pleasant.


Time to relax and a fresh start

In the last year, the nearby botanical garden (Arboretum Volcji potok) became a place I visited weekly. Not every day, but still many times a week. Despite this many visits, it’s still a great place to relax, enjoy a walk, or run after our toddler on the children’s playground. The changing nature does the trick, there’s always something to see.

Sunset at sea

The last couple of months I’ve been extremely busy at work, and had practically no time for myself except the early morning workout routine (which got pretty exhaustive in the end as I was pulling late hours trying to finish all the project). I managed to complete all the important projects just on time before starting summer holidays. This is the view from my first day off, enjoying the sunset at sea.

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Sunday’s walk

After a year and a half I still feel like the new one in the neighborhood. Years ago I rollerskated almost every afternoon. The rollerskates were my favourite transport means, and they could get me just about everywhere. But then I started to move places, and I never could really find the perfect route for rollerskate exercise (as in a long stretch of asphalt with little to no traffic to increase the heart rate). Last Sunday’s weather report was rainy, and when the early morning showed some sun, it was the best thing to just get out. I put the baby in the stroller, so he got to enjoy the scenic route, and I got a chance to do some fast pace walking to wake up completely. I didn’t mention I got only 5 hours of sleep the night before, so I had to get out of the flat, otherwise I’d fall asleep on the floor.

I didn’t take the rollerskates, but I did check a side road I had in mind for a while. Although it’s close to the main traffic route to the nearby town, it’s blocked by a low railing, and offers a great view of the surrounding fields and mountains in the back. On my way back, I picked some wild daisy flowers to remind me of the sunny morning. I have to admit I’m enjoying them these last few days, as the weather turned grey and dull.

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