March 2019

March 2019

And we’re off…..

This year we thought it might be a good idea to put together a blog, it can’t be worse than reading about Brexit every day, or perhaps it will be. So stay tuned..or not, here we go.*  

After heading north to spend the winter in the UK, catching up with friends and family, (the reverse migration as we like to call it), we are now back in Croatia and preparing for the 2019 season. Having accumulated lots of small items for The Byron over the winter, we somehow managed to test the BA luggage allowance to the maximum, with 2 extra bags and more to follow (plus a UPS delivery…..), its amazing how these things all add up.

Dubrovnik still felt like a city waking from it’s winter rest (a bit like us), but it’s an ideal time to visit. There are some visitors in town, but a fraction of the summer crowds, the temperature is in the high teens during the day and there is a much more laid back feel in general. 

Storm damage to the Cathedral in Dubrovnik

Storm damage to the Cathedral in Dubrovnik

Happily, The Byron had survived the winter well, despite the mini hurricane that blew through the old town in early March at 150kmh, stripping roof tiles everywhere, including the Cathedral (which is still looking worse for wear). 

With the spring clean in the town over, our first guests of the season arrived, a lovely couple, originally from Japan, but now living in the US. Once they left on the next leg of their trip, we hit the road and headed to Bol, to spend a few days at the Beach House. As the catamaran doesn’t start until 31stMay, we took the bus to Markaska and then the ferry to Sumartin on Brac. A fairly simple route and a good alternative in case the seas are rough, although you do need to go through the boarder crossing at Ston, which in the high season can take a while.

Hiking to Blaca monastery

Hiking to Blaca monastery

The weather was glorious, with the mercury hitting 20 degrees and the first mistral of the year kicking in, some brave souls took to the water windsurfing & kitesurfing. We instead opted to take a hike with our friends from Active Bol (www.active-bol.com) to the Blaca Monestary. Less windy, more walking. A lot more walking, but well worth the effort.

Kitesurfing Bol…...in March !

Kitesurfing Bol…...in March !

Unfortuneately all that good weather was followed by a very strong Bura (north wind), which then fanned the embers of a small forest clearance fire (which they tell us had been out for 2 days). The results were dramatic and managed to clear more of the forest in 4 hours, than the local council had achieved in the previous 3 months. This photo was taken about 50yds away from the house, so much too close for comfort. Our deepest thanks go out to the fire department of Bol and to the rest of the island’s fire teams who came to help. (I have since been told that running around waving your arms in the air has very little effect what so ever, but at 2am, it was excellent exercise.

The town BBQ…

The town BBQ…

Drama over, we headed back to Dubrovnik to welcome our next guests to The Byron as the season gets properly underway.

I wonder what the rest of the year will have in store? I recall with some trepidation a conversation I had with Martin Hill, otherwise know as ‘Roofus’, who moved to Bol with his wife Angie in the 90’s. He said that upon going to sleep every evening, he would usually pause and think, “well, I never thought that was going to happen today”…..hmmm, I think I can see where he’s coming from.

*This blog was inspired it has to be said to a large extent by “Tugwellardsawfullybigadventure” ..Mr Wall, you’re a legend.