Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Fences around the world
















Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bigstump

20th June 2017
It was a very big tree. It was 105 years old.

It was on my way while walking a dog.



Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Red poppies

Have an energetic Monday
my favourite flowers. It is visible sign of the beginning of summer


Saturday, 17 June 2017

My neighbourhood

17th June 2017


I spend weekend at my summer house. Unluckily the weather is rainy, cloudy and stormy. Luckily we have finished our work in the garden. We were weeding, planting and watering. So garden is ready for summer and holidays We are going to spend 6 weeks here. We start summer holidays at school on 23rd June and start school on 4th September.

In the evening yesterday at 8.30 p.m.  I was walking my dog and took photos.  The nature is beautiful, colourful and vibrant because it is almost summer. My neighbours are typical middle class who live in detached houses with garden and on the driveways there are 2 or 3 cars it dependens on the size of family.They live permanently here but some people like us live temporally or visit their houses at the long weekends.

Relationships are diplomatic but it is OK and it is typical nowadays in Europe.  We have small talks while do shopping or walking our pets or cleaning our gardens. 

















My home is my castle it is the suitable description of relationships among neighbours here.  But I really like this small town community in which we have lived since 2008 as temporary residents. It is so different from our big city life in apartment. It is 250 km from our city but culture and traditions are different. We live in part of the country which has belonged for 3 centuries to Germany.  Here it was Poland  but for 50 years it belonged to Austria. Polish history is very complicated.


We have learned a lot here and have experienced a lot of nice local events.  Living here I have discovered my green fingers and I love my small garden with flowers and apple trees and so on. So it is my place on this Earth. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Upper Silesia houses from the beginning of 20th century

16th June 2017

Upper Silesia is varied and there are a lot of houses which dated back from the end of 19 Th century or the beginning of the 20th century. Luckily some houses are renovated and well maintained and people live there.







Housing estate from 19th century - in the past miners lived there.






Building from 1908 the private school is located here.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Poland Trip 2017

Welcome to Poland this summer.

Cities
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Most of the major cities boast lovely old centres and a range of splendid buildings, some of them World Heritage sites. Many old quarters were heavily damaged or even destroyed in WWII bombings, but were meticulously rebuilt after the war, using the original bricks and ornaments where possible. Although remains of the Soviet Union and even scars of the Second World War are visible in most of them, the Polish cities offer great historic sight seeing while at the same time they have become modern, lively places. The capital, Warsaw, has one of the best old centres and its many sights include the ancient city walls, palaces, churches and squares. You can follow the Royal Route to see some of the best landmarks outside the old centre. The old city of Kraków is considered the country's cultural capital, with another gorgeous historic centre, countless monumental buildings and a few excellent museums. Just 50 km from there is the humbling Auschwitz concentration camp which, due to the horrible events it represents, leaves an impression like no other World Heritage Site does. The ancient Wieliczka Salt Mine, also a World Heritage Site, is another great daytrip from Kraków.

The provincial capital of Poznań is an underestimated city, but definitely worth a visit. With the oldest cathedral in the country and also the second biggest necropolis in the country for kings and rulers, a beautiful Renaissance town hall with two battling billy goats (seen only around noon), and an impressive 20th century imperial palace built for the German kaiser (just to mention a few attractions) makes a great impression on most visitors.

Once a Hanseatic League town, the port city of Gdańsk boasts many impressive buildings from that time. Here too, a walk along the Royal Road gives a great overview of notable sights. Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia, is still less well-known but can definitely compete when it comes to amazing architecture; its Centennial Hall being the prime example. The city's picturesque location on the Oder and countless bridges make this huge city a lovely place. The old town of Zamość was planned after Italian theories of the "ideal town" and named "a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe" by UNESCO. The stunning medieval city of Toruń has some great and original Gothic architecture, as it is one of the few Polish cities to have completely escaped devastation in WWII. The city of Lublin additionally boasts an impressive historic old town, castle, and serene surrounding countryside. 

Natural attractions
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With 23 national parks and a number of landscape parks spread all over the country, natural attractions are never too far away. Białowieża National Park, on the Belarus border, is a World Heritage Site as it comprises the last remains of the primeval forest that once covered most of Europe. It's the only place where European bison still live in the wild. If you're fit and up for adventure, take the dangerous Eagle's Path (Orla Perć) in the Tatra Mountains, where you'll also find Rysy, Poland's highest peak. Pieniński National Park boasts the stunning Dunajec River Gorge and Karkonoski National Park is home to some fabulous waterfalls. The mountainous Bieszczady National Park has great hiking opportunities and lots of wildlife. Wielkopolska National Park is, in contrast, very flat and covers a good part of the pretty Poznań Lakeland. The Masurian Landscape Park, in the Masurian Lake District, with its 2000 lakes, is at least as beautiful. Bory Tucholskie National Park has the largest woodland in the country and has many lakes too, making it great for birdwatching. The two national parks on Poland's coast are also quite popular: Wolin National Park is located on an island in the north-west, and Słowiński National Park holds some of the largest sand dunes in Europe. 



Castles & other rural monuments
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The Polish countryside is lovely and at times even gorgeous, with countless historic villages, castles, churches and other monuments. Agrotourism is therefore increasingly popular. If you have a taste for cultural heritage, the south western parts of the country offer some of the best sights, but there's great stuff in other areas too. The impressive Gothic Wawel Castle in Krakow may be one of the finest examples when it comes to Poland's castles, but most of the others are located in smaller countryside .

Fences around the world






Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunday in Sicily/ Italy and Upper Silesia/ Poland

11th June 2017 


Today is a very sunny Sunday but I have to mark last tests and flash tests. It is almost the end of school day.  We finish school on 23 rd June. So it means I am very busy but holidays are on the corner.






My Italian friend Concetta from Sicily who I visited last has just finished her school year. Now they have final exam and start holidays, too. In Sicily they go to school on Saturdays because of the hot climate they have 5 lessons every day. They don't AC at school so it would be very hard to teach in high temperature. 

We are are both English Second Language teachers so we have a lot in common. We met in 2013 on our European project Comenius. It was meeting from 5 European countries and we have visited each others twice. So at that time we made friends and our friendship is doing well.
Next year she is going to visit me again at my summer house and I am going to visit her again. too. 




View  from Concetta's apartment which is located very close to sea. At that table I was sitting and drinking coffee last yeat. It was the best time in my life.








All photos were made today in the morning.

Friday, 9 June 2017

My friend's garden

10th June 2107

I have a great friend who lives in a big city but she has a small house with a charming garden. You can spend a nice day thee in the spring especially when you live in apartment like me.



I spent  Friday afternnon it was a great day in the nice settng.






Have a great day.