Preparation for Summer English camp 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:00 am
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Yesterday I travelled with a few others to a camp next to the River Tara in the eponymous canyon. The plan was to check out Camp Green as a possible site for the annual English language student camp, which we have previously held at Vucje, as well as for another camp for teenagers. We were very much welcomed by the hosts and spent rather longer than expected talking, eating and looking round the area. It is certainly very beautiful being in the mountains, in a canyon by rushing blue water. The accommodation is made up of comfortable log cabin-style chalets and seems an excellent place to go. It has also whetted my appetite to explore the north-west corner of Montenegro.

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Spring in Niksic 
Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11:03 pm
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The last vestiges of snow are disappearing and it is like the best British summer weather one could hope for. In the village / suburb where I live everyone has started tilling the land, either manually or with tractors, next-door has bought a pig and the smell of the countryside fills the air, as people dig lots of manure into their vegetable plots and orchards. Wondering when that proper spring rain will start, we could do with a big downpour to wash away all remains of winter, especially the road grit and the last patches of snow remaining in the shadows. I have hayfever which is unusual for me, but I'd rather get it out of the way now rather than the height of summer.
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Pig-slaughtering day 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 8:54 pm
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No, it's not a date in a cultic calendar - this is the season in Niksic and many other places in this part of the world where the pigs that have been raised since the spring in makeshift sties in back gardens finally get taken to market, or more usually slaughtered in said back garden. The weather has been very sunny and pleasant so far this autumn, but the temperatures are beginning to plunge. Many people time their weddings to coincide with this optimal period of the year so that the cost of feeding guests is relatively low. There is a period now until the advent fast begins when people can eat as much pork as they please, and prepare hams for smoking and drying, one of the great local traditions, ranking alongside brandy distillation.
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Mt. Bobotov kuk (2,522 m) 
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 12:00 am
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My first climb up Durmitor’s highest peak was from Lake Skrcko, where we had camped overnight after climbing Prutas. This is not the easiest route, by any means. The beginning of the path is gentle, but then the path becomes of variable quality and in parts the path has collapsed, although it has probably been repaired. The trail leads up to a pass called Samar. Then we came down and joined up with the path from Urdeni do, by which we returned afterwards. After leaving our sizable backpacks at the foot of the ascent at Zeleni Vir, taking just some food and water with us, we started climbing up what is quite a relentless, but safe, snaking path. There is a pass from which you can continue down to Zabljak, or keep climbing up to the peak. It was getting late, but we climbed up to the top regardless. There are wonderful views of Lake Skrcko from here, among my favourite views in all of Montenegro. Stopping just for a bite to eat, we started down and needed to pick up the pace once we returned to Zeleni Vir, as darkness was approaching. Fortunately we had enough juice left in our mobiles to light the way for the last half-hour and there was a full moon.
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Manjak piva u gradu piva 
Friday, August 19, 2011, 9:42 pm
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Prvo da kazem, jer ce me neko pogresno shvatiti, ne mislim da ljudi u Niksicu treba vise alkohola da piju, nego da probaju nesto novo - u svakom domacinstvu, cini mi se, neko pravi domacu rakiju, i to je lijepa crnogorska tradicija, ali u gradu piva rijetko ko pravi domace pivo, sto znaci da obicno imamo mali broj vrsta piva da pijemo, ili po kafanama ili kod kuce. U kineskom restoranu u Niksicu, cuo sam da sluze svoje domace pivo. Zbog nedostatka domaceg piva, odlucio sam da probam da pravim pivo, a da ne konkurisem sa Niksickim pivom, nego da pravim 'englesko' gorko pivo (Bitter). Prije par mjeseci, kad sam posjecivao svoju domovinu Englesku, kupio sam koncentrat (ok ovo je prvi korak ka pravim domacim pivu) i nakon povratka u Niksic pripremio sam svoje prvo bure piva (25 litara). Zadovoljan sam sa rezultatima, i sad se spremam za drugi pokusaj. Svi koji me poznaju u Niksicu dobrodosli su kod mene da probaju. Bilo bi odlicno kad bi vise ljudi pocelo da pravi svoje pivo, i ko zna sta bi konkurencija uspijelo da promijeni kod nase pivare...
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