Nice places and good people in a natural environment


There are certainly a large number of remarkable places and interesting people in every locality, including the small town of Konice. From my subjective point of view, I will try to list a few places that I liked during my childhood and a few interesting people that I was lucky enough to get to know (they were mostly very simple and modest people who did not try to consider themselves "celebrities" and to rise above the other). The description given here corresponds to the situation around 1960-70.

"Střelnice", Jílovec. Aunt Otilka.
About a kilometer southeast of Konice, towards Křemenec -> Čunín -> Stražisko, there is a very picturesque and romantic place called "Střelnice" (there used to be a hunting shooting range, in the local dialect Šištót). There is a smaller pond under the wooded hills - the beautiful Bor forest. There is an alley of massive old linden trees and chestnut trees on the dam of the pond (the oldest of them were supposedly 800 years old...).

     View from under the dam from Jílovec
On the dam of the pond below the linden alley there stood a nice elongated house, in which until the mid-1950s there was a coaching inn operated by Mr. Petr Tesárek (*1876), in the front (towards the nearby road). In the back part was the residential and economic part of the Tesárek family. In the mid-1950s, when P.Tesárek was retiring, a textile workshop of the "Kožetvorba" cooperative was established in the former hall of the pub.
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Uncle Peter was an interesting man who traveled a lot in his youth, especially in America, he was very literate, progressive opinions (in personal contact, however, was a bit of a "dry old pepper", as said Aunt Otylka...). His son Milan he studied engineering and worked as an engineer for many years in India, then lived in Bratislava. He regularly traveled to Střelnice for the holidays with his charming wife Ema, called Mimi *). They claimed that the Shooting Range was one of the most beautiful and romantic places they had ever known in the world. Husbands Mikuláš and Libuše Kovárik (with their children Julek and Petr) also went there; Liba was the daughter of Petra - Milan's sister.
*) The glaceful and charming Mimi had a very optimistic and joyful nature, she liked to laugh and did not sadden anyone. Unfortunately, she died prematurely in 1960.

Mimi with Uncle Peter Uncle Pertr with Aunt Otilka Aunt Otilka collects raspberries Aunt Berta

Petr Tesárek 's wife was our father' s sister, aunt Otilie Tesárková *). They had a nice good dog named Šotek. Aunt Otilka was a rare woman, very modest and hardworking. As children we liked to go to her through the forest, she loved us very much, she always gave us something good for the trip. And especially kind words, stories and songs ...
*) She was P. Tesárek's second wife, his first wife Julie died in 1942.
  Uncle Peter's sister, Berta, lived in South Africa for many years, sent beautiful exotic postcards from there. She did not return until the end of the 1950s, with poor health at a very advanced age, and then lived only for about 2 years.
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   From our house we went in Střelnice first around our upper garden, then along the pond Kameňák, we entered the forest Bor, along the edge of which led a nicely maintained forest path above the stream connecting the two ponds (sometimes we went up the hill over Bor, around the feeder for deer) . At the pond "Šištót" it turned right, a few tens of meters you walked along the dam under massive lime trees and chestnut trees, and then you turned left down a small path steeply down under the dam. In one place on the right there was a nice stone-walled wall under the dam with a built-in water container, under which was a small flower bed. We then walked around the garden (to the left of the path) and the farmyard (on the right side) to the lower "basement" part of the Tesárek cottage.
  A few steps with railings led to a hall with a pump and a water tap above the metal sink, from which a door led to a nice downstairs kitchen with a blue tiled stove and a large cast iron stove. In the kitchen at the back right was a slightly lowered alcove with an antique sideboard. It used to be warm, clean and pleasant. In the front wall of the kitchen, a bedroom door led to antique white furniture, only a large floor-standing pendulum clock was brown. .. .. ... image .
From the corridor-hall, the door led to the cellar, to the laundry room and to the stairs to the attic (then continued to the attic
); at the far left of the end of the hall was a door and window to the bar and the great hall of the former pub.
There were a lot of interesting things for us in Aunt Otylka's house mysterious places. Beneath the whole house, and even further beneath the dike, a long vaulted cellar lined with stonesstretched underground. From the vestibule, the bricks lined with steep spiral steps came into it (during the day there was a little light from the small side window). It was cold and absolutely dark below, you had to go there with a lantern or a flashlight (later, when I was already in 8th grade, I arranged electric lighting there). At the edge of the cellar was a shelf of compots. It turned left, then in the underground was a well from which water was drawn, formerly for a pub, now for a household. At the end of the cellar was a circular vaulted room, where beer barrels were formerly stored, later potatoes, beets and other farm vegetables. A small hatch led there from the dam in front of the pub entrance.
   From the side of the Bor forest, there were two barns in the basement of the house, larger at the back for a cow and goats (some were horned), in the middle smaller for two pigs, at the front was a low chicken coop. Next to it, perpendicularly along the dam, were two large rabbit hutches for about 50 rabbits; aunt Otilka had a particularly nice Angora rabbits with red eyes. An old boat (barge), which was once used on a pond, was placed upside down between the dam and the roof of the rabbit hutch. This created a narrow roofed space, a "shed", for some small household tools. Aunt Otilka took good care of all the animals, saying that "he who doesn't like animals, doesn't like people either! ".

