Sunday, 19 May 2013

Home-made buns!

Our first try, Aussie helped! They are soft and nice inside :)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Flower Day

Flower Day or Czech Day Against Cancer is on the 15th May. There are many people in the streets and squares selling yellow dandelion pins as the symbol of the fight with cancer. The money go to the cancer research.
I love seeing all the people in the streets wearing these brooches at once. It's great so many of them care :)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Café Nobel: Tardigrades... and the Mole

There's a series of scientific lectures that are given in a café called Fokus Kafe. The public interested in research can go there and enjoy science at a cup of coffee or tea. It's very nice. The lecture is followed by a disscusion with the scientist so it's a great way how to learn something new.
Today me and Aussie attended a lecture about Tardigrades- tiny creatures that are able to transform into a form that can survive almost anything- extreme temperatures, radioactivity.. the scientist think they can live in this form for 120 years and maybe more and still be able to regenerate and reproduce. And they were twice released to space- vacuum wasn't a problem for them. They are just amazing and super cute.

The problem is my camera's battery died so I wasn't able to take some photos of Aussie there. Fokus Kafe is a place where disabled people work and it cooperates with another project for disabled people, a sewing room. It's great because the café is whole decorated with adorable handmade cloth animals crafted in this room. You can buy any  of them so Aussie brought home a new friend. ;)

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Food again ;)

Potato salad (potatoes with mayonnaise, pickles, eggs, onion and salami) is the traditional Czech meal for Christmas dinner together with fried carp. The rest of year we eat it with a schnitzel.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

In the garden

It's warm and sunny here. Finally. I'm having my final exam on the 29th and until then I'm too busy with studying to take Aussie to trips (but many events and trips await us in June!). However studying is a great reason to spend whole day outside in the garden and bathing in the sun with a French textbook and a glass of ice tea. Great lazy days.
So since there's nothing else to do I at least took Aussie outside with me and showed him our garden which is finally awaking. Thanks to my mom's care it's one of my favourite places.

This is my little corner with herbs for the meals I prepare.

And here's my favourite tree- a willow.

Here will be (in a few months) blue grapes. Our grapes are the best ones I've ever eaten. It's a pity I can't send some fresh grapes to Australia with Aussie :)

This is the "hotel" for bees I made with my last little visitor, Pox. The solitary bees lay eggs inside the tunnels and then block the holes with wet clay or mashed grass. Last year the hotel was absolutely full at the end of summer. There are two used tunnels at the moment.

Ústí nad Labem is a valley around the Elbe (Labe) river and we live quite high, at the edge of the city.

Can't wait to use the grill!

Aussie's first encounter with our samoyed lady :)

And (surprise surprise!)- food. In my opinion the best pasta is with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, basil and garlic, nothing else :)