Friday, 3 June 2016

News in my bookmark collection

Lately my collection gained some new stuff. This time it was my father, who had been on a trip in Germany and Czech Republic and of course my irreplaceable friend, who always boosts my collection.  

So here's stuff from Regensburg and Prague. The painting is entitled Amethyst

And the souvenir from Warsaw Uprising Museum, where K. and A. were in April. They still produce the bookmarks with Uprising's heroes, but now the format is smaller, which is really cute, but on the other hand not very pratical when you read a rather big book. It's matches well with a little volume, for example with poetry tome, they're often small. When I was in high school (it's been ages), they also had bookmarks with photos and little bio on the ohter side, but the format was bigger. But those little bookmarks are so cute, I'm glad to have the one like this in my collection. I also like keeping the tickets to the museums (of course only when they're interesting and pretty) and use them as a bookmarks or leave them in a book. It's so pleasant and surprising to discover something like this after some years. My parents used to put the birthday cards they had received from me and my sister, and sometimes also other stuff, which is really cool, like dried flowers, pieces of journals... Now I also do this, cause I'm very sentimental and I love saving the souvenirs and discover them. I put flowers, photos, postcards, tickets, etc. In my grandmothers praying book from 50' I even found a banknote (not from 50, but still old).

The last ones are adorned with Alphonse Mucha's paintings. The orange set is a part of my birthday gift, and it's Summer from The Seasons, The grey one was bought in Culture Centre Zamek and it's entitled Night's Rest from The Times of the Day. As you may have noticed, Alphonse Mucha is quite popular amongst the producers of bookmarks :) and they have also an educational value. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

The Spring!!! Finally here...

I spent the may weekend in my hometown, where finally I could feel and see the first glances of REAL spring. In Nord of Poland it comes a little bit later than in Poznań: the fields aren't yet yellowed by colza and my favourite elderberries and lilies of the valley don't flourish. I hope than in two weeks everything will be in bloom. Thanks to this difference between the regions we can travel in time: we can survive two springs in the same year! It's amazing! The only disadvantage of flowers is that they fade too fast... I also love the trees which flourish in white, pink, violet... Now in the center of Poznań we can admire so many colorful, beautiful trees. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

My ways to practise languages everyday-part one FRENCH

In those two posts I want to show how do I practise languages (French and Italian) everyday in the Internet. I won't recommend all the tricks and possibilites that we can find on the Web, it will be only about my experience.


I know this language very well, so in this case I focus on the perfection. 

1.A few short reportages everyday

I used to watch the whole TV journal, but it takes almost half an hour or more. Lately I decided to watch the separate, little videos, because I can choose by myself the subject which interest me.   I profit from the site of France 2.


I'm not a fan of lifestyle bloggers and vlogers, but I came up with the idea to watch some of the French vlogers to get the words which concern everyday life : food products, cosmetics, gadgets, daily routine... Frankly I don't like watching make up tutorials, I prefer those with recipes. Moreover, vlogers are young persons, sometimes even teenagers, so they use the words which are now up-to-date  and frequently used by the young (sometimes it's even wearing to hear all the time the same word). 

 So I found (I don't even remember how) two French bloggers/vloggers, they're one of the most popular in France: Horia and EnjoyPhoenix.

3.Fanpages on facebook: journals (Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Obs, Paris Match), about cooking (Cuisine et mets), about monuments and regions in France (Detours en France).... and then scrolling facebook many time everyday has also some educational values. Every important international event appear on every info site, so thanks to these fanpages I can repeat the vocabulary related to it. Moreover, they include annoucements of articles, so there's no need to read every separate site.

4.Language blogs: run by French lovers, French teachers or Polish who live in France: they include interestings curiosities, details about daily life in France, informations about regions, language tips, thematic vocabularies. My favourites are  TOTALLY ABOUT FOOD <3

In next part of this post I will show my Italians favourites.

Friday, 15 April 2016

My favourite books from childhood

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is absolutely my number one, read many times. Why do I love it?
-heroes are changing, mentally and physically, and it's pleasant to observe how things are set in order, it's like cleaning and renovating an old house 
-secrets and mysteries, old, big, fascinating house with many chambers, where nobody's entering, I was envying Mary that she could visit all those rooms and play there
-THE SECRET GARDEN! - this idea is so marvellous-tragic history, closed garden, hidden gateway, garden's metamorphosis, I loved reading about Mary's works in garden.... But when I was a child this idea of complex of walled gardens and garden's surprised me.
-romantic Yorkshire's scenery-gloomy, scarying, desert heaths. Now I wouldn't like to live in Yorkshire, because it seems to desert to me (maybe now it's different, but in the book it was described like this), but then, the words Yorkshire and heaths were so exotic to me, I dreamt about seeing it. 

To sum up - so many charming things in one book! 

Anne of Green Gable, Lucy Maud Montgomery

The classic of the classics. The book that still read from time to time. Again, I envy the heros their life in the country. They had everything there: the sea, the fields, the ponds, the forest, the gardens... When I was older the fact that they were farmers and lived in such elegant houses (if the film was reliable), learned Greek and French in the country and even could study in the University struck me. Because I released that the polish novel The Peasants, describes the people who have the same profession and live in the same epoch, but their lives are so so different. And also interesting that Anne is so optimist, the author was rather very depressive type. I've read her journals and biography, and many times in her life she suffered from mental breakdowns, there's also a hypothesis that she committed suicide. It's so  scarying to discover the facts like this, hiding behind this lovely stories from childhood. 

