Making sense

You know how things that first appear complicated turn out easy, almost self-evident once you get the hang of them? Like kids learning the necessities. Walking, talking, jumping, climbing. Most of us learn to master those skills at some point, and have no trouble with them for the best part of our lives. And you…

Sync and zen

I was doing the dishes (yes, hand washing, no dish washer in this house) this morning, when the ‘you’ve got mail’ ring went off. I’m subscribing to Zenhabits, and their newsletter just popped in my inbox. Checking the first lines, I had to put the dishes aside (still waiting) and read it all. Then continue…

Finding my tribe and letting go

Weeks ago, in July, I wrote the following in my notebook: Let go of the ‘normal’ world Let go of your own expectations Let go of what (you think) is expected Let go of old ideals Let go of plans and the idea that plans need to be made Though the blog is about the…

It is an ordinary cottage

It’s now been over half a year of running the guesthouse. Something we had to jump into in February having no such experience before. We had somewhat busy lives in Slovenia, working in the film, event, and culture industry. We used to come here during holidays and help out my mother-in-law where needed, but it…

Goats and donkeys – masters of slow

It’s the fourth week with our goat kids. They were born 22nd of June, the boy and the girl. We were just starting to celebrate the traditional Finnish Midsummer with a bunch of friends at the lodge. I nipped out to say hello to our mama goat, heavily pregnant, but as I got to her,…

A garden surprise of a kind

It’s been three years since I’ve lived in the countryside. Not extremely long, I agree, yet when we still had snow on the ground I was incredibly impatient to start gardening. For years I’d been dreaming about a wildflower field of my own. The house that I used to live in, back in Finland, had…

It does matter

The past week I’ve been doing a lot of reading – and finding myself in a state of near melancholy. I’ve read about the biggest pollution criminals pollution and factors influencing the climate change. What I found some scientists saying, not surprisingly, is that the decisions we make as individuals and consumers don’t matter much….

Road trip thoughts

A few days ago we drove from Sarajevo to Ljubljana and back. Some 550 kilometers oneway, that takes far more time than the distance indicates. The highway is short in Bosnia, most of the journey is driven on ordinary roads that roll by villages and small towns. Our Defender rumbled between the lorries and the…

On the mountain we shall be

Firstly, sorry for the long silence. There is a reason: I asked in the latest post “What if what’s being thrown at me now, is really me?” As you may notice, the title of the blog has slightly changed. Initially this was meant to be about life in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but as it turns out,…

One down – 11 to go

It’s been a month since the start of the project. Cutting down, living green, tuning into slow and simple. It’s been more “successful” than I anticipated. The last three weeks we’ve been staying in Bosnia, up on the mountains, living in a big loghouse heated by wood, surrounded by deep forest. We weren’t planning to…