About thirty years ago, many of the homes in this valley weren't here. The land was covered in vineyards with little villages dotting the hills. Today, those villages have grown, including the one we live in, but you can still see how many of the vineyards there are. Almost all of our neighbors have a small vineyard in their backyard! Before we moved here, and before Cam took his trip to Zagreb to house hunt, I was hoping we'd find a house really close to the city center so that we could walk everywhere. We are not close enough to walk, but after moving here, we are so glad about it. It's quiet where we live. There's a beautiful old village church that rings it's bells throughout the day, encouraging you to stop, slow down, and listen, we can walk to our neighborhood cafe that just happens to have the best kava in Zagreb, and to hiking trails, we're getting to know our neighbors, getting to know our (still empty) house, and we're in the middle of this beautiful little valley covered in grape vines. How perfect for us! I couldn't have imagined a better place. The Lord always, always answers better.
Can you spot our little bunny rabbit John Shea in the meadow?
We've been traveling and exploring a lot, mostly in the regions around Zagreb (and southern Slovenia) that I think many tourists who come to Croatia unfortunately don't get the chance to see. The castle built into the cave is Predjama Castle in Slovenia, said to have once been the residence of the robin hood of Slovenia.
Each time we leave Zagreb on a daytrip, we're excited by the end of the day to get back. It feels even more like home, empty as our house is. My kitchen is empty too, minus a few dishes and silverware, a small pot and a pan. So our dinners have been as simple as it gets, but isn't that the beauty of summertime cooking anyway!? We've been cooking every variation of eggs I can think of, all too often, hah, salads (the one below with figs from our neighbor!), grilled sausages, breaded chicken, roasted chicken on the few rainy nights we've had, and fresh pasta with veggies. There is so much inspiration at the markets and from the wonderful Croatian food we've tried, so... Recipes are coming. As soon as my kitchen makes it over the Atlantic :)