Ecofarmer

re-settled in Hungary from Rochdale, Lancs, England, and into a little village, doing a bit of greenish farming hoping for a quiet life... but stuff just happens...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

gatherings


yes, we done peas - those weird ones, were snappable after all, ok. Done a few batches of sorrel, chard, made pesto from ruccola, have a few strawberries on the long suffering 3 plants, got paprika already in the polytunnel, and after weeks of cherry- eating now we got to raspberries and black- cherries, colllected a bucketful of the latter and done the receipt which produces juice as well as jam, using veg pectin, which also means less sugar used. met old girls, gone to Budapest for a pleasant weekend, we decided to go to Poland again, retracing our first ever parents-free adventure - gasp - 48 years ago... we won't take the train to Krakow it is bloody expensive at 32K HUF while the coach is 6K! and takes the same long - 7 hours, but at more comfortable times. as you can see on the pictures, the garden is truly beautiful now, with some of Erzsi's weird flowers, the roses, the grapes... we'll have tons of those, if not on the red one, as that one started with a bad atka invasion. Also one of our apricot trees suddenly curled up and died. We had a quick very non-organic spraying - we hope we saved the others, Alan chopped all dead bits. oh - and we have 1 (one) little gosling!! We were sure with having such an old gander, we'll end up with the same smelly eggs as last years, so we thought we collected all of them - but the goose decided to sit on something - and lo and behold - one little yellow thing! And the parents are so proud of it, and incredibly aggressive - even more than usual... all that sissing... meanwhile we are overjoyed about Corbyn's success, so glad Szondzs had a positive first activist experience... well, interesting times .... also all sort of sad things happened such as Jutka's ex - grandad of 4 - suddenly died. The pics also show the fountain in P;cs just before the cruel caretaaker type of chap chaces away all the happy children... and a rainbow in Budapest from marta's window... seen a bad Kusturica film, the newest, don't bother. It has a few bizarre ideas and nothing much else. Even the music is not as good as before. also you can see Gazsi's grandtwins in the village, getting comforted after inocculation at the doc's, and our new banana tree. By the way, the mandarin-tree is flowering like mad - we'll have to find a good home for it for the winter - we plan to go back to Aghios Andreas again from mid-October...

Monday, June 05, 2017

sedimentery

Last open pince day in Palkonya, bank holiday here (pünkösd*) hope Alan will feel like going later - he is working in the garden... the uphill struggle against weeds... though he's nearly winning... *májusfa kitáncolás, in Kiskassa happened last week with szalonnasütés but we did not feel like going. . beautiful day today, not so hot with a bit of breeze (28C) no rain forecast for ages, not good for garden... started feed surplus tons of lettuces to hens, but they are too old to get through them, and not many left, (6) dying out after relatively long hopefully ok, but very eggful lives. Hungarians don't want our lettuce. They still only have use for it in its sugar/vinegar bath. I keep looking at last blog postings, and the gaps grow bigger - is there anybody out out there, or is this just a boring diary record to myself? Now without hostel, interesting guests, or attempts of being environmentally friendly, or any other way, it is a bit of a bore... pics show Siklos resti - still very good, especially now that we can sit outside under those gorgeous trees. And Alan's tea yesterday, salad mostly lettuce and rocket, last jar of beetroot from last year, and an egg-pie thingie I made mostly with chard - that taste very much like spinach, the last of Marta's proper cheese, my pesto. kefir and brown cus-cus... turned out very tasty but a bit dry and too much, frozen 3 portions... conserved and froze away sorrels, picked and eaten perfect cherries for the last 2 weeks or so. Otherwise I am sitting too much, reading and being still addicted to italian style hungarian crosswords. Watching tennis. Quite nice really, this is how I pictured old age, would be perfect with an hour per day intensive table tennis, or tennis (it turned out, it is available free on the Ujpetre court, any time. But Alan is usually tired from working on the land... there's nobody who does these sort of things -and - has time for it... am I a bit down today? Maybe I am. Must be the politics...

