Tour de Pologne 2017 starts tomorrow!

I highly recommend to watch this interesting video, unfortunately the speaker has been speaking only in Polish, but I think sometimes words are not very important. It’s very easy to watch it without understanding, because the sights and emotions have been strong enough… I really love sport and in particular I’m dead keen on cycling, as I have mentioned several times before.

The video is a short history of the Tour the Pologne, truly in a nutshell, you might see many unique, old tv recordings. This year it starts for the 74 time, so look how old it is! And Tour de Pologne is a member of UCI World Tour, in other words – Tour de Pologne is a part of 14 most prestigious tours in cycling.

Tommorow we will watch the first stage, in Cracow, and this time in general they will ride across Southern Poland, first Kraków, then Silesia, and finally in Polish Tatra Mountains. The tour lasts one week, although this year seems to be really difficult,  not to mention how beautiful parts of Poland we will see. Rafał Majka, Polish famous cyclist, who is the bronze medalist from Rio de Janeiro has taken the participation, so he is  already all right after that dreadful fall during Tour de France this season. Also Nibali, Peter Sagan and many others stars! So, while you have the possibility in your country to watch Tour de Pologne in tv or via YT, don’t miss it. I think it is truly wortwhile.

And I’ve seen the boar once again. It has happened a few days ago, so remains quite fresh story. As many of you might know, I am meeting a wild boar or a small herd, from time to time, here in Warsaw. Usually they are strolling in my neighbourhood in the nighttime. This time the same, it was after midnight. I noticed my dog is observing someting into the darkness very carefully, and I was following her look. The boar was quite close to us! Although we were not alone, a few young men had been spending their time on the bench, drinking beer ( I guess it was more than one beer) and eating potato snacks… Certainly they also noticed the boar, because they shouted ” Dzik! Dzik!” ( dzik is wild boar in Polish). Then they got the idiotic idea of running in the boar’s direction, with their cell phones and tablets ready to snap a photo. Fortunately, they made him run … He disappeared somewhere into the oak’s grove.

Sitting in the kitchen: April

Indeed, it had been the most chilly April ever. I remember, in my childhood once it was snowing in the middle of April, but only for two days, and, obviously, it was melting sugar dusting rather than regular snow. .. This year we have not been experiencing snow in April, but the matter is it was very coldy all the month long. I know one person, who is very glad of it – it’s my dog! Having thick, black fur she fares well in chill, but she’s very tired in a summertime.

I’m making pizza from spelt flour for the first time ( yeasty, of course). ( Maybe I will start with a cooking posts here, but later). To be frank, I don’ t like spelt and I’m not sure shall I repurchase it? I’m aware how wholesome this kind of flour is,  although  I like a classic pizza dough much more. Late in the night I hear clearly the sounds of the freight trains, which are at the other shore of the river Vistula…

Recently I saw a hedgehog. I’ve taken the photo, but into the darkness. I’ve been meeting her/him for the long time, about several years I think. Usually I am feeding this hog with my dog’s treats. Taking it very proof, it’s impossible to define, is that one hog or a few hogs… In my mind everytime I think : ” This hog again!”, but I don’t know for sure how many hogs I have been meeting. In general, they eat meat and have a tails. Did you know that? The tails are very short, therefore is really difficult to notice it. Hedgehogs can eat dog’s snacks and canned cat’s food. Here in Poland many people are completely sure that hedgehogs are vege persons, but not. People think that hogs eat an apples, because they remember that “knowledge” from the cartoon books and kiddo’s stories where a hedgehog has been always with an apple … The truth is, that they could eat an apple, and also meat. I’ve known, that hogs are in the habit of hunting for snakes!

In the Easter morning wild boars were here. Big herd it was, and maybe with kiddos because I ‘ve seen how huge is the area of their activity… Splendid! The shore of the pond  has been destroyed. They were digging, digging all the night beetwen the Great Saturday and the Easter Sunday. On the pavement next to the pond , which you know well from my photos, the boars leaved many pieces of  the terrain and grass – such an amazing view ! Fortunately, it seems  like people here rather like them and they don’t feel bothered with that mess. One man who lives here and is a hunter ( very dreadful person, indeed) had been trying hard to spread the hate against boars, but in vain. He went to the local newspaper , and also likes to talk to people here, about his annoying and backward ideas. ( Hunting is a backward idea, isn’t it). Nevertheless, looks like he cannot light the panic. .. I noticed the track of a boar’s hoof  and I captured it, as you see from the start. Do you remember those tracks I had been snapping during last winter?

Lot of birds search for  food in these grooves made by wild boars. Birds are very go-ahead persons, if it comes to eat. The kiddo-swan still remains here. I’m observing him/her ( rather him) day by day. Right now he seems to be adult , so as things go I think he will be gone soon. He will join some bigger group of swans, surely. I will make a post on him soon.

Tracks on snow #3

animal-track

Nice to be with you again! The lack of time is spooky… So, this print above I captured into the wood here. I am not sure, seems itcould be from a deer or from some smaller wild boar.

track-snow

This second photo I took also there into the wood, and I guess it must be the deer’s hoof print, because is more delicate and more slim…

duck-tracks

In the park next to my house I came across that – these are from a wild duck…

boar-track-3

 

That last is so impressive! I think is must be this huge boar’s  hoof print… And , what is unexpected, I saw it next to the supermarket here… Well, next to the supermarket’s bins.