Dziewczyna i chłopak, czyli heca na 14 fajerek, Hanna Ożogowska

It's not so known, even in Poland, but I loved it. I've read many old books for children and teenagers, written in sixties or seventies. The life in this epoch in Poland was so fascinating for me, so distant and different. The sister, Tosia, very skinny and short-haired because of putrid fever, in order to 'save' her brother pretend to be him and go with her uncle to spend the summer in the forest (uncle is forestamn and has two sons). She does it to avoid father's anger, who would be furious if he discovered that Tomek had gone to the pool instead of learning the history to pass a make-up exam. So Tomek have to spend his summer in the country, with aunt and her three (? I don't remember) daughters, pretending to be a girl and wearing dresses... This story was so crazy and funny. I still remember many details, though I don't know when I read it last time. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Book's exchange

A week ago I had a chance to go for book's exchange event in Poznań, organised in Culture Centre Zamek. The idea was simple- you bring the books, in exchange you get a ticket where is written how many books you brought and you can take away the same amount. Unfortunately, there was too much bad books and too many people who were pushing and crowding. At first, I thought I would find nothing interesting. But after many rounds around the table I managed to choose 6 books :

-Moralność Pani Dulskiej- I've read it already, but it's good to have classics which you like (and I HAD TO choose something)

-English literature's textbook- good as a gift for my friend who studies English

-"Szkoła Uczuć" by Flaubert- I always wanted to read it, because I like XIXth's novels

-"Nic takiego" by Justine Levy and "Robi sie coraz później" by Antoni Tabucchi- I chose these two books I because I learn French and Italian, so I'd like to get to know some of French and Italian contemporary literatures. And also, because I liked the descriptions on the back cover. If I won't like these stories I can always exchange them next time.

-And a little treasure! "Zapiski żołnierza"- reproductions of drawings and letters  which father, fighting during World War I was drawing for his daughter in sketchbook. I love stories like these, I mean real historic "souvenirs". The book has a form of sketchbook to be close to the original. The soldier was in private life a painter and drawer. His letters are very funny and short. Moreover, the book contains real letters, written in French, and under them, a Polish translation, so somebody who knows or learns French can compare two texts and know some interesting vocabulary.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Jacek Kaczmarski/Marek Grechuta

Jacek Kaczmarski. W świecie tekstów by Krzysztof Gajda

Marek Grechuta we wspomnieniach żony Danuty by Danuta Grechuta and Jakub Baran

The next post about artists of 'sung poetry'. Their songs are quite different, but I love them both. What they are also in common? Their careers began in the communist epoch and they both don't live anymore, unfortunately. Apart of their own lyrics, they profited from Polish poems: Kaczmarski used rather allusions and quotations, Grechuta sung the original texts.
I could write about this books in two differents posts, but actually I'm reading these two books simultaneously, so I can do a little summary.

First of all I have to admit that I'm not fully content.
I hoped that in book about Kaczmarski I would find the explications about the songs which are too difficult for me to understand. But he wrote them so many, that the author focused on the others, which I actually I don't know yet. I'd like to understand all the allusions in the political and historic songs. There are a some chapters about them, but all of them aren't discussed. I'm not fascinated by his songs which refers to the Bible and religion, I don't even listen them, so this chapter was a little boring. It's always more interesting to read an interpetation of a song or poem which you know, especially that full text is not quoted in the book, the author focuses only on the fragments. But I'm happy that such type of book about Kaczmarski exists. It's written by a scientist, so it has a literature's approach, there are many details about when the songs was written and in which circumstances, historic and cultural context., the allusions to other artists. I love this sort of information, because I'm not always able to find them by myself. That's why I like reading about my favourite artists. When I'm fascinated by some musician I immediately want to know MORE about him, his life and his art. Moreover, at the end of this book, there are two conversations with Jacek Kaczmarski, which I also appreciate. What's more exciting, because the author lives in Poznan, one of them took place at my departement, in one of the rooms where I also had classes ( the meeting with the students of AMU)

The next book is a long interview with wife of Marek Grechuta. It's the first book about him that I have a chance to read, but I know a little bit from the Internet and documentaries. My reproach? It's too long (400 pages). I like long books, but in this case I think that all the things which are told in this aren't necessary. It's wearisome sometimes. On the other hand, we can learn a lot about life in the communist epoch in Poland, which is very interesting for me. That's why I love biographies of great persons, we can get to know the daily life and mores in different epochs. We can also learn about the personality of the artist, but it's obvious. I'm glad that I'm reading Danuta Grechuta's tale, but I'd like to see also approach of a different person. She focuses a lot on their private life, it's very precious, because only her know some details, but maybe a professional author would describe some other aspects, related to the songs or career.

But, apart from the personal reproaches, I think that I can recommend these two books for somebody who would like to get to know a little bit about these two great artists.

Monday, 23 November 2015


This time I want to show my latest DIY. I decided to embellish a little bit my tiny and boring student's room, where I have neither pictures on the walls nor other decorations. The only colorful element in this room is my violet blanket on the bed, even the walls has no colour, they're just beige or something similar. I don't have a real wardrobe, just something made of metal and covered with cloth, so I thought that I can pin some stuff to this cloth. When I was child I had a board made of cork above my desk, where I put a photos, postcards and important information. So I tried to do something similar, but without hammering the nails in the wall, because the flat where I live in is not mine.I took some materials like safety-pins, ribbons and clothes pegs and of course my favourite photos and postcards. All this stuff I found in my house, I think that everyone has this sort of things in the house. Moreover, nowadays we can easily find fancy pegs at the florists or in the shops with gifts, I have also a box of pink paper clips. So I just pin three ribbons to the cloth and then I put the photos using the pegs. That's all. It's quite a simple and cheap way to decorate the flat.

Pegs, clips and ribbon

The final effect