Sunday, 29 January 2012

My town, part II

I did not take new photographs of my town because the days were cloudy and  pretty dark. But, I continuously make pictures of every thing that happens and changes in my town and made a pretty large file of them so far. So, take a walk with me and see what is renovated after the 1991. war destruction.

This old villa hosts the spa management today.

The train station

The town municipal building.

One of the spa buildings, so called Marble Baths.

Hot water spring pavilion in the town park.

to be continued...

PS.  The town horticulture is at it's lowest ever!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Waiting for the Spring to Come

Yesterday afternoon the plumber came to fix the broken pipes under the kitchen sink. As he entered he asked me all amazed if these were artificial snowdrops in my entrance garden. I laughed and he could not believe it how early they came to flower. I have them on this particular spot every year at this time and think, it must be some warm water stream passing somewhere in the ground. The whole town lies on the hot water streams.
Once upon a time my town was a well known spa, good enough for 'keiser' Franz Ferdinand (no, not the pop group!) to come for a visit. Today, most of the beautiful spa and hotel buildings wait the renovation and dream about the glorious past. The whole building complex was set into the large park, partly designed in baroque style and partly as English woodland.
Down there is one of the oldest photographs, probably taken a hundred years ago. These people sit before so called 'Kursalon' (spa) building. We still use the German words for the buildings as we were part of Austrian monarchy at the time.

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Kursalon on the old postcard. 
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Kursalon as well as Wandelbahn (Promenade) were built in neo-baroque style as well as the gardens around them. 
This is what have left of them after the 1991 war. Unfortunately, nothing has changed until today!

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Let's make a tour now and see how it all looked like before...

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Can you imagine a street with no asphalt on? This is the street where I live. It was filled with such a large villas with rooms for the guests.

Another parterre garden...

Pavilion, 1912. - it is the hot water spring there.

Wandelbahn, the covered promenade.

Well, I am going to take the pictures of these sites tomorrow so you can see how they look like today.
The story continues...

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Crazy Nature

I made these photographs last Sunday morning when all of the sudden the snow started to fall carried by the strong wind. It was a proper blizzard with snowflakes stick together so they looked like a pieces of cloth! This winter magic lasted only for a few hours. By noon, the sky was already clear, the sun pretty warm and snow remained only on my photographs.

'Corpus delicti' - the neighbouring cats just love my garden!

Carex sp.




snow melting on red dogwood branches

Monday, 16 January 2012

Cinnamon Rolls

Today was the fist really cold winter day. As I had some leftovers for lunch I made these cinnamon rolls for dinner. They taste the best with a cup of hot milk and keep warm in this cold winter evenings...

You will need:

700 g plain flour
3 egg yolks
4 dl milk
1 soup spoon of sugar
1 cube of fresh yeast
some salt
1 soup spoon of oil
lemon zest
For syrup: 4 dl milk + 2 sachets of vanilla sugar
some margarine

Make the milk warm, add sugar and yeast. Leave it to rise. Put the flour in the bowl, add milk with yeast, some salt, oil, egg yolks, and lemon zest and make the dough. Roll it thinly. Spread the margarine all over the surface and sprinkle over cinnamon and raisins. Roll it and cut 3 cm thick slices. Put them onto greased baking tray. Leave it to raise in the warm place for an hour.
Preheat the oven on 200°C. Bake the rolls for about 15 minutes until they start to brown.
Heat 4 dl of milk with two sachets of vanilla sugar. Take the rolls out of the oven, pour some vanilla milk over each and bake again for the short time until golden.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Monday, 2 January 2012

New Year is Ahead

One of the presents I got - a candle holder.

Yet another year is ahead us; another set of 366 days (this is the leap year!) to do wonderful things and try not to think about bad ones. I hope you have spent this holidays with friends and family, got the presents you want, danced a bit, smiled a lot and slept well when the curtains have closed.
Our homes are still in the festive mood and it will be so until Epiphany when, traditionally, the Christmas tree finishes it's performance and all the decorations go back into the boxes until next Christmas time.

This Christmas my tree was all in red and gold. 

There was just only one thing that I missed this Christmas - snow. I had fun chatting with a friend of mine who lives in Australia. She spent Christmas on the beach in the wave of heat that struck them down under. They never see snow for Christmas anyway. Isn't it funny this world of ours? 

It's been year and a half since I wrote my first blog post. Thank you all who visited my blog and left the comments. I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to reading your new posts too. All the best wishes in the following year and - see you or, better be said, read you soon!