    On the slope below the house, right by the stream, stood a wooden shed, beside it grew an old sloping walnut. The shed was "upstairs", from the top of the road around the hall was a door to the top, which stood on stilts below the slope. At the top was a common household tool. At the back between the round beams you could see to the bottom of the stream (we were afraid to walk there). At this bottom of the shed were tools for the field and garden.
   Upstairs in the attic of the house was a smaller nicely furnished living room, where Milan and Mimi came regularly. In the attic room on the wall hung a picture of deer on a pasture, painted by Dr. Miki Kovárik somewhere in the landscape in the forests above Konice (from today's point of view, the painting may be a bit kitschy, but we as children liked it very much...). Just below the room, next to a steep spiral staircase, was a large water tank pumped into it from a cellar well. Once I remember as a child that we were diligently pumping water, after which the water flowed down the stairs "opposite" like a waterfall - the reservoir overflowed .
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  The most beautiful period in Střelnice used to be from spring when the chestnuts bloomed and especially the lindens . The wonderful scent spread throughout the valley. The emeritus head teacher Karel Kuba, who liked to talk about nature, often went for a walk there. My aunt picked flowers, dried them and made tea from them. In the garden below the house she grew raspberries and strawberries, currants and gooseberries. Many trees, apples, pears, plums grew there.
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   From the Střelnice pond, a steep forest road leads up through the Bor forest to the fields near Zavadilka. To the right along the path, a forest stream winds down in the valley with cold crystal clear water that never dries out, even in the dry summer heat. It springs in a depression under a massive old beech, not far from which are two other springs. Under the garden at Střelnice it flows into the Jesenka stream.
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Down below the house and the dam on Šištót just around the shed, flows the stream " Jesenka ", at that time clean and bright. There were a lot of fish, especially trout. It then continues down to Jílovec - lower along the stream, towards Křemenec, there is a place called Jílovec . There is a old mill, originally a water mill , later rebuilt into an electric drive. My father and I went to this mill in a cart with grain to grind and transport flour for the kitchen, or scrap and bran for the animals.
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   Above Jílovec, a steep rock rises in the forest , under which a road leads to Křemenec around the stream. It is lined with massive spruces and larch trees. Classmates from Křemenec and Čunín went to school in Konice this way.
   The tragic fateful day for Střelnice was August 19, 1966, when this beautiful place was practically destroyed. In the afternoon there were strong storms with heavy rains in several waves - there were big floods in Konick, streams of water rolled from the fields and forests. The dam of the pond burst, the back of the wall of the house was ground with water and fell. Instead of repair, it was decided to demolish the whole house - it was a pity, the living part of the house was practically not damaged. It was a hasty decision of a "smart head", because other parts of the house could be easily repaired by bricking up the damaged masonry and laying a new ceiling and roof. This led to an unnecessary liquidation of a beautiful location! Aunt Otilka moved to our house by the Nohávka pond(Uncle Petr was no longer then, he died suddenly in 1960) . The whole place gradually fell into disrepair and overgrown with wild bushes, only a pond (although unmaintained and overgrown) and beautiful massive lime trees remained (and somewhere underground an abandoned cellar...) .