Monday, May 22, 2017

first harvests of the year


yes! The early cherries in Nora's section - not quite the best, but plenty left by the birds and wonderful. As they are not really good to preserve in any way, we can just eat them or giving them away. Picking them not arduous, especially in the warm sunshine with the balmy breeze we are having lately, just perfect. We have about 4 different types of lettuces, and never seen quantities of rocket, aka ruccola. So - I was creative and made pesto with the bucket of ruccola and some basil, loads of garlic... topped the jar with olive - if it behaves like other similar stuff I conserved in the past, it should last. We tried a portion mixed with kefir and parmezan on pasta - it was marvelous! Also for the pleasure of eating pasta as that was exiled from our low-carb diet... next day we had the left over pasta with the same + mushrooms, the consistency was not right - too dilute as I did not want to chuck the mushroom- juices - but the taste was fine... all gone... strawberries need a couple more days, we won't have raspberry in May this year - but tons coming up for June. There are a few leaves on the fig trees, so they are not dead - but I don't think we'll have fruit this year. But I still have a few jars of fig-compote! besides the messing with my new notebook kisbordo Acer - which was freezing up after a couple of hours use - had to take it back, see what happens next... I hope they fix it or exchange it for a good one - I took a liking to it, so pretty and light... We had our heath tests, and we are boarderline on a few things, but Alan's sugar was inside the limit, as was my cholesterol... there were a few other H-es but if the docs don't think we should worry, we won't... The Ujpetre tennis court is available, as it turned out after only 12 years or so, we might have a go while we still can. I enjoyed so much my hour with Maggie in Pecs - the Tennis club their is also comfy. We have the Whitsunday szalonnasütés to look forward to, otherwise we are just enjoying our village life, Alan busy in the garden, I am busy with my political debates - hey, Nepszava is publishing my letters after all, though heavily edited - still better than nothing. Also reading a lot and still edicted to the "Italian style" crossword puzzles. So much so, that we are about 2 months behind the Guardian quicks...

Sunday, May 07, 2017

long time no see


Well, a dark rainy blogging day - was busy not to get -too- annoyed with Boully - it was a long two weeks, I am bit ashamed, but couldn't cope well. Still, it is over, and we had some nice time with Pete. Alan was busy in the garden, Bonzo is back to his naughty self. Erzsi is just has been taken out - rain or not- to the big Pécs market for Hungarian mother's day, Edit and feri is taking out 19 people for a big mothers' day meal in Budakeszi - pity it is such an unsunny day. We also had the May day village fest, with the cooking competition, Pete was chosen to be part of the 3 member jury, a task taken most seriously... I managed to have a couple of table-tennising and a proper tennis with Maggie. Which was just -so- good - and was taken afterwards to the new library building in P;cs, which, embarrassingly, I haven't looked at before. Its fantastic! Amazing Zsolnai staircase below. And the self-service bistro - very good, cheap, chearful, health-conscious... We are getting depressed by the -even for us - amazingly one-sided medea campaign for the tories - even the BBC and the Guardian is so nasty and dismissive about Corbyn, with -no- pro opinion on air anywhere. Today is the french election - after BrexTrump one cannot believe the stats - but getting the usual banker crook instead of the fascist is not such a relief really... and don't mention here... Népszava became Népszabads'g with the same format and the same policy of not publishing more letters from me... However, I enjoyed lively debates and tons of likes on the Futurelearn courses - the "challenging Wealth and inequality" did not do a lot of challenging of course, though I did a lot of prodding. Now I am doing Global politics - by a French management school - there is lots of very long-winded meaningless waffle about everything and nothing, and there are a lot of BrexTrump people regurgitating BrexTrump stuff like if they thought it up all themselves... maybe the human race is getting a bit thick? Or am I getting horrid elitist to my old age? if you haven't guessed you can see the Beremend chapel, as well as the library zsolnay, Siklós castle, hm the others probably been shown before from other angles... we stay put now, no visitors on the horizon... might do a few local trips... Alan never been to \Sopron/Kőszeg...