Why did I decide to retire and move to live in North Bohemia?

My home in Stará Oleška as it looks today © Ricky Yates

This is a question, sometimes with slight variations, that I’ve been asked time and again this past year. So as this is my four hundredth blog post 🙂 🙂 🙂 , I thought I would put into written form, the answers I’ve been giving to all those who have enquired. I’ve broken the question down into two parts, with four reasons under each heading. If you have further questions, please leave them in a comment and I promise to respond.

Why did I decide to retire?

1. Because I could

On 26th February 2017, I celebrated my sixty-fifth birthday. Although, because of increasing longevity and consequent increased costs, both . . . → Read More: Why did I decide to retire and move to live in North Bohemia?

A walk from Jetrichovice to Srbská Kamenice

The path into the forest © Ricky Yates

 

 

A few weeks ago, I took the bus northwards from Stará Oleška, through Srbská Kamenice, to the southern edge of Jetrichovice. From there, I made my way back to Srbská Kamenice, first following the blue and then the green waymarked routes.

 

The blue waymarked route leaves the road on the left, shortly after the bus stop, where the road goes to the right, zigzagging down to the centre of Jetrichovice. Initially it follows a gravel track which gives vehicular access to several houses, before becoming a footpath, heading into the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

Wayside shrine or Calvary © Ricky Yates

After about one and a half kilometres, there is this wayside shrine or Calvary. . . . → Read More: A walk from Jetrichovice to Srbská Kamenice

A walk from Stará Oleška to Srbská Kamenice

My house & front garden © Ricky Yates

 

 

 

 

 

This blog post is an invitation from me for you to join me on one of my favourite walks through the CHKO Labské Pískovce, the landscape protected area in which my new home is situated.

 

 

 

Leaving my front door and heading to the crossroads in the centre of Stará Oleška…..

 

 

 

 

Malá Oleška © Ricky Yates

……I join a footpath that takes me around this small lake, Malá Oleška……

Olešský rybnik © Ricky Yates

…and then alongside the large lake, Olešský rybnik.

Into the forest © Ricky . . . → Read More: A walk from Stará Oleška to Srbská Kamenice

Ružovský vrch

Ružovský vrch as seen from above Huntírov © Ricky Yates

Late in the afternoon on Wednesday 31st May, after I had been successfully connected to the internet, I went for a walk in the hills behind Huntírov, in part to find the exact location of the communication mast from which my wireless signal is obtained. But as I looked northwards, beyond Stará Oleška, I became fascinated by this towering conical mountain.

A perusal of my walking map of the area, revealed it as Ružovský vrch, (Rosenberg auf Deutsch), 619m high. My map also indicated that there was a waymarked path to the summit which then descended down the other side. An attitude that dates from my teenage years came to the fore. . . . → Read More: Ružovský vrch

A winter walk in Ceský Ráj

Hrad Kost/Kost Castle © Ricky Yates

 

 

Last Wednesday, 21st December, I took my ‘day off’ for the week and went for a 12km circular walk through another part of Ceský Ráj. You can see and read about my two previous visits here and here. The day was dry and cold, -3°C according to the ‘Carly’, but unfortunately the afternoon sunshine promised by the BBC online weather forecast, didn’t materialise 🙁

 

I started my walk at Hrad Kost / Kost Castle, built on one of the rocky outcrops which are such a feature of Ceský Ráj. The castle is open to the public between April – October, but not during the winter months. Therefore I was able to park the ‘Carly’ in the castle car park without paying a 50Kc fee 🙂 . . . → Read More: A winter walk in Ceský Ráj