Beech "Hubert"
Above Střelnice and Jílovec, towards Zavadilka, on the edge of the Bor forest, grows a huge old beech , under which there is a nice hunting painting called " Hubert " on the stand in a glazed wooden box - the patron saint of hunters, standing in reverence for the sacred deer. Under the locker is a memorial plaque to the hunters murdered during the German occupation in 1939-45.
During my forest walks, I enjoyed going to this place, where I reflected on the secrets of our forests . From Hubert was approached from Konice by a picturesque path on the edge of the forest and fields near Zavadilka. In winter there used to be a lot of snow, trees and shrubs used to be covered with beautiful hoarfrost and icicles :  

Glade and the hunting wiew above Křemenec
was a beautiful place in the Konické forests, near "Hubert". From this hunting wiew there was a beautiful view not only of the surrounding forests, but also of other places in the Drahan Highlands. Nice young pines, spruces and firs grew on the slope around the sitting area, and a small forest stream flowed down below. In the sunny summer there was the smell of resin and forest herbs, in the autumn needles and fallen leaves, in the winter there was a lot of snow.
On the way down to the left, there was a deep forest above Křemenec, with a lot of moss and magical forest nooks and cuttings, evoking with its beauty the innermost experiences of natural harmony....

The forest stream and waterfall above Křemenec
is a very secluded and unknown place. A small stream, springing below Štarnov, flows through the dense forest of Bor, gradually picks up water and creates several nice smaller waterfalls in a deep valley .
Around this wild and remote place were several underground lairs of foxes and badgers. An almost imperceptible forest path leads down to Křemenec. In summer, a lot of mushrooms grow here.

Skalky, Bukovina, Otínsko, Zvoňák
are forest localities about 3-5 km northwest of Konice, in the direction of Skřípov. When we go from Konice upwards to the Skalka forest massif and further through Bukovina, we pass through the dense forests of the Drahan highlands. There are beautiful and sunken forest nooks, clearings, thickets of small trees. The Otínsko region was especially important for us - a large area of meadows, fields and smaller woods, above which is the Zvonák forest on the right side. We had a bigger meadow, a smaller grove and a piece of field there. In the upper part of Otínské luky, towards Skřípov, there was a small well with springing cold water; we refreshed her at the haymaker and Dad put a bottle of plum brandy there to cool off ...
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In the lower part of Otín meadows there were wetlands and swamps. Legends about Otínsko and Zvoňák are mentioned in the file "
Dad's Adventures", part "Bottomless swamps and wells"....

Schools in Konice, our enlightened teachers
There were a total of three school buildings in Konica in our student years :
   The old school was a sturdy two-storey building, where there was a teacher's apartment and two classrooms on the ground floor. A spiral staircase led around the large cast-iron stoves to the floors, where the other 3 classes were. In the old school, smaller pupils studied, first to fourth grade. In the basement below the old school there was a large underground tunnel lined with stones, through which flowed a humming stream - it used to be a popular and a bit mysterious place of our games when we left school (pictured is the entrance to this tunnel in a wall about 2m below the railing in the middle).
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Agricultural farmyard
Across the road next to the Old School, a little uphill is a larger area with outbuildings - the courtyard of the former castle estate. From the school it is entered through a large arched gate, the paved road is then passable towards Zádvoř, under a sharp turn. Right at the bottom right, on a gentle hill above the school, in a larger elongated house lived Mrs. Němečková, a very eloquent elderly lady, speaking a dialect with nuclear expressions. On both sides were workshops for repairs of agricultural machinery - machine tractor station. In the large building on the left (above the main road) was the forest administration; Mr. Mohelník worked here for many years as a forester. There was also lived a veterinarian emeritus, Dr. Kostka, who regularly went (often to Střelnice) with a knocking black wand ...
   A little below, also on the right side, already below the school, lived Mrs. Polcarová, an older decent lady who stayed in the nicely furnished cottage by the Nohávka pond during the summer months. She had a small shaggy dog named Šišina.
  The "Town School" on the square had a number of classes on the ground floor and two more floors, the older pupils 6.-9. class were taught there. There were also very well-equipped cabinets of biology, chemistry and physics, and a gym at the back on the ground floor. The other two classes were walked from the 2nd floor by a long corridor in the neighboring town hall building, towards the fire station. ....
   New school in "Příhona", built in the mid-50s, was mostly used for 4th-6th grades. Teachers from the old school and especially from the burgher in the square used to come there. A picture was painted on the facade of the school, which - in the spirit of the ideas of the time - expressed the role of education for the progress of science, technology and society ...
Over three houses away on Příhon is old nursey-school, in whose archway at the entrance of the memorial a plaque of Konice citizens who fell in World War I
(the photo no longer shows the old big tree that was on the left next to the entrance...). There were two classrooms on the ground floor and the first floor, and a dining room in the basement. There was a spiral staircase in the left rear part (it can be seen in the middle picture on the left). We went to this kindergarten as small children, a nice puppet theater stuck in my memory, which was played there for us. The kindergarten was run for many years by teacher Klevetová.

