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.
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.
Admitting I’ve slept through most of the afternoons last couple of weeks, I didn’t have much extra ”me time” to spend online. I need to get to bed much earlier in the evenings, but reading a book isn’t helpful, as I just keep turning pages. I started reading a book (that’s actually older than I am) The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel by accident. I’ll let you know how much I liked it, when I’m done. Just a hint, I take it with me on every walk I take with the stroller, but I usually don’t find a cosy spot to read, or the baby doesn’t sleep which means I can’t stop.
This afternoon I decided to check another location close by, an artificial lake Gradisko jezero (coordinates 46° 9’28″N; 14°42’47″E). I was positively surprised by the nature there. It’s actually close by to the highway, but hardly any traffic is heard. Even the narrow road to the lake was very picturesque. I was driving, so I couldn’t take any picture. But I took some with my phone on the way around the lake. It’s about 4.2 km and the path doesn’t follow the lake shore all the way around. There are actually some short climbs, which weren’t so comfortable with the stroller, but they were worth it. For sure, next time I’m going there, I’ll bring a real camera. For now, these are some of the highlights.