Vrmac Hill (710 m) 
Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:00 am
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At this time of year many of the northern peaks are either inaccessible or dangerous, and the temperature on the coast is not too high, so the coastal mountains are an attractive option. Vrmac is a relatively low-lying peak encompassing a long area – I suppose you could call it a peninsula, from Kotor out to Lepetani, it must be 10 km long. There seem to be plenty of paths – we decided to park the car in Kamenari and take the ferry across (it was free for pedestrians, I don’t know whether it will stay that way), and walk to Donja Lastva, where there is a signpost and asphalted road leading up into the woods. After the end of the asphalt road, there trails are good-quality and clearly marked. After a winding climb up we reached the top of the ridge and the trail led us along the top of the Vrmac massif in the direction of Kotor. We took a path down towards the southern side of the hill (having climbed up the north side), which led through an old abandoned village, with the remains of a mill and a few stone houses, swallowed up in the woodland. After what seemed like quite a long descent, we eventually came out in the town of Stoliv, and were able to cool off our aching feet in the sea. We caught a bus back to Lepetani, then returned on the ferry to the car.
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Return to Niksic - with the rain 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:57 pm
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I got back to Niksic from the UK a few days ago with lots of fresh craft supplies, and thought I'd check up on the cheddar. From the picture, it is clear that my hygiene measure were not sufficient, so I had to throw away my two rounds, and I guess I'll have to start again :/
I'm not sure whether there'll be a Montenegro calendar this year, as I do not have enough good photos for twelve months, but once the rain stops, I may try to get out and snapping away.

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Finally, no work for a few days... Time to do something completely different 
Friday, September 6, 2013, 7:13 pm
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Having had a really busy summer work-wise and with various Christian camps, today I finally got down to starting some creative projects which I've been wanting to get off the ground since May. The first is my first foray into cheesemaking - namely cheddar cheesemaking, as cheddar is largely unknown and certainly unavailable in Montenegro. The second is to dip-dye linen napkins and a tablecloth (various pictures used for research can be found on my Pinterest boards.
The in-progress photos are not that interesting, but once they are finished, I'll upload something.

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Mushroom picking 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 11:06 am
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This autumn has been quite fruitful in terms of mushroom picking, especially on the near-by hill of Trebjesa, which has yielded better results than some other, further-away destinations. Abundant on Trebjesa are milkcaps of various sorts, most of them edible and delicious. Locally called 'rujnica', they have a fruity taste and are best prepared by slicing and searing on a hot iron surface with maybe just a moistening of oil. I tried pickling them, drying them - the former disguises the taste but preserves the crunchy texture, the latter similarly lacks taste but is still crunchy.
The find of the autumn was Amanita caesarea which has an excellent taste and can be satisfactorily preserved by drying.
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Growing mushrooms 
Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:30 pm
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I've just got back to Niksic from a wedding in Belgrade, and have some time to reflect on the start of the academic year.
My latest scheme (I am still making beer, but that's old hat by now) is homegrown oyster mushrooms, which I have growing in two different environments - one is in an old book (The Historian, if you really wanted to know) and the other in a special growth medium inside a box. Why? I like mushrooms, and I'm not sure whether I'm going to get the opportunity to go mushroom picking this autumn when the weather cools and the rain comes. I'd rather be harvest boletes, but it'll be useful to learn some oyster mushroom recipes and somehow make a token attempt to show my farming neighbours that I'm not just a technophile geek.
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