These three school buildings are no longer used, as in the 1970s a new school building was built upstairs behind the falconry in Tyrš Street, which has since housed a primary school and later a newly established grammar school. A new kindergarten was also built, under the church, in the quiet surroundings of the former parish garden.
Our teachers
At the primary school in Konice, we were probably "lucky" to be teachers - they were mostly enlightened teachers following the National Revival traditions, for whom their profession was also a mission. The most important of them was undoubtedly the teacher František Jáchym, which is discussed in more detail in a separate material "
Mr. Teacher Jáchym".
  Another "classical" teacher of language, literature and gymnastics-sport was Miroslav Kleveta. It was dark, shapely and "square", with a strict appearance, some students were afraid of it, for a time we gave it the nickname "devil ". But he was fair and taught us a lot. He was also interested in technical and physical fields, such as radio electronics  
(we discussed, for example, the not very simple function of the superhetto ). It gave him intellectual pleasure to know and understand something new. The following event is also related to this :
Electric arc and damage to the eyes of Mr. teacher Kleveta 
I experienced a somewhat strange and eventually humorous event with Mr. teacher Kleveta once in the winter. As a physical education teacher, he used to skate with us on frozen ponds and play hockey. Some classmates were just learning to skate properly, I, who grew up by the ponds, of course, I could do it a long time ago. It was at a time when I was in my 8th grade and liked to do electrical experiments , some of which were very dangerous. One of them was an electric arc. I had two long thick carbon electrodes (probably from a large car battery), to which I applied 380V from a 3-phase socket, via plug-in sheet metal electrodes immersed in a bucket of salt water. We managed to pull out a massive electric arc 20 cm long! At a power of about 50kW, it gave off a huge glow. I had the whole arrangement for the electric arc ready in the front garden of our house by the pond. While skating, I wanted to show it to my classmates, so I turned it on and pulled out an electric arc that intensively illuminated the whole house, the snow and the surrounding trees. Classmates came to see only briefly, they were a little afraid of it. But it was very interesting for Mr. teacher Kleveta who looked closely at the arc and electrical wiring and inquisitively asked for details.
  The next day, Kleveta teacher did not come to school, someone else was substituting for him, saying that he was ill and went to the doctor. When he started teaching again in about 3 days, he told us: "Kids, it hasn't happened to me yet, I suddenly got severe conjunctivitis, I had to drip into my eyes, I still have them red and I see blurred. I don't know what could have caused..?..". I was silent like foam because I knew it was causing ultraviolet radiationfrom my arc! Well, in a few days, the teacher was fine, but I kept the secret to myself for a long time.
  Only after many years, when I had already graduated from the university (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics - MFF UK) and worked as a physicist, when visiting Konice, I happened to meet the emeritus teacher Kleveta on the way to the forest Bor and we talked a lot about various things, he was interested also new knowledge in the field of astrophysics and the theory of relativity. On that occasion, I told him what it was like years ago with his severe conjunctivitis. Seemengly angrily, he said : "You rascal, if I knew then, you would get over your ears!". But he immediately laughed heartily at it, it was clear that I did not do it on purpose. That it might occur to him, he knew that during the el. welding of iron is necessary to protect your eyes, but somehow it didn't connect with the experiment with the electric arc ...

František Jáchym Miroslav Kleveta Zbyšek Továrek              Josef Vybíral             František Novák

