Top of Učka

Exploring Istria: on top of Mt Učka

Where better to start a visit to Istria than standing on its highest peak, from where you can pretty much see all of the peninsula laid out before you. On a clear day, all the way to the Italian coast!  The coastal range of Učka (1396 m = 4580 ft) is the stunning backdrop for…

Out the door

Seeing art in the landscape

There are wonderful abstract compositions everywhere you look. Many times on our walks around the island my eye will be caught by some object which just begs to become an artwork. So I’ll take a photo and sometimes the ideas will show up in my paintings as patterns of colour, or shading. The best images…

Fresh figs

Drying figs in the sunshine

Tis the season for figs, and we’ve been enjoying them freshly picked when they’re at their best. But they don’t last for more than a couple of days in that condition, and we decided to dry a batch in the sunshine – the natural way. We’d successfully produced a nice little jar of sun-dried tomatoes,…

Country number plates

Where do all these cars come from?

Vrboska is getting really busy this summer, and on an August weekend, it can be rather difficult to find anywhere to put the car. In the normal way, there’s wide open space in the pjaca next to the church, and all of us who live around here have plenty of choice. Ah, the heady days…

Hvar pjaca

Flying tour of Hvar and Korčula

The last time we were treated to aerial views of the island was when we flew in the seaplane, now sadly no longer an option. But this week, himself was invited for a tour of Hvar and Korčula from a two-seater plane. Take-off from Stari Grad International airport, where there are currently several planes on…