Chinese Harp 古筝曲 ♪

A great instrumental ♪ piece 入骨相思  ft Liu Yong Xi (刘泳希) aka 千指大人 [Lightning Fingers] from “Our Shining Days”, a 2017 youth comedy movie about a group of High School Music Academy students and their efforts to revive and promote Chinese classical music.

It’s one of the really lovely modern Chinese movies I have watched so far, with an interesting plot, quite different from anything you may have watched before and definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the language & culture, and even if (or just because !) you have absolutely no idea about modern China. 🙂

As some of you already know, I love instrumental music and this movie presents Chinese traditional music in a new light, re-arranging ancient classics to suit modern taste. Anyway, below is the musical trailer, and here’s the link to the movie on youtube (complete with English subs). Please enjoy !

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Foreverness

It’s been three months now since Mum passed away.

I have learned to accept it, but it hurts too much living my life without her.

A couple of days ago I noticed I haven’t cooked a single meal ever since. Cooking was her “territory” and even stronger than all the memories in my mind and the physical world around me that still shines her Light, it evoked too much of her sweet laughter and the happy days we spent together, to her last days of illness.

This evening, I made for myself one of her favourite specialties. It’s such joy to recollect all those beautiful things she taught me with immense  patience and endless Love. Her language, her wisdom, her strength, her positivity, her sweetness.

I can feel her presence everywhere.

Crochet Curio: Parasol Cover

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Graphic chart (1492 x 1200) with a couple of essential notes in English, marked in blue:

rakuten parasol cover.pngby Goshyo, Japan. You can also download the original PDF version  HERE. If you’re unfamiliar with reading graphic charts, please scroll down for graphic chart symbols explained in pictures. Enjoy !

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Of Home-Made Bread, Cheese, Traditions, Love & Appreciation

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homemade bread-rolls – домаће кифлице

I’ve always been very picky with food, basically I  prefer fish and salads to anything else, but recently I’ve also started baking my own bread, as it is virtually impossible to find anything baked without additives these days. I’m also what you’d call moderately intolerant to lactose. I can cope with small quantities of hard cheese and I actually love mozzarella, but when it comes to fresh cheese, I usually give up.  There is one little exception: the light white cheese from Mt. Jastrebac. I love it !

In fact, Serbia is famous for many varieties of cheese, the most famous being the so called cachciavallo kačkavalj, a speciality from the southern small town of Pirot, (where my Dad’s grandfather’s origins are) situated in the vicinity of the famous historical city and the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the city of Naissus (Niš).  And of course, the dairy spread KAJMAK (kuy-mukh) from Šumadija (Dad’s home region, in Central Serbia).

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Serbian light white cheese from Mt.Jastrebac – млади Јастребачки сир

The cute hot-pad in the picture is my most used kitchen item. It’s actually one of my first crochet makes, and the one I created in one go without any written pattern, being a crochet novice, but very enthusiastic about it. I  saw a picture of the little hen hot-pad a couple of years ago when I was just starting to teach myself to crochet. I loved it so much I wanted one, too !  So I made one.

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crochet hot-pad КОКИЦА  (little hen)

Traditionally, women in my part of the world and in all of Balkans possess the inborn talent to improvise in order to”reproduce” (read: knit or crochet) a nearly exact replica of almost anything they see, without written instructions, that’s how I was taught to knit, first by Mum, then by my Dad’s mother grandma Mila and later my mum’s baby sister Jadranka (Adriana in Italian), who never spent a day without needles or those tiny thread crochet hooks in her hands :-).

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I made this crochet heart relatively recently, just for fun, improvising on a circular vest chart I saw in a Japanese magazine. Looks like a nice stitch for a shawl, maybe ?! But with thinner yarn and a smaller hook, don’t you think.

Anyway, I’m sending it to all of you my regular and less regular blog readers including invisible visitors, with Love, wishing you a happy Sunday 🙂