I have been preoccupied of late with working online, teaching folk how to talk proper English like, and also working on the ground floor apartment in preparation of Sanja’s imminent return with her cats. Here are the photo’s I did have time to take….
Sorry to announce but after much soul searching we’ve decided we need to increase our base rate prices a bit. Our basic rate is now £30 or 35euros per night per person. Please see the Guests section for details and discounts.
Blame our previous guests! Almost all our feedback from previous guests who were travelling around Croatia told us that our prices were very cheap compared to everywhere else they stayed. Often we were told that their accommodation cost more than ours and didn’t have any food options let alone vegan options!
We have obvioulsy suffered along with the rest of the “tourist” industry because of the Covid Pandemic whether due to the restrictions or just peoples wariness to travel. But we need to make the effort we put in to having guests pay or else we need to do something else – probably less fun – to pay our bills.
Well ok I’m not sure if next week with just two days in it or this week with five days included within counts as the last week of the month or indeed if I should ignore the Monday to Sunday mode and think in terms of the last 7 days!?!?!
Whatever….. here we go…
and so I am finally back on solids and enjoying every chew, chomp and bite with a relish that always takes me back to that first time I ended an elimination diet of 7 weeks of nought but Elemental E01 as food. Bit like banging your head against a wall repeatedly then feeling euphoric when you stop!
Anyway, now I am spending most of my lesiure time in Edinburgh with the grumpy DI Rebus as good company and the rest of the time wishing I could get get back there! I should ease off the reading pace, spread out the joy, but that’s like telling a kid with an ice cream on a hot day to take it slowly.
Thanx once more to the muppets who voted leave I had to pay £40 extra tax to release my box of essential supplies from the clutches of the Croatian tax man. Still this box contains supplies of Essential Foods yeast extract which are indeed essential to my breakfast time happiness. There weren’t as many pots as I had hoped for and I think I may try to source Vitamar (same thing different brand) from Germany in future it my work out cheaper.
Wrapped carefully within the box were also a load of CD’s I’ve been buying now an dthen over the last few months off ebay. The kind of thing I’d take a punt on from the charity shops for 50p but now I’m buying them from folk who do just that and then put them up on ebay for 99p and see what happens! Sometimes I get a result and an ACDC digi pack is mine for a quid! The guy I get things from regularly saves them up till I have 2kg worth of discs and then sends them to James for eventual onwards bulk shipping to me. This is the only way to keep the costs low enough to justify ‘a punt’ on such stuff as Deep Purple!! Am I getting old?
This week has seen another sucess..
and less positively….
After failing to conduct more than three English tutorials today I went for a walk to chek out the “pool”. Sadly it would seem that there is just too much water movement deep under the top soil for the dam to work. Maybe during next years dry season I can excavate and add something impermeable.
Walking back up the hill I did a bit of scything and noticed..
Then I chopped and stacked some more wood, the end is finaly in sight for the wood pile!
On the 25th of last month a mate of mine in the UK posted an envelope with 17 lovely new button badges in as a surprise present to me. The design are mostly based on the jigsaw images we have made or are thinking of creating.
Today the 15th they were finally delivered. The customs declaration says they are a gift and that the value is £1.70. Yet as you can see from the reciept I had to pay the postie 27 kuna which is more than £3!!!
So once again a big pat on the back to all those free trade advocates and other idiots who voted for Brexshit. Sterling work!
We have been busy, busy being inspired to try aerial acrobatics, cut the grass shorter, eat gluten free food, play darts, pool and visit a centre for alternative and sustainable building amongst other things! Yes “the Dutchies” as we affectionately refer to TK -who’s actually from Texas- and Dylan – who is Dutch! – made a considerable impact on our quiet lives here at Barabrith for almost a fortnight. I hope the pictures tell the story. The two or three darts evenings are not featured because we played them at night with “atmospheric” lighting and so photographic recordings opportunities were limited.
Here we go…
We are unsure as to the veracity of the information but our neighbours told Sanja yesterday that a bear was spotted in the village and hunters report sightings of wolves! This information came from two “elderly lads” who had heard that Sanja had been out walking in the woods on her own. I suspect a wind up is in play but it would be exciting news if true!
and on one of our trips to Zagreb we took in Samobor too. Samobor used to have an excellent vegan ice cream outlet that sadly is no more so I have little reason to visit this picturesque town anymore unless I have guests to entertain!
back at Barabrith Dylan is making himself very useful in the gardening department once more.
Back in the Barabrith kitchen TK is serving up GF food for all….
and now it’s all gone quiet and started to rain which is great as now I can replant some more fruit tree saplings once the ground becomes diggable once more.
This weekend we played host to another friendly Austrian vegan but also one who most impressively arrived by bicycle. I prepared my signature dish of uniquely filled burek – or pita if you prefer – and he devoured them with relish and some umak! It didn’t take long for our conversation to turn to bikes and potential local rides that he could do and I find myself agreeing to spennd Sunday riding to Petrova Gora and back.
And so after a hearty museli breakast washed down with fresh divka. With some left over burek and fresh water in tupperware we head off for the Partisan Hospital and the monument beyond.
and then on upthe slow long incline to the Petrova Gora Spomniek. TBH I had to walk up the last kilometer of steep hill and Robert graciously accompanied me, even though he could have ridden it.
But all good things come to an end and some rather horribly…
Sanja has been making herself useful of late helping with the neverending battle against Balkan bureaucracy and even also cooking and such things. Now she’s also started taking photos of yours truly so maybe the selfie era is drawing to an end….!!?