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...

Monday, May 18, 2015

spring vista

Budapest, Mothers' day, and various places, all good - got 6 new ducklings and 20 little chickens - this is downsizing a la us... not to mention that mother rabbit should deliver little ones any day... well, it -is- spring. Pete and Boully are here and putting in good wwooferings. We picked the first very nice early crispy cherries. I think I am going on a cherry diet. Eating nothing else for a week should do me good in every possible way. Started the FutureLearn "what is the mind" course - so far so-so. Very difficult to discuss with other students when there are hundreds of them. fotos are random stuff from what I just said - Budapest Danube bank, Kiraly utca, shop sign Alan liked, and mostly more spring Kiskassa. Oh, we also have cucumbers in the polytunnel, everything looks good, had some rain, and as the Hungarian saying goes, May rain worth gold.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

peaceful Sunday

mild, bit cloudy, all is well. Walked to shop, about twenty people waiting patiently for shopkeepers, who were supposed to open 20 minutes before. I just walked home - it is just the pre-breakfast exercise, with only soda water as the alibi buy - annoying this taking people for shit. anyway, yesterday had lovely afternoon in Pusztakisfalu, and Alan was promised a passage on a 12 meter sailsboat from Holland to Denmark, by some Dutch people we met who also have house in Pusztakisfalu. So he is a happy one. The music was nice in the tiny church, then the mulling about with cakes and wine among the trees in the village green. back here, I think it'll be veggie curry today - turned out dhal-ish, rather good, if unusual. Magdi salvaged more walnuts from the mess of the stables, (that now looks better than ever) she's fantastic. I might be shelling an other lot. Hm - could do it outside... (did tons.) oh, and about a hundred classic Mercedes cars passed our house in a leasurely pace with about half a km or more between them, as part of some sort of old-merc-club countrywide caravan, touching only chosen pretty places like ours. I forsaken lovely sharon-camera lately, as mobile so handy, even if the quality sucks. photos all were made in Pusztakisfalu.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

proper spring

we had another pleasant weekend in Budapest; the fateful meal went well with Norman and Ani, with Alan being good at strategic placing and being amiable. The gundel pancake was a disappointment, and Alan ended up with a very nuvo-couzine (sp?=tiny) steak and meal was drastically overpriced, but the main thing was to meet at last and nobody being unhappy. Went to a concert of classical guitar to the Zsolnai center and found a new bit - a beautiful room "Apostolok". It wasn't big but was full, Csaki Andras (hope I got this right) was the artist, and Vic and Maggie liked it too, and they know about these things. Another very enjoyable evening He played a piece by Rozsa Miklos - the other one. Took Erzsi and Tibi to Siklos yesterday to shop and afterwards had a look at Timi's new place in Harkany, and had cakes. She is infinitely better off then she was in the basically horrid house they rented in Kiskassa - for the same money - to my amazement. supposed to rain a bit today, but started with 15C at 7:30, so can't be bad. Chickens are happy and Bonz was not barking at me like mad, so it looks like a good day, though poor old Jani bácsi - his wife of 57 years suddenly died in a brain haemorrhage - "still planted beans last night" he said, we are quite upset. I thought uptil now that it was a second marriage, she looked so much younger than him. I attacked grasses (delicacy for rabbits and hens) in front of the house while waiting for icecream man (oops) and now worried about back, so far so good. Tomorrow table-tennis! It is arranged that nice village woman Magdi will clean other house and stables before Pete and Boully come. I hope she's perfectionist, would be nice to have it done properly once. Pictured are Siklos and Kiskassa views, our mandarin-tree (thank you bears) I cannot downsize photos with our new setup, that's why recently they are over 1M - I wonder how long before blogspot step on me, though they allow videos now - must have been changing to those large databanks I've heard about recently...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

busy April, back for a short while us mobile old'ns

not long - off to Bp again for the weekend, as Drew's folks are visiting, and we'll have a long expected meeting ( a meal) with them. Dad's bday, Martin and Sharon's visit in Kiskassa as well as in Budapest went well, not counting the heartache of them living so far,with the usual not too worrying hiccups - old and odd parents (us) behaving and feeling silly, mostly. As for the farm - Imre - a friend of Timi's who just moved into the village, looked after it excellently. Erzsi was not well again - this time it was a nasty allergy reaction/inflammation. The geese are sitting on eggs, which never happened (to us) before, very exciting. Alan's onions look good, other stuff planted, lettuce pickable under the glass. Unfortunately the sorrel is now open to the sheep, but Alan says he planted some. Fotos are all from the mobile, so when flash usually needed, they're a bit hazy. Women's day; Dad's birthday, classic (retro?) cinema visit, my happy sis, Kiskassa fitness room, the site of our aggressive table tennis when we can get to it, kids, such as Martin's somloi galuska. . The weather was fine all the way through (even in Milnrow, mostly) with cold gusts.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


(last Saturdays) Alan will be home alone from 4, as this year the women's they do is exclusive and quizless, which makes it less tedious, so I'll show my face. Besides, we get flowers!! (sort of compensation in ex-soc countries for not being equal...) I hope Erzsi comes down, too; she's feeling better and she's hardly ever goes anywhere. If it is this nice tomorrow, we might go the Pécs market, see how we feel. (later: she didn't come, but I managed to smuggle the flowers for her. There was a whole meal (sans cakes) and loads of good Villány wine and some rubbish about the history of international women's day -well the history wasn't too bad, but the report on how everything is ok, and sort of making out as if it was Mother's day versionB that was annoying). Alan's out digging and such all day, even when he says. is his day off. No cooking today, tons left of chard mulligatory soup, greek giant beans, vadas-sort-of rabbit and a little bit of egg-spagetti to soak up all that juice. No cake, though I have the horrible feeling we might get some at the women's thing. I have good kindle (Richard Ford: Canada) good book (Jókai: Egy az isten} loads of xwords and sometimes skeptic messing and ok, a tad annoying weekend Népszabadság. I might even walk the sheep family on the top of the sunny hill like yesterday. I might make a panoramic photo if I remember to take the camera

(today) Alan is helping Erzsi to get her 20 factory rescue hens this morning and she is a bit overexcited. Nice day. Been to Siklós yesterday to get rabbit medicine (mummy rabbit has some nasty stuff in ears) on The Day (42nd) we had a pleasant afternoon in Villany making it a lobster-less but very nice celebration, including sitting outside with our latte, warmed by the sunshine. Unfortunately the traffic doesn't seem to use the alternate route around the wine-cellar main street, which the rogue crew that wrecked our house were building. There are new posh establishments that need trying out "Halasi" had rakottkrumpli on the otherwise select menu We sat at their comfy chairs and did not need the thoughtfully provided blankets. We went in to our usual ones for wine and strudels and had nice chats with the locals. About kids living abroad, and how useful the internet/skype is. my panoramic views need sticking together. It is pretty, honest, even with its after-winter grayness.