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PPAC: Prekmurje 6. – Villa Moj mir and mineral water spring

This is not a regular public art post. It shows an old house given a new life and an eternal mineral water spring.

First of all, I wish to thank our host Marsha for featuring my last week’s Lendava Cultural Centre post. I’m glad you liked it.

Next week this series from one day in Prekmurje, the Pannonian part of Slovenia, will come to an end with a church, but before it does I wish to use this opportunity to show how an old house can be restored and how a mineral water spring can be presented.

In Fokovci we were lucky to be given the tour of this house, villa Moj mir (“My Peace”), and the gardens that surround it since my friend is friends with the owners. They bought the house built in 1927 not so long ago and are slowly restoring it.

The estate and the line of various organic products from plants which are grown here is called Vidov brejg. We tasted the yummy Purple coneflower syrup. Fun fact: Slovenian word for this flower, ameriški slamnik, translates as “American straw hat”. I posted most of these photos on my fourth blog back then, in 2019, but chances are that you are new here.

The second half of the gallery shows the Nuskova mineral water source in Rogašovci with a high iron content, picturesquely nestled among the old willow trees. Amore tasted it on the spot but didn’t look much pleased. 😀

All in all, not your usual art but mighty pretty.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

42 thoughts on “PPAC: Prekmurje 6. – Villa Moj mir and mineral water spring

  1. The house is lovely! I loved the butterfly on the flower, and the pear painting. I painted a pear in watercolor and have given it a prominent home on a little easel in my retreat. There’s a je ne sais quoi about a pear isn’t there. I like knowing you have a painting of one too. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. 🙂 There are many springs and spas in this region. One spa where I stayed for a few days has a little pool with a fully black water that smells of diesel… You can’t see your feet!


      1. I have an interest in such things as healing springs and so on. Diesel and murky, that would be powerful! This story makes me think of when I was very young, early 1960’s, our family visited Florida. As you may imagine it was quite different then and we stayed in a house on the beach that was way out (actually near Sarasota). The local water smelled and tasted of sulfur. I liked it but my family members did not and we drank bottle water (which we had to go out and get a giant container of it). I have always remembered this. Water can have a lot of personalities all right. I could go on and on (such as the many happy memories the smell of chlorinated pool water has for me…)

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  2. It must have been so interesting to tour this picturesque old house 😀 I noted your comme t in your blogging history about watermarks. Did you use them in the past but since decide they aren’t worth bothering with? I have tended to think the same.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yes, at one point I thought I should bother with it, but it took too much time and then the font I was using for it was discontinued! I let it be. Nobody in their right mind would use a photo of mine anyway. 😀 Only I can get away with it. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Selma! 🙂 I’ve always loved this poem, long before I got a chance to meet the author. Two years ago he wrote a strong poem Freedom Is a Verb, in protest against the government of Slovenia. What a bunch of malficients.

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  3. I finally made it Manja. It was worth the wait. I can’t say enough about all these interesting photos, some PPAC, and others as well. The statue with no legs would be a great choice for SquareOdds if you are participating in her challenge. It’s definitely odd to see a statue on a bed, first of all, then the poor girl having no legs, very sad. I love the hollowed-out tree. It almost looks like it was carved out into a shape. The neon light artwork is very cool. I love the old door and the man on the balcony. At first, I thought he was a mural, LOL Thanks for being patient with me. Love this week too! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marsha. I appreciate that you let me post various photos for your challenge, not merely public art as such. In this case I can build my series. At least you don’t protest, and I’m grateful. I just really wished to show these happy photos. Next week this series concludes. I have lots of statues to post next from all sorts of places.

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      1. I love your series, and I sort of do the same thing, though they are not usually as long as yours. The longest one I ever did was the Accidental Traveler Series which was 10 posts long. It wasn’t tied to a challenge because I wasn’t as good at that at the time.

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  4. What an interesting poem, ha ha! It felt like something a naughty teenager would write (in the best possible way)! Love the two cats shot, one of my favourites of yours. And there’s something so human about Bestia’s expression in the photo above it. He looks like an evolved being.

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  5. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.


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