Chemistry teacher Zbyšek Továrek was a great experimenter, he sometimes performed quite wild experiments , during whose tumultuous reactions it exploded, burned, smoked. He once contaminated almost the entire school building in the square with chlorine. He accompanied the teaching with a great sense of humor , not recognizing "school hysteria", but the principle that "it is better to see once than to hear five times".
   In the 1st grade we were taught by the head teacher Josef Vybíral, who could play the violin beautifully and paint well, had a nice relationship with beginning schoolchildren. He lived with his wife in an apartment on the ground floor of the Old School. Their clever and good daughter Ann went to the year with us, she studied well. In the years 1957-67, Mr. teacher Vybíral held the position of principal of a primary school in Konice.
  Unfortunately, the weakness of Mr. Vybíral was the popularity of alcoholic beverages, he went to the nearby pub "U Andělky" every early evening, about 100 meters below the school. Most of the time, he didn't even sit at the table, but right at the bar, in addition to beer, he also had a nice row of large glasses of gray, rum or other spirits. Later evening, we saw him return upstairs to school with an uncertain step. This unfortunate habit probably contributed to his untimely death (he died suddenly in 1967) - it was a pity ....
   We were happy to remember the teacher Božena Říhová, her talented daughter Slávka went to the year with us in the humanities. In the first and second classes, a very good teacher, Otilie Opletalová, taught , the little schoolchildren loved her very much - she was like their "second mother". Furthermore, it was a teacher Grepl
(biology; but students often disturbed the teaching ...), Novák (civic and music education, he commuted from Runářov; he had progressive opinions, he could sing nicely), .......; from the younger ones then Ošlejšek (physics), Trunda , ..... ... add .. + pictures ...

Doctors in Konice
The small town of Konice, as a catchment area for the whole area, had a health center and several general practitioners-regional doctors
(further, there were two or three specialized doctors commuting from Prostějov or Olomouc). I briefly knew some general practitioners :
  MUDr. Josef Kuba had a well-equipped surgery in his villa in the street behind Sokolovna. He was a very erudite and experienced doctor, strict and measured  (autocratic). He was also able to take and describe X-rays images, he also liked to solve more complex cases. He went to the pub on "Živňák", where he liked to play tarot.
  Among his patients, it was said that when someone came to him for the first time, Dr. Kuba would ask him who he had been treated for before and what he had precribed. If he told him what medicine he had received from a previous doctor, he would almost always get the same answer: "Is that an ox, what kind of disgust did he prescribe for you ?! I'll prescribe you something far more effective! ". If, after several visits, the "more effective" drugs did not work, he eventually returned by sometimes by detour back to the original drug; but he was no longer from the "ox", but from Dr. Kuba - and of course he was excellent!
  MUDr. ..Spurný was a jovial fat gentleman who got on well with rural patients. He sometimes responded with humor to the excessive health nostalgia of patients, "But I have that too ..! ..", or even "It pulls out the soil in the grave..! ..". He commuted to the patients with a older car that was rear a large tank of gas.
  MD. ..Crha was a pediatrician, ordained to the health center next to the" Old Post Office ", he had a nice relationship with the children.
  Furthemore, he worked MUDr.Novák and the dentists MUDr.Šebek and MUDr.Popelka .

Sokolovna - sports association "Falcon"
is a nice and interesting building, originally designed for sports and gymnastic education activities. There is a range of gym equipment in the basic large hall. But there is also a stage with a nice painted curtain, there were theatrical performances, which were usually directed by our teachers. To the right of Sokolovna is a smaller sports field and a monument to citizens who fell during the war, in the early evening of May 9 there was a lantern parade .
In the left part of the building there are living spaces, which for many years were inhabited by teacher Jáchym and his wife
(who took care of cleaning and running the building), had astronomical and radiotechnic props here. After retiring, they moved to a small house in "Zakopanica", which they bought and renovated. Here, too, the teacher pursued his favorite radiotechnic hobby and "ether hunting".

Church, castle, old alley
From the square down to the south is the oldest historical part of the town of Konice. There is a chateau and chateau garden, a church, an old school, a rectory and small variously intertwined streets. We can see this when we go from the square down the old alley
(Smetanova street.), or along the path around the castle. To the left of the road around the chateau stood an old brewery, which was demolished in 1960. Also on the left is the old castle garden with a statue of St. Florian right in front of the castle. The chateau on the right dates from 1705, now there is a library, a ceremonial hall, a school club, several hobby groups for the school (including a mechanical workshop), the People's School of Art (Mr. Vladimír Janál taught music here for many years), the Konice Museum. A narrow alley leads from the square down to the parish (Smetana street). From it, on the right, two or three small "breakneck" alleys (or rather sidewalks, and in one place also steep stairs) in the direction of "Důl " - Water Street. My aunt Stázka Křupková lived in one of them. And to the left to the church there is a path around the wall of the castle park, a glazier's workshop, a church arcade with a chapel; after a few steps you will go to Church street towards the old school.
Aunt Stázka
lived in a house on a steep slope leading from "Aisle" to "Water street" - picture on the right
(comes to add) . Through a small garden there was went in a basement with a cellar and a well, then up a steep wooden staircase up through a small porch with a table and a sitting area for coffee. To the left we entered a nicely furnished room (dark antique furniture), which was just for "parade", or when daughter Liba came with her family. On the left, a door led to the living kitchen, which also served as a tailor's workshop with two sewing machines and a large table (for cutting fabric) . To the right of the door, a small cast-iron stove ("vincek"), from which a smoke pipe led through a window in the wall to an adjoining room and then to a chimney. In winter there is was very warm and cozy... ........ picture ......
   Below in the aisle opposite the vicarage, is a small grocery store
(led by Mrs. Lojková), a little lower bakery (Mr. Říha), downstairs meat-sausage shop (led by Mr. Kolomazník). At the very bottom of the crossroads, the road leads to the left around the "U Andělky" pub towards Old school and Chmelnice, and on the right to Old Town and Příhona.
The church of Konice

is located just below the chateau
(there is even a connecting corridor from the chateau). In the years 1947-1959, the pastor in the conical church was a somewhat dogmatic and authoritative P. B.Nerychel (however, he had a great overview of church issues), then left for northern Moravia and eventually settled in Olomouc. From 1960 he was replaced by the very solid P. František Škoda, modest and tolerant, who was also interested in nature. He worked as a dean in Konice parish for more than 20 years, until his sudden departure for eternity on October 25, 1981.

Zádvoří, aunt Anna
The name "Zádvoří" comes from the fact that it is a part of Konice located behind the former farmyard (rather it is above it, on the slope towards Vyšehrad ). One of the last houses in Zádvoř, on the right by the road up to Vyšehrad (and then towards Olomouc and Prostějov) , was inhabited by Aunt Anna, who called us "Zádvorská " (we no longer knew uncle Josef, he died a shortly after the war ), partly with his daughter Olga, who commuted from Prostějov on Saturday and Sunday. In front of the road to the front garden was a picket fence with a gate (in the later picture, the picket fence was replaced by a wire fence); however, we mostly went there from behind through the garden (picture on the right) , shortcut around Sheepfold. Aunt Ana was a good old lady who ran a modest but very orderly and clean household. The large living kitchen had a nice blue tiled stove , thermal comfort, clean and pleasant. Aunt Anna baked the delicious sweets we used to go as children; especially at Easter, we received a rich portion of candy (it is also mentioned in the section "Easter" commemorative features "Poetry of life in the countryside"). She was able to tell a lot of stories, especially about people from Konice, relatives and acquaintances. In the house next to the living kitchen there was a "great" guest room, especially for his son Eugene (and his woman, who occasionally came), with an interesting antique light.

Uncle Lojzek, behind railway station
Alois Ulman - uncle Lojzek (*1903) - was 2 years younger brother of our father. He was an extremely erudite precision mechanic in the field of scales, he mastered all metalworking techniques perfectly. He participated in the development of new weighing systems in the company Kovo Konice. In other areas, too, he was very manually skilled and extremely industrious. Influenced by this mechanical perfectionism until the end of his life, he believed that he would be able to construct a perpetuum mobile. When I later, as a graduate physicist, denied it with scientific arguments, did not believe it and in my 80s claimed that he would certainly be able to improve his mechanism so that it would work forever without energy supply... But Uncle Lojzek also liked to discuss the universe, theory of relativity, etc., but without a deeper understanding; he could not get rid of his mechanistic ideas - which was completely understandable given his age and lifelong professional orientation.
   Uncle Lojzek lived with his wife Josefka, aunt Pepča, in a nice house, which he built in Behind the station Street, on the left by the road uphill towards Skřípov and Šubířov. They mainly lived in the basement, where there was a cozy living kitchen with a tiled stove, next to the bedroom. On the 1st floor there were "great" rooms, where during her visits mainly her daughter Anička lived with her family. In the yard on the right was a perfectly furnished workshop. Behind the workshop was a footbridge over a stream, then a steep path led up a slope through a grove to the garden. They had another large garden with a field and many trees up under the forest towards Šubířov
(almost a kilometer away) . This uncle self-made a small tractor, with which he drove to a remote garden and forest for firewood.
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   In addition to the already mentioned youngest daughter Anička, Uncle Lojzek had two sons - the older Lojzík and the younger Jarek. Both trained and worked in mechanics and metalworking at Kovo. Lojzík married Helenka and lived in Lhota near Konice, Jarek built a house in Konice behind the Old Post Office, he married Jana, the daughter of teacher Jáchym.

"Pond dams" - neighbors of Šlézar
The last two houses in Konice
(if we do not count Střelnice-Šistót) , behind the dam of the Kameňák pond, by the road to Křemenec, were called Hrázky - dams. Two Šlézar families lived here. Karel Šlézar lived with his family in the first house, right behind the dam of the pond. In the 1960s and 1970s, Karel (nicknamed him "Kodaj") held the position of chairman of the city's National Committee in Konice for many years. Leopold Šlézar ("Polda ", worked in road repairs and maintenance) lived in the second, back house .with the family, their daughters Bohuška and Eva went to school with my brother and me. His wife spoke a strange Silesian-Polish dialect, inunusual in region Konice. The Šlézar's were, in fact, across the pond, our neighbors, their father knew them very well.

Our house No. 147 by the Nohávka pond - parents, Aunt Marie
At the end of our talk about interesting places and people from Konicko, I kept the location most important to me - my birth house , where my parents and loved ones lived. The reason for this classification is that it is mentioned
(albeit from a different point of view) several times on an ongoing basis in the file "Memories from Konice".
Originally there was a small cottage, modestly inhabited by grandfather Antonín Ulman and grandmother Anna Ulman, with a large family - 5 sons and 5 daughters.


My father, with the generous help of Uncle Lojzek, before the war rebuilt this cottage into a nice relatively spacious house with living rooms, laundry room, large attic, storage room, cellar, basement, barns, sheds, yard, gardens.
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Our house is in a nice place by the Nohávka pond, at the time clean and deep
(this is how his father kept it, later it was overgrown with reeds and covered with mud...) . And a little lower, a larger pond Kameňák is right next to it across the dam, right behind it on the hill is a beautiful forest Bor, which stretches for several kilometers to Stražisko. The third pond "na Střelnici - Šištót" is about a kilometer further along the forest - it was described at the beginning in the section "Shooting range, Jílovec. Aunt Otilka.".
    Near our house there were four prominent old trees at that time: - A pear next to the porch. - A bent apple tree a little further in front of the house, towards the pond. - A large nicely grown maple tree in the yard. - An old apple tree at the end of the yard on the way to the garden.

   Next to the house is lower garden, where besides the beds were a few hotbets and a large heated greenhouse
(the stove at the entrance of the pipe around the greenhouse led hot water), all primarily for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers. In the upper part of the land to nearly the forest on the hill is spread by our large garden, on which, in addition to a large number of trees, meadows and flower beds, there were several hotbeds, a medium-sized greenhouse (unheated) and garden cottage. In front of the garden, an alley of large "Douglas" fir trees, with fragrant needles and resin, stretches upwards to the left around the fence.
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At the fence of the lower garden, the father dug a small lake
(in the local dialect it was called "hloka"), where water seeped through the soil under the dam pond. It was mainly used for watering hotbeds and greenhouses sprinkling with watering cans. Under the shore of the Nohávka pond, his father stretched a metal pipe with a suction basket, from which water was used to pump water for the beds of the smaller lower garden and a long pipe to the large upper garden with a powerful pump, where hydrants for screwing 5-10 m long watering hose were led out in several places. Daddy, as a gardener, he carefully managed both gardens for growing vegetables, flowers, fruit and nursery work (growing and breeding fruit trees).
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   From the very beginning, father's sister, the unmarried Aunt Marie (*1898), lived with us in our house. She took good care of the household, participated in gardening work, and could cook well. She was very interested in culture, especially literature and music. In this spirit of noble wisdom, she raised us as children, was very kind and loved us very much.
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Moom Kristína (*1912) liked to read and was fond of handicrafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting.   
Father František
(*1901) was mainly interested in nature, especially forest, wildlife and hunting
(some of his stories are listed in the line "Dad's Adventures"). In addition to gardening work, he was also able to mow grass and grain very well. During the winter season, he enjoyed working in the woods. He also could sing ancient songs nicely.
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This talk about some nice places and interesting people is freely followed by mine
Memories of Konice - Poetry of Life in the Countryside ,
which describes how we lived in the countryside during each season.

The beauties of nature - photography
Anthropic principle or cosmic God
Science and faith Gravity, black holes and space-time physics Fireplaces, smokehouses, pergolas
Music: Indian Chinese Tibetan Japanese Orthodox Catholic Islamic
AstroNuclPhysics ® Nuclear Physics - Astrophysics - Cosmology - Philosophy

Vojtech Ullmann