Ljubljana and me

Glimpses,photos & experiences of a foreigner living in Slovenia, Ljubljana

Haloze, a peace of heaven

” The vintage, friends, is over,
And here sweet wine makes, once again,
Sad eyes and hearts recover” .. and where else the culture of wine is better know in Slovenia as in Haloze, from Celts time, continuing with Romans till our days,now being part of the seven districts of the Podravje wine region. Area that I wanted to know and explore with Tasha, thinking will be a nice reminder of the area where I grow up,where wine is being made as well and I will get to know a bit more about Slovenia while meeting some dear people,from Podlehnik.
Living Ljubljana and its mountain surroundings,we headed towards Haloze. The nature transformed itself from mountains to large fields and after to amazing hillsP1080290aaa, with many vineyards on top of them and wild forests in their valleysP1080295aaa . The sun started to warm the hop of the hills and the coolness of the valleys was refreshing usP1080297aaa on our roadP1080288aaa.. I think that Tasha felt in love with the explosion of smells all around herP1080269aaa, first from the cute little farms spread on the fields around Haloze , that grow grains P1080423aaaP1080292aaaand animals, then from the forests of the valleys and hills, deep wild forests where wild animals have a homeP1080333aaa and then the smell of the the sunny vineyards, located on top of every steep hillP1080331

On one of Haloze’s steep hills we found our home for few days,in Podlehnik, on a beautiful farm that grows lavender and other flowers, located between two old vineyardsP1080330aaaP1080318aaa. The farm belongs to Chris & Una,a good -hearted couple, that for the last almost 6 years,made their home,on one of the most beautiful hills of Haloze , adopting the local traditions and language and bringing their own personality to the place.

The cottage for guests is located high up the hillP1080368aaa ,is remade from zero by Chris, fully equipped with every gadget a home needsP108026aaa0 inclusive an impressive toilet collection of books:DP1080576aaa and can comfortable accommodate at least 6 peopleP1080267aaaP1080266aaaP1080261aaa.

Most enjoyed part of the house was for Tasha the big verandaP1080310aaa. Plenty of space to cool down P1080257aaaand take a napP1080309aaa but most important..a barbecue to guard:D P1080268aaa

The farm is spread all around the steep hill, Una grows a lot of different lavender from which she prepares her own natural cosmetics , part of the hill is dedicated to the sensitive flowers, that each day require work and loveP1080386aaaP1080467aaa and part is dedicated to lavender,P1080568aaaP1080536aaathat Tasha learned to guard from the fearless cats:) P1080511aaa. Baby plants of lavender are spread all over the hill and also till down the valley, where Una and Chris have their home, the small road to the house is sprinkled with perfumed lavenderP1080340aaa  P1080263aaa. The house where they live in is an old cottage that Chris works hard to renew itP1080375aaaP1080482aaa respecting the old traditions but making it comfortable till the last gadget, inclusive wifi:DP1080438aaa. Their home and farm became also a small sanctuary for rescued animals, from kind JessyP1080551aaaaP1080524aaa, the 4 rescued cats that loved to annoy TashaP1080433aaa and the 4 ducks, that have a wonderful home now, in a special made for them poundP1080391aaa. Beautiful place to enjoy a teaP1080390aaa while Tasha met for the first time in her life the ducks:D P1080401aaa

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P1080414aaa. Also for the first time in my life, I enjoyed each morning the natural eggs the ducks were giving usP1080534aaa🙂
We got glimpses of the local traditions and meet the Haloze people.During day everyone was working their farm, doing lots of weedingP1080315aaa or taking care of the grapes all around us,like our neighbors were doingP1080363aaa . Una showed us the Haloze danceP1080521AAA and I tasted from the cherries all around the farmP1080532aaa, the evenings we’re reserved to the local drinks,taken from the old wine celler  P108051aaa ,I remembered my childhood days tasting višnjevec  and smrekovec, saw the local architecture P1080381aaa,P1080522aaa meet the local animals P1080514aaaP1080429aaa and saw the dears of the forest P1080512aaa. Caught few spectacular rainbows like this oneP1080508aaa and went to bed while outside was thisP1080558aaa.
The area is perfect for hiking and exploring, found some great places to sit under the sun P1080587aaawhile Tasha explored the steep hill and valleyP10805602013-05-24 08.54.14aa😉

I think that we discover a peace of heavenP1080575aaa, one of the few left in this world,  in the heart of Haloze, SloveniaP1080530aaa!:)

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