Mosses and lichens - miniature landscape

Discovering mosses and lichens

When I was writing about the wildflowers and plants of Hvar, I intended to include a couple of photos of mosses. I was greatly taken with the feathery green clumps I’d seen on shady walls and paths through the local woodland. However, having worked hard to identify the flowering plants, I was completely intimidated by…

Vines with last year's growth

Winter textures in the landscape

With the lower level of light in December and January, I’ve been noticing more textures and patterns as we’re out and about on the local trails. The slanting sun is great at picking out the underlying structures and surfaces in a cool, muted colour palette. In this vineyard, for example, last year’s growth shows as…

Split Theatre and Christmas tree

A night at the opera

Split’s Croatian National Theatre (HNK) has a full winter program of drama, opera and ballet, including the Nutcracker, although it took me a minute or two to recognise that under the name of “Orašar” in the schedule! Advance publicity and booking is curiously restricted to just one month ahead, making forward planning slightly tricky for…

Algo Bueno

Bringing in New Year 2018 in Stari Grad

Happy New Year to one and all! We celebrated the arrival of 2018 in Stari Grad, a place that has seen the passing of more years than most other cities. The main party was set up in Tvrdalj square with live music by Aurora, and fireworks at midnight. The square was looking very